Traveling Harriet Tubman sculpture comes to Sylva | News


SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina)- A bronze sculpture of Harriet Tubman is now on display in downtown Sylva, according to a release from the Jackson County NAACP. 

The statue, entitled “Journey to Freedom” is a nine foot, 240 pound sculpture that depicts Harriet Tubman helping a young girl escape slavery, according to the NAACP. 

The statue will be in Sylva until December 20 and will be featured in Bridge Park, the release says. 

According to the NAACP, the statue’s stay in Sylva is part of a national tour. 

A celebration of the sculpture will be held on September 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring a keynote by University of Alabama scholar Dr. Vincent Willis, musical performances, readings and more, the NAACP says. 

The sculpture was made by Cashiers native and Academy and Emmy award winner Wesley Wofford, according to the release. 

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U.S. intelligence officer traveling with CIA chief in India reported “Havana Syndrome” symptoms


Washington — An intelligence officer traveling with CIA Director William Burns in India this month reported symptoms consistent with “Havana Syndrome” and sought immediate medical care, according to two people familiar with the matter. It is the second case known to have occurred during a senior U.S. official’s travel overseas, and the latest of dozens of new incidents reported this year alone.   

Last month, Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip to Vietnam was temporarily delayed after her delegation was told that at least one American official in Hanoi had suffered symptoms associated with the neurological illness that first emerged years ago among U.S. personnel in Cuba.  

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The symptoms of Havana Syndrome, or “Anomalous Health Incidents,” as the Biden administration refers to them, include headaches, nausea and vertigo. Some cases have resulted in a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury. More than 200 American officials, including 100 intelligence officers, have reported suspected cases thus far. 

It is unclear whether the officer who fell ill in India was targeted because of a link to the CIA director. Circumstances of the event are still being investigated. The incident was first reported by CNN. 

The U.S. intelligence community has not yet determined whether a foreign actor is to blame, according to previous statements issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). But some U.S. officials suspect the cases may be the result of attempted surveillance by foreign intelligence services using directed energy technologies to target officials’ electronic devices.  

Of particular concern, current and former officials say, is that suspected instances of the illness have not abated, and they may even be proliferating globally. Some believe the proximity of recent incidents to current senior administration officials is an indication that the perpetrator may be growing more brazen in its choice of targets.  

A CIA spokesperson told CBS News that while the agency does not comment on specific cases or personnel, it has “protocols in place for when individuals report possible anomalous health incidents that include receiving appropriate medical treatment.” 


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The agency, under Burns, has tripled the number of medical staff dedicated to the health incidents and reinvigorated a task force charged with investigating their cause, “bringing an intensity and expertise to this issue akin to our efforts to find [Osama] bin Laden,” the spokesperson said.      

The intelligence community has also convened an expert panel that includes senior CIA and ODNI officials as well as and outside scientists and medical experts to investigate possible causes. 


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CIA Deputy Director David Cohen said last week that the agency had made some progress in identifying the incidents’ origin, but had not yet issued an analytic judgment about what could be behind them. 

Last Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sent a memo to all Pentagon employees and contractors urging them to report suspected anomalous health episodes. The memo urged those experiencing symptoms to “immediately” leave the area where they were first felt.



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Hampton police searching for suspect after woman shot while traveling in vehicle


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are looking for a person who shot a woman while she was traveling in a vehicle Monday afternoon.

The woman’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police said the shooting happened Monday around 3:10 p.m. in the 4200 block of West Mercury Boulevard.

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Officers arrived on scene to find the woman who had been shot. She was taken to a local hospital.

The preliminary investigation by police indicates the woman was traveling in a car on West Mercury Boulevard when she was shot.

The motive and circumstances of the incident were still under investigation as of 4 p.m. and there was no suspect information at that time.

The eastbound side of West Mercury Boulevard from Whealton Road to Chestnut Avenue was closed for a period of time as police investigated the shooting.

Those with information should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip using the P3 Tips app on their Apple or Android device or at www.p3Tips.com.

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Put a Crayon in Your Wallet While Traveling


There are all sorts of traveling “hacks” that folks are more than willing to share with you. While some may seem like more trouble than they’re worth and will ultimately deplete your entire life savings if you aren’t careful, there are some that are genuinely great and can potentially save someone’s life.

Like why someone would put a crayon in their wallet while traveling. Oh, you’ve never heard of that “hack”?

Why do some folks to you to put a crayon in your wallet while travelling?

