Dr Seuss ‘racist’? Museum vows to remove mural by celebrated author amid ‘PC gone mad’ cries..
The Dr Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts has agreed to remove the offending image but has now been criticized for kowtowing to political correctness. The illustration in question was taken from Dr Seuss’ first book, ‘And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street,’ from 1937.
Author and illustrator Mo Willems announced Friday that he and two other authors, Lisa Yee and Mike Curato, would boycott an event at the museum on October 14 citing the depiction of a “jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes.”
Death toll at hurricane-hit Florida nursing home rises to 14
A total of 14 elderly people have now died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills that lost power during Hurricane Irma. Ninety-year-old Cecilia Franco and 95-year-old Francesca Andrade both reportedly died from ailments suffered when the Florida nursing home lost power from September 10-14. Police did not disclose the cause of death, because the patients are part of an ongoing criminal investigation, which began when police found three patients dead at the facility after the storm passed. The state Agency for Health Care Administration suspended the facility’s license after several other patients died shortly after. When the remaining patients were rushed to a hospital across the street, they were found with temperatures between 107 and 109 Fahrenheit.
Puerto Rico’s Official Death Toll Hits 39, With The Final Number Still Unknown
The island’s top public safety official neither confirmed nor denied media reports of many uncounted deaths.
The official number of deaths in Puerto Rico related to Hurricane Maria has now risen from 36 to 39.
Héctor M. Pesquera, secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, described the circumstances of the three added deaths during a press conference Sunday afternoon. He said he did not expect the final death toll to reach the hundreds and declined to address media reports of dozens of unaccounted dead.
One of the three newly counted deaths occurred in Dorado, 15 miles west of San Juan. The man’s decomposed body was brought to the Institute of Forensic Science in San Juan on Oct. 6. Mud and debris were found in the body’s organs, and it was determined that he had died by drowning in the Plata river during the storm….
Napa And Sonoma County Wildfires Lead To Evacuations In California
Officials said strong, dry winds were fanning the flames.
Wildfires fanned by strong winds swept through northern California’s wine country on Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and forcing some 20,000 people to flee.
The deaths brought the official wildfire-related toll in California this year to 13, the greatest loss of civilian life from a single cluster of blazes in the state in a decade, state fire officials said.
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, encompassing some of the state’s prime wine-making areas, as the blazes raged unchecked and engulfed the region in thick, billowing smoke that drifted south into the San Francisco Bay area….
Fan dies after being hit by motocross bike while attempting to run across track
The motocross competition in Krasnodar Region in the south of Russia was marred by tragedy when the man, seen in the video in a white shirt, appeared to attempt to run across the track just before the bikes came hurtling towards him.
The man entered the track just behind the earth ramp where the riders take off, and the race leader collided with him at full speed as he was airborne….
Oxford college bans Christian Union from freshers’ fair over ‘homophobia & neo-colonialism’
Hubert Au, President of the JCR, the college student union, told Christian Union representatives that their presence at the fair could cause “potential for harm to freshers who are already struggling to feel welcome in Oxford.”
“Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism,” wrote Au, whose missive was passed on to and published by university newspaper Cherwell….
5 killed as ‘blood-sucking vampire’ scare lynchings prompt UN withdrawals in Malawi
“While His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika was attending the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York recently, he received reports of very distressing and agonizing allegations of blood-sucking incidents in some parts of the country,” a statement from the office of the President of Malawi read, as cited by The Malawi Voice.
“The President also received reports of very disturbing instances of mob justice carried on persons suspected to be connected to the alleged blood-sucking incidents.”
Gunmen Open Fire On University Convoy In Kenya, Killing 2
A driver and two policemen were also wounded in the attack.
Two staff members of a Kenyan university were killed south of Mombasa on Tuesday when gunmen fired on vehicles carrying them and students to their campus, the area police chief said.
The identity of the gunmen was unclear. Police in the coastal county of Kwale, where the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) has a campus, said they could be robbers or militants.
Security is poor in the area and the convoy had a police escort. Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab frequently carry out attacks along the Kenyan coast and have been recruiting new members there.
In 2015, al Shabaab gunmen killed 148 students at a university in Kenya’s Garissa town near the Kenya-Somali border, an attack that provoked shock and outrage in Kenya and abroad….