‘Catch and release’ or courage and real help for the homeless?

Charles P. MorganThere's a lot of talk in the air lately about race, about poverty and, particularly, about homelessness in Minnesota. What sometimes gets lost in the discussion is that we forget that we are talking about real people, not statistics, not buzzwords that have somehow lost their meaning in a charged environment.Getting at the root causes of why someone is homeless is, frankly, very hard work. As a licensed family therapist, I know that it can sometimes take eight to nine months to win someone's confidence, where they can openly talk about the pain they are carrying.We see this at Union Gospel Mission, where some people who come to us assume that we are here for some sort of “catch and release” quick fix effort to help. I didn't invent the term, but a new movie about a true story at a rescue mission like ours cemented it in my mind.I often tell people, and it's true, that we are fooling ourselves if we start to believe that changing a person's life for the better can be accomplished without personal cost. Food and shelter are needed, counseling and education, and many people who are committed to stick with it and help.

‘Frontline’ on North Korea: ruling-family weirdness and the desire for nukes

Eric Black

The admirable PBS documentary series “Frontline” premiered a new documentary Wednesday night about the North Korean ruling family and their nuclear ambitions. It's titled “North Korea's Deadly Dictator,” and it mixes together two main narratives, one about the unimaginable weirdness of the North Korean ruling family, and the other about their recent breakthroughs toward achieving nuclear weapons capability. The two themes are both interesting, each in its own bizarre way, but they have little to tie them together.The first half focuses on the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam on Feb. 13 of this year, almost certainly by his younger half-brother Kim Jong-Un, the current “supreme leader” of that strange nation. The second half focuses on North Korea's recent progress toward nukes, and speculates on its purpose.Kim Jong-Nam was the eldest son of the previous “supreme leader,” Kim Jong-Il, and was once considered a likely successor.

‘I think I can do it’: Middle school girls learn to build a computer at Webster University

Webster University held a workshop Saturday to introduce middle school girls to computer science and cybersecurity, with a goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in the field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor , less than 20 percent of the country's cybersecurity analysts are women. The field is expected to grow rapidly in the next decade.

‘Missing in Arizona’ seeks answers for families of long-term cases

A growing program in Arizona is providing fresh opportunities to answer to family members of people who are missing, including the chance to meet with experts in forensics, law enforcement and search and rescue at an all-day event in Phoenix on October 21.

‘War on the EPA’ details Trump’s efforts to dismantle an agency

Eric Black

Just as Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt announces the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the PBS documentary series Frontline will premiere a film tonight titled “War on the EPA.” The folks at Frontline were kind enough let me preview the film.If you watch “War on the EPA,” you won't be surprised to hear that it portrays President Donald Trump and his new administration as climate change deniers, friendly to the fossil fuel industry, and hostile to almost every major action the Environmental Protection Agency took during the Obama years. Trump has already announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the multilateral Paris Climate accord to combat global warming.The film tracks the rise of Scott Pruitt from attorney general of Oklahoma (where he used his office to sue EPA 14 times and to combat regulation of the fossil fuel industry and received enormous support from the Koch brothers), to his appointment as EPA's chief honcho, apparently tasked with undoing Obama-ism as it pertains to environmental issues and especially those affecting fossil fuel matters.I guess I pretty much knew all that, but was nonetheless taken aback by an on-camera account given by Myron Ebell, whom Trump asked to lead the transition from the Obama to the Trump administrations.Ebell is head of global warming and other international environmental policy matters for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group. According to his Wikipedia page, he is also “chairman of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a loose coalition formed in 1997 which presents itself as ‘focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.' " He is not a scientist but is a climate change denier.All of that by way of saying that after Trump won the election, his transition team asked Ebell to take charge of the Obama-to-Trump transition at EPA, which led to the appointment of Pruitt. In the film, Ebell gives this account of the phone call offering him that position:They said well, Mr. Trump believes that the federal government cannot go on the way it is.

‘A billion dollar story’: The economic impact of the arts in Missouri

In Missouri's big cities and in its rural area, the arts have a big impact – not only for their inherent value – but economically as well. “It's a billion dollar story [in Missouri],” said Michael Donovan, Executive Director of the Missouri Arts Council, an organization that has funded the arts in communities across the state for more than 50 years. Donovan along with Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Sherry Sissac, Deputy Director of the Regional Arts Commission, joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Friday. In the St.

‘A time of chaos’: Open enrollment for HealthCare.gov begins November 1 amid ‘daily confusion’

It's difficult to keep track of day-to-day news about what's happening with the Affordable Care Act. What do President Donald Trump's executive actions do? What's the latest information about efforts in Congress to deal with the ACA? On Thursday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked about the Affordable Care Act with Sidney Watson, the Jane and Bruce Robert Professor at Saint Louis University's Health Law Policy Center.

‘Alzheimer’s Tsunami’ Threatens Growing Dementia Care Demand As Medicaid Funding Gets Tighter

Several times a week, Lou Stepanek drives to the Hiawatha Care Center in Iowa to spend time with someone who hasn't seemed to recognize him for more than a decade: his wife. “We knew it was a fatal disease,” Stepanek, 88, a stoic retired police captain, said of his wife's Alzheimer's diagnosis. “But what does that mean?”
Cindy Hadish, for IowaWatchLou and Marie Stepanek, of Cedar Rapids, IA, holding hands in August 2017. The Cedar Rapids man has nearly depleted the couple's life savings as Marie struggles with Alzheimer's, one of 64,000 Iowans estimated to be living with the disease, a progressive type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. The aging population is fueling what some health experts call an “Alzheimer's tsunami” for which Iowa, and the rest of the nation, are ill prepared.

‘Blue Wrap’ and new app earn UVM Medical Center national awards

News Release — UVM
September 24, 2017
Contact:
Michael Carrese
(802) 847-2886
Innovations in Recycling and Physician Involvement in Purchasing Are Highlighted
(BURLINGTON, VT) The University of Vermont Medical Center is being recognized for creative initiatives to reduce operating room waste and lower the cost of medical devices by Vizient, Inc. – the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Sustainability Excellence Award
The sustainability award recognizes a hospital that has demonstrated focus and commitment to sustainability practices through the implementation of a new program with measurable success. This award recognizes the UVM Medical Center for expanding its “blue wrap” recycling program to be hospital-wide in 2016. Blue wrap is the material used for wrapping surgical instruments for sterilization, and was once a significant source of unrecycled waste. Since 2010 the UVM Medical Center has recycled more than 40 tons of blue wrap, and in 2016 partnered with Casella Waste Management to keep the program moving forward.

‘Clinging to guns and religion,’ Sen. Roger Wicker launches campaign store

Sen. Roger Wicker's campaign committee launched a new store this week. Sen. Roger Wicker, who is expected to face stiff competition in his 2018 re-election bid, launched a new campaign store featuring hats and drink koozies reading, “Clinging to my guns and religion since 1817.”
The campaign gear, which is being sold on a website called “Roger Wicker's Great Campaign Store!” and paid for by Wicker's campaign committee, is being advertised on several national political sites this week. The swag comes in several colors, including camouflage. One ad reads: “Hunting season is here! Sport our camo hat today!”
Wicker, a Republican who has served in the Senate since 2007, may be challenged by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, an arch-conservative party member backed by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

‘Collusive newspaper’ claim vs. ‘real threat’ of hedge-fund journalism in Colorado

There's a lot to say about newspaper ownership in Colorado these days and what it means for readers. Big changes have rumbled the landscape in the past few years and more tectonic shifts could be underway. Would you attend or participate in a public forum about the topic? If so, get in touch. In the meantime I'll point to a latest issue on that front.

‘Divided by Diversity’ to show in Rutland

News Release — Carl Tone Films
Oct. 2, 2017
Contact:
DuaneCarleton
Carl Tone Films
Phone(802)438-2956smilingcollie@aol.com
Film exploring racism in Vermont offers one-time opportunity for public
Rutland, VT, October 2, 2017: On Saturday October 21st, 2017 “Divided by Diversity” will show at theUnitarian Universalist Church in Rutland, VT at 7:00 p.m. The film will be followed with a Q&A panel that will include Director Duane Carleton and several film participants. The showing is free and open to the public. The film, which was released in 2016 and has appeared on VT PBS, tells the story of five high school students from the Bronx, NY that attended a private high school in Rutland from 2010–2012. These students, who played on the school basketball team, were met with resistance and racism statewide in the form of racist chants, blog posts and interference from members of the community as well as parents of other students.

‘Ending Ageism’ Author Tells Readers ‘How Not to Shoot Old People’

Photo: This student at Nicaragua's Free High School for Adults wrote her “dream” on this sign --“to arrive at getting a diploma.” So far, 1001 midlife and older students have graduated showing opportunity can bring a sense of progress in one's life at any age.Editor's note: New America Media's former Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman has admired Brandeis University scholar Margaret Morganroth Gullette's tenacity in exposing the pernicious effects of ageism in her five books and many articles for the New York Times, The Nation and others. Kleyman, who provided a complimentary blurb for her new volume, Ending Ageism: How Not to Shoot Old People, recently interviewed Gullette about what led her to become one of the few voices raised against ageism. Here is his profile of her.Margaret Morganroth Gullette wants you to know she means the title of her new book, Ending Ageism: How Not to Shoot Old People, (Rutgers University Press), as a wake-up slap. She calls on Americans to be more aware of how the underlying age-based prejudice damages the lives of older people and their families—while often placing ethnic elders and older women in double jeopardy of discrimination, adding a touch of gray to sexism and racism they may already endure.In Ending Ageism, Gullette, a visiting scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center, describes multiple incidents of verbal and even physical affronts to older Americans that might be reported as hate crimes or hate speech were they perpetrated against someone solely because of their race, religion or gender. Shooting of seniors is not merely a metaphor, she said.

‘Free at last’: State program moves disabled clients off work crews, into independent jobs

Andy Steiner

Lots of people don't like their jobs. But Karina Reinert felt particularly miserable about hers when she spent her days on a crew doing odd jobs through a state-run day program for people with disabilities.“I just didn't like working at the day program,” Reinert said. “There was too much drama. I needed out. It was too much for me.” For Reinert, who has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and depression, day program “drama” had as much to do with the stresses of crew life as it had to do with the low pay and mind-numbing tasks that she felt did not take advantage of her skills and interests.When she learned that she could leave the day program behind and get job training and assistance in finding work with an outside employer through the Minnesota Department of Human Services' (DHS) vocational services program, Reinert decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

‘Healthy Homes’ initiative buys fourth property in Bennington

The first Bennington home rehabilitated through the Healthy Homes of Benington program. The program is a collaboration between Southwestern Vermont Health Care and The Bank of Bennington. Courtesy photo
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‘Humanitarian crisis’ on island worries CT’s Puerto Rican community

WASHINGTON — Yanil Terón is one of the more fortunate members of Connecticut's large Puerto Rican community. In the past 24 hours, Terón has learned from strangers in the Dominican Republic and Florida that her brother and sister had survived the walloping Hurricane Maria gave her island birthplace six days ago. But she and others with relatives on the storm-tossed island are increasingly concerned about a "humanitarian crisis" that's engulfing Puerto Rico.

‘If it’s going to kill us, OK, we’ll die’: Villagers stand firm as Cambodian dam begins to fill

On Sept. 25, amid a continuing crackdown on media, political opposition and civil society described by commentators as “a slide into dictatorship,” Prime Minister Hun Sen officially launched Cambodia's biggest hydropower project. At the ceremony the gates were closed on the $800 million Lower Sesan 2 dam, a joint venture between China's Hydrolancang International Energy, Cambodia's Royal Group and Vietnamese state power company EVN. The project has been described by scientists as potentially the single most destructive tributary dam in the Mekong River system – where 200 medium- to large-scale dams are already built, planned or under construction. Cambodia's strongman spoke for an hour at the opening about the country's need for electricity and development and its achievement in securing its own energy supply.

‘Kids Out Loud!’ to bring 1,000 Vermonters to Church Street Marketplace

News Release — Let's Grow Kids
Sept. 25, 2017
Contact:
Nicole Haley
Communications Manager
Let's Grow Kids
Cell: 802-391-0545
Email: nicole@letsgrowkids.org
http://www.letsgrowkids.org/kids-out-loud
Let's Grow Kids, Vermont musicians team up for early childhood anthem & flash mob
Burlington, Vermont— This Sunday, October 1st,1,000 Vermonters from across the state will convene on the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington in support of Vermont's youngest children. The event, “Kids Out Loud!”, will feature a live concert debut of the new anthem for kids co-written and performed by Vermont musicians Kat Wright and Chris Dorman (aka Mister Chris), a parade down Church Street, and a flash mob performance of the anthem including choreography by Lois Trombley. “We've joined forces with some of Vermont's most talented artists to create an inspiring public demonstration in support of early childhood and making kids a priority in the state of Vermont,” said Let's Grow Kids Campaign Director Robyn Freedner-Maguire. “Each of us has a role to play in making sure all Vermont's children get a strong start.

‘Kind of ridiculous’: a day in the life of Doomtree’s CEO

When people fantasize about making it in the music business, they probably don't picture themselves sitting alone in a windowless office. But somebody has to count the merchandise money and organize things. At Doomtree Records, that person is CEO and beatmaker Aaron Mader, better known as Lazerbeak — ‘Beak for short.“It always felt so make believe for so long,” says Lazerbeak of his music career. Having a business card that says CEO still seems “kind of ridiculous,” he admits.Lazerbeak is part of the Doomtree collective, whose members include Dessa and P.O.S. Though the collective's membership has ebbed and flowed over the years, Lazerbeak has been a stabilizing presence from the beginning. “I was asked to join Doomtree before I even knew how to make a rap beat,” he says.But these days, while the rest of the Doomtree crew makes music or tour, Lazerbeak works 9-5, toiling away at his never ending to-do list.From beats to beaniesLazerbeak wasn't always the guy who tapped away at his laptop in a spartan office surrounded by half-opened cardboard boxes.

‘Lack of will’, potential conflicts of interest plague comprehensive mental health solution

Third in a three-part series. Click here to read part one. Critics of how Maine deals with potentially violent mentally ill adults point out that these people can be dealt with at either the “front end” — in the […]
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‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

by Olga Pierce and Kate Rabinowitz
The Wisconsin voting rights case before the Supreme Court has been cast as the definitive test of whether partisan gerrymandering is permitted by the Constitution. But a closer look at the case and others like it shows that race remains an integral element of redistricting disputes, even when the intent of those involved was to give one party an advantage. Consider Gill v. Whitford, the Wisconsin case that was argued last week before the nation's highest court. During its journey through the legal system, the case has turned on whether Republicans secured an impermissible advantage over Democrats in the way Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature redrew district lines after the 2010 census. But because of the deep racial divides that pervade American politics, the story is not that simple.

‘Platform’ model will be key for Illinois’ future power grid

The concept of the power grid as a “platform” — a hub that coordinates energy transactions between various producers and consumers rather than a one-way delivery system — is central to the way Illinois is building a blueprint for its grid of the future. An extensive, statewide study of this future kicked off last week when hundreds of company representatives, regulators, academics and other industry insiders convened in Chicago to mark the start of NextGrid, an 18-month “consumer-focused collaborative study to transform Illinois' energy landscape and economy.”
The launch event, which included presentations from NextGrid facilitators and managers, explored how advancing technologies and shifting consumer preferences are driving a profound change in the power grid. Traditionally the grid has served as a one-way conduit for delivering energy to consumers. But increasingly, as other states are finding, the system is looking more like a hub that leverages technology for various transactions between energy companies and customers. “When we think about the grid of the future, we have to think of it in terms of IT platforms that turn passive networks into intelligence and provide a vibrant marketplace where demand and supply-side resources are optimized and they don't sacrifice reliability,” said keynote speaker Robert F. Powelson, who was appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in May by President Trump.

‘PROMenade’ to Celebrate Preservation Success Stories

The PoP Foundation's Sixth Annual PROMenade will honor architects Lewis Fisher and Stephen Yndo, as well as Hangar 9 as best preservation project. The post ‘PROMenade' to Celebrate Preservation Success Stories appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Queen of Coal’ named corruption suspect in Indonesia

JAKARTA — A district chief from Indonesian Borneo has been named a corruption suspect over the issuance of an oil palm plantation permit, opening the door for law enforcers to unravel other cases related to natural resources in the coal-rich jurisdiction. Rita Widyasari, the elected head of Kutai Kutanegara, a district in East Kalimatan province, allegedly accepted a 6 billion rupiah ($442,000) bribe from Hari Susanto Gun, CEO of oil palm grower PT Sawit Golden Prima, in 2010. The money was in exchange for a plantation permit. Indonesia's antigraft agency, known as the KPK, has instigated a massive effort to review the legality of thousands of licenses held by mining and, more recently, oil palm companies across the country. It has already revoked hundreds of mining permits.

‘Red-Blue Divide’ Won’t Prevent Change, Vow Justice Reformers

Some of the most embattled elements of the U.S. justice system, ranging from prisons to prosecutors, are emerging as targets of a rejuvenated reform movement in the Trump era, led by partisans on both sides of the political divide. The broad outlines of that movement emerged Wednesday during the final day of a “Smart on Crime” conference at John Jay College, where prominent conservatives joined liberals and activists in setting a shared agenda for fixing a system that one said was “impoverishing American society.”
“The issue is bigger than any red-blue divide,” said Mark Holden, General Counsel of Koch Industries, Inc., often vilified by liberals for spending millions on ultra-conservative causes. Mark Holden
“It's about transforming lives.”
Holden said the transformation had to include preparing incarcerated individuals to re-enter civilian society from the first day they were locked behind bars. “There needs to be a personalized plan that sets them up for success—we owe them that,” he said, suggesting that programs for counseling, employment and education should become central to correction authorities' thinking. Later in the conference, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark NJ, said efforts to reduce prison populations needed to include re-thinking the lengthy punishments meted out to individuals convicted of violent offenses.

‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Revolt’ are winners; Malpaso and Zenon to open Northrop season

Pamela Espeland

The two plays couldn't be more different. Shakespeare's 400-year-old tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Joseph Haj, on the Guthrie's thrust stage, with a cast of 15 and a magnificent set on a turntable that reveals different scenes: the streets of Verona, a monastery, Juliet's bedroom, her balcony. And Alice Birch's new play “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again,” directed by Frank Theatre's Wendy Knox at the Gremlin, with a cast of six and various objects – pots and pans, bras, dolls, shoes – hanging from the ceiling.About all they have in common is Shakespeare's name. “Revolt” was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and first performed in Stratford-upon-Avon in June 2014.

‘SALT’ alliance aims to tackle illegal fishing on a global scale

A new alliance, introduced today at an EU-hosted conference on oceans in Malta, has joined the global effort to shore up legality in the seafood industry. Between 11 million and 26 million metric tons (12.1 million and 28.7 million tons) of the worldwide catch is illegal or unreported, costing as much as $23.5 billion a year, scientists reported in a 2009 study of fishing in 54 countries. According to the NGO FishWise, some countries have made strides toward improving the legality and sustainability of their fishing sector using tools such as the Marine Stewardship Council's certification process. A fishing boat in Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay By launching the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability, or SALT, at the Our Ocean conference in St.

‘Sexual Justice Ambassadors’ in New York City Target College-Age Youth

When Anna Giannicchi was a high school student preparing for college, she realized that few of her teachers were willing to speak directly about an issue she knew not only preoccupied her friends—but was hard to avoid in the popular media. “The idea of rape is so scary for people, but it (should be) OK to talk about,” said Giannicchi. “There shouldn't be shame or fear or guilt.”
Giannicchi, now at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, is part of a group of students who have developed a pilot program to help college-bound high schoolers and first-year college students deal with the forms of sexual aggression they might encounter on and off campus. The “Sexual Justice Ambassadors” program, with support from the New York City Mayor's Office and women's advocacy groups, is set to begin next year. Mariell Ellis (left) and Anna Giannicchi.

‘Skip the search!’ Valley supporters want Briggs as new president

ITTA BENA — “Save some money and just move forward and select Dr. Jerryl Briggs,” said Mary Crump, 1967 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. The audience behind her agreed. Ashley FG Norwood, Mississippi TodayAlumni and community members attend campus listening sessions at Mississippi Valley State University. Thursday, members of the Institutions of Higher Learning Board Search Committee heard from students, alumni, administrators and faculty members in a series of campus listening sessions at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena. The discussion about qualifications for the next president quickly turned into a rally to select the current acting president, Dr. Jerryl Briggs.

‘Then they shot me’: Land conflict and murder in Ucayali, Peru

NUEVA REQUENA DISTRICT, Peru — “We are going to let you pass through these lands,” was the message Segundo Gamarra Alvarado said he was told two months ago by representatives from the Agriculture and Forestry Association of Campo Verde. They have reclaimed 450 acres of land that Gamarra has occupied for more than 10 years in the municipality of Bajo Rayal in the Nueva Requena district of Ucayali, Peru. Gamarra considered their response a threat, since it was given after he had been called on to help resolve the conflict over the possession of the territory, and after he asked for 30,000 Peruvian soles (about $9,180) as payment for abandoning the land he considered his. After that conversation, he was convinced that there wouldn't be any negotiation and that his life was also being threatened. The disputed land forms part of the more than 7,600 hectares that have been reclaimed for the state by 125 members of the Association of Agroforestry Producers of El Encanto de Santa Rosa.

‘This levels the playing field’: How New York City is trying to get more high school students to apply to college

Bryant Ramirez hunched over a worksheet Monday listing the private colleges where he plans to apply and, next to each one, whether he thinks he has a good shot of getting in. It wasn't long before the senior had written out his top choice -- the Pratt Institute, a private college in Brooklyn -- and fired up a school laptop to begin filling out an electronic application. “I feel confident,” Ramirez said of his chances of landing a spot at one of his preferred schools. “But you never know.”
On Monday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña visited Ramirez and more than 20 of his peers at Manhattan's Pace High School to showcase a growing citywide program designed to give schools more time and resources to help students through the college application process. The program, called “College Access for All,” is meant to address the gap between students whose families already understand the application process and can help give them a leg up, and those who might be first-generation college students or who might not apply at all.

‘We Are All Excludeds’ – Ethnic Media Panel Discuss New Exhibit on Japanese Internment

Above: Kenji Taguma (center), editor-in-chief of the Nichi Bei Weekly, explains how the internment experience fostered a committment to inclusion among Japanese Americans during a panel discussion at the Presidio Offiecer's Club in San Francisco on Oct. 5. At left is Eric Blind, director of Heritage Programs at the Presidio Trust./Photo by Peter Schurmann for NAM.SAN FRANCISCO -- Inferior, immoral, untrustworthy, refusing to assimilate, stealing “white” jobs – the rhetoric is all too familiar as public officials throughout U.S. history have denounced certain groups as aliens and called for their exclusion. Could voices of ordinary citizens have turned the tide? Does a lone voice matter?This is the question a new exhibit at the Presidio Trust called “Exclusion: The Presidio's Role in WWII Japanese American Incarceration,” explores by focusing on how and why more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and interned in concentration camps for the duration of WWII under suspicion of being enemy aliens.

‘We will get this done’: Union chief vows to fight for paid maternity leave after teachers take up the cause

Last week, Emily James took the stage at a teachers-union meeting and described what it's like to work in a school system where teachers get no paid maternity leave. “My decision with my husband to create a beautiful family of four,” she said, “has left me with my life savings depleted.”
James and Susan Hibdon, a fellow high school teacher in Brooklyn, created a viral online petition calling attention to New York City's lack of paid leave and demanding that the teachers union negotiate with the city for it. More than 80,000 people have signed on and shared stories about missing rent payments, dipping into savings and even leaving the profession because of the financial burden. “I wanted to print out the petition comments so you could read all of the stories yourself,” James said during her speech. “But the document was 684 pages long.”
James and Hibdon made their case during the United Federation of Teachers' executive board meeting on Sept.

‘Whatever Happened to Integration’ event is Nov. 11 in Montpelier

News Release — Transcultural Awareness Institute
Oct. 16, 2017
Contact:
Offie Wortham, Coordinator
802-479-3339itxinc@yahoo.com
On November 11, 2017 there will be an important dialogue on “Whatever Happened to Integration” at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vt. from 9am to 4 pm. Suggested contribution is $10. Students admitted free.

‘Written Off’ documentary on opioid abuse to be shown Oct. 9 & 10

News Release
Sept. 29, 2017
Contact:
For more information contact: Inga at Inga.Hoag@ncsuvt.org;
Jeannette at Jbirch@oscu.org; Missy at nekendaddiction@gmail.com
WRITTEN OFF
A feature documentary based on the journals of Matt Edwards
With film director Molly Hermann
“…blaming the victim is the first thing that needs to change. Written Off can do this for addiction!”
Copyright: Molly Hermann
Join us for this Free Community Event! October 9, 2017
7 pm to 9 pm
North Country Union High School Auditorium
OR
October 10, 2017
7pm to 9 pm
Barton Municipal Building
THIS FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ATTENTION ON THE OPIOID CRISIS
THROUGH A UNIQUE FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT OF ADDICTION
“Written Off” – A Film that Tells a Gripping Tale of Challenges and Stigma
In 2016 more Americans died from overdoses than died in the entire Vietnam War conflict. And yet those new casualties are rarely considered victims of disease.

“Lettuce Celebrate” fair action from the grandstand

The San Benito County Fair theme for 2017 was “Lettuce Celebrate”, and hundreds did just that, in the fair grandstand, events delivered the guts, glory and drama of motocross, quad and tractor pull action for an audience of hundreds.

“Political” Police Reforms Embolden Criminals, Union Official Charges

The head of Cleveland's police union blamed gunfire involving police and gun-related arrests near the scene Sunday on an ever-expanding anti-police narrative that will make officers targets, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Steve Loomis, head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said federally mandated police reforms, a Cleveland judge's finding of probable cause for charges against the officers involved in the Tamir Rice shooting and the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's release of the investigation materials in that case were "politically motivated." "What it's doing, and what all these sideshows and unprecedented events are doing, is emboldening the criminal element," Loomis said. "It absolutely is going to get somebody killed; one of us or one of them. Neither is a good thing."

