Boy, 10, has camped in his back garden for more than 60 days to raise money for local hospice – The Sun


A BOY has spent more than 60 days camping in his back garden to raise money for a local hospice.

Ten-year-old Max Woosey is collecting the cash in memory of a neighbour who gave him the tent.

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He has raised more than £2,000 so far for the North Devon Hospice.

Max started his charity feat within days of movement restrictions being brought in on March 23rd and it was originally only scheduled to last three weeks.

All he has for company is his teddy bears, copies of the Beano and a torch in case he needs to hunt for his back door key.

'KINDNESS OF STRANGERS'

But he has not once cracked and gone into the house in Brauton, Devon, at night despite being “a little scared” several times.

Mum Rachael makes him go in during the day for schooling and to wash.

She said: “He has been really touched by the kindness of strangers.

“He cannot believe people had followed his progress, sent messages of support and donated so much.

“I’ve been very impressed by his determination.

“The latest hurdle he had to overcome was very heavy rain, flashes of lightning and crashes of thunder in the early hours.

“He clearly has no intention of giving up and while the money keeps rolling absolutely nothing is going to persuade him to give up – expect perhaps going back to school in a few weeks."




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Charlamagne tha God dismisses Biden’s ‘lip service’ apology for black voter gaffe and demands ‘real policy commitments’ – The Sun

CHARLAMAGNE tha God has dismissed former VP Joe Biden's "lip service" apology for his black voter gaffe and has demanded "real policy commitments."

In an interview with the radio host last week, the presidential hopeful said "you ain't black" if you vote for Donald Trump over him in the 2020 election.

During an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, Charlamagne responded: "I don't even care about the words and the lip service.

"The apology is cool but the best apology is actually a black agenda.

"You know, they got to make some real policy commitments to black people."

The Breakfast Club host also said that he would like to see the Democrat choose a black woman as his running mate.

He said: "I do hear a lot of people say, you know, we also want him to have a black woman running mate, you know, but not just any black woman running mate, one that's going to actually get in office and care that black people benefit from our presence there …

"We need substance and significance over symbolism, and he's already committed to putting a black woman on the Supreme Court.

"So, I just want him and the Democratic Party to know that it's time to give back to the black community in a very tangible way."

On Friday, Biden apologized after receiving swift backlash for the quip.

“Perhaps I was much too cavalier,” Biden told the US Black Chamber of Commerce during a call hours after the interview aired.

“I know the comments have come off like I was taking the African vote for granted."

"But nothing could be further from the truth," he said. "I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy."

During the interview, Charlamagne tha God talked to Biden about his record on racial issues and the possibility of him choosing a black, female running mate heading into November.

“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered," Biden told the host of a vice presidential pick. "Multiple."

An aide of Biden's is heard chiming in, trying to cut the interview short, to which Charlamagne tha God said: “You can't do that to black media!”

“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden said, and added: “Uh oh. I’m in trouble.”

“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne said. “It’s a long way until November. We've got more questions.”

Biden then quipped: “You’ve got more questions? Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to Trump's 2020 campaign and leader of Black Voices for Trump, said in a statement Biden's comments were “racist and dehumanizing.”

“White liberal elitists have continuously dictated which black Americans are allowed to come to the table and have a voice,” she said.

“It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking."

Pierson added: "He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how black people should behave. Biden has a history of racial condescension and today he once again proved what a growing number of black Americans and I have always known — Joe Biden does not deserve our votes.”


The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee has a strong history with black voters.

In February, Biden won South Carolina's Democratic primary vote after he was backed up Rep Jim Clyburn, of South Carolina — a move that was a major "factor" for local voters.

His endorsement in South Carolina was widely credited with helping widen Biden’s winning margin and start his avalanche of March primary victories.

An exit poll by Edison Research found the backing from Clyburn was important for six out of 10 primary voters, and there was also evidence that Biden’s status as

Obama’s two-term vice president helped him win over African Americans.

Biden prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race.

A supporter of his, Bebe Coker, told The Associated Press: “I know Joe’s heart. I guess that’s why I’m rather defensive of him. Joe has always been straight-up Joe."

"But when things come back at people that don’t look like us, they will say it’s racist because it doesn’t sound right when it’s coming out of somebody else’s mouth.”

His support from the black community has sustained him through a slew of controversies that would most likely sink any other Democratic politician, including a series of awkward comments about race and persistent attacks from Trump on son Hunter Biden’s business ties in Ukraine.

Many African Americans, especially older ones, believe Biden will appeal to white voters and can defeat Trump this fall.

Last year, Biden said: “I’ve always been comfortable with the community, and I think the community’s always been comfortable with me."

Biden has already committed to picking a female running mate, and recently launched a committee to begin vetting possible candidates for the vice presidency, which he said will probably last through July.

But black voters and leaders have said Biden needs to go further and pick a black woman, arguing that Biden’s success in November depends on black people turning out to vote in November.

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Charlamagne tha God dismisses Biden’s ‘lip service’ apology for black voter gaffe and demands ‘real policy commitments’ – The Sun

CHARLAMAGNE tha God dismisses Biden's "lip service" apology for his black voter gaffe and demands "real policy commitments."

