Chicago Sun-Times: Aaron Rodgers’ dabbling in psychedelia has been mocked, but it seems to be working out OK for him by Rick Telander
By now you’ve heard the Aaron Rodgers gags about his looks and his dabbling in the land of psychedelia: Rodgers will soon be starring as Nicolas Cage in ‘‘Con Air II,’’ ayahuasca boils will replace fish boils in Green Bay, Cheesehead hats are soon to become mushroom heads . . .
It’s pretty easy to chuckle with condescension when thinking about the Packers quarterback’s tales of downing the psychedelic plant liquid known as ayahuasca, a boiled concoction containing the psychoactive component DMA, which isn’t considered a violation
of the NFL’s drug policy.
Rodgers took ayahuasca trips to Peru in 2020 and 2021, he stated on a recent podcast with health guru Aubrey Marcus, in order to find ‘‘self-love.’’
Apparently, he found it. For Bears fans still chuckling, just know Rodgers’ love for beating the Bears is limitless. He is a stunning 23-5 against them for his career, and he’s quite aware of this.
The Packers swept the Bears last season, and during their 24-14 victory Oct. 17 at Soldier Field, Rodgers informed end-zone fans after a score, ‘‘I own you! I still [expletive] own you!’’
And Rodgers will, in all likelihood, continue to own the Bears.
New York Times: Albuquerque Police Detain Suspect in Killings of Muslim Men by Simon Romero, Neelam Bohra, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, and Ava Sasani
For days, the news that someone might be killing Muslim men in Albuquerque spread fear among the city’s Muslim residents, some of whom were so afraid of becoming the next target that they fled town or hunkered down in their homes.
On Tuesday, the police said they had arrested a man who was himself Muslim and who may have targeted at least two of the victims because he was angry that his daughter had married a man from the other major branch of Islam.
The police said the man, Muhammad Syed, 51, would be charged in two of the killings and that he was a suspect in the other two deaths.
Ahmad Assed, the president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, a mosque that at least three of the victims had attended, said he understood that the authorities were looking at the possibility that the suspect was a Sunni Muslim who may have targeted the victims because he was angry over his daughter marrying a Shiite Muslim.
Washington Post: Mar-a-Lago search appears focused on whether Trump, aides withheld items by Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman, Jacqueline Alemany, and Spencer S. Hsu
In the months before the FBI’s dramatic move to execute a search warrant at former president Donald Trump’s Florida home and open his safe to look for items, federal authorities grew increasingly concerned that Trump or his lawyers and aides had not, in fact, returned all the documents and other material that were government property, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Officials became suspicious that when Trump gave 15 boxes of items to the National Archives about seven months ago, either the former president or people close to him held on to key records —
despite a Justice Department investigation
into the handling of classified and other material that had been sent to the former president’s private club and residence in the waning days of his administration.
Over months of discussions about whether documents were still missing, some officials also came to suspect Trump’s representatives were not truthful at times, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump said the agents who brought the court-approved warrant to Mar-a-Lago a day earlier took about 12 more boxes after conducting their search.
Buzzfeed: How A Local Florida Journalist Scooped Every Reporter In The Country On The FBI Raid At Mar-A-Lago by Clarissa Jan-Lim
Peter Schorsch was under no illusions that his scoop about the FBI raiding Donald Trump's Florida home on Monday evening was nothing short of earth-shattering.
"There's smaller, personal accomplishments that you feel good about," he told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. "But let's not be coy. This was 100% the biggest scoop that I probably will ever get."
It had been nearly 24 hours since Schorsch, who runs Florida Politics, tweeted that the feds were executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, the former president's Palm Beach residence, citing two anonymous sources.
"Not sure what the search warrant was about," he wrote. "TBH, Im not a strong enough reporter to hunt this down, but its real."
Guardian: Russian airbase on western coast of Crimea damaged in explosions by Dan Sabbagh
A Russian airbase deep behind the frontline in Crimea has been damaged by several large explosions, killing at least one person, although it was not immediately clear whether it had been targeted by a long-range Ukrainian missile strike.
Multiple social media videos showed explosions and clouds emerging from the Saky military base in Novofedorivka on the western coast of Crimea on Tuesday afternoon, prompting questions about how a location more than 100 miles (160km) from the frontline could have been attacked. Later a senior Ukrainian official appeared to claim responsibility, without giving details.
Russia’s defence ministry told the RIA Novosti news agency that the explosions took place at about 3.20pm local time, and that “several aviation munitions detonated” in a storage area. It said it was trying to discern the cause of the incident.
AlJazeera: Lula v Bolsonaro: Tensions rise in Brazil as election nears by Sam Cowie
Sao Paulo — Along Sao Paulo’s main thoroughfare each weekend, Matheus D’Achille sells towels bearing the faces of the frontrunners in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election.
Less than two months until the first round of the contest on October 2, the young street vendor says he sells far more towels of leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva than of far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.
“When people come to buy Bolsonaro [towels], they do it quietly and quickly, like they’re worried,” D’Achille told Al Jazeera. “We sell much more of Lula.”
His observations reflect recent opinion polls that continue to give Lula a double-digit lead. In a survey by Brazil’s Datafolha late last month, the former union leader had an 18-point lead over Bolsonaro, with support from 47 percent of respondents compared with 29 percent for the incumbent. If Lula receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, he would win the election outright, without the need for a runoff.
As 22-year-old Muhammad Aslam combs through the ruins of his home, he finds rubble where there were once walls, and piles of straw he's used as a thatch roof for his mud home.
His village Sadori - in the Pakistani province of Balochistan - was devastated by flash floods that began in June and have since killed more than 500 people. Close to 50,000 houses have been either been damaged or flattened so far, displacing thousands of people.
Mr Aslam and a few others have returned to their village see if they can rebuild their life here. But it's a grim sight that greets them. Nothing can be saved - even their farm land has been turned into a muddy swamp.
"I lost everything," he says.
The monsoons first hit Pakistan in the middle of June. The country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said they brought 133% more rainfall than the annual average, which has not happened in years.
The downpour triggered floods which wreaked havoc across provinces, swallowing up entire villages, roads and bridges. For days, people were trapped, landlocked with little help, local media reported.
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