Agents at the U.S. border with Mexico began moving thousands of Haitian migrants sheltering under the Del Rio International Bridge into the Texas town of Del Rio. The increasingly poor conditions under the bridge – which connects the Texas city with Mexico – led the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to accelerate flights to Haiti and other destinations within the next 72 hours.
The DHS over the weekend said that some 2,000 people were moved to other immigration processing stations on Friday, as the town has been overwhelmed by an influx of Haitian and other migrant groups. The department said the transfers will continue to ensure that migrants are “swiftly taken into custody, processed, and removed from the United States consistent with our laws and policy.”
As the United States plans to accelerate the pace and increase capacity of flights to remove migrants at the border, the Biden administration directed U.S. agencies to work with Haiti and other governments to provide assistance and support for migrants returned to their countries.
It is only in recent days that the number of migrants seeking jobs and safety converging on Del Rio has drawn widespread attention, posing a humanitarian and political challenge for the Biden administration.
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Star defensive end Brandon Graham is out for the season with the Philadelphia Eagles after tearing his achilles tendon against the 49ers on Sunday. During a play in the second half, Graham attempted to get to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but wobbled and appeared to suffer a non-contact injury. Graham limped back to the sidelines and was helped off the field, eventually carted off back to the locker room. The Eagles went on to lose to the 49ers with a score of 17–11.
Coach Nick Sirianni told reporters after the game that the team was “fearful” of what Graham’s injury might be, and were awaiting an MRI on Monday morning to confirm. However per the NFL network, the team is fairly certain of the outcome, given the specific injury and its location.
The 33-year-old Graham was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2020 after posting eight sacks and 46 total tackles in his 11th NFL season. He was drafted by the Eagles in 2010 and has played for Philadelphia ever since.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa exited Sunday’s game vs. the Bills during the first quarter after he was hit on a 4th-and-2 play by Buffalo defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa. Tagovailoa threw an incomplete pass before he was hit, and he attempted to walk to the sideline before trainers came to assist.
Tagovailoa was helped to the sideline where he was then taken into the locker room by a cart; the second-year quarterback was later ruled out for the game with a rib injury.
The Dolphins enter Week 2 at 1–0 after defeating the Patriots 17-16 in Week 1. Tagovailoa threw for 202 yards and one touchdown in the victory.
Chris Stapleton appeared on ‘CBS This Morning: Saturday Session,’ performing songs from his 2020 album Starting Over. His ‘Saturday Session’ featured his wife Morgane Stapleton on vocals, Starting Over producer Dave Cobb on guitar, bassist J.T. Cure, drummer Derek Mixon and pedal steel player Paul Franklin along with keyboard accompaniment.
Chris and his band delivered three songs from Starting Over including the title track, “Arkansas” and the poignant “When I’m With You.”
Revived Remixed Revisited is a reimagined collection of some of Reba’s most famous songs. Remixed puts a whole new spin on songs including “Little Rock” and “I’m A Survivor,” and on Revisited, Reba works with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb on songs like “Somebody Should Leave” and “Consider Me Gone.” It also features the long-awaited pairing of Reba and Dolly Parton on the classic duet “Does He Love You.”
The collection spans Reba’s entire career; she previously released “Is There Life Out There” from Revived, “I’m A Survivor” (Lafemmebear Remix) from Remixed, and “Consider Me Gone” from Revisited ahead of the full release.
Chris Rock revealed on social media Sunday that he has tested positive for Covid-19. “Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this,” Rock tweeted Sunday. “Get vaccinated.”
Rock didn’t elaborate on his condition, but he had announced on The Tonight Show in May that he did receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In an interview with Gayle King earlier this year (via Variety), Rock criticized those who did not want to get the vaccine, noting, “Let me put it this way: Do I take Tylenol when I get a headache? Yes. Do I know what’s in Tylenol? I don’t know what’s in Tylenol, Gayle. I just know my headache’s gone. Do I know what’s in a Big Mac, Gayle? No. I just know it’s delicious.”
Idaho hospitals are so overwhelmed with patients that health officials are allowing them to ration care. The Idaho Department of Health and Wellness announced that it has activated the ‘Crisis Standards of Care’ for the entire state as healthcare workers struggle to deal with the influx of patients with COVID-19. The declaration allows hospitals to repurpose rooms not meant for patient care and prioritize healthcare decisions based on how sick a patient is. That means that some patients may have to wait longer for treatment or be transferred to another hospital to receive the proper care.
Dave Jeppesen, the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said in a statement: “The situation is dire — we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat the patients in our hospitals, whether you are there for COVID-19 or a heart attack or because of a car accident.” Jeppesen also urged people to get vaccinated to help alleviate some of the strain on the healthcare system, saying in part: “Our hospitals and healthcare systems need our help. The best way to end crisis standards of care is for more people to get vaccinated. It dramatically reduces your chances of having to go to the hospital if you do get sick from COVID-19. In addition, please wear a mask indoors in public and outdoors when it’s crowded to help slow the spread.”
Alex Murdaugh, a prominent South Carolina lawyer accused of trying to arrange his own death earlier this month so his son would receive a $10 million life insurance payment, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday. Murdaugh allegedly hired a gunman to kill him, but the planned fatal shot only grazed his head, according to state police. Jim Griffin, Murdaugh’s attorney, said a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a statement that the alleged shooter, Curtis Edward Smith, was charged with assisted suicide, insurance fraud and several other counts in the September 4 shooting of Murdaugh on a highway in Hampton County.
Still unsolved are the June 7 killings of 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son Paul Murdaugh. Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife and son at their Colleton County home; both had been shot multiple times. Attorneys for Murdaugh said he had been struggling with a longtime addiction to opioids and wanted to end his life. Murdaugh is fully cooperating with the investigation of his shooting as well as the deaths of his wife and son. “Alex is not without fault but he is just one of many whose life has been devastated by opioid addiction,” his attorneys said.
Kansas City Royals veteran catcher Salvador Perez has made history; after the 31-year-old homered in the bottom of the first inning Thursday in Kauffman Stadium, he officially tied Johnny Bench for most home runs in a season by a catcher. The homerun was number 45 on the season for Perez, which also increased his major-league-leading RBI total to 112.
Perez has now appeared in 115 games behind the plate (111 starts) and 33 at designated hitter, and has played in 145 of the Royals’ 146 games. With 16 games left in the Royals season, Perez looks to put more distance between himself and the rest of the field. He’s also tied Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. for the major-league lead in home runs.
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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence underwent surgery on his broken foot on Thursday, and will miss six to eight weeks. NFL Network reported that the injury occurred Wednesday during practice.
With Lawrence on the injured list, the Cowboys (0-1) will play the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) on Sunday without four starters on defense. Aside from Lawrence, Randy Gregory is on the reserve/COVID-19 list; Donovan Wilson has a lingering groin injury; and La’el Collins is serving a five-game suspension because of missing drug tests.
Lawrence, 29, was a second-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2014. The two-time Pro Bowl selection appeared in all 16 games the past four seasons and has 45.5 career sacks, 305 tackles and 93 quarterback hits to go with 16 forced fumbles.