In an interview with the radio host last week, the presidential hopeful said "you ain't black" if you vote for Donald Trump over him in the 2020 election.

During an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, Charlamagne said: "I don't even care about the words and the lip service.

"The apology is cool but the best apology is actually a black agenda.

"You know, they got to make some real policy commitments to black people."

The Breakfast Club host also said that he would like to see the Democrat choose a black woman as his running mate.

He said: "I do hear a lot of people say, you know, we also want him to have a black woman running mate, you know, but not just any black woman running mate, one that's going to actually get in office and care that black people benefit from our presence there …

"We need substance and significance over symbolism, and he's already committed to putting a black woman on the Supreme Court.

"So, I just want him and the Democratic Party to know that it's time to give back to the black community in a very tangible way."

On Friday, Biden apologized after receiving swift backlash for the quip.

“Perhaps I was much too cavalier,” Biden told the US Black Chamber of Commerce during a call hours after the interview aired.

“I know the comments have come off like I was taking the African vote for granted."

"But nothing could be further from the truth," he said. "I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy."

During the interview, Charlamagne tha God talked to Biden about his record on racial issues and the possibility of him choosing a black, female running mate heading into November.

“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered," Biden told the host of a vice presidential pick. "Multiple."

An aide of Biden's is heard chiming in, trying to cut the interview short, to which Charlamagne tha God said: “You can't do that to black media!”

“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden said, and added: “Uh oh. I’m in trouble.”

“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne said. “It’s a long way until November. We've got more questions.”

Biden then quipped: “You’ve got more questions? Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to Trump's 2020 campaign and leader of Black Voices for Trump, said in a statement Biden's comments were “racist and dehumanizing.”

“White liberal elitists have continuously dictated which black Americans are allowed to come to the table and have a voice,” she said.

“It is clear now more than ever, following these racist and dehumanizing remarks, that Joe Biden believes black men and women are incapable of being independent or free thinking."

Pierson added: "He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how black people should behave. Biden has a history of racial condescension and today he once again proved what a growing number of black Americans and I have always known — Joe Biden does not deserve our votes.”


The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee has a strong history with black voters.

In February, Biden won South Carolina's Democratic primary vote after he was backed up Rep Jim Clyburn, of South Carolina — a move that was a major "factor" for local voters.

His endorsement in South Carolina was widely credited with helping widen Biden’s winning margin and start his avalanche of March primary victories.

An exit poll by Edison Research found the backing from Clyburn was important for six out of 10 primary voters, and there was also evidence that Biden’s status as

Obama’s two-term vice president helped him win over African Americans.

Biden prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race.

A supporter of his, Bebe Coker, told The Associated Press: “I know Joe’s heart. I guess that’s why I’m rather defensive of him. Joe has always been straight-up Joe."

"But when things come back at people that don’t look like us, they will say it’s racist because it doesn’t sound right when it’s coming out of somebody else’s mouth.”

His support from the black community has sustained him through a slew of controversies that would most likely sink any other Democratic politician, including a series of awkward comments about race and persistent attacks from Trump on son Hunter Biden’s business ties in Ukraine.

Many African Americans, especially older ones, believe Biden will appeal to white voters and can defeat Trump this fall.

Last year, Biden said: “I’ve always been comfortable with the community, and I think the community’s always been comfortable with me."

Biden has already committed to picking a female running mate, and recently launched a committee to begin vetting possible candidates for the vice presidency, which he said will probably last through July.

But black voters and leaders have said Biden needs to go further and pick a black woman, arguing that Biden’s success in November depends on black people turning out to vote in November.

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Bad weather threatens Elon Musk's historic manned Space X launch

Bad weather threatens Elon Musk’s historic manned Space X launch as rain and storms are forecast in Florida just one day after crew members completed the final rehearsal

  • Weather has threatened to delay Space X’s historic launch of two NASA astronauts on Wednesday
  • Forecasts show continual thunderstorms and thick cloud cover at Kennedy’s Space Center in Florida  
  • If delayed on Wednesday, the launch will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 30
  • Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, will man the capsule Wednesday 
  • The two NASA astronauts performed their ‘dress rehearsal’ Saturday, Hurley said
  • They arrived at the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida wearing their SpaceX-designed spacesuits and in a Tesla with the license plate ISSBND
  • They then climbed into their Crew Dragon spacecraft at Launch Complex 39A 
  • SpaceX also successfully tested its Falcon 9 rocket Friday
  • Behnken said on Twitter Friday: ‘Exciting couple of days here at NASA Kennedy! 

Poor weather has threatened the Space X launch on Wednesday which is set to send two American astronauts to the International Space Station in the first crewed mission from US soil in nine years.  

The scheduled takeoff has only a 40 per cent chance of liftoff due to a thick cloud cover and the potential for Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket to fly through the rain.

Weather forecasts predict Kennedy’s Space Center in Florida, where the launch will take place, will see continued thunderstorms starting this week and into the next. 