“Connecting Threads”

Manna Gallery is pleased to have artist Tiffany Schmierer returning to our gallery with Connecting Threads, an exhibition of her latest ceramic sculptures and wall pieces. Exhibition opens Friday, November 10 and continues to Saturday, December 16. Tiffany will be present for a reception at the gallery on Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 4 pm when she will be greeting gallery visitors and discussing the ideas behind her latest body of work. Ms. Schmierer says, “The underlying theme of this series is the interconnection that we have with each other and our surrounding world. …Along with dialogue, themes of home, dreams, and links to our environment are woven throughout the work.

“Distracted” Lawmakers Overlook Clinic, Children’s Health Bills

By Rose Hoban
Even as health care advocates worry about whether the most recent Obamacare “repeal and replace” legislation moving through Congress has a chance at passage, leaders at the state's community and rural health centers are worried about the absence of bills that could seal their fates. Kim Schwartz, CEO of the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center based in Ahoskie, said she's concerned by other big deadlines looming on the 30th when the federal fiscal year ends. One of the big bills that needs to get done re-authorizes federal dollars for all of the community and rural health centers around the country. Kim Schwartz is the CEO of the Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, based in Ahoskie. Photo courtesy Schwartz' LinkedIn pageFor Schwartz, that comes to about $1.1 million, or 13 percent of her annual $14 million budget.

“Exile” On Chapel Street

Nature morte aux grenades (“Still Life with Grenades”), detail." alt="Mona Hatoum">“Artists in Exile,” at the Yale University Art Gallery until the end of the year, is as ambitious as it sounds. The exhibition fills several large rooms and, in the gallery's own words, “spans 200 years of art history” and multiple continents. It's big.

“General Strike, F*ck this Country”: Talking Politics and Punk With Jawbreaker’s Blake Schwarzenbach

After more than 20 years of silence, the legendary punk band Jawbreaker reunited this September to headline Riot Fest, where they played their gritty, melodic songs as a packed crowd shouted along. The charged atmosphere in Chicago's Douglas Park was also filled with something else: the band's bold, radical political statements—pointing towards a “revolutionary spirit” as a necessary antidote to Trumpism. “Everyone call into work tomorrow, because general strike, fuck this country,” said Blake Schwarzenbach, Jawbreaker's singer and guitar player, addressing many thousands of fans gathered in front of the large, outdoor stage. Wearing a black T-shirt reading, “Gaza on my mind” in English and Arabic, Blake denounced the “hell scape we are all living in, in this moment of total sexism, total racism, total corporate capitalist shit.” He thanked the crowd for “supporting art and resistance.” Meanwhile, bassist Chris Bauermeister played the show wearing an orange “Antifascist Action” T-shirt. These were no small gestures.

“Glimmer Of Hope” Seen On Opioids

Opioids overdoses killed so many people in the past year that Connecticut's forensic examiners ran out of cooler space for the bodies. And yet professionals at the front lines of the crisis reported on a few reasons for hope: Doctors are prescribing fewer painkillers, while local law enforcement possesses more tools to reverse overdoses and lock up drug dealers who enabled them.

“It isn’t just about lumber”: Forum explores porch’s role in Southern culture

Contributed by Campbell McCoolJohn Maxwell performs the one-man play “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” at last year's Conference on the Porch. TAYLOR — Most Southerners pass by front porches without even noticing, except maybe to admire a particularly beautiful one. Most of us aren't measuring the sociological connotations of the porch and what its absence in modern suburbia signifies. That will not be the case at the annual Conference on the Front Porch, where people will come together to celebrate the porch and discuss its meaning. “It's really more we're celebrating life on the porch and what the porch represents, but we get into some hardcore porch academia as well,” said Campbell McCool, who conceptualized the event.

“Norman” Meets “Mormon”

I knew that a comedy about Mormonism could also shed thoughtful light on the basics of the religion — in a novel. But what about onstage?

“Pentecost” Peels Back The Layers

Pentecost." alt="">To produce British playwright David Edgar's Pentecost, the crew of the Yale School of Drama talked with a violist who played in damaged churches in war-torn Sarajevo. They involved clergy from multiple religions. So it makes sense that the Yale Repetory's building — formerly a church itself — is central to the staging, said Lucie Dawkins, third-year director at the school, and Stephanie Cohen, her scenic designer.The play, which had its U.S. premiere at Yale Rep in 1995, is set in a Romanesque church dating from the late 12th century, and the Rep production “built a church within the church,” Dawkins said. Likewise, Dawkins and Cohen have decided to use the contours of the existing church building as the basis for their design, so that the audience is “also in the church” where the action takes place.

“The dirtiest cop I’ve ever encountered”

Kansas City, KN — The hearing that Lamonte McIntyre has awaited for 23 years — on evidence that he was wrongly convicted of a double murder — finally arrived Thursday morning. It started and ended the same way: With relatives of the two victims taking the stand to insist that the wrong man had been convicted for the murder of their loved ones, and urging senior district judge Edward Bouker, specially appointed to the case, to free him. The case, detailed in an Injustice Watch probe, was based on the dubious testimony of two eyewitnesses who identified McIntyre, then 17, as the man who killed Doniel Quinn, 21, and Don Ewing, 35, as they sat in a parked car in an impoverished neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas in 1994. Within hours of the killing, McIntyre was arrested after a resident up the street, Ruby Mitchell, picked out McIntyre from a photo lineup. After he was arrested, police obtained a second identification from another neighbor.

“These Disasters Aren’t Natural Anymore”: A Dispatch from Puerto Rico After Maria

Several weeks ago, Puerto Rico avoided a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, which shifted north at the last minute. But Hurricane Maria hit head on, and has left a humanitarian crisis in its wake. Power on the island could be out for as long as six months, and many parts of the island have yet to be contacted. Compounding Maria's wreckage is the devastation brought about by ongoing austerity and an economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Last summer, Congress appointed a fiscal oversight board to reign in the island's spending—and break union contracts and sell off public assets in the process.

“Tonight Has Been An Embarrassment”

Board of Education members spent the bulk of their latest meeting squabbling over minor details about how the superintendent search process should continue: For nearly two hours, they argued about scheduling an end date in November for a final selection and adding two extra members to an advisory committee.

“We are rationing the food”: the humanitarian crisis devastates isolated communities in the mountainous rural region

He was jumping on logs, crouching under fallen trees, traversing paths of thick waist-deep mud, on a three hour journey on foot to the town. He was carrying only $2.00 in his pocket to buy toilet paper. A week after Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico, Edgardo Matías is surviving in Guaonico, one of nine isolated neighborhoods in the municipality of Utuado. With no tap water and blocked access to go in the car to find food, his family collects spring water and wanders through the forest looking for vegetables, oranges and coconuts to survive. Assistance of the national, federal or municipal government has not yet arrived to these parts.

$100 million dollar fund launched to secure indigenous land rights

A new $100 million initiative will help indigenous peoples and local communities in rural areas secure rights to their traditional lands. The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, formally launched launched week, was conceived by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) in 2010 as a mechanism for scaling up recognition of rights to collective lands and forests. After four years of design and consultation, the Tenure Facility operated six pilot projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America before formally launching October 3 with the support of the Ford Foundation, the Norwegian and Swedish governments, the Climate and Land Use Alliance and Acacia. The tenure facility will now invest at least $10 million a year for ten years, with an aim to secure at least 40 million hectares of forests and rural lands for local and indigenous communities. “Inequality is the greatest challenge of our time and we can measure its detrimental effects on the economic, social and environmental progress across the globe,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, in a press release.

$3.7M in long-awaited checks sent to unpaid Burke contractors

Q Burke hotel under construction, July 17, 2015. Photo by Amy Nixon/VTDigger
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$5.8M Dixwell Arts Center Planned At Ex-Factory

An abandoned factory in the Dixwell neighborhood could soon compete with New York City studios to house the next generation of emerging artists, under a plan detailed to the zoning board Tuesday night .

10 Questions NYC Needs to Hear Answered at the First Mayoral Debate

ZoirushaJacobi Medical Center and the other 10 Health + Hospitals Corporation facilities are under pressure to cut costs and find new revenue. The politics of Tuesday evening's first official general election mayoral debate are pretty clear. Mayor de Blasio has a commanding lead in the polls but isn't safe until the votes are counted: He has to avoid making mistakes—a basic goal that de Blasio consistently achieves in debates—and project a hopeful vision that sets him apart from the two opponents on stage. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis faces the biggest test of her political career, where she must move beyond the familiar critiques of de Blasio and provide clear policy alternatives without diving too deep into conservative ideology out of step with the city. Independent Bo Dietl has to prove he has not just laugh lines to dispense but also a few cogent ideas for how to run the city better than the incumbent.

10K ‘Forensic’ Patients are Held in Psychiatric Beds

An “obscure, multibillion-dollar segment of domestic detention” is explored by the New York Times magazine. A new study by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors says that more than 10,000 mentally ill Americans who haven't been convicted of a crime are involuntary confined by psychiatric hospitals. They have been found not guilty by reason of insanity or have been arrested but found incompetent to stand trial. No one knows the exact number of such people. Not much is known about the confinement of “forensic” patients, people committed to psychiatric hospitals by the criminal-justice system.

110 Years Ago, When An Iowa City Girl Saves Drowning Friend

In the summer of 1907 it wasn't unusual to find a gaggle of kids playing on the wharf at the foot of Dubuque Street in Iowa City near the home of physics department head Dr. Karl Guthe. It was a favorite spot for kids of university professors. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager. She is the author of four non-fiction books for young people.

12.5% Increase Expected for Covered California Rates in San Benito Co.

With only one choice for health care coverage available to San Benito residents in 2018, Covered California rates for the region will increase by 12.5%.

13 Long-Awaited New Cop Cruisers Arrive

Some relief has arrived for cops used to responding to calls in cars that have holes in the floor or steering wheels that come off. Thirteen new cars are parked in the city's police car garage, but it will be up to alders to decide how much more relief might come before the year is over.

150 minutes per week of physical activity — of any kind — is good for the heart, study finds

Susan Perry

Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week — a total of 150 minutes a week — has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and death, according to a major international study published last week in the journal The Lancet.And the risk drops even further as people increase their physical activity.But most important, the study also found that a wide variety of physical activity — doing housework or walking to the bus stop or engaging in manual labor at the workplace — is beneficial for the heart.In other words, you don't have to train for a marathon or join a gym.This isn't the first study to show an association between regular physical activity and a reduced risk of heart disease. But earlier research was mostly conducted in high-income countries, where people engage in recreational exercise. The current study included people from lower-income countries, where exercising for leisure is less common but daily living involves considerable physical activity — on the job, in the home and just getting around from place to place.The researchers wanted to see if such day-to-day activities could also benefit the heart.Heart disease is a major global health concern. As background information in the study points out, it is the leading cause of premature death worldwide, and most of those deaths — 70 percent — occur in middle-income and low-income countries. In recent decades, deaths from heart disease have been falling in the United States and in other high-income countries.

1st Hispanic Heritage Event Celebrates Puerto Rico

The sights and sounds of Puerto Rico were on display Friday night for the Board of Alders Black and Hispanic Caucus's first Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

2 Community Organizers Square Off

When Rodney “Rock” Williams watches the demolition of the last vestiges of the former Winchester Arms plant in Newhallville, he sees more than childhood memories and the neighborhood's past slipping away. He sees the alarming potential for the neighborhood's political power to slip away too.

2 weeks after Stockley verdict, St. Louis alderman asks board to honor police department

St. Louis Alderman Joe Vaccaro on Friday asked his Board of Aldermen colleagues to honor the city's police officers, one week after they did the same for a black man killed by a white former police officer in 2011. Vaccaro, D-23rd Ward, introduced a resolution that thanks the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for working long hours to protect citizens and businesses during two weeks of protests since the Sept. 15 acquittal of Jason Stockley.

2017 ‘Spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act’ awardees announced

News Release — Gov. Phil Scott
Monday, September 25, 2017
Media Contacts:
Donna Curtin, Chair, GCEPD
802-249-5203; DonnaCurtin@VRSDM.com
Hugh Bradshaw, VocRehab Vermont
802-241-0319; hugh.bradshaw@vermont.gov
Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities Recognizes Vermont Employers
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) has announced the 2017 “Spirit of the ADA” awardees from across the state. The “Spirit of the ADA” Awards are given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their employment practices. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies being held throughout the month of October, as detailed below. Nominees must successfully meet any of the following criteria:
Recruitment, outreach and equal accessibility in the application, interviewing, and hiring procedures for people with disabilities;
Use of on-the-job accommodations, modifications, progressive employment methods, and/or creative solutions for successful training and employment of people with disabilities;
Accessible physical structures, buildings, work stations and equipment, and services; or
Support for the employment of a person(s) with a disability as an overall employment strategy.

2017 public school district grades

Below is a database showing every school district's performance according to the Mississippi Department of Education's 2017 accountability report released on Thursday. Click on the green button to see each high school's individual graduation performance. District Name2017
Official
Grade2016 Official Grade2017 Graduation RateChange in Graduation Rate last 3 school years2016-17 EnrollmentSuperintendentSchools 2016-17 Graduation Rate2016 Official GradeAberdeen School DistrictCC82.013.31,298Jeff ClayAberdeen High School: 82%#REF!Alcorn School DistrictBB90.87.73,262Larry MitchellAlcorn Central High School: 91.3%Kossuth High School: 92.7%Biggersville 83.5%#REF!Amite County School DistrictDF800.51,053Scotty WhittingtonAmite County High School: 80%#REF!Amory School DistrictBC84.1-2.51,778Kenneth ByarsAmory High School: 84.1%#REF!Attala County School DistrictCC72.91.81,078Bryan WeaverEthel Attendance Center: 64.8%Mcadams Attendance Center: 82.3% #REF!Baldwyn School DistrictBB90.27782Jason MckayBaldwyn High School: 90.2%#REF!Bay St Louis Waveland School DistrictBB82.8-6.61,865Rebecca LadnerBay High School: 83.1%#REF!Benton County School DistrictBC85.8-8.31,165Fredrick BostickAshland High School: 88.6%Hickory Flat Attendance Center: 83.2%#REF!Biloxi Public School DistrictAB82.3-1.36,184Arthur McmillanBiloxi High School: 82.6%#REF!Booneville School DistrictAA89.1-1.41,304Todd EnglishBooneville High School: 89.3%#REF!Brookhaven School DistrictCC71.322,966Murray CarlockBrookhaven High School: 71.6%#REF!Calhoun County School DistrictCC88.114.62,533Michael MooreVardaman High School: 89.4%Calhoun City High School: 83.8%Bruce High School: 91%#REF!Canton Public School DistrictDF74.121.73,583Cassandra WilliamsCanton Public High School: 74.3%#REF!Carroll County School DistrictCD76.44.51,032Billy FergusonJ Z George High School: 76.7%#REF!Chickasaw County School DistrictDD72.98.8507Betsy CollumsHoulka Attendance Center: 72.9%#REF!Choctaw County School DistrictCC82.23.71,370Stewart BeardChoctaw County High School: 81.4%#REF!Claiborne County School DistrictDF81.111.81,487Cardell WilliamsPort Gibson High School: 81.3%#REF!Clarksdale Municipal School DistrictDF82.79.32,675Dennis DupreeClarksdale High School: 85.1%Jerome W. Stampley 9Th Grade Academy: 85.1%#REF!Cleveland School DistrictDC79.88.63,565Jacquelyn ThigpenEast Side High School: 81.9%Cleveland High School: 80.6%#REF!Clinton Public School DistrictAA85.7-0.73,262Phillip BurchfieldClinton High School: 90%Sumner Hill Jr Hi School: 90%#REF!Coahoma County AhsBC79.11.1302Valmadge T. TownerCoahoma County AHS: 79.1%#REF!Coahoma County School DistrictDF75.17.91,495Xandra Brooks-KeysCoahoma County Jr/Sr High School: 75.1%#REF!Coffeeville School DistrictCD86.215.5510Vivian McleanCoffeeville High School: 86.6%#REF!Columbia School DistrictCB86.1-41,701Marietta JamesColumbia High School: 86.1%#REF!Columbus Municipal School DistrictDD80.810.54,001Philip HickmanColumbus High School: 80.9%#REF!Copiah County School DistrictCC87.77.42,752Rickey CloptonCrystal Springs High School: 84.4%Wesson Attendance Center: 92.2%#REF!Covington County SchoolsDC77.211.72,905Arnetta CrosbyCollins High School: 69.7%Seminary High School: 78.2%Mount Olive Attendance Center: 93.2%#REF!DeSoto County School DistrictAA89.10.333,537Cory UseltonSouthaven High School: 84.5%Lake Cormorant High: 83.9%Hernando High School: 91%Olive Branch High School: 92.3%Lewisburg High School: 93.9%Desoto Central High School: 94.7%Center Hill High School: 90.8%Horn Lake High 86.8%#REF!Durant Public School DistrictDD65.112.4526Glennie CarlisleDurant Public School: 65.1%#REF!East Jasper Consolidated School DistrictCD80.010.4915Nadene ArringtonHeidelberg High School: 80%DEast Tallahatchie Consolidated School DistrictDD88.28.91,216Benjamin KennedyCharleston High School: 88.2%#REF!Enterprise School DistrictAA97.55.5995Rita WindhamEnterprise High School: 97.5%#REF!Forest Municipal School DistrictDC72.9-7.51,688Joseph WhiteForest High School: 72.9%#REF!Forrest County Ag High SchoolBA78.2-3.9588Billy EllzeyForrest County AHS: 78.2%AForrest County School DistrictBB84.21.92,289Mitchell FreemanNorth Forrest High School: 84.2%#REF!Franklin County School DistrictCB87.7-0.71,333Christoph KentFranklin High School: 87.9%#REF!George County School DistrictBB82.60.34,082Pam TouchardGeorge County High School: 82.9%#REF!Greene County School DistrictBB87.1-1.12,010Charles BrelandGreene County High School: 87.2%#REF!Greenville Public SchoolsFF62.045,045Leeson TaylorGreenville High School: 63.9%FGreenwood Public School DistrictCD70.60.32,741Jennifer WilsonGreenwood High School: 71%#REF!Grenada School DistrictBC79.22.34,016David DaigneaultGrenada High: 80.7%#REF!Gulfport School DistrictBB88.73.16,300Glen EastGulfport High School: 89%#REF!Hancock County School DistrictBB79.9-9.34,552Alan DedeauxHancock High School: 80.3%#REF!Harrison County School DistrictBB85.44.714,773Roy GillHarrison Central High School: 85.8%Diberville Senior High School: 84.6%West Harrison High School: 87%#REF!Hattiesburg Public School DistrictDD72.93.44,289Robert WilliamsHattiesburg High School: 73.6%#REF!Hazlehurst City School DistrictDD73.3-3.51,546Lisa DavisHazlehurst High School: 73.3%#REF!Hinds County School DistrictCC83.52.96,004Delesicia MartinTerry High School: 87%Raymond High School: 77.1%#REF!Hollandale School DistrictCD97.68.7588Angela JohnsonSimmons High School: 97.6%#REF!Holly Springs School DistrictCC96.05.41,372Irene Walton TurnageHolly Springs High School: 96.4%#REF!Holmes County School DistrictFF78.90.12,812Angel MeeksHolmes County Central High School: 85.9%#REF!Houston School DistrictBC67.6-81,757Anthony CookHouston High School: 67.6%#REF!Humphreys County School DistrictFF81.52.71,708Elliot WheelerHumphreys County High School: 81.6%#REF!Itawamba County School DistrictBB82.0-6.43,590James NanneyMantachie Attendance Center: 73.5%Tremont Attendance Center: 91.3%Itawamba Agricultural High School: 85.2%#REF!Jackson County School DistrictBA88.15.29,278Barry AmackerSt Martin High School: 88.2%East Central High School: 85.3%Vancleave High School: 91.5%#REF!Jackson Public School DistrictFF70.23.326,948Cedrick GrayWingfield High School: 58.4%Forest Hill High School: 69.9%Callaway High School: 68.6%Jim Hill High School: 68.6%Provine High School: 75.2%Murrah High School: 84.2%Lanier High School: 62.5%#REF!Jefferson County School DistrictCF85.511.21,282Vincent TurnerJefferson Co High: 85.5%#REF!Jefferson Davis Co School DistrictCD76.713.21,420Will RussellJefferson Davis High School: 84.7%Prentiss Senior High School: 70.4%DJoel E. Smilow Prep Charter SchoolDN/AN/AN/A122N/AN/AJones County School DistrictBB84.86.38,672Thomas ParkerSouth Jones High School: 86%West Jones High School: 81.9%Northeast Jones High School: 86.6%#REF!Kemper County School DistrictDF74.3-6.71,100Jackuelin PollockKemper County High School: 74.3%#REF!Kosciusko School DistrictBC85.212,472Gina SmithKosciusko Senior High School: 85.6%#REF!Lafayette County School DistrictBB85.5-0.72,846Adam PughLafayette High School: 85.6%#REF!Lamar County School DistrictAB94.73.99,893Tess SmithOak Grove High School: 94.8%Purvis High School: 94.1%Sumrall High School: 95.4%#REF!Lauderdale County School DistrictBB80.816,506Randy HodgesNortheast Lauderdale High School: 69.9%Southeast Lauderdale High School: 82.8%West Lauderdale High School: 87.7%Clarkdale High School: 89.4%#REF!Laurel School DistrictDD72.710.53,177Chuck BenignoLaurel High School: 72.7%#REF!Lawrence County School DistrictCC83.27.22,211Tammy FairburnLawrence County High School: 83.4%#REF!Leake County School DistrictCD77.122,912Billy WilbanksLeake Central High School: 78.5%Leake County High School: 72.3%#REF!Lee County School DistrictBC80.07.66,978Jimmy WeeksShannon High School: 75.8%Saltillo High School: 86.4%Mooreville High School: 73.7%#REF!Leflore County School DistrictFD78.910.12,392Ilean RichardsAmanda Elzy High School: 73.8%Leflore County High School: 88.4%#REF!Leland School DistrictDF80.420.7831Jesse KingLeland High School: 80.9%#REF!Lincoln County School DistrictBC83.31.63,221Mickey MyersEnterprise School: 66.1%Loyd Star School: 88.8%West Lincoln School: 87.4%Bogue Chitto School: 90.6%#REF!Long Beach School DistrictAA87.1-0.63,285Jay SmithLong Beach Senior High School: 87.4%#REF!Louisville Municipal School DistrictCC80.67.22,874Ken McmullanLouisville High School: 80.2%Nanih Waiya Attendance Center: 82.7%Noxapater Attendance Center: 81.4%#REF!Lowndes County School DistrictBB85.1-0.15,300Joseph WrightWest Lowndes High School: 84.9%New Hope High School: 88.5%Caledonia High School: 80.7%#REF!Lumberton Public School DistrictDD86.49.2577Linda SmithLumberton High School: 86.4%#REF!Madison County School DistrictAA88.8-0.113,171Ronnie McgeheeVelma Jackson High School: 81.3%Rosa Scott School: 92.2%Madison Central High School: 92.2%Germantown High School: 93.7%Ridgeland High School: 84.4%#REF!Marion County School DistrictBB86.811.82,061Wendy BraceyWest Marion High School: 83.8%East Marion High School: 90.7%#REF!Marshall County School DistrictCC79.41.73,144Lela HaleByhalia High School (9-12): 80.7%Potts Camp High School (9-12): 90.4%H. W. Byers High School (9-12): 65.1%#REF!McComb School DistrictDD71.91.52,676Cederick Ellis, Sr.Mccomb High School: 72.1%#REF!Meridian Public School DistrictDD78.59.95,557Amy CarterMeridian High School: 78.9%#REF!Midtown Public Charter SchoolFN/AN/AN/A165N/AN/AMonroe County School DistrictBB87.24.82,358Scott CantrellHamilton High School: 85.5%Smithville High School: 87%Hatley High School: 88.4%#REF!Montgomery County School DistrictDF65.00.3264Michael HoodMontgomery County High School: 65%#REF!Moss Point Separate School DistrictDD74.712.71,933Shannon VincentMoss Point High School: 74.9%#REF!Natchez-Adams School DistrictDF73.11.43,460Fred ButcherNatchez High School: 77%Natchez Freshman Academy: 77%Natchez Early College Academy: 77%#REF!Neshoba County School DistrictCB85.32.43,361Joseph KillensNeshoba Central High School: 85.3%#REF!Nettleton School DistrictCC79.46.31,312Michael CatesNettleton High School: 79.4%#REF!New Albany Public SchoolsBB78.8-3.32,184Jackie FordNew Albany High School: 79.4%#REF!Newton County School DistrictAB91.01.31,815John AmisNewton County High School: 91%#REF!Newton Municipal School DistrictCD86.811.9937Nola BryantNewton High School: 86.8%#REF!North Bolivar Consolidated SchoolDD83.76.71,084Linda RobinsonBroad Street High School: 77.2%John F Kennedy Memorial Hi School: 89.1%DNorth Panola SchoolsDD78.7-7.11,452Cedric RichardsonNorth Panola High School: 81.3%DNorth Pike School DistrictCC84.88.22,475Dennis PentonNorth Pike Senior High School: 84.8%#REF!North Tippah School DistrictCC86.511.91,293Bill BrandWalnut Attendance Center: 90.6%Falkner High School: 82.2%#REF!Noxubee County School DistrictFF83.14.61,635Roger LiddellNoxubee County High School: 83.1%#REF!Ocean Springs School DistrictAA88.63.45,796Bonita ColemanOcean Springs High School: 88.9%#REF!Okolona Separate School DistrictDF87.726.8634Dexter GreenOkolona High School: 87.8%#REF!Oxford School DistrictAA87.20.24,297Brian HarveyOxford High School: 87.6%#REF!Pascagoula School DistrictBB86.75.57,256Wayne RodolfichPascagoula High School: 83.9%Gautier High School: 91.3%BPass Christian Public School DistrictBA89.33.52,021Carla EversPass Christian High School: 89.3%#REF!Pearl Public School DistrictAB87.54.94,222Raymond MorgignoPearl High School: 88.2%#REF!Pearl River Co School DistrictBB84.14.83,240Alan LumpkinPearl River Central High School: 85%BPerry County School DistrictCC84.117.41,089Gregory DearmanPerry Central High School: 85.9%#REF!Petal School DistrictAA89.42.74,112Matthew DillonPetal High School: 89.7%#REF!Philadelphia Public School DistrictCC90.37.11,082Lisa HullPhiladelphia High School: 90.3%#REF!Picayune School DistrictCB71-5.23,617Audwin ShawPicayune Memorial High School: 71.5%#REF!Pontotoc City SchoolsBB84.93.82,300Michelle BivensPontotoc High School: 85%BPontotoc County School DistrictBB85.5-1.33,667Michael PuckettNorth Pontotoc High School: 86%South Pontotoc High School: 85%#REF!Poplarville Separate School DistrictAB908.91,855Carl MerrittPoplarville Jr Sr High School: 90.1%#REF!Prentiss County School DistrictBB79.1-3.22,399Randle DownsWheeler High School: 78.3%Thrasher High School: 76.5%Jumpertown High School: 89.6%New Site High School: 77.6%#REF!Quitman County School DistrictDF83.57.81,072Evelyn JossellM. S. Palmer High School: 83.7%#REF!Quitman School DistrictDD74.8-9.31,940Donna BooneQuitman High School: 75.1%#REF!Rankin County School DistrictBA87.72.319,205Evelyn TownsendFlorence High School: 88.9%Northwest Rankin High School: 85.6%Mclaurin Attendance Center: 80.5%Brandon High School: 90.9%Pelahatchie Attendance Center: 88.5%Pisgah High School: 88.1%Puckett Attendance Center: 93.5%Richland High School: 88.2%#REF!Reimagine Prep Charter SchoolDN/AN/AN/A236N/AN/ARichton School DistrictBC87.45.4707James AnglinRichton High School: 87.4%#REF!Scott County School DistrictCB86.65.34,077Tony McgeeMorton High School: 83.3%Lake High School: 92.8%Sebastopol Attendance Center: 89.2%Scott Central Attendance Center: 85.6%#REF!Senatobia Municipal School DistrictCB80.5-1.41,785James FosterSenatobia Jr Sr High School: 80.5%#REF!Simpson County School DistrictCC78.97.73,641Gregory PaesMendenhall High School: 81.8%Magee High School: 75.7%#REF!Smith County School DistrictCC78.00.42,701Jimmy HancockRaleigh High School: 81.1%Mize Attendance Center: 78%Taylorsville Attendance Center: 73.5%#REF!South Delta School DistrictCD78.76.3870Sammie IvySouth Delta High School: 78.7%#REF!South Panola School DistrictCD79.65.84,426Robert WilderSouth Panola High School: 81.3%#REF!South Pike School DistrictDD68.8-13.11,675Johnny VickSouth Pike Senior High School: 68.8%#REF!South Tippah School DistrictBB85.3-0.32,785Frank CampbellPine Grove High School: 83.4%Ripley High School: 87.7%Blue Mountain High School: 79%#REF!Starkville- Oktibbeha Consolidated School DistrictCC87.510.45,175Lewis HollowayStarkville High School: 87.5%#REF!Stone County School DistrictBB83.412.62,556Inita OwenStone High School: 84.7%#REF!Sunflower County Consolidated School DistrictFD79.920.93,946Debra DaceRuleville Central High School: 75.6%Gentry High School: 82.5%#REF!Tate County School DistrictCC77.46.72,649Daryl ScogginColdwater Attendance Center: 76.9%Independence High School: 73.6%Strayhorn High School: 83.7%#REF!Tishomingo County Sp Mun School DistrictBB85.62.13,078Christie HollyBelmont School: 92%Tishomingo County High School: 82.8%BTunica County School DistrictDC74.16.12,095Margie PulleyRosa Fort High School: 74.4%#REF!Tupelo Public School DistrictBB86.67.96,995Hubert LodenTupelo High School: 87.8%#REF!Union County School DistrictAB85.2-2.32,830James BasilWest Union Attendance Center: 89.2%Ingomar Attendance Center: 89.3%East Union Attendance Center: 79.3%Myrtle Attendance Center: 86.2%#REF!Union Public School DistrictBA84.7-0.11,019William BrantleyUnion High School: 84.7%#REF!Vicksburg Warren School DistrictDD70.74.88,311Donald ShealyVicksburg High School: 70.6%#REF!Walthall County School DistrictDD72.65.51,941Wade CarneySalem Attendance Center: 72.4%Tylertown High School: 71.9%#REF!Water Valley School DistrictCC80.4-4.31,138Charles McinnisWater Valley High School: 80.4%#REF!Wayne County School DistrictDC82.07.63,295Robert JonesWayne County High School: 82.2%#REF!Webster County School DistrictBB83.1-4.21,818Brian JonesEast Webster High School: 88.2%Eupora High School: 78.6%#REF!West Bolivar Consolidated SchoolCD91.919.81,330James JohnsonWest Bolivar High School: 88.6%Ray Brooks School: 91.1%Shaw High School: 97.4%DWest Jasper Consolidated SchoolsBC86.43.31,403Warren WoodrowBay Springs High School: 79.5%Stringer Attendance Center: 97.1%CWest Point Consolidated School DistrictCD90.36.83,147Burnell McdonaldWest Point High School: 90.3%#REF!West Tallahatchie School DistrictCD92.512.9773Christoph FurdgeWest Tallahatchie High School: 92.5%#REF!Western Line School DistrictCD82.49.11,953Larry GreenRiverside High School: 78.5%O'Bannon High School: 84.9%#REF!Wilkinson County School DistrictFF70.8-2.51,224Kimberly JacksonWilkinson County High: 70.8%#REF!Winona Separate School DistrictBD84.95.91,135Teresa JacksonWinona Secondary School: 84.9%#REF!Yazoo City Municipal School DistrictDF74.213.12,455Darron EdwardsYazoo City High School: 74.3%#REF!Yazoo County School DistrictCD82.912.21,580Rebecca FisherYazoo County High School: 82.9%#REF!

