With a looming deadline on whether to continue the suspension of sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration is frantically working to demonstrate Tehran's non-compliance under the so-called Iran Deal and thereby fulfill an ill-conceived campaign promise. The problem is that, according to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Commission, Iran has been in full compliance with the agreement, and only non-compliance could legitimately provide President Trump the excuse he needs to withdraw. On September 15, Trump must decide whether to renew the suspension of sanctions put in place with the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA—the “Iran Deal”). If he does this, there is a second deadline on October 15 (and every 90 days afterward) where he is required to report to Congress whether Iran is in compliance. Therefore, his administration has been trying to fabricate any excuse to justify a claim that Iran is not complying before these deadlines.

 ‘There’s No One Left to Hurt But Me’

As I look back at all the things I've done to get me to this point, I must admit I've worked really hard to mess up my life. All the illegal things I did on the streets earned me a (lifetime) in prison. And if that wasn't enough, once in prison I continued down that same path. The things I did while in prison earned me a sentence in Pelican Bay's infamous SHU program—“the Hole”—a prison within a prison. It's a place designed for those deemed by the prison administration to be the worst of the worst.

‘Aging in Place’ Takes Less Positive Meaning for Many Detroit Elders

DETROIT—Patricia Lovett maintains an impeccable lot outside her east Detroit street, salvaging her property amidst the cohabitation of blight intermittent in her neighborhood. Her home is cozy, spotless and warm, inundated with china sets, floral arrangements, trophies and photos; souvenirs that showcase a zeal for living. “When we came in everything was beautiful but [now] it's a terrible neighborhood,” she said. But you know, our homes are paid for. And we're on a fixed income–even to rent a house now is more than what we get in a month.”
One would never know that, underneath, her basement has flooded with two feet of raw sewage a total of four times.

‘I don’t know why you wouldn’t be scared’: Former Vice President Walter Mondale sounds off on Trump and Trumpism

Eric Black

Even amid the chaos and lunacy of the Trump moment, former Senator, former Vice President, lifelong Minnesotan Walter Mondale is usually an oasis of calm analysis and abiding confidence in the American experiment.So I was a bit alarmed last week to discover, after Trump's diatribe in Phoenix — which moved me from “horrified” to “scared” about where Trumpism heading – that Mondale felt the same. We had spoke briefly by phone and commiserated about the speech, and he told me he was reeling from it, that watching it was “one of the worst hours of my life.” Note to Trump: When you are alarming even Walter Mondale, you need to tone it down and figure out how to do this very big, hard job that you somehow got yourself hired to do. Please.I have always benefited from Mondale's perspective, and I asked him the next day if we could have an on-the-record interview about how he sees Trump, Trumpism and the Trump moment. The quotes below are lightly edited for clarity and flow.'Public officers have to be confronted with the truth'I began by asking him what he found so disturbing about Trump's Phoenix speech.To just think that our great country has sunk to this level. After reading your piece, I thought that what you wrote was being felt and expressed and repeated all over the country.

‘I don’t know why you wouldn’t be scared’: Former Vice President Walter Mondale sounds off on Trump and Trumpism

Eric Black

Even amid the chaos and lunacy of the Trump moment, former Senator, former Vice President, lifelong Minnesotan Walter Mondale is usually an oasis of calm analysis and abiding confidence in the American experiment.So I was a bit alarmed last week to discover, after Trump's diatribe in Phoenix — which moved me from “horrified” to “scared” about where Trumpism heading – that Mondale felt the same. We had spoke briefly by phone and commiserated about the speech, and he told me he was reeling from it, that watching it was “one of the worst hours of my life.” Note to Trump: When you are alarming even Walter Mondale, you need to tone it down and figure out how to do this very big, hard job that you somehow got yourself hired to do. Please.I have always benefited from Mondale's perspective, and I asked him the next day if we could have an on-the-record interview about how he sees Trump, Trumpism and the Trump moment. The quotes below are lightly edited for clarity and flow.'Public officers have to be confronted with the truth'I began by asking him what he found so disturbing about Trump's Phoenix speech.To just think that our great country has sunk to this level. After reading your piece, I thought that what you wrote was being felt and expressed and repeated all over the country.

‘What Happened’: Ready for a fresh election rehash?

Eric Black

Why did Hillary Clinton lose? What Happened?“What Happened” (without the question mark, because it purports to describe the answer) is, of course, the title of her just released memoir of the 2016 election. We all know “what happened” and are living with the consequences. Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote, most especially in three big “blue wall” states she was expected to win (Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania), which cost her the only vote that really matters, the Electoral College majority vote.But the 10-month-old questions of why and how it happened will get a fresh rehash with the release of “What Happened.”I need to stipulate immediately that I haven't read the book-length Clinton version of “what happened” yet. I did listen to an excellent long interview with her about the book by the guys (former Obama campaign players, by the way) who interviewed her for 47 minutes on their podcast, “Pod Save America.” I thought she came off well in that discussion, mostly taking, within the bounds of reason, responsibility for “what happened.” Mostly, as I recall it, she blamed herself for not thinking far enough outside the box to anticipate how strange a campaign might become with an opponent like Donald Trump.As I've confessed a few times before, I'm not Clinton's biggest fan.

‘A Declaration of War on Immigrants’: Reactions to Trump’s DACA Decision

USDOJAttorney General Jeff Sessions announced the change. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would stop issuing permits under the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA and renew existing permits only over the next six months to give Congress a short window to come up with a replacement program. Here is a sampling of the reaction. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo
New York State has the third largest number of DACA enrollees in the nation. Ending DACA will impact the President's home state in unquantifiable pain and suffering.

‘Big Pharma, Market Failure’ to be screened in Bennington

News Release — Bennington Rights & Democracy
September 2, 2017
Lee Russ, 802-445-1029; leeruss2@comcast.net
Free Movie, Free Popcorn
BENNINGTON VT–Bennington Rights & Democracy is showing the movie “Big Pharma, Market Failure” three times in Bennington over the next few weeks. It's your chance to find out what's behind America's ever-increasing prescription drug prices: why we spend over $320 billion a year on prescription drugs; why the same drugs cost so much more here than in other countries; why drug companies spend $100 Billion yearly on sales & marketing, and another $200+ million a year lobbying congress. If you're tired of price gouging that hurts, even kills, people who have to buy these drugs, join us at one of these free showings:
· Thursday, Sept. 14, outdoors at Merchants Park, corner of North & Pleasant Streets, at 7 pm; bring your chair with you (if rain, St. Peter's Church, just down Pleasant Street).

‘Conversation with the Constitution’ Focuses on Immigration

Questions on immigration were at the heart of a "Conversation with the Constitution," a free, public event held Sunday at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The post ‘Conversation with the Constitution' Focuses on Immigration appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good)’ by Sugarland

Down in Mississippi (Up to No Good), the fourth and final single from the album Twice the Speed of Life, was written and recorded by country music group Sugarland in 2006. It was Sugarland's only album as a trio, including Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles and Kristen Hall. Hall departed the group after Twice the Speed of Life. Sugarland performed Down in Mississippi at the 2006 CMT Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards. The song spent 20 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart and peaked at No.

‘Ecological disaster’: controversial bridge puts East Kalimantan’s green commitment to the test

BALIKPAPAN, Indonesia — Truck driver Bayu Santoso is one of thousands of people expected to take advantage of a planned bridge connecting the fast-growing city of Balikpapan to its rural outskirts. Transporting goods from Sepaku — a remote area in East Kalimantan Province's North Penajam Paser district — to Balikpapan, Santoso currently relies on a ferry service that takes around 90 minutes to cross Balikpapan Bay. The 800,000 rupiah (about $60) return ticket means he can only afford one trip per day. “The ferry ticket is so expensive that it's such a burden for us,” he told Mongabay. After gas and other expenses, he usually brings home around 100,000 rupiah per day.

‘Extended outage’ for southern Vermont weather alert station

Weather alert radio receivers on sale at BRW Electronics in Brattleboro. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
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‘Faithless elector’ to Colorado’s secretary of state: Now I’m suing you

The Colorado Electoral College member who went rogue by not casting an official ballot for Hillary Clinton in December is suing Secretary of State Wayne Williams claiming Williams violated his constitutional rights by removing and replacing him and not counting his vote. Micheal Baca, 25, and a self-described member of the Hamilton Electors movement, has joined a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by two other Colorado electors, both Democrats, his attorney said today. Those two electors, Bob Nemanich of Colorado Springs and Polly Baca (no relation to Micheal) of Denver, argue Colorado's Williams, a Republican, intimidated them into casting their electoral votes for Clinton on Dec. 19. Related: Electoral College members file voter ‘intimidation' lawsuit against Colorado's secretary of state
National election law expert and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig filed the federal complaint in Denver district court in mid-August, and filed a new one today adding Micheal Baca's name to it.

‘Friendraiser’ at Howland

Library to host auction, art show‘Friendraiser' at Howland was first posted on September 18, 2017 at 8:07 am.

‘Get into a lot of different places:’ Author Salman Rushdie discusses latest novel, writing ethos 

Famed author Salman Rushdie, visiting St. Louis this weekend to discuss his most recent novel, “The Golden House,” says that if you want to be a good writer, “you need to get into a lot of different kinds of rooms.” He was referencing his knowledge of and imagination with the setting of his latest novel: a secluded garden in New York only accessible by the people whose homes abut the property. Rushdie was inspired by Charles Dickens' ability to write both aristocrats and thieves, something Rushdie himself does in this latest novel. That's a result of “getting into lots of places. Finding out about lots of different kinds of lives,” Rushdie said.

‘Hand in Hand,’ George Strait & Friends Raise Millions for Harvey Relief

Strait and his friends – Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton – contributed more than $5 million through ticket sales. The post ‘Hand in Hand,' George Strait & Friends Raise Millions for Harvey Relief appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘He was really legendary but not at all intimidating’: Remembering journalist Richard Dudman

Earlier this month, longtime journalist Richard Dudman passed away at the age of 99. Dudman led the Washington Bureau of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1969 to 1981. In 1970, he was captured in Cambodia while reporting and held for 40 days. He wrote about the Kennedy assassination, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers and more.

‘In seeking justice, you can’t be timid’: a Q&A with Alan Page

Erin Hinrichs

On Tuesday morning, newly retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Vikings Hall of Famer Alan Page took pause to reflect on a third — perhaps lesser known — part of his identity: education advocate and philanthropist.Most recently, Page was thrust into the spotlight when students at Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis notified him his name was being considered in their efforts to rename the school. They'd decided they weren't satisfied paying tribute to the state's second governor, Alexander Ramsey, whose legacy was tarnished, they decided, by his role in driving Native people from their land during the U.S.-Dakota war. So they set out to request a formal name change for their school. With the school board's support, they accomplished just that.Page and his wife, Diane, started the week welcoming students back at the Justice Page Middle School. It was energizing to be there, celebrating with the students, he said.

‘It’s a New Generation of Smugglers’: Behind the Business of Illegal Border Crossings

People attempting to illegally cross from Mexico into any state along the U.S. border don't face great odds: They're unsuccessful 55 to 85 percent the time, according to a report released last week by the Office of Immigration Statistics. Those numbers are up from 10 years ago, suggesting that increased efforts to secure the border are paying off. And while the report leaves some questions unanswered – due partly to the fact that it's difficult to measure the people who get away – it analyzes a variety of measures, including the number of migrants who are stopped, turned back or hire a smuggler. The findings don't surprise Victor Clark-Alfaro, a lecturer at San Diego State and director of Tijuana's Binational Center for Human Rights. But for Alfaro, the report sidesteps an important piece of context: Research indicates more Mexicans left the United States than came to it over much of the same time period.

‘Just our presence is powerful’: Protesters start 4th day of action with silent march downtown

About 100 people marched through downtown St. Louis this morning in what's becoming a familiar site after a judge found ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith on Friday. What was different about this protest was its sound — or rather lack of sound. The group made its point with footsteps and a lone drumbeat occasionally punctuated by the murmur of helicopters overhead.

‘Just our presence is powerful’: Protestors march silently in downtown St. Louis

About 100 people marched through downtown St. Louis this morning in what's becoming a familiar site after a judge found ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith on Friday. What was different about this protest was its sound — or rather lack of sound. The group made its point with footsteps and a lone drumbeat occasionally punctuated by the murmur of helicopters overhead.

‘Manufactured Death’: The Growing Scourge of Fentanyl

The Washington Post examines the precipitous rise of fentanyl as the latest deadly complication to the nation's intractable opioid crisis. Once a minor player in the drug crisis, the man-made narcotic — about 50 times stronger than heroin — is directly linked to thousands of overdoses and a shocking rise in fatalities nationwide, a trend that is particularly noticeable in the nation's urban areas. Drug-users are buying heroin laced with an even more potent additive, often in unpredictable amounts that antidotes can't stop from being deadly. In 24 of the nation's largest cities and the counties that surround them, fentanyl-related overdose deaths increased nearly 600 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to county health departments nationwide. Overdose records in those cities show there were 3,946 fatal overdoses linked to fentanyl last year, up from 582 in 2014.

‘Picturing Mississippi’ weaves state’s history into colorful tapestry

Mississippi's story bubbles up from native soil. It also comes home to roost. This visual narrative — perspectives from insiders and outsiders — will cover the walls of the Mississippi Museum of Art in a blockbuster exhibition to greet the bicentennial of Mississippi's statehood. Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, Dec. 9 through July 8, 2018, will journey through time, visiting a landscape, its people and history as pictured in more than 175 works by more than 100 different artists.