Thunderstorms and thick cloud cover may delay Space X’s anticipated launch on Wednesday. Pictured: The Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the Dragon capsule into space

‘On launch day, remnant moisture’ from a tropical wave will stay in the area, the Launch Mission Execution Forecast said, according to United Press International.  

Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur crept towards the East Coast as the first named storm in the Atlantic Ocean this year. The NOAA later downgraded it to a post-tropical cyclone that was heading away from the US.  

‘The primary launch weather concerns remain flight through precipitation, the thick cloud layer rule and the cumulus cloud rule associated with the remnant tropical moisture and proximity of [a] developing low,’ Launch Mission Execution Forecast added.

Liftoff can’t happen if it’s raining at the launch pad or detected in the flight path.

Also, a layer with clouds within five nautical miles and at least 4,500 feet thick is also a deterrent. Such conditions could be dangerous for crew members and damage equipment.

‘You could trigger lightning,’Tim Garner, a meteorologist in charge at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in a 2017 podcast.

‘[A rocket’s] mere presence in a high electric field will be that thing that sets off the lightning strike.’

American astronauts Robert Behnken (left) and Doug Hurley (right) with NASA will make the trip to the International Space Station

Pictured: This illustration made available by SpaceX depicts the company’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket during the uncrewed In-Flight Abort Test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Weather forecasts at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (pictured) show a series of thunderstorms will hit Treasure Coast this week and the next

Space X CEO Elon Musk said that high-altitude wind shear ‘hits like a sledgehammer’ and can cause ‘control problems.’

NASA has implemented the ‘Good Sense Rule,’ which states: ‘Even when constraints are not violated, if any other hazardous conditions exist, the launch weather officer will report the threat to the launch director. The launch director may hold at any time based on the instability of the weather.’ 

Benji Reed, the company’s director of Crew Mission Management, told Business Insider that Space X monitors weather at 50 separate locations. They even watch wave and height velocity in the Atlantic Ocean. 

‘We need to make sure that if the crew had to come down, in a launch escape scenario, that they would come down in a sea state that would keep them safe, and that the rescue forces would be able to come and get them,’ said Reed.

‘We don’t launch until we know that we’re ready.’

If the highly anticipated launch is delayed, NASA said it will make another attempt to fly the Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS on Saturday.  

But last Saturday, space officials completed the final rehearsal for their historic mission. It is the first astronaut launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. 

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Demo-2 mission launch on  Saturday

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, both veteran space travelers, will crew the capsule Wednesday. Hurley piloted Atlantis on its last trip. 

The two astronauts performed their ‘dress rehearsal’, Hurley said. They arrived at the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida wearing their SpaceX-designed spacesuits and in a Tesla with the license plate ISSBND, ISS Bound.

They then climbed into their Crew Dragon spacecraft at Launch Complex 39A. SpaceX also successfully tested their Falcon 9 rocket Friday. 

Behnken wrote on Twitter Friday: ‘Exciting couple of days here at NASA Kennedy! 

‘Crew arrival in Florida was awesome, seeing our vehicle roll to 39A was epic, and watching our SpaceX Falcon 9 1st-stage fire one more time before our mission still has a smile on my face!’ 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen on Friday on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A during a brief static fire test ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission this week 

The rocket is set for a Wednesday, May 27, launch that will send two astronauts to the International Space Station for the first crewed flight from the U.S. in nearly a decade

Astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken pose in front of a Tesla Model X car during a SpaceX launch dress rehearsal at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the US has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be among the spectators at Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday to witness the launch, which has been given the green light despite months of shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear if a delayed launch will change plans for the White House officials.  

The general public, in a nod to virus restrictions, has been told to watch via a livestream as Crew Dragon is launched by a Falcon 9 rocket toward the International Space Station. 

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the United States has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station.  

At 4:33pm on Wednesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Launch Pad 39A with the Crew Dragon capsule at its top. 

NASA’s Commercial Crew program, aimed at developing private spacecraft to transport American astronauts to space, began under Barack Obama.

But his successor sees it as a symbol of his strategy to reassert American domination of space, both military – with his creation of the Space Force – and civilian.

He has ordered NASA to return to the moon in 2024, an unlikely timetable but one that has given the storied space agency a boost.

In the 22 years since the first components of the ISS were launched, only spacecraft developed by NASA and by the Russian space agency have carried crews there.

NASA used the illustrious shuttle program – huge, extremely complex, winged ships -to carried dozens of astronauts into space for three decades.

But their staggering cost – $200 billion for 135 flights – and two fatal accidents finally put an end to the program.

The shift to private companies allows NASA to zero in on deep space travel. The space agency is working to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 under orders from the White House, but that deadline appears increasingly unlikely even as three newly chosen commercial teams rush to develop lunar landers. Mars also beckons.  

The White House portrayed the launch as an extension of Trump’s promise to reassert American dominance in space. He recently oversaw creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

‘Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,’ Trump said in a statement.

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (L) and Robert Behnken pose while participating in a dress rehearsal for launch at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken in his spacesuit at SpaceX headquarters in California

In this August 2018 photo made available by SpaceX, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

The Crew Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are pictured at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 21, 2020

This February 2020 photo shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule after its arrival to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

The last shuttle, Atlantis, landed on July 21, 2011.

