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Following days of mass protests, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced Sunday that he will not seek re-election in 2020 though he refused to resign.The island of Puerto Rico has been rocked by protests demanding Rossello resign following the mid-July leak of hundreds of pages of online private group chats between the Democratic governor and his associates that contained comments targeting politicians, journalists and Puerto Rican citizens that critics say were misogynistic and homophobic.Rossello was already under scrutiny after two former government officials were arrested on corruption charges.The embattled governor made the announcement in a 4-minute Facebook Live video, during which he also said he would be stepping down as leader of the island's New Progressive Party."A large portion of the population is unhappy and I recognize it," he said. "I've heard you ... Today, I have the responsibility to direct my strengths to try and find alternatives so that with God we may be able to move forward."Revealed July 13 by the non-profit Center for Investigative Journalism, the chats between Rossello and his staff contained comments that targeted political opponents and discussed assassinating San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. They also made fun of impoverished Puerto Ricans.During his address Sunday, he acknowledged that he had made "mistakes" and said he realizes that "asking for forgiveness is not enough."He said because of this, he welcomes the Puerto Rico House of representatives pursuit of impeachment, which began Thursday."I will face [it] with truthfulness, strength and in a responsible manner," he said.Rossello's announcement comes as notable Democrats running for their party's nomination for president in the 2020 election including South Bend Mayor Bete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have been urging him to step down."I stand with the people of Puerto Rico in their fight against corruption and join them in calling for the immediate resignation of Gov. Rossello. Puerto Rico deserves a governor who is accountable, transparent and capable of leading the island to recovery after Hurricane Maria," Sanders said via Twitter, referring to the natural disaster that killed nearly 3,000 people on the island and from which it is still suffering from.The island's biggest rally yet against the governor, a citywide march organized by local unions and activists, was scheduled for Monday.
Lightning struck one man and injured seven others at a Florida beach on Sunday afternoon.A man in his 40s was struck by lightning and was in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest, the Clearwater Police Department said.Seven other people were injured and three were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Among those injured were employees of a jet ski rental company and two tourists.The lightning strike took place at 12:30 p.m. and Clearwater Police Lt. Michael Ogilaruso said the storm was shortlived."It was one of those bad Florida storms. It came and now it's gone sunny and clear out," he said. "As dangerous as they are, they're also pretty spectacular."
Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was among six Major League Baseball legends who were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.Rivera and former teammate Mike Mussina joined Edgar Martinez, Harold Baines, Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay as the newest honorees in Cooperstown, N.Y.Rivera, as he did a Major League record 652 times in his career, closed the day out and gave the final speech."First of all, I don't understand why I always have to be the last," Rivera joked. "I kept saying that for the last 17 years of my career: 'Why do I have to be the last one?' I guess being the last one was special."Mussina was a five-time All-Star starting pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees from 1991 to 2008. He went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and recorded his only 20-win season as a 39-year-old in 2008."I tried to carry the pinstripes the best that I could." - @MarianoRivera. @Yankees @baseballhall #HOFWKND pic.twitter.com/6epDQzYfpl— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019Martinez hit for a .312 average and 309 home runs with the Seattle Mariners from 1987 to 2004. Halladay won two Cy Young Awards and pitched two no-hitters -- including a perfect game -- for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.Halladay pitched to a 203-105 record and 3.38 ERA from 1998 to 2013. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before spending his final four years in Philadelphia.Halladay died in a 2017 plane crash. His wife, Brandy, gave an emotional speech about her late husband."I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect," she said. "We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility, and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments.""Roy was blessed in his life and in his career, and had some perfect moments, but I believe they were only possible because of the man he strived to be, the teammate that he was, and the people he was so blessed to be on the field with.""This is a day I never could have ever imagined happening." @11EdgarMartinez @Mariners @Baseballhall #HOFWKND pic.twitter.com/alysyPqVjv— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019Halladay, Martinez, Mussina and Rivera were all elected by voters in January. The Today's Game Committee chose Baines and Smith in December.Baines dedicated his induction to his late father."So in the end, when you ask me why I've never been outspoken or said very much, think of my dad and the lesson he passed on to me many years ago, often when we played catch in the yard," Baines told the crowd. "As he told me, 'Words are easy, deeds are hard.' Words can be empty. Deeds speak volumes, and sometimes they echo forever."
A school district in Pennsylvania sent letters to 1,000 parents threatening to place their children in foster care if they fail to pay their school lunch debts.The Wyoming Valley West School District sent the letters, signed by the director of federal programs Joseph Muth, listing the amount due and warning that the parents could be reported to Luzerne County dependency court if the debt is not paid."Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without breakfast and/or lunch. This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child's right to food," a letter dated July 9 that was reviewed by NBC News stated.Muth told Pennsylvania news station WNEP that the school district is owed $22,000 by about 1,000 students, including four accounts that owe more than $450 each, and the letters were a last resort to collect payment after parents were contacted by phone, email and other letters multiple times.He added children with outstanding debt are still served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Luzerne County requested that the school district retract the letter, which county Children and Youth Services Executive Director Joanne Van Saun said was a "gross misrepresentation" of what the agency does."It's just not true. We do not remove children from families for unpaid bills," she said.The school district agreed to send a follow-up letter to the affected families.
