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Portland protests calmer after federal agents stand down, but distrust of local police remains

But it’s not clear what direction the protests in the city, which show no sign of stopping, will take next. The core demands of those protesting against police violence and racism are unresolved — and they are increasingly divided about tactics.

The protest’s epicenter downtown near a federal courthouse was quiet Saturday for the third night in a row as state police opted for a hands-off approach, a drastic contrast from last week, when federal law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and pepper balls to dispel aggressive overnight crowds.

Yet another flash point emerged in southeast Portland, as city police rushed protesters with riot shields and pepper spray before arresting two...

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Portland protests see fewer clashes after federal agents stand down

But it’s not clear what direction the protests in the city, which show no sign of stopping, will take next. The core demands of those protesting against police violence and racism are unresolved – and they are increasingly divided about tactics.

The protest’s epicenter downtown near a federal courthouse was quiet Saturday for the third night in a row as state police opted for a hands-off approach, a drastic contrast from last week, when federal law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and pepper balls to dispel aggressive overnight crowds.

Yet another flash point emerged in southeast Portland, as city police rushed protesters with riot shields and pepper spray before arresting two...

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Sen. Duckworth criticizes Trump administration response to protests in Portland

Duckworth said there were plenty of other ways for federal law enforcement agencies to work with local officials to make cities safer and allow peaceful protests “without federal troops coming in in unmarked vehicles and kidnapping peaceful protesters off the streets, throwing them into an unmarked van and driving off in the middle of the night.”

She was referring to video footage and reports documenting unidentified federal officers detaining protesters off the streets and placing them in unmarked vans in Portland, which drew wide condemnation from civil liberties advocates and local officials.

“If President Trump truly wants to go after violence in our country, he should call [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell right now and ask for a sensible vote on uniform background c...

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3 charged in massive Twitter hack, including alleged teenage ‘mastermind’

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa was arrested “without incident” at his apartment Friday morning by FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents, Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said during a news conference. He faces 30 felony counts.

“I guess I was surprised that it was someone so young,” Warren said of Clark, whom he called the hack’s mastermind, “but at the same time, we see a lot of people who are extremely sophisticated and savvy with computers at a young age.”

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice will coordinate with the state attorney’s office in prosecuting Clark in Florida. The federal government can’t charge Clark as an adult, but Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in certain cases of financial fraud, Warren said.

Clark is expe...

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Can we ‘TRUST’ the ‘CARES ACT’ to ‘HEAL’ our nation?

No, I’m not going to give you a detailed, sleep-inducing analysis featuring numbers and experts opining about various provisions. Instead, I’m going to look at the names — which I find hilariously tortured — of the various pieces of legislation.

Possibly because I’m both a recovering English major and a non-Washingtonian, I like to know the full names of the legislation — like the Cares Act — that I’m writing about. And these names are just great. Let’s start with the Cares (or as I prefer to call it, CARES) Act.

Do you know what the full name of that legislation is? Probably not. Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. A name clearly invented to produce a seemingly empathetic acronym.

Now, let’s move on to two total g...

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Ambani Is Coming for India’s Phones and Wallets

Things nobody should lose in a taxi — their phone and wallet —  are what India’s richest man wants to control. And Mukesh Ambani intends to do it in a market of a billion-plus consumers.

The oil-and-petrochemicals tycoon’s digital services startup requires him to dominate the use of mobile devices, while his retail chain, India’s largest, needs maximum grip on customers’ moneybags. Through the fog of the pandemic, the billionaire’s flagship Reliance Industries Ltd. is showing glimpses of this twin-track strategy.

Although padded by a one-time gain from selling 49% of its fuel retail business to BP Plc, net income of $1.8 billion in the June quarter beat all analyst estimates...

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Fostering development without displacement

Montinique N. Monroe

For The Washington Post

In Austin, Texas, the City Council is making available roughly 66 units to low-income citizens who can prove they or an immediate family member lived in certain neighborhoods such as Bouldin Creek, above.

The city of Austin’s Eastern Crescent area doesn’t look like it used to. Streets formerly dominated by Black and Hispanic families in the Texas capital are rapidly gentrifying, with rising home values steadily altering the makeup of the neighborhood.

While displacement is an issue in many cities, the City Council is taking an aggressive approach, not only working to prevent it, but also actively helping former residents and their descendants move back.

Following more than a year of discussion, the council is implementing a program gra...

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Bethesda, Md., house was worth the wait

Sean Shanahan

The indoor swimming pool has arched openings and a cedar ceiling.

Ghazali Ommaya married her husband, Ayub Ommaya, in 1984 and moved into this house in the Bradley Hills Grove neighborhood of Bethesda, Md. Although Ayub had completely renovated the house six years earlier, there were problems.

“When I got married to him in ’84, the house was already falling apart,” she said. “Not only that, the roof over the pool, it just caved in.”

Ayub had bought the 1951 house in 1972. After several years of trying to make do, the Ommayas decided to undertake another renovation.

“We got some prices that were ridiculously high,” Ghazali said...

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SpaceX and NASA still plan to fly astronauts home this weekend, but Hurricane Isaias could complicate landing

If all goes according to plan, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will climb aboard their SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and undock from the station at about 7:34 p.m. Saturday and splashdown at about 2:42 p.m. Sunday, either in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking to reporters from the space station Friday morning, the astronauts said they were watching the weather closely. “We won’t leave the space station without some good landing opportunities in front of us, good splashdown weather in front of us,” Behnken said.

With the storm predicted to churn up Florida’s Atlantic coast Sunday, just as the astronauts would be headed home, officials said that a Gulf landing would be more likely if they do proceed with a landing attempt...

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Google accused by developer of retaliation for cooperating with House antitrust investigation

“We have been developing for the Google Play Store for more than six years, but we woke up this morning to find ourselves kicked out with no notice,” Blix co-founder Ben Volach said in an interview Friday.

Google spokesman Dan Jackson said he would look into the issue but did not immediately comment on Blix’s removal from the app store.

On Wednesday, the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary committee questioned the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google about new evidence the committee has gathered in an ongoing investigation into allegedly anticompetitive behavior by the four companies...

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