6.25.20 National parks, Christian schools, and a fallen officer
The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners like us. My Name's John Brooks an Eye Rene Brooks. We live in Ashville North Carolina a work at voice, jungle and I teach weekly Online Bible Studies. This month is world's June giving drive a hope. You'll join us in supporting world's brand of biblically sound journalism by visiting W. Nj dot org slash donate. We hope you enjoyed today's program. Good Morning National Parks. Are Welcoming visitors again and there are a lot of stir crazy. People include me in that group. Anxious to get out of doors work somewhere beautiful instead of crowded Davis California. Also today Catholic schools are closing at an alarming rate this year. We'll tell you how Protestant and evangelical schools are faring. Plus remembering a fallen officer. Good man I love play phone general. School. Kids learn to thank the speak to the police and don't be afraid of. It's Thursday June twenty fifth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio I'm Megan Basham Nick Eicher Good Morning. Up. Next Kent Covington has today's news. Senate Democrats on Wednesday. Blocked a Republican Police Reform Bill Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it never had a chance. This bill lost. because. It was woefully inadequate. It never would have passed. The parties do have some common ground on the issue, but for now the legislation is stalled with Democrats refusing to agree to open debate. GOP South Carolina. Senator Tim Scott would have only three black members of the Senate wrote the bill, he said Democrats would have been able to help shape it through amendments if you don't think we're right. Make bad. Don't walk away. The GOP's Justice Act would have created a national database of police use of force incidents, restricted use of show, colds and set up new training procedures and commissions to study race and law. Enforcement House Democrats are expected to vote on their police reform bill as early as today. The biggest sticking point between the two parties is qualified immunity for officers. Democrats want to make it easier to sue them and civil court over misconduct Republicans say immunity must remain to protect officers from frivolous lawsuits. A federal appeals court has ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a panel of judges with the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, made the ruling Wednesday the decision turned back efforts by a judge scrutinize the Justice Department's decision to drop the prosecution flint pleaded guilty and thousand seventeen to lying to the FBI, but the justice. Department dropped the case following revelations of misconduct within the bureau, and then a two to one ruling the appeals court said that settles it. President Trump congratulated Flynn on Wednesday. Horribly very bad people. These things start to come out. But what happened to General. Flynn should never happen again at our country. The decision is a significant win both for Flynn and the Justice Department cutting short. What could have been legal fight? And the ruling comes as House Democrats scrutinized leadership of Attorney General William Bar. They are critical of the Department of Justice handling of both the Flynn case and the case of trump ally. And February DOJ leadership overruled federal prosecutors in the stone case pushing for a lighter sentence errands, alinsky was one of four prosecutors who stepped down from that case after the DOJ overruled them, and he told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, what I heard repeatedly was that this leniency was happening because of stones relationship to the president that the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia was received heavy pressure from the highest levels at the Department of. And that his instructions to us. We're based on political considerations. Stone was found guilty of charges including lying to Congress and witness tampering the prosecutors recommended seven to nine years in prison, but after top brass at the DOJ intervened, he got a sentence of just over three years. The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that Attorney General Bar will testify before the panel next month. Oklahoma reported a record one day spike in the number of positive covid nineteen cases Wednesday with nearly five hundred new positive tests reported. That is the third time in the past week that the state reported record. One day increases several other states also said single day case records this week including Arizona Mississippi Nevada Texas and California were Governor Gavin. newsom said nearly thirteen hundred people. People are intensive care. So icy numbers are increasing in the state of California not at the rate of hospitalizations, but eh clip of about eighteen percent several states also broke hospitalization records, including North Carolina and Governor Roy. Cooper announced Wednesday that his state will halt further reopening plans for now today. I'm announcing that North Carolina, we'll pause and continue our safer at home face to. For another three weeks. The United States just recorded a one day total of nearly thirty five thousand new cases. That's just short of the nation's late April peak of thirty, six, thousand, four hundred. A Georgia grand jury has indicted the three suspects in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in February prosecutor, joy at homes, announced the grand jury indictment on Wednesday outside the Glenn County Georgia courthouse. This is another positive step another great step for finding justice for a mind for finding justice for this family and the community beyond Travis McMichael. Greg McMichael and William Brian. Brian