Just what the world needs... another season of @DOOMPATROLDCU. Coming in 2020 to #DCUNIVERSE. #DCSDCC #SDCC pic.twitter.com/MgKfT94ing— DC Universe (@TheDCUniverse) July 21, 2019The comic-book adaptation Doom Patrol has been renewed for a second season.The fresh episodes will stream simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max in 2020.Executive producer Jeremy Carver and series lead Diane Guerrero announced the news this weekend at San Diego Comic Con.The superhero ensemble series co-stars April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Alan Tudyk, Matt Bomer, Timothy Dalton and Brendan Fraser.
The @CW_Riverdale season 4 premiere will honor Luke Perry, w/Shannen Doherty to guest star: https://t.co/TaTk9Xko6K Plus, Kerr Smith to play new principal in recurring role #WBSDCC #Riverdale #SDCC2019— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) July 21, 2019Shannen Doherty is to honor her late Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry with a guest spot on the fourth season premiere of his most recent TV drama, Riverdale.Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made the announcement at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday.Aguirre-Sacasa said Doherty will appear on the episode scheduled to air on Oct. 9.He did not offer details about the character she will play other than to say it will be a "special role.""They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said 'yes.' It's very impactful," Aguirre-Sacasa said."I am deeply honored to pay tribute to Luke on Riverdale. The care in which this show takes in honoring his memory is beautiful. He is missed. Today. Tomorrow. Forever," Doherty wrote in an Instagram post.Perry played Fred Andrews, the father of central character Archie Andrews (KJ Apa,) on Riverdale.Perry died on March 4 after suffering a stroke. He was 52.Riverdale is The CW's adaptation of the Archie Comics series. It co-stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Vanessa Morgan, Skeet Ulrich and Mdchen Amick.
TBS released its first trailer for its post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer at San Diego Comic Con this weekend."Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1,001-car, perpetually moving train that circles the globe," a synopsis said.Starring Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall and Steven Ogg, Snowpiercer is scheduled to debut on the cable network TBS in the spring.Inspired by the 2014 film of the same name, the show has already been renewed for a second season.Now on YouTube, the 2 1/2-minute preview for the series offers a glimpse at a mutiny that arises when impoverished permanent passengers separated by class and treated accordingly decide to rebel.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that the Mueller report includes evidence that President Donald Trump is "guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors."Nadler, D-N.Y., appeared on Fox News Sunday ahead of special counsel Robert Mueller's scheduled testimony before the committee on Wednesday, stating the 448-page report by Mueller and his team shows that the infractions Trump meet the standard for impeachment."The report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors," Nadler said. "We have to let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law."Nadler said the report found "a great deal" of collusion, obstruction of justice and "pointedly refused" to exonerate Trump, contrary to a summary of the report released by Attorney General William Barr in March.During an appearance on CBS News' Face the Nation, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff agreed that the report represented a "pretty damning set of facts," adding most Americans have not read the full report and that he hopes Wednesday's testimony will "bring it to life.""We want people to hear it directly from him, not filtered through Bill Barr, who had his own misleading characterization of it but from the man who did the work himself," Schiff about the attorney general.Nadler said members of the committee will ask "very specific questions" of Mueller, including requesting that he read particular passages from the report and explain if he believes Trump participated in the infractions described and if they constitute obstruction of justice.In the past Trump has claimed the investigation was a "witch hunt," and there was no obstruction of justice or collusion with Russia to interfere in the 206 presidential election.
Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka criticized playing partner J.B. Holmes for taking too long to play during the 2019 British Open.TV cameras caught Koepka staring at an official and pointing to his wrist when Holmes was playing. CBS analyst Peter Kostis made a similar complaint about Holmes' pace of play during February's Genesis Open."It was slow, but it wasn't that bad for his usual pace," Koepka told reporters Sunday. "I thought it was relatively quick for what he does."Koepka acknowledged he wished Holmes played faster, but added pace of play is a problem throughout golf."He doesn't do anything until it's his turn," Koepka said. "That's the frustrating part. But he's not the only one that does it out here."Koepka finished the British Open tied with Lee Westwood for fourth place at 6-under for the tournament. He shot a 3-over 74.Koepka won the 2019 PGA Championship and finished second at this year's Masters.Holmes tied for 67th at 5-over and shot 16-over 87 Sunday. He didn't speak to reporters."He had a rough day, but J.B. is a slow player," Koepka said. "I know it's difficult with the wind, but I didn't think he was that bad today."
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Hong Kong in continued protests against leader Carrie Lam's government on Sunday.Organizers of Sunday's protests, the Civil Human Rights Front, estimated that 400,000 people participated in the rally seeking an independent investigation into police tactics used in clashes between demonstrators and police in previous protests as well as those who were arrested in those encounters.Police provided a lower estimate of 138,000 people, as the protests extended into their seventh consecutive weekend.On Sunday, Hong Kong police deployed tear gas on protesters who marched past a designated endpoint for the rally toward the Chinese government's liaison office.The protests came after tens of thousands of pro-police demonstrators gathered in Tamar Park to "safeguard Hong Kong" from anti-extradition protesters.Hong Kong police on Friday announced they had made the "largest seizure of explosives" and arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of possessing explosives and weapons in connection with a raid on a homemade laboratory ahead of the weekend of protests.The demonstrations began as protests against an extradition bill that people feared would allow citizens to be tried in mainland China but was eventually declared "dead" by Lam. The focus then broadened to calls for more democratic reforms of Hong Kong as well as the investigation into police actions.