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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)

Many research shows that mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. It suggests multiple linking causes. Lifestyle, genetics and your environment can influence whether someone develops a mental condition. A stressful home life, stressful job or stressful school environment makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Basic brain structure, biochemical processes and circuits may play a role too.

Remember that you important and loved by many. Why? Because you are a living soul and you matter to us. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.


Cartoon Politics

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Massachusetts gas explosions

One person was killed and at least 25 people hurt after a series of gas explosions in three towns north of Boston sparked fires that burned dozens of homes. Fires popped up seemingly at random in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. “It looked like Armageddon,” one fire chief said. The blazes left 8,000 people unable to go home. There’s no official word on a cause yet, but a utility company had announced plans to upgrade natural gas lines in the area. (CNN)


Paul Manafort
Looks like there may not be a second federal trial for Paul Manafort. The ex-Trump campaign chairman reportedly is close to a deal for a guilty plea with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. Jury selection in his trial, on charges related to his Ukrainian lobbying operation, was set to start next week. It’s not clear if the deal means Manafort will cooperate with the Russia probe. Manafort was found guilty last month on eight bank and tax fraud charges in Virginia. (CNN)


Super Typhoon Mangkhut

If Florence is a monster, then Super Typhoon Mangkhut is its bigger, stronger beast of an older sibling. Mangkhut will make landfall Saturday morning in the northern Philippines. Right now, it’s the equivalent of Category 5 hurricane, but that’s not a complete indicator of its power. At its peak Wednesday it was the strongest storm of 2018, with winds of 180 mph. More than 4 million people live in the storm’s projected path; thousands are being evacuated. (CNN)


Hurricane Florence
Florence inched ever closer to North Carolina’s coast this morning in a slow march that’ll continue to bring wind, rain and all sorts of destruction to the area. As of 4 a.m. ET, the Category 1 storm was about 30 miles from Wilmington, crawling at a snail-like 6 mph. Its winds were whipping at 90 mph. A storm surge 10 feet higher than normal was reported in Morehead City. There are reports of 150 people awaiting rescue in New Bern. Staff from a TV station there had to flee the studio due to rising floodwater. More than 180,000 homes and businesses have lost power in North Carolina so far. Landfall is expected later this morning.

·   You can track the storm here, click here for live updates and download our hurricane checklist for what to do before, during and after landfall.

·   If you’re in the storm’s path and have a weak phone connection, use CNN Lite, which has text-only top stories (also in Spanish). And if you’ve lost your internet connection, you can still get offline chats and push alerts, if you download these apps now.

·   Here are all the ways you can follow the hurricane on CNN. Plus, sign up for our email alerts.

·   Remember, it’s the water, not the winds, that’s deadliest.

·   More than 1,300 flights have been canceled as Florence nears.

·   And meet the “ride-out team” staying with the animals at the South Carolina Aquarium during the storm. (CNN)


New York primaries

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to have easily beaten back a challengefrom progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. CNN projects Cuomo, seeking a third term, will defeat Nixon, of “Sex & the City” fame, in the Democratic primary and will face Republican Marc Molinaro in November. Meantime, New York City Public Advocate Tish James is projected to be the Democratic party’s nominee for state attorney general. James, who was endorsed by Cuomo, would become the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York, if she wins in November. (CNN)


3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico.

President Trump, publicly doubting the revised death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico


Pope Francis orders sexual misconduct investigation of West Virginia bishop
Vatican and American Catholic leaders on Thursday announced that Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned. Details of the allegations against him were not immediately available. The news came as a delegation of U.S. Catholic leaders met urgently with the pope to discuss the church’s broadening international sex abuse crisis, and whether the Vatican had ignored warnings of abuse by a prominent cardinal. “This is the long expected reckoning of leadership,” said Christopher Bellitto, a professor of history at Kean University in New Jersey. “It’s been postponed so long, it was finally going to blow up.” (The New York Times, Reuters, The Week)



Feinstein sends letter about Kavanaugh to FBI
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that she had a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and referred it to federal investigators. She said the person who provided the information to her “strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision.” The New York Times, citing two officials familiar with the matter, said the letter allegedly involved sexual misconduct on behalf of Kavanaugh when he was in high school. The White House defended Kavanaugh and called Feinstein’s move, which came as the committee set a date for a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.” A person familiar with the matter said the FBI decided not to launch an investigation and referred the letter to the White House for inclusion in Kavanaugh’s background check. (The Washington Post, The New York Times)



 Accused Russians say they went to U.K. as tourists, not assassins
The two Russian men accused by the U.K. of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with a Soviet-era nerve agent protested their innocence Thursday in an interview with the Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT. The men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, said they went to the Skripals’ town in southern England as tourists, not Russian intelligence agents, as British investigators have concluded. “Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town,” Petrov said. “There’s the famous Salisbury cathedral, famous not only in Europe but in the whole world,” Boshirov added. NBC News security analyst Duncan Gardham called the explanation a “brazen circus” that essentially said “We did it.” (NBC News, The Week)


