Reopened schools in Georgia’s Paulding and Cherokee counties drew negative attention this week. Viral photos showed students packing hallways with little regard for social distancing or mask-wearing. The most prominent images were taken on Tuesday by a 10th grade student, reports HuffPost. The student posted them on social media and described the hallway situation as severely jammed. Other viral images showed students standing in close proximity for senior photos with no masks.
Federal health officials are asking parents and health care workers to be on the lookout. We should be looking for symptoms of a mysterious paralyzing illness among children. This is ahead of an anticipated seasonal outbreak over the next several months, says HuffPost. The polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, tends to peak every other year in the U.S. The last surge in cases was in 2018 when a record 238 cases were reported in 42 states.
More than a year ago, former 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and anti-LGBTQ hate crime. Smollett was initially charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct, which eventually got whittled down to a six-count indictment. Though the actor has maintained his innocence, he’s kept a low profile for most of 2020. Now, HuffPost reports his younger sister is speaking out.
The colossal destruction of Beirut's port was due to the explosion of a large quantity of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse there. HuffPost reports more that as of Wednesday, more than 130 people were confirmed dead, and at least 5,000 injured. Videos appear to show fireworks going off in a fire shortly before the massive explosion. While ammonium nitrate can't burn on its own, it can act as an accelerant. It can also explode when subjected to high temperatures in a confined space.
Katy Perry has come to the defense of Ellen DeGeneres, according to HuffPost. Perry is defending her against claims about the daytime talk show host. Katy Perry tweeted that she’d “only ever had positive takeaways” in her experiences on the show. “I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought." Perry A BuzzFeed article cited interviews with 10 former and one current employee of the “Ellen” show.