Junior faced charges including felony murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, and the death of twenty five year old Ahmad Barberie Travis McMichael claims. He fired in self defense, and his attorney said his client will plead not guilty. The McMichael's say they confronted rb because they believed he matched the description of a burglary suspect Brian's attorney maintains that his client only witnessed the killing. Amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula North Korea said Wednesday that it is holding off on further action against South Korea world's Kristen. Flavin has that story. If he is all North Korean state media announced that leader Kim Jong. Hoon has suspended military retaliation against South Korea last week. The North declared that relations with the South had fully ruptured. It also destroyed a diplomatic liaison office along the border that was used for talks between the two countries and threatened unspecific military action. Pyongyang has expressed anger over anti North Korean leaflets that activists have floated by balloon. Balloon across the border it is also sought to apply pressure on South Korea amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States analysts say North Korea after deliberately raising tensions for weeks, maybe pulling away just enough to make room for South Korean concessions in a separate statement, senior North Korean official, said the future of inter-korean relations would depend on the South's quote, attitude and actions reporting for world. I'm Kristen, Flan. Camp Covington straight ahead, staying safe while visiting the Great Outdoors Plus Cal Thomas previews the fall presidential campaign. This is the world and everything in it. It's the twenty fifth of June, twenty twenty to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning I'm Megan Basham and I'm Nick Eicher. Well. If you count today, we have six days remaining so I've done a little math ear where eighty percent of the way through our June giving drive and right about where we need to be in terms of progress toward the goal. Goal so we are grateful for that so now, are you in eighty percent full kind of Guy Nacre twenty percent empty kind of guy. That's a good way to put it so I'll go with I'm definitely eighty percent full, but keeping a wary eye on that twenty percent. Oh, so that's a cop out right settlement of a cop out, but now you said it, so I don't have to. But seriously I I'm really encouraged by all the support. That I'm seeing and I will confess that I hit that. 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Instead families may opt for more rural destinations where they can enjoy the great outdoors, and there's no better place to do that than our country's national parks, world reporter Sara Sh- Weinsberg spoke with park officials to find out what visitors can expect it national parks this summer. It's a quiet sunshine filled morning in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Some early rising hikers are starting to fill a trail head parking lot. More and his sister are two of them. More lives near Sacramento California, he says after a couple months of lockdown there. He needed a break from the city, so he came to visit his sister in Wyoming. Why don't work somewhere beautiful instead of crowded? You, know Davis California. We like camping. And we decided to come to Grand Teton National Park and yellowstone, because there's probably proportionately fewer people more would-be wearing a mask in Sacramento, but he won't be doing that on his hike today. He isn't really worried about catching the virus here. I feel like it's less necessary because it's outside. Epidemiologists say the odds of catching the virus outside our low elements like wind and rain along with summers, warm temperatures and humidity all affect the viruses ability to infect people. One Chinese study looked at more than three hundred covid nineteen outbreaks in the country. Only, one was transmitted outdoors. Even then only two people were infected. With that in mind, some national parks began phased reopenings in May and June. In a statement, the National Park Service says it's advising parks to follow their states individual reopening timelines. Christie anesthesia is a public affairs specialist with Acadia National Park in Maine. It's one of the top ten most visited national parks in the country. I, think a lot of people are attracted to Acadia National Park because it has some amazing coastline that's very unique to Maine. Maine's reopening plan allowed state parks to open June first. So that's when Acadia decided to unlock its gates as well. The two most iconic things that people have access to it Acadia national park, which is the bro drive in carriage roads those. Are Open now, but what is still closed at Katya and in many other national parks are indoor spaces like visitor, centers, gift, shops, and eateries as well as places where people congregate like campgrounds. Anesthesia says she does recommend people at serious risk of Cova complications where a mask even on the trails if they're outdoors and they can't keep a six foot distance to the next person then we'd recommend a face covering capitol. Reef National Park in Utah has steep, red rock walls and canyons. It seen visitation surge over the last decade. Lori Rome is a park ranger there she says Moore. Visitors means more bathroom breaks, and that means staff will be doing more cleaning than ever this summer. The bathrooms are cleaned on the cycles that the CDC Centers for Disease Control are recommending so ours are cleaned two times a day and they're checked. Several Times throughout the day will close one stall for twenty four hours us the other stall and flip flop back and forth, capitol. Reef