Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nordstrom department store at Roosevelt Field Mall was evacuated following a bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm on Friday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Emergency Services and K-9 unit officers searched the East Garden City building after officers responded to a 911 call reporting the threat being phoned in at 2:15 p.m., according to a police spokesman.“At first I thought it was a fire seeing people running like that,” James Johnson, 22, of Roosevelt told the Press outside the store, where he heard screams while he waited for his girlfriend to finish shopping. “Some people were calm, others were frantic.”No explosives were found inside and the building was reopened to shoppers by 4 p.m., police said.The incident came after police also responded to a hand grenade found at a Long Island Rail Road overpass in Farmingdale shortly after noon, police said.The device was taken into police custody for further investigation by Arson/Bomb Squad detectives.Third Squad detectives are investigating the mall bomb scare, which came two weeks after a gunman shot two at a nearby restaurant, killing one.It also comes after a shoplifted knocked over a display case at the mall on Christmas Eve, which made a sound that some shoppers thought was gunfire, sparking another scare. That incident followed a fatal shooting at a company near the mall that led some mistakenly believed occurred inside the mall, which was locked down afterward.
A woman apparently committed suicide in a local Duffy’s Sports Grill on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.PBSO deputies say they were called around noon to the Royal Palm Beach Duffy’s, located in the Crestwood Square shopping plaza at the northeast corner of Crestwood and Southern boulevards.Once there, they found the woman dead in the restaurant’s bathroom.The restaurant remains closed for business as the investigation continues.A sign on the door reads, “Closed due to circumstances outside our control until further notice.”Duffy’s management has not commented on the situation as of yet.If you are in emotional distress or know someone who is, call the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.A free text message service is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Text 741-741 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor.
Three USC professors spoke at the panel discussion, “Isolate or Engage: Adversarial States, U.S. Foreign Policy and Public Diplomacy” Wednesday on the United States’ history of foreign policy in the Geoffrey Cowan Forum.Geoffrey Wiseman, Robert English and Viet Nguyen are experts in public diplomacy, the Soviet Union/Russia and Vietnam, respectively. The professors are members of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.Wiseman’s book, Isolate or Engage, was released in early July around the time of the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding re-establishing diplomatic connections with Cuba, a previously “adversarial state.” Wiseman said that “adversarial” is “a less hostile term than [the usual] pariah or rogue state.”The basis of dealing with adversarial states is in the “U.S.’s preference for isolation over engagement,” Wiseman said.Isolate or Engage explores the U.S. cutting diplomatic ties with Cuba, China, the USSR, North Korea and Vietnam historically. Wiseman mentions in the introduction of the book that Iran, Libya, Syria and Venezuela have been added to that list.“There are two major arguments against engagement [with adversarial states],” he said. “One is that engagement rewards bad behavior. The second is that it implies the legitimacy of the adversarial state.”English, an associate professor of international relations, slavic languages and literature and environmental studies, read excerpts from the chapter he wrote for Isolate or Engage, “Soviet Union/Russia: US Diplomacy with the Russian Adversary.” The chapter addresses the historical lessons of U.S. diplomacy with Russia.“Public diplomacy has been very important in the [U.S.’s] long history with the USSR and Russia, both in its presence and absence,” English said.Nguyen, an associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, was also a contributor to Isolate or Engage, having co-authored the fourth chapter, “Vietnam: American and Vietnamese Public Diplomacy, 1945-2010.”“From 1945, public diplomacy in Vietnam becomes very critical,” Nguyen said. “The Americans’ involvement in Vietnam happened immediately after the East Asian country declared itself free from French colonial rule. Several associations were set up to facilitate a thriving relationship between the two countries. However, the good will did not last.”Nguyen wrote about the French influence on U.S. policy in Vietnam.“With the formal outbreak of war between France and [Vietnam] in 1946, the United States took a position of pro-French neutrality,” Nguyen wrote in Isolate or Engage.According to Nguyen, this began the punishment of the Vietnamese via isolation by the U.S. government.Wiseman said that while there are disadvantages to engagement, there is also a distinct disadvantage to isolation. Isolation does not allow the U.S. governments to know what is happening inside a country they have deemed adversarial and thus isolated.“The CIA, the FBI, rather than gathering reports from inside the isolated country itself, are instead in Washington,” Wiseman said.