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A military parachutist who dropped onto high-voltage power lines in southern Arizona had to dangle for several hours before he could be safely rescued by firefighters and utility crews.

Firefighters arranged to have the lines de-energized before crews using a ladder truck could get near the parachutist and pull off the rescue Friday, Eloy Fire District Assistant Chief Robert Maestas said. He called the man “extremely lucky.”

The jump went awry south of Arizona City near a small private airport that had been the planned landing point for the training jump. That area of southern Arizona is popular for parachute jumps, including training for military personnel.

The parachutist was making in the jump with other members of a small group of military personnel from a foreign country, Ian Mackenzie, military operations director for Airborne Support Group, an Arizona company that runs the drop zone, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Citing security reasons, Mackenzie declined to identify the foreign country.

A statement issued by the fire district said crews had to carefully disentangle the parachutist from the power lines “as a quick release would have caused a slingshot effect on the power lines already under tension.”

“On one hand, we didn’t want him to make too much contact with the energized power equipment, and then, on the other hand, we didn’t want him to fall,” Maestas told KSAZ-TV.

The man was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but he wasn’t seriously injured, Maestas said. “He was awake and alert and extremely lucky.”

The lines are owned by the Western Area Power Administration, which is run by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

Arizona City is nearly 60 miles northwest of Tucson.

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of “The Squad,” says standardized testing is a manifestation of “systemic racism.”

In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Bowman (D-NY) wrote simply, “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” before linking to an article from the National Education Association, one of the two largest teachers unions in the country.

The article from the NEA was titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing.” It was published in April 2018.

“Since the beginning of standardized testing, students of color, particularly those from low-income families, have suffered the most from high-stakes testing in U.S. public schools.

“Decades of research demonstrate that African-American, Latino, and Native American students, as well as students from some Asian groups, experience bias from standardized tests administered from early childhood through college,” the article reads.

Reached for comment by Fox News, Bowman’s office pointed to a pair of videos posted by the freshman lawmaker on Twitter late last month. In them, he criticized the Biden administration over its refusal to grant waivers federally for standardized testing.

“Over the past year, our students have faced unfathomable amounts of trauma and anxiety due to the pandemic. They’ve lost teachers, family members, and their entire way of life. The Biden Administration’s refusal to grant waivers for standardized testing is WRONG,” he wrote alongside one of the videos.

“If you have never been an educator, you should not be leading on matters of education in our country. All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms,” he continued.

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Dr. Fauci donates his 3D model of COVID to Smithsonian museum

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which honored him with its Great Americans Medal.

“Dr. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” museum Director Anthea Hartig said.

“His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American,” she added.

Fauci, 80, who has led the nationwide COVID-19 response and is President Joe Biden’s science adviser, was asked by the museum to donate a personal item to mark the pandemic.

He chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he has used to explain the complexities of the virus in myriad interviews.

The model, which was made with a 3-D printer, shows what the Smithsonian’s announcement calls “the various components of the SARS-CoV-2 virion (the complete, infectious form of the virus), including the spike protein.”

“This has been a terrible year in so many respects,” said Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Decades from now, people will be talking about the experience that we went through.”

In 2008, Fauci received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from then-President George W. Bush for his decades of work, dating back to the earliest days of the AIDS crisis.

Previous recipients of the Great Americans Medal include former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell, tennis star Billie Jean King and musician Paul Simon.

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Fans of an Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model are mocking the young woman after she mistakenly referred to Sydney as Australia’s capital.

According to The Daily Mail, Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model Mikaela Testa, 20, was flooded with mockery after declaring Sydney as the nation’s capital in a recent video.

“We’re flying to Sydney, the capital of Australia,” Testa says at the start of a TikTok video filmed during a flight.

The capital of Australia is Canberra.

Ms Testa acknowledged mistake while hitting back at her critics on Monday

Millionaire OnlyFans star who boasted about earning $162K a month embarrassingly mistakes Australia’s capital city before giving one bold message to her fans

“Imagine not knowing the capital of the country you live in,” one person wrote of the Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model, who resides in the Gold Coast.

Testa lated acknowledged the mistake in an embarrassed follow-up video.

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“Guys, I know I f**ked up, I f**ked up OK,” she told her followers, news.com.au reported.

“Canberra is the capital of Australia and I knew that, but what makes me think Sydney is the capital is because it’s the biggest.”

Mikaela went on to say she appreciated everyone who was nice about her “mistake” but said some people just “took it and ran”.

TikTok star Mikaela Testa mistakes Sydney for Australia’s capital city

“Thanks for correcting me, I mean, I look really stupid now. But I’m sure there’s a lot of people in this country who think the same thing, so I’m good,” she joked.

The OnlyFans and Instagram millionaire model noted that a number of her followers were nice, but others were very condescending and mean — insulting her intelligence in her direct messages.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Testa has seen massive success on social media modeling platforms and has earned millions.

“She’s since had huge success with TikTok and last year she revealed she spent $1.4 million in 12 months,” the outlet wrote.

Her financial success has seen her move into a Gold Coast mansion with her boyfriend Atis Paul, 19, his sister Anna Paul – who is another hugely successful OnlyFans creator – and the 21-year-old’s boyfriend Glen Thompson.

TikTok star Mikaela Testa mistakes Sydney for Australia’s capital city

According to Yahoo News, the OnlyFans millionaire model has 1.2 million followers on her Instagram and 472,000 followers on TikTok.

She is also known for her lavish lifestyle funded by earning nearly $162,000 Australian dollars a month on the X-rated modeling subscription site OnlyFans.

“Just because it’s not the type of job you would prefer to do, or it’s not hard-work under your standards, doesn’t mean it’s not a real job,” she said previously, The Daily Mail reported.

“Not everyone is cut out to do hard work.”

Mikaela Testa, who is known for her lavish lifestyle on the social media network, has hit back after some of her followers called her out over the mistake.

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