There are a few reasons why people are proponents of this “travel” hack and depending on what you’re trying to prepare for, there’s a different reason for doing so in a variety of situations.

The first is to always have something to help distract a child with. If you wrap a thing piece of paper around a crayon, that’ll prevent wax chips from ruining everything in your wallet and you’ll always have something to scribble on/doodle with.

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The reason why you pick a crayon is that crayons can almost always write: if it’s wrapped in a piece of paper you won’t damage the other belongings in your wallet. The same could be said for a pencil, however, if the tip of your pencil breaks then you’re going to have to go through the trouble of sharpening it.

And you could always put a pen, but they’re prone to exploding and will leak ink everywhere, which is no bueno.

Some folks pack a crayon in their wallet to help keep their cards straightened out as well. Wallets are prone to bending, warping the original shapes of whatever plastic or paper goodies you’ve got packed in there (if credit and ID cards can be called “goodies”).

However, by keeping a crayon inside, it is said to prevent that from happening.

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The main reason to put a crayon in your wallet has to do with child endangerment.

No, crayons don’t have some secret homing device that’ll alert a sound when a child is in trouble. However, if you think a kid is in a difficult situation and want to hand them something that’ll allow them to write a note without drawing attention, there are fewer things more innocuous than a crayon and a sheet of paper.

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Even if they’ve been abducted by someone, a brightly colored crayon is thick and eye catching enough on a white sheet of paper, and you could probably easily slip them the small dual-tool to help them get extricated from a potentially life-threatening scenario.

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Moms.com writer Diane Mtetwa wrote about a particular crayon and paper travelling experience.

“What most people don’t realize, whether they are a parent or not, is that a simple packet of crayons wrapped in paper, can potentially help to save the life of someone in distress,” she explained.

She referenced the story of Sarah Elrod-Ausbrook, who thought she saw missing teen, Tylee Ryan, at a concert in Nashville, Tenn.

Sarah thought that the way Tylee was acting and the older gentleman she was with felt off. The man didn’t want to have his picture taken while at a pre-dinner for the concert when the photographer came around, and that the older man corrected her when someone asked her where she was from: “[he] told her that she knew better than that and then let everyone know that they were all from Knoxville, Tennessee.”

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Diane went to write, “When the dinner was over, Sarah’s husband, Bradley, helped the teen put on her coat. The girl went to say goodbye to Sarah with a hug and Sarah took the opportunity to slip a crayon and paper packet in the girl’s coat pocket. As she did, she whispered to her, ‘If you’re in trouble, leave a note.'”

If the young woman at the concert was Tylee and she tried using the note, it didn’t help. Tylee and her younger brother JJ Vallow were found dead and buried on their stepfather’s property.

However, it’s not to say that a crayon has the potential to save a life if available at the right time.





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Pelosi slams GOP as a ‘cult’ while traveling abroad in United Kingdom


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans while traveling abroad in the United Kingdom Thursday, saying that they are bad for America and members of a “cult.”

“I say to my Republican friends and I do have some,” Pelosi said at an event in Cambridge, England, prompting laughter from the audience. “Take back your party. You’re the Grand Old Party of America, you’ve done wonderful things for our country. You now have been hijacked by a cult that is just not good for our country.”

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Pelosi continued, “Take back your party, do not let it continue to be dominated by those who want to suppress the vote because they have no positive message to win.”

The San Francisco Democrat added that Republicans “disrespect the beautiful diversity of America” and said that GOP members of Congress don’t support background checks on guns. 

Pelosi said that the party needs to reflect the positions of Republican voters across the country rather than allegiance to former President Donald Trump and suggested one way to accomplish that is by passing the Democrats’ voting rights bill H.R. 1, which would “have redistricting in a way that is, again, agnostic along the lines of the Voting Rights Act. It may not benefit Democrats but it would benefit the country because it would make Republican districts more open to people other than the ones that are in Congress now.”

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Pelosi is in the United Kingdom to participate in the G7 Heads of Parliament Conference, according to her website

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“It is a privilege to join my G7 colleagues in the United Kingdom to discuss a top priority for legislatures and governments across the world: how to balance security and openness, particularly in light of challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, cyberthreats and terrorism,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Public access to the workings of government is a cornerstone of democracy, and it is therefore imperative that parliaments and legislatures remain as open and transparent to the public as possible.  We need to hear from – and be accountable to – those we are privileged to represent, as we work to deliver results in their lives.”