‘Science needs to catch up’: Deep sea mining looms over unstudied ecosystems

We know very little about the deepest parts of the ocean – and are disturbing them faster than we're learning about them, according a study published this week in Molecular Ecology. To see just how big this knowledge gap is, researchers at Oxford University conducted a survey of all known population genetics studies of deep sea invertebrates. Population genetics is the study of the differences between and within populations, and helps scientists understand how groups of plants and animals evolved and how they may respond to environmental changes. The researchers discovered that there have been 77 papers published on this topic in the last 33 years. Of these, just nine looked at areas deeper than 3,500 meters – which comprise about half the planet's surface.

‘Scumbugs” Takes Urbanwear Local

It all started with the name. The way Danny Baker told it, his New Haven-based urbanwear brand, Local Scumbags, has its origins in a toast he proposed when he was out with friends.“To the scumbags,” he said.

‘Ships, sonar and surveys’: Film explores impacts of a noisy ocean

Animals in the world's oceans have faced an ever-increasing cacophony in recent decades. They're inundated with sonar intended to keep countries safe, air gun charges that help energy companies find new sources of oil and gas, and the sounds of the 60,000 commercial ships that ply the seas at any given time. A new film called “Sonic Sea” by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces catalogs the growing risks that noise poses to whales, dolphins, and porpoises and what scientists and conservationists are doing about it. It's up for the Best Science in Nature prize at the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival beginning Sept. 24 in Jackson, Wyoming.

‘Snow white’ giraffes caught on video for the first time

Two rare white giraffes have been captured on video in the wild for the first time, reports a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. The giraffes, which are leucistic, meaning they have a genetic condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells rather than albino, or lacking melanin throughout their bodies, were first reported back in June by villagers near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa county in northeastern Kenya, according to a blog post from the conservancy. Upon hearing of the report, members of the conservancy — including Abdullahi H. Ali, the founder of the Hirola Conservation Program — “hurriedly headed to the scene” where they encountered the animals along with a conventionally colored reticulated giraffe. “They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes – a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young,” wrote the conservancy in a blog post.

‘Stop!’ in the name of Mississippi music

Stop! In the Name of Love reigned supreme in the most recent round of voting for The Ultimate Mississippi Playlist. The Supremes' No. 1 hit from 1965 received 43 percent of votes cast. Greenville native Mary Wilson was a member of The Supremes from the group's formation in the early '60s through to its disbanding in 1977.

‘The Full Vermonty’ throws the book at Trump

Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger released The Full Vermonty in August 2017. Courtesy photo
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Unable to march in protests while on the mend, the co-author of the state's all-time best-selling humor book (1983's “Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats”) commiserated with friend and syndicated political cartoonist Jeff Danziger.

‘Time to start yelling again’: For transgender veterans in Missouri, Trump’s new ban is personal

Updated 8:40 a.m. August 26 with information on the president's official memo: Friday, President Donald Trump signed an official memo implementing a new policy on "military service for transgender individuals." The memo indicates a reversal of an Obama-era policy implemented in 2016, which allowed active-duty service members who are transgender to serve openly and transition while enlisted. Trump's new policy specifically restricts transgender people from joining the military, and prohibits the use of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security funds for gender confirmation surgeries, except for those already in treatment.

“Baskets of Learning” for new teachers

Two local nonprofits thank new teachers for choosing Hollister and San Benito County as their place to educate.

“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."

“Sanctuary cities” opponent: Community shouldn’t fear police inquiries after ruling

After a successful challenge against parts of Texas' new immigration enforcement law, a Latino advocacy group on Thursday said that the two provisions allowed to stand wouldn't create drastic changes in the way local law enforcement operates. On Wednesday night, U.S. District Court Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction and blocked key provisions of Senate Bill 4, a law Gov. Greg Abbott signed in May that seeks to outlaw “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas. As passed, the law forbids police chiefs, sheriffs, constables and other jail administrators from preventing an officer to ask about a person's immigration status during an arrest or lawful detention, or from sharing that information with federal officials. It would also require that jail officials honor all requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to hold an inmate for possible deportation, and it forbids governments from “adopting, enforcing, or endorsing” policies that materially limits immigration enforcement. Garcia blocked those provisions, arguing the detainer provision could violate a person's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

“Cheer” Squads Welcome Students Back

The little boy in the dark blue polo and khaki pants looked stoic and also a little perplexed as a line of adults cheered and smiled to welcome him to his first day of school Monday morning. at Lincoln-Bassett Community School.

“Let Us Live Our Dreams”

Sergio Olmedo-Ramirez added a poignant point when he joined New Haven officials Tuesday in calling for resistance to President Trump's decision to deport children of undocumented immigrants: He's one of those children. And he may have to leave the country he considers home.

“Many Thanks, Van Gogh”

A colorful three-story-tall banner of a charming silhouetted urban landscape — recognizable to New Haveners was unfurled Thursday morning on 817 Grand Ave.

“Serendipity” Opens Soon at Manna Gallery

“Serendipity”, Elaine Maute`'s new show of abstract encaustics and prints takes advantage of accidents, chance and luck. Her large luminous prints and smaller encaustic paintings are made using a loose, wet into wet technique. The show opens Friday, September 22 and runs through Saturday November 4. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, September 23, 2 – 4 pm. Light refreshments and wine will be served.



$2.7M in tax incentives driving projects in 19 communities

Gov. Phil Scott discusses downtown and village center tax credits across the street from the French Block in Montpelier. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
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$36 Billion May Be Low Estimate for Growing Elder Fraud

Photo: Jean Setzfand, AARP senior VP of programs, shown here in CNBC video accompanying this article online, specializes in financial elder abuse prevention. Fraud is becoming a bigger threat to your retirement security — even if you think you're too sharp to fall for a scam. One 2015 report estimated that older Americans lose $36.5 billion each year to financial scams and abuse. The problem is growing, and researchers say older adults experiencing cognitive decline are just a segment of the victims.
Three in 10 state securities regulators say they have seen an uptick over the past year in cases and complaints involving senior financial fraud and exploitation, according to a new survey from the North American Securities Administrators Association. Only three percent reported a decline.

$500K for Tioronda Bridge

First step toward restoration of historic crossing$500K for Tioronda Bridge was first posted on September 16, 2017 at 9:29 am.

10th annual Vermont Sings for Peace to benefit Migrant Justice

News Release — Counterpoint
September 7, 2016
Contact: Allison Devery
and Cameron Steinmetz
10th Annual Vermont Sings For Peace
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 pm
Supporting Migrant Justice
Montpelier, VT – September 7, 2017 – Vermont's premiere vocal ensemble Counterpoint announces their tenth annual “Sing for Peace” concert! In light of the changes in immigration and labor laws, this year's donations will benefit Migrant Justice. As political agendas at home drastically reform and restrict the American workforce, Migrant Justice acts as a champion for Vermont's farmworkers and has gained national attention for their cutting edge human rights organizing and their concrete victories. They work “to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights.” They advocate for the nearly 1,500 migrant VT farmworkers' rights to dignified work & quality housing, freedom of movement and access to transportation, freedom from discrimination, and access to health care. As Vermont Sings for Peace has always tried to be a force for change, supporting Migrant Justice was an obvious choice for the continued promotion of equality in our society.

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.

14th annual Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival returns to Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum

News Release — Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association
September 12, 2017
Erin Lorentz, Vermont Wood Manufacturers Assoc.erin@gwriters.com
WOODSTOCK, Vermont-Calling all lovers of farms, forests, and fine woodworking! This fall, one event celebrates those great aspects of Vermont. The Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 in Woodstock, Vermont at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park from 10am to 5pm each day! The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association has held this event for the past 14 years and has once again been named a Top TEN FALL EVENT from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce! The event has been held in historic Woodstock for the past 13 years, which is a quintessential Vermont town that attracts visitors from around the globe being easily accessible from the interstates and part of the Crossroads of Vermont Scenic Byway.

16 State Attorneys General Sue to Retain DACA

Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have sued to stop the Tump administration from winding down the DACA program, which granted a reprieve from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, the Washington Post reports. The suit in federal court in the Eastern District of New York alleges that rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a culmination of President Trump's “oft-stated commitments — whether personally held, stated to appease some portion of his constituency, or some combination thereof — to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots.” The suit says ending the program would damage states because DACA beneficiaries pay taxes, go to state universities and contribute in other ways. “Rescinding DACA will cause harm to hundreds of thousands of the States' residents, injure State-run colleges and universities, upset the States' workplaces, damage the States' economies, hurt State-based companies, and disrupt the States' statutory and regulatory interests,” the attorneys general wrote. The states listed as plaintiffs are New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia, along with the District of Columbia. The program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to obtain temporary work permits and other benefits, will be unwound gradually.

175 vacant homes in Rochester to be demolished

Mayor Lovely Warren is announcing a plan to demolish all vacant homes in Rochester. Currently, that list includes 175 properties, many that have been vacant for years. "The houses on our demolition list are beyond repair. They are unsafe and often contaminated with asbestos and lead. They can be a magnet for drug users and crime."

2 troublesome grizzly cubs find new home in St. Louis

Visitors to the St. Louis Zoo will be able to watch two grizzly bear cubs from Montana starting Friday. The male, Huckleberry and female, Finley, are both 2 1/2 years old. They and their mother were found disturbing residences and livestock, posing a risk to public safety. Montana wildlife officials killed the mother and sent the cubs to St.

2017 MAH Classic golf tournament a success for community health care

News Release — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
September 6, 2017
Amber Cutler
(802) 674-7327, Amber.Cutler@mahhc.org
WINDSOR, VT – On June 19, continuing a tradition that began 35 years ago, the Woodstock Country Club hosted the annual MAH Classic golf tournament. More than 80 golfers participated in a day filled with challenges and fun to raise funds for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) in Windsor and the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock. “The MAH Classic brings people together for a great cause and a good time,” said Charles Clement, Director of Development for the Hospital.

2017 Missouri veto session may be much ado about nothing

There's little to no consensus among Missouri lawmakers on whether they'll attempt to override any of first-year Gov. Eric Greitens' 6 vetoes during Wednesday's session. GOP leaders have been weighing options for holding one or more special sessions , including in the case of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, but there are no guarantees. The veto session begins at noon.

2017 West Nile Virus cases outpace previous years

The Department of Health reports five new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing the state total to 41 for the year. The new cases are in Clarke, Hinds, Lauderdale, Monroe and Yazoo counties. Last week, the Department of Health reported that two people had died of the virus. August and September are peak season for West Nile Virus, and the number of infections typically skyrockets during those months. But West Nile seems to have a firmer grip on the state in 2017 than it has in past years.

2017-18 season pass offerings at Vermont ski resorts

News Release — Ski Vermont
Sept. 6, 2017
Chloe Elliott
Communications Manager, Ski Vermont
802-223-2439, chloe@skivermont.com
For visitors coming to the Green Mountains to ski or snowboard this winter, season passes are one of the best investments to make. Not only is there no better feeling on a powder day than skipping the ticket line and heading straight to first chair, but skiers and snowboarders save immensely throughout the season when they purchase a pass at their favorite resort. Many of Vermont's resorts offer special discounts and passes like pre season deals, military, couples, student passes and more. Find out what's on sale for the 2017-18 season:
Bolton Valley
Lowest price deadline for passes: September 25, 2017
Highlighted Pass: The Ski Bum Pass
Price: $189 through Oct 31, 2017
The Ski Bum All Access Pass is for anyone ages 18-25.

22nd Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship Weekend at Chimney Point is Sept. 22-24

Press Release — Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
September 12, 2017
Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Sites Administrator
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
(802) 759-2412, Elsa.Gilbertson@vermont.gov
ADDISON, Vt. –The 22nd Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison will be September 22-24, 2017. This ancient spear-throwing tool competition is a highlight of Vermont Archaeology Month. The event also includes workshops on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Chimney Point field on the shore of Lake Champlain becomes a competition ground.

25 Years After Being Floated, a Massively Pared-Down AIDS Memorial Is Moving Forward

There's no AIDS memorial in San Diego, but a group of LGBT advocates is hoping to change that. The project on the table, though, is a shadow of what it once was. A much larger AIDS memorial came close to being built in Balboa Park almost 25 years ago. Now folks are saying the city deserves more than the small, hidden memorial that's being planned. Despite the grumblings, the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force is moving forward with plans to add a tribute to those affected by the disease.

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It's the last day of the Fall Member Drive.A huge thank you to the 96 readers who have already committed their financial support for MinnPost's nonprofit newsroom during the drive.29 more gifts are needed today to hit the drive goal. These tax-deductible member contributions fuel MinnPost's in-depth coverage of the politics and policies shaping Minnesota's future.Donate to MinnPost nowMembership at any level — even $10/month or $5/month — is vital to MinnPost's insightful news and expert analysis. Thank you to all members for your generous contributions.Here are recent comments from current members about why they support MinnPost.I support MinnPost because it supplies news I cannot find elsewhere. This is especially true of news originating in areas outside the metro. — Brynhild Rowberg, Northfield, MNExcellent in-depth coverage of statewide issues.