22,000 New Yorkers will get new college scholarship from the state after 94,000 applied

After a long wait, the official tally of New York's new free-college recipients is here. Nearly 22,000 New York state students qualified for the first round of the state's new “Excelsior Scholarship,” which provides free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools, state officials announced Sunday. Another 23,000 students who applied for the scholarship will receive free tuition through existing state and federal financial aid, which they may not have sought out were it not for the Excelsior application process. The numbers are good news for students who will receive more tuition assistance. However, the number of recipients is a fraction of the approximately 94,000 students who applied, highlighting a persistent criticism that the scholarship's reach may not live up to its hype.

29 winners in Knight Arts Challenge; Midnimo residency at the Cedar canceled over visa delay

Pamela Espeland

Twenty-nine individuals, groups and arts organizations will share $1.29 million in funding from the Knight Foundation in the fourth year of the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge. The winners were announced Wednesday at the James J. Hill Library, where Tish Jones delivered a new spoken word piece about the Challenge, Ragamala danced and the DeCarlo Jackson jazz group performed.The Knight Arts Challenge is a program of the Miami-based Knight Foundation, which invests in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. (Knight Ridder owned the St. Paul Pioneer Press until 2006.) It's open to anyone, and there are only three rules: 1) the idea must be about the arts, 2) the project must take place in or benefit St.

2nd suit filed over St. Louis police tactics in protests; city asks feds to help investigate

Updated Sept. 27 with response from St. Louis officials — The City of S t. Louis has asked the federal government to help with an independent investigation into two lawsuits and several complaints stemming from police response to protests that followed the acquittal of Jason Stockley, Mayor Lyda Krewson and interim Police Chief Larry O'Toole said Wednesday. In a statement, the two said the investigation would focus on police conduct during the protests since the Sept. 15 decision, the dozen “grievances” filed with the St.

3 Texans in Congress met with Trump ahead of tax overhaul rollout

WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump and several members of Congress, including three Texans, spent Tuesday preparing for a Wednesday rollout of what many Republicans hope will be a dramatic restructuring of the U.S. tax code. The stakes are high as Senate leaders announced Tuesday that they would postpone further work on repealing former President Obama's 2010 health care law until after the Congress addresses a tax overhaul. There is now a must-succeed sensibility toward rewriting the tax code among Texas and national Republicans. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with the members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in the West Wing's Roosevelt Room. Attendees included U.S. Reps.

33 arrested in Seattle in immigration sweep focused on “sanctuary” cities

Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arresting suspects during a 2010 raid. (File photo by ICE.)Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 498 people nationwide, including 33 in Seattle, in an effort that concentrated on places that have denied federal immigration agents access to local jails and prisons. An ICE spokeperson told the Boston Globe that this week's Operation “Safe City” focused on areas that have “self-proclaimed they are not going to cooperate with ICE.”
Arrests took place in Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Santa Clara County in California, the state of Massachusetts and Washington D.C.
ICE characterizes the jurisdictions as not cooperating with the federal government's deportation policies. The places targeted this week have policies that ICE claims impedes its work, including barring federal officials access to search local jails and prisons for undocumented immigrants and declining requests to hold people who are scheduled for release so federal officials can take them into custody for deportation, which are called ICE detainers. The Department of Homeland Security earlier this year said King and Snohomish counties had declined ICE detainers.

4 St. Louis-area school districts compete to fill superintendent positions

There's a competition afoot among St. Louis-area school districts that are trying to find the best person to fill open superintendent positions. But it's not an unusual situation, especially because the area has so many districts, Missouri School Board Association associate executive director Mike Parnell said.

5 Questions: Ashley Haines

Student organizes walk for breast-cancer research5 Questions: Ashley Haines was first posted on October 8, 2017 at 9:09 am.

5 Questions: George Lindsey

Cold Spring resident is longtime flight attendant5 Questions: George Lindsey was first posted on September 26, 2017 at 8:42 am.

5 Questions: Mark Price

Director of Beacon Recreation Department5 Questions: Mark Price was first posted on September 30, 2017 at 8:53 am.

5Q: Diana Henriques

Journalist has new book on Black Monday 19875Q: Diana Henriques was first posted on October 15, 2017 at 9:36 am.

5Q: Shirley Maloney

"Hot dog lady" at Breakneck5Q: Shirley Maloney was first posted on October 21, 2017 at 9:06 am.

6 of 7 police oversight board nominees confirmed, next steps include setting policies

Update with confirmation - Six of the nominees to the Civilian Oversight Board for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, sailed through Board of Aldermen confirmation Friday. The seventh, DeBorah Ahmed, withdrew her name from consideration.Ahmed is an executive director at Better Family Life, which has received thousands in city money over the last decade. Her nomination had been criticized for possible conflicts of interest. This means that the mayor will have to find a new nominee for the third district, in north-central and northwest St.

65 coders and 18 teams participate in Vermont’s seventh annual HackVT

News Release — Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 17, 2017
Contact:
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COLCHESTER, Vt. – In its seventh year, HackVT awarded $9,500 in cash to four teams on Saturday. Teams from around Vermont as well as teams from New York and Massachusetts developed apps using geospatial data provided by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information. The annual event is an opportunity for coders and developers to show off their skills, engage in friendly competition and design innovative apps using specific data sets.

88,000 Mississippi children to lose health insurance in March

U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
U.S. Congress allowed funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program to expire on Saturday, leaving 88,000 Mississippi children uninsured by next March. Nationally, 9 million children are now projected to lose their health insurance in fiscal year 2018. Funding for the program, which was last reauthorized in 2015, was due to be renewed by Sept. 30. When that date passed without action from either the Senate or the House, the funding expired.

911 texting program available to San Benito County residents

"Call if you can, text if you can't."

97 percent of New York City teachers earn high marks on latest evaluations, union president says

Nearly 97 percent of New York City teachers were rated “effective” or “highly effective” last school year, compared to 93 percent the previous year, the city teachers union president said at a recent meeting. About 26 percent of teachers earned “highly effective” ratings during the 2016-17 school year, a 4 percentage point bump from the previous year, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told union members, according to people who attended the meeting. Just over 71 percent of teachers received “effective” ratings — the same share as the previous year, Mulgrew said. Just 3 percent of teachers received the lowest ratings — “developing” or “ineffective” — down from 7 percent in 2015-16, Mulgrew said at the Sept. 27 meeting.

A ‘glimmer of hope’ seen on opioids

Opioids overdoses killed so many people in the past year that Connecticut's forensic examiners ran out of cooler space for the bodies. And yet professionals at the front lines of the crisis reported on a few reasons for hope.

A 1998 agreement that put the New York City police in charge of school safety has never been revised — until now

Just hours after a 15-year-old student was stabbed to death inside a Bronx high school, Mayor Bill de Blasio faced inevitable questions about what should have been done differently. “Every decision about school safety," he said in response to reporters' questions, "is made with the NYPD.”
The police department's deep involvement in school security stems from a nearly two-decade-old agreement between the police and education departments, which has never been updated. As de Blasio continues his drive to overhaul school discipline and safety policies -- limiting suspensions in favor of mediation, and cutting down on student arrests -- advocates say that agreement has become a roadblock to reform. The agreement -- known as a “memorandum of understanding,” or MOU -- dates to 1998, a time when a harsh “zero-tolerance” approach to discipline ruled and serious crime in schools was more common. Advocates for less punitive approaches to school discipline, which are often doled out disproportionately to students of color, say an updated agreement is long overdue.

A capstone project before graduation? New York debates new ways to earn a diploma

As New York continues to rethink what students must do to graduate high school, state policymakers floated their latest idea Monday: Let some students complete a “capstone project” on their path to a diploma. State education officials have long grappled with graduation requirements. Traditionally, students have had to pass five “Regents” exams in order to graduate. But in recent years, the state has created additional options after policymakers argued that strict test-score requirements can hold some students back. The debate in New York comes as several states have decided to drop or deemphasize their own exit exams. In New York, policymakers are caught between two cross-currents, said Bob Lowry, deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

A careful conversation with Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Justice Stephen G. Breyer knows the game. Without looking, Breyer knew exactly where he stood Thursday night throughout a 90-minute chat with CBS reporter Norah O'Donnell on the Bushnell stage, how close he was to boundaries beyond which a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court should not venture.

A closer look at corn DNA by Danforth Center scientists could help lagging yields

The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.4 million to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and the University of California-Davis to study genes that promote high corn yields. Advances in crop technology have helped boost corn yields by eightfold in the last century. But productivity of the staple crop has plateaued in recent years and that has pushed researchers to take a closer look at genes that can improve production and help feed the world's rising human population.

A Cyclical Crisis: Why Cracking Down on Central American Migrants Will Only Mean More Violence

“Hempstead is a shithole full of pandilleros (thieves), just like Tegucigalpa.” These words from Manú López, a 17-year old from Honduras, describe his experience relocating to Hempstead, New York from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, after gang members murdered his brother. The quote comes from an interview with López by Valeria Luiselli, whose book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (Coffee House Press, 2017), details her experience as a volunteer interpreter for Central American youth seeking asylum. López's description of gang violence in Hempstead speaks to a perversely tragic situation: in some cases, individuals like López flee brutality in their home countries only to face similar threats when they arrive in the United States. President Trump referenced the threats posed by Central American gang members during a speech in Long Island this July, in which he promised all-out war against the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, whose members perpetrated 17 murders between January 2016 and July 2017 in Suffolk County, Long Island. Recent reports also claim that Trump plans to push for a further crackdown on Central American migrants as part of an agreement offering protection to DACA recipients who face deportation.

A Day of Discovery: 4th Annual Seattle Children’s Festival

(Photo by Erinn Hale)In partnership with Seattle Center, Northwest Folklife's Seattle Children's Festival returns October 8, 2017 for the fourth annual year! Held at Seattle Center, this multi-cultural, multi-generational festival brings together families from across the Pacific Northwest to ‘Celebrate Our Big Neighborhood' by bringing together local communities for a day of music, dance, workshops, and exploration of the Northwest region! This festival was built from the ground-up to meet the needs of the children and families within our community. With the help of various community organizers, leaders, and cultural organizations, Northwest Folklife created this festival with the hope to foster community gathering, cross-cultural awareness and education, and the celebration of our diverse neighborhood. (Photo by Erinn Hale)With five stages, two discovery zones, a wide variety of workshops, and performers drawn from the many cultural communities that make up ‘Our Big Neighborhood', you'll have plenty to explore this year!

A Deeper Look At U of L’s Contract With Adidas

Eleanor Hasken / Kentucky Center for Investigative ReportingStudents on the University of Louisville's main campus. The $160 million sponsorship deal between the University of Louisville and Adidas could be in jeopardy if the NCAA basketball scandal forces big losses on the court. The 10-year sponsorship agreement isn't set to start until next summer. But a pending FBI investigation, dwindling basketball recruit classes and possible NCAA sanctions could all impact its value — if the extension even survives long enough to go into effect. U of L's interim president challenged the contract in a letter last week to the athletic director, saying Tom Jurich and Adidas negotiated it “without timely or appropriate consultation” with Postel.

A disappearing ecosystem: Minnesota’s oak savannas

Paul Nelson

Oak savannas — open grassland studded by tall, spreading oak trees — once covered 10 percent of Minnesota, mostly in the southeast quarter of the state. They are an attractive ecosystem for animals such as deer, turkeys, and red-headed woodpeckers. Before European immigration, indigenous people valued the savannas for the good hunting they provided, fostering and maintaining them through the use of regular fire. In 2017, only about one percent of the savannas that existed 200 years ago remain.The oak savanna is a transitional ecosystem, between prairie and woods. In Minnesota it consists mainly of scattered bur oak trees amid grasslands.

A Firing, Resignations and Now a Lawsuit Roil Chinese Historical Museum

Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres got right to work when she took over as executive director of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Beres launched new programming and exhibitions, which immediately drove up attendance and membership. She landed new grants, partnerships, private donations and corporate sponsorships, which boosted the organization's budget, according to the museum's annual report. Yet the museum's board fired her in June, a year and a half after she came aboard. Neither Beres nor the museum explained why.

A firm reprimand — but no penalty yet — for two Tennessee districts that defy deadline to share student data

So what will be the consequences for the two Tennessee school districts that missed a state-imposed deadline to share contact information for their students with charter schools? For now, disappointment from the state's top education official. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had promised to issue consequences if the two districts, Shelby County Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools, did not meet the Monday deadline. But when the end of the day passed — as expected — without any data-sharing, McQueen declined to penalize the districts. Instead, she issued a stern statement.

A Fun-Filled Schedule for the San Benito Olive Festival

The fourth annual San Benito Olive Festival is very excited to announce its entertainment schedule happening this Saturday, October 14, 2017.

A GOP county commissioner, Lew Gaiter is running a low-key race for Colorado governor

Republican Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter has a rather interesting campaign style in his bid for governor. He doesn't boast of his fundraising prowess or how often he's out on the trail. Instead, during a recent public appearance in Aspen, he said he might have raised the least amount of money in the race so far. And later, in an interview with The Colorado Independent, he said, “I would bet I put less time in this campaign than maybe anybody else.”
But the 57-year-old cowboy-hat-wearing candidate has filed paperwork to run for governor in 2018 instead of re-election as a county commissioner even though he's confident he would keep his seat. It's not that big a leap, he maintains.

A Guide to Trump’s Global Edicts on Women’s Reproductive Health

Kurdish militia participating in the Raqqa offensive against ISIS in Syria, February 2017. A new guide from a Washington group details the Trump administration's policy on financing women's health services in such settings as displaced persons camps. CREATIVE COMMONS
The Trump administration, which announced early this year that it would curtail American-funded women's health services around the world that may be involved in any way in abortion, has turned its attention to curbing family planning in the United States. Rules have been issued with immediate effect that American women can no longer obtain contraceptives under insurance plans offered by their employers' or other groups. The government claims that the insurance coverage provided (and mandated) in the Obama-era Affordable Care Act violates the rights of religious objectors or undermines “religious freedom.”
The American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a lawsuit charging discrimination against women.

A Healthy Dialogue, Except on Rezoning, at East Harlem Town Hall

Abigail Savitch-LewThe mayor speaks to constituents at an East Harlem town hall on Thursday September 28. Residents of Spanish Harlem have a lot concerning them these days, from the disaster in Puerto Rico to Trump's rescinding of DACA—to the potential impacts of the city's proposed neighborhood rezoning. At a town hall on Thursday night, residents showed adamant opposition to the proposed rezoning, which the City Planning Commission is expected to vote on this Monday, but the mayor took issue with their concerns. Beyond discussion of the rezoning, however, there was overall a deal of respect expressed for Mayor De Blasio at the town hall, and a good deal of gratitude for the accomplishments of three-term local councilmember and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who has only a few months left on the job. De Blasio took time at the beginning of the meeting to praise Mark-Viverito, saying the city would look back at her time in City Council as a “golden age” and heralding her work on tenant protections, affordable housing, criminal justice and safety, as well as her recent advocacy for Puerto Rico.

A Hint on Confronting Islamist Power. Or Maybe Not.

Twenty-four former Taliban members reintegrating into Afghan society handing in their weapons and aligning with the government, Kandahar Province, Dec. 9, 2013. US ARMY/PFC. ANDREW MILLER
Will it never end? When will time run out on the array of shape-shifting militant Islamist movements intent on moving into shaky trouble spots around the world to impose their extreme ideology, harness the population and hijack the local economy?

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: Deportation

As an attorney representing California Central Valley farmers and labor contractors who rely heavily on undocumented workers, Anthony Raimondo has become widely known for performing a sort of magic trick. He can sometimes make legal complaints against his clients – and the people who file them – disappear. In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants. This story was reported by FairWarning (www.fairwarning.org), a nonprofit news organization based in Pasadena, California, that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues. To read the full story , please visit fairwarning.org And, then, presto: At least three cases against his clients apparently were derailed, and two complainants—both, Raimondo says, with criminal records– were deported.

A Lawyer’s Weapon Against Farm Worker Complaints: Deportation

As an attorney representing California Central Valley farmers and labor contractors who rely heavily on undocumented workers, Anthony Raimondo has become widely known for performing a sort of magic trick. He can sometimes make legal complaints against his clients – and the people who file them – disappear. In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants. And, then, presto: At least three cases against his clients apparently were derailed, and two complainants—both, Raimondo says, with criminal records– were deported. Workers' attorneys only “find out when their clients are already gone,” he once explained in an email to an official in Washington.

A lesser known Minnesotan aviation pioneer: Florence ‘Tree Tops’ Klingensmith

Kaci Johnson

The first licensed female pilot in North Dakota and a pioneer of aviation, Florence “Tree Tops” Klingensmith made a name for herself in air racing circuits, winning several prizes and setting records. At a time when women were expected to stay at home, Klingensmith followed her own path.Florence Gunderson was born on September 3, 1904, in Oakport Township, Minnesota, to Gust and Florence Gunderson. In addition to owning a small farm, Florence's father, Gust, worked as a janitor and bus driver at the school Florence and her three siblings attended. A career change for Gust moved the family to Moorhead in 1918. Florence, a gutsy and athletic fourteen-year-old at the time, scandalized her neighbors as she motorcycled down Moorhead streets.

A Little-Known Story of Survival During the Holocaust

Emily CodikSosua, a northern beach town in the Dominican Republic, was founded by Holocaust refugees. How did it become one of the Caribbean's biggest sex-tourism destinations?

A New Era in Cuban Migration

José Antonio Iglesias, Mario J. PentónThe Obama administration's decision to end the wet foot, dry foot policy has created a migration and humanitarian crisis in Central and South America and a new era in Cuban migration.

A Regional AIDS Memorial Shouldn’t Be Tucked Away in a Neighborhood Park

The AIDS Task Force, a volunteer group that includes leaders from HIV/AIDS service providers and the LGBT community and San Diego First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer, has proposed creating an AIDS memorial to be located at the new Olive Street Park in Bankers Hill. But there are more appropriate locations for a regional memorial. And that's just one of the many problems with the project and the approach the task force has taken. The memorial warrants a respectful and visible location within the region. The right place would include restrooms, parking and adequate gathering space for special ceremonies, such as the memorial's dedication.

A report on cops and body cameras has set off a political fight at Minneapolis City Hall

Peter Callaghan

Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon didn't seem to have a problem with the results of an audit showing that many Minneapolis Police Department officers weren't following the department's policy in using their body-worn cameras.He did, however, have concerns about how and when that audit was released. And those concerns have triggered a skirmish over whether campaign politics played a role in how the audit was presented to the public. The audit, which was ordered by the city council and mayor following the July 15 shooting death of Justine Damond in Southwest Minneapolis, found that many police officers did not abide by department protocols when it came to when the cameras were supposed to be activated. As a result, many MPD engagements with members of the public — including many involving use of force — were not recorded, and many of the interactions that were recorded were inaccurately categorized, making searches for video of critical incidents more difficult.The audit's results already had implications for the mayor's race, raising questions about whether, and how quickly, the culture of the department is changing under reform efforts led by current Mayor Betsy Hodges. But Gordon's suggestion that campaign considerations may have led to a different-than-normal release of the audit have made the politics even more complex.Over the last week, Gordon has written that the audit release “could have been influenced by the upcoming election,” while Hodges said the release of what she termed the “improperly conducted and incomplete” audit undermines new Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

A rhino called hope

Harapan, a Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) born in captivity in the United States, has now been living for almost two years at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia's Way Kambas National Park. As a representative of one of the world's rarest and most endangered mammal species, Harapan's wellbeing in Indonesia has been a source of interest and concern for conservationists and animal lovers around the world. According to his current caretakers, Harapan — whose name means “hope” in Indonesian, although his fans in America often called him Harry — appears to have settled in well since arriving from the Cincinnati Zoo in November 2015. “Harapan is already independent,” said Zulfi Arsan, the facility's lead veterinarian. “He has adapted to the surrounding environment like other rhinos at the SRS.

A Rowdy Debate, a Charge of Anti-Semitism and New Questions for the DA: Headlines for Oct. 11

“We've gotta fix what we've got.”
-Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl on Rikers Island
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De Blasio, Malliotakis & Dietl Engage in Raucous Mayoral Debate
Gotham Gazette
“While attacks flew throughout the night, largely from Malliotakis and Dietl toward de Blasio, on more substantive matters, the debate was largely a two-person contest, between de Blasio and Malliotakis, a sitting Republican state Assembly member. Dietl, a former NYPD detective running on his own party line, largely shouted during his opportunities to speak, while also grunting into his microphone and regularly interrupting others. Within minutes of the start of the debate, the audience — which appeared to include groups of supporters of each of the three candidates — howled and heckled, drowning out the candidates and drawing sharp rebukes from debate moderator and NY1 anchor Errol Louis.”
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DA Vance Under Scrutiny Over Weinstein Case
WNYC
“In 2015, the NYPD helped an Italian model record Harvey Weinstein acknowledging that he groped her, but Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance decided it wasn't sufficient evidence of a crime, according to a new report. … Both The New Yorker and The Daily Beast reported that the Manhattan DA's office looked at the evidence and declined to prosecute Weinstein. Weinstein has repeatedly denied engaging in any non-consensual behavior.”

