NBA HOF Players Support LeBron James

NBA legend Bill Russell came to LeBron James's defense in the wake of attacks by President Donald Trump.

NBA legend Bill Russell came to LeBron James’s defense in the wake of attacks by President Donald Trump.

By Free Radical

President Donald Trump hurled insults at Don Lemon as well as LeBron James via Twitter Friday then cast a vote in the ongoing LeBron James-Michael Jordan G.O.A.T. debate.

He tweeted, “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”

The insults were clearly in response to an interview that Mr. Lemon conducted with LeBron James where he accused President Trump of using sports as a tool to divide the country even further apart. Before the interview ended, Mr. James stated that he “wouldn’t sit across” from Trump but would be willing to “sit across from Barack [Obama].”

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan came to Lebron James’ defense on Saturday, saying through a spokesperson, “I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”

NBA hall of famer Bill Russell also addressed President Trump’s comments in a Tweet that addressed previous outbursts of his that were directed towards Maxine Waters, John Lewis, and the NFL. He framed the incident as a tremendous compliment.

“At this time & place for any African American, @KingJames @donlemon @RepMaxineWaters @repjohnlewis & #NFL plyrs to be criticised by @realdonaldtrump means you must be doing something right! As I have said before- Its the biggest compliment you can get.”

Trump posted the tweet just days after the LeBron James Family Foundation opened the
“I Promise School” in Akron, Ohio and welcomed 240 at-risk students. Each student in the program who graduates is guaranteed a four-year college scholarship to the University of Akron.

Ebola Outbreak in Congo

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to international news reports, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced a new outbreak of Ebola, just days after a recent emergence of the disease, was declared over.

This latest outbreak killed 33 people.

According to the DRC’s health minister, four cases of the virus were confirmed in northeastern North Kivu province.

The minister went on to say there was no indication they were linked to the country’s previous – and ninth – Ebola outbreak in northwestern Equateur Province.

“Although we did not expect to face a tenth epidemic so early, the detection of the virus is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system,” Health Minister Oly Ilunga said.

However, it might be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle the new outbreak, Peter Salama, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official, said.

Officials have not confirmed the particular strain of Ebola causing the outbreak but Salama said it could be the Zaire, Sudan or Bundibugyo strain.

If it is the Zaire strain, the Merck vaccine used in the last outbreak may be an option, otherwise the situation will be much more complex “and we may not have any vaccine options”, he told Reuters at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

International experts on Thursday set up a laboratory in the city of Beni, 30km from where the outbreak was declared.

Ebola is a virus-caused hemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes, or ears.

North Kivu authorities alerted the health ministry on Saturday that 26 cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 20 deaths, had occurred in and around Mangina, a town about 30km west of the city of Beni and 100km from the DRC’s border with Uganda.

Six samples were taken from hospitalized patients and sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, the capital, for analysis. Four of the samples tested positive for the Ebola virus.

A team of 12 experts from the health ministry will arrive in Beni on Thursday to set up a response operation, the ministry said, and local travel restrictions were being implemented.

McDonald’s Salad Outbreak Hits Midwest

By Swahili Scientists

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 286 people in 15 states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora, which is an increase of 120 people in the last week alone, as of July 26.

So far, there have been 11 hospitalizations but no deaths associated with this outbreak. The parasite has been linked to salads from McDonald’s.

However, Cyclospora is oftentimes present in cow manure. When Cyclospora-infected cow manure is used to fertilize crops, including lettuce, that same lettuce can infect consumers. The parasite isn’t typically transmitted from one person to another, but rather, makes people sick after it is ingested.

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LeBron James Opens New School in Akron, Ohio

LeBron James opened new innovative school in his hometown Akron, Ohio.

LeBron James opened new innovative school in his hometown Akron, Ohio.

By MCNS Staff

NBA superstar LeBron James just opened a public school to address educational disparities for challenged children in Akron, Ohio.

The “I Promise School” initially will house 240 third- and fourth-graders. However, the school will expand each year, adding second and fifth grades next year and will have students from grades 1st through 8th by 2022.

I Promise opened on Monday and James was in attendance to welcome students. At the opening James recalled that, as a child, he used his bicycle to explore different neighborhoods of Akron. In reflection of that memory, he gave one bike to every incoming student.

Students who graduate from the program will earn free tuition at the University of Akron, according to ESPN. Additionally, I Promise will offer GED classes and job placement assistance for parents and guardians. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch, snacks as well as drinks every day and they will have access to a fitness trainer.

James previously paid for 1,000 youth to attend college and started “Wheels for Education,” a program that provides school supplies, access to computers and even bicycles to low-income kids.

He became a free agent after this past NBA season and opted to join the Los Angeles Lakers. However, by opening a school, he has taken another significant step to cement his legacy.

“It’s kind of bittersweet timing because on this hand I have a brand new school that’s opening and I want to be there on a day-to-day basis, 10 toes down for these kids,” explained James. “And then on the other hand, I’m moving. I’m moving to Los Angeles. This is kind of like a dream come true for me.”