2d Utah Officer on Leave in Blood-Draw Investigation

A second Salt Lake City police officer was put on paid leave as authorities investigate the use of force in a nurse's arrest, the Associated Press reports. The July 26 incident on police body-camera video showed Detective Jeff Payne dragging nurse Alex Wubbels from a hospital and handcuffing her after she refused, citing hospital policy, to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient in a car-crash investigation. Prosecutors have asked for a criminal investigation, prompting the police department to put two officers on paid administrative leave. The second officer is believed to be Payne's boss, a lieutenant who reportedly called for the arrest if Wubbels kept interfering.

3 decades leading, growing Emerson Electric, Charles F. “Chuck” Knight dies at 81

Charles F. Knight, whose forceful personality and business acumen transformed Emerson from a successful, domestic manufacturer of motorized electrical products to a global technology giant, has died. He was 81. When he was named CEO of Emerson at age 37 in 1973, he became the youngest person to lead a billion-dollar company. He retired nearly three decades later and had helped convert Emerson into a company that had more than $15 billion in annual revenue. A 1989 Fortune magazine story called him “deliciously aggressive, driven, calculating and willing to body-punch when he gets in close.” Mr. Knight credited a childhood experience for his approach to work and to life.

3 Things to Watch as the City Ponders a Major Power Switch

It's fair to say that public power agencies are taking the state by storm. They are known as community choice aggregators, or CCAs. Dozens of cities across the state are talking about parting ways with their local power companies. Eight other local governments, mostly in Northern California, already have. San Diego is one of the cities considering a CCA, and it recently learned it might be able to buy cheaper and greener energy than San Diego Gas & Electric.

30-day comedy marathon will raise funds for veterans’ mental health nonprofit

Andy Steiner

For years, Chris Shaw has thought of comedy as a source of healing. Now he hopes that comedy can also be a source of philanthropy.In October, Shaw and three other Twin Cities comedians — John Bush, "Fancy Ray" McCloney and Rob Benton — will travel across Minnesota on a 30-day, 30-show comedy marathon, holding one performance each night at local VFWs and American Legions until they wrap up on Veterans Day in Minneapolis.Proceeds from the tour, known as Humor for Heroes, will support the Lone Survivor Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides support for veterans and their families in the form of all-expenses-paid healing retreats for individuals with combat-related PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma.In search of healingA retired Navy veteran, Shaw went on a Lone Survivor retreat last year; the experience was life changing.“The foundation really takes care of you,” he said. “You call them, you put yourself on the list for the next available slot. Once you're in, they pay for everything. They fly you down there.

381 new species described from the Amazon over two-year period

A new species of wild animal or plant is reported from the Amazon once every two days, concludes a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development, an environmental group based in Mamirauá, Brazil. The report found that between January 2014 and December 2015, scientists described 381 new species of wildlife from the Amazon in peer-reviewed scientific journals. These include 216 new species of plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals (two of which are fossils), 19 reptiles and one bird. With a new species being described almost every two days, this is the highest rate of discovery yet, WWF said in a statement. WWF's previous report, that had looked at species discoveries between 2010 and 2013, had found that about 441 new species were described from the Amazon in the four-year period, which is about one new species every 3.3 days.

3rd Annual LULAC Community Health Fair

LULAC provides a one-stop health event for the entire family

4 Radical Books to Read on the Beach This Labor Day

1. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott (Yale University Press)

Civilization isn't all it's cracked up to be. Yale University anthropologist James C. Scott argues that the agricultural revolution spread less through its merits than by force. We ended up with sliced bread and indoor plumbing, sure, but also disease, drudgery and the wide-scale domestication of labor, human and nonhuman. 2.

40 years ago: The day Ole Miss and Mississippi heat, humidity melted the Irish

Ole Miss athleticsL.Q. Smith races down the field on a 48-yard pass play from Tim Ellis on Sept. 17, 1977. It was the only pass Smith ever caught at Ole Miss and it came against eventual National Champion Notre Dame. That's Ellis, 18, in the background. Let's begin by going back to Sept.

41 Attorneys General Join to Probe Opioid Makers

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states are banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths. The coalition issued subpoenas seeking information from opioid manufacturers Endo International, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, and additional subpoenas to Purdue Pharma, NPR reports. The group is demanding documents from distribution companies AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. “Our subpoenas and letters seek to uncover whether or not there was deception involved, if manufacturers misled doctors and patients about the efficacy and addictive power of these drugs,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The industry already faces dozens of lawsuits by cities, counties and states, including Ohio, Missouri and Oklahoma.

5 Questions About DACA Answered

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in six months if Congress doesn't find a more permanent solution. Since it was enacted under President Barack Obama, about 800,000 immigrants who were children when they arrived in the U.S. illegally have received protections from the program. They include stay of deportation and the ability to legally work and go to school. In a tweet Tuesday evening, Trump signaled he supports legalizing DACA, saying he would revisit the issue if Congress can't legalize the program. Here's a look at who will be affected when DACA ends, why the program remains controversial and what happens next: 1.

5 Questions: Alan Brownstein

Cold Spring resident leading campaign for Hep B cure5 Questions: Alan Brownstein was first posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:42 am.

5 Questions: Marcy B. Freedman

Performance-art curator for The Farm Show5 Questions: Marcy B. Freedman was first posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:05 am.

5 Questions: Scott Snell

Broadcast cameraman and drone photographer5 Questions: Scott Snell was first posted on September 2, 2017 at 9:09 am.

50 years ago, Fulton teens made history

IAHS 1968 annualThe 1967 Itawamba AHS Indians broke the color line in Mississippi high school football. Mike Justice didn't know he was helping to make Mississippi history at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton half a century ago in the fall of 1967. All Justice wanted to do was win football games. And if new friends, such as Roy Lee Crayton, Hank Stone and Glen Clifton could help win, that was all the better. Never mind that Crayton, Stone and Clifton were African American – and Itawamba AHS football teams had always been all-white.

500 national and local investors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders gather to discuss climate economy

News Release — Vermont Council on Rural Development
September 8, 2017
Paul Costello
Burlington, VT – Five hundred creative entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders gathered at the University of Vermont for a three-day innovation summit hosted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to focus on the opportunities presented by the Climate Economy this week. The Climate Economy Initiative is built on the premise that confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism. The summit, cc:econ, kicked off Wednesday evening with a keynote speech delivered by environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author Paul Hawken, followed by a Kat Wright concert. On Thursday, cc:econ featured a series of panels, pitches, and presentations from entrepreneurs and investors from across the country. Speakers included Jigar Shah, a co-founder of Sunedison – the largest solar services company in the world, Paul Hendricks of Patagonia, and Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm.

5K for I Am Beacon

Fundraiser has both walk and run5K for I Am Beacon was first posted on September 20, 2017 at 7:15 am.

5th annual Southern Vermont Career Expo is Oct. 19

News Release — Windham County Workforce Development Network
September 18, 2017
Windham County Workforce Development Network
The Windham County Workforce Development Network (Windham WorkNet) is hosting the 5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO and Career Social on Thursday October 19th, 2017. Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have booths set up at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs will be able to connect with employers and learn about both full-time and part-time job opportunities or look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. The day will end with the Career Social, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Lounge, to meet and network with young professionals and successful business leaders. This years' EXPO has a dual-focus; offer opportunities for job seekers to access employment and internship opportunities on-site, and to raise greater awareness of jobs and careers in Windham County.

5th annual Step Into Action Recovery Walk to be held Sept. 23 in celebration of National Recovery Month

News Release — Step Into Action Recovery Walk
Sept. 15, 2017
Media Contact:
Laura Kessen
Step Into Action Recovery Walkrecoverywalkvt@gmail.com
Walk Celebrates Vermont Recovery Community and Brings Awareness to Substance Use Disorders
DATE: September 23rd, 2017
TIME: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 9:00a.m.
LOCATION: First Unitarian Universalist Society,152 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT
DETAILS: The Step Into Action Recovery Walk will be taking place on Saturday September 23rd, 2017 in celebration of National Recovery Month. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with Keynote speaker Jolinda LeClair, Director of Drug Prevention Policy, kicking off the event at 9:45 a.m. The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. and will culminate with additional speakers, a celebration of recovery and a sharing of stories at The Unitarian Universalist Society. Additional activities include free lunch, raffles, resource tables and sponsor presentations, community partners, yoga, meditation, Zumba, and music. Presenting Sponsors include: New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Women's Oxford House, Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR), University of Vermont Medical Center, and Aspenti Health.

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.

63,000 Students Sign Up For New U-Pass

A new program that allows students at 16 state universities and community colleges to take unlimited train and bus rides for a small fee paid to their university could be a boon for transit riders throughout Connecticut.

7 tips on when to give children their first phone

When should parents give children their first cellphone or smartphone? What factors should be considered? How do maturity, development and sleep considerations play into it all? St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh talked about the issues with two doctors: Ken Haller, SLUCare pediatrician at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Mini Tandon, Washington University child psychiatrist at St.

76 more donations needed to hit member drive goal and keep MinnPost going strong

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80% of Bornean orangutans live outside protected areas

Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government. The study, called the 2016 Orangutan Population and Habitat Viability Assessment, was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Released last month, it is the third of its kind, with the last one done in 2004. The study confirms that orangutan populations have plummeted as their forest habitats continue to be flattened by the expansion of industry. So too has an illegal pet trade taken its toll on remaining populations.

8th annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk is Oct. 8

News Release — Champlain Valley Buddy Walk
Sept. 20, 2017
Tim McQuiston
The 8th Annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk will take place at Burlington's Battery Park on Sunday, October 8, with on-site registration opening at noon and the walk commencing at 1:00 PM. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The one-mile Buddy Walk will begin about 1 pm and start from Battery Park. We will head over to Church Street and return.

A click for your thoughts: Missouri governor crowdsources policy ideas

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' online savvy extends beyond signing bills and executive orders on Facebook. This summer, he launched a website to crowdsource public policy ideas and ways to be more efficient through May 2018. It's an effort that's used in several other states where Republicans are at the helm. But some argue it's being used to raise Greitens' national profile and to target regulations that protect things like consumers and the environment.

A Colorado town thought it had $21.4M in a TABOR fund. Woops. Turns out it had $2.4 million.

“The city of Loveland's finance manager, who has led his department for five years, personally apologized to the City Council and the residents of Loveland on Tuesday for a multimillion-dollar budget mistake that predated his tenure by two decades,” reports The Loveland Reporter Herald. “At the City Council study session Tuesday night, budget director Brent Worthington and two of his staff members explained to the council how a fund that they believed held $21.4 million this year actually has just $2.4 million in it. Worthington said he holds himself and his staff to the highest standards.”
“In the weeks before and after Halloween, a few clowns in Longmont go into hiding. With the release of the remake of ‘It' — a movie about a demonized clown based on the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King — Longmont United Hospital's Caring Clowns are predicting even more backlash than they experienced during last year's reports of people disguised as evil clowns,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “Kathy Shook, who has been a professional clown for about 30 years, said that the Hollywood portrayal of clowns as figures to fear has negatively impacted her intention to spread joy.

A Connecticut ‘dreamer,’ committed to the fight, will not return to the shadows

WASHINGTON -- Lucas Codognolla was born in Brazil, grew up as an average American child in Connecticut and is a UConn grad. But President Donald Trump has put his future and that of other undocumented young people in this country on shaky ground. In this Sunday conversation, we talk to him about how he's handling the end of DACA, a program that has shielded 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation.

A Fall Celebration of Local Harvest and Culinary Delights

The San Benito Olive Festival welcomes all families and foodies to its 4th annual gourmet celebration on October 14, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos.

A global view from a mountain town: how conservation became ingrained in Monteverde

Sitting in a cloud forest on top of the Cordillera de Tilarán, the mountaintop town of Monteverde, Costa Rica seems isolated. But, its view stretches far beyond its boundaries. In today's world, many believe that individual actions cannot make a difference. However, in Monteverde one community, made up of many individuals, has become the driving force behind conservation. Monteverde is an exceptional place.

A group says it wants to end partisan redistricting in Colorado. Would its plan really do that?

A coalition that launched a revamped plan it says would take partisanship out of how state and federal political districts are drawn is facing suspicions about its motives in a state with a bitter history that has left its district maps stained with bad blood. At issue is a group called Fair Districts Colorado and its effort to persuade voters through a package of proposed ballot measures in 2018 to change the way electoral maps are drawn. It's happening in this swingy state where voters are nearly evenly balanced among Democrats, Republicans and those who are unaffiliated with a party. And it's happening at a time when political frustration with gerrymandering— a term for drawing political boundaries for partisan gain— is sizzling on the national stage. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case out of Wisconsin next month about whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution.

A Hard Goodbye for the Family Service Association

After 16 years as the Family Service Association's president and CEO, Nancy Hard announced that she will retire once a successor has been chosen.
The post A Hard Goodbye for the Family Service Association appeared first on Rivard Report.

