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Maryland places football coach on leave

The University of Maryland has placed head football coach D.J. Durkin and members of the athletics staff on administrative leave during an investigation of the death by heatstroke of a football player.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 5:31 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 5:31 PM

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1. White nationalist rally

Unite the Right? It was more like unite the two dozen. That's about how many white nationalists showed up for the rally over the weekend in Washington. They were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of counterprotesters who marched and chanted "Nazis go home!" and "Shame! Shame! Shame!" The rally fell on the one-year anniversary of the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

2. Turkey

Turkey's currency continues to plummet as it wrestles with a crisis that's reverberating around the globe. The Turkish lira dropped by double digits against the dollar before recovering a bit this morning in the Asian markets. Turkey's locked in a political clash with the US, with President Trump doubling steel and aluminum tariffs against the country and threatening sanctions over an imprisoned pastor. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who's something of a frenemy to America, blasted the US in a speech over the weekend, saying Turkey won't give in to threats.

3. White House

Where there's Omarosa, there's usually drama. There was no exception to that rule this weekend, as Omarosa Manigault Newman -- the former White House aide and reality TV star -- claimed on "Meet the Press" that she recorded White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her. NBC aired portions of her recording. This, of course, is all part of the rollout for her tell-all book on her year inside the Trump White House.

This may all sound like a lot of frivolous palace intrigue, but there could be more going on here. Manigault Newman said the recording of her firing was made in the White House Situation Room. That's supposed to be one of the most secure rooms on the planet. If indeed the recording was made there, that's a huge violation of strict internal procedures and highlights the flouting of safety and security protocols in the Trump White House, says CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem.

4. Stolen plane

Human remains have been found in the wreckage of that stolen Horizon Air plane that crashed Friday night near Seattle. Investigators believe the remains are those of Richard Russell, a 29-year-old airport worker who officials say stole the 76-seat plane, flew it for an hour with military jets in hot pursuit before crashing it on a wooded island. Russell, who was the only person on the plane, was reportedly suicidal. The main question everyone wants answered: How was this guy able to steal a plane and then fly it right out of one of the nation's busiest airports? (An ex-airline pilot says it's shockingly easy to do.)

5. Maryland football

Just weeks before the start of the college football season, the University of Maryland's program is in disarray. One of its players is dead, and the team's coach and members of the athletics staff are suspended. The player, 19-year-old Jordan McNair, died of heatstroke back in June, two weeks after participating in a workout at the school's practice fields. Head football coach D.J. Durkin and the others were placed on administrative leave as the university investigates McNair's death as accusations swirl that Durkin and his staff subjected their players to verbal and physical abuse.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

36

The number of people killed in an explosion in Sarmada, Syria, near the border with Turkey. The blast, which killed women and children, occurred in a building that housed ammunition. It's not clear how it happened or who is responsible.

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Tiger tale

Yes, it was thrilling to see a bit of the old Tiger Woods charging through the final round of the PGA Championship but, alas, he came up just short to Brooks Koepka.

Just bring a sleeping bag

No bottled water, no plastic straws and no meat. Sounds like hell? Nope, it's just summer camp at startup WeWork.

Elba, Idris Elba

Everybody's buzzing about Idris Elba possibly becoming the first black James Bond. So of course he both encouraged and discouraged the rumors.

Fish food

The California family thought their fish would die after they evacuated their home because of wildfires. Nobody told the firefighters that.

'Tour of grief'

That grieving orca whale that carried her dead calf's body for days stopped carrying the carcass. Here's hoping she found some peace.

THIS JUST IN

Summit sequel

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold a second summit in Pyongyang, North Korea next month.

AND FINALLY ...

Monday makeover

What would Alanis Morissette's classic "Ironic" sound like as a heavy metal tune? This talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Norway finds out. (Click to view)

ONE MORE THING

In Sunday's newsletter, we said that when students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High return to school this week there will be metal detectors along with other security enhancements. That's incorrect. The installation of the metal detectors will be delayed until the school learns how to operate them.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 15752

Reported Deaths: 739
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 18246

Reported Deaths: 644
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