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Pfizer Site Hearing Strays Into Charges of Anti-Semitism
Kings County Politics
“The fight over the controversial Pfizer site redevelopment plan today took an odd turn concerning whether City Councilmember David Greenfield, who is chair of the Council's powerful Land Use Committee, should recuse himself from the matter as he readies to leave the city council and head a large nonprofit that has past ties to the project.”
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Dan Doctoroff on how Bloomberg set the stage for de Blasio
City & State
“Dan Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined The Slant podcast to discuss his new book, “Greater Than Ever: New York's Big Comeback” – a manifesto/memoir of the city's journey to economic revitalization following the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

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Pro-Dietl PAC Stresses NYC Roots, Gets Non-NYC Money
PoliticoNY
“A PAC supporting independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl, called New Yorkers for New York, has received its first donation, from a non-New Yorker.

A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, in NYC study

A basic tenet of school choice is that families will choose higher-quality schools when they can, spurring schools to improve in order to compete for students. Bad schools will fail the grueling test of the market, while good ones will thrive. Now a new study raises questions about this basic premise. The analysis examines high school choice in New York City, where students in district schools have a bevy of options and can attend schools outside their neighborhood. But families aren't flocking to the most effective schools — they are looking for schools with higher-achieving students.

A second group of chicken workers sue, alleging rehab slavery

Two men who were forced to work for free in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program have filed a class action lawsuit, alleging racketeering, human trafficking and labor law violations. It is the second federal suit filed in a week against Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery and the major chicken company where the men worked, Simmons Foods. The two lawsuits come on the heels of an investigation released last week by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that judges across the country have ordered defendants into drug rehab programs that double as work camps for for-profit companies. Reveal's investigation focused on CAAIR, an Oklahoma program that puts hundreds of men a year to work slaughtering chickens at the processing plants. The programs spare men charged with crimes from prison.

A splintered system and lack of teachers have created instability for Detroit schools. Now, leaders are craving solutions.

Like many school leaders in Detroit, Danielle Robinson spent the month of August doggedly searching for teachers. Robinson is the top Detroit official for Phalen Leadership Academies, a nonprofit charter school network that took over three Detroit schools from another manager in July. By late August, with the start of school just days away, Phalen still needed 34 teachers to staff Murphy, Stewart and Trix elementary schools. And there wasn't much time. “We did $5,000 retention bonuses,” Robinson said.

A tale of four famines.

Climate and conflict have left tens of millions with little to no access to food in South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia. And across the Gulf of Aden, Yemen is also facing a shortage of food driven by war and the changing environment.

A Tale of Two Interviews: Chris Matthews Grills Bernie Sanders, Tosses Softballs to Hillary Clinton

Three weeks ago, a mere seven days from Super Tuesday, Bernie Sanders sat down with the host of MSNBC's Hardball, Chris Matthews, for a contentious interview about the viability of his policy platform and his readiness to be commander in chief. The interview was a great example of adversarial journalism at its best, with Matthews cornering Sanders and forcing him to get specific about how he would enact his ambitious platform, and how exactly his calls for “political revolution” would translate in practice. Rather than letting Sanders dodge and bloviate, as politicians are wont to do, Matthews repeatedly pressed Sanders and forced him to answer the questions at hand. Last night, on the eve of the March 15 primaries, Hillary Clinton sat down with Matthews and received a similar grilling from the MSNBC host, who put her feet to the fire and refused to let her wriggle out of any question he asked or dubious claim she made. Just kidding.

A Vermonter questions the nation’s mental health

Ron Powers and his wife, Honoree Fleming, with their two sons three decades ago. Provided photo
" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?fit=300%2C240&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?fit=610%2C487&ssl=1" src="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?resize=610%2C487&ssl=1" alt="Ron Powers" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?resize=610%2C487&ssl=1 610w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?resize=125%2C100&ssl=1 125w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?resize=300%2C240&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?resize=768%2C614&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Ron-Powers-3.jpg?w=781&ssl=1 781w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Ron Powers and his wife, Honoree Fleming, with their two sons three decades ago. Provided photoPulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Powers' past works have eagerly explored everything from the 1800s literary lion Mark Twain to the flag-raising World War II soldiers at Iwo Jima and the present-day pioneers of broadcast news and sports. The Vermonter's current focus is different. “This is the book I promised myself I would never write,” Powers begins its preface.

AARP appeals Vermont Gas infrastructure case

Vermont Gas has illegally forced existing customers to subsidize a rough doubling of the company's infrastructure in the state, the AARP contends in a case currently being appealed before the Vermont Supreme Court. Vermont Gas says the move is part of a strategy to keep rates on its natural gas low and predictable, and says the state has on numerous occasions reviewed, litigated and approved the funding in question. Attorneys are currently filing briefs in the case, in preparation for oral arguments before the Supreme Court later in the fall. The case hinges on a pool of ratepayers' money that Vermont Gas has collected through ratepayers' bills for the past six years, called the System Expansion and Reliability Fund. Money accumulated in that fund is used to “smooth” rates for Vermont Gas customers, by paying for current and future cost increases with money that ratepayers have already relinquished.

AARP launches campaign to root out social media scams

News Release — AARP
September 22, 2017
Contact:
Mark Bagley, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia
Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale Provides Tips on How to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud
WASHINGTON, DC—With scams and fraud schemes proliferating on social media, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to educate Americans about social media hazards and provide information about how they can protect themselves. Description: Evil queen looks into a phone in front of her mirror in a castle. Text: If a deal seems like a fantasy, it probably is.“Scammers have been using email and telephone calls to target unsuspecting victims for years. Now, with today's boom in social media use, the con artists are just as likely to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to execute their insidious scams to steal people's money and identities,” said AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly use social media.

Abbott and Texans in Congress request $18.7 billion more in Harvey aid

WASHINGTON - Nearly all of the Texas Congressional delegation and Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter on Thursday afternoon to senior members of Congress calling for $18.7 billion in new funding to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. President Trump previously signed into law in September a short-term $15.25 billion measure to address the immediate emergency in the state and in Florida, which suffered serious damage from Hurricane Irma. "Texas greatly appreciates the appropriations committees' efforts to swiftly provide funds," the letter stated. "However, in light of the unprecedented damage from Hurricane Harvey and the historically epochal flooding of Houston, Beaumont and surrounding regions, we all recognize that the funding already appropriated is a small fraction of the federal resources needed to help rebuild Texas and reinvigorate the American economy." To give a sense of the scale of the need in Texas, state officials predict a recovery will cost $60 billion in federal support - from the U.S. Department of Housing and Department alone.

Abbott chases bigger share of Hispanic vote in 2018

SAN ANTONIO — Greg Abbott may not have a serious opponent for re-election yet, but he is already running against one group in particular: those who say Texas' Republican governor can't make further inroads with the Hispanic community in the era of Texas' "sanctuary cities" ban and Donald Trump. Abbott made that much clear here Saturday as he addressed his campaign's inaugural Hispanic Leadership Conference, rallying the Republican crowd against Democrats looking to unseat him — and laying the groundwork for a longer-term push for Hispanic GOP support. “What we know is whoever they drum up to run against me, we are going to run against and we're going to defeat,” Abbott said. "But what I want you to know is that far more important than running this race and running to win this race, we are running to win the next generation.”
The conference, attended by 250 activists, was the first in a series geared toward a goal that's becoming central to Abbott's re-election bid: growing the 44 percent share of the Hispanic vote he received in 2014. Looking to 2018, his campaign wants to not only build on that number but do so substantially, with an eye on capturing a majority.

Abbott: State won’t tap Rainy Day Fund for Harvey recovery until next legislative session

If the state taps into the Rainy Day Fund to help with recovery following Hurricane Harvey, it won't be until the next legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference Tuesday. Abbott's announcement comes after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote to the governor asking the state to use the $10 billion fund. Turner said without significant state help, Houston will be forced to raise property taxes for one year to bring in $50 million for recovery efforts. Turner said he would not have proposed the tax hike had the governor called a special session to tap into the fund. Abbott, who has said the state has enough resources to address Harvey-related needs between now and the next legislative session, added Tuesday that the state has already granted Houston almost $100 million for debris removal and established an "accelerated reimbursement program" for recovery efforts.

Abortions in Illinois to be covered by Medicaid, state health insurance

Abortions will be covered by state health insurance and Medicaid under a bill that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Thursday. “No woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would make purely based on income,” the Republican said during a news conference, after which he signed the measure privately. He is running for re-election in 2018, and the move could prompt Republicans to put up a challenger in the primary.

ABQ city council committee delays vote on ATF resolution

An Albuquerque City Council committee voted Monday evening to defer for 90 days a resolution asking New Mexico's congressional delegation to push for an investigation of a 2016 federal law enforcement operation that netted a highly disproportionate number of black people. Councilor Pat Davis, who sponsored the measure, cast the lone vote to send it […]

ABQ political groups spending down in final stretch to election day

Heading into the final weekend before Albuquerque's municipal election on Tuesday, some independent political groups have spent most of the total money they've collected while others haven't spent any, according to a review of financial reports filed today. It's possible that an influx of money will enter the race in the final hours before the […]

Access Denied: The Fight for Public Education

The idea behind public education is simple: A community pays into a system that aims to create a bright future for the next generation. Years pass, and those kids grow up. They pay into the same system, yielding the same dividends. Repeat. But things aren't always that simple.

Accrediting committee recommends no punishment for Baylor over sexual assault scandal

Baylor University appears poised to keep its accreditation after a special committee investigating the school's handling of sexual assault on campus recommended no punishment last week. The recommendation is not final; the full commission that handles accreditation still has to vote in December. But the preliminary news is good for the university, which had received a warning from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last year. Accreditation is serious business for universities. Losing it can have major effects on schools' reputations and the ability of their students to get federal financial aid.

Acidifying oceans a bad trip for marine ecosystems

A more acidic ocean under climate change threatens to reconfigure entire ecosystems by advantaging some fish species to the detriment of others, a new study has found. The research is one of only a few that go beyond the lab to study how species interactions are changing in nature under more extreme conditions. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of Hong Kong showed that a higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the oceans, which reacts to turn seawater more acidic, favors common fish species, allowing them to double their populations. But that might also mean the downfall of rarer, subordinate competitors, leading to biodiversity loss and a total restructuring of fish communities, with numerous ecological impacts. Blue damselfish in Komodo, Indonesia.

ACLU challenges Burlington homeless eviction policy

Attorney Jay Diaz, with the ACLU, and Jared Carter, answer questions from reporters on a class action lawsuit they filed on behalf of homeless residents in the city they say are being unconstitutionally evicted from encampments on public land. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
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ACLU files suit in D.C. over abortion access for migrant girl in federal custody

The ACLU announced Friday it had filed suit in federal court in Washington, D.C., to stop the government from blocking a 17-year-old migrant girl's access to a Texas abortion clinic. The girl is in federal custody at a shelter in South Texas, but has secured a court order granting her access to abortion and allowing her release to a court-appointed guardian. But in recent weeks, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has refused to release her to the guardian, instead sending the girl to religious pregnancy counseling. On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco refused to tie Doe's case to a lawsuit already underway in her court, saying courts in Texas or Washington would be more appropriate venues. The new complaint is filed on behalf of Rochelle Garza, Doe's court-appointed guardian.

ACLU of Missouri report highlights racial disparities in school discipline

Black students in Missouri are four and a half times more likely to be suspended than white students, according to a report released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. The ACLU also found that black students with disabilities are more than three times as likely to be suspended as white students with disabilities.

ACLU sues St. Louis, St. Clair County over actions in 2015 protests after Ball-Bey’s death

The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit Friday against St. Louis and St. Clair County for alleged police misconduct during 2015 protests after Mansur Ball-Bey was fatally shot by police. The lawsuit claims officers used excessive force on protesters by “shooting tear gas and pepper spray at them though they were unarmed, non-threatening, non-violent, non-resisting and not suspected of committing any crime.”

ACTION DC! Bearing Witness Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:30PM to 7:30PMWashington, DCUnited StatesXyza BacaniPulitzer Center grantee Xyza Bacani joins a panel with other artists about their work presented in an exhibit on modern slavery at George Washington University. More Information

Activists spy silver lining as officials warn of financial clouds over coal-fueled grid

JAKARTA — Signs that Indonesia is heading for an oversupply of electricity have prompted renewed calls from activists for the government to cut back plans to build more coal-fired power plants. Electricity sales by state-owned power utility PLN grew less than 3 percent to 146,366 gigawatt hours (Gwh) in the first eight months of this year, compared to 7.45 percent growth in the same period of last year, according to company director Ahmad Rofiq. Government officials and environmental activists alike point to sluggish economic growth as the cause of the low demand. A shepherdess watches over her flock of sheep that graze near a coal power plant in Jepara, Central Java. Photo by Kemal Jufri/Greenpeace.

Adapting to Life After Oakland

For twenty-plus years, I was an Oakland Resident. Born, raised and proud of it. Sad to see it changing. Neighborhoods being torn down, homes being rebuilt and businesses taking their place. I watched my community go from an urban ghetto to hipster hill.In 2014, I had to leave my Oakland home and move outside the city.

Addiction forum asks ‘why don’t they just stop?’

A Brattleboro Community Television camera films a public forum titled “Why Don't They Just Stop? Ways to Think About and Talk About Addiction” for posting on its website, www.brattleborotv.org. Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDigger
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ADOT trains truckers from Mexico to pass safety inspections

Sixty truck drivers scribbled notes in a Mexican warehouse last month as they listened to a United States border inspection officer describe the types of things officers examine during border inspections: Flat tires. Broken headlights. Cargo that's not secured.

Advised to be vigilant, Minnesotans maintain Paris plans despite attacks

The terrorist attacks that shook Paris Nov. 13 week aren't stopping Minnesotans from traveling to the City of Light, according to local travel experts.Sandy Lovick, owner of several Travel Leaders locations throughout the Twin Cities, noted Wednesday that her own associate was on her way to Paris, which has been nursing its wounds since the Nov. 13 attacks that claimed the lives of at least 130 people.“They certainly had problems in Paris, but not necessarily in the very midst of the most popular tourist spots,” said Lovick, speaking of the reason travelers are still packing for France.She added: “But certainly, there are people who are going to think about going, and we would tell them to be most vigilant to their surroundings.”Agency sees no cancelationsLovick, who has nine travel-agency offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, sent messages to her employees after the attacks, checking to see if clients wanted to change their flight dates. So far, the agencies have not heard a word from people wanting to cancel or delay their plans.“While there are people who probably hesitated [to travel to Paris], we — at our own offices — have not had any changes from any of our clients,” she said.Lovick added: “We have not had on any reports of any delays on our flights to Europe.

Advocates see few benefits for Ohio in Clean Power Plan repeal

Despite Scott Pruitt's claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state's coal-fired power plants. “It doesn't change the fact that coal-fired power is uneconomic in Ohio right now and that coal plants can't compete,” said Rob Kelter at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “I see the factors that are pushing these plants into an uneconomic space to be completely separate from the Clean Power Plan,” agreed Samantha Williams at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Those factors include strong competition from natural gas and increased competition from foreign producers. Many coal jobs have also been lost due to more automation in the industry.

Advocates seek antitrust review of ACO regulation

Two advocates have asked lawmakers to consider antitrust issues as they charge health care regulators with oversight of accountable care organizations. The advocates made their case at a Sept. 14 meeting of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, which is looking at a regulatory rule that the Green Mountain Care Board has been developing for several months. In 2016, the Legislature charged the board with creating a budget oversight and certification process for accountable care organizations, or ACOs—health reform companies that are the basis for the all-payer model that former Gov. Peter Shumlin spearheaded. The all-payer model originally sought to have a single ACO accept payments from Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurers and then pass those payments on to doctors and other providers based on the quality of care they provide instead of the number of procedures they perform.

Advocates: Inadequate funding undercuts consent decree’s potential for mental health care

Second in a three-part series. Click here to read part one. Advocates for the mentally ill believe state government's refusal to appropriate enough money to meet the demands of the 1990 “consent decree,” the court order requiring proper treatment […]
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Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult last week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.

Advocates: Trump immigration demands complicate DACA replacement

Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation.

Affordable Housing Urged, Duncan Hotel Redux Blasted

The ongoing relocation of more than 40 people to make way for an upscale hotel downtown has amplified the city's need to devise a plan to preserve and build more affordable housing.

AFT nurses, health professionals volunteer in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief efforts

News Release — AFT
Oct. 5, 2017
Contact:
Deb Snell, AFT Vermont President
802-498-5273 / deb.snell@aftvermont.org
Laurie Aunchman, VT Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals President
802-825-5533/ lauriea@vfnhp.org
Marcus Mrowka – AFT National
202-531-0689 (cell) / mmrowka@aft.org
WASHINGTON-More than 24 American Federation of Teachers nurses, health professionals and public employees from across the country boarded a plane to Puerto Rico today to provide direct care and assist with relief efforts. They are part of a volunteer delegation of more than 300 union electricians, equipment engineers and other workers on a flight donated by United Airlines. Jason Serota-Winston, AFT Vermont Vice President for Healthcare and a nurse at UVM Medical Center is part of the delegation. Laurie Aunchman, President of Vermont Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals thanked Jason for going and said, “This is another example of AFT Vermont members stepping up to help in times of need.”
The AFT represents 40,000 educators in Puerto Rico, members of the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (link is external) (AMPR), and has been engaged in providing aid and support since the hurricane hit, including providing direct financial assistance to members and AMPR, providing and coordinating the distribution of supplies, and getting schools opened as community centers.

After “bathroom bill” fight, Straus launches panel on Texas business climate

In the wake of the "bathroom bill" fight that generated strong business backlash, House Speaker Joe Straus is putting together a committee to make sure Texas does not make the same kind of mistakes as it chases new companies. On Thursday, the San Antonio Republican unveiled the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, saying it will look at the factors that draw businesses to Texas, including education and infrastructure. He said he wanted the panel to "work quickly and aggressively," giving it a Dec. 12 deadline to report its findings. "It's time that we re-assert that Texas is fully committed to private-sector growth," Straus said in a speech to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, where he announced the committee.

After 2011 Education Cuts, ‘A Lost Half Decade’

When Texas lawmakers were eyeing billions in cuts to the state's education budget in 2011, education officials warned of furloughs, increased class sizes and reduced course offerings. The post After 2011 Education Cuts, ‘A Lost Half Decade' appeared first on Rivard Report.

After 27 years, Maine still fails to comply with the court-ordered decree to improve treatment of the state’s mentally ill

First in a three-part series. In April, while incarcerated at the Maine State Prison's Intensive Mental Health Unit in Warren, James Staples removed his own eyeball. The 66-year-old prisoner, who has a lengthy history of both mental illness and […]
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After a two-year gap, Tennessee is about to release test scores for grade-schoolers. Here’s what to expect.

Teaching and learning haven't stopped during Tennessee's two-year gap in standardized testing, but the scores that tell students, teachers and schools how they're doing have definitely been interrupted. That void will start to be filled on Wednesday morning when the State Department of Education releases this year's statewide TNReady scores for grades 3-8. (District- and school-level scores will come later this fall.)
Circumstances have changed significantly since 2015 when the last state scores were available for Tennessee's elementary and middle school students. This spring marked the first time that those grades took a harder test in alignment with Common Core academic standards. As such, this year's scores are expected to drop significantly from 2015, just as they did for high schoolers in 2016 during their first year of testing in the TNReady era.

After blocking Highway 64, St. Louis police arrest Stockley protesters

Dozens of people protesting Jason Stockley's acquittal were arrested on Tuesday night after blocking a section of Interstate 64 in St. Louis. It's the latest demonstration after a judge found Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, on Sept. 15. Demonstrators have been demanding police officers stop killing black people throughout St.

After Confederate flag dispute at Colorado football game, schools pledge to bring students together

A high school football team from Weld County did not display a Confederate flag during a Friday night game against Denver's Manual High School, leaders from both Colorado school districts said in a joint letter Tuesday. Going forward, students from the two schools -- one rural and one urban -- will participate in a student leadership exchange that has student leaders visit each other's schools and communities to “share ideas and perspectives,” the letter says. “At a time in our country when so many are divided, we want our students instead to come together, share ideas and learn together,” says the letter, which is signed by the principals of both schools and the superintendents of both school districts. The alleged incident took place at a time when issues of race, social injustice, politics and sports are colliding in the United States., making for tough conversations, including in classrooms.
The principal of Manual High, Nick Dawkins, had written in a previous community letter that the Weld Central High School team “displayed a Confederate flag during the first quarter of the game, offending many members of the Manual community.”
Weld Central's mascot is a Rebel. Manual, whose mascot is the Thunderbolts, is located in one of Denver's historically African-American neighborhoods.

After delay, fall foliage colors emerge in Vermont

News Release — Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
Oct. 11, 2017
Contact:
Philip Tortora, Communications Director
Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
(802) 522-7323; Philip.Tortora@vermont.gov
MONTPELIER, Vt. – After a lengthy warm spell which left Vermont experiencing well above-average temperatures for multiple stretches over the past month – including a record heat wave in late September – recent cooler temperatures mixed with periods of rain have helped trigger colorful fall foliage conditions across many areas of the state. This past week, Vermont has seen a widespread emergence of vibrancy in many of its trees and forests. Some of the regions that are recommended for leaf peepers right now include the foothills of the Green Mountains, especially in Washington and Lamoille counties, and western parts of Chittenden and Addison counties.

After Dynegy negotiates new pollution standard with Illinois EPA, advocates fear cleaner coal plants could close

Documents and emails obtained by environmental groups show that Dynegy representatives were in close contact with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials as the agency drafted changes to Dynegy's responsibilities under a pollution reduction agreement. Dynegy made significant specific edits to the text of the proposed new rules, changes which were incorporated into the IEPA's next draft, according to the documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. It's not easy to decipher the likely impact of the complicated changes to the agreement originally negotiated between power companies and the state in 2006, known as the Multi-Pollutant Standard, or MPS. But environmental lawyers and advocates fear the company pressed for the changes in order to be able to close one or more coal plants that have scrubbers installed to remove sulfur dioxide, while continuing to run or even ramping up generation from its dirtier plants without scrubbers. “Ten years ago we fought for this rule and we got assurances about the scrubbers being installed,” said Faith Bugel, an attorney representing the Sierra Club.

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right. There were inquiries from Chase Bank about an application for a credit card that someone was trying to open in his name. Mifflin, who lives in San Antonio, says he called the bank and was told the identity thieves "had my Social Security number." He set up fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting companies. But he says the fraudulent attempts to open credit cards continued "multiple times a week, multiple times a day."

After first year, on-bill financing by Michigan utility enabling bigger efficiency upgrades

Nearly one year since its inception, an on-bill financing program in a west Michigan city appears to be enabling the deep energy retrofits envisioned at the outset. The city of Holland's public utility started its On-Bill Loan Program in the hopes that it would improve the city's inefficient housing stock, said Anne Saliers, community energy services manager with the Holland Board of Public Works. “The average project size is $14,255 with an average of 8.6 measures installed,” she said. “In other words, on-bill financing is helping people to do deeper energy efficiency upgrades than contractors experienced prior.”
Efficiency upgrades financed by the state's Michigan Saves program tend to average around $10,000, according to the program's executive director, Mary Templeton. Holland explored on-bill financing — along with a grant to reduce the program cost — as one strategy to achieve its ambitious 40-year energy plan that runs through 2050.

After growing up in 20 foster homes, St. Louis woman brings music to kids who’ve had a rough start

Melanie Barrier went into the Florida foster care system as a newborn. She lived in 20 foster homes before she was adopted at age 10. Stability existed in only one realm: music. As a child traveling from family to family, Barrier took along her beloved songs of the 1970s. As an adult, Barrier, 55, is using music to change the lives of foster and adopted children.

After Harvey, jury trials still haven’t resumed in Harris County

It's been 10 weeks since Jose Deras was first locked up in the Harris County Jail. And because of Hurricane Harvey, it's nearly impossible to predict how much longer he might be there. Deras — who is locked up for a misdemeanor assault charge, the first black mark on his otherwise clear criminal record — faces up to a year in jail, meaning that even if he got the maximum sentence, his actual time served would likely total about four months. But Deras' lawyer thinks his client will most likely spend more time than that in his cell, waiting for his case to come before a jury. Since Harvey hit Harris County in late August, one of the busiest criminal court systems in the country has suspended all jury trials.

After hurricanes, Congress ponders future of flood insurance program

WASHINGTON - The devastating hit Houston took from Hurricane Harvey has exacerbated — and highlighted — the enormous financial jam facing the National Flood Insurance Program. Thanks to the recent onslaught of hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, there has never been a greater need for the program. But that need has also set off a new round of calls to dramatically overhaul a program that hasn't been able to sustain itself without major subsidies from the U.S. Treasury. Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson's Sugar Land-based district suffered some of the most intensive flooding in the state. He said he is open to some changes, but not if it risks payouts on Harvey claims his constituents are filing.

After Las Vegas, Backing for Gun Control High

After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, most Americans regardless of party favor tightening restrictions on firearms, NPR reports. Eight in 10 Americans told an NPR/Ipsos survey that they favor bans on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and “bump stocks,” an accessory used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire like an automatic weapon. Eight in 10 also said they favor a federal database to track all gun sales. On each question, majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans all were in favor of the restrictions to some degree. The share in favor of new curbs, as well as the intensity of their agreement, varied by party, sometimes widely.

After Maria, Vulture Firms Are Trying to Bleed Puerto Rico Dry. They Must Be Stopped.

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now several months into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators, and educators, not only about how to resist, but how to build a better world. Jonathan Westin: I'm Jonathan Westin.

After protesters block Highway 64, St. Louis police make multiple arrests

Dozens of people protesting Jason Stockley's acquittal were arrested on Tuesday night after blocking a section of Interstate 64 in St. Louis. It's the latest demonstration after a judge found Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, on Sept. 15. Demonstrators have been demanding police officers stop killing black people throughout St.

After protesters block Interstate 64, St. Louis police make multiple arrests

Dozens of people protesting Jason Stockley's acquittal were arrested on Tuesday night after blocking a section of Interstate 64 in St. Louis. It's the latest demonstration after a judge found Stockley not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, on Sept. 15. Demonstrators have been demanding police officers stop killing black people throughout St.

