Things you should know today: 9/7/2017


Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated

Carlos Giusti
High winds and rain sweep through the streets of the Matelnillo community during the passage of hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The US territory was first to declare a state of emergency las Monday, as the National Hurricane Center forecast that the storm would strike the Island Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Hurricane Irma further devastated the Caribbean region late Wednesday as the Category 5 storm continues on its path towards the Miami area.

DeVos expected to share plans on Title IX enforcement

Manuel Balce Ceneta
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., second from right, joins survivors of sexual assault Faith Ferber, third from right and Sage Carson, right, at a rally outside the Department of Education after handing signed petitions to the Department of Education that support the Dear Colleague Letter in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said Obama administration guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assault complaints isn’t working and suggested it needs revisions. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to make a “major policy address on Title IX enforcement” on Thursday. DeVos has not yet unveiled any specific plans but has stated that the current system “is not working right and well for anyone.”

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

Ann McKee, MD
This combination of photos provided by Boston University shows sections from a normal brain, top, and from the brain of former University of Texas football player Greg Ploetz, bottom, in stage IV of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to a report released on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by the Journal of the American Medical Association, research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. (Dr. Ann McKee/BU via AP)

Researchers are renewing their efforts in understanding degenerative brain disease after detecting diseases in the brains of nearly 200 football players after their deaths.

J.J. Watt continues to offer support and supplies to Houston area

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt discussed the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the support that so many have offered to the Houston area.

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