5 things you need to know this weekend


Ida is now a hurricane, New Orleans in her sight

Ida strengthened and turned into a hurricane Friday afternoon as Louisiana braced for a direct hit Sunday afternoon or evening from the storm, which the National Hurricane Center said could reach category 4 strength with winds estimated at 140 mph. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Friday night that the storm had developed so quickly that the city “can’t issue a mandatory evacuation because we don’t have the time.” The city is under a hurricane warning after the Hurricane Center on Friday afternoon issued hurricane and storm warnings for parts of the Gulf Coast.

A subsection in Bass Christian, Missouri, floods with rain, Friday, August 27, 2021, during preparations for Tropical Storm Ida.

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Evacuations in Afghanistan become more urgent after bombing and drone attack

As evacuations of Americans leaving Afghanistan continue in Kabul this weekend, operations around the capital’s airport have become more urgent in the wake of Thursday’s bombing of the entry point that killed 13 American soldiers. Subsequent US drone strike The deadline is approaching President Biden on Tuesday to withdraw troops from the country. The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said Friday, that the air strike hit an ISIS target in Khorasan in response to the deadly bombing at Kabul airport. Earlier, the Pentagon warned of specific and credible terrorist threats from ISIS to US forces and civilians fleeing Afghanistan after Thursday’s devastating attack on Kabul airport, which killed at least 169 Afghan civilians.

A satellite image released by Maxar Technologies shows traffic and crowds near Kabul International Airport on August 16, 2021.

Protesters celebrate the March anniversary in Washington with nationwide rallies for voting rights

Fifty-eight years after Martin Luther King, Jr. led 250,000 people on the historic March on Washington, Protesters will gather again on Saturday in cities across the country to demand protection of voting rights. As part of the March On for Voting Rights, civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King III, Arendrea Waters King, and Reverend Al Sharpton, will lead marches in Washington, Houston, Miami, Phoenix and more than 40 other cities. This year’s demonstrations will call on Congress to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and the People’s Benefit Act. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act aims to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were overturned by Supreme Court decisions. The legislation passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to face significant opposition in the Senate.

College football season kicks off

The 2021 college football season, which kicks off on Saturday, promises a return to normalcy for a sport whose schedules have been heavily impacted and entire conferences playing games without any fans in attendance last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Action on “Week 0” begins with the Battle of the Big Ten on national television between Nebraska and Illinois at 1:20 p.m. EDT (Fox). The other Power Five team on the five-game list is UCLA, which hosts Hawaii in the Rose Bowl starting at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). The first week starts on Thursday in earnest, and unlike last year, every conference in the football sub-division will be in the works from the jump.

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