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Pelosi slams GOP as a ‘cult’ while traveling abroad in United Kingdom


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans while traveling abroad in the United Kingdom Thursday, saying that they are bad for America and members of a “cult.”

“I say to my Republican friends and I do have some,” Pelosi said at an event in Cambridge, England, prompting laughter from the audience. “Take back your party. You’re the Grand Old Party of America, you’ve done wonderful things for our country. You now have been hijacked by a cult that is just not good for our country.”

PELOSI SAYS ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH CHINA IS ‘OVERRIDING ISSUE’ DESPITE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

Pelosi continued, “Take back your party, do not let it continue to be dominated by those who want to suppress the vote because they have no positive message to win.”

The San Francisco Democrat added that Republicans “disrespect the beautiful diversity of America” and said that GOP members of Congress don’t support background checks on guns. 

Pelosi said that the party needs to reflect the positions of Republican voters across the country rather than allegiance to former President Donald Trump and suggested one way to accomplish that is by passing the Democrats’ voting rights bill H.R. 1, which would “have redistricting in a way that is, again, agnostic along the lines of the Voting Rights Act. It may not benefit Democrats but it would benefit the country because it would make Republican districts more open to people other than the ones that are in Congress now.”

REPUBLICANS MAY ABANDON INFRASTRUCTURE BILL BECAUSE PELOSI ‘LINKED’ IT WITH RECONCILIATION: GOP REP. JOHNSON

Pelosi is in the United Kingdom to participate in the G7 Heads of Parliament Conference, according to her website

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“It is a privilege to join my G7 colleagues in the United Kingdom to discuss a top priority for legislatures and governments across the world: how to balance security and openness, particularly in light of challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, cyberthreats and terrorism,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Public access to the workings of government is a cornerstone of democracy, and it is therefore imperative that parliaments and legislatures remain as open and transparent to the public as possible.  We need to hear from – and be accountable to – those we are privileged to represent, as we work to deliver results in their lives.”



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Traveling to Canada from the U.S.? Everything you need to know.


Make sure you don’t cut it close with that 72-hour timing — you could end up paying a bunch for a replacement test if yours is invalid by even 10 minutes. Daryl Silver, president of Continental Travel Group, said having a paper copy of your test results is “really, really helpful,” as gate agents will want to review it before giving you your boarding pass. And after his own recent trip to Canada, Silver recommended obtaining and showing gate agents a physical boarding pass, too.



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Perspective | What do I need to know about traveling this fall? Join a live discussion with Travel section reporters and editors. – The Washington Post



Perspective | What do I need to know about traveling this fall? Join a live discussion with Travel section reporters and editors.  The Washington Post



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New York woman, 22, who was traveling across country with boyfriend goes missing


A 22-year-old woman who was on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend has disappeared, her parents said. It was unclear if her boyfriend was also missing.

Gabrielle Petito was last known to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August when she stopped communicating with her family, police said. She was reported missing Saturday.

Petito is described as a 5 feet 5 inches tall and 110 pounds woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She also has several tattoos, including one on her forearm that reads, “let it be.”

Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, told NBC affiliate KSL that her daughter left with her boyfriend of two years from Blue Point, New York, on July 2.

“She wanted to cross the country in the camper van and live the van life and live free. This was her dream,” Schmidt said.

Gabrielle Petito went missing while traveling in Wyoming.Suffolk County Police Department

According to her mother, Petito extensively documented her journey across the states with her boyfriend on social media, but those posts slowed down towards the end of August.

Schmidt said the couple left Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park around Aug. 24, which was when she said she last spoke to her daughter on a FaceTime call. She added she received texts sent from her daughter’s phone until Aug. 30, but wasn’t sure whether her daughter sent them.

Petito was traveling across the country in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate, which police said since has been recovered. It was unclear where her vehicle was recovered.

Suffolk County police did not immediately respond to questions Monday about her boyfriend’s whereabouts or where her vehicle was found. Efforts to reach her parents were unsuccessful Monday.

She last posted a photo to her Instagram account on Aug. 25. Her profile links to an eight-minute YouTube video posted on Aug. 19, which features herself and her boyfriend embarking on their “van life journey” in the U.S.

In the video, Petito and her boyfriend, identified as “Brian,” can be seen driving, hiking and camping at different roads, parks and beaches across the country.

Police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Matteo Moschella and Mohammed Syed contributed.



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