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Read Greta Thunberg’s full speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit

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Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations on Monday about climate change, accusing world leaders of inaction and half-measures.

Here are her full remarks:

My message is that we’ll be watching you.

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.

The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.

Fifty percent may be acceptable to you, but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice.

They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist.

So a 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us, we who have to live with the consequences.

How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than eight and a half years.

There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.

You are failing us, but the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you and if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up and change is coming, whether you like it or not.

2nd vaping-related death in Kansas brings national death toll to 9

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Another person has died from a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping, bringing the national death toll to nine.

The patient, a Kansas resident, was a man over age 50 who had underlying health conditions, according to a statement from the Kansas governor’s office announcing the death.

This is the second such death in that state. Other states that have reported vaping-related lung illness deaths are California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Oregon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 530 cases nationwide, and state health departments are investigating hundreds more.

Patients have experienced coughing, fever, trouble breathing, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea and general fatigue. Some have needed to be hospitalized in intensive care units and placed on ventilators.

The majority of patients are between the ages of 18 and 34, and nearly three-quarters are men, according to the CDC.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said her state is working with investigators elsewhere in the country to compare notes on the illnesses.

“We are coordinating a response to combat this epidemic, so that families can avoid such tragic outcomes,” Gov. Kelly said in a written statement.

Patients have reported vaping a variety of electronic cigarette devices, including those containing THC, CBD, nicotine or a combination of those ingredients.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations previously launched an investigation into the products behind the illnesses, but has come up with no single device or ingredient that links all of the cases.

As the investigation continues, Michigan and New York have passed statewide bans on the fruity and minty e-cigarette flavors that health officials say are attractive to young people.

And the FDA proposed a rule that would permit companies to sell e-cigarettes only after they’ve shown the products would serve the public health. Companies have until May 2020 to submit that evidence to the FDA.

“Until these rules and regulations go into effect, education is our best defense,” Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said in a written statement.

“Talk to your kids. Talk to your grandkids,” he said. “Keep talking about these issues.”

Former Texas Tech and NBA player Andre Emmett fatally shot in Dallas

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Andre Emmett, a former Texas Tech basketball standout, was shot and killed early Monday morning, Dallas police said.

Emmett, 37, was approached by two male assailants as he sat in his vehicle about 2:30 a.m., the Dallas Police Department said in a statement. One of the assailants brandished a handgun and an altercation ensued, during which Emmett was shot as he ran from the men, according to police.

A passerby found Emmett and called 911. He was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said. Witnesses told police the assailants fled in a white Chrysler 300.

Texas Tech basketball head coach Chris Beard described Emmett as a “Tech legend” and “arguably the best player in program history” in a video posted to the team’s Twitter account.

“Like most people, I don’t understand why terrible things like this happen to great people like Andre, but just know that he is in all of our thoughts and our prayers,” Beard said.

Emmett was inducted into the Texas Tech hall of fame in 2018. He briefly played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Memphis Grizzlies. Emmett also played for Ice Cube’s Big3, a 3-on-3 half-court basketball league.

The Big3 said in a statement Monday that it was “simply heartbroken” by the loss of Emmett, who “was passionate about helping young people through his Dreams Really Exist foundation.”

Florida officer fired after arresting two 6 year olds

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A school resource officer was fired after arresting two 6-year-old students last week, Orlando police said Monday.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón announced that school resource officer Dennis Turner was terminated as a result of arresting the two children without the approval of a commanding officer. An investigation is still underway into the incident.

“This will not stop,” the chief said of the probe. “But at my level, I have the opportunity to be able to exercise that and when I came in today, I knew there was no choice here. He was going to be terminated.”

Turner was a reserve officer, meaning he served at the will of the chief and could be fired before the end of an investigation, according to Rolón.

Rolón also said that he has reminded officers of the department policy that requires officers to get approval before arresting any child under the age of 12.

A 6-year-old girl was charged with battery after she kicked someone at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, a K-5th grade charter school in Orlando.

The girl’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, attributed her behavioral problems to sleep apnea, according to the station. Her arrest was stopped after a supervisor learned of it and she was returned to school before being processed.

A second child, a 6-year-old boy, was arrested in a separate incident at the same school, was processed and later released to a relative.

Michael Dean, the head of the juvenile division at the prosecutor’s office, said Monday that his office was alerted the boy was on his way to the juvenile detention center and he intervened so that the boy wouldn’t spend time at the center.

State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Aramis D. Ayala told reporters Monday that her office never had any intention of prosecuting the elementary-age children. The girl’s case was dismissed Monday morning.

Ayala said she has not received a case number for the boy, but once it is assigned, “it too will be immediately dismissed.”

Rolón told reporters Monday that Turner had a previous incident “in his personal life” involving his child that was investigated by a neighboring police department. An internal investigation sustained the allegations and Turner was disciplined at the time.

Kansas family’s pride flag burned down in suspected hate crime

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Zach Gingrich-Gaylord hoisted a rainbow pride flag outside his family’s Wichita, Kansas, home two months ago, so he, his wife and their 11-year-old daughter could show their support for the LGBTQ community. On Saturday morning, the family found their flag “just melted down into a plastic mess,” and authorities are now investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“I don’t have a lot of words to whoever did this,” Gingrich-Gaylord said. “They are acting out of fear and bigotry and intolerance.”

Gingrich-Gaylord said he and his family were the first on their street to fly a pride flag, and he thinks that’s why their house was targeted.

“There wasn’t any other vandalism associated with it,” he added. “It was that specific flag on this specific house.”