opened its visitor center earlier this month, but rangers put up plexiglas on the counters and wear masks. Nearby Bryce National Park is famous for its spiraled rock formations called, Hutus. Peter Dens more is the public information officer there he says the visitor center is open, but has capacity limits, and the park has adapted shuttles. Only twenty visitors are allowed on a bus. At any one time seats have been removed from the bus, so the create. More distance between groups. You've got plexiglass barriers there for the drivers and you. bryce is also encouraging people to prepay entrance fees online to avoid exchanging cash or credit cards. It has reopened one of its campsites dens Maher says Rangers are closely monitoring how people interact there? Dana Soa is the spokesperson for Great Smoky. Mountains National Park another top tenor with more than twelve million annual visitors will. The thing is the diverse city, so we have over about hundred and thirty different species of trees. Great Smoky is divided between Tennessee and north. Carolina North Carolina has had a slower reopening face, so the park is following those stricter guidelines. So far four of the parks nine campgrounds have reopened along with its visitor centers. The park is concerned about overcrowding, so it's posted a video to help educate people about how they can social distancing park. It really focused on How'd you shoes drills overlooks? That weren't crowded so that you could proactively you know plan to have a less congested hike or less congested experience. If a national parks campgrounds are closed or limited park, officials recommend booking at private campgrounds, outside national parks or freedom camping in national forests or on Bureau of land management lands. National Parks also often have towns nearby were you can visit restaurants and grocery stores? A Katie Cristiana stages says whatever parking may want to visit this summer. It's important to know before you go. People need to do their homework. With the Canon can-do reporting from World I'm Sarah Weinsberg in Grand Teton National Park. Additional support comes from poverty encountered Los Angeles more poverty encounter dot. Org Discount tickets with Promo Code. World. Coming up next on the world and everything in it. Private school closures, even those who have not lost jobs during the coronavirus lockdown are looking at the future, a little nervously and cutting back on spending for some those cutbacks include private school tuition. Declining enrollment has forced some schools to close handful our private independent schools, but the vast majority are religious ones. Catholic schools in particular are bearing the brunt of the trend world. Correspondent Laura reports. The National Catholic Educational Association estimates that about one hundred schools have folded in the last month, or so they expect that number could double before fall. Many of the closures caught families off guard Megan August four boys all attend Academy of Saint Therese it offers classes in pre k through grade eight in the cresskill borough, which lies just north of Newark New Jersey along scenic stretch of the Hudson River. We always know. The risk is there. But when you have a community that so tight and that really? Flourish with each other, and we take pride in our fundraising and things like that. Not only do not expect it to come to your school, but you don't clearly don't expect during a time like like we're into today. See, Theresa's one of nine elementaries and one high school closing their doors this year in Newark alone. Cardinal Joseph Tobin explained the decision in a heartfelt letter to families in the archdiocese. He said the seeds of the closures were already planted prior to the pandemic. He described the closures as an irreplaceable loss to the community. Those? Irreplaceable losses are impacting other cities as well just outside Harrisburg Pennsylvania Lebanon Catholic school lost more than one third of its K. twelve enrollment over the last five years. The historic school has operated in the diocese of Harrisburg since the mid eighteen hundreds Bishop Ronald Gainer spoke with local NBC affiliate W. G. A. L. About the closure lease. No, this was not an easy decision for your pastors. Pastors nor for me, especially in the light of all the challenges, all of us are facing, but with the national surge in pandemic related job losses. Many families simply can't afford Catholic school tuition anymore. The average cost for elementary grades runs about five thousand dollars a year, but Catholic highschool can cost eleven, thousand dollars, or more annually and parishes that normally subsidize tuition for low income students are. are now strapped for cash. Because stay at home orders cancelled weekly mass and interrupted tithing the Catholic school closings will displace thousands of students nationwide. That's raising concerns about where they will land in a school landscape, already rife with uncertainty, but many communities still have private school options. Lynn, Swann is the chief strategy and Innovation Officer for the Association of Christian. Schools, International. It's surveyed. It's twenty three hundred. Hundred US member schools in April in our survey We asked the number of question about enrollment in about Newton inquiries, because those are often very good indicators of sort of the the health of the school looking toward the next year. Certainly schools do use those indicator for project into the future and what we found is that for the majority of schools they're re-enroll. Numbers were holding steady. and. So that's good news. Swarner said that unlike the nation's Catholic schools, the Association's Protestant and Evangelical Schools reported