A Left Strategy for Breaking the Power of Trump and His White-Supremacist Base

A longer version of this article appeared on Organizing Upgrade. The white-supremacist violence In Charlottesville—and Donald Trump's embrace of the "very fine people" who marched and murdered under Confederate and Nazi banners—did more than sharpen the intense polarization already underlying U.S. politics. It spotlighted the dangerous role white nationalism plays in galvanizing Trump's racially anxious white social base, while energizing the anti-racist and democratic-minded forces that have the potential to overcome it. Realizing that potential is going to require the resistance—especially its radical wing—to up our game. This escalation must be anchored in five key points:


A lingering ‘legacy’: Deforestation warms climate more than expected

Scientists know that the carbon released by large-scale deforestation in the tropics inevitably helps boost global temperatures. Now, new research indicates that this conversion of land, often to farms and ranches to produce food for people, has a bigger impact on the climate than anticipated. “Normally people only think about what's happening right now when they think about the carbon budget,” said Natalie Mahowald, a climatologist at Cornell University and lead author of the study, in a statement. “But if you think about what's going to happen over the lifetime of that land, long into the future, you should multiply that land conversion by two to understand the net effect of it.” Land in Guatemala that has been deforested for cattle ranching. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay Only about 20 percent of the carbon dioxide that's been added to the atmosphere comes from clearing forests.

A Look at de Blasio’s National Stature and the State of City Hospitals: Campaign Headlines for Sept. 10

” You might be surprised but most people don't recognize him outside of New York City.”
Eric Phillips, the mayor's spokesman, about his boss
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A Primary Week PrimerWNYC
“Mayor Bill de Blasio is up against four Democratic challengers: Sal Albanese, Richard Bashner, Robert Gangi and Michael Tolkin. Mara Gay, who covers City Hall for The Wall Street Journal, participates in a lightning round on the candidates as well as a look back on a week that featured the second of two debates between de Blasio and Albanese… and some in-your-face personal attacks on the mayor courtesy of the only Republican in the race, Nicole Malliotakis.”

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The Incredible Shrinking MayorThe New York Times
“Mayor Bill de Blasio should be at the peak of his powers. Crime is down. The economy is up. He has scared away his most serious possible challengers this election year.

A Million-Dollar Council Race, in the Bronx

Jim HendersonThe view from City Island, a small but distinctive part of Council District 13. Chances are, when you think of the Bronx, you do not picture many of the neighborhoods that comprise Council District 13, where one of the more interesting races in the northern borough will take place on Primary Day, September 12. Not only does the district include the Bronx's seaport, City Island, and the seaside communities of Edgewater Park and Silver Beach, it also encompasses the suburban-style blocks of Morris Park and the affluence of Country Club. Allerton, Ferry Point, Locust Point, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway, Schuylerville, Spencer Estates, Throggs Neck, Van Nest, Waterbury LaSalle, Westchester Square and Zerega are also part of the sprawling district. Some of those neighborhoods do boast the tan-bricked, six-story apartment buildings that characterize the rest of the Bronx.

A Minnesota-based nonprofit is trying to take the fuzziness out of improving student motivation

Erin Hinrichs

Before welcoming students back to Risen Christ Catholic School — a private school based in Minneapolis' Powderhorn neighborhood — teachers and school leaders sat down to revisit some new student data they'd collected from their middle schoolers last year. The self-reported student surveys gave them insight on things like how much students think teachers value their opinions and how comfortable they are being themselves at school.Looking at everyone's responses, a couple of things stood out, said the school's principal, Liz Ramsey. Students indicated they didn't feel they had much of a voice in what happens at school. And while they started out the year largely believing their intelligence isn't fixed — but, rather, something to be built upon over time — many finished the school year feeling disillusioned.Ramsey says they realized this dip in confidence may have had something to do with the fact that students took the second survey right after standardized testing season. “That tells us we need to do a better job preparing kids for those tests and helping them understand that it's a snapshot of what they know — it's not the final word,” Ramsey said.In seeking to boost student engagement, school leadership connected last year with the Search Institute, which was looking to test a new program called REACH: Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition and Heart.

A Neck-and-Neck Council Race to Replace Mark-Viverito

Abigail Savitch-LewCandidate Diana Ayala and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito await election results on primary night, Tuesday September 12 2017. While a winner has not yet been officially declared for the open seat in District 8, which will be vacated by termed-out council member and Speaker of the Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, Diana Ayala, Mark-Viverito's deputy chief of staff, has declared victory with 43.64 percent of the vote. Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez took 42.20 percent, with 97.62 percent of scanners reported as of about 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Rodriguez had not conceded at press time. “This race is far too close to call right now, and it is premature for anyone to declare a victory.

A New Bill of Rights for Workers: 10 Demands the Labor Movement Can Fight for and Win

On a cloudy afternoon in April 2006, Roger Toussaint led a procession of union workers across the Brooklyn Bridge. Toussaint, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100 and an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago, was on his way to surrender himself to the authorities to serve a 10-day jail sentence. His crime? He led the largely Black and Latino union membership in a 60-hour strike the previous winter, shutting down the city's subway and bus system in violation of a judge's injunction and New York's 1967 Taylor Law, which bans public-sector strikes. The court also slapped the union with a $2.5 million fine and suspended its ability to collect dues for a year.

A new direction for Breen

BenitoLink content director is moving to an advisory role with the website as his teaching role at San Benito High School becomes full-time

A Not-So-Internal MaA Not-So-Internal Mayoral Poll, Electric Cars and 100K Jobs: Campaign Headlines for Sept. 21yoral Poll, Electric Cars and 100K Jobs: Campaign Headlines for Sept. 21

” … [T]he end result of course is that it is making life more difficult for New Yorkers when they are trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote.”
— Councilmember Daniel Garodnick in a letter to the city Board of Elections complaining about the changing of polling sites
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GOP Mayoral Hopeful's Internal Poll Indicates a (Somewhat) Closer Race
The New York Post
“Political consultant Jerry Skurnik, who helped run former Mayor Ed Koch's re-election bids, said campaigns typically keep a tight lid on internal polling — unless they're way behind in public polls or way ahead and worry about supporters getting complacent and not coming out on Election Day. ‘They're afraid that their fundraising money will dry up because of the gap in the public polls. They have to push back against that,' Skurnik said of the Malliotakis campaign. Malliotakis is trying to raise about $50,000 more to qualify for more than $1 million dollars in public matching funds. The Campaign Finance Board will likely determine whether she qualifies for public dollars at a Sept.

A panic room for corals.

After Hurricane Irma, and with Jose and Katia bearing down, the need for a coral vault seems even more urgent.

A Pipe Dream to Bring Colorado River Water to San Diego Re-Emerges

The San Diego County Water Authority, tired of paying a middle man to deliver water from hundreds of miles away, is starting to cast out for ideas once written off as laughable. One board member has even suggested San Diego may consider building a pipeline of its own to the Colorado River. The pipeline would give the Water Authority a chance to accomplish a long-held goal: breaking a monopoly held by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the region's largest water supplier and the owner of the only physical connection San Diego has to the Colorado River. But it would be among the most expensive, disruptive and ambitious projects ever built in the region. That it would even be discussed reveals how intense the rivalry between the Water Authority and Metropolitan has become.

A primer on Jewish High Holidays

News Release — Akeda Foundation
Sept. 15, 2017
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The first thing about ‘The High Holiday Primmer' is of course the date(s). The year 5778 (2017) is mentioned because, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Customs for the High Holidays begin with the inception of the month of Elul which is the month before Tishrei where the New Year falls.

A St. Louis Park startup’s idea? Rent payments should help build credit

Consumers have historically used credit cards to build their credit, but for some, that method has proven more detrimental than helpful. Identifying the need for an alternative method, Matt Briggs launched RentTrack in 2014, giving residents the option to build their credit history through rent payments.Based in St. Louis Park, RentTrack is an online payment platform that renters can use to securely pay their rent while building their credit history. It's the first and only company to report rent payments to all three major credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax).The idea for the company was developed based on the belief that renters should receive the same benefit as mortgage holders by getting credit for paying their rent on time. “Rent, which is typically the largest expenditure, has only shown up [on your credit report] if you don't pay it,” says Briggs, co-founder and CEO.

A system under strain: GOP’s treatment of Garland and Dems’ blue slips underscore hyperpartisan times

Eric Black

On Friday, the day after I expressed some views about Sen. Al Franken's decision to block the confirmation of Justice David Stras to a federal appellate court appointment, the Strib weighed in with an editorial calling Franken's decision “ignoble.”Online dictionary: “Ignoble: of low character, aims, etc.; mean; base; of low grade or quality; inferior.”In my piece, I mainly said that anyone who discusses Franken's decision to block Stras without considering the context of Senate Republicans' successful blockage of President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, without granting him even a hearing, is not being straight.To their credit, the Strib editorial did mention Garland. It said that “the sharp-elbows partisanship that drove Republican decisions in the Garland and Gorsuch matters helps explain Franken's decision. But it doesn't justify it.”But the Strib didn't discuss what it means by “doesn't justify.” Or, perhaps to be specific, didn't suggest what an appropriate response by Franken or other Democrats to the Garland matter would be, other than, perhaps, to decry “sharp-elbows partisanship,” but go ahead ignoring partisanship as Republicans continue to pack the court with lifetime appointments to young conservatives.Franken, I should note, did not mention Garland in explaining his decision to block Stras. I have assumed that this was an important part of the background of his decision, and I still assume it. But I should and will seek his comment on that.Over the weekend, you may have noticed, the two Democratic senators from Oregon also announced that they would withhold their “blue slips” and block the nomination of Ryan Bounds, another young (age 44) conservative to a vacancy on the federal appellate court.Sens.

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 year before Harvey, Houston-area flood control chief saw no “looming issues”

As the Houston region begins its recovery from the worst rainfall to ever befall a major metropolitan area in modern U.S. history, many flooded-out residents are asking whether local officials could have done anything to mitigate the damage wreaked by Hurricane Harvey. The short answer from scientists and experts: Yes. While Houston — nicknamed the "Bayou City" — is naturally flood prone, hydrologists, environmental engineers, and federal officials told The Texas Tribune and ProPublica last year that unchecked development over the decades has heightened flooding risks. They also say the Houston region must start planning for more intense and frequent rainfall events and move away from looking at the past to predict what might happen in the future. In recent years, some local officials have attempted to strengthen rules to protect from catastrophic flooding, but their efforts have been shot down by politically powerful developers.

A year on ice.

Why scientists are preparing to freeze the research vessel Polarstern in sea ice near the North Pole.

A&M and TCU climb, Baylor and SMU slip in 2018 U.S. News college rankings

Rice University in Houston is by far the best college in Texas — and the 14th-best school in the nation — according to U.S. News and World Reports' latest college rankings. No other Texas universities broke the top 50 of the magazine's influential rankings. But five jockeyed for position in spots 50 to 80, including the University of Texas at Austin (second in Texas, 56th overall) and Dallas' Southern Methodist University (61st overall). Texas A&M University ranks fourth in the state this year, climbing from 74th in the nation last year to 69th this year. A&M surpassed Baylor University, which fell four spots this year to 75th overall.

AARP Vermont is accepting applications for Community Action Grant Program

News Release — AARP Vermont
August 31, 2017
David Reville, Communications Director
AARP Vermont
BURLINGTON, VT — Change always starts with a good idea and energy…and sometimes a little jump start! As a way to encourage and support grassroots action to make Burlington more livable, AARP Vermont is once again offering Community Action Grants to provide modest funding and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Livable BTV, an AARP Vermont initiative aimed at preparing Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement. The deadline for applications is October 6, 2017. The Community Action Grants will provide financial and other support to groups within Burlington that will advocate for improvements in the following areas:
Affordable housing options for older residents
Delivery of services to help older residents age in the setting of their choice
Pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, amenities for walkers, public art, safe street crossings, navigation, etc.)
Public transit
Fostering intergenerational and multi-cultural connection
Financial security for low income older residents
Socialization and fostering community connection for older residents
Education and awareness about LGBTQ elders
Community accessibility for disabled residents
“These sponsorships are intended to inspire and support grassroots groups that have a vision for their neighborhood or the city and how it can be improved to the meet the needs of all residents,” said Kelly Stoddard Poor of AARP Vermont.

AARP’s Long-Term Care Scorecard for Elders’ Wellbeing

Photo: Maria Luisa Pallares (second in middle row) practices TaiChi at a health event organized by Sunset Community Health Center in Yuma. Ariz. (Credit Stephanie Sanchez)Click to listen to her public radio report.YUMA, Ariz.--At age 82, Maria Luisa Pallares sways her arms as she practices Tai Chi, a gentle form of exercise that can help maintain balance, flexibility and strength. She is among a group of seniors at a recent week-long health event organized by Sunset Community Health Center in Yuma, Ariz. It was her first Tai Chi experience."I am very happy here and they've treated me well," Pallares said.

Abbott getting a new chief of staff, among other major staffing changes

Gov. Greg Abbott is making major changes in his office after his first two regular sessions — and a special session — bringing in several new senior staffers with deep legislative experience, according to aides. Daniel Hodge, Abbott's chief of staff, is departing after holding the top job since the governor took office in 2015. Hodge, who's worked for Abbott since his 2002 campaign for attorney general, is being replaced by Luis Saenz, Abbott's former appointments director in the governor's office. Other new additions include Tommy Williams, currently the vice chancellor for federal and state relations at the Texas A&M University System. Williams, a former Republican state senator from The Woodlands who chaired the Finance Committee, is joining Abbott's office as senior adviser for fiscal affairs.

Abbott temporarily halts license-to-carry replacement fees due to Harvey

Texans who have lost or damaged their license to carry a handgun as a result of Hurricane Harvey can temporarily receive a free replacement, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday. “By eliminating burdensome fees to replace these important licenses, Texans can focus on rebuilding their lives and communities," Abbott said in a news release, directing the Texas Department of Public Safety to halt charging eligible residents $25 for a license to carry replacement card and $15 for a private security board one. A DPS spokesman told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday that the agency did not have estimates on the number of Texans who had a lost or damaged license because of Harvey. Per Abbott's release, residents in counties that were included in the gubernatorial disaster declaration and who are active license holders are eligible to receive a replacement at no cost. Abbott's announcement comes days after a new law significantly reducing the first-time and renewal fees for a license to carry a handgun went into effect.

