Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was my first American friend. Ours was an unlikely friendship: a shy Indian kid, fresh off the boat, with big glasses and a thick accent, and a high school b-ball player from West Philadelphia, chillin' out maxin' and relaxin' all cool. And yet, I was with Will all the way, unnerved when he accidentally gave Carlton speed, shaken when he got shot in Season 5, and deeply embarrassed every time he wiped out in front of Veronica.
This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the recovery of treasure off the Treasure Coast. On July 30 and 31, a salvage crew found more than 350 gold coins worth $4.5 million off Wabasso in Indian River County. The coins were from 11 ships carrying gold, silver and jewels to Spain. The fleet was destroyed in a hurricane exactly 300 years before.
In case you didn't stay up late to watch the MTV Video Music Awards, there are really only two moments that matter.
They'll be the talk of the water cooler today, so you might as well take a look. Here are the two moments that matter:
1. After receiving the Video Vanguard award, the rapper Kanye West delivered a 13-minute soliloquy in which he sorta, kinda apologized for his past behavior and then he got ahead of the news cycle by announcing he's running for president in 2020.
The phrase police militarization conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah.
European ministers have called for an emergency summit to discuss the hundreds of thousands of migrants who are pouring into European countries.
As The New York Times reports, almost as soon as Germany, France and the U.K. made the call, Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU presidency, obliged by setting a meeting date for Sept. 14 in Brussels.