After Pulling its Amazon Bid, San Antonio Needs a Real Plan

San Antonio 2017 is not an Amazon city, and it didn't take the city's elected officials and economic development leadership to say so on Wednesday. The post After Pulling its Amazon Bid, San Antonio Needs a Real Plan appeared first on Rivard Report.

After pushback, Trump administration says it won’t scrap anti-corruption law

Faced with growing opposition from veterans groups, ethics experts and five U.S. Senators, the Trump administration Wednesday abruptly abandoned its plan to suspend a 50-year-old anti-corruption law that prohibits for-profit colleges from enriching Department of Veterans employees who oversee the GI Bill. In an email to Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, VA press secretary Curt Cashour said the agency had “received constructive comments” and was withdrawing the proposal “to allow for proper consideration of that valuable input.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs had proposed waiving a federal law that prohibited VA employees from receiving “wages, salary, dividends, gratuities” and services from for-profit schools that receive GI Bill funds. VA employees would also have been allowed to hold an ownership interest in such schools. The change was scheduled to go into effect Monday, but after it was exposed by Reveal, opposition began to build. Following Reveal's report, five Democratic Senators wrote to VA Secretary David Shulkin asking him to pull the rule.

After Shooting, Youth Worker On Mend

It looks like the 51-year-old star youth worker who was shot Saturday will pull through — to the relief of not just her family and friends but also city leaders who have come to count on her to stem street violence.

After years of failing grades, Hoosier Academy Virtual will close in June.

The Hoosier Academy school board voted Tuesday night to not renew the charter of its full-time online school after months of scrutiny from the state, dropping enrollment, and poor academic performance. Hoosier Academy Virtual Charter School will close after June 30. The board will continue to operate its two other schools, the hybrid Hoosier Academy-Indianapolis, where students learn online and in-person at a brick-and-mortar school, and Insight School of Indiana, which is geared toward students with more intensive needs. John Marske, board chairman, told Chalkbeat in an email that the board did not think the school could meet the requirements to get its charter renewed. The school is authorized by Ball State University and operated by the for-profit K12 Inc.
“If we were to seek renewal, we would have had to submit a renewal application by October 1, 2017,” Marske said.

AG offers no assurances on legality of Malloy budget order

Attorney General George Jepsen offered a legal opinion Tuesday that questioned the legality of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to administer municipal aid in the absence of a state budget. But he offered Malloy and the legislature just one alternative — write a new state budget.

Age Well integrates Servtracker meal delivery software

News Release — Age Well
Oct. 11, 2017
Contact:
Sara Wool
Director of Development & Communications
Age Well (formerly the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging)
802-662-5229swool@agewellvt.org
September 27, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) — Age Well has recently completed an extensive search for a platform to support their Meals on Wheels and Community Meals programs. The nonprofit has chosen Accessible Solution's software ServTracker. This comprehensive system will enable Age Well, the largest provider of Meals on Wheels and Community Meals in the state to automate driver routes, generate meal orders each day, and streamline volunteer planning and delivery schedules. Organizations managing home-delivered meals and community dining venues are challenged with a wide range of individualized service demands that make management labor intensive and difficult. ServTracker's Nutrition Services Module removes this complexity and provides a simple, more efficient and accurate process to serve clients and complete operational functions. From meal planning, food prep, and dietary concerns to tracking meal preferences, service changes, delivery schedules, assessments and staff management, ServTracker is a comprehensive software solution that centralizes information concerning clients, staff, volunteers and funding sources.

Agency of Commerce and Community Development receives $325,600 grant for small business exporting

News Release — Vermont Department of Economic Development
September 21, 2017
Media Contact:
Katie Corrigan, Vermont Department of Economic Development
802-272-1420 | katie.corrigan@vermont.gov
Daniel Monahan, Small Business Administration
802-828-4422 Ext. 215 | daniel.moanhan@sba.gov
Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor
802-828-6403 | rebecca.kelley@vermont.gov
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the state will receive a $325,600 grant to help small businesses in Vermont reach international markets. The grant is awarded through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), a federal-state partnership initiative intended to increase the number of small businesses exporting and the value of exports by the small business sector. “STEP is a valuable program, and this grant will help Vermont small businesses sell local products and services in markets all over the world,” said Gov. Scott.

Agency reduces refugee resettlement plans

Supporters of refugee resettlement rally Saturday in Rutland. Photo by Adam Federman/VTDigger
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Agency says legal issue holding up details of airport project

William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington County. VTrans photo
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Aging prisoners left to arbitrary process to win release

This is the first part in The Long Wait, a three-part series exploring the Illinois Prisoner Review Board's process for deciding on parole for a group of inmates who remain in prison for serious crimes committed before 1978. The fate of one hundred twenty-one men and one woman who have been locked up in Illinois for decades rests in the hands of a 14-member state board that is only slightly more likely to release them than it is to let them die behind bars. Seventy-six of the group are now senior citizens, and three of them are in their 80s. Some are in wheelchairs or otherwise disabled. All committed their crimes – most of them murders, and several of them heinous – in a time years before the first American woman went into space, the U.S. boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow, and Ronald Reagan was elected president.

Agritourism in Sicily: Getting to Know the Mediterranean Farmers

Fields of artichokes — carciofi — stretch to the horizon at a farm in Belpasso, facing west, in Sicily. Agritourism business on the Italian island is growing but the work is nearly round the clock. BELPASSO, Italy — The Oasi di Francesca farm-stay hotel is situated in an unlikely spot here in Sicily, about a kilometer from an Italian naval air base and a half hour to the large port city of Catania in the east, facing the Ionian Sea. Among the acres of low-lying artichoke plants — as well as pigs, sheep, horses, donkeys, chickens, cats and dogs — the military base is within view of the salmon-colored two-story inn. Due east, Mount Etna, active and soaring two miles high, is obvious despite low clouds.

Ailing Seniors Are Fastest-Growing Group Using Medical Marijuana

NEW YORK--Larry Yokelson uses a walker and is on oxygen 24/7. “I am not a pothead,” he stated. Although he is age 87, Yokelson is familiar with the stuff—he used to be a driver for rock bands“You want to know some of them,” he asked? “Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney—I can't even tell you the list.”Yokelson said that just about all of his passengers smoked pot. But he didn't like it.

Airbnb battle brews in Lansing

Bills would prevent cities from using local zoning laws to restrict where short-term rental businesses like Airbnb can operate in a city

Airport officials anxious over federal funding

WASHINGTON — The authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration is set to expire in just a week, and neither the House nor Senate has yet moved forward on legislation to extend it. The legislation is required to continue the work of the FAA, which regulates civil aviation across the country. But the bill has been stuck in limbo amid a few lingering disagreements, including over whether to privatize air traffic control services. Congress is likely to move forward with a short-term extension ahead of the September 30 deadline, according to committee staff, with the aim of taking up a longer-term bill next month. But the stakes are high for aviation in Vermont, where many say federal support is critical to air travel programs. The head of the Burlington airport said staff is “on pins and needles” over the reauthorization.

Airport Simulation Gives Wings to People of All Abilities

Cody Joplin sat aboard a United Airlines plane with his parents, Lee and Linda. Their destination: the far end of the tarmac. The post Airport Simulation Gives Wings to People of All Abilities appeared first on Rivard Report.

Akara Draper & Linnie Jones: Keep school decisions local

Editor's note: This commentary is by Akara Draper and Linnie Jones, both of Dummerston. Draper is a lifelong community advocate, serves on the Dummerston Cares Inc. board and is a member of the group supporting alternative governance structures. Jones is a licensed social worker, and is a member of the group supporting alternative governance structures. The vote to meet the goals of Act 46 by consolidating schools in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union will occur on Nov. 7 in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney.

Al Letson Reveals: The fight to end affirmative action in higher education

President Trump's Department of Justice is investigating claims that Harvard is discriminating against Asian American students in its admissions program. Harvard has been accused of capping the number of Asian American students to make room for other ethnicities. Al talks to Edward Blum about the case. Blum has made a career out of challenging race-based college admissions. And he and his group, Students for Fair Admissions, filed a lawsuit against Harvard three years ago that makes some of the same claims the Justice Department is now investigating.

Alamo Artifacts Provide a Glimpse Into San Antonio’s Past

UTSA's Center for Archaeological Research curated more than 150 items ranging from the mission's colonial years up to the 19th century. The post Alamo Artifacts Provide a Glimpse Into San Antonio's Past appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alarming Rash of Gun Thefts Reported in Kansas City

Kansas City has experienced an unprecedented and alarming rash of gun thefts citywide, the Kansas City Star reports. The number of annual firearms thefts rose from 496 to 588 between 2008 and 2015, but it exploded last year. Thieves stole 804 a year ago, a 37 percent increase. And they are on pace to steal some 830 firearms in 2017. Many gun owners are making it easy for criminals to propel Kansas City's harrowing gun violence.

Alaskan climate activist Kate Troll emphasizes community action

Author Kate Troll from her official Facebook page. (Photo via Facebook.)Author Kate Troll says while political changes such as the Paris climate agreement — in which countries have pledged to keep the global average temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius — change will not depend just on laws, but on local actions. “It's really built on individual and community action,” Troll said. “Riding a bicycle, purchasing green products, using electric vehicles; all those things will make a huge collective difference.”
Troll's new memoir “The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World” covers her journey and the social, political and environmental realities the world faces as the global climate changes. Originally working in coastal management, Troll went on to become a significant force in climate and energy movements.

Albuquerque progressive voters show up on election day

Albuquerque progressive voters came out in force yesterday, giving State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, just shy of 40 percent of the vote among eight competitors in the city's mayoral election. Keller will face off in a runoff election November 14 against Republican City Councilor Dan Lewis, who came in second with 22.93 percent. The […]

Alcántara Tries to Substantiate Charges of Racism, Clarifies Position on Rezoning

Marisol Alcántara Facebook pageSenator Marisol Alcántara at an event prior to her 2016 election with Adriano Espaillat, Ydanis Rodriguez and others behind her. On September 14, at a hearing on the Inwood rezoning, Senator Marisol Alcántara accused members of the group Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale of sending e-mails that referred to people as “coons” and that said “‘these people they need to go back where they're from'”—referring, she'd said, to immigrants. Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale, a coalition that includes organizations like Metropolitan Council on Housing and Faith in New York as well as local groups like Uptown Community Democrats and Inwood Preservation, has been one of the leading critics of the rezoning effort lead by Ydanis Rodriguez and the Economic Development Corporation. The group says the Senator's remarks were complete lies. City Limits gave the senator, who caucuses with the Independent Democratic Congress (IDC), four days to produce evidence of the racist e-mails.

Alders OK $9.5M Settlement, Cotto BOE Appointment

A wrongfully convicted man will get his multimillion-dollar settlement and the Board of Education will get its newest members thanks to votes Monday night by the Board of Alders.

Alders Recognize The Injured, Fallen

Alders recognized two officers who recently risked their lives to save others, and paused to remember a retired officer who passed away.

Alfie at Binnacle

Author to sign children's bookAlfie at Binnacle was first posted on October 10, 2017 at 7:03 am.

All Shook Up in Hollister

Performances of the musical All Shook Up begin Oct. 27 in Hollister. The show is filled with classic Elvis Presley songs and is set in the 1950s

All work. No pay. Life at a rehab work camp.

Desperate to reduce crowding in jails and prisons, court systems all over the country are trying diversion – alternatives to putting offenders behind bars. On today's Reveal, we peek behind the good intentions and uneven results. Reveal's Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter investigate an Oklahoma recovery center called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery, or CAAIR. The founders of the program say it's all about helping people with addiction. It turns out it's also a work camp for a major chicken company.

Allen & Colby: A dairy revolution

Editor's note: This commentary is by Will Allen and Michael Colby. Allen is the co-founder of Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford. Colby is a writer and sugarmaker in Walden. Both are co-founders, along with Kate Duesterberg, of Regeneration Vermont. This essay is excepted from the full report, “Failure to Regulate: Big Dairy & Water Pollution in Vermont.”
Vermont's large-farm dairy industry is under increasing scrutiny for a variety of economic, ecological and humanitarian transgressions.

Almost 400,000 Texans’ insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for a federal program. Congressional authorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides low-cost health insurance for children from low- and middle-income families, expires Sept. 30. Without federal funding, Texas has enough money for CHIP to last until February 2018, according to estimates by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. However, federal lawmakers say they're working on a plan to continue the program before funding runs out for Texas.

Amazon author sizes up St. Louis’ chances for second HQ

With St. Louis and St. Clair County planning to jump into the battle to become Amazon's second North American headquarters, many people are asking if the region has a legitimate shot to land an anticipated 50,000 jobs. Bigger cities including Chicago, Boston and Toronto have also shown interest, but the author of what might be the definitive book on how Amazon does business believes it's too soon to rule out any potential location.

Amazon community on Tapajós River invaded by wildcat miners

A hundred beiradeiro families — peasants and traditional fishermen — live in Montanha-Mangabal, an Amazon community spread thinly along 40+ miles of the Tapajós River. Their legitimate land claim are being threatened by wildcat miners and by a proposed, government-supported dam. Photo by Mauricio Torres MONTANHA-MANGABAL, Brazil: On 28 September, a group of wildcat miners, known in Brazil as garimpeiros, invaded a small community of riverside peasant farmers and traditional fishermen, known as beiradeiros, living beside the Tapajós River in Pará state in the Amazon. “The miners are extremely angry, they're armed and threatening everyone,” one local resident told Mongabay. The beiradeiros say that a large group of garimpeiros arrived in the area, disobeying a legal order “not to enter any area occupied by the traditional population of Montanha-Mangabal.” The miners threatened violence against the local inhabitants, and, according to a witness, “took everything we had, including the ammunition for our firearms.” The garimpeiros left after making their threats, but the beiradeiros now feel vulnerable and isolated.

Amazon dam operator defies order to shut down, police action looms

A 2010 Greenpeace Brazil protest against the proposed Belo Monte dam. Photo by Roosewelt Pinheiro / Agência Brasil The legal troubles surrounding the Belo Monte dam and Norte Energia, the consortium that is building and operating it, continued this week, with Brazilian litigators promising to use federal police to enforce a court order to shut down the dam if Norte Energia does not immediately comply with the litigation. In mid-September, a federal court in Brasilia ordered the suspension of Norte Energia's installation license. The decision went into effect when it was published in the Brazilian government's Official Judicial Registry on September 20th. The ruling was exceptional in that it authorized the use of police action to enforce the decision, if the consortium failed to shut down the dam.

Amazon deforestation linked to McDonald’s and British retail giants

Greenpeace protests against McDonald's — like this one, showing Ronald McDonald wielding a chainsaw — helped lead to the Amazon Soy Moratorium in 2006. But Cargill and other transnational commodities firms have since sourced much of their soy (which is fed to chickens in Britain) to the neighboring Bolivian Amazon and Brazilian Cerrado, leading to intensified deforestation in those regions. Photo credit: © Richard Stanton / Greenpeace A Mongabay investigation, prompted by a report done earlier this year by the NGO Mighty Earth, can reveal that customers buying chicken from some of Britain's largest supermarkets and fast food chains may unwittingly be fuelling rampant deforestation in the Bolivian Amazon and Brazilian savanna. Tesco, Morrisons and McDonald's buy their chicken from Cargill, the biggest private company in the world, which feeds its poultry with imported soy. The U.S. food distributor purchases its soy from large-scale agribusiness operations that often burn and clear large swathes of native forest to make way for their plantations.

Amazonian manatee migration at risk from disruption by proposed dams

An adult Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis) in captivity. The species lives in muddy water, which means it is rarely glimpsed. Photo credit: HBarrison via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA After a day of feverishly hard work to free his boat from Amazon basin mud, scientist Eduardo Arraut suddenly became inspired to study the timing — and hazards — of Amazonian manatee migration. Arraut, a Brazilian biologist, was doing fieldwork and travelling by boat along river channels connecting two lakes in the floodplains of Brazil's western Amazon. As the dry season approached, water levels dropped and Arraut found his route blocked where a channel had gone dry.

Ambivalence on Amazon, Crackdown on E-Bikes: Headlines for Oct. 20

“Adding 50,000 jobs is a game-changer.”
-Mayor Bill de Blasio on the potential of Amazon locating its new headquarters in New York City
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Pols Say City is Dumbing Down Top School
Kings County Politics
“MECPS students have excelled academically with 84% of their middle grade students meeting state proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and 78% in math, far surpassing the majority of NYC schools where less than 38% of students meet state proficiency in ELA and math. But all that success aside, the DOE recently decided to change the admission process at MCEPS, in an effort to realign its' instructional program to serve a wider range of students including students with disabilities.”
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Several Top Officials Shun Outreach to Amazon
Gotham Gazette
“New York City's own bid — which included four possible business districts — was backed by about 70 elected officials that represent the city, including members of Congress, state Senators and Assembly members, City Council members, borough presidents, and Public Advocate Letitia James. But at least four notable elected officials were conspicuously absent from the letter of support sent by the mayor's office to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and City Council Members Corey Johnson and Donovan Richards, both contenders to become the next Speaker of the City Council, did not sign on to the letter.”
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City Takes Aim at E-Bikes
WNYC
“Beginning Jan. 1, businesses that dispatch the fastest class of e-bikes — those with throttles — will be fined $100 and then $200 for each subsequent violation. ‘That could mean hundreds and thousands of dollars in fines very quickly,' the mayor said.

Amelia Shea: A long-term view of Vermont Yankee site

Editor's note: This commentary is by Amelia Shea, of Brattleboro, who is a member of New England Coalition, a peace and environmental activist and has worked at Green Living Journal since 1991. Some environmentalists, in reference to the current practices of factory farming, overfishing and methods for energy extraction such as fracking, have called the western industrialized view towards the environment as a war against nature. This view applies to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon as well. Over its 42-year history tons of radioactive waste have been stored on the land there and the Connecticut River has been used as a repository for Vermont Yankee's heat and waste. In terms of environmental stewardship Vermont has an opportunity to raise the bar on the endgame of the site.

Ameren Missouri to generate more wind and solar power but some say the utility could do more

Missouri's largest utility company announced plans today that could dramatically reduce its impact on the environment. Ameren Missouri released multiple goals it hopes to achieve, which include adding 700 megawatts of wind power generation by 2020, along with 100 megawatts of solar power by 2027. Company leaders are speaking to developers about a potential wind farm project and hope to provide more details by the end of this year.

America Wasn’t a “Gun-Loving Country” Until a $13.5 Billion Industry Made It So

After the latest mass shooting—by some statistical measures, the 273rd in the U.S. this year—Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) quickly assailed his colleagues for failing to act while such horrific incidents become normalized:

My colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something. Murphy's calling out of the gun industry and of Congress's cowardice is significant. With annual revenue of $13.5 billion, and a record 27 million guns sold in the U.S. last year, the firearm and ammunition industry would seem to command a central role and responsibility in the impossibly polarized debate over gun violence and gun rights.

America’s climate refugees have been abandoned by Trump.

As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, the Trump administration has quietly walked away from a government-wide effort to help the growing number of American communities whose very existence is threatened by climate change.

Americans nearing retirement report more health limitations than did earlier generations

Susan Perry

Americans in their 50s are in poorer mental and physical health — and thus have greater health-care needs — than their peers a generation ago, according to a study published this month in the journal Health Affairs.This troubling finding adds to growing evidence that the health of middle-aged Americans has not improved in recent decades, and may, in fact, have worsened.The implications of such research are significant — for individuals as they finish up their working careers and move toward retirement, for employers as their workforce ages, and for Congress as it debates whether to push back the formal ages for Social Security and Medicare by two or three years.“We found that younger cohorts are facing more burdensome health issues, even as they have to wait until an older age to retire, so they will have to do so in poorer health,” said Robert Schoeni, one of the study's authors and an economist at the University of Michigan, in a released statement. The current eligibility age for Medicare is 65. The full retirement age for Social Security is 66, although it is set to gradually increase until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959.Five age groupsFor their study, Schoeni and his co-author, demographer HwaJung Choi, analyzed several decades of data collected by the National Institute on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.They grouped the older Americans in that database into five birth cohorts, based on when they could receive their full Social Security benefits:people who could fully retire at age 65 (those born before 1938)people who could fully retire at some point during the year they turned 65 (those born during 1938-1942)people who could fully retire at age 66 (those born during 1943-1954)people who could fully retire at some point between the ages of 66 and 67 (those born during 1955-1959)people who could fully retire at age 67 (those born during 1960-1962)Schoeni and Choi found that people now in their 50s — those in the 1960-1962 birth cohort —were much more likely to rate their own health as fair or poor compared to the other age cohorts when they were a similar age.People in the later birth cohorts were also more likely to report problems with their memory and thinking skills. When they were in their late 50s, 11.5 percent of the people who could fully retire between 66 and 67 said they had cognitive problems. That compared to 9.2 percent of the people in the earlier birth cohorts — the ones who could retire at age of 65 and 66.Fifty-year-olds today also reported greater difficulty performing basic daily living tasks by themselves — things like shopping for food, getting out of bed, dressing and taking medications. By the time they reached age 58-60, they were a third more likely to have least one limitation on their ability to perform such tasks than in previous generations.

Amid Opioid Crisis, How Drug Industry Defeated DEA

In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation's streets, the Washington Post and “Sixty Minutes” report. The opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. A few members of Congress, allied with major drug distributors, prevailed on the the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. The DEA had opposed the effort for years.

Amid push for ethnic studies classes in high school, Obama Elementary starts them in kindergarten

Sarah Brandt

At Barack & Michelle Obama Elementary School in St. Paul, something about the daily, elective-style courses called “enrichment classes” wasn't working. Students were leaving their classrooms, being sent out, or, as one teacher, Chris Pierce, put it, “nobody was engaged.”Four years ago, Pierce said, that "totally" changed. He started teaching a new enrichment course called African-American Studies, and the attendance issues quickly went away.“It's been ridiculously amazing,” Pierce said. “We don't even have to focus on keeping scholars in the room anymore.

Amid questions and confusion, DPS axes advanced kindergarten program in bid for greater equity

Denver Public Schools is eliminating the kindergarten program it offers advanced students because of declining enrollment in the program and because it serves disproportionate numbers of white and higher-income students. The end of the advanced kindergarten program at seven schools is part of the district's ongoing efforts to address racial and socioeconomic segregation at schools and within programs. In recent years, district officials have made changes meant to include more students of color in programs for highly gifted students and International Baccalaureate tracks, and in June, the district launched a citywide committee charged with finding ways to better integrate district schools. District officials said the elimination of advanced kindergarten not only ties in to their efforts to achieve equity among students but will also free up money to train kindergarten teachers on strategies for serving advanced learners. The move left some parents confused. “This all sounds so nuts,” one commenter said in a Facebook thread after DPS announced the end of advanced kindergarten on its website last week.

Amid staff exodus at health agency, some say chief has political agenda

Under Charles Smith, the longtime ally of Gov. Greg Abbott picked to lead the state's Health and Human Services Commission, Texas' government health care infrastructure is hemorrhaging veteran employees and facing criticism for its response to the humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricane Harvey. Dozens of experienced senior staff members have left the agency since Smith took over last year. Current and former employees attribute the exodus to widespread dissatisfaction with the executive commissioner, who they say lacks technical knowledge of the agency and pushes a political agenda backed by the governor. Interviews with 11 current and former long-serving health commission staff, ranging from senior executives to mid-level managers, paint a picture of a state agency in disarray, with veteran staff clashing regularly with Smith and his supporters in the governor's office. The internal conflict has spurred a wave of resignations, leaving the agency with a void of talent that critics say is hampering the state's ability to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Amid Upscaling, Seniors Gain Foothold

A long-vacant lot in a quickly developing part at the juncture of the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods may become the new home of senior citizens who now live at Edith Johnson Towers, under a plan that departs from New Haven's market-rate housing trend.

An Exhibit on Japanese Internment Shows How Far We Haven’t Come

The Alphawood Gallery in Chicago has partnered with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) to produce the exhibition, Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties. The exhibition includes photographs of the internment camps taken by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others, video interviews with survivors and their families, and objects such as ID cards, suitcases and camp newsletters. In These Times spoke with Ryan Masaaki Yokota, legacy center manager for JASC and a member of the exhibit's curatorial board. Yokota's great-grandfather was among the 120,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents held in the camps. Tell us about your connection to the exhibit.

An unlikely postscript to two expensive, bitter campaigns

The oversized black SUV glided to a stop Friday outside Express Kitchens, a cabinet maker off I-91 in Hartford's industrial North Meadows. Out popped Linda McMahon. Waiting was a smiling Richard Blumenthal, a man she branded a liar in a $50 million campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010. “Nice to see you!” McMahon said. “Where is Sen. Murphy?” That would be Chris Murphy, the man McMahon opposed in a second Senate race two years later, also at a cost of $50 million.

Analysis | State v. federal wildlife authority #backinthenews

A year ago, WyoFile published a story examining the question “Who owns wildlife,” which sought to define conflicting views regarding federal and state authorities. The 12-page piece, which ran some 2,600 words, quoted state policy advisors, Game and Fish Commission members, conservationists, and researchers and cited a variety of legal documents and opinions. The subtitle, “federal authority a sleeper,” underscored the popular misconception that state management is supreme. In fact laws and court decisions give the federal government much more authority than most people, including federal employees, credit it with. In short, constitutional clauses, laws, court opinions and regulations give the federal government the power to exercise authority over wildlife in many instances.

Analysis: A Political Bargain That’s Working Out for Social Conservatives

When Don Willett and Jim Ho are confirmed to sit on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals they'll be taking positions they will probably hold long after Trump himself leaves Washington, D.C.
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Analysis: A political bargain that’s working out for social conservatives

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Here are a couple of important statistics: Don Willett is 51 and Jim Ho is 44. If and when they are confirmed to sit on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — the two Texans were appointed by President Donald Trump on Thursday — they'll be taking positions they will probably hold long after Trump himself leaves Washington, D.C.
This is the part of the Trump phenomenon that attracted otherwise very conservative Republicans who probably wouldn't sit next to the president at a movie: They're getting judges — young judges, by the looks of things — that they certainly wouldn't be getting had Hillary Clinton won the election. On stage with fellow U.S. Sen. John Cornyn last month at The Texas Tribune Festival, Ted Cruz pointed at the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court when asked for examples of the president's accomplishments. This is in the same ballpark.