Abbott, Paxton send Trump letter requesting FEMA funding for churches

Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday requesting that churches and other houses of worship have the same access to FEMA disaster-relief funding as secular non-profit organizations following Hurricane Harvey. The letter comes after U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, along with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, introduced a bill on Monday that would make houses of worship eligible to FEMA Public Assistance grants. The grants provide funding to repair or reconstruct private nonprofit facilities, such as museums. Houses of worship were deemed ineligible for the grants under the 1988 Stafford Act. The letter argues faith-based organizations have played a large role in the recovery efforts following the storm.

Abenaki concerns about nuclear site’s future gaining attention

Rich Holschuh, public liaison for the Elnu Abenaki tribe, stands by the Connecticut River in Brattleboro. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
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ABQ city councilor wants congressional investigation into ATF sting

An Albuquerque city councilor is calling for a congressional investigation of a massive, undercover federal sting operation that targeted a poor, largely minority section of his district last year in an attempt to blunt the city's gun and drug crime. Pat Davis, a Democrat who represents the International District and is running for Congress himself, […]

Absentee Voting Hours Extended

The city clerk's office will open this Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m.-5p.m., and for an extra hour on Monday, Sept. 11 (until 6 p.m.) so people can cast absentee ballots for the Tuesday Democratic primaries.

Abstinence-only programs don’t delay teen sex or reduce risky behaviors, research finds

Susan Perry

Last May, Congress raised the funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs to $90 million a year, the highest amount since 2009.More recently, the Trump administration announced it was abruptly ending almost $214 million in grants for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which has been offering innovative comprehensive sex-education programs to adolescents across the country.Both of these moves are unwise. We should be spending more on comprehensive sex-education programs and none on abstinence-only ones, as two major reviews of the latest research on the topic — published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health — make clear. The scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that abstinence-only education programs for young people are simply “not effective,” for they neither delay young people's first sexual encounters nor reduce risky sexual behavior, the reviews point out.Such programs also “violate adolescent rights, stigmatize or exclude many youth, and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes,” the researchers add. “While abstinence is theoretically effective, in actual practice, intentions to abstain from sexual activity often fail,” said Dr. John Santelli, the lead author of one of the reviews and a professor of population and family health at Columbia University, in a released statement. “These programs simply do not prepare young people to avoid unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases.”Unethical as well as ineffectiveThe two reviews relied on many different sources to come to their conclusions, including scientific studies, reports from educators and policymakers involved in sex education and adolescent health, as well as information from human rights organizations.That evidence revealed that abstinent-only-until-marriage programs fail at their purported goal — to protect adolescents from negative health outcomes — for a variety of reasons.

Accel-VT invites entrepreneurs to solve electric grid challenges

News Release — Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Sept. 13, 2017
Rachel Carter
Communications Director
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Vermont seizes climate change economic growth and resource renewal opportunities
Accel-VT invites entrepreneurs from across North America to solve electric grid challenges and accelerate business growth in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As national environmental protections are deregulated and challenges presented by climate change become more widely recognized, Vermont positions itself as the state where climate change and resource renewal can spark business growth and economic development. A national climate economy innovation summit held in early September in Burlington, Vermont welcomed entrepreneurs from across North America interested in building an economy in Vermont that embraces the opportunities presented by climate change challenges. Vermont is a leader in both sustainability and self-sufficiency, and multiple stakeholders with diverse perspectives are working together to build capacity for transformative climate change solutions that create jobs for Vermont communities.

Accreditation commission concludes ‘extreme emergency situation’ exists in Jackson Public Schools

Rogelio V. Solis, APFreddrick Murray, interim superintendent for the Jackson Public School, right, defends the corrective efforts undertaken by his schools to the critical audit by the Mississippi Department of Education, while Paula Vanderford, chief accountability officer for the MDE, listens to his response at the school's state takeover hearing Wednesday in Jackson. The Jackson Public School District is a step closer to possible state takeover after a commission announced Wednesday there is evidence an extreme emergency situation exists in the district. The Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation voted 10- 1 in favor of the motion for state takeover. Board member Ann Jones, who represents Jackson, was the only person to vote against the motion. Member Sean Brewer did not vote.

Acquitted MO Cop: ‘Everyone Wants Someone to Blame’

“It feels like a burden has been lifted, but the burden of having to kill someone never really lifts,” former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who was acquitted Friday or murder, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The taking of someone's life is the most significant thing one can do, and it's not done lightly. … My main concern now is for the first responders, the people just trying to go to work and the protesters.

Across the Bronx, Cops, Parents, Merchants and Kids Brace for the Inevitable: Summer’s End and a Return to School

Madeleine Crenshaw: Justice Aponte, 11, and his sister Layla, 9, plays in the sand before they go back to school. Ammiyoka Covington, 23, stands in line with her two boys in the lobby of P.S. 306 in Mount Hope along with several other families. Most of them are waiting to register their children for school, but Covington has brought her older son, Kaeden, for a different reason. “He has two last names,” Covington says. “I wanted them to use the name that he's been using for four years, and not the name that they have down.”
Wearing bucket hats to protect their faces from the sun, Kaeden, 4, and his brother, Nyzair, 3, are in their play clothes and are more interested in getting to the small playground behind the school.

ACT scores in Miss.: Juniors drop, seniors go up

The average ACT scores for juniors in Mississippi last school year fell short of the minimum score needed to be deemed college ready in all four testing areas. Overall, juniors saw a dip in scores from 18.3 in 2016 to 18 in 2017, state education officials said. State education officials said the average score for English for 12th graders did exceed the benchmark score of 18, although seniors' average scores on the remaining three subjects did not meet the corresponding scores, known as target benchmark scores. However, the average composite score among the graduating class increased from 18.4 in 2016 to 18.6 in 2017. Kayleigh Skinner, Mississippi TodayState Education Superintendent Carey Wright
“ACT scores among graduates are rising as more students take advantage of advanced coursework opportunities.

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 expect continued growth in Illinois clean energy jobs

A recent report highlighting the expansion of the clean-energy workforce in Illinois reflects a broader trend toward a Midwestern power system that is more networked, more decentralized, and more dependent on solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. Nearly 120,000 Illinoisans were working in clean energy in 2016, representing a 4.8 percent increase over the prior year, according to a study released last week. The analysis – which is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a survey of thousands – was conducted by Clean Energy Trust (CET), a Chicago-based cleantech accelerator, and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national group of business leaders that advocates for economic and environmental policies. Recent legislation and private investments suggest that the clean energy workforce in Illinois will continue to grow. Many hope last December's passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act will spark a boom in renewables, efficiency and smart grid activity in the state.

Advocates say Iowa utility’s proposal could lead to fee for solar customers

An Iowa utility that failed earlier this year to impose new constraints on solar customers is making another attempt in its currently pending rate case. Interstate Power & Light has asked the Iowa Utilities Board to allow it to create two new rate classes for “partial requirements” customers — those who generate some of their own energy. The utility has not requested a new rate for solar customers, but clean energy proponents suspect it will be coming if the Iowa Utilities Board approves the proposed new rate classes. In another move that would tend to impinge on efforts to reduce energy use, the utility has asked for a $3 increase in the fixed monthly fee for residential customers. The utility wants to raise the fixed fee by $6.20 for small business customers.

Advocates, Council Continue Push for Deeper Affordability

Abigail Savitch-LewMembers of the Real Affordability for All Coalition announce their new report on the steps of City Hall, September 14, 2017. Criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio's housing strategy from both residents and Democratic challengers did not stop the mayor from winning by a wide margin in Tuesday's primary. But that doesn't mean concerned constituents are sitting tight. On Thursday morning, affordability advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce what they say is the worsening of the affordability crisis under de Blasio—just before members of the City Council pressed the administration to tweak the housing initiative to better serve low-income New Yorkers. With de Blasio “expected to coast to re-election victory,” the members of the Real Affordability for All coalition (RAFA) are “wasting no time pushing him to make changes to his housing plan” with the release of a “damning new report” a press release said.

Affordable condos added to plans for former Burlington College land

A design rendering of the proposed Cambrian Rise project on the former Burlington College campus. Source: city of Burlington
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Afghan Refugees Rise Up Across Europe

“In Afghanistan, the Taliban or Daesh kill me once, but here in Greece I am being killed every day.”

–An Afghan refugee living in a camp outside Athens

ATHENS, GREECE—Afghan refugees across Europe are organizing demonstrations against the deportation policies of the European Union. In particular, they are demanding their rights under international law, which are continuously being violated by two 2016 deals: the Joint Way Forward agreement between the EU and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the EU-Turkey agreement. The EU-Afghanistan Joint Way Forward Agreement (JWF), signed Oct. 2, 2016, allows EU member states to deport an unlimited number of Afghan asylum seekers by classifying them as economic migrants rather than refugees, and obliges the Afghan government to receive them. Thanks to a leaked memo, it is widely known to have been a backroom deal that Afghanistan was forced to accept in order to receive humanitarian aid.

Afghan Refugees Rise Up Across Europe

“In Afghanistan, the Taliban or Daesh kill me once, but here in Greece I am being killed every day.”

–An Afghan refugee living in a camp outside Athens

ATHENS, GREECE—Afghan refugees across Europe are organizing demonstrations against the deportation policies of the European Union. In particular, they are demanding their rights under international law, which are continuously being violated by two 2016 deals: the Joint Way Forward agreement between the EU and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the EU-Turkey agreement. The EU-Afghanistan Joint Way Forward Agreement (JWF), signed Oct. 2, 2016, allows EU member states to deport an unlimited number of Afghan asylum seekers by classifying them as economic migrants rather than refugees, and obliges the Afghan government to receive them. Thanks to a leaked memo, it is widely known to have been a backroom deal that Afghanistan was forced to accept in order to receive humanitarian aid.

Africa’s Internet Shutdowns Stifling Press Freedom

Editor's Note: In the run-up to #GIJC17 in Johannesburg in November, we are publishing a series of articles on the state of journalism in Africa to give conference-goers perspective on the continent. This will be the tenth GIJC and the first time the conference will be held in Africa. “The internet for journalism is now like the air you breathe,” said Befeqadu Hailu, an Ethiopian journalist and a member of the Zone 9 blogger collective who was arrested in April 2014 and charged with terrorism. “Without the internet, modern journalism means nothing.”
Yet, the internet is something that journalists in multiple African countries are often forced to do without. Between May 30 and June 8, the Ethiopian government shut down the country's internet service for the third time in the last year.

After ‘Pretty Brutal’ Weeks, Valero Sets Sights on Mexico

Hurricane Harvey forced the shut-down of major oil operations along the Gulf Coast, Valero pumped and delivered oil until its tanks were nearly dry. The post After ‘Pretty Brutal' Weeks, Valero Sets Sights on Mexico appeared first on Rivard Report.

After deadly mudslides in Sierra Leone, a Minnesota journalist pushes community to go beyond donations

Ibrahim Hirsi

After deadly mudslides swept through Sierra Leone earlier this month, numerous events were held throughout Twin Cities metro area — meetings that both raised money for relief efforts in the west African country and detailed how the disaster had impacted many of the estimated 8,000 members of the Sierra Leone community in Minnesota. And yet, Issa Mansaray, a leader and journalist who's well-known among the Sierra Leone community in Minnesota, skipped many of those meetings. Not because he wasn't sympathetic, but because he thinks the community needs to start going beyond fundraisers. That also why, next month, he's organizing a community gathering to push Sierra Leonean leaders to more effectively address some of the country's recurring problems.“We're trying to bring the issue into the international spotlight,” said Mansaray, who runs the Brooklyn Center-based Africa Institute for International Reporting, which advocates for freedom of the press and provides media training for journalists. “The issues in Sierra Leone have been going on for many years, but certain things have never been addressed; this is why the solutions are not there.” 'Having a genuine conversation'In the morning of Aug.

After Equifax Data Breach, Consumers Are Largely On Their Own

When it comes to dealing with the aftermath of Equifax's massive data breach, it'll be up to consumers to be on guard against data thieves, experts say. Last week, the credit-rating company disclosed that it was hacked earlier this year, leaving 143 million U.S. consumers' personal information exposed. Equifax now faces numerous lawsuits, a huge stock price hit , and several state and federal investigations. Its slow and incomplete response continues to anger people all over the country, leaving many consumers wondering what — if anything — they can do to protect themselves, if the company tasked with safeguarding their credit can't even make its phone lines operate. Lisa Gerstner has been tracking Equifax's bungled response, both as a possible victim and as a writer for Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

After Equifax, New York takes steps to protect consumers against future data hacks

In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place. As Cuomo explained on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show , banks and insurance companies are required to have cybersecurity protections in place when handling customer's sensitive data, like Social Security numbers and credit history. But credit reporting companies are not required to have the same kind of security against potential data hackers. “Credit reporting agencies are nowhere. They just have no regulation and they really fell in this loophole.

