FOURTH OF JULY
Ransomware victim Kaseya gets master key to unlock networks
The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not say Thursday how the key was obtained or whether a ransom was paid. Ransomware analysts offered multiple possible explanations for why the master key, which can unlock the scrambled data of all the attack's victims, has now appeared.news.yahoo.com
Biden’s message to social media platforms on COVID-19 misinformation: ‘They’re killing people’
Departing the White House on Friday, President Biden responded to a reporter’s asking if he had a message to social media companies like Facebook regarding COVID-19 misinformation. Biden said, “They’re killing people,” and added, “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.”news.yahoo.com
US virus cases are rising again, doubling over three weeks
The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to Johns Hopkins University data. “It is certainly no coincidence that we are looking at exactly the time that we would expect cases to be occurring after the July Fourth weekend," said Dr. Bill Powderly, co-director of the infectious-disease division at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis.news.yahoo.com
What exactly was Mark Zuckerberg riding in that viral Fourth of July video?
If you’ve been scrolling around on social media this month, then you may have noticed that over the Fourth of July weekend, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg was riding on some sort of wakeboard on a lake with an American flag in tow.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Discusses ICE Nomination, Crime Increase On Houston Matters – Houston Public Media
During an interview on Houston Matters Tuesday, the sheriff touched on bail reform, the increase in violent crime and driving incidents during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.houstonpublicmedia.org
Girl injured by firecracker transferred to another hospital
The 8-year-old girl who suffered “serious head trauma” from a fireworks accident on Fourth of July in Pharr remains hospitalized due to her injuries, according to DHR Health. The child was originally taken to McAllen Medical Center but had to be transferred to DHR Health in Edinburg, where she remains without further word of her condition or nature of her injuries. The incident, described by the city of Pharr as a “fireworks accident” in a news release, occurred about 5 p.m. Local firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded. Details pertaining to the location of the incident, the circumstances surrounding the fireworks used and the nature of the injuries have not been disclosed. Pharr officials reminded the public that fireworks are not permitted in the city and penalties can run from $200 to $1000.myrgv.com
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, police Lt. Jason Meier said. The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took Kivlenieks to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said.news.yahoo.com
2 teenagers dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Cincinnati park
Two teenagers are dead after apparently exchanging gunfire that wounded three others at a downtown Cincinnati park where hundreds of teens were gathered late on the Fourth of July, police said. It's possible others were involved in the conflict Sunday at Smale Park, but police aren't searching for any other particular suspects, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Monday. Sixteen-year-old Milo Watson died at the scene, and 19-year-old Dexter Wright Jr. died later at a hospital, police said.news.yahoo.com
In the return of Hyde Park’s 4th on 53rd celebration, families are just happy to be out
The annual parade was still on pause, but the park’s Fourth of July committee brought out carnival games, food trucks, art and music to bring an all-ages picnic to life after a year of social distancing.chicagotribune.com
Tragedy casts pall over July Fourth holiday in South Florida
The Fourth of July holiday was marked with somber tones in South Florida, where a collapsed building has left at least 24 dead and more than 120 missing under rubble. “July 4 is ordinarily a time to gather with our loved ones and to celebrate our freedom and our independence, and this year the holiday looks very different," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. A vigil was planned for Sunday night in Miami Beach for the victims of the fallen Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside, Florida.news.yahoo.com
Ransomware attack before holiday leaves companies scrambling
Businesses rushed Saturday to contain a ransomware attack that has paralyzed their computer networks, a situation complicated in the U.S. by offices lightly staffed at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Swedish State Railways and a major local pharmacy chain were also affected. Cybersecurity experts say the REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack that targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers.news.yahoo.com
DPS to increase enforcement over holiday
Heading into the Fourth of July holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase the number of Texas Highway Patrol Troopers as part of Operation CARE and Operation Holiday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Experience history this Fourth of July weekend on the Battleship Texas for the first time in nearly two years
The Battleship Texas <a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/2019/08/08/battleship-texas-to-close-soon-for-lengthy-repair-project/" target="_blank">has been undergoing restorations</a>, but over the holiday weekend, the project will be put on hold so people can experience history first-hand.
How to celebrate Independence Day in Kyle
With fewer COVID-19 restrictions in place compared to last year, the City of Kyle will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show Sunday night.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Douglas Emhoff in Chicago: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine ‘is not political’
Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, said in Chicago Wednesday that as he’s traveled the country in recent months to talk up vaccination efforts he hasn’t once heard people talk about getting inoculated in political terms.chicagotribune.com
Letters to the editor: Fourth of July parade, education task force, breaching dams, Murgoitio Park, camping with dogs, COVID-19 statistics
Letters to the editor on having a Fourth of July parade in Boise, education task force, breaching dams, saving Murgoitio Park, camping with dogs and misleading COVID-19 statistics.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
Is it legal to shoot off fireworks where you live?