After, NASA astronauts learned Russian and traveled to the ISS in the Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan, in a partnership which survived political tensions between Washington and Moscow.

But it was only ever meant to be a temporary arrangement. NASA had entrusted two private companies – aviation giant Boeing and upstart SpaceX – with the task of designing and building capsules that would replace the shuttles.

Nine years later, SpaceX, founded by Musk, the outspoken South African entrepreneur who also built PayPal and Tesla, in 2002,  is ready to launch.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley pose for pictures after arriving at the Launch and Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ahead of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, May 20, 2020, in Florida.

In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 photo astronauts Doug Hurley, foreground, and Bob Behnken work in SpaceX’s flight simulator at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

NASA has awarded SpaceX more than $3 billion in contracts since 2011 to build the spacecraft. 

The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship – all of it white with black trim.

The color coordinating is thanks to Musk, the driving force behind both SpaceX and Tesla, and a big fan of flash and science fiction.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken like the fresh new look. They’ll catch a ride to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X electric car.

‘It is really neat, and I think the biggest testament to that is my 10-year-old son telling me how cool I am now,’ Hurley told The Associated Press.

‘SpaceX has gone all out’ on the capsule’s appearance, he said. ‘And they’ve worked equally as hard to make the innards and the displays and everything else in the vehicle work to perfection.’ 

SpaceX has confounded expectations with its space craft, built using more than $3 billion of NASA contracts

SpaceX tests its StarHopper, successfully hovering 500 feet above the launch site and safely landing at the company’s facility in Brownsville, Texas in August 2019 

Nineteen hours after takeoff the two men will dock at the ISS, where two Russians and an American are waiting for them.

The weather forecast remains unfavorable, with a 60 percent chance of bad conditions, according to Cape Canaveral forecasters.

The next launch window is Saturday, May 30.

The launch has taken five years longer than planned to come about, but even with the delays SpaceX has beaten Boeing to the punch.

Boeing’s test flight of its Starliner failed due to serious software issues, and will have to be redone.

 Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the United States has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station

SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2016

‘It’s been a real success story,’ Scott Hubbard, former director of NASA’s Ames Center in Silicon Valley who now teaches at Stanford, told AFP.

‘There was huge skepticism,’ Hubbard, who met Musk before the creation of SpaceX and also chairs a SpaceX safety advisory panel, recalled.

‘Senior people at the legacy companies, Lockheed, Boeing, would tell me at a conference that these SpaceX guys don’t know what they don’t know,’ he told AFP.

SpaceX finally came out on top with its cheaper Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which comes back to land vertically on a barge in the Atlantic.  

The bulky, orange ascent and entry suits worn by shuttle astronauts had their own attraction, according to Behnken, who like Hurley wore them for his two previous missions. Movies like ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Space Cowboys’ stole the orange look whenever actors were ‘trying to pretend to be astronauts.’

On launch day, Hurley and Behnken will get ready inside Kennedy´s remodeled crew quarters, which dates back to the two-man Gemini missions of the mid-1960s. SpaceX techs will help the astronauts into their one-piece, two-layer pressure suits.

Hurley and Behnken will emerge through the same double doors used on July 16, 1969, by Apollo 11´s Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – the Operations and Checkout Building now bears Armstrong´s name.

But instead of the traditional Astrovan, the two will climb into the back seat of a Tesla Model X for the nine-mile ride to Launch Complex 39A, the same pad used by the moonmen and most shuttle crews. It’s while they board the Tesla that they’ll see their wives and young sons for the last time before flight.

Making a comeback after three decades is NASA´s worm logo – wavy, futuristic-looking red letters spelling NASA, the ‘A’ resembling rocket nose cones. The worm adorns the Astro-Tesla, Falcon and even the astronauts’ suits, along with NASA´s original blue meatball-shaped logo.

The white-suited Hurley and Behnken will transfer from the white Tesla to the white Dragon atop the equally white Falcon 9.

‘It´s going to be quite a show,’ Reed promised. 

A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in 2018

Since 2012, SpaceX has been resupplying the ISS for NASA, thanks to the cargo version of the Dragon capsule.

The manned mission, called Demo-2, is crucial for Washington in two ways.

The first is to break NASA’s dependence on the Russians.

But the second is to catalyze a private ‘low Earth orbit’ market open to tourists and businesses.

‘We envision a day in the future where we have a dozen space stations in low Earth orbit. All operated by commercial industry,’ said NASA boss Jim Bridenstine.

Musk is aiming higher: he is building a huge rocket, Starship, to circumnavigate the Moon – or even to travel to Mars and ultimately make humanity a ‘multi-planet species’.

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Man, 38, ‘raped 64-year-old mentally-disabled woman then left her laying in own blood and feces’ – The Sun

A DISABLED woman has been raped and left to die lying in her own blood and feces having been choked unconscious.

The Brooklyn victim is still in a coma, but the man arrested for the sickening rape told cops " Yea I did it, it was consensual".