After Harvey: Displaced Foster Care Populations Find ‘Friends’ in SA

Children in foster care in the greater Houston area are again finding themselves displaced as flood waters have wiped out around 50,000 homes. The post After Harvey: Displaced Foster Care Populations Find ‘Friends' in SA appeared first on Rivard Report.

After Heavy Demand, Gasoline Supplies Slowly Returning to Normal

Lines were still long to fill up at gas stations across San Antonio, but officials reported that supplies are stabilizing following Hurricane Harvey. The post After Heavy Demand, Gasoline Supplies Slowly Returning to Normal appeared first on Rivard Report.

After Irma, Can Florida Utilities Be Trusted to Rebuild?

In the coming days, millions of Floridians will return home to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Also now tasked with rebuilding are Florida's major utilities—companies like NextEra Energy, Inc., Duke Energy and Emera Inc.

These companies face a choice: To double-down on a utility model that's vulnerable to storms and fueling more brutal ones, or start transitioning to a grid better equipped to handle hurricanes—and help keep them from getting worse. The question is whether they can be trusted to choose well. As of Friday, roughly 3.8 million Florida residents were without power. The state's utilities will have to restore electricity to their customers while reconstructing vast swaths of the state's transmission lines and generating capacity.

After Months of Stagnation on Shelter Plan, Faulconer Pledges Action

In January, Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to quickly add hundreds of shelter beds to aid San Diego's growing homeless population. After months of stagnation, his staff settled on three sites that had been on city officials' radar all along. Faulconer on Wednesday announced the city will pitch temporary tents at Barrio Logan and Midway sites that for years housed winter homeless tents, and at a third East Village parking lot that city officials have inquired about since at least the beginning of the year. The difference maker: A deadly hepatitis A outbreak that's left 16 dead, infected more than 400 people and disproportionately battered those living on the streets. As street homelessness grew this year, Faulconer pledged quick action but then said consensus would be necessary.

After the Quake: San Antonio Prepares to Help Mexico

San Antonio will launch a community-wide effort to provide relief to Mexico City which was shook by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake Tuesday. The post After the Quake: San Antonio Prepares to Help Mexico appeared first on Rivard Report.

After the Storm, A Flood of Humanity

Since Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast and Houston, the world has been in awe of the humanitarian response by average citizens of Texas. The post After the Storm, A Flood of Humanity appeared first on Rivard Report.

After the Vote: Lee High School Students Speak Out on Name Change

With the NEISD board's decision finalized, Lee students are now faced with the challenge of coming up with a new name for their school. The post After the Vote: Lee High School Students Speak Out on Name Change appeared first on Rivard Report.

After Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, Minnesota’s undocumented community vows to fight back

Ibrahim Hirsi

Minnesota immigration advocates and residents affected by the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, are vowing to resist the controversial move. “We're fighting for people that are in our community,” said Catalina Morales, during a Tuesday evening rally in Minneapolis. “We're fighting for people that have contributed their whole lives to this country.”Morales, whose Mexico-born parents came the U.S. when she was 2 years old, is among more than approximately 6,000 Minnesotans enrolled in DACA program, a group known as Dreamers.Created in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, DACA let people like Morales — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — get work permits and receive temporary but renewable protection from deportation. Dreamers are also eligible for drivers' licenses, state health insurance as well as limited ability to travel for humanitarian and educational purposes. It was because of DACA that Morales was able to drive legally and get a job with the faith-based organizing coalition ISAIAH three years ago — both of which have been key to allowing her provide her and her family with a good life, she says.All of that is now up in the air.

After unmarked graves discovered, Warren set to exhume

Civil War-era tombstones in the Warren cemetery. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
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AG backs decision to withhold audio, video of Poultney shooting

Attorney General TJ Donovan speaks about immigration enforcement Thursday, surrounded by other state leaders. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?fit=300%2C200&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?fit=610%2C407&ssl=1" src="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=610%2C407&ssl=1" alt="TJ Donovan" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=610%2C407&ssl=1 610w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=125%2C83&ssl=1 125w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=300%2C200&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=768%2C512&ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?resize=150%2C100&ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1 1280w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_6384.jpg?w=1920&ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Attorney General TJ Donovan. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDiggerVermont's top prosecutor, who will review the investigation into a shooting last week involving five troopers that left a Poultney man dead, said he supports a Vermont State Police decision not to release any video or audio they may have of the incident, at least while the probe is continuing. “I understand the public's rights to know, I understand the need for transparency when you have an officer-involved shooting,” Attorney General TJ Donovan said, “but I also understand protecting the integrity of the investigation, which means you don't release it.”
He added, “This is evidence, this is a criminal investigation, and you don't release evidence during the pendency of an investigation. We have to let state police do their job, we have to let investigators do their job.”
Donovan this week declined to discuss specific aspects of the Poultney case.

Agency of Commerce and Community Development awards City Market $125,000 EPA subgrant

News Release — Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Media Contact:
Kristie Farnham, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
802-398-5268, Kristie.Farnham@vermont.gov
Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor
802-828-6403, Rebecca.Kelley@vermont.gov
Burlington, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has awarded City Market Co-op a $125,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sub-grant to support redevelopment of a brownfields site in Burlington. City Market plans to open its second retail food cooperative in Burlington's South End by mid-November. Construction at the site includes a mixed-use building with a cooperative grocery store, teaching kitchen, community space, café and leased office space. The Co-op anticipates hiring more than 100 employees at the new South End location.

Aging Out of Foster Care Makes Eating Right a Challenge

Adi TalwarTony Turner cooking dinner at his apartment in Queens Bridge Houses in Long Island City. Tony Turner knew he had to improve his eating habits to reverse a recent diagnosis of prediabetes, but, after several years in the foster care system, he did not know where to start. Turner realized he rarely received guidance on how to prepare nutritious meals or how to shop for healthy food on a budget so he decided to advocate for such programming at his foster care agency, which responded by introducing a 12-week nutrition program to address those deficits. “It wasn't until the nutrition program that I realized eating healthy doesn't have to mean only salads,” says Turner, now a senior studying social work at Columbia University. “During the 12 weeks, we had a support group, asking each other, ‘Have you been eating healthy?'”
After the program ended, he said he noticed the agency began to serve healthier meals and he perceived an overall atmosphere of health consciousness in the organization, reflected by staff and clients who continued that support-group mentality by encouraging one another to eat better.

Ahead of 2019 session, Speaker Joe Straus orders Texas House to research Harvey issues

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus ordered House committees Thursday to research a list of issues related to Hurricane Harvey so lawmakers could be prepared to tackle them during the next legislative session. The Legislature meets every two years for 140 days and isn't scheduled to meet again until 2019. In the periods in between sessions, the House Speaker and Lieutenant Governor typically direct committees of the House and Senate, respectively, to research a list of policy issues
"We know that this is not going to be a normal legislative interim," Straus said in a statement. "Hurricane Harvey has devastated our state and upended the lives of millions of Texans. While the state is taking a number of immediate actions to help Texans begin to recover, and will continue to do so, the Legislature will have a substantial role to play in both the recovery process and in preparation for future storms.”
Straus prioritized public education in his directions to representatives.

Ahead of Hurricane Harvey, officials send Texans mixed messages on evacuations

CORPUS CHRISTI — Hurricane Harvey will reach Texas land overnight, but that is likely to be just the beginning of the powerful storm's wrath. Some southern Texans were told to stay in place. Others were ordered to evacuate. All were warned to prepare for catastrophic flooding and power outages that could last up to seven days. As winds whipped the nearby beach in this coastal city Friday morning, Kevin Murphy and two friends were virtually alone on the city streets as they boarded up the salon he owns.

Aid-in-dying advocates want deal on doctor-patient talks stricken

Stock Xchng photo of medical monitoring equipment.Two patients rights groups say an agreement between the state and opponents of Vermont's aid-in-dying law offers a confusing interpretation of the law and want it stricken from the court record. At issue is what doctors must tell patients about Act 39 of 2013, the Vermont law that allows terminally ill patients to get a doctor's assistance in hastening death. Patient Choices Vermont and Compassion & Choices, a national organization based in Washington, D.C., filed a motion Wednesday asking the U.S. District Court for Vermont to strike the agreement from its record. The Vermont attorney general's office and two groups opposed to the aid-in-dying law — Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Tennessee-based Christian Medical and Dental Associations — filed the agreement in May. Benjamin Battles, solicitor general in the attorney general's office, said the agreement's interpretation of the law requires doctors to either answer patients' questions about Act 39 or refer them to a reliable source of information, but does not require doctors to bring up the option unprompted.

Air Check

Leaf blowers can make an infernal racket, and environmental officials say that exhaust from blowers and other gas-powered lawn and garden equipment is a surprisingly big source of air pollution. But are landscaping workers who use the equipment day in and day out exposed to potentially harmful emissions? A 2006 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns, but otherwise little research exists. So FairWarning decided to commission some testing of its own. With the help of a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, FairWarning hired a workplace safety and health consulting firm, Health Science Associates of Los Alamitos, Calif.

Air quality alert issued over Canadian wildfires

MinnPost staff

We need the wall. Southwest Minneaplis Patch's William Bornhoft reports: “If you woke up Friday to a very hazy sunrise, a runny nose, and experienced coughing, blame the smoke. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an air quality alert for southwest, western and central Minnesota, effective Friday, September 1 beginning at 9 a.m. through 6 a.m. Saturday, September 2. … Canadian wildfire smoke continues across much of southern, western and central Minnesota. Air pollution monitors are showing an increase in fine particles as thicker smoke moves north from northwest Iowa into the southwestern portion of Minnesota.

Akron Police Chief Booted; Conduct ‘an Embarrassment’

James Nice, the police chief of Akron, Ohio, has been forced out of his job for misconduct, although Mayor Dan Horrigan declined to detail what prompted the chief's abrupt departure, reports the city's Beacon Journal. Nice resigned Sunday at the request of the mayor, who had been informed over the weekend that the chief was engaging in a “pattern of things” — an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate officer, possibly meddling in his nephew's criminal case of car theft and document forging, and making derogatory remarks about a fellow officer. He had been chief for six years in the city of 200,000, leading a force of about 450 sworn officers. The derogatory comments were racial in nature and critical of the physical fitness of other officers, according to Horrigan's chief of staff. Officials are withholding the identity of a female subordinate that Nice is accused of coercing into a relationship.

Alamo Drafthouse to Screen Citizen Jane

With new development comes the risk of redeveloping buildings and neighborhoods that gave shape to a city and culture that have existed for decades. The post Alamo Drafthouse to Screen Citizen Jane appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alan Wagener: ‘Debt free’ isn’t really free

Editor's note: This commentary is by Alan Wagener, who is on the board of directors for Keep Burlington Telecom Free Cooperative (KBTL). Over the past three years, the city of Burlington, with the help of management consultants Dorman & Fawcett, has been preparing Burlington Telecom (BT) for sale, as mandated by its settlement with Citigroup. At the same time, the Keep BT Local Cooperative, of which I am a member, has been organizing to purchase BT in order to insure that this valuable community asset continues to fulfill its mission to serve and benefit our community. On the evening of Aug. 8, David Provost, chair of the Burlington Telecom Advisory Board, told the City Council that among the finalists in the bidding for the purchase of Burlington Telecom there were two “debt free” proposals from established businesses.

Alcohol industry is misleading consumers about alcohol-cancer link, researchers say

Susan Perry

The alcohol industry is misleading the public by misrepresenting the evidence linking alcohol with cancer — especially breast and colorectal cancers — according to a new study by an international team of researchers.The three key tactics used by the industry are denial, distortion and distraction — the same ones used for decades by the tobacco industry to downplay the link between its products and cancer, the researchers also say.“It has often been assumed that, by and large, the [alcohol industry], unlike the tobacco industry, has tended not to deny the harms of alcohol,” write the study's authors. “Our analysis shows that, on the contrary, the global [alcohol industry] is currently actively disseminating misinformation about alcohol and cancer risk.”As background information in the study points out, the consumption of alcohol is considered a well-established risk factor for seven types of cancer: mouth/pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast. Some research suggests that alcohol consumption protects against a few other cancers, but that evidence is limited and inconsistent — and is far outweighed by the evidence that shows an increased risk.Indeed, health experts estimate that alcohol contributes to 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide.“The weight of scientific evidence is therefore clear that drinking increases the risk of some of the most common cancers,” the study's authors write. That increased risk begins even at low levels of consumption, they add.Denial, distortion and distractionFor the study, researchers analyzed consumer-oriented websites and documents published between September and December 2016 by 26 organizations linked to the alcohol industry. All the organizations were in English-speaking countries or had information available in English.

Alert: Nature, on the verge of bankruptcy.

Pressures on global land resources are now greater than ever, as a rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption is placing ever-larger demands on the world's land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.

Alexion reminds Malloy of the risks and rewards of corporate aid

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy picked the gleaming new New Haven offices and labs of Alexion Pharmaceuticals a year ago to highlight the returns Connecticut was getting on its economic development investments. On Tuesday, Malloy stood outside his office to answer questions about Alexion's plans to slash jobs, close a Rhode Island production facility and relocate its headquarters to Massachusetts, while keeping a “Research Center of Excellence” in New Haven.

Alexion Takes The Money & Runs

It took a pharmaceutical company just over 18 months to move its headquarters into a new downtown New Haven tower with promises of up to $52 million of state help — then pack up the headquarters for Boston.

