An anti-Trump protester in Sacramento area on Monday jumped atop a police vehicle but was quickly thrown off when the driver sped away, video shows.
The incident unfolded about 1:30 p.m. local time as a group of people were protesting outside McClellan Airport, where the president met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to discuss the ongoing wildfires ravaging the state.
At one point during the demonstration, protesters surrounded a California Highway Patrol cruiser outside the airport, according to video posted to twitter by NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez.
One of the protesters, who was wearing a red hat, then jumps on the hood of the car and subsequently tumbles off the back when the driver speeds away, the footage shows.
Another person wearing a “Trump sucks” T-shirt also fell down in the mayhem, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Some protesters ran to the aid of their fellow demonstrator who was lying on the ground as others screamed at the driver of the cruiser, video shows.
The man who fell from the police cruiser was taken away by ambulance, the newspaper said.
It wasn’t clear on Monday night if the person was seriously injured.
Dan Brown publisher thrilled by ‘boring’ author’s cheating scandal
Bestselling author Dan Brown says his publisher was thrilled that he cheated on his wife — because readers thought he was too boring.
“I called my publisher and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I hope this doesn’t impact sales,’” the “Da Vinci Code” author wrote in the Sunday Times of London about his ex-wife accusing him of having “sordid, extra-marital affairs.”
“He said: “Are you kidding? Everyone thinks you’re the most boring guy in the world … multiple affairs with beautiful women, finally there’s a story!” the 56-year-old writer said.
Without giving details, Brown wrote that he “met someone else” near the end of his marriage to Blythe Brown “when we were each looking for comfort in other places.”
“She’s hurt. I get it, and I’ve apologized,” he said, saying that his ex got “half of everything and more money on top” in the divorce.
“But it’s not enough. So here we are,” he said of her June lawsuit in which she accused him of secretly siphoning off vast sums of money to conduct his “sordid” dalliances.
New research says liquid water might exist on Mars
Martians may exist — and be living on lakefront property.
New research shows that the Red Planet may actually have liquid water in salty lakes under its polar ice cap — thus giving a place for life to develop, according to a report.
The bodies of water, if confirmed, would be similar to the subglacial lakes that exist on Earth, beneath the Antarctic and the Greenland ice sheets, where, despite the cold, bacterial life exists, NBC News reported.
“We are much more confident now,” lead researcher Elena Pettinelli, a professor of geophysics at Italy’s Roma Tre University, told the network. “We did many more observations, and we processed the data completely differently.”
If the study, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, is verified, it would mark the first time liquid lakes were found on Mars.
Scientists have long speculated that — just as Earth’s subglacial lakes are filled with bacterial life — something similar might be the case in liquid reservoirs on Mars.
Pettinelli, a planetary scientist, and her team reviewed 134 ground-penetrating radar observations taken from the Mars Express Orbiter between 2012 and 2019 — more than four times as much data as before and taken during a time period more than twice as long, NBC reported.
They used two techniques to review their findings — one already applied for the 2018 study, and a newer one that has been used to find lakes beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.
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Both methods point to a “patchwork” of buried reservoirs of liquid on Mars — a large reservoir about 15 miles across, coupled with several smaller patches up to 6 miles across, Pettinelli said.
The reservoirs begin about a mile below the surface, though the researchers can’t tell how deep they are, she added.
Two other scientists who were not involved in the study cast doubt on the results — one suggesting that the underground body of water seems plausible, but it might not be as cold or salty as the researchers believe, according to NBC.
Another suggested that Mars is much too cold for even the saltiest water to exist in liquid form.
“If we apply the same interpretation, then there should be springs flowing out along the edge of the polar cap,” planetary scientist Jack Holt of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, said in an email to the network. “And that is not the case.”
The research was published only weeks after astronomers pointed to a potential sign of life on Venus.
Queens voters wrongly getting mail-in ballots marked for military use
Voters across Queens have received mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election marked for military use despite never having served in the armed forces — raising the specter that if mailed in, those votes could be challenged in court post-election.
In recent days, several borough residents — including two Post journalists — have received forms reading “Official Absentee Military Ballot,” creating concern about whether their votes would be properly tallied.
“I believe that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, referring to the roughly dozen constituents in his Sunnyside district who have reached out to him about receiving the ballots. “It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot.”
Beyond Sunnyside, non-service members also reported receiving the ballots in neighborhoods including Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Astoria.
Van Bramer, a Democrat, said the issue only adds to the worries in an already topsy-turvy election cycle that has seen an inordinate number of voters look to mail-in voting with the coronavirus pandemic raging on.
“There’s just mass confusion about these ballots and what people are supposed to do with them,” he said. “People were already not trusting this process and they were already not trusting the Board of Elections to count the ballot right.”
Van Bramer said he was informed by the city BOE that the issue stemmed from a typographical error, wherein a dash meant to separate the words “absentee” and “military” was dropped.
“This apparent typo just has everyone confused and believing these are invalid ballots,” he said. “It’s absolutely outrageous that when everyone is watching them, they still screw up the most basic thing, which is printing the ballot correctly.
“Did no one proof this?”
A spokeswoman for the city BOE confirmed that the punctuation was dropped, but insisted the ballots would be fully counted and that mail-in voters in all five boroughs should expect similar forms.
“It is [both] absentee and military,” said Valerie Vazquez. “It is the same ballot.”
However, a court challenge of ballots after Nov. 3’s Election Day could put the votes at risk of ultimately not being counted.
Doug Kellner, co-chairman of the state Board of Elections, was not pleased about even the possibility of confusion.
“I’m not happy about this,” said Kellner, who vowed an inquiry into the matter. “There are lots of questions of whether there is adequate quality control [at the city BOE].”
The body has previously caught flak from the White House on its handling of mail-in balloting for June’s primary contests, which were widely seen as a test run for remote voting’s viability in November.
President Trump in particular has voiced significant concerns about the security and expediency of mail-in voting, and Democratic challenger Joe Biden has reportedly bolstered his legal staff for a potentially bitter and protracted legal battle over possible hinky ballots.
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