U.S. to reconsider asylum claims of families separated at border
The Trump administration has agreed to reconsider asylum claims by about 1,000 immigrant families separated at the southern border under a deal to settle lawsuits over President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. If U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego approves the agreement, immigrant parents and their children, even those whose applications were rejected, will get a second chance to show they have a “credible fear of persecution or torture” in their home countries. Lawyers for immigrants had argued that the parents were too distraught to make their cases for asylum after their children were taken from them. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said the agreement was “an implicit recognition that they did wrong by these families” by hampering their access to the asylum system. (Reuters, The New York Times, The Week)



North, South Korea Launch Liaison Office
Days before the third summit this year between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, officials from both countries opened a permanent channel of communication aimed at improving relations. Pyongyang’s delegation chief called it “a large step toward peace, prosperity and unification of the Korean peninsula,” while Seoul’s unification minister said it would allow the countries to “directly discuss issues” at any time. Meanwhile, North Korea slammed the U.S. yesterday after the Justice Department charged an alleged hacker with staging major cyber attacks for Pyongyang. (Washington Post, Reuters, OZY)



Former Uber Execs to Face Off in Court
Eric Alexander, Uber’s former head of Asian business development, is suing Rachel Whetstone, the company’s former PR chief, for allegedly damaging his reputation and directly causing his dismissal last year. Alexander was fired after reports that he obtained the confidential medical records of a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India in 2014. He claims Whetstone spread rumors that he’d “acted improperly” in handling the case, which was eventually settled for $3 million. Whetstone, who is now at Netflix, has not commented on the suit. (Fortune, BI, OZY)




Study: BPA-Free Plastic Still Dangerous
A recent Washington State University study suggests that some alternatives to bisphenol A (BPA), the potentially harmful plastic compound once commonly found in water bottles and many other plastics, may cause similar adverse effects. Researchers first discovered reproductive problems in mice after their BPA-free cages were shown to have leached out chemicals from replacement compounds like bisphenol S and diphenyl sulfone. That led the scientists to directly test the rodents with BPA alternatives. According to the reproductive biologist who led the study, the replacements behaved “pretty much exactly like BPA.”  (Science, Gizmodo, OZY)



The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all on track to post weekly gains, after all three fell last week. Thursday’s gains pushed the S&P 500 positive for September, joining the Dow, although the Nasdaq is still down 1.2 percent for the month. (CNBC)



Some American companies, especially those in the automotive business, are getting hurt by new tariffs from both the White House and China, according to a survey released this week by the American Chamber of Commerce. (CNBC)



Ryan disagrees with Trump on death toll (USA Today, CNBC)



Bezos’ $2 billion charity expands his influence (Axios, CNBC)


Good News- (We may be living in some strange times, but there’s still a lot of good in our communities)

Home Depot workers build lemonade stand for boy with cancer

An 8-year-old Florida boy wanted to raise money for a family friend who is battling an aggressive form of childhood cancer. So he and his mother went to a Home Depot for supplies to build a lemonade stand, except they received a lot more than that. Dawn Redmon and her son, Christian, called the Home Depot store in Apopka with the hope that they’d considering making some sort of donation or giving a discount on the items to build the lemonade stand. They agreed to give supplies, but when Redmon went to pick up the supplies, they found an act of kindness instead. Her best friend’s 4-year-old son, Silas, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue and is mostly found in children. Redmon says the family had been experiencing financial issues before they were blindsided by the diagnosis –– and now, as the child undergoes treatment, they need help in offsetting the medical costs.

“They’re trying to get used to what their new normal is going to be,” Redmon said of the family.

When the Redmons leared about Silas’ condition, they joined with other friends to organize a fundraiser for Silas’ family. And Christian, who had wanted to build a lemonade stand to help cancer patients, wanted to pitch in by building a lemonade stand.

“My heart is so full and I am so touched by the AMAZING ladies at Home Depot who made this possible for me!” Redmon wrote in a Facebook post, showing pictures of the fully-constructed lemonade stand with the employees smiling behind it. An even more encouraging result from her interaction with Home Depot is that other businesses are now helping with the fundraiser when initially it was tough to get any support.

“Other businesses in the community are now helping with the event,” Redmon said. “I have businesses donating things to our raffle. Their good deed went way beyond the lemonade stand.”

The event for Silas will be held at the Tractor Supply in Apopka on Sept. 1, where the lemonade stand will make its debut. Friends of the family have also set up a GoFundMe page for Silas with the goal of $25,000.


Joy ride
The widow only had $3 for gas. A cop not only put $20 into her tank, but he inspired other people to help her out.

Free ride
Talk about a fun first day of school. A banker told seniors at a Wisconsin high school he’d pay their tuition if they go to a two-year technical school.


LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS, You are a precious gift, respect it and be respected. Love yourself and be loved. Know your value and don’t accept being treated in a way less than you deserve.



Fly me to the moon
SpaceX wants to send a tourist on a trip around the moon, and it’ll announce who that is next week.

Southern hospitality
The 100 senior citizens, fleeing Hurricane Florence, found themselves in a strange town. But they were welcomed by a wonderful letter from the police.

Revved up reboots
“Magnum, P.I.” “Murphy Brown.” “Charmed.” They’re all back on the air this fall. Now, a new “Designing Women” may be in the works. What year is this again?

Still casting a spell
The books and movies are done, but “Harry Potter” lives on — on the internet, at least. Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t (seem to) mind your meme obsession.


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