Alexion’s Flight: New Haven’s Next Steps

Yes, it hurt that Alexion Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it will move its headquarters to Boston.Yes, it's hard to compete against bigger cities.But consider: New Haven still got more jobs and lab space than promised in the original deal to have the company build a government-assisted office tower at 100 College St. New Haven's bioscience sector is growing.And officials are ready to tackle short-term and long-term challenges in the wake of the Alexion move.

All CSWD facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4

News Release — CSWD
Aug. 30, 2017
Media Contact:
Jonny Finity
Marketing & Communications Manager
(802) 872-8100 x246jfinity@cswd.net
Facilities will be on their regular schedules during Labor Day weekend. In observance of Labor Day, all Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) facilities will be closed on Monday, September 4th. This includes:
All Drop-Off Centers
Green Mountain Compost
the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
the Environmental Depot
the Administrative Office (including the Hotline)
All facilities will be on their regular schedules during Labor Day weekend, and will resume normal schedules on Tuesday, September 5th. CSWD's Materials Recovery Facility will be closed Monday, September 4th.

All Hands On Deck to Stop Two Bridges Towers in Lower East Side

City RealtyA rendering of potential development in Two Bridges. Farthest left is the Extell tower, which is already nearing completion. The other four towers have yet to be approved and are the subject of the fight. It's been over a year since Councilmember Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer wrote to the De Blasio administration expressing their concern about the four skyscrapers planned by three private developers in the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side waterfront. After months of special community engagement meetings, community advocates and residents are not placated; Their concerns have only grown, and they're making a variety of efforts to prevent the projects' potentially approaching approval.

Along the Texas coast, food banks brace for post-Harvey need

Dan Maher is watching the inconvenience of disaster settling in as Hurricane Harvey victims trickle back into Beaumont. As residents make their first visits to lost homes and begin the daunting Federal Emergency Management Assistance application process, Maher, executive director of the Southeast Texas Food Bank, is preparing his staff for the coming onslaught of people turning to them for meals. Since the storm, they've given out more than 1.5 million pounds of food. Right now, the challenge is handling a surge of food donations that have arrived from across the nation — Maher says they're going to need more warehouse space to hold it all. But he knows the food bank will also have to prepare for the eventual slowdown in donations after national attention shifts away from the Texas coast.

Amazon dam defeats Brazil’s environment agency (commentary)

The term “controversial” is inadequate to describe the São Manoel Dam. It is located only 700 m from the Kayabí Indigenous Land and has already provoked a series of confrontations with the indigenous people (see here, here, here and here). As with other dams, São Manoel can be expected to negatively affect the fish and turtles that are vital food sources for the Kayabí, Munduruku and Apiacá indigenous groups. It also destroys sacred sites, as well as gravesites and archaeological locations that are revered by the group (see here), among many other impacts (see here and here). São Manoel is on the Teles Pires River in Brazil's state of Mato Grosso.

Amazon mining unleashed (commentary)

On August 23, 2017, Brazil's president Michel Temer issued a decree revoking the RENCA (National Reserve of Copper and Associated Minerals), an area the size of Switzerland on the northern side of the Amazon River straddling the states of Pará and Amapá. The Ministry of Environment had not been consulted and Brazil's environmentalists and public were caught by surprise. Actually, in March the Temer administration had announced its intention of revoking the RENCA at a convention of mining companies in Canada. The choice of venue is telling. A firestorm of criticism in Brazil and abroad (see here, here, here, here and here) led Temer to “revoke” the decree on August 28th and replace it with a new one.

Amazon: Choose San Austin

A regional bid from Austin and San Antonio working in concert would be singularly disruptive – something Amazon prides above nearly all other. The post Amazon: Choose San Austin appeared first on Rivard Report.

Amazon: Evil Empire to Some, Highly Coveted Innovator to Others

I regularly shop on Amazon, yet would not want to be one of those 50,000 employees it's talking about hiring in a new headquarters city. The post Amazon: Evil Empire to Some, Highly Coveted Innovator to Others appeared first on Rivard Report.

Ambitious SAISD Reforms Not Without ‘Bumps Along the Road’

As he enters his third year at the helm of SAISD, Superintendent Pedro Martinez has been tasked with turning around underperforming schools. The post Ambitious SAISD Reforms Not Without ‘Bumps Along the Road' appeared first on Rivard Report.

American generosity after disasters: 4 questions answered

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American men are having children at increasingly older ages

Susan Perry

The mean age of fathers of American newborns has climbed 3.5 years over the past four decades, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction.In fact, about 9 percent of all newborns in the U.S. now have dads older than 40, and almost 1 percent have dads over the age of 50.Some level of this paternal age increase has occurred among all races and ethnicities, across all educational levels and in all geographical regions of the country. We've known of a similar trend among women for quite some time. Last year, for example, researchers reported that the mean age of a woman when she first gives birth is 26.3, up from 24.9 just 15 years ago. That rise is due to a variety of factors: improved contraception, better access to higher education, greater assimilation into the workforce, and technologies that have extended women's reproductive years.Surprisingly, however, the current study is apparently the first to do a comprehensive analysis of the age of newborns' fathers in the U.S.Key findingsFor the study, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed birth data collected from all 50 states between 1972 and 2015 by the National Vital Statistics System. The data involved more then 168 million births and included (in most cases) the self-reported ages of the mother and father, their race and ethnicity, their levels of education, and where they live.The analysis revealed that the mean age of the fathers of newborns rose from 27.4 years in 1972 to 30.9 years in 2015.The proportion of newborns' fathers who were older than 40 more than doubled during that period — from 4.1 percent to 8.9 percent — while the proportion who were over 50 rose from 0.5 percent to 0.9 percent.As the study's authors point out, similar trends have been observed in other developed countries.

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

by Katie Thomas, The New York Times and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica
At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive. Drugmakers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors have come under intense scrutiny in recent years, but the role that insurers — and the pharmacy benefit managers that run their drug plans — have played in the opioid crisis has received less attention. That may be changing, however. The New York State attorney general's office sent letters last week to the three largest pharmacy benefit managers — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and OptumRx — asking how they were addressing the crisis.

Amid opioid investigation, Texas and other states demand drug company documents

As communities nationwide grapple with opioid addiction, Texas and a coalition of 40 other states has served investigative subpoenas and other requests to eight companies that manufacture or distribute prescription painkillers, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday. It's the latest development in an investigation unveiled in June. Paxton and his counterparts are trying to determine whether opioid manufacturers played a role in creating or prolonging what has become a national epidemic. The attorneys general served investigative subpoenas to drugmakers Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals' Cephalon, Allergan and their related entities, and they served a supplemental subpoena to Purdue Pharma, Paxton's office said. The states also sent “information demand letters” to three opioid distributers: AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson.

An all-night butt whipping: State 37, LSU 7

Rogelio V. Solis, APNick Fitzgerald scores on a three-yard touchdown run to give State a 17-7 halftime lead. STARKVILLE — For Mississippi State's soon-to-be-nationally ranked Bulldogs, the possibilities are endless following Saturday night's shocking 37-7 annihilation of LSU. These Bulldogs – huge, strong, fast and so well-prepared – seemingly played three feet off the ground, brow-beating LSU in every phase of the sport. The un-ranked Bulldogs ought to shoot right into the Top 20 after this. Rick Cleveland
The Bulldogs out-ran, out-passed, out-kicked, out-hit, out-blocked, out-tackled, and, yes, thoroughly out-coached LSU before an announced crowd of 60,596 that sounded like 100,000 amid an electric scene at Scott Field.

An Immigrant’s Story: I Deserve a Second Chance, Too

Although there is a large and vast discussion throughout the United States around immigration, a subset of the immigrant population has been virtually ignored: the juvenile offender who is tried as an adult and faces deportation for those criminal convictions, often times many years later, after his or her release from the prison system. It happened to me. I was brought to the United States as a child of a refugee. My family fled Cambodia for their lives by trekking across a militarized jungle border and heading into Thailand where I would be born, after they spent two years in emergency refugee camps. In 1981, I was carried off a plane into LAX and into the U.S. I was 61 days old.

An Iowa Desperado’s Greatest Sorrow

“Aside from the overt criminal acts described and a too liberal use of profanity, my life has been approximately pure and correct,” Polk Wells said from his prison cell at Anamosa, Iowa. And he swore he never used liquor or tobacco. However, during his lifetime the words “desperado,” “bandit,” and “wanted: dead or alive” were frequently seen in connection with Polk Wells. And according to an 1895 article in the New York Times, he was the “greatest of Iowa desperadoes.”

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

An Original Keeps It Classy On Chestnut Street

From furniture and furness manufacturing to a 1980s video arcade, 1606 Chestnut Street has kept busy for 127 years. The Shadow has the details on this Center City standout

An Uneasy Stasis for LGBT Ugandans

Jake NaughtonFor LGBTQ Ugandans, the infamous 'Kill The Gays' bill brought both unexpected benefits in the form of foreign funding and support, but also a violent backlash among the general public.

Analysis: Early omens of a very conservative GOP primary

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. With little competition to light up Republican primary voters, the races at the top of the 2018 ballot look like an unexciting rerun. If you're the most conservative candidate in a down-ballot race, that might be reason to celebrate. The entire slate of statewide officeholders, from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz down to Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, is seeking reelection. That's good news for people who like predictability, who are happy with the current management of the state and for those who — this is the most important piece — rely on the GOP's most reliable voters, the ones who turn out no matter what.

Analysis: Environmental Bills Shaped In Secret

By Kirk Ross
Coastal Review Online
Each session of the North Carolina General Assembly generates dozens of changes and additions to state environmental policy, but increasingly the debate on high-impact and controversial issues is taking place outside the committees assigned to handle them and outside the public's view. Conversations inside the caucuses of both parties in both chambers on renewable energy, waste management, stormwater runoff regulations and other environmental subjects with health consequences have been described as contentious, but those talks are closed off, taking place in rooms with drawn curtains. What survives the caucus process is drawn up into legislation through one of several interlocking conference committees, which also hold closed-door meetings. The bills that have emerged tend to be lengthy, with multiple provisions. Unlike most other bills, conference reports cannot be amended, requiring only an up or down vote.

Analysis: Forget about new political maps — probably

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If anything changes in Texas politics in 2018, it'll likely be the work of voters — not mapmakers. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stick with the state's current political maps will preserve, for now, the Republican advantages that are baked into these particular biscuits. Specifically, that's a 25-11 Republican-Democratic split in the congressional delegation, a 20-11 split in the Texas Senate and a 95-55 split in the Texas House. And it appears to squelch efforts by minority and Democratic groups to try to win in the courts some of the districts they've been unable to win at the polls.

Analysis: Four things Houston-area leaders must do to prevent future flooding disasters

An unprecedented amount of rain has fallen on the Houston area in the past few days, causing what's likely the worst flooding event that the nation's sixth-largest metropolitan area has ever experienced — even worse than 2001's Tropical Storm Allison. This may seem like a freak occurrence. But it's the third catastrophic flooding event this region of 6.5 million people has experienced in three years. And scientists and other experts say that much of the devastation could have been prevented. While the Houston area's history is punctuated by major flooding events, they argue that local officials — under political and legal pressure from developers — have dug themselves into a hole for decades by flouting smarter development policies.

Analysis: In Harvey, Abbott finds focus in the eye of the storm

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. You don't want to call a major disaster a political boon, but Hurricane Harvey blew away some of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's distractions while coinciding with a reboot in the office he wants to hold for another four years. The storm is now the central concern of what has often been an unfocused administration. It also shifted the spotlight away from the most prominent alternative to his leadership — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a conservative favorite of some of the GOP's most outspoken activists. The special session that ended last month was, to put it gently, humbling for the governor.

Analysis: In politics, you must be present to win

When this year's regular legislative session was beginning, House Speaker Joe Straus was out telling business groups he needed their support. They were slow about it — their lassitude cost Texas business leaders their long-held position as persuasive voices on what to do (and what not to do) about undocumented immigrants, for example — but a late push from the private sector helped Straus and others kill the "bathroom bill," an attempt to regulate use of public restrooms by transgender Texans that dominated public conversation about the legislative session. Now, the speaker is asking them to stay the course through 2018's elections and into the 2019 session, buttressing business-friendly Republicans against a conservative tide. “Texans rejected name-calling and scare tactics, and as a result, we avoided a major mistake that would've cost our economy greatly and divided us unnecessarily,” Straus told the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce last week, referring to the failure of the bathroom bill. “Now is not the time to walk away from the table.

Analysis: NM still tops in nation for reliance on private prisons

New Mexico incarcerates a higher percentage of inmates in privately run, for-profit prisons than any other state, according to a new analysis from the Sentencing Project. More than 42 percent of people imprisoned here were being held in one of the state's five private prisons at the end of 2015, according to the analysis, which is based on figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Analysis: North Texas voters set to see new faces, familiar names

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Collin County voters are in for a local version of Family Feud in next year's race for state Senate. Politics is full of families, but the prospective contest between Angela Paxton and Phillip Huffines is unusual. She's the spouse of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who'll also be on the ballot. He's the twin brother of Don Huffines, a Dallas state senator who, as it turns out, will be on the ballot in an adjacent district.

Analysis: The Texas Legislature’s persistent discrimination

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If somebody you know got stopped seven or eight times for driving drunk, would you think they had a problem? Texas lawmakers have now been popped by federal judges seven or eight times in recent years for intentionally discriminating against minority voters in with voter ID and redistricting legislation. Think they've got a problem? The federal government has a program for repeat offenders like Texas; it's called “preclearance,” and it forces states with histories of official racial discrimination to get their new election and voting rights laws checked by the feds — either the Justice Department or the courts — before those laws can go into effect.