Saturday’s flag burning — which police say happened between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m while the family was sleeping — was not the first act of vandalism against the Gingrich-Gaylord’s pride symbol. A few weeks ago, the family’s flag was stolen, but a neighbor found and returned it. They bought replacement flags in anticipation of never seeing it again, but when their flag reappeared, they gave away the additional flags to neighbors, who began to display them on their homes, Gingrich-Gaylord said.

Nancy and Barry Carroll live in one of the four other homes on the block with pride flags displayed. They were shocked to hear about the flag burning.

“I thought it was very mean-spirited,” Barry Carroll said. “It’s the intention to frighten and scare us.”

“It was disturbing to all of us,” Nancy Carroll added.

In recent years, there has been an uptick in LGBTQ discrimination, including pride flags being stolen and windows being shot out, according to Thomas Witt, executive director of LGBTQ rights group Equality Kansas.

“It’s a campaign to terrorize the LGBTQ community,” he said.

As a result of these attacks, Witt said more allies are stepping up to support the community. Equality Kansas has been giving out flags at their Wichita center, and Gingrich-Gaylord was grateful to see other residents raising them.

“That’s the proper response to this, is to overwhelm the conversation with love and respect and not to be silenced by people who are trying to get you to be afraid,” Gingrich-Gaylord said.

Micala Gingrich-Gaylord said at first she was frightened by the flag burning, but now she is proud of how the community and police responded in the aftermath.

She said she and her family will replace the flag as many times as necessary.

“We overwhelm something like this with acts of love,” she said. “We did what we do as a family. We don’t respond to bigotry or fascism.”

Five years after Hawaii mother Moreira Monsalve disappeared, ex-boyfriend Bernard Brown is charged with her murder

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More than five years after a Maui mother disappeared, her ex-boyfriend has been indicted in her murder, Maui Police confirmed Friday.

Bernard Brown was indicted by a Maui grand jury on September 20, 2019, for the murder of Moreira Monsalve.

Moreira Monsalve, affectionately known by friends and family as “Mo,” was 46 years old when she was reported missing by her daughter, Alexis Felicilda, on January 14, 2014. Her disappearance was featured as part of Dateline’s “Missing in America” series.

According to Maui police, Mo was last seen by Brown, on January 12, when she stopped by his Wailuku residence. Several days later, some of her personal belongings were found in a dumpster at the nearby Wailuku Community Center. Her body has never been found.

Early on in the investigation, police identified Brown as a person of interest in the case, but he was not named a suspect, and he left the state in early February 2014

Alexis said that she’s been waiting for this day for a long time.

“I’m shocked that after five years, we got this done. And I’m sad that it’s out there that she was murdered,” Alexis said. “Of course there’s anger, too. I’m angry that he felt he had the right to end my mother’s life.”

She added, “This man has changed my life.”

Brown was taken into custody by the FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Sacramento Police Department and is awaiting extradition back to Maui. His bail has been set at $1,000,000.

Parents hold out hope for return of 29-year-old son Mike McClain five months after he disappeared from nightclub in Nashua, New Hampshire

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The parents of Michael “Mike” McClain, who has been missing for five months, say they have hope their son will return home.

“I pray that I’ll open my eyes tomorrow and he’ll be back,” Mike’s mother, Paula Judkins, told Dateline. “I haven’t given up hope that he’s alive and that he’ll come home to us.”

Mike, 29, was last heard from around 2 a.m. Sunday, April 21, after he left the Tropical Lounge on West Hollis Street in Nashua, New Hampshire.

There has been no activity on his social media accounts or credit cards since then.

Mike lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, but was visiting the nightclub in Nashua with friends that Saturday night when an altercation broke out between two young women, according to Mike’s father, Edward McClain.

The altercation escalated outside the club and Mike, who knew one of the women, separated them to “diffuse the situation,” Edward said.

Nashua Police confirmed to Dateline that they arrived on the scene and the crowd dispersed. Friends who were with Mike at the club told police that’s when they became separated.

Mike’s father believes his son left the area on foot because his car was back at a friend’s house in Manchester.

Edward told Dateline that shortly before 2 a.m., Mike called his boss and told her, “They’re after me. More than one.” When she tried to call him back, there was no answer.

Mike’s phone was last pinged at the McDonald’s on East Hollis Street around 2 a.m. After that, no one could reach him.

When Mike did not return phone calls to his mother and grandmother on Easter, or his sister on her birthday, his parents knew something was wrong.

“Michael and I were very close. We spoke every other day,” Mike’s mother, Paula, told Dateline. “He was the sunshine of my life. And now my days are just gray.”

Paula said the last five months have been a struggle, but she’s trying to be strong for her 13-year-old daughter.

“When you’re a mom, your child is your world,” Paula said. “And right now my world is falling apart. But I gotta keep on for my daughter. And for Mike. I’m holding on to my faith.”

Mike, who is described by his father a jokester and someone who loves life, graduated from Hesser College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He now works with children with autism at the nonprofit organization, Easterseals.

“Man would not just walk away like that,” Edward said. “He would not walk away from all the love he has here.” Edward told Dateline he calls Mike “Man” because he called him “Little Man” when he was a child, and the name stuck.

Edward and Paula, who both live in Connecticut, have traveled to New Hampshire many times since their son vanished, searching for answers and talking with people who might have seen something that night.

“Let’s just say it’s our second home,” Edward said. “We search the woods, the alleyways, the water, everywhere we can… we just want to know where our son is. Miracles do happen. We just need one.”

Nashua Police Lt. Daniel Mederos told Dateline that Mike’s case is still an open investigation and the Nashua Police Department is continuing to follow up on all leads and tips that they receive. They would not comment further on the investigation.

Mike is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds. He has brown eyes but wears green contacts, he has brown hair in braids, and has a goatee-style beard. He has various tattoos on his hands and arms.

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