In a video recorded and released by Mike Bivins, a freelance journalist and Portland local, members of the anti-fascist group known as Antifa could be seen wrestling away an American flag from counterprotester Paul Welch. Welch was then struck in the back of the head with a club-like object by a masked Antifa member and then collapsed to the ground, holding his head while in the fetal position. Welch suffered a four-inch gash that required three stitches and spent the next two days recovering from a concussion. Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Chris Burley said an investigation into the incident has been opened.
In light of the wildfire smoke that has plagued Portland recently, health officials stated the best form of caution to take is simply to stay inside as much as possible. While many Portlanders have been utilizing makeshift facemasks and medical masks, officials say such precautions are completely useless in combating smoke particles. Even industrial grade facemasks will likely be rendered ineffective if not professionally fitted to form a perfect seal by a professional, according to officials.
One year after a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. resulted in multiple injuries and one death after a car plowed into a group of counterprotesters, the second installment of the rally fell flat as a couple dozen white nationalists—led by Jason Kessler—were met by thousands of demonstrators who came to denounce the racist and nationalistic views of the Unite the Right movement. During a speech given at the rally, Kessler blamed the response by law enforcement during the previous year’s rally for the low turnout.
A study carried out by the Center for Disease Control determined that 2017 saw an unprecedented 72,000 overdoses, accounting for more deaths than gun violence, car accidents or AIDS, as well as representing an increase of 10 percent from the year before.
The CDC claimed part of the blame for the surge of deaths can be traced to fentanyl, a synthetic drug with 50 times the strength of heroin. It is primarily shipped to the U.S. from overseas and is often laced into heroin without users knowing.
Plans for a full-fledged military parade to be held in Washington D.C. on Veterans Day—a favored project for Trump in past months—has been canceled due to budget concerns, with the estimated total projected at $92 million. Trump announced the parade could potentially be postponed for the next year so long as the price comes “WAY down,” noting that, in the meantime, such funds could be allocated to “buy some more jet fighters.” Defense Secretary James Mattis disputed the projected cost, stating that whoever made such an estimate must have been “smoking something”.