Analysis: Tourism industry wants to pay its own way

Members of the Joint Revenue Committee faced an unusual phenomenon at their meeting last week in Buffalo: Representatives of an industry appearing in unison to request a tax hike. Various representatives of Wyoming's tourism industry requested a higher tax on their sales, hoping the money will help the state boost their business. An industry lobby and the Wyoming Office of Tourism brought the idea of a one percent “tourism tax” on most travel and leisure sales. They wanted the tax revenue to be earmarked for the Office of Tourism, freeing roughly $25 million each biennium from that agency's budget for use elsewhere. Hotel owners and restaurateurs threw their support behind the idea.

Anatomy of Failure: How Charlottesville PD Lost Control

The Washington Post analyzes the failure of police in Charlottesville, Va., to maintain control during the Aug. 12 showdown between between white nationalists and counterprotesters. Despite weeks of planning and warnings to the city manager and police chief that a more aggressive approach was needed, including an appeal from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the local police in charge temporarily lost control of the city as people brawled on the streets. And though a torch-lit march the night before ended with white nationalists attacking college students, city officials said police stuck to a tactical plan that included an insufficient buffer zone between armed white nationalists and their armed opponents. The police tactics mystified some law enforcement experts.

Andes dams could threaten food security for millions in Amazon basin

The Marañón River in Peru and site of the proposed Pongo de Manseriche dam, which researchers say would be so catastrophically harmful to the environment that it should not be built. Photo by Rocky Contos, used under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license The Amazon and its tributaries are slated for intense hydroelectric development, aimed at supplying electricity to South America's 400 million residents and for energy-intensive industries such as mining and smelting. But environmental groups and scientists have raised serious concerns over the huge impact of such dams, built within one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. More than 275 dams are currently planned for the Amazon River basin, with most proposed for the Andes Mountains, where steep gorges allow for deep storage reservoirs. But in a paper published in PLoS ONE this August, the Amazon Waters Initiative expert working group predicted that these Andean dams could have severe environmental impacts downstream, affecting the entire Amazon basin, and threatening the livelihoods, diet and health of millions of people. The international research team combined historical data from Amazonian rivers with mechanistic models to predict the impact of six mega-dams currently proposed or under development in the Andes: four in Peru, the Pongo de Manseriche dam on the Marañón River, the Inambari dam on the Inambari River, TAM 40 on the Ucayali River, and Pongo de Aguirre on the Huallaga River; plus two mega-dams in Bolivia, Agosto del Bala on the Beni River, and Rositas on the Grande River.…

Andrew Rudin: Questioning Efficiency Vermont’s claims

Editor's note: This commentary is Andrew Rudin, who is an energy consultant with 40 years' experience. He collects articles about efficiency in general and post them on a website. He lives in West Danville and Philadelphia. IJanuary 2015 VTDigger published my critique of Efficiency Vermont. Here is an update with data from calendar year 2015, the year with the most recent data.

Angela Paxton, Texas attorney general’s wife, running for state Senate

Angela Paxton, the wife of Attorney General Ken Paxton, is running for the state Senate. "After much prayer I'm excited to step forward with overwhelming support and encouragement from my family, long-time friends, district, regional and statewide conservative leaders, elected officials, precinct chairs and citizens from all across Senate District 8," Paxton says on a campaign website that launched Wednesday. Paxton, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, is seeking the seat in Senate District 8 that Van Taylor, R-Plano, is vacating to run for Congress. Her chief opponent is Phillip Huffines, the Dallas County GOP chairman and twin brother of state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas. Paxton promises to be a formidable candidate.

Animal behavioral scientist Danielle Lee discusses increasing diversity in STEM

On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked with Danielle Lee, author of the “Urban Scientist” series for the Scientific American . The series is billed as one in which “a hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences.” Among other topics, they talked about what it might take to increase diversity in the sciences. Lee is also a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. St.

Anne Judson: Moving forward for our students

Editor's note: This commentary is by Anne Judson, who is the Burlington School Board commissioner representing Ward 4. The Burlington School Board is dismayed by the outcome of the negotiations with the Burlington Education Association. We have the utmost respect for our teachers and the critical work they do. This respect was reflected throughout the contract negotiation process, as we listened and attempted to address the BEA's concerns. Whenever the BEA raised a concern, we offered a proposal to address it.

Annie’s List Looks to Power Local, Progressive Women into Office

More than 1 million women reside in Bexar County, but its 10-member delegation of state representatives included only one woman before the 2016 election. The post Annie's List Looks to Power Local, Progressive Women into Office appeared first on Rivard Report.

Annual Little Stony Point Hoot is Sept. 10

Includes groundbreaking for volunteer centerAnnual Little Stony Point Hoot is Sept. 10 was first posted on September 9, 2017 at 8:35 am.

Another Thing Disappearing From Rural America: Maternal Care

by Adriana Gallardo

Maternity care is disappearing from America's rural counties, and for the 28 million women of reproductive age living in those areas, pregnancy and childbirth are becoming more complicated — and more dangerous. That's the upshot of a new report from the Rural Health Research Center at the University of Minnesota that examined obstetric services in the nation's 1,984 rural counties over a 10-year period. In 2004, 45 percent of rural counties had no hospitals with obstetric services; by 2014, that figure had jumped to 54 percent. The decline was greatest in heavily black counties and in states with the strictest eligibility rules for Medicaid. The decrease in services has enormous implications for women and families, says Katy B. Kozhimannil, an associate professor in health policy who directs the Minnesota center's research efforts.

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.

ANSR Pharmacy closes due to tightening insurance and low sales margins

Economic factors force closure of ANSR Pharmacies in Hollister and Watsonville, which will remain open while some inventory is sold off

Anthem, ConnectiCare say they will continue on Access Health CT

If both insurers had decided to quit the Access Health CT exchange, there would have been no way for more than 70,000 Connecticut policyholders to receive help from the federal government to pay their monthly premiums.

Anti-cyberbullying activists wanted a Texas law with “teeth.” They may have gotten one.

Just months after her son David took his own life, Maurine Molak began to organize. She and her husband, Matt, who live in San Antonio, founded David's Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to cyberbullying victim advocacy. Maurine said they met with lawmakers, law enforcement officials, district attorneys, school administrators, school board presidents, mental health providers and school counselors. Their goal: legislation that might prevent future cyberbullying-related suicides in Texas. On June 9, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 179, also known as "David's Law."

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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Antifa has a rapid response team that targets alt-right organizers

The Signal messages appear in staccato bursts:
“We all in blac bloc bout to join.”
“We in the streets.”
Looking up from my cellphone, I see them coming: a platoon clad head to toe in black, marching in formation like some sort of dystopian Roman legion. They're carrying flags and holding shields, some embossed with the black-and-red logo of the anti-fascist movement. As they approach the column of protesters already marching toward Berkeley City Hall, they start banging on their shields, chanting:
“Ah – anti! – Anti-fascista! Ah – anti!

Anzar Wins First Game of Season

Rocha and Banuelos had big plays but team showed broad effort in season opener.

Anzar Woodworking Class open to community

Anzar offers residents the chance to learn basic wood craft skills or learn how to make something as a Christmas gift.

App combines computer vision and crowdsourcing to explore Earth’s biodiversity, one photo at a time

Taxonomy goes online in the 21st century Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection was developed in large part from the observations and collections of plants, animals and fossils that he made in the Galapagos islands and other stops during his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. However, Darwin was an amateur naturalist unable to identify many of the species he recorded while on the islands. He sought the help of expert taxonomists in England, who were able to identify the organisms he collected and shipped to them. Perhaps most famous are Darwin's finches, which the ornithologist John Gould classified into 13 distinct species. Darwin initially paid very little attention to these small birds, which he mis-identified as a collection of finches, blackbirds and “gross-beaks.” It wasn't until he returned to England over a year later and met with Gould that he learned of their actual identity – a realization that strongly influenced his conclusions about natural selection.

Appeals court to hear challenge to 2 Missouri abortion restrictions next week

Two of Missouri's abortion restrictions are again being challenged on religious grounds in court by a member of the Satanic Temple. The state Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday on whether a woman, identified in court documents as Mary Doe, should have been allowed to opt out of the state's 72-hour waiting period and its informed consent laws. A Cole County circuit judge threw out the case of in December, saying she had not made a strong enough argument.

Appeals court upholds Minneapolis sick-leave policy

MinnPost staff

Minneapolis' sick-leave policy clears another court. The Star Tribune's Emma Nelson reports: “Minneapolis employers still have to provide their workers with paid sick time, a Minnesota Court of Appeals judge has ruled. … The unpublished opinion, filed Monday, affirms a January Hennepin County District Court ruling that said the city could require only Minneapolis-based companies to comply with the ordinance. … The ordinance, which took effect July 1, requires employers to allow employees working in Minneapolis to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours a year. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the city last year, arguing the ordinance is pre-empted by state law.”Minnesota's own UnitedHealth featured prominently in this report on how insurers may be helping to drive the opioid crisis.

Appeals Court Upholds Seattle Police Use of Force Policy

A federal appeals court upheld the Seattle Police Department's policy on the use of force by officers, the Associated Press reports. The department adopted the policy under a 2012 reform agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. It says that when necessary, officers shall only use “objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation.” It also requires them to use de-escalation techniques when it's safe to do so. A group of 125 officers challenged the policy, saying it would unreasonably restrict their Second Amendment rights to use their service weapons for self-defense. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.

Appeals Panel Rejects Trump View on Travel Ban

Family members of those in the U.S., including grandparents and children-in-law, are exempt from President Trump's travel ban executive order, ruled a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reports Law.com. The court disagreed with the government's argument that, under a June order from the U.S. Supreme Court, only parents and parents-in-law, spouses, children, siblings, engaged couples and step-relatives were exempt. The Ninth Circuit's opinion said the government “unreasonably interpret[ed] the Supreme Court's reference to ‘close familial relationship[s].'”
“It is hard to see how a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, sibling-in-law, or cousin can be considered to have no bona fide relationship with their relative in the United States,” the decision said. Also at issue was whether “formal assurances” by some refugee resettlement agencies, in which they agree to work with certain refugees when they arrive in the U.S., counts as a bona fide relationship. The court again sided with Hawaii, allowing those refugees to be exempt from the ban.

Apple season has arrived in Vermont

News Release — Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Sept. 7, 2017
Alison Kosakowski
Director of Communications
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Apple Season Has Arrived in Vermont – Get Picking! September is here. Kids are back in school, the days are cooler, and Vermont's apple orchards are brimming with fresh, juicy apples, just waiting to be picked. Now is the time to make plans to visit your local orchard with friends and family!

Applications for Children’s Literacy Foundation’s Community Building Grant due Oct. 15

News Release — Children's Literacy Foundation
September 14, 2017
CLiF Contact:
Erika Nichols-Frazer, Communications Manager
(802) 244-0944communications@clifonline.org
Waterbury, VT: The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is offering a Community Building grant to organizations – including elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, clubs, and non-profits – that serve low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in Vermont and New Hampshire. The grant is intended to help build connections between children and other members of their communities through reading and writing. Applications may be found at www.clifonline.org under Literacy Programs. Applications are due October 15, 2017. Applicants may choose to apply for the grant to start a Reading Buddies with Seniors program in which children and local senior citizens read together, launch a “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative for young children (see 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org for more information), or a new My Community Story initiative offered by Vermont's Young Writers Project. Applicants awarded grants to launch either Reading Buddies with Seniors or 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs will receive an on-site children's library (valued at $500) for their classroom, club, or organization; a training session with one of CLiF's professional author/illustrators or storytellers; and a book giveaway in which all program participants choose two new books to keep.

Apply Animal Welfare Act rules to recreational hunting, says advocacy group

An animal advocacy group wants landowners with captive wildlife for hunt to be governed under the same rules that govern humane and legal treatment of animals in the US. A recent investigation by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) found that most of these canned hunting ranches – and likely all of them – are operating without what's called “an exhibitor's license.” Also known as captive hunt facilities, the facilities either import or breed and then kill some of the exotic or endangered animals at the facilities. Typically, breeding is done for the “propagation of the species,” according to submitted application materials online, and animals are thinned out through guided hunting for a price. The 30-day public review period on four current applications or renewals for captive hunt facilities expired August 31. It was part of a mandatory review period for all new and renewed licenses for these captive hunt facilities.

April Ryan to speak at Johns Hopkins University tonight

Sean Spicer told her to “stop shaking your head.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders sarcastically prefaced a reply to her with “since you said my name so politely.” And when April Ryan asked President Donald Trump if he planned to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, he shot back “Do you want to set up the meeting? …

Archer Mayor returns to Rutland for book talk and signing

News Release — Phoenix Books
Sept. 7, 2017
Kristen Eaton
Phoenix Books
802.872.7111 (p)
802.872.7112 (f)kristen@phoenixbooks.bizwww.phoenixbooks.biz
Rutland, Vermont – September 7, 2017: Phoenix Books Rutland will host Archer Mayor for a book talk and signing on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm. 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 ‘high’ standards hurting diversity among teachers?

Because candidates of color are less likely to get over the certification hurdles, states that have bet on improving education by “raising the bar” for entering teaching risk excluding teachers of color even as there has been heightened attention on the lