The Blaze


  1. Sixteen-year-old Swedish eco-campaigner Greta Thunberg is currently on her way across the Atlantic ocean on a zero-carbon yacht, headed for New York to address the United Nations regarding climate change policy.

    But the two-week voyage that's been widely-hailed for its environmentally-friendly mode of travel has now fallen under scrutiny, as it has been revealed that carbon-guzzling trans-Atlantic flights will be utilized by the boat's crew for the round trip.

    What are the details?

    Miss Thunberg has garnered international attention for environmental initiatives, and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in March. She told The New York Times ahead of her journey across the ocean on the boat Maliza II, "By doing this it also shows how impossible it is today to live sustainable. That, in order to travel with zero emissions, that we have to sail like this across the Atlantic Ocean."

    Apparently, it's even more impossible to travel without a carbon footprint than some might have imagined. The Times of London revealed Friday that Thunberg's solar-powered yacht trip "may generate more emissions than it saves because of flights taken by the crew."

    The Times reported that two sailors will be flying into New York to man the 60-foot vessel back to Europe, and two of the crew members currently on the yacht may fly home.

    According to a spokeswoman for Team Mazila, "We added the trip to New York City at very short notice, and as a result two people need to fly over to the U.S. in order to bring the boat back," the Daily Mail reported. "The world has not yet found a way to make it possible to cross an ocean without a carbon footprint."

    Anything else?

    Thunberg has been campaigning for all countries to "cut emissions in line with the Paris climate accord," CBS News reported. When the teenager was asked if she would be open to meeting with President Donald Trump during her visit to the U.S., she said, "Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me?"

  2. Thousands showed up for the funeral of an El Paso mass attack victim whose husband had said that the public was invited since he had no other family.

    63-year-old Margie Reckard was killed in the horrific attack by a man expressing hatred for Mexican immigrants in a manifesto.

    Her husband, Antonio Basco, described his loss to KFOX-TV.

    "When I met her she was an angel and she still is," Basco said. "I was supposed to be the strong one but I found out I'm the weak one, and she's going to be missed."

    On Tuesday, the funeral home attending to Reckard's burial ledt a message from Basco on their Facebook page.

    "Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend his Wife's services," the post read.

    The post quickly went viral and made national headlines.

    On Friday, thousands showed up to pay their respects to Reckard and show their compassion for Basco.

    Reuters reporter Julio Cesar-Chavez posted a video of the line outside the prayer service for Reckard, and said it extended for nearly a mile.

    Gadi Schwartz of NBC posted a video of the hundreds of flower arrangements that were sent to the funeral home.

    The memorial service was packed.

    "We were gonna live together and die together that was our plan," Basco said.

    A GoFundMe donation pagefor the family of Margie Reckard has raised more than $30,000.

    Here's a news video about the extraordinary funeral:

    El Paso widower invites entire city to wife's funeral

  3. A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper and a Carter County Sheriff's Deputy were reportedly "ambushed" and shot while serving an eviction notice in the rural town of Van Buren Friday morning, during a standoff that lasted several hours. One suspect has been taken into custody stemming from the incident.

    What are the details?

    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) announced on Twitter that the two officers "were ambushed by a gunman from inside a residence" and that "both officers were wounded and are hospitalized."

    According to ABC News, the deputy — who was hit in the leg, groin and chest —was airlifted from the scene, and the trooper was treated at a hospital and has been released. Both officers are expected to survive their injuries.

    After a seven hour standoff, the suspect inside the residence surrendered to law enforcement peacefully.

    The standoff in Missouri comes two days after a standoff in Philadelphia which left six officers wounded from gunfire while trying to serve a drug warrant.

    Anything else?

    In June, a Missouri police officer was shot and killed in North St. Louis County while responding to a call about someone trying to cash a bad check. Officer Michael Langsdorf, 40, left behind two children and a fiancé. He had been in law enforcement for 17 years.

  4. The sister of an NYPD police officer who committed suicide says he didn't get the help he needed despite the numerous warnings she made to the department.

    Eileen Echeverria said that she told the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau that her brother was a threat to himself and others because of his mental health issues.

    Her brother, Robert Echeverria, committed suicide on Wednesday at his Laurelton, Queens home. It was the latest in an alarming trendof NYPD officers taking their own lives.

    She claims that he didn't get help because he was afraid the department would demote him and put him on desk duty.

    The NYPD did confiscate his weapons, and made him speak to a doctor, but he was cleared several days later and his weapons returned.

    "Why can't the city of New York hire a bunch of counselors," she said, "and randomly call in officers and say, 'You know what, yesterday, Officer Jones, you were spat at. How you dealing with that? Officer Smith, there was a bucket thrown.'

    "I know it's expensive, but it's a dream I have," she said.

    Echeverria wants more resources to help officers like her brother.

    "Internally the NYPD is broken," she added. "Should another mother ever have to go through that? Should a wife? Should children?"

    Here's an interview with Echeverria:

    Police Officer's Sister: NYPD 'Responsible' For His Suicide

  5. Conservative LGBTQ group The Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection on 2020, after snubbing him by failing to endorse his candidacy in the 2016 election.

    What are the details?

    Log Cabin Republican leadership penned an op-ed published in The Washington Poston Thursday, declaring that President "Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans," and announcing the group's endorsement.

    The organization — which NBC News referred to as "the nation's largest collective of LGBTQ conservatives" — credited the president with "removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook," praised his global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality in other nations, and hailed his appointment of several LGBTQ officials in his administration.

    The authors listed an array of policy decisions on which they agree with President Trump, including his tax cuts, foreign policy, and trade deals.The Log Cabin Republicans did acknowledge their disagreement with administration's transgender service restriction, but noted, "to paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, 80 percent my friend is not 20 percent my endm.

    NBC further noted that the Log Cabin Republicans' endorsement of the president is significant, even though exit polls show LGBTQ voters as a whole tend lean toward the Democratic Party.

    Anything else?

    While the LGBTQ group did not endorse candidate Donald Trump, in what Politico described at the time as "a contentious decision." The outlet reported that while Log Cabin Republicans were fully united against Hillary Clinton, the group's board decided to withhold their endorsement of the Republican nominee against the wishes of several of its chapters.

    The national Log Cabin Republicans organization has been around for more than four decades. The only other candidate besides Trump that is has refused to endorse in the past was George W. Bush in 2004.