Frankie Harris, 38, of Bushwick, faces attempted murder, rape, strangulation and sex abuse charges for the May 18 nighttime attack on the 64-year-old woman

He allegedly told police that he did it and insists that the brutal attack in the street at 11.30 pm was consensual.

Surveillance video caught Harris riding a Citi Bike past the 64-year-old woman just steps from her home on E. 111th St. near Second Ave.

Cops said Harris then parked his bike between two cars and engaged his victim in a short conversation.

He suddenly grabbed her from behind, put her in a chokehold, and raped her, said cops.

Harris then washed his hands with a bottle of soap he was carrying before he rode off, abandoning the woman facedown in her own blood and feces, cops said.

Detectives believe Harris to be mentally disabled and a K2 smoker, a habit that brought him to the East Harlem neighborhood.

His arrest record includes turnstile jumping and other non-violent offenses, said police sources.

The victim was put in a medically induced coma and has not yet spoken with police.

NYPD offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Harris' arrest along with pictures. He was apprehended through a tip, sources said.



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Three in ten negative coronavirus tests for NHS staff could be wrong, doctor’s union warns – The Sun

THREE in ten negative coronavirus tests for NHS staff could be wrong, a doctor’s union is warning.

The Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) fears 20 to 30 per cent of tests are giving hospital workers negative results even though they're still infectious – fuelling the spread of Covid-19 in hospitals.

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And the union are now urging the Government to change the rules so that doctors and nurses need two negative tests to return to work – to prevent hospitals becoming ‘hotspots’ of infection.

The HCSA also said that ministers should publish the false negative rates for all its antigen tests – which determine whether someone is currently carrying the virus and are actively infectious.

In a strongly-worded letter to Duncan Selbie Chief Executive Public Health England (PHE), seen by The Telegraph, Dr Paul Donaldson, General Secretary of the HCSA revealed his “deep concern and frustration” at the body’s “systematic lack of information” over the reliability of its polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

'Deep concern and frustration'

He said: “Statements by PHE officials and others place the incidence of false negatives somewhere between 20 and 30 per cent.

"If confirmed, this is a worryingly high rate which raises the prospect of many infected individuals, possibly without symptoms, being passed fit to return to healthcare settings where they will transmit Sars-CoV-2 to colleagues and patients.”

The NHS is currently using antigen tests in hospitals to find out if someone is currently infected with Covid-19.

Samples are taken using a swab – which resemble a large cotton bud – from deep inside the nose and throat before being sent off to a lab for testing.

Coronavirus testing: What is the difference between antigen and antibody tests?

Coronavirus tests are key to getting a clearer idea of the scale of the outbreak in the UK and getting a handle on it.

There's been a lot of talk about the two different types of tests that the government are ramping up.

The government refers to them as the 'have you got it' antigen test or the 'have you had it' antibody test.

Here we explain the difference between the two…

What is an antigen test?

Antigens are found on the surface of invading pathogens, including coronavirus.

Testing for antigens can determine whether someone is currently carrying the virus and are actively infectious.

The NHS is currently using antigen tests in hospitals to determine if someone is currently infected with Covid-19.

Samples are taken using a swab – which resemble a large cotton bud – from deep inside the nose and throat before being sent off to a lab for testing.

Most labs use a method called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which takes several hours to get a result.

It can take days for labs to run the tests and tell people their result.

Several companies are working on ways to fast track this type of testing.

What is an antibody test?

When a person gets infected with antigen, the body starts making specially designed proteins called antibodies in response – as a way to fight the infection.

After they recover, those antibodies float in the blood for months, maybe even years.

That's the body's way of defending itself in case it becomes infected with the virus again.

So an antibody test specifically looks for antibodies which will be able to tell whether you've already been exposed to Covid-19.

Anyone who has already had the illness is presumed to be immune to getting it again – at least, in the intermediate term.

This would allow them to go back to work safe in the knowledge that they are unlikely to become infected again or pass the virus on.

The check that has been developed for Covid-19 is a finger-prick blood test, with the samples sent to laboratories and results available within a few days.

Dr Hilary Jones, a GP and resident doctor on Good Morning Britain, explained that it works "almost like a pregnancy test, except you need a drop of blood".

These tests are being developed by several different firms and Public Health England (PHE) is also working on its own test.

They still need to be validated to ensure they give accurate results.

Most labs use a method called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which takes several hours to get a result.

It can take days for labs to run the tests and tell people their result.

When quizzed on the false negative rates of these tests in Parliament earlier this month, Nadine Dorries, the health minister for patient safety, claimed the Government was currently using eight different tests that are “clinically validated and have high levels of performance”.

Following the HCSA’s letter, Dr Nick Phin, Public Health England Incident Director said: “The UK’s national testing system is built on strong foundations using the latest scientific evidence and expert advice.

“The different tests in use have been assessed as performing to manufacturers' specifications.”

Despite this, Dr Claudia Paoloni, HCSA’s president, said that NHS staff had suffered a string of problems with antigen tests.

