- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Billy Dare and the protective flashback:
- Supreme Court stays lower court ruling overturning Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage: The Court did not release any reasons for the stay nor its vote totals.
- Execution video of James Foley confirmed authentic: Intelligence sources have determined that the gruesome video of journalist James Foley being beheaded is real.
GlobalPost asks its audience to consider refraining from watching or sharing the video of Jim's killing or its associated images. The video is a graphic work of propaganda, intending to terrorize the public at the expense of an impartial, credentialed journalist whose objective was to chronicle the suffering in Syria, where more than 170,000 people have been killed.
Jim cared deeply about the victims of war, and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. His conflict reporting — from Afghanistan to Libya to Syria —exemplifies the intrepid and selfless work of someone willing to risk his life so the world could understand the horrors of modern war.
- Woman raises more than $140,000 to feed Ferguson schoolchildren: Public schools in Ferguson, Missouri, were supposed to open August 14, but won't open before August 25 at the earliest because of protests over the police slaying of Michael Brown. That's presented a problem for the 68 percent of the local school district's enrollees eligible for reduced price or free lunches. But a North Carolina teacher, Julianna Mendelsohn, initiated a fund-raising effort to feed those children. By Thursday, more than 4,500 donors had contributed more than $140,000 for the St. Louis Area Foodbank to feed them.
- Initial claims for unemployment compensation fall: For the week ending August 16, seasonally adjusted initial claims were 298,000, down 14,000 from the previous week's revised level. The less volatile four-week running average was 300,750, up 4,750 from the previous week's revised average. For the comparable week of 2013, the figure was 338,000. For the week ending August 2, the total number of people claiming compensation was 2,517,465, down 18,965 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,431,604 persons claiming compensation. That steep drop was in great part because the federal emergency unemployment compensation program was allowed to expire in December. When it did 1.37 million Americans who had been jobless for 27 weeks or more immediately lost compensation.
- Poplar Bluff, Missouri, city councilman apologizes for posting racist photos of President Obama on Facebook, then apologizes again: Peter Tinsley said at a city council meeting Monday, “I apologize from the bottom of my heart. At one time, I was a very active republican, very opposed to Obama." That statement irked some Butler County Republicans, including its chairman. So on Tuesday, Tinsley was back at it, apologizing again: “I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it's very serious and it's not funny at all. Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true. It's not an excuse."
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show encore performance, it's the August 21, 2013 show, with Joan McCarter! What were we talking about a year ago? Ted Cruz! Rick Perry! Filibusters! Internet surveillance! SOPA/PIPA! The NRA! No Labels! And crazy rich dudes from WalMart!
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