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Bug experts get rid of the name 'gypsy moth' because some Roma people consider it to be an ethnic slur

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Bug experts are getting rid of the name 'gypsy moth' because some Roma people consider it to be an ethnic slur.   The Entomological Society of America, which oversees the common names of bugs, is getting rid of the common name of that critter and the lesser-known gypsy ant.  The group this week announced that for the first time it changed a common name of an insect because it was offensive. In the past they've only reassigned names that weren't scientifically accurate. The Entomological Society of America, which oversees the common names of bugs, is getting rid of the name 'gypsy moth' (pictured is one of the insects)  An oak leaf after being ravaged by gypsy moth caterpillars, which are considered an invasive species  'It´s an ethnic slur to begin with that's been rejected by the Romani people a long time ago,' said society president Michelle S. Smith.  'Second, nobody wants to be associated with a harmful invasive pest.' How did gypsy moths

Grizzly bear that's believed to have dragged cyclist, 65, from tent and killed her is shot dead after trying to rip a homeowner's door off

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Montana wildlife officials believe they fatally shot the grizzly bear that dragged a cyclist out her tent at a Montana campsite and killed her early Tuesday morning.  The same grizzly is believed to have ripped a door off an Ovando, Montana-area woman's home and left large claw marks on her house late Thursday night, Powell County Sheriff's Office said.  Hours later - shortly after midnight Friday - Montana wildlife officials lured the bear to a baited trap with a chicken coop, staked it out with night vision goggles and shot it dead.   'Based on the size of the bear, the color of the bear and the nature of the chicken coop raids, we're confident we've got the offending bear,' said Greg Lemon with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Lemon said tracks found at the site of the coop also matched tracks found in Ovando, where Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of Chico, California, was found dead.  Investigators have obtained DNA from the bear at the scene of the attack which wil

Top Irish sporting official apologises after making ‘Black Dives Matter’ comment under BBC story about Raheem Sterling being fouled for England’s decisive penalty against Denmark

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The former head of the Irish FA has apologised after he commented 'Black Dives Matter' on a BBC story about Raheem Sterling being fouled during England's game against Denmark.    Bernard O'Byrne, who is now the head of Basketball Ireland, made the comment under a BBC article on Facebook about the penalty awarded to Sterling after he went down in extra-time of the Euros semi-final match.  The remark by O'Byrne has led to widespread condemnation and a member of Basketball Ireland's diversity and inclusion committee has stood down in protest. O'Byrne has since deleted the comment and said it was 'an error of judgement'.  Bernard O'Byrne, the former head of the Irish FA has apologised after he commented 'Black Dives Matter' on a BBC story about Raheem Sterling being fouled during England's game against Denmark Bernard O'Byrne, who is now the head of Basketball Ireland, made the comment under a BBC article on Facebook about the penalty

Florida landscaper, 51, pleads guilty to failed hit job against his ex-girlfriend and her family which he planned to make look like Black Lives Matter were behind

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Daniel Slater, 51, admitted to hiring who he believed was a hitman to kill his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law A Florida landscaper pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire plot to kill three people, including his ex-girlfriend, and set the crime scene up to appear as if someone from the Black Lives Matter movement  was behind it.  Daniel Slater, 51, admitted to hiring what he believed to be a hitman to kill his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law who he thought was responsible for ruining their relationship, the Palm Beach Post reported.  From May to June 2020, Slater met with 'hitman' who was actually an FBI informant, according to the Department of Justice. Slater and the undercover agent discussed the logistics behind the hit, including bringing in a third person to assist.  Slater even went so far as to drive by the victim's home with the agent, instructing them on how to carry out the murders when the time came.  In one i

'I had to take off my $800 sneakers and cut my own grass': Mass labor shortage in the exclusive Hamptons leaves the rich to cut their own lawns, do their own laundry and even paint their own nails

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More than a year after the once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic struck shutting down entire countries, the residents of the Hamptons are dealing with the new biggest threat to their lives; who will do the laundry?  The pampered residents have been mocked online as mass labor shortages forces them to do the unthinkable; mow their own lawns and do their own nails.  I had to buy a lawn mower and cut my own lawn. I wanted flowers planted behind the pool,' one resident posted on the neighborhood app Nextdoor. 'The landscaper didn't show up. I had to do it myself,'  The same person added that their brother had to teach them how to use 'the thing that trims the weeds.'    'Yesterday, I finally did that. I had to take my $800 sneakers off first, but it was actually satisfying,' the resident added. It didn't take long for individuals to begin mocking residents online, with many posting their reactions to Twitter. 'Omg not their lawns!! Should we start a gof

Biden officially nominates LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India despite claims he turned a blind eye to allegations an adviser sexually assaulted his male bodyguard

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President Joe Biden nominated his political ally Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India, the White House said on Friday, setting up a tricky confirmation battle amid claims the Los Angeles mayor failed to act on sexual harassment allegations leveled at his adviser.  Garcetti, 50, was long seen as frontrunner for the post and, if confirmed, would be taking on one of the most difficult diplomatic jobs at a time when India remains in the grip of the coronavirus crisis. But his nomination sets up tough Senate hearings. Republicans will have plenty of ammunition from a lawsuit alleging that Rick Jacobs, a former top staffer, sexually harassed one of the mayor's police bodyguards while Garcetti ignored it or laughed it off.    Matthew Garza claimed Jacobs sexually harassed him on multiple occasions.  Garza, who spent some six years on the mayor's security detail, said Garcetti had witnessed Jacobs' alleged harassment several times and failed to take any action to correct his behav

Jen Psaki says Hunter Biden has 'the right' to pursue new art career despite fears anonymous painting buyers will have undue influence after White House carved out deal to keep $500K sales secret

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Hunter Biden had a 'right to pursue an artistic career,' as she tried on Friday to justify the administration's role in brokering arrangements for the sale of his paintings. It followed revelations that the White House helped set up a deal for buyers' identities to remain hidden to ensure they did not win presidential favors.  This White House has frequently promised full transparency in pursuit of the highest ethical standards. Now that means secrecy. 'I think it would be challenging for an anonymous person, who we don't know and Hunter Biden doesn't know, to have influence,' said Psaki during her daily briefing.  The plan will allow Hunter Biden to forge ahead with his new life as an artist after a career change from high-paid consultant on international deals.   The deal came about after Biden administration staffers reached out to Hunter's lawyers to forge a plan intended to 'avoid' ethics concer