The immigration raids at seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi are being called the largest workplace enforcement action in a single state in the nation's history. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says 680 people suspected of being in this country illegally were taken to the Air National Guard base in Flowood for processing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Matthew Albence says they'll go before an immigration judge to see if they should be allowed to stay in the U.S. The raids took place at plants in Morton, Canton, Carthage, Pelahatchie, Walnut Grove and Bay Springs. And there's been criticism. The Southern Poverty Law Center says children were ripped away from their parents during the first week of school. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba calls the raids "dehumanizing and ineffective" and is asking churches in the city to become immigrant sanctuaries.
The Chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security are requesting the owner of the controversial website 8chan to testify. 8chan founder Frederick Brennan says he's not happy with the direction the current administrators have allowed the site to go in. Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and Ranking Member Mike Rogers of Michigan sent a letter yesterday to Jim Watkins, the owner of the website that is a popular message board for white supremacists. The suspect in the killing of 22 people at an El Paso Walmart may have uploaded a four-page diatribe to the website outlining his reasons for the attacks minutes before it began. Watkins is an American who now lives in the Philippines. In their letter, the Congressmen say this is the third attack linked to 8chan and say that Americans deserve to know what, if anything, Watkins is doing to address the proliferation of extremist content.
Members of the Moss Point City Council have voted to override a veto of an ordinance that would reduce the salary of the mayor and restrict his travel. The Moss Point Board of Aldermen voted 5-3 Tuesday to override the veto of Mayor Mario King citing numerous allegations of misconduct. Lawsuits have been filed accusing the mayor of discriminating against older workers, harassing a city employee with a gun and using a fire station as a personal motel for sex.
A reputed gang member who was wanted by the FBI has been arrested in Corinth. Authorities say Kennoris Lattrell Hughey was a member of the Gangster Disciples of Corinth. He was suspected of drug distribution throughout northeast Mississippi as far back as 2017. Hughey is now facing charges of drug distribution conspiracy. The attorney of a man charged with assaulting a child at a Montana county fair says his client thought he was acting on orders from President Trump. Curt James Brockway was charged Monday with felony assault on a minor. His attorney, Lance Jasper, said Wednesday that the president's rhetoric contributed to Brockway's state of mind, when Brockway body-slammed the 13-year-old boy and fractured his skull at a rodeo on August 3rd. Brockway said he did it because the boy disrespected the national anthem. The boy was treated at a hospital and is now recovering at home, according to The Missoulian.
Amnesty International is out with a travel warning for the U.S. The warning the organization issued Wednesday tells people to use extreme caution when traveling in America because of what it calls rampant gun violence. Amnesty International says gun violence is so prevalent in the U.S. that it amounts to a human rights crisis. The group's End Gun Violence Campaign says, "People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm -- a guarantee of not being shot is impossible."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign Twitter account is being suspended. Officials said Twitter took the action after the campaign posted video of protesters outside of McConnell's Kentucky home shouting profanities. A campaign spokesperson blasted Twitter, saying they will allow the hashtag 'Massacre Mitch' to trend nationally, but won't let the campaign show the real threats being made against the Republican. Protesters were upset McConnell has refused to consider two House bills that would expand universal background checks for gun purchases. The campaign said they appealed to Twitter, but the company said it would remain suspended until they deleted the video.
Burger King is rolling out its meatless Whopper. The burger chain has been selling its Impossible Whopper in a few test markets since April. The burger features a meatless patty made by Impossible Foods, which uses plant-based protein to substitute for meat. Starting today, the Impossible Whopper will be available at over seven-thousand Burger Kings across the U.S. The meatless whopper is not yet part of the restaurant's permanent menu, and will be available for about one month through Door Dash and the Burger King app.
Faux meat foot-long … Subway is getting in on the plant-based meat trend with a meatless meatball sub. The Beyond Meatball Marinara sub will be available at 685 locations in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time, starting next month. (Business Insider)
The couple that eats together … A new survey by Jenny Craig found that 79% of respondents say they have gained weight since they started dating their significant other. The survey found that the average person gains 36 pounds when they are in a long-term relationship and 17 of those pounds were gained in the first year of the relationship.
Why is this? 42% said going out to eat a lot is the main cause of their weight gain. 34% said ordering takeout and cooking at home together while drinking alcohol was the reason for the extra pounds. And 64% said just being happy and secure in their relationship and not feeling pressure to look a certain way contributed to their weight gain. (Study Finds)
NETFLIX CREATES BINGE-WATCHING CONTRACT
As most people know, Netflix – and other streaming services – have changed the way we watch TV. Which means, Netflix has also changed the way we watch TV ... with others.Knowing that relationships can get strained because of the way some people are binge-watching shows, Netflix put together a contract to keep relationships from falling apart. Here’s a rundown of some of the items on that contract:
- I won’t fall asleep.
- I won’t get distracted by my phone causing the other person to rewind because I missed something.
- I won’t continue watching a show without the other person present.
- If I come across a spoiler, I won’t share it with the other person. (NosyMedia)
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