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9-18-21: National News in a Nutshell

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National Mall Flies 670,000 Flags to Remember COVID-19 Victims

670,000 small white flags adorn 20 acres of the National Mall to represent the Americans that have died of the COVID-19 virus. The memorial art installation is called “In America: Remember,” and draws thousands of visitors and mourners. Any day now, the COVID-19 death toll will surpass that of the 1918 pandemic – 675,000 deaths.


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Search Continues for Gabbie Petito

The search continues for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who went missing in late August while taking a cross country road trip with her fiancé. Her family lost contact with her while she was in or around Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, though police are currently searching for her fiancé as well on a Florida nature reserve. If you have any info regarding this case, please call (303) 629-7171 or submit a tip at




SpaceX’s First Civilian Crew Returns from Mission

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The Dragon capsule, carrying the first all-civilian flight into Earth’s orbit, landed Saturday night. The Inspiration4 mission has made history as the farthest any civilian has ever traveled from Earth, even surpassing the International Space Station. Though this is the third SpaceX Dragon capsule to venture into orbit, this is the first time there has been no professional astronauts on board.



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Justice for J6 Rally at U.S. Capitol

Earlier today, a small crowd of protestors convened outside the U.S. Capitol to protest the arrests of those charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Capitol and local police, as well as National Guard, were on high alert, and there were four arrests made; for weapons violation, possession of a firearm, and probation violation. Police believed that a strong security presence may have deterred protestors from showing up and violence from incurring.



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