Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigns as homophobic, misogynistic comments are revealed in emails
Jon Gruden resigned as Las Vegas Raiders head coach amid reports that he repeatedly used homophobic and misogynistic language in a series of emails. The New York Times reported Gruden used a homophobic term to describe Roger Goodell, made mockery of one team’s decision not to draft a transgender player, and suggested that any player who kneels during the national anthem be fired. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Gruden used a racist trope when describing NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 message. Gruden’s emails were sent between 2011 and 2018, when he was working as a broadcaster for ESPN. These emails were obtained in an unrelated investigation into culture at the Washington Football Team. The investigation resulted a fine but no written report was released.
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At least 2 dead, including UPS employee, after California plane crash
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is expected to visit the scene Tuesday of a small plane crash that killed two people and injured two others in a suburban Southern California neighborhood. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna 340, struck several homes and multiple vehicles Monday afternoon, including a UPS truck, said Fire Chief John Garlow. Three houses sustained “major damage”, while two others were completely destroyed. Neighbors helped a woman who was injured out of the window of a burning house. Dr. Sugata das, who may have been the pilot of the plane, died in the crash. According to Yuma Regional Medical Center’s chief medical officer, he worked there. UPS confirmed that one of its employees died, but the name of the employee was not immediately released. According to Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita, the plane was traveling from Yuma, Arizona to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (San Diego).
‘Oh My God’: Fiery Plane Crash Shocks Residents of San Diego Suburb
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2021-22 NHL season opens with new look
The NHL returns to action tonight with two games, a new team and new broadcast partners. The two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning will raise their Stanley Cup banner before a 7: 30 p.m. ET against the Pittsburgh Penguins At 10: 00 p.m. ET, the expansion Seattle Kraken, the NHL’s 32nd team, will open at the Vegas Golden Knights, who reached the Final in their debut season in 2017-18. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN, which is returning to airing the NHL for the first time since 2004. NBC Sports is being replaced by ESPN and Turner Sports. The league will return to 82 games after two seasons of COVID-19 disruptions. In February, there will be a break to allow NHL players to travel to Beijing Olympics.
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Pamela forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane
Tropical Storm Pamela is forecast to smash into the west coast of Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane by midweek, forecasters said. Forecasters said that Pamela would turn to the northeast and pass close to the Baja California peninsula’s southern tip on Tuesday or Wednesday. The storm could bring dangerous winds, flash flooding, and a potentially life-threatening storm surge. Rob Miller, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said that Pamela will intensify in the coming days due to the combination of warm ocean waters with light wind shear. Although it is expected to diminish as it moves through Mexico, it could still cause flooding in Texas by week’s end.
UNC cancels classes for a ‘Wellness Day’ amid suicide investigations
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said it will cancel classes Tuesday as campus authorities investigate two possible suicides within the past month. In an email, Kevin Guskiewicz, University chancellor, stated that “We are in a mental crisis both on campus and throughout the nation” and also confirmed the cancellations. This crisis has directly affected members of our community, especially after the deaths of two students. The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on mental health and suicide prevention for teens and young adults, found that 63% of students say that their emotional health is worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic and one in five students have had suicidal thoughts in the past month.
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If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.
Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.