It could create a hotspot area within the hospitals where we are causing a spread of the infection

This included swabs being too long to fit into the containers they are sent to the lab in – meaning people had to snap them to fit them into the cases, which could void the test.

And Dr Paoloni added that the HCSA was worried about the fact medics are being sent back to work to treat vulnerable patients while unwittingly still infectious.

In particular, she pointed out that this was occurring at a time when the Government is encouraging vulnerable non-Covid-19 patients to return to hospitals for their treatments.

“It could create a hotspot area within the hospitals where we are causing a spread of the infection,” she told The Telegraph.

“Therefore this is a higher risk, if we don’t get this right, that a second wave could occur and with higher numbers and be more significant.


“Also, people will retract again as they will be too fearful to come in if they see that infections are going up because of what is happening in hospitals."

Recent research published in the British Medical Journal found that between two per cent and 29 per cent of Covid-19 tests produced false negatives.

The lead author of the study, Dr Jessica Watson, reported that the number of “true positive” results from nasal swabs was as low as 63 per cent and from throat swabs just 32 per cent.

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British Press is divided over response to Dominic Cummings scandal

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?’: The British Press is divided over response to Dominic Cummings scandal with Guardian demanding blood while Times suggests aide’s actions are ‘not a cause for resignation’

  • The Times says Dominic Cummings has ‘questions to answer’ over allegations 
  • The Guardian, The Mirror and The Daily Mail all call for Mr Cummings to resign 
  • Daily Express says the PM’s top aide acted ‘as any good father would’ 

Britain’s newspapers have given a mixed reception to Boris Johnson’s decision to back top Dominic Cummings last night. 

The Guardian and The Mirror have continued calls for the under-fire adviser’s head to roll, but The Sun and The Times have approached the scandal with a more measured response.

The Daily Mail has said Mr Cummings ‘must resign,’ compared to the Times, which states he only has ‘questions to answer’.

Brexit-backing papers have paid tribute to Mr Cummings record at the 2017 referendum, but are treating this latest news in an entirely different light. 

The Daily Mail and The Independent have both accused Mr Johnson of getting the public’s mood drastically wrong as the scandal enters its fourth day, while The Daily Express has defended Mr Cummings as acting ‘as any good father would’.

The Mirror 

In a damning comment, The Daily Mirror warns Mr Johnson’s reaction on Sunday has undermined the importance of the coronavirus lockdown.

It writes: ‘How on earth could the PM brazenly claim his chief aide didn’t break coronavirus rules by driving 260 miles to his parents, when he and his wife were going down with the virus.

‘Lying comes easily to Johnson and his arrogant associate is at best evasive, but what is most remarkable is that neither of them seems to care about the public hostility this has aroused. Millions who do the right thing and follow the rules are incandescent. 

‘The lockdown is instrumental in controlling the spread of the virus, but it’s being undermined by the selfishness of Cummings and arrogance of Johnson. 

The Guardian 

In its own daily comment, The Guardian warns Boris Johnson has treated the public with ‘contempt’ over the row, even making a ‘Trumpian’ comparison with Downing Street’s response to reports that began on Friday.

It writes: ‘If Downing Street truly believed that he had done nothing wrong, it would not have obfuscated about where he stayed during the lockdown, nor refused to comment when the Guardian first asked about the adviser being seen in Durham. 

‘Nor would Mr Johnson refuse to address the new claims that Mr Cummings further breached lockdown rules by visiting a town 30 miles from Durham – with No 10 instead adopting the Trumpian ploy of attacking “campaigning newspapers.’ 

Columnist Martin Kettle added in his own comment: ‘The poison in Cummings’s journey to Durham is the taint of hypocrisy it injects into the public bloodstream at precisely the time when public confidence in the handling of the crisis is already beginning to fray. 

‘One rule for him, another for us. It’s an absolutely lethal tag for any government project, but it’s doubly, triply so in a pandemic. The arrogance and ineptitude are staggering.’ 

The Independent

There is ‘real anger’ among families in similar circumnstances, writes The Independent, which also draws a comparison to Donald Trump in its daily column.

It tells readers: ‘They feel that they have followed the rules, while Mr Cummings was allowed to follow his instincts instead. 

‘There is an unfairness there that can’t be argued away, no matter how hard you try and how sympathetic you try to sound. There even were moments in his press conference when the prime minister took on a Trumpian aspect to fudge questions. It won’t work. It doesn’t deserve to work.’

The Daily Mail

Echoing a disconnect between the Boris Johnson and the public, The Daily Mail writes: ‘The Prime Minister says he ‘totally gets’ how the public feel about this. Clearly, he totally doesn’t. Neither he nor his principal adviser have displayed a scintilla of contrition for this outrageous breach of trust. 

‘Do they think we are fools? Boris Johnson has already expended too much political capital in the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis to waste more on his devil-may-care sidekick. 

‘This offensive ‘one law for you, one law for me’ style of leadership must end. Mr Johnson may judge Mr Cummings to be indispensable. But there are no indispensable men. As the former French premier Georges Clemenceau once ruefully remarked, the graveyards are full of them.’