Analysis: A storm brings distinct changes in the political winds

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Politics can change as fast as the weather. Hurricane Harvey proved it. The breadth of the storm's effect was evident at this past weekend's Texas Tribune Festival — three days of on- and off-stage conversations about politics, policy and government. The plans for the gathering were in place well before the storm, but Harvey leaked into almost every subject under discussion.

Analysis: A Storm Brings Distinct Changes in the Political Winds

The physical damage from Hurricane Harvey is easy to spot, but the storm also seeped into every corner of government policy and politics. The post Analysis: A Storm Brings Distinct Changes in the Political Winds appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: Bathrooms, business and ballots

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Joe Straus wants a committee to look at the state's economic competitiveness, to make sure the state government doesn't spoil a high-functioning business environment. That might be a good government idea. It's a great political idea. The House speaker's timing is adroit.

Analysis: Bathrooms, Business, and Ballots

House Speaker Joe Straus fast-track House committee is looking at "economic competitiveness." That could reframe the bathroom issue for 2018's elections. The post Analysis: Bathrooms, Business, and Ballots appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: Energy and authoritarianism.

Could declining world energy result in a turn toward authoritarianism by governments around the world? As we will see, there is no simple answer that applies to all countries.

Analysis: How do they cheat thee? Count the ways

Texas isn't the most unfairly redistricted state — if you use the measure cited by lawyers arguing this week before the U.S. Supreme Court — but the maps we use to elect people to Congress and the Texas Legislature are rigged in favor of the Republican majority. When the Democrats were in charge, they were rigged in favor of that majority. This isn't news, really: Americans started cheating at political maps as soon as they started using political maps. Where there is an argument, you'll find lawyers, and grinding litigation over redistricting is common here and all over the country. The Texas maps still being argued in federal court started their legal path in the 2011 Legislature.

Analysis: How Do They Cheat Thee? Count The Ways

Legislative majorities often cheat when they're drawing political maps, but a case argued this week in the U.S. Supreme Court could put new limits on lawmaker decisions on who represents whom. The post Analysis: How Do They Cheat Thee? Count The Ways appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: In the Texas House, winning eclipses party

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Voting as a Republican bloc is not a new idea in the Texas House of Representatives. The problem is that there's no way to enforce it. A bloc doesn't work unless everyone sticks together, and House Republicans have been known to ditch their own caucus. GOP lawmakers have a rolling discussion underway about how to conduct the next election for speaker of the House.

Analysis: In the Texas House, Winning Eclipses Party

Voting as a partisan bloc might let a majority party pick the next Texas Speaker of the House, but something like it has been tried before. It didn't work. The post Analysis: In the Texas House, Winning Eclipses Party appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: It was a “taking,” but who got taken?

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Thousands of homes that flooded after Hurricane Harvey were built in two huge dry reservoirs — places built to fill up with water during extraordinarily heavy rains to protect downstream areas including much of metropolitan Houston. They were in a spot that had not flooded before, but the maps and the dams and the watershed all point to the inescapable fact that enough water — and Harvey brought enough — would fill the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. It's all spelled out in an astonishing story from Neena Satija, Kiah Collier and Al Shaw for The Texas Tribune, Reveal and ProPublica. Crazy, right?

Analysis: It’s an honor, but don’t quit your day job

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is going to run for re-election in 2018, even though he has been appointed to a federal judgeship. That federal job won't be his until the U.S. Senate says it's his. Until then, the Texas job is the only one he has. Everybody's gotta eat.

Analysis: The line for money at the Texas Capitol just got longer

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Legislative sessions are almost always about the money — how much is available, and who is going to get it. The next session of the Texas Legislature will have the usual suspects in line —school finance, border security, pensions, etc. — but a new entry will be at the front of the line. His name is Harvey.

Analysis: The shrinking marketplace for ideas

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. American colleges are turning into cable television news channels: pure of ideology, quick to take offense, loath to hear another side and swaddled in a narrow reading of the First Amendment that suppresses challenging and sometimes uncomfortable speech. A college or university where you can't hear a controversial idea from a controversial speaker isn't really offering much in the way of higher education. Preventing speech isn't the same as disagreeing with it; allowing speech doesn't equate to approval of what's being said. In the latest free-speech skirmish — a Texas school just happened to be the site this time — state Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, was squeezed out of a Federalist Society talk at Texas Southern University.

Analysis: The spectacle isn’t the important part

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The public square is starting to look like a daycare center before nap time. Everybody's trigger is set to sensitive. We are locked and loaded, ready and eager to take offense. It has derailed our ability to argue.

Analysis: When Texans aren’t engaged, Texans don’t vote

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Texas is about to have one of its periodic and deeply disappointing tests of civic engagement — a November election built around constitutional amendments and not around warring political personalities. Conflict and advertising and the tons of news coverage generated by candidates and campaigns drive turnout. It's easy to chart: More Texans vote in presidential years than in gubernatorial years, partly because of the relative power of those offices but also because of the overwhelming focus on national campaigns. In last year's presidential election, more than 8.9 million Texans voted.

Analysis: Where does criminal justice reform go from here?

Over the last two weeks, WyoFile told the story of the downfall of a single bill from the 2017 session of the Wyoming Legislature — House Bill 94: criminal justice reform. At the session's onset, the bill was hailed by lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee for broad stakeholder input and an inclusive drafting process that stretched back years. But over the course of January and February, reform proponents watched the bill barely survive the House after prosecutors directed a rewrite behind closed doors. Eventually, Senate President Eli Bebout delivered the coup de grace — holding the bill back from the Senate Judiciary Committee and letting it die on his desk. He was advised in part by a member of the parole board, who went against the will of his colleagues, and possibly the rules, by approaching key lawmakers with his antipathy to the bill.

Analysis: Where does criminal justice reform go from here?

Over the last two weeks, WyoFile told the story of the downfall of a single bill from the 2017 session of the Wyoming Legislature — House Bill 94: criminal justice reform. At the session's onset, the bill was hailed by lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee for broad stakeholder input and an inclusive drafting process that stretched back years. But over the course of January and February, reform proponents watched the bill barely survive the House after prosecutors directed a rewrite behind closed doors. Eventually, Senate President Eli Bebout delivered the coup de grace — holding the bill back from the Senate Judiciary Committee and letting it die on his desk. He was advised in part by a member of the parole board, who went against the will of his colleagues, and possibly the rules, by approaching key lawmakers with his antipathy to the bill.

Anderson Reconnects With Dixwell

Dixwell, Bryan Anderson was telling gangbanger-turned-street-outreach-worker WIlliam “Juneboy” Outlaw, “is an old stomping ground for me.”

Andrew Torre: A frightening new world

Editor's note: This commentary is by Andrew Torre, who gave up his life as a New York City advertising writer 20 years ago and moved to Londonderry, where he is now retired. He writes progressive political commentary, which has appeared regularly in Vermont newspapers. He is a member of the Vermont Progressive Party and the recently formed MoveOn Manchester group. There is heavy evidence that we are on the cusp of a new epoch in human societal development – our initial stage comprising human subsistence by virtue of human labor; a scarcity of the means of subsistence; and the formation of groups – tribes, nations, et al. – to appropriate those means, usually at the expense of other groups.

Andrew Torre: Taking a knee

Editor's note: This commentary is by Andrew Torre, who gave up his life as a New York City advertising writer 20 years ago and moved to Londonderry, where he is now retired. He writes progressive political commentary, which has appeared regularly in Vermont newspapers. He is a member of the Vermont Progressive Party and the recently formed MoveOn Manchester group. When, in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in baseball's major leagues, he took a vicious verbal and emotional beating from the throng of white racists playing the game – some of them on his own Brooklyn Dodgers team. He, through remarkable restraint, survived it and played consistently at his Hall of Fame level.

Animal Law Society at Vermont Law School named Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year

News Release — Vermont Law School
Oct. 17, 2017
Contact:
Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593, mapelquist@vermontlaw.edu
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Oct. 17, 2017––The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) recently named the Animal Law Society at Vermont Law School a 2017 Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter of the Year. ALDF selected the VLS student group, which tied for the award with a chapter at the University of Otago in New Zealand, from among 195 chapters in the United States and 24 chapters around the world. VLS students accepted their award during the annual Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Convention and Animal Law Conference Oct.

Announcing News Match 2017: Help us raise $28K!

The Colorado Independent is thrilled to announce our participation in the News Match 2017 fundraising campaign. This is your chance to double your donation to our newsroom! Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have partnered to offer a $3 million matching fund to more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms across the country. That means that $28,000 is on the table, earmarked just for us — but we need your help to get it. Individual donations up to $1,000 will be matched one-to-one.

Another day of negotiations yields optimism, but no deal

The state's long-running budget drama took a new twist Tuesday as some legislative leaders hinted they were closer than ever before to a bipartisan deal, absent any input from the Democratic administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, conceded that any bargain likely would include measures Malloy already has vetoed and labeled as gimmicks.

Another Madagascar environmental activist imprisoned

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — In Madagascar, speaking out against corporate wrongdoing or government corruption can be dangerous business. So it took some courage for Raleva, a 61-year-old farmer, to stand up and ask questions at a meeting in his village in southeast Madagascar on September 27. A Chinese-Malagasy company, previously expelled from the area, had come to announce that it would resume its gold-mining work. Company representatives had brought with them the “chef de district,” a powerful local official. The conflict began in August 2016, when the mining company, managed by (and named after) Gianna Mac Lai Sima, a Malagasy woman of Asian descent who lives in the nearby city of Mananjary, came to mine the area.

Another troubling piece of the U’s history: rejecting fair-housing protections for a South Minneapolis neighborhood in the 1950s

Iric Nathanson

The University of Minnesota has joined a growing list of schools and colleges that are confronting their history of institutional racism. At the U of M, that history is now on display (through Nov. 30) at an exhibit at the Andersen Library entitled “A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-41.” As a follow-up to the exhibit, the university has established an advisory committee that will dig deeper into the school's record of racism and prejudice.That record includes a troubling incident involving a pleasant South Minneapolis neighborhood whose curving streets are named for university presidents. The neighborhood, now known as the Luella Anderson Addition, was developed on a 38-acre plot of land that the university received as a donation from a wealthy civic leader, William Henry Eustis, in the 1920s. Thirty years later, in the late 1950s, the university decided to sell the undeveloped Eustis site to a suburban homebuilder, Marvin H. Anderson, for $551,500.

Another UMD coach leaves position

A resignation that makes you say hmmmm: Annette Wiles, the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's basketball coach, resigned Monday and is the third female head coach to leave the university this year. Matt Wellens of the News Tribune reports that she was with the Bulldogs for seven seasons, taking UMD to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2010 and 2012, and finishing with a 109-86 record. She follows Shannon Miller, the former women's hockey coach, and Jen Banford, who served as women's hockey director of operations and head softball coach. Wiles cites an unhealthy work environment at the university. Miller and Banford have filed a complaint against the university with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and Wiles is expected to join them.The folks in Austin are taking a deserved victory lap after former TV and radio news director, Riverland Community College instructor and former mayor John O'Rourke has been named to the Minnesota broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Another week, another disaster, another controversy, no budget

Another week, another disaster – this time in California where wildfires have killed scores of people and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes. In Connecticut, life's challenges were more subtle, but equally real.

ANR chief wants to slow lake cleanup spending

Lake Champlain algae bloom
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Anthem, Hartford HealthCare fail to agree, boosting out-of-pocket costs

Hartford HealthCare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield failed to renew their contract this weekend, meaning that many Connecticut residents will face higher out-of-pocket costs for the health network's services. The two sides are continuing to talk.

Anthony Pollina: Right to strike is fundamental

Editor's note: This commentary is by state Sen. Anthony Pollina, P-Washington, of Middlesex, who is the chair of the Vermont Progressive Party. In response to the Burlington teachers strike some lawmakers have introduced legislation to take away their right to strike. We must oppose this misguided, knee-jerk proposal. Why? The strike itself proved to be the fastest path to an agreement.

Anti-Immigrant Resentment: A Threat to Our Justice System?

The presumption of innocence is among the sacred precepts encoded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.”
It's also a cardinal principle of U.S. justice. Yet with a tide of anti-immigrant resentment sweeping across the U.S., political grandstanding and, even worse, outright racism pose serious threats to the values enshrined in our system. Take, for instance, the political career of Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.). As I document in my book, Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Barletta first rose to political prominence in 2006 when, as mayor of Hazleton, Pa., he spearheaded the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA), a first-of-its-kind local law designed to, in his words, “eliminate illegal aliens from the city of Hazleton.”
The impetus for Hazleton's IIRA was the May, 2006 murder of Derek Kichline, a 29-year-old white Hazleton resident. Prosecutors initially charged two undocumented men from the Dominican Republic—Pedro Cabrera and Juan Romero—with the homicide.

Anti-Violence Strategies Boost Confidence in Cops: Study

Gun violence declined significantly in two New York City neighborhoods where community-based “interruptors” are deployed, and the confidence of at-risk young men in police also increased, according to a study released Monday. The study, “Denormalizing Violence,” looked at data from two troubled neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn where the city had been implementing a strategy called “Cure Violence,” aimed at identifying and engaging persons believed most likely to be involved in gun violence. Comparing results with similar troubled neighborhoods where the program had not been introduced, researchers found that gun injuries fell 50 per cent in one area (East New York) from 44 to 22, between 2014 and 2016; and dropped from 35 to 13 in the second neighborhood in the South Bronx over the same period. In both neighborhoods, researchers also found that confidence in police increased by 22% over the same period, measured by responses to questions on whether individuals could “count on police” to help when violence broke out, and whether they would call police if they saw someone beaten or shot. In neighborhoods where the city anti-violence programs had not been introduced, confidence went up 10% in response to the first question, and 14% in response to the second.

Anti-wind group demands documents from legislative panel

Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger
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Anticipated increase in ICE detainees puts Vermont out of state inmates in limbo

The Vermont Department of Corrections is having difficulty finding a new location for out of state prisoners because of an anticipated influx of immigrant detainees. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is looking to lease beds in locations across the country, Vermont officials say. State prison commissioner Lisa Menard told the Senate Appropriations Committee this week that federal demand for prison beds is impacting the search for a new placement for Vermont prisoners held out of state. Lisa Menard, commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
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Antigraft agency charges district chief over permits to mine nickel in Indonesia

A district chief from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was named a corruption suspect this week over “unlawful” nickel mining licenses he issued to eight companies. Aswad Sulaiman, the former head, or bupati, of North Konawe district, South Sulawesi province, is the second district chief to be named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in as many weeks, as the Indonesian agency continues its push into the natural resources sector. Last week, Rita Widyasari, a bupati from the Indonesian part of Borneo, was named a corruption suspect over a license she issued to an oil palm plantation company. Both arrests mark a departure from the KPK's usual format for catching corrupters, which is by arresting them red-handed in the act of taking a bribe. Still, the agency accused Aswad of trading the permits for bribes worth 13 billion rupiah ($964,000).

Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children: Discussing treatment, parenting and more.

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. That's according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. “Anxiety is ubiquitous but an anxiety disorder is not,” said Dr. Barbara Milrod, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Milrod joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh on Thursday along with Lenita Newberg, director of the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the St.

Anzar football to host first game, car wash fundraiser

Hawks play Crystal Springs on Thursday night, set to fundraise Friday afternoon.

APAL Climate  Action Team approaches San Juan Bautista on clean energy efforts

The committee will be making a recommendation to move forward with the project at the next city council meeting.

Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

By Dan ChristensenFloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court has been asked to overturn a Miami district court judge and order a Freedom of Information Act trial to determine whether the FBI made a proper search for records about its secretive 9/11 Review Commission. The post Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public? appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

Appeals court allows more of Texas “sanctuary cities” law to go into effect

A three-judge panel of appellate judges on Monday ruled that parts of the state's immigration-enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can go into effect while the case plays out on appeal. Last month, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halted the part of the bill that required jail officials to honor all detainers. He also blocked other sections that prohibit local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that 'materially limits' the enforcement of immigration laws” and another that prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary. While a hearing on the state's appeal of that ruling is scheduled for November 6, the panel of U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Monday that the detainer provision can stand for now. They panel ruled however, that based on its interpretation of the law, the part that requires local jails to “comply with, honor and fulfill” detainers does not require detention based on every detainer issued.

Appeals Court Tosses Corruption Case of NY’s Skelos

A federal appeals court threw out the 2015 public-corruption conviction of former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, but prosecutors said they would retry the case, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes after Sheldon Silver, the former Democratic New York state Assembly Speaker, had his corruption conviction vacated in July. Prosecutors vowed to retry that case, too. In both instances, an appeals court cited the Supreme Court ruling that voided the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had accepted loans and gifts from a businessman. Prosecutors argued McDonnell performed official acts, including arranging meetings and contacting government officials.

Appeals court: Government can temporarily keep immigrant girl from obtaining abortion

A 17-year-old immigrant who is being held in a federal shelter won't be immediately released to obtain an abortion, following a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court. Instead, officials with the Office of Refugee Resettlement have until October 31 to place her with a family member or another sponsor, at which point she would be free to get an abortion without further permission from the federal government. If the girl identified only as Jane Doe in the case is still in federal custody after that deadline, judges said she could come back to court and ask again to be released to visit a clinic. Friday's ruling sidesteps the question of whether the Trump administration has violated the girl's constitutional rights by preventing her from leaving the shelter to end her pregnancy. It was the first test of a new policy, quietly instituted in March by the Trump administration's top refugee official, Scott Lloyd, against allowing girls in the agency's custody to get abortions.

Appellate judges show concern over Harris County bail practices, court ruling

NEW ORLEANS — A panel of three federal appellate judges seemed concerned Tuesday morning with Harris County's bail practices concerning poor misdemeanor defendants, but they also questioned a lower judge's ruling that changed the county's system. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans held an hour-long hearing on the pretrial system of Texas' most populous county, where arrestees who can't afford their bail bonds regularly sit in jail — often until their cases are resolved days or weeks later — while similar defendants who have cash are released. Harris County is fighting an April ruling in which U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal called the county's bail practices unconstitutional and ordered the release of almost all misdemeanor defendants from jail within 24 hours of arrest, regardless of their ability to pay their bail amount. Charles Cooper, the attorney representing Harris County judges, spent most of his time in front of the judges arguing that the federal courts weren't the right arena for the current bail fight. He said inmates requesting release from jail need to go through state courts first.

Appellate Review: A Contradiction in Terms

It's always good news when an innocent person is exonerated. But how many wrongful convictions that come to light would have been reversed years earlier if appellate courts had done their job? The public hears about miscarriages of justice caused by lying witnesses, prosecutors hiding evidence favorable to the accused, forensic expert testimony based on hooey. But few people besides appellate lawyers and their clients know that there's another leading cause: a system of appellate review that is often so biased and perfunctory that it might as well be called “appellate rubber-stamp.”
For example, Yusuf Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, was convicted based on his confession in the highly publicized case of the 1989 assault and rape of a jogger. All five were exonerated decades later when the real perpetrator came forward.

Applauding the Nobel committee — while remaining skeptical that nukes can ever be abolished

Eric Black

I take the award of Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons — for their work advocating the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — as a strong statement by the Nobel committee against the prospect of nuclear war or any future use of nuclear weapons.By some miracle, or collective act of wisdom, no nukes have been used since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the last days of World War II.Of course, as a statement against nuclear proliferation and a statement that nukes must never be used to commit mass murder, the Nobel Committee's decision is laudable.I hope our current president, who wondered aloud during the campaign what was the point of having nuclear weapons if you can never use them (although he added that he would be “the last person that wants to play the nuclear card”) takes the hint. But, of course, I am skeptical that nuclear weapons can truly be abolished. Since Nagasaki, the list of nations possessing nuclear weapons capability has grown to nine. So I wanted to pass along a statement put out this morning by University of Minnesota political scientist Mark Bell, who specializes in international relations and specifically on nuclear proliferation, and who added some far more expert skepticism.“It remains to be seen whether the nuclear ban treaty will actually advance the cause of nuclear disarmament. None of the states possessing nuclear weapons or relying on the American nuclear umbrella have signed on to the treaty, and most nuclear weapons states are in the process of modernizing their nuclear arsenals.

Arab Film Festival to begin; Jacqueline Woodson at ‘Talking Volumes’

Pamela Espeland

Many people get their first and sometimes only glimpses of foreign countries and cultures through film. Watching images flicker on screens and reading subtitles while hearing the sounds of other languages can take us places we've never been, broaden our view of the world and let us know that people are people, no matter where they happen to live. They have families and jobs, joys and sorrows, good days and bad days. Just like us.In our current political and social climate, when Arabs, Muslims and immigrants are vilified, hate crimes are on the rise, and the latest round of travel bans will prevent most citizens of seven nations from entering the U.S. indefinitely, the Mizna Arab Film Festival is more necessary than ever. Now in its 12th edition, the festival will take us into the lives, homes and stories of people in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

Archdiocese Announces $60M Capital Campaign to Extend Spiritual Reach

Funds will be directed to renovating Catholic schools, establishing 10 new parishes, and building a pilgrimage center behind Mission Concepción. The post Archdiocese Announces $60M Capital Campaign to Extend Spiritual Reach appeared first on Rivard Report.

Archer Mayor in Burlington Oct. 12 for book talk and signing

News Release — Phoenix Books
Sept. 21, 2017
Contact:
Kristen Eaton
Phoenix Books
802.872.7111 (p)
802.872.7112 (f)kristen@phoenixbooks.bizwww.phoenixbooks.biz
Burlington, Vermont – September 21, 2017: Phoenix Books Burlington will host Archer Mayor for a book talk and signing on Thursday, October 12th at 7pm. In Trace, the 28th Joe Gunther mystery novel, Gunther and the VBI are pulled into three different critical cases at the same time, each equally important, each potentially deadly. About Trace: The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been brought into three new cases, taxing their resources and manpower; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother. Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators.

Are Schools Doing Enough to Prevent Concussions?

An ongoing series that explores how Oklahoma's severe human-needs issues affect the lives of children. At least nine student athletes in Putnam City Public Schools suffered a concussion playing sports last school year. More than a dozen sustained one in Norman Public Schools. In Tulsa Public Schools, 38 students suffered a concussion in the 2016-2017 school year, with the district reporting 13 more in the first six weeks of this year. Across the state, hundreds, if not thousands, of student athletes each year sustain a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head that shakes the brain inside the skull.

Are You Ready for Anything?

Disaster prep course has timely addition: active shootersAre You Ready for Anything? was first posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:12 am.

Argentina budget cuts hamper student access to sex education

Joaquín Baumann, a 16-year-old high school student in Buenos Aires, Argentina, says schools should provide sex education for every student. (Lucila Pellettieri, GPJ Argentina)
By Lucila Pellettieri, Senior Reporter
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — At 9 a.m., students in a public school classroom in this capital city bustle like ants on a hill. Then, volunteers show the teenagers drawings of reproductive organs and photos of contraceptive methods. One boy speaks up: “I'm ashamed to buy condoms,” he says. School administrators say such discussions are so important that they've worked to make sure they happen, even as federal funding for sex education is pulled.

Arizona Department of Education releases school letter grade records

After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Arizona Department of Education has reversed course and released the school letter grades to media outlets who sought them.

Arizona Prisons Grapple with Upsurge in Inmate ‘Self-Harm’

Hundreds of people in Arizona prisons are hurting themselves and trying to take their own lives. New data from the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) show inmates are harming themselves at an alarmingly increasing rate. Numbers collected by ADC show a dramatic uptick in self-harm among inmates in the past year. Total incidents increased by almost 70 percent. In fiscal year 2017, more than 80 inmates tried to hang themselves, and 138 tried to overdose on illegal drugs.

Armed drug scout sentenced to 8 years in prison

A Mexican man was sentenced to more than 8 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge in Tucson, after he admitted he was working as armed lookout for drug smugglers.

Armory Art Ranges From Cow Skulls To Sacred Cows

The bystander stood admiring one of the creations of artist Marcus Schaeffer, aka Markus Surrealius — an insect-like creature the height of a small child with bulging eyes and a long proboscis.“Is it a bee?”“The body is a cow skull,” Schaeffer said. “This one's called LB17. It's its own thing.”

Aromas citizens grapple with drivers speeding through town.

Aromas citizens speak out about the harrowing experiences they have had on the streets they share with speeding vehicles. They want something done.

Arrest Made In Elm St. Shooting Stand-Off

A 51-year-old man accused of shooting his wife and two cops before a SWAT team shot and arrested him left the hospital Friday—and went straight to the police station and court.

Arrest shows link between opioid crisis and adult care homes

Buncombe County's arrest of medical technician at Candler adult care home points to pathway for prescription drugs to black market. The post Arrest shows link between opioid crisis and adult care homes appeared first on Carolina Public Press.

Arrested Cop’s Fate In Limbo

New Haven police are waiting to see what happens in court before deciding the fate of an officer arrested for shoplifting.

Art at the Limits: City Gallery of New York

As part of our Art at the Limits focus on the intersection of art and policy in New York City, we've invited readers to share their art with us—photos, other visual art, music, drama and more. We aren't collecting arts listings here. (Those can be submitted to our Events calendar.) We want to see and show the art itself. If you've something to share, upload it here. Once a week, we'll be choosing our favorite city art and story submission and sending the winner a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Art Shanty offers memberships; ‘How to Use a Knife’ at Mixed Blood

Pamela Espeland

Art Shanty Projects is trying something new: a membership program. A Kickstarter launched last Friday with a goal of raising $15,000. Rewards range from your name on the On-Ice print program to member events, an On-Ice Sneak Peek and your name on a shanty you sponsor. The aim of the program is to keep Art Shanty Projects free for visitors and to fairly compensate artists for their work designing, building and programing their shanties.Historically, Art Shanty Projects, like many arts organizations, has relied on grants.“We need to diversify our income stream so we can continue to support the artists with competitive wages,” community outreach director Tom Loftus said in a statement. Plus grants have become less predictable.

ARTI-Culture invites Zombies to local event

Zombie Crawl expected to occur in downtown Hollister

Arts and crafts and dharma: meet Minnesota’s only Buddhist youth group

Jim Walsh

Gotta start 'em young.Tucked off University Avenue in an otherwise nondescript industrial neighborhood of Blaine, the modest grounds of the Thiên Ân Buddhist temple come resplendent in various-sized Buddha statues and altars, springing forth from the suburban concrete like ancient miracles of wisdom, decorated as they are with flowers, photos, holy cards, stones, and other offerings. On a recent Saturday afternoon inside the two-story temple, the 50 members of GDPT Thiên Ân, Minnesota's only youth Buddhist group, sat perfectly still with legs and hands folded in the lotus position.Ding, someone rang a bell.“Close your eyes,” said one of the Buddhist youth group leaders to the eight rows of boys and girls, who were clad in their Saturday school uniforms of gray shirts and blue pants. “Take a deep breath in, take a deep breath out. Just focus on your breathing. Now, sit.”One little girl ignored the instructor and insisted on staring straight into the eyes of a visitor and giving him the heart sign with her fingers, holding it proudly and showing it like a beacon, a direct shot of universal love.

