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Signs warned of ‘murder hornets’ at a popular Washington hiking spot. But state officials say the signs are fake

“Murder hornets” aren’t a real threat to hikers in Washington, state officials said this week, despite some ominous warning signs on display in a popular hiking and recreation area suggesting otherwise. In fact, the terrifyingly-nicknamed Asian giant hornet hasn’t been spotted in the the state this year, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture…MORE

12 truly amazing Donald Trump quotes on space

12 truly amazing Donald Trump quotes on space

On Wednesday afternoon in Florida, two Americans were set to be rocketed into space in the first launch from US soil in more than a decade. President Donald Trump was there to watch, but the historic launch was postponed due to weather. The next launch window will be on Saturday, a NASA spokesperson said. Trump…MORE

Rod Rosenstein to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Rod Rosenstein to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear next week at a hearing by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee on the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, the committee announced Wednesday. “Mr. Rosenstein will testify about the new revelations contained in the Horowitz report concerning the FISA warrant applications and other matters,”…MORE

Tom Hanks posts about donating plasma after recovering from coronavirus

Tom Hanks posts about donating plasma after recovering from coronavirus

Tom Hanks is giving back with a special sort of donation. The actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to share photos where he appears to be donating convalescent plasma to help in the fight against Covid-19. Plasma derived from blood in people, like Hanks, who have successfully recovered from the virus, may contain antibodies that…MORE

What we mean by a ‘second peak’ of coronavirus

What we mean by a ‘second peak’ of coronavirus

Coronavirus will surge again when summer ends; infectious disease experts are almost certain of that. But they don’t know how severe that resurgence will be. The World Health Organization offered one bleak hypothesis for what the next few months of coronavirus could look like. While we’re still living through the first wave of the pandemic,…MORE

‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ places the emphasis on the survivors’ stories

‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ places the emphasis on the survivors’ stories

“Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” begins with an arresting image: Close-up footage of the wealthy hedge-fund manager during a 2012 deposition, as he is questioned about allegedly soliciting minors for prostitution. It’s grainy and raw, a fair description of this four-part documentary, which squarely focuses on the story from the alleged victims’ perspective. As constructed, there…MORE

House GOP leaders vow to keep fighting remote voting during pandemic

House GOP leaders vow to keep fighting remote voting during pandemic

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday criticized remote voting in the House as unconstitutional and vowed to push ahead with the lawsuit that House GOP leaders have filed in an effort to block the new rules change put in place by House Democrats during the pandemic. “This is unconstitutional what the Democrats are doing,”…MORE

Duuuuude? Scientists studied 100 billion tweets to find out why we stretch our words

Duuuuude? Scientists studied 100 billion tweets to find out why we stretch our words

When we speak, we routinely stretch our words to convey emotion or to strengthen their meaning. Excitement: “Yessssssss!” Fear: “Noooooo!” Confusion: “Whaaaattt?” We’ve probably been doing this since humans began to speak, but such informal language has rarely left a written record. It’s only since the rise of social media that we have had an…MORE

Liz’s Dirt

Wednesday’s Dirt

Camila Cabello admits to being an eccentric person.  She admits that she MUST eat a banana with every meal.  She also says she cannot sleep without socks on because she is convinced the boogeyman will lick her feet while she sleeps. Halsey actually fractured her ankle while loading the dishwasher.  She said she tripped over…

Tuesday’s Dirt

Denzel Washington is being hailed as a real hero.  He was driving through New York City when he saw a homeless man wandering in traffic.  Denzel got out of his car, brought the man to the sidewalk, and talked to him until police got there. ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic has launched the ‘Mullet Challenge.’  He…