The Sun

In it’s own daily comment, The Sun has not immediately addressed the ongoing scandal, instead focusing on the next steps out of lockdown.  

The Sun Says comment reads: ‘Most people think the economy will right itself in a year or two and few seem bothered. They are more fixated on the furore over whether Dominic Cummings bent the lockdown rules to look after his child than with the looming catastrophe unless they are soon lifted.’ 

The Times


While others demand a resignation, The Times writes Mr Cummings has ‘questions to answer,’ before adding: ‘On the evidence that has so far emerged, however, his conduct is not a cause for resignation. 

‘The calls for him to go are not politically disinterested, but come from longstanding critics of Boris Johnson among opposition parties and the press, along with a few Conservative MPs who cordially detest Mr Cummings and resent the pivotal role he plays in the government. It would be wrong for Mr Johnson to accede to these on their own.’ 

Columnist Clare Foges added the breach ‘captures the arrogance that many accuse him of’. 

The Daily Telegraph

Writing on the front page of today’s Daily Telegraph, Associate Editor Camilla Tominey says Boris Johnson ‘hates any kind of confrontation’.

She explains this is ‘why he hired Dominic Cummings in the first place’. 

‘The inconvenient truth is that Mr Johnson needs an enforcer willing to do Downing Street’s dirty work for him. Or to use David Cameron’s description of Mr Cummings: “A career psychopath”; the type of maverick adviser who didn’t seem to give much thought to the consequences of travelling to Durham during lockdown despite his omnipotent role at the heart of government.’

The Daily Express 

Perhaps one of the staunchest defences in today’s papers came from the Daily Express, which wrote: ‘If Mr Cummings were not so close to Boris Johnson, and did not have so many political enemies, would his actions in seeking the safest solution for his family when no better alternatives were available have attracted the same degree of hostility?

‘As Mr Johnson said, he surely did what any father or parent would. Without evidence that he further flouted the lockdown, or put anyone else’s health at risk, the humane reaction would be to accept that he behaved reasonably and legally, albeit not to the absolute letter of the rules.’

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Frontline coronavirus doctor threatens to quit unless Dominic Cummings resigns saying ‘He’s not done his bit’ – The Sun

A FRONTLINE coronavirus doctor has today threatened to quit unless Dominic Cummings resigns.

Dr Dominic Pimenta said the Downing Street aide had "not done his bit" after it was claimed Mr Cummings had broken the coronavirus lockdown.

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Boris Johnson last night sad he had cleared his most senior adviser of any wrongdoing and branded his actions "sensible and defensible".

But Dr Pimenta said he was outraged that the PM had defended Mr Cummings after Brits had "sacrificed so much" to fight the deadly bug.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the medic said: "I can't countenance a system where there is such a flagrant disregard.

"I have to draw a line, I cannot accept that."

And he said he would have liked to see an apology, adding: "To throw that all in the wind is incredibly insulting to myself to all NHS staff and everyone in this country who has given so much."

The doctor had yesterday shared a photograph of himself kitted out in full PPE gear.

He wrote: "This is me right now heading back into the covid ICU I’ve worked for the last two months.

"This stuff is hot and hard work. Haven’t seen my parents since January.

"Frankly, Cummings spits in the face of all our efforts, the whole #NHS. If he doesn’t resign, I will."

Mr Cummings is accused of ignoring strict government advice by driving his virus-stricken wife from London to self-isolate at his family farm near Durham.




He spent five hours holed up in No 10 yesterday, fuelling speculation he was about to quit.

But Boris emerged to tell the nation he was standing by his man, who he said was only trying to protect his four-year-old son.

Hosting a tense evening No 10 briefing, Boris dismissed growing calls for an official inquiry.

Instead he insisted Mr Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”, and “stuck to the rules”.

The PM added: “He followed the instinct of every father and every parent, and I do not mark him down for that.”

But that enraged some Cabinet ministers, who are aligning with Tory MPs to demand that Mr Cummings is sacked.

One minister said: “Cummings is going to burn us all. He cannot stay.

"There has to be some contrition from Boris too or he will spend the next ten weeks having to answer questions about it all.

“This is not a bubble story. Real people are furious, because they have been doing the right thing and isolating.”

A second minister added: “The test is simple: Is retaining Cummings a sign of strength or weakness? It’s increasingly looking like the latter.”

Mr Cummings admits making a 260-mile trip to County Durham last month after wife Mary fell ill with Covid-19 symptoms.

But he furiously denies breaching the lockdown he helped mastermind — saying he made the trip over childcare concerns.

He has refused to answer claims he was spotted 30 miles from Durham at Barnard Castle on April 12 — another apparent breach of the rules not to take unnecessary journeys.



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Shaggy dogs become perfect pooches after grooming parlours open again

They’re not so ruff now! Meet the shaggy dogs who have become perfect pooches after grooming parlours open again

  • With groomers closed because of the pandemic, their once perfectly coiffed coats have become a dog’s dinner
  • Grooming parlours are starting to throw open their doors again to tend to our four-legged friends
  • Pets at Home said it had 45,000 dogs on the waiting list when it reopened puppy parlours last week

Long walks, treats on tap and their beloved owners at home all day, every day… dogs have loved lockdown.