Arts Council launch party will celebrate new second space in Hollister

The San Benito County Arts Council invites the community to join in the celebration of a new ARTspace Annex at 217 Fifth Street in Downtown Hollister.

As 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination nears, Memphis students reenact a famous scene from 1968

Students in Memphis are learning about civil rights history through powerful black-and-white images taken by one of the city's most famous photographers — and by reenacting one of its most iconic moments. The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery is among the stops of school groups studying their city's history this school year in conjunction with MLK50. The yearlong remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will end on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination next April 4. The Beale Street gallery showcases the work of the late Ernest C. Withers, a freelance photographer whose images captured the segregated South, the civil rights movement and the Beale Street music scene, among other things. The gallery's “Pictures Tell the Story Campaign” allows students to re-enact Withers' 1968 photograph of striking sanitation workers holding “I am a Man” placards during the last march led by King before his death.

As CPS irons out school budgets, charters will also get more cash

CPS is increasing the per-pupil funding provided to charter schools for this year in order to “equalize” funding between them and traditional schools. Charter school operators say that even with the slight increase, some of them are down so many students that they have had to shift spending around to create a balanced budget. CPS will spend an additional $7.8 million on charter schools, but spokesman Bill McCaffrey says he is not sure how much more per-pupil that amounts to. The decision is in response to the late September announcement that CPS would not cut traditional school budgets even if they had less than the projected number of students. Under student-based budgeting, schools get a stipend for each student, but ever since implementing the new strategy two years ago, officials have declined to take money away from schools that enroll fewer students than expected.

As economy improves, so does Michigan tourism

From state park campsite reservations to national park visits, from Mackinac Bridge crossings to hotel stays, tourists are driving a solid Michigan summer for the tourism industry, data show.

As energy transactions become more complex, Chicago firm seeks to simplify

A Chicago-area startup is garnering the attention of major industry players with a cloud-based platform for settling energy trades in the decentralized, digital 21st century. Aquilon Energy Services, based in Lisle, Illinois, has developed an Energy Settlement Network that leverages the power of web-based communication technology and big-data analytics to make it easier for energy companies and other firms to trade commodities like power, oil and natural gas. The need for this kind of service is growing. With the rise of renewable power and smart-grid technologies, the power grid itself is resembling more and more a vast, complex network of smaller and more distributed energy producers and consumers. As the number of stakeholders increases – and as the various flows of physical energy become more dynamic – there is demand for robust mechanisms that track, analyze and confirm the exchange of energy.

As HB 1523 goes into effect, a look back at how the ‘religious freedom’ law came to be

AP Photo by Jeff AmyApproximately 300 people march in front of the Governor's Mansion protesting the Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples and transgender people. In April 2016, Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, also known as the religious objections law. A flurry of lawsuits followed, and that June, a federal court struck down the law moments before it was set to take effect with a blistering verdict that drew parallels between the law and Jim Crow legislation. Bryant appealed the decision that summer, and one year later, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the controversial law, saying plaintiffs had yet to prove that it had harmed anyone. Plaintiffs quickly requested a new hearing before a full panel of judges.

As Hep A Bills Pile Up, City Looks to County for Help

It turns out battling a public health crisis doesn't come cheap – and officials in budget-strapped San Diego think the county should help with its bills. County officials, on the other hand, aren't eager to chip in. The county reports it's spent nearly $3 million on its hepatitis A response since declaring the outbreak in March, bankrolling public nurses' visits to homeless camps and tens of thousands of vaccines. The City Council on Monday voted to approve up to $2.2 million in payouts to contractors power-washing city sidewalks and standing guard outside newly installed public restrooms downtown. City and county leaders expect the bills to continue to pile up.

As long lines persist, state winds down food assistance program for Harvey victims

Friday was the last day for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston to apply for disaster food stamps, and the lines that have grown throughout the week got longer as people tried to sign up for aid to buy groceries. Long lines snaked around the two Houston locations that were still providing assistance after a three-day extension was granted. On Wednesday, as thousands waited in line at Houston's Deussen Park in the heat, firefighters treated several people who overheated, and an elderly man died from cardiac arrest as he approached the line. A representative from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission told KHOU on Wednesday that they expected the surge of applicants, but did not expect the confusion that came with it. “Our staff worked tirelessly and with a lot of heart [to] make sure we helped as many people as possible,” agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in an email Friday.

As longtime UNT chancellor departs, inaction on student debt is his lingering worry

Lee Jackson plans to do a lot more than just clean out his desk and say his goodbyes during his last full workday Friday as chancellor of the University of North Texas System. He's got a meeting at 7:30 a.m., a charity fundraising luncheon at noon and a visit to University of North Texas at Dallas scheduled for the afternoon. "I told people a long time ago that I was going to work until 5 o'clock because that's consistent with my life," he said. The chancellor of 15 years, the longest tenure in Texas, had a lot to say during a Tuesday interview about how he plans to stay engaged until the end — and beyond. For example, when asked how these last few months have been, knowing that his time as chancellor is coming to an end, his 20-minute-long answer touched on his thoughts on his career, politics and the cost of attending college.

As Nashville heads to court over sharing student information with the state, here’s why Memphis probably won’t

Tennessee's two largest school districts are often in lockstep on key issues. But in a recent tiff with the state about sharing student information with charter schools, the two districts are poised to part ways. Leaders of Nashville's school district have repeatedly defied an order from Tennessee's education commissioner to share student addresses, phone numbers, and other information with the state's controversial turnaround district, as required by a new state law. The state filed a lawsuit this week in response. Meanwhile, leaders of the Memphis district have spoken out about the rule — but are preparing to comply.

As number of homicide victims continues rising in St. Louis, aldermen honor young girl who lived

Nearly 160 people have been killed in St. Louis this year, putting the city on pace for almost 200 homicides for the third year in a row. Deniya Irving, 7, was almost among them. She was shot in the head in June, an incident that left her parents and another man dead. She was not expected to survive, but can now walk with a cane and speak a few words at a time.

As protests sparked by the Stockley verdict continue, Ferguson police make arrests

Ferguson police arrested a handful of protesters late Friday during a demonstration in front of the city's Police Department. The arrests, made about 45 minutes into a demonstration billed as a “liberation party,” came after a Ferguson officer used a bullhorn to warn that protesters who were blocking traffic on the street were in violation of a city ordinance. After the officer had given three warnings, two city police vehicles moved slowly down South Florissant Road with sirens blaring at about 8:40 p.m. As they stopped near the crowd, other officers rushed to the street. Protesters said officers took five people into custody.

Ask a Candidate: Quizzing de Blasio on Homelessness

Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office.Mayor de Blasio

What do you want to know about a mayoral candidate's ideas, a Council hopeful's background or the campaign contributions that someone running for borough president has received? Send us your question and we'll do our best to get you an answer, then post the results below.* * * *
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Why do you think the homeless crisis has exploded since you took office? And what will you do to reverse this trend? What do you think the underlying causes of this problem are? Mayor de Blasio answers:
New York City is experiencing a new kind of homelessness that is driven by years of wages not keeping up with the cost of housing in our city, decades of changes in our economy, and past choices made in New York City, Albany and Washington.

Ask a Candidate: What’s Your Take on the Con Con?

Matt Wade photography
City Limits asked the following question from redbike9 to all public advocate candidates:
What's your position on the question that will be on the November 2017 ballot concerning a New York State Constitutional Convention? Only Devin Balkind, the libertarian candidate for public advocate, answered directly: “I support the New York State Constitutional Convention.”
However, both Republican J.C. Polanco (he supports it) and incumbent Democrat Letitia James (she opposes it) provided answers at Monday night's debate. For more on the debate over a constitutional convention, read this. To ask your own question to a candidate, submit it below:

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Send us a question. We will get the most popular or intriguing ones answered.

Asphalt Green Installs New Eco-Friendly Filters in Olympic-Size Pool, With Support From City Council Member Ben Kallos

Councilmember Ben Kallos and some of the young swimmers who'll benefit. (New York, N.Y.) – New York City sports and fitness nonprofit Asphalt Green reopened its Upper East Side Olympic-size swimming pool earlier this month, after a three-week shutdown to install new pool filters for the first time since it opened in 1993. The eco-friendly, energy-efficient Neptune Benson Defender filters require less maintenance, and keep the water cleaner, filtering 2.6 million gallons per day. New York City Council Member Ben Kallos led the effort to secure City funding for the project, which cost $698,000. “Council Member Kallos continues to be a valued supporter of Asphalt Green's mission to help New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds live active, healthy lifestyles through sports and fitness,” said Maggy Siegel, Executive Director of Asphalt Green.

Association of Vermont Independent Colleges expands semester exchange

News Release — Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
October 16, 2017
Contact:
Susan Stitely, President
(802) 828-8826 / sstitley@vermont-icolleges.orgwww.vermont-icolleges.org
MONTPELIER, VT – When Gabriel Antonucci came to Middlebury College from Massachusetts to major in biology and environmental studies, he didn't expect to work in the fields of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at Sterling College. Antonucci was able to combine these diverse learning experiences by participating in a Semester Exchange organized by the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC). The Exchange allows students at the 14 participating private institutions to leave their home campus for a semester and experience another academic setting without paying any extra tuition. With the addition of Vermont Law School and SIT, participants can now also access graduate level courses through the Exchange. “It was great to experience two completely different school systems and environments within the state.

Association of Vermont Independent Colleges supports DACA program

News Release — Association of Vermont Independent Colleges
September 21, 2017
Contact:
Susan Stitely
802-828-8826sstitely@vermont-icolleges.org
As Congress considers what action to take regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), the 17 college and university presidents of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) add their voice in support of the DACA program:
Statement on the Revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
As presidents of Vermont institutions of higher learning, we share deep concern over the current administration's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the way it is being implemented. The decision to rescind the access to education, permission to work, and exemption from deportation for almost 800,000 undocumented students and adults who were brought to this country as infants or children threatens to disrupt the lives of students in our state and across the country who, through no fault of their own, have known no other home than the United States. DACA students make important contributions to American society. And they have contributed constructively and actively to our institutions' intellectual communities. Despite the six-month delay, the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and their families will be thrown into turmoil midway through the academic year.

Asylum System “Is Being Gamed,” Sessions Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday declared the U.S. asylum system “broken” because of what he said was fraud committed by immigrants who cross the border illegally and avoid deportation by claiming persecution at home, Politico reports. “This system is currently subject to rampant abuse and fraud. And as this system becomes overloaded with fake claims, it cannot deal effectively with just claims,” Sessions said during a visit to a Justice Department division in Virginia that oversees the immigration courts. He said “smart lawyers” manipulate the system by counseling immigrants to shape their stories in order to win initial determinations that they have a “credible fear” of being persecuted at home. “The system is being gamed.

At 2017 minimum, scientists ask: Is Arctic entering the Thin Ice Age?

The sun reflects over thin sea ice and a few floating icebergs near the Denmark Strait off of eastern Greenland, as seen from NASA's P-3B aircraft on April 14, 2012 — the record year for Arctic ice melt, so far. Photo by Jefferson Beck / NASA After 16 months of consecutive record and near-record lows in late 2016 and early 2017, sea ice extent in the Arctic held fast over the summer thanks to more moderate weather and cooler temperatures. As of September 13, sea ice covered some 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) at its minimum, roughly 1.25 million square kilometers (482,000 square miles) more than record-setting year 2012. Still, while 2017's summer melt season didn't break the record, it falls far below the 1981 to 2010 median extent by over 1.58 million square kilometers (610,000 square miles). Moreover, surface cover isn't everything when it comes to the state of the Arctic — what experts say matters most is the total volume of ice — a combination of thickness and extent, and 2017 saw summer volumes among the lowest ever recorded.

At a St. Charles gun show, enthusiasts confront the ‘bump stock’

It's been almost a week since a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in Las Vegas. The shooter used a device called a bump stock to modify his gun so that it could function as an machine gun. Politicians have unified around one thing: further regulations around the bump stock. But dealers at a gun show in St. Charles this weekend said the demand for the bump stock is up.

At Blue Star, Performance Art Mirrors Life’s Balancing Act

As a mother struggling to balance work and family, artist Courtney Kessel finally gave in. She made her 5-year-old daughter part of her artwork. The post At Blue Star, Performance Art Mirrors Life's Balancing Act appeared first on Rivard Report.

At Dallas convention, calls for GOP comity ahead of primaries

DALLAS — As the Texas GOP gears up for a potentially bruising primary season, some of its leaders came to a conference here this weekend with a message of caution: Let's not go overboard in 2018. “I know that we are about to enter into the primary season, which is not usually the time of the year where Republicans are on our best behavior,” Amy Clark, the vice chair of the Texas GOP, said Thursday morning at the biennial gathering of the Texas Federation of Republican Women. “It's incumbent upon all of us to continue to elevate the debate. People are watching us — not just Republicans, but the people in the middle who haven't made up their minds.”
The sentiment was echoed two days later by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a regular participant in intra-party debates. Referring to Clark's comments, he urged the state's Republicans to “stand together as one party,” saying they cannot afford “discord in Texas like they have in Washington.”
Clark and Patrick weren't the only speakers here who made a pitch for GOP comity in their speeches.

At Harwood: ‘Out of something sad, we’ve made something beautiful’

Five central Vermont teens died in a crash on I-89 when a wrong-way driver collided with their car Oct. 8, 2016. " data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?fit=300%2C201&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?fit=608%2C407&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?resize=608%2C407&ssl=1" alt="Harwood" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?w=608&ssl=1 608w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?resize=125%2C84&ssl=1 125w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?resize=300%2C201&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/thekids-1.jpg?resize=150%2C100&ssl=1 150w" sizes="(max-width: 608px) 100vw, 608px" data-recalc-dims="1">Five central Vermont teens died in a crash on I-89 when a wrong-way driver collided with their car Oct. 8, 2016.DUXBURY — The community that has kept five teens alive in memory for the past year now has a permanent place to honor them. A year after the five died in a crash with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 89, students and employees at Harwood Union High School dedicated a new gazebo that has been in the planning for six months.

At post-Harvey Senate hearing, a bucket list of pricey solutions

NEW CANEY — Six weeks after the biggest rain event in U.S. history inundated large swaths of southeast Texas, a group of state senators convened in this small town north of Houston to discuss how best to address flooding related to the Houston area's stressed reservoirs. In the Texas Senate's first public hearing since Hurricane Harvey, the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs talked for hours on Monday about a host of possibilities: dredging reservoirs and building new ones; better informing residents of flood risks and consolidating rainfall flood gauge data; capturing floodwater and storing it underground; and widening thousands of miles of bayous. In their testimony, officials from state and local agencies told the committee, whose members appeared keenly interested in specific price tags, that such projects would cost many billions of dollars. There appeared to be some disagreement on the panel about which solutions to prioritize — reservoir building over floodwater capture, for example. But regardless of which options the state ends up pursuing, committee members said the federal government should pick up most, if not all, of the tab.

AT&T promises public safety broadband, but speed questioned

Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, left, and Terry LaValley, chairman of the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission, testify at a Statehouse hearing on the planned FirstNet public safety broadband project. Photo by Dave Gram/VTDigger
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ATF contrast: Accused cop killer vs. low-level drug offenders

Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez refused to answer numerous questions about a 2016 "worst of the worst" operation conducted by the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. But he had plenty to say about another “worst of the worst” case that involved the ATF and Davon Lymon, who is accused of killing Albuquerque Police Department officer Daniel Webster in 2015.

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Attacked by Trump, insurers tout economic impact in CT, other states

WASHINGTON — Under attack from President Donald Trump, the nation's insurers hit back Monday with a report aimed at showing the industry's impact on the U.S. economy and the economies of every state, including Connecticut, where it said health insurers are a $1.15 billion business.

Attacks on ‘militarized conservation’ are naive (commentary)

Over the past few months, a few academics have released a tide of articles (for example here, here, and here) criticizing what they call the “militarization of conservation,” but their ideas are not grounded in reality and, if taken seriously, would only speed up the extinction of threatened wildlife. Spearheaded by Professor Rosaleen Duffy at the University of Sheffield, the argument against the militarization of conservation is based on ideological opposition to the armed defense of wildlife and protected areas, particularly in developing nations, and especially when enabled by foreign individuals and organizations. Many of those working on-the-ground in conservation – as opposed to those researching conservation – are not interested in engaging in this debate but are more concerned with continuing their day job, saving species from extinction. However, without a counterpoint, this new narrative could seep from academic journals and blogs into the public space, where it might influence the donors and policy-makers currently preserving the remnants of our cherished natural heritage. Duffy's narrative is guilty of multiple errors of generalization and sins of omission.

Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount on fraud settlement

By Dan ChristensenFloridaBulldog.org
Eighteen months ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office demanded Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower probe that cost Broward Health $69.5 million. The post Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount on fraud settlement appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial is delayed for a third time

HOUSTON — Attorney General Ken Paxton's trial has been put off for a third time. The judge in the securities fraud case against Paxton sided Wednesday with prosecutors who had been pushing for another trial delay because of a long-running dispute over their fees. The decision by Harris County District Court Judge Robert Johnson scrapped Paxton's current Dec. 11 trial date and left the new one to be determined, possibly at a Nov. 2 conference.

Audio: Indonesian rainforests for sale and bat calls of the Amazon

This episode of the Mongabay Newscast takes a look at our new investigative series, “Indonesia for Sale,” and also features a new acoustic study of Amazonian bats. We recently published the first installment of a new investigative series Mongabay is doing in collaboration with The Gecko Project. The series is called “Indonesia For Sale,” and the first article looks at the land deals — and the powerful politicians and businessmen behind them — that paved the way for the explosion of industrial agriculture Indonesia has seen in recent decades. Mongabay's Indonesia-based editor Phil Jacobson joined the Newscast in our Brooklyn-based studio to tell us all about this important reporting project — last year he appeared on the Newscast to discuss the impacts of climate change on the Mekong Delta. Then we speak with Adrià López-Baucells, a PhD student in bat ecology and conservation who has done acoustic studies of bats in the central Amazon to document the effects of Amazon forest fragmentation on bat foraging behavior.

Audio: Taking a closer look at the evidence for conservation effectiveness

We take a closer look at the evidence for the effectiveness of forest certification schemes on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast. The first installment of Mongabay's new “Conservation Effectiveness” series was published on September 21st, taking a look at the existing body of research on the effectiveness of forest certification. Zuzana Burivalova, a tropical forest ecologist at Princeton, performed the analysis of the scientific literature on certification, and Mongabay staff writer Shreya Dasgupta did the addition reporting and wrote the article. Burivalova appeared once before on the Mongabay Newscast for a Field Notes segment in which she played for us recordings of a variety of different habitat types in Indonesian Borneo. She joins us on this episode to discuss the results of her analysis of forest certification schemes.

Audio: The live Texas Tribune Festival TribCast

On this special live recording of the TribCast, Emily and Ross talk national politics and local control with New Yorker staff writer Larry Wright, Washington Post correspondent Karen Tumulty, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Dallas Sen. Don Huffines.

Audio: TribFest recap, tapping the Rainy Day Fund (podcast)

On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Evan, Ross and Patrick about the highlights from the Texas Tribune Festival (Speaker Straus! Cruz and Cornyn!) and the governor's plans for Harvey relief and the Rainy Day Fund.

Audio: UT’s first Muslim sorority hopes to inspire leadership

At first glance, Mu Delta Alpha might seem like any Greek organization on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It has letters, colors – teal, white and peach – and it had rush week last month. While that may be pretty typical for a sorority, Mu Delta Alpha is different. It's the first Muslim sorority on the University of Texas campus. The chapter held its first meeting this month.

Audit Finds High Salaries, Generous Severance for Mental Health Executives

By Rose Hoban
A new report from the state Department of Health and Human Services finds salaries, bonuses and severance packages for top executives at one of the state's mental health managed care organizations are “excessive” and out of compliance with state guidance. The DHHS Internal Auditor report follows a scathing May report by the State Auditor of Charlotte-based Cardinal Innovations, which manages mental health services in 20 counties, overseeing services for as many as 850,000 Medicaid recipients. Cardinal CEO Richard Topping. Image courtesy Cardinal InnovationsLate last year, legislators excoriated Cardinal CEO Richard Topping during an oversight committee hearing where it was revealed Topping was eligible for as much as $1.2 million in salary when bonuses and an annuity were added in. In the wake of that revelation, Topping's salary was limited to $617,000 for 2016.

Audit finds Missouri not accurately tracking tax breaks

Missouri is doing a poor job of tracking the economic impact of tax breaks, according to an audit released on Wednesday. Missouri state Auditor Nicole Galloway said state government has no idea if incentives, exemptions, and newer tax laws changes are working as intended. She said the state isn't accurately measuring how much revenue it's losing.

Audit: Mental Health Administration failed to check patients’ eligibility and patient information is not secure

By Charlie Hayward
CharlieHayward@MarylandReporter.com
State auditors found that the State Mental Health Administration found that the MHA failed to:

Keep documentation showing patients who received over $16 million in mental health services were eligible
Assure timely reviews/audits of provider claims and perform regular bank reconciliations
Maintain adequate security over computers and sensitive patient data
Keep adequate internal control over cash receipts

The Mental Health Administration delivers comprehensive care, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with mental illnesses, either through a network of hospital facilities operated by MHA or through community service agencies. MHA spent $788 million during fiscal year 2013. MHA receives funding from multiple federal and state sources and each funding source can have different eligibility rules. Because of this, MHA must keep detailed records about patients so the funding source is correctly matched to each patient service. Eligibility documentation missing; important statistics not kept
MHA utilizes an Administrative Services Organization (ASO) to review its mental health services.

Auditor: State regulator failed to enforce environmental laws

Doug Hoffer, Vermont State Auditor, attends Gov. Phil Scott's inauguration. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
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Aurora school board campaigns pulling in money from big names

New big names are stepping in to contribute to Aurora's school board races this year, including some longtime contributors to some Denver school board candidates. Daniel Ritchie, a Denver philanthropist, and Patrick Hamill, the founder and CEO of Oakwood Homes, contributed to some Aurora candidates this year, according to new campaign finance reports that were due Tuesday. State records show they had not in the past. Ritchie in 2012 did support an Aurora committee to pass a tax measure for the school district. The contributions are further evidence of Aurora's growing profile among education reform advocates.

Aurora school enrollment continues sharp decline, but budget woes not expected

The number of students enrolled in Aurora schools this fall dropped by almost twice as much as last year, part of a trend district officials have blamed in part on gentrification as housing prices in Aurora climb. This year, as of Oct. 2, the district has enrolled 41,294 students from preschool through 12th grade. That's 867 fewer students than last year — and almost twice the number of students lost between 2015 and 2016. Last October, staff told the board that district enrollment had dropped by a historic amount.

Author Bill Schubart to discuss new novel ‘Lila and Theron’ at Vermont Voices event

News Release — Phoenix Books
Oct. 16, 2017
Contact:
Kristen Eaton
Phoenix Books
802.872.7111 (p)
802.872.7112 (f)kristen@phoenixbooks.bizwww.phoenixbooks.biz
Chester, Vermont – October 16, 2017: Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host Bill Schubart on Sunday, November 5th at 2pm, for a discussion of Lila and Theron. This is the third event this year in the store's annual Vermont Voices series. Event attendees who purchase Lila and Theron at the event will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, “Lila's Bucket” is on the CD.

Author Kevin McIlvoy to Lead Creative Writing Workshop in San Antonio

Gemini Ink is hosting author Kevin McIlvoy for a two-day intensive writing workshop, a reading, and a reception Oct. 20-22. The post Author Kevin McIlvoy to Lead Creative Writing Workshop in San Antonio appeared first on Rivard Report.

Authors’ Expo at Carl Martin Luck Memorial Library

The event will be an opportunity for the public to meet local authors and ask questions after their presentations.

Award puts longtime child care provider in spotlight

Cheryl “Cookie” Danyow, left, of Addison, received the Early Educator of the Year Award given by the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children. At right is Aly Richards, the organization's CEO. Courtesy photo
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Az congressman pushes ban on abortions after 20 weeks

House leaders said they hope to have a vote as soon as next week on a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, that would prohibit abortions in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Az Dep’t of Education forcibly removes reporter asking to inspect records

The Arizona Department of Education physically pushed an AZCIR reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices Thursday in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records. The agency's security guard told AZCIR's reporter he was trespassing and pushed him out of the public building.

Az expert tells panel Equifax breach could be worse than thought

A Senate committee Wednesday chastised the former head of Equifax for a data breach that exposed financial data of as many as 143 million Americans to hackers – a number that one Arizona expert said could be even higher.

Aztec Owner Opts for Boutique Hotel, Not Apartments

A hotel would be more profitable and create an opportunity to bring a novel edge to the city's hotel landscape, the building's owner said. The post Aztec Owner Opts for Boutique Hotel, Not Apartments appeared first on Rivard Report.

B-Ball Courts Get TLC

Outdoor basketball courts in the city—21 one of them to be exact—are sporting new surfaces and paint thanks to an initiative to make them a safe place to play.

Back from Nowhere, Ride delivers at the Riv

If the primary measure for the validity of a band's reunion is whether the group left unfinished business in need of completion, a strong case can be made for the return of Ride, the groundbreaking Oxford quintet that was one of the most vital in the shoegaze/dream-pop scene of the early '90s.As dedicated manager Dave Newton noted in the balcony of the Riviera Theater Friday night, Ride only played Chicago twice in its first incarnation. When the band asked for a show of hands for how many had seen it back in the day, a mere handful in the packed crowd shot up. And as great as it is on the four albums it produced between 1990 and 1996, it was always louder, harder, and much more intense—almost overwhelming in the style of its peers and Creation labelmates My Bloody Valentine—onstage.The enormously talented Andy Bell, who fronted the group with fellow guitarist-vocalist Mark Gardener, went on to become a hired hand with Oasis, then Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye. He likely played to more people at some festivals than had seen Ride on the entirety of its first U.S. tour, and that just ain't right: Think of John Lennon joining Herman's Hermits.The influence of the group's swirling guitars, seductive harmonies, and driving rhythms looms large on the current rock scene, with Montreal's Besnard Lakes, which opened with a strong set on Friday, just one of a dozen worthy examples. And though Ride's last album Tarantula represented a bit of a retrenching, number three, Carnival of Light, is an unjustly overlooked gem that significantly broadened the trademark hazy sound, offering a dozen new directions that could still have been explored if Bell, Gardener, frenetic drummer Loz Colbert, and stoic bassist Steve Queralt hadn't gone their separate ways for a time.So, hell, yeah, it was great to have the original foursome back at the Riv.