only a handful of permanent closings, instead most are using the public health crisis to expand into virtual and hybrid instruction, while many public schools fumbled for weeks with the transition to distance learning, eighty percent of a CSI member schools missed fewer than five days of instruction. Some even picked up new students along the way as families grew tired of. Of waiting for their local schools to provide lessons or are looking at how to be nimble in light of the changing environment, you know others are looking at offering, completely online programs for the first time whether it be to domestic students in national, and they're also looking to say okay. We have this challenge. Not only do. We continue to be sustainable, but the potentially. How do we reach more? Stanley's that maybe haven't been able to Christian education before. Meanwhile friends and alumni are rallying around some of the closing Catholic schools, praying and asking school and Church leaders for a change of heart administrators at the award, winning Academy of Our Lady Peace in New Providence New Jersey petitioned the archdiocese of Newark to reconsider closing their school the more than twelve hundred signatures and nearly five hundred comments. They submitted proved persuasive church leaders eventually reversed their decision giving the community back. It's beloved school efforts on behalf of cresskill. Saint Therese, where Megan August's boys attend did not have the same success. Their community mounted a fundraising and petition effort as well, but the archdiocese said that in their case the decision was. Reporting for world I'm Laura Edgehill. All right, so file this one under your said than done. You've probably heard a thing or two about corona virus restrictions. Probably you gotta do them. They're important. Even theme parks are doing their part, but in Japan. They are going for the gold, an association of thirty amusement parks. There is trying to ban. This! Yet, NO SCREAMING STOP! Just like that. They are asking guests to keep their mouths closed while on roller coasters again easier said than done right here. We can just press the mute button, and that takes care of it, but these parks they have to enforce silence on one of the world's tallest roller coasters, three hundred eighteen feet, but WHO's counting and another one that delivers speeds up to one hundred twelve miles per hour, so enjoy yourself, but keep it to yourself. It's the world and everything and. Today is Thursday June, twenty, five, twenty twenty. Thank you for turning to world radio to help. Start Your Day Good Morning. I'm Nick Eicher and I Megan Basham coming next on the world and everything in it the death of a deputy. Last week, mourners laid to rest a longtime law enforcement officer in a small cemetery in South Mississippi. World correspondent Kim. Henderson appointed the graveside service and has our story. On June twelfth the same day, a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta made the news a parking lot. Two states away got some attention as well though smaller scale, it was the site of a routine prisoner transport gone bad. Radio Dispatcher Crystal Scarborough took the call at the Simpson County Sheriff's department. Just advise man. Some fan fired their. Told me that she thought I'd had an officer down. And rolled them everything I had. That's what we're trying to. Simpson County Sheriff Paul. mullins heard the call and made it to the scene in about three minutes. Paramedics flu deputy James Blair to a hospital where he later died. And the sheriff turned his attention to coordinating. What would turn into an all night manhunt? Some three hundred officers from across the state came to assist was really crucial in this setting up a perimeter and with that many people. You can get a tight perimeter to know. We had to use the dogs helicopters. They FBI sent a plane. Then twenty four hours, authorities captured the shooting suspect in a heavily wooded area. Many of the same officers who helped during the manhunt, soon returned to pay their final respects to deputy Blair. He had a fifty year career in law enforcement. Blair and his wife were raising three of their great grandchildren. Something County as a funeral for a deputy James. Blair was held this morning. The funeral took place at ten thirty that Wednesday. It drew a record crowd at Tudor funeral home. Later, mourner started the long drive to deputy Blair's freshly dug grave for nearly eight miles along the route. People stood beside the road, waving flags wiping tears. Kids put their hands over their hearts. Jj Smith wrote his Harley Davidson Electra glide classic as part of the procession. He's a member of the Patriot guard riders an organization that seeks to promote respect for fallen American heroes. Anger. That this could happen to someone like that. To have. Really. Then, you see. What else is going on in the world and it draws all this attention. I listened to a local radio station coming up here. Mention of it the whole ride up here seventy one miles and no mention. John, Griffith is a duty Piper for the Meridian. Police Department. Here arrived early for the burial, burying bagpipes decked out in a Scottish kilt. riff plays at about fifty funerals a year. Following ones are special just like the military killed in action especially. Thankfully, there's not too many of those. He says ninety percent of the time the family wants him to close out the service with amazing grace now play one verse Standing Probably Fifty Feet from the gray side and then. Play one or two more verses walking off into the distance and letting the sound just fadeaway members of the highway patrol's honor guard were on site to. Kurban Stewart waited in the shade as long