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A Brooklyn mom says her sixth-grade kid had the first day of school interrupted by apparent hackers who bombarded an online class with various images — including porn.

The Department of Education says they are probing the disturbing allegations.

“5 minutes into my daughter’s Google meet with her first class, and several ‘students’ have hijacked the meeting,” mom Devon Morales wrote on Twitter, along with a screenshot of the offending video.

She said that whoever disrupted the class first put up images of President Trump: “And then someone streamed PORN!!”

“I’m INFURIATED,” she continued. “My daughter and all the other students present were sexually assaulted today.”

A DOE spokeswoman confirmed that the agency will investigate the apparent breach of security of the class at IS 259 in Dyker Heights.

“Instructional orientation this week exists to get students and families reconnected with their school communities and to troubleshoot any device or connectivity issues,” said Sarah Casasnovas in part in a statement. “As with the first days of school every year, there are initial adjustments that need to be made, both technical and otherwise, and that’s what we accounted for during these orientation days.”

Morales declined to discuss the incident with The Post, but made her displeasure clear in continuing the series of tweets tagging the DOE, Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“No teachers should be hosting online classes without remote conference managers or IT monitoring them. Intro to b—job’s should NOT have been part of my daughter’s 6th grade curriculum,” she wrote. “Do better!”

The tweets caught the eye of Bay Ridge City Councilman Justin Brannan, who retweeted it with a message of his own.

“I thought we had this figured out,” the Democrat wrote. “This is totally unacceptable and completely avoidable.”

The apparent hacking is just another in a slew of incidents to plague the start of the new school year, including the DOE reneging on a promise that all kids signed up for a blended learning model of in-person and online classes — some 58 percent of city students — would be guaranteed live virtual sessions.

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Colorado wildfire grows to third-largest in state history

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A wildfire that’s been burning since the middle of August has grown to become the third-largest in Colorado’s recorded history as Denver faces choking smoke on Sunday, according to officials.

The Cameron Peak Fire has now burned at least 120,251 acres in the Roosevelt National Forest, adding some additional 1,000 acres on Saturday morning.

“This is now the 3rd largest individual fire on record for the State of Colorado,” the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Boulder tweeted.

The blaze is now 25 percent contained and located about 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles south of Red Feather Lakes, according to fire officials.

Red flag weather conditions with hot and dry weather have created “extreme fire activity” as firefighters have been challenged by wind gusts up to 60 mph.

A color infrared satellite image shows Long Draw Reservoir and fire line during the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado.
A color infrared satellite image shows Long Draw Reservoir and fire line during the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado.Reuters

The blaze is threatening a Buddhist retreat near Red Feather Lakes and choking Denver and the northern Front Range with smoke, FOX31 reported.

Forecasters said smoke from the fire is expected to push over Denver throughout the day on Sunday.

An air quality alert has been issued through at least 4 pm Sunday through the Front Range corridor.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday the fire destroyed an unknown number of buildings along Colorado State Highway 14 between Rustic and the Fish Hatchery.

The fire is still too active for the assessment team to access the area.

Fire officials said cooler temperatures and decreasing wind will “create less havoc” for firefighting efforts.

“Crews and equipment will continue engaging the fire directly where there is a high probability of success and it is safe to do so,” officials said. “Firefighting efforts will focus heavily on protecting structures at risk.”

Another blaze burning in Colorado, the Pine Gulch Fire, which is now 100 percent contained after burning outside Grand Junction, ranks among two of the three largest wildfires in state history.

All 10 of the largest fires in state history have come since 2002, according to the Denver Post.

The wildfires in Colorado come as California is still facing over two dozen major blazes and weather conditions over the next two days that may allow for more blazes to quickly spread.

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Trump may release ‘impressive’ finances after taxes report

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President Trump on Monday said he may release “very IMPRESSIVE” financial records after a report said he pays very little in federal taxes.

Trump allegedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 and none at all in 11 of 18 years through 2017, according to The New York Times Sunday.

“The Fake News Media, just like Election time 2016, is bringing up my Taxes & all sorts of other nonsense with illegally obtained information & only bad intent,” Trump tweeted.

“I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits. Also, if you look at the extraordinary assets owned by me, which the Fake News hasn’t, I am extremely under leveraged – I have very little debt compared to the value of assets.”

Trump added: “Much of this information is already on file, but I have long said that I may release Financial Statements, from the time I announced I was going to run for President, showing all properties, assets and debts. It is a very IMPRESSIVE Statement, and also shows that I am the only President on record to give up my yearly $400,000 plus Presidential Salary!”

As president, Trump already releases annual financial statements that indicate revenue at his various properties. But those reports provide an incomplete financial portrait.

Trump is believed to be the richest president in US history, and he’s the third president to refuse a salary, following Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy.

Trump’s quarterly gifts to the Treasury Department double as a messaging opportunity to highlight his initiatives. In March, for example, he donated his $100,000 quarterly pay to anti-COVID-19 efforts. In August, he donated his pay to repair monuments damaged in anti-police brutality protests.

For years, Trump fought release of his tax returns citing an ongoing audit. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) claimed that was because “he has too much to hide.” The Times said it acquired the records from a source with legal access to them.

At a Sunday night press briefing Trump said, “I’ve paid a lot” in taxes and “it will all be revealed… after the audit.”

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COVID-19 cases up in 21 states as model predicts ‘huge surge’

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the US rose by at least 10 percent in 21 states last week — while a new model predicts a “huge surge” is expected to impact more Americans as early as next month.

New infections accelerated mainly in the West, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, although some eastern outliers like North Carolina and New Jersey also saw upticks.

The states where infections are rising include Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Another 18 states saw their rates hold steady, while just 11 — including Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire — saw new cases of COVID-19 decrease by more than 10 percent from a week earlier, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the country could see a “huge surge” in cases starting in October — and increasing through November and December — as people spend more time inside where there’s a higher likelihood of transmitting the bug, Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health and Metrics and Evaluation told CNN.

The US is currently tallying roughly 765 coronavirus deaths per day — but that figure could nearly quadruple to 3,000 daily fatalities by December, according to IHME’s model.

The bleak analysis also comes just days after a study found that less than 10 percent of Americans have COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting the nation is further off from herd immunity than researchers initially thought, the New York Times reports.

The study, which was published Friday in The Lancet, analyzed blood samples from 28,500 patients on dialysis in 46 states and found that 9.3 percent had antibodies to the virus.

The findings roughly match those in a CDC analysis to be released this week that found about 10 percent of blood samples from sites nationwide had antibodies to the virus, the Times reports.

However, The Lancet research showed antibody levels across the country varied greatly. In the New York metropolitan area, which includes New Jersey, the levels exceeded 25 percent of samples tested, while antibody levels dipped below 5 percent in the West, the Times reports.

Meanwhile, New York reported 1,005 new virus cases on Saturday — the largest single-day uptick since early June.

And in California, state health officials are warning that hospitalizations could skyrocket by up to 89 percent if the state’s current rate of its COVID-19 infections continues, The Mercury News reports.

“As we see these trend lines, which have been coming down and flattening, look like they’re coming up … we want to sound that bell for all of you,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay told reporters Friday.

“We want to see us respond as a state to those slight increases.”

California’s rate of new infections and fatalities, however, remained lower last week than those of two weeks ago — at just over 3,500 cases per day and just below 84 deaths per day, the newspaper reports.

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