But it hasn’t necessarily loved them. With groomers closed because of the pandemic, their once perfectly coiffed coats have become a dog’s dinner.

Although hairdressers may still be closed, grooming parlours are starting to throw open their doors again to tend our four-legged friends.


Ivy the cockapoo has gone from a hairy hound to a poised pooch and returned to a rusty red colour after a few hours at the salon


Lexi had a full groom and dematting treatment to reveal her long and pretty eyelashes. She also left the groomers in a floral necktie

And just like the expected stampede when hairdressers open in July, there has been a mad rush for dog owners to get their pooches in for an overdue pampering session, too.

When Pets at Home reopened its puppy parlours last week it said it had 45,000 dogs on the waiting list. And what a difference it makes!

Robyn the schnauzer looks like a puppy again after shedding her bushy eyebrows and shaggy mane.


One poodle’s fur was covering its eyes before its trim. It left the groomers with a flower on its head and a bowtie around its neck


Grace the poodle had the fur cut back from around her eyes and left the groomers with the perfect hairdo and a floral necktie

And Ivy the cockapoo has gone from a hairy hound to a poised pooch after a few hours at the salon.

You know you’ve let yourself go during lockdown when your bandanna doesn’t fit you any more – but after a session with the shears, Jeeter the labradoodle was back to his best.

And Snowflake joins the line-up of dogs now looking Crufts-ready after their owners took them for a much-needed wash and trim.


Jeeter the labradoodle looks happy to be back in a bandanna after shedding some lockdown fur


Snowflake joins the line-up of dogs now looking Crufts-ready after their owners took them for a much-needed wash and trim


Robyn the schnauzer looks like a puppy again after shedding her bushy eyebrows and shaggy mane 


Potter the Yorkshire terrier looked sleepy before his trim in Ravenstone, Leicester

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Dominic Cummings is ‘reported to cops’ as officers confirm they spoke to his dad TWICE over his 260-mile trip to Durham – The Sun

DOMINIC Cummings has been reported to the cops tonight as Durham police reveal they spoke to his father TWICE about lockdown breaches.

The PM's top aide is facing calls to resign after it emerged that he travelled to the North East of England in late-March when his wife began showing Covid-19 symptoms.

Mr Cummings, who is being backed by the government, has been reported to the police today by one of the people who claims they saw him flouting lockdown rules, reports the Mirror.

Retired teacher Robin Lees, 71, says he spotted the special adviser in Barnard Castle on April 12 – a town 30 miles away from Durham.

He told Durham Police that he saw Cummings, his wife and his child in a grey Range Rover and even offered an exact location and number plate.

In his report, he writes: “In the light of recent information I feel that as well as an important breach of the lockdown there may also have been concerns over Health Protection Regulations.

“I assume you are able to view CCTV to ascertain whether this vehicle travelled locally or from further away.”

Meanwhile, Durham Police reportedly spoke to Cummings’ dad twice over claims he had broke lockdown rules.

The government previously denied cops had contacted Mr Cummings' family prompting law enforcement in the North-East to name the top aide while confirming they had spoke to his father.

Now, the Telegraph reports that officers spoke with Mr Cummings senior again earlier this month about another allegation that his son was in the area.

The call, made on or around May 10, was prompted by a journalist contacting Durham Police about claims the Downing Street aide was in the region.

A source said: “Officers spoke to Mr Cummings senior to check if there was any truth in claims that his son was staying with him again.

“The rumours had been circulating on social media and had been flagged up by a journalist.

“The officers were reassured it was not true and did not take the matter any further.”

The special government adviser, who was the architect of the Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, claims he fled to the North East of England in late-March to provide childcare for his son.

Downing Street has denied Mr Cummings travelled to Durham again in April and also slammed Mr Lees' claims he took a third trip to Barnard Castle.

Mr Johnson staunchly defended his aide today saying he did "what any father would do."

He said: "It is because I take this matter so seriously, and it is so serious, that I can tell you today that I've had extensive face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings.

"I've concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent.

"Though there have been many other allegations about what happened when he was in self-isolation, thereafter, some of the palpably false.

"I believe that in every respect that he has acted responsibly and legally and with integrity and with the overwhelming aim of stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives."

Earlier Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted the claims Mr Cummings broke the rules twice were "not true".

However, not all Tory members are toying the party line.

Furious Conservative backbenchers are demanding the controversial aide is booted out of his role immediately.

Tory MP Steve Baker became the first to publicly call for him to resign earlier this morning.

Others included Sir Roger Gale, Peter Bone, William Wragg, Craig Whittaker and Caroline Nokes.

They were joined in the brewing backlash by backbencher Damian Collins, who runs his own fact-check site.

He tweeted: "Dominic Cummings has a track record of believing that the rules don’t apply to him and treating the scrutiny that should come to anyone in a position of authority with contempt.

"The government would be better without him.

"The latest bombshell claims call into question Downing Street's statements backing Cummings after it emerged he travelled 260 miles to the property owned by his parents in late-March."

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