as he could before suiting up in his thick dress attire, complete with special hat and white gloves on normally. We're here probably about two hours prior that way, we can assess the area. and. run through what we're GONNA do and make sure we do our part right because it's not about us. It's about the the person that's being memorialized. While the Honor Guard practiced. They got updates on the funeral procession. At twelve forty-six officials blocked highway five eighty, three to southbound traffic. A wall of fire trucks with lights flashing formed a border at the eastern edge of the cemetery. To the south one of those them, Blue Line flags draped across the chain link fence. When the white arrived at twelve fifty eight family members, wearing black took their seats. The preacher told them that James. Blair did not live his life in vain. He spent it serving others. Spent shells clinked against a nearby tombstone. The governor moved in close to say something for only the widow to here. To honor, guard members stood at the end of the casket and folded the flag side to side side to side. Corner by corner by corner. Joe Andrews is a Canine Officer with the Simpson. County sheriff's department. He knew deputy Blair well. I love people in general. Is Goal Deputy? Kids learn to. Speak to the police. Don't be afraid of. Andrews has been in law enforcement for sixteen years with all the national criticism coming right as he was in the middle of a man hunt while he was coping with the death of a fellow officer. Did. He think about quitting It's not A. It's not a job passion. No, we don't do it for the and went on to it for the glory. We do it because. It's a Colin. The conclusion of the funeral was something known as an end of watch call. It's when a dispatcher issues. A final radio call to an officer. In Twenty Bob. Lehrer? Blair is. In one! Twelve. Thousand Forty, Although he was one man, he laid his life down for. The win. When for? The. Right Proverbs Twenty eight. World on Cam Henderson reporting from Roost Mississippi. Today is Thursday, June twenty fifth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm Megan Basham and I'm nick. Her commentator Cal Thomas. Says our preview of the fall presidential campaign that he saw. Did Not encourage him. President Trump's returned to the campaign trail last weekend provided a great opportunity to speak words of healing to a divided nation. It's too bad. We got toxic stream. Instead his lengthy remarks were full of self justification, said salted with crude language. He called one person, a son of a blank and frequently used other crude words that would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap as a kid. Let's hear his Evangelical Supporters Defend that language I've heard all the explanations. It's who he is. His policies are more important. He's God's chosen instrument in his nearly two hours of talking president trump spend thirty minutes talking about his commencement address at West Point. He rightly called out some of the media claiming he appeared to be sick because of the way he held his water glass. He said he was. was trying to be careful, so water didn't spill on his expensive tie, which was silk, then he demonstrated how he slowly walked down a ramp after the address, because he said the bottom of his shoes and the ramp were slippery. How does any of this matter? I was embarrassed for him? And for his smaller than predicted audience, which worship the applauded, but I sensed a little less enthusiasm. Yes, many of those supposedly one million ticket requests were probably reluctant to show up because of nonstop media scare tactics about the corona virus, but another factor may have been the president's predictability. We've heard versions of this speech before. How many? Many more times. Must we hear about his jawboning bowing into lowering the price for two new presidential jets? Don't we already know about closing the borders to travelers from China and why the racial slur about the corona virus did he think that was cute? A president running for a second term stake out his vision for the next four years, other than a list of twenty five judges, from which he promises to choose for federal benches, including the Supreme Court. There was nothing about what he would accomplish. In a second term, political attacks are always part of any campaign, but this president makes it more about personality and less about policy. Policy differences with Democrats. He only made passing references to what a Biden administration would do. Even though there's plenty to critique president, trump should take a lesson from Ronald Reagan who frequently referred to Democrats as our friends on the other side, he never diminished their value, but instead argued why conservative ideas are better. The presidency is an honor and privilege that has been granted to only forty five men in our history with great privilege comes great responsibility. We're better than this. We deserve better than this. The president's speech doesn't make Joe Biden more appealing. His remarks were unappealing, unattractive, and for me in the future unwatchable on Cal Thomas. Well, we are expecting Supreme Court decisions later this morning tomorrow. Our Legal Affairs correspondent Mary Reichardt. We'll have analysis for you also tomorrow. Trevon wax on culture. Friday talking. Cancel culture and a review of a mainstream documentary on the journeys of the Apostle Paul, look at the strengths and the weaknesses and your listener feedback I'm Nick Eicher and I Megan Basham. The world and everything in it comes to you from world radio. World's mission is biblically objective journalism that. That informs, educates and inspires well. 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