From Harris County to Galveston County, each has its own set of firework laws enforced by the county fire marshall and/or law enforcement. If you have questions regarding your areas’ fireworks laws, check with your nearest city hall or county office. Here’s what each Houston-area county stand on fireworks:Harris CountyFireworks, whether sold or discharged are legal in unincorporated areas. Fort Bend CountyAccording to Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office, fireworks are legal in unincorporated areas. Many Galveston County cities have prohibited fireworks, including Dickinson and Galveston, according to the Galveston County Daily News.
Holiday weekend forecast: Hazy and humid with a dash of storms
Sunday will see another day of mid to upper 90s, feeling more like the low 100s so be ready for some shade and A/C, you’ll need it in the afternoon! Expect a VERY slight rain chance tonight with higher chances tomorrow into Monday and the highest rain chance for the week on Tuesday. Storms for Mon-Tue before more heat moves in late weekFor today plan to drink plenty of water as the actual temperature heads fairly quickly into the upper 80s and low 90s before topping out in the upper 90s this afternoon. Sunday 10-day forecastThe rain chances increase as we start the week into Wednesday, which will drop our high temperatures into the low 90s for a couple of days. We start drying out by Wednesday and that means the temperatures will head back up to the upper 90s by next weekend.
Over 300 firefighters quarantined; HFD chief asks people to skip fireworks due to staffing strain
HOUSTON – The coronavirus is adding strain to the Houston Fire Department, according to a news release. More than 300 Houston firefighters are in quarantine because of potential exposure to COVID-19, according to the release. “The number of firefighters unavailable to report for duty further reduces the availability of personnel and creates an extreme strain on the department,” the release said. “We will respond when called, but I also encourage citizens to help us by following health and safety protocols during the current public health crisis,” Peña said. Do not use fireworks during the July 4th holiday weekend because they can cause fires and create an additional strain on our resources.”
What you need to know about firework safety for Fourth of July
HOUSTON – Officials informed Houston residents on how to stay safe ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The Houston Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office held a news conference at 10 a.m. regarding fireworks. During that conference, people were reminded that fireworks are dangerous and illegal to use within city limits and some parts of Harris County. If you plan on setting off fireworks, follow these safety guidelines:Follow the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your community.
REWIND: See Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Freedom Over Texas
HOUSTON – Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will continue this year but without public activities or public access due to the coronavirus pandemic. The firework event will still be held at Buffalo Bayou and Sam Houston parks. Freedom Over Texas 2020 Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will continue this year but without public activities or public access due to the coronavirus pandemic. Let us never forget what it means to be in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Freedom Over Texas will feature a lineup of live and virtual entertainers.
Fireworks sales begin in Texas on Wednesday
HOUSTON – 'Tis the season for fireworks. Wednesday is the first day of fireworks sales for the Fourth of July season. “We have a wide variety of products for everything you want to do,” said Sue Davis, who works at one of the Top Dog locations. “If you’re going to have a big show with everybody, wear your mask, social-distance, wash your hands, be safe,” Davis said. The last day to buy fireworks is midnight, July 4th.
South County 4th of July parade canceled in The Woodlands for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns
The South County 4th of July Committee and Market Street announced in a statement Thursday that its 44th annual “Stars and Stripes Forever” Fourth of July parade is canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns. “The South County 4th of July Committee along with Market Street announce with great sadness, the cancellation of the 44th Annual 4th of July Parade, ‘Stars & Stripes Forever’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers said in release. “With the potential of over 20,000 spectators and 200 volunteers gathering along the parade route through Town Center and Market Street, holding the parade would not be in the best interest of health and safety for our community.”Organizers said they look forward to resuming the parade in 2021. The annual parade dates back to the late 1970’s when it was originally organized by The Woodlands Lions Club. The South County 4th of July Committee was formed in the 1990′s.
Fourth of July festivities throughout Greater Houston
Parking passes are required for onsite parking and can be obtained at sugarlandtx.gov/july4 while supplies last. "To maximize on-site parking, we are offering an opportunity to reserve a free parking pass from the Imperial Park Recreation Center. Onsite event parking lots will open at 4 p.m. In addition to onsite parking, free shuttle service will be available at various off-site parking locations. Shuttles will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. to midnight from Mercer Stadium, located at 16403 Lexington Blvd, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, located at 18111 Lexington Blvd., and University of Houston Sugar Land, located at 14000 University Blvd.
Youth coach groped children in Disney resort pool, deputies say
ORLANDO, Fla. – A man has been arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in connection with the groping of children at Disney’s Pop Century Resort over the Fourth of July holiday. A 7-year-old boy told police that a man grabbed him three times while he was swimming in a pool at the Walt Disney World resort, according to authorities. According to an Orange County Sheriff's Office incident report, the boy and his parents told deputies that Groth grabbed the boy's buttocks. The boy told authorities that he told the man to stop and leave him alone after his buttocks were touched the first time, the report said. The Sheriff's Office said the children identified Groth from a photo and also spotted him after being taken to a baseball field at Disney.