Back When Iowa Had The Only Deer Farm in the West

In the late 1860s a man named John W. Griggs came to Iowa to trap and hunt. But after a while he decided to make his living as a farmer. In some ways he was a typical Iowa farmer. But in 1909 a New York City newspaper described Griggs' Iowa operation as the “only deer farm run for profit.”

Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, newspaper editor, and public television project manager.

Backyard Stage

Directors create a neighborhood theater — behind their houseBackyard Stage was first posted on October 17, 2017 at 9:24 am.

Baltimore’s ‘Kushnerville’ Tenants File Class Action Against Landlord

by Alec MacGillis
Tenants of the Baltimore-area apartment complexes owned by Jared Kushner's real-estate company have brought a class-action lawsuit against the firm's property management arm over its aggressive pursuit of tenants for allegedly unpaid rent. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Circuit Court for Baltimore City, alleges that the management company and related corporate entities have been improperly inflating payments owed by tenants by charging them late fees that are often unfounded and court fees that are not actually approved by any court. This, the lawsuit charges, sets in motion a vicious cycle in which tenants' rent payments are partly assessed toward the fees instead of the actual rent owed, thus deeming the tenant once again “late” on his or her rent payment, leading to yet more late fees and court fees. Making matters worse, the 5 percent late fees are frequently assessed on principal that includes allegedly unpaid fees, not just the rent itself. Tenants are pressured to pay the snowballing bills with immediate threat of eviction, the suit alleges.

Bannon accuses national GOP leaders of blocking Trump, not helping him

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon contended Sunday that President Donald Trump's biggest political enemy is “a corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment” that's out to kill his chief objectives. Speaking at a conservative gathering in St. Louis, Bannon asserted that Republican leaders in Washington have “not had any support for [Trump's] populist, nationalist, conservative message; his populist, nationalist, conservative ideas; his populist, conservative nationalist programs.”

Bannon pushes Chris McDaniel closer to Sen. Wicker challenge

Rogelio V. Solis, APSen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, speaks during Mississippi Senate floor debate earlier this year. State Sen. Chris McDaniel is inching closer to a 2018 bid against U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, spurred on in part by meetings this week with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. “I'm still undecided, but that victory (by Roy Moore in Alabama) last night makes the 2018 race much more compelling,” McDaniel told Mississippi Today. “Steve and these individuals are very patient and experienced people,” McDaniel continued. “They're not the type of individuals who seek rushed decisions.

Barre resident sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography

News Release — U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney District of Vermont
October 16, 2017
Contact:
Tim Atkinson
Receptionist
United States Attorney's Office, District of Vermont
802.951.6725tim.atkinson@usa.doj.gov
RUTLAND, VERMONT
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Robert Eldred, 57, of Barre, Vermont, was sentenced on October 16, 2017, in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve six (6) months in federal prison after his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford also ordered Eldred to serve a five (5) year period of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment. According to court records and proceedings, in February 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the computer server that hosted a website dedicated to the sharing and trading of, and communication among offenders about, child pornography (the Website). The FBI did not shut down the Website for approximately 13 days. During that time, when an individual accessed the Website, a Network Investigative Technique (NIT) was deployed to allow law enforcement to identify the Internet Protocol address of the user of the computer that accessed the Website.

Barre Supervisory Union receives grant for Act 166 implementation

News Release — Building Bright Futures
September 29, 2017
Contact:
Steve Amessames@buildingbrightfutures.org
When Vermont's Universal PreK bill, Act 166, was signed into law one year ago, it was a remarkable new approach to delivering prekindergarten with both public and private collaboration. Many public schools offer PreK classrooms, but so do some private community-based providers who have been prequalified – and under the law, parents have choice – to enroll their children in a prequalified prekindergarten in a center or home-based program or to enroll them in PreK at their local public school. This remarkable endeavor to provide a public service – with parental choice, and through both the private and public sector – has significantly increased access to Vermont's youngest students in its first full year of implementation. In Barre, Sandra Cameron, Barre Supervisory Union's Early Education Director, recognized some challenges as prequalified PreK providers often had students in their programs from many different Supervisory Unions/School Districts. Sometimes as many as eight Supervisory Unions are represented at a local, community-based prekindergarten program and because PreK is paid for through School Districts, prekindergarten providers often had eight different complicated agreements, eight payment systems, and a variety of forms to report on their students, in order to process tuition reduction for students in their prekindergarten classrooms.
Mrs. Cameron looked across the state and found funding to develop a model to make the process of Act 166 implementation more efficient and less confusing for everyone involved.

Barrie Dunsmore: The fall of Da Nang

Editor's note: This commentary by retired ABC News diplomatic correspondent Barrie Dunsmore first appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald Sunday edition. All his columns can be found on his website, www.barriedunsmore.com. To watch of Ken Burns' entire 10-episode, 18-hour “The Vietnam War” is a profound experience. Having lived through the era, and having spent time there, I considered myself reasonably well acquainted with the subject. But it turns out there was much that I did not know — and much more that I had forgotten.

Barrie Dunsmore: Trump and the race card

Editor's note: This commentary by retired ABC News diplomatic correspondent Barrie Dunsmore first appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald Sunday edition. All his columns can be found on his website, www.barriedunsmore.com. Before the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and ‘65; before the Supreme Court ruled against segregated schools in 1953; before President Harry Truman's 1948 executive order to begin the process of integrating the U.S. military; the most important civil rights event in half a century had already taken place. It was not a law of the Congress, a ruling by the Supreme Court or a proclamation by the White House. It happened on the playing fields of what was then America's favorite pastime.

Barrios granted two-year stay, but his case is ‘an exception’

Federal immigration officials have granted Luis Barrios, a Guatemalan native who has spent decades living in Derby, a two-year stay of his deportation, giving him ample time to formally pursue asylum in the United States. His reprieve may prove to be an outlier under new Trump administration deportation policies, however.

Barton-based Green State Biochar wins DRM startup company prize

News Release — Downs Rachlin Martin
Oct.11, 2017
Contact:
Joseph L. Choquette III, External Affairs Manager, 802-225-5510
(Burlington, Vt.) Business owners Roger and Donna Pion and their startup company Green State Biochar are the winners of $10,000 in legal services from the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The winner was chosen from an impressive list of applicants from across New England. “This is an environmentally oriented business that shows great promise in the areas of agriculture, waste management and water quality,” explained Kevin McGrath, an attorney in the IP Group at DRM. “It is the type of home-grown company that the State of Vermont has sought to encourage. The owners are already in the final round of this year's Fresh Tracks Road Pitch later this month and we're very pleased to help the company get off the ground in northern New England.“
Green State Biochar will produce biochar for use in agriculture, and manufacture, install and monitor filtration systems that diminish runoff from identified sources and remove odors and algae from waterways.

Bassfield Yellowjackets are no more, but there’s a new tradition in south Mississippi

Rick ClevelandThe Jefferson Davis County Jaguars listen to Coach Lance Mancuso before a recent practice. BASSFIELD – The Bassfield Yellowjackets, surely one of Mississippi's all-time most successful high school football teams, are gone forever. But if you need a reminder of just how good – how blazing fast – those Yellowjackets were, turn on your TV on a college football Saturday. That's what Lance Mancuso, coach at Jefferson Davis County High School, did on the first weekend of college football season. “On Thursday night, I watched Ohio State play Indiana in a nationally televised game on ESPN,” Mancuso said.

Batavia to receive $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Batavia Friday afternoon to announce that city will receive a $10 million dollar state grant. Batavia is the Finger Lakes winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city is in the process of coming up with a plan to come up with projects to improve the downtown area in terms of housing, transportation, economic development and other areas. Cuomo notes that Batavia has already worked on helping start-up businesses. “We're no longer manufacturing.

Bats key pollinators for durian production, new study says

Camera trap footage has shown, for the first time, that a threatened bat species in Malaysia is an important pollinator of durian trees (Durio zibethinus). Past research in other parts of the world has shown that certain bats do pollinate durian trees, and insects may also play a role. But until now, scientists weren't sure whether large fruit bats — known in Malaysia as “flying foxes” — were a help or a hindrance to durian trees' production of fruit. “When I saw all this incredible video footage from our camera traps, showing the flying foxes feeding on durian nectar without actually destroying the flowers, I was completely mind-blown,” said Sheema Abdul Aziz, a conservation ecologist and president of Rimba, a Malaysian conservation NGO, in an email. “I had to really reassess my assumptions about these bats.” A camera trap image of an island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) amongst durian flowers.

Battle of the Books Winners

Beacon teams have strong showingBattle of the Books Winners was first posted on October 2, 2017 at 7:57 am.

Bayer Pulls Contraceptive Device From Global Markets

Essure, a device that represents the only permanent, non-surgical form of contraception, will no longer be available for purchase anywhere in the world except for America, though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to monitor the device's safety and efficacy. In partnership with

Bayer, the manufacturer of Essure, said it made the decision to discontinue the distribution of the device purely for commercial reasons, and that it was “unrelated to product safety or efficacy.”
“More than a decade of science and real-world clinical experience support the safety and efficacy of Essure,” said Bayer spokesperson Courtney Mallon. “Bayer's decision does not impact the sale or marketing of the product in the United States, where there continues to be demand despite the recent inaccurate and biased reporting.”
Bayer's decision follows increased regulatory scrutiny in Brazil, Australia, and the European Union. On Aug. 30, Australia's Department of Health issued a hazard alert for Essure and withdrew the device from store shelves across the continent.

Beaches reopen amid concerns about tourism

A warning posted by the Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department to visitors at Oakledge Cove. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?fit=300%2C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?fit=610%2C458&ssl=1" src="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1 610w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=125%2C94&ssl=1 125w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=300%2C225&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=768%2C576&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=1376%2C1032&ssl=1 1376w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=1044%2C783&ssl=1 1044w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=632%2C474&ssl=1 632w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?resize=536%2C402&ssl=1 536w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_0497.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A warning posted by the Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department to visitors at Oakledge Cove. Photo by Morgan True / VTDiggerPublic beaches on Lake Champlain in Burlington have begun to reopen after a toxic bloom that looked like “pea soup” earlier in the week dissipated Thursday as a cool front moved in. Meanwhile, the head of the local Chamber of Commerce expressed concern the closings are sending a bad message beyond the state's borders. Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Torti said the beach closures were not only bad for locals trying to beat this week's heat — he said the alerts send a bad message to tourists thinking of visiting the state.

Beacon Artists Honored

Receive Dutchess County arts awardBeacon Artists Honored was first posted on September 26, 2017 at 7:30 am.

Beacon Council Candidates Say Hello

And a few say goodbyeBeacon Council Candidates Say Hello was first posted on October 20, 2017 at 11:06 am.

Beacon Lions Fundraiser

Luncheon at Outback on Oct. 15Beacon Lions Fundraiser was first posted on October 8, 2017 at 8:04 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Cliff Dunkel, Erin Higgins, Andrea Oquendo, Carmine Serino Jr., Richard Wilson Sr.Beacon Obituaries was first posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:55 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Ralph Arce, Francis Burke, Sean Lynch, Jane RobbBeacon Obituaries was first posted on October 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Barbra Baker-Baylor, Greg Daw, Thomas FredericBeacon Obituaries was first posted on October 13, 2017 at 11:16 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Susan Foster, Sharon Haight-Camacho, Peter Papula Jr.Beacon Obituaries was first posted on September 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Chip Haight, Robert TucciarelloBeacon Obituaries was first posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Sept. 8 to 21Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on September 27, 2017 at 12:16 am.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Sept. 22 to Oct. 5Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on October 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Oct. 6 to 19Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on October 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm.

Beacon: One in a Thousand

Dar Williams discusses city's successes, challengesBeacon: One in a Thousand was first posted on October 1, 2017 at 9:04 am.

Bechdel’s musical comes home to Vermont Stage

Vermont cartoonist laureate Alison Bechdel's life inspired the Broadway musical “Fun Home,” which is set for its state premiere at Burlington's Vermont Stage. Photo courtesy the MacArthur Foundation
" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?fit=300%2C209&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?fit=610%2C425&ssl=1" src="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?resize=610%2C425&ssl=1" alt="Alison Bechdel" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?resize=610%2C425&ssl=1 610w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?resize=125%2C87&ssl=1 125w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?resize=300%2C209&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?resize=768%2C535&ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VTD-Alison-Bechdel-1.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Vermont cartoonist laureate Alison Bechdel's life inspired the Broadway musical “Fun Home,” which is set for its state premiere at Burlington's Vermont Stage. Photo courtesy the MacArthur FoundationBefore Alison Bechdel was named Vermont cartoonist laureate and winner of a $625,000 MacArthur “genius” grant, she was in a less-than-happy place. Specifically, her family's hauntingly Victorian funeral home. “Caption: My Dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town,” the artist recalls as if drawing.

Before crowd of police, St. Louis County Council backs pay increases

The St. Louis County Council got an earful Tuesday before members unanimously gave initial approval to a measure increasing county police pay beginning Jan. 1. For almost two hours, council members heard mainly from St. Louis County Police officers and their families concerned that the pay hike might be blocked by a pension dispute between Council Chairman Sam Page and County Executive Steve Stenger.

Before crowd of police, St. Louis County Council initially approve pay increases

The St. Louis County Council got an earful Tuesday before members unanimously gave initial approval to a measure increasing county police pay beginning Jan. 1. For almost two hours, council members heard mainly from St. Louis County Police officers and their families concerned that the pay hike might be blocked by a pension dispute between Council Chairman Sam Page and County Executive Steve Stenger.

Behind the Headlines: Two weeks in, how have the Stockley verdict protests evolved?

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , we went “Behind the Headlines” with updates from the second week of protests in response to the Jason Stockley acquittal. Reporter Willis Ryder Arnold and Executive Editor Shula Neuman, from the St. Louis Public Radio newsroom, joined the program to help bring us up to speed. St.

Behind the Headlines: Why did Missouri submit a separate bid for Amazon HQ2?

Prior to Thursday's deadline to submit a bid to Amazon to host its second North American headquarters, it was well known that the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas were planning to submit bids . What wasn't widely known is that Missouri submitted its own proposal . “Imagine the potential of combining the two major metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City,” said Drew Erdmann, Missouri's chief operating officer.

Behind the Headlines: Why does St. Louis still lead the country in STDs?

There was a hubbub earlier this week when St. Louis, which recently lost its crown for having the highest STD rates in the country to Alabama, was found out to be on top once again due to an accounting error . Joining host Don Marsh to discuss the high rates of STDs in the region were Brad Stoner, Medical Director, St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at Washington University; Maheen Bokhari, Program Manager, Communicable Disease Division of the St. Louis Health Department; and Faisal Khan, Director, St.

Belo Monte dam-opposing Brazilian activist wins prestigious environmental award

Brazilian environmental and human rights activist Antônia Melo da Silva received the Alexander Soros Foundation Award earlier this month in recognition of her work organizing opposition to the Belo Monte dam and other infrastructure projects in the Amazon. Melo founded the “Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre” two decades ago in order to bring together the numerous people, communities, and organizations in the Altamira region of Brazil who oppose the Belo Monte hydroelectric project on the Xingu River, a 1,200-mile tributary of the Amazon River that provides sustenance and livelihoods for thousands of indigenous and forest-dwelling peoples. When it is completed in 2019, Belo Monte will be the third-largest hydroelectric dam complex in the world. Construction of the dam was completed in 2015, and its Calha do Xingu Reservoir flooded 200 square miles of the Amazon rainforest. The project is believed to have displaced tens of thousands of local people.

Ben & Jerry’s signs ‘Milk with Dignity’ pact with migrant workers

Migrant Justice leader Enrique Balcazar is the first to sign the agreement. Photo by Kelsey Neubauer/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?fit=300%2C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?fit=610%2C458&ssl=1" src="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1" alt="Milk with Dignity " srcset="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1 610w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=125%2C94&ssl=1 125w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=300%2C225&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=768%2C576&ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=1376%2C1032&ssl=1 1376w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=1044%2C783&ssl=1 1044w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=632%2C474&ssl=1 632w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?resize=536%2C402&ssl=1 536w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Milk-with-Dignity-2.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Migrant Justice leader Enrique Balcazar is the first to sign the agreement. Photo by Kelsey Neubauer/VTDiggerVermont migrant workers filled Church Street with the sound of cheers Tuesday as Jostein Solheim, the CEO of Ben & Jerry's signed a legally binding agreement, nearly three years in the making, to improve dairy farm standards in Vermont. The agreement, called Milk with Dignity, aims to protect migrant dairy workers from unsafe working environments. It will apply to all dairy farms that supply milk to the ice-cream manufacturer.

Ben Carson’s small-dollar donors could keep yielding big money

Ben Carson's presidential bid has failed. But the retired neurosurgeon's campaign succeeded wildly at one thing: collecting personal — and lucrative — information from more than 700,000 donors and millions of fans. This database is a potential post-campaign money machine: The remnants of Carson's campaign could wring riches from a legion of small-dollar supporters for years to come, as other campaigns have done before it. How? By renting supporters' information to other candidates, political committees — even for-profit data brokers — that may, in turn, use it to raise money.

BenitoLink Brings in Veteran Journalist

With the goal of more in-depth reporting, BenitoLink hires a journalist with a life-time of solid investigative and news management skills.

Bennington airport runway reconstruction set for spring

An aerial view of Bennington's Morse State Airport. The runway will be completely reconstructed next year. VTrans photo. " data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?fit=300%2C202&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?fit=610%2C410&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?resize=610%2C410&ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?resize=610%2C410&ssl=1 610w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?resize=125%2C84&ssl=1 125w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?resize=300%2C202&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?resize=768%2C516&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/airport-T5r.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">An aerial view of Bennington's Morse State Airport. The runway will be completely reconstructed next year.

Bennington considers local tax and government restructure

James Barlow, a consultant working with the Bennington Charter Review Committee, gave a presentation Wednesday on options for government charter amendments. " data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?fit=300%2C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?fit=610%2C458&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1" alt="" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1 610w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=125%2C94&ssl=1 125w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=300%2C225&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=768%2C576&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=1376%2C1032&ssl=1 1376w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=1044%2C783&ssl=1 1044w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=632%2C474&ssl=1 632w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?resize=536%2C402&ssl=1 536w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/charters_2150.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">James Barlow, a consultant working with the Bennington Charter Review Committee, gave a presentation Wednesday on options for government charter amendments. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDiggerBENNINGTON — The town Charter Review Committee's consultant provided an overview of charter options Wednesday that touched on two key issues under consideration. The idea of switching Bennington from a manager/select board form of government to a mayoral format and a proposed 1 percent local option tax are among issues still to be reviewed by the seven-member committee, which began meeting weekly in July. Consultant James Barlow outlined the several mayoral form options that the nine Vermont cities have adopted, including a mayor that also acts as a government manager (as in Rutland), and others in which there is also a city manager and the mayor fills more of a ceremonial role.

Bennington practice joins with DHMC on data gathering

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's orthopedics facility is implementing a new patient data-gathering program in conjunction with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. From left:
Dr. Nicholas Paddock, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Jack McVicker and Kimberly Moore, of the Aircast Foundation; Dr. Jonathan Cluett and Dr. Trey Dobson, of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and Dr. Michael Sparks, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?fit=300%2C225&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?fit=610%2C458&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1" alt="Southwestern Vermont Medical Center" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=610%2C458&ssl=1 610w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=125%2C94&ssl=1 125w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=300%2C225&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=768%2C576&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=1376%2C1032&ssl=1 1376w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=1044%2C783&ssl=1 1044w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=632%2C474&ssl=1 632w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?resize=536%2C402&ssl=1 536w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/svmc-data-0011.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's orthopedics facility is implementing a new patient data-gathering program in conjunction with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. From left: Dr. Nicholas Paddock, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Jack McVicker and Kimberly Moore, of the Aircast Foundation; Dr. Jonathan Cluett and Dr. Trey Dobson, of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center; and Dr. Michael Sparks, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDiggerBENNINGTON — The newest medical collaboration for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Southwestern Vermont medical centers is focusing on orthopedic patients facing arthritis-related joint replacement surgery.

Bernie Sanders Has Been the Most Influential Insurgent Candidate Since the 70s

Win or lose (hint: he's going to lose), Bernie Sanders should feel pretty good about his success in pushing Hillary Clinton to the left during the primary campaign. She's now against the TPP; she definitively favors a large hike in the minimum wage; and she supports expansion of Social Security. These may not seem like huge changes—and they aren't—but they're a lot more than most candidates accomplish. Dennis Kucinich ran twice without having any measurable effect at all on the Democratic race. Now Bernie can take credit for one more move to the left:

“I'm also in favor of what's called the public option, so that people can buy into Medicare at a certain age,” Mrs. Clinton said on Monday at a campaign event in Virginia.

Bestselling author Dan Brown, of ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ discusses his latest work

On Monday's St. Louis on the Air , world-renowned author Dan Brown , most famous for “The Da Vinci Code,” joined host Don Marsh to discuss his most recent novel, “ Origin .” The book, featuring the famous character Robert Langdon again, will be released on Oct. 3 and centers heavily on new technology. "I've spent a lot of time talking to scientists in the field talking about artificial intelligence, and they really disagree about whether it will be a boon for humanity," Brown said. "Will it solve problems like scarcity, pollution, over population?

Beth Pearce elected president of National Association of State Treasurers

News Release – National Association of State Treasurers
September 22, 2017
Press Contacts:
Tim Lueders-Dumont
802-828-1451
BOSTON— The National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) announced that it has elected Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce as its 2018 President during the association's annual conference in Boston. Treasurer Pearce will succeed outgoing President Ken Miller, the State Treasurer of Oklahoma, on January 1, 2018. “I am honored to lead this national network in its next year of transformation and growth,” said Treasurer Beth Pearce during the NAST Annual Conference. “Our country faces a number of fiscal challenges such as an aging infrastructure, rising levels of student debt, a lack of retirement readiness and financial security. NAST plays a crucial role in addressing these issues by promoting sound fiscal policy and best practice that enhances our lives, so I look forward to working with the association during the year ahead to build on this goal.”
Treasurer Pearce has served as Vermont's State Treasurer since January 2011.

Bexar County Approves $3 Million Incentive Package for Credit Union

Bexar County Commissioners agreed to a nearly $3 million, 10-year property tax break with San Antonio-based Credit Human. The post Bexar County Approves $3 Million Incentive Package for Credit Union appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff Announces Run for Fifth Term

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he wants to continue his work on the issues of economic development, quality of life, and public safety. The post Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff Announces Run for Fifth Term appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bexar County Receives $3 Million To Battle Opioid Epidemic

A $3 million federal grant will provide training for local first responders to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. The post Bexar County Receives $3 Million To Battle Opioid Epidemic appeared first on Rivard Report.

Beyond Monuments

Discussing racial inequalitiesBeyond Monuments was first posted on October 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm.

Beyond the Bay: ‘Edge of Youth Culture’ Shifting to Outer Suburbs

Above: Youth speak during a forum on life in the outer edges of the Bay Area. (Photo Credit: Tudor Stanley)SAN FRANCISCO -- Imani Lopez is 17. She's an aspiring writer, with interests ranging from poetry to screenwriting, and she eventually wants to make it to Hollywood. But for now she's working two jobs while going to school full time, and helping to raise two younger sisters and a developmentally disabled brother. Lopez lives with her grandparents in Fairfield, about an hour outside San Francisco, and is part of a generation of young people growing up on the outer edges of the Bay Area, where economic displacement is shaping lives and redefining communities.

Beyond the Motown sound: Asian Fred’s musical evolution

With a stellar reputation and distinct Motown/Stax sound, Tucson band Asian Fred is stronger and tighter than ever, although they gig rarely and have been slow to release recordings. But an EP is coming out soon. Plus: check your local listings in the TucsonSentinel.com weekend music roundup.

Beyond volleyball, what else should be part of a re-imagined Rash Field?

In 2013, when the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore unveiled its Inner Harbor 2.0 makeover for the city's tourist waterfront, one aspect of it set off a howl of protest – moving beach volleyball off of Rash Field. Now, under a $3 million Rash Field renovation, which the Partnership promises will not spike volleyball, the group […]

Biannual Cacti and Succulent Show and Sale Held This Weekend in San Juan

For the past 27 years, the Monterey Bay Area Cactus and Succulent Society has held its biannual event in San Juan Bautista.

Big Endorsement in Council Race; Two Views of Police Shooting: Headlines for Oct. 19

“I think this endorsement could change everything in this race.”
-Brooklyn Council candidate Brian Cunningham, on the Working Families Party's nod
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Cunningham Gets WFP Nod in Council Bid, Denies Seeking It
Kings County Politics
“Either way, the WFP endorsed Cunningham, the Reform Party candidate, today in his bid to unseat incumbent City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, Ditmas Park) in the Nov. 7 general election. The WFP initially bowed out of the primary election, choosing not to endorse any one candidate. A source close to the party said that though they conducted interviews at the beginning of the primary season, the party could not reach consensus, with support split between Eugene, Cunningham and another Democratic candidate, Pia Raymond.”
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Looking Back on Legionnaires Outbreak, Worries About Protections
City & State
“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council reacted quickly, enacting a groundbreaking law that imposed stricter regulation and tracking of cooling towers, widely seen as the primary source of the health threat, and increased penalties for failing to adequately test and inspect the water in the towers. ‘The recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease was the largest in our city's history, and it presented us with an unprecedented challenge,' de Blasio said at an August 2015 press conference on the legislation, ‘and we developed an unequally unprecedented response.'

Big Ivy support bucks trend of local government opposition to wilderness

WNC's largest city and county get behind Big Ivy wilderness proposal. Other boards oppose wilderness designations. Politicization may complicate process. The post Big Ivy support bucks trend of local government opposition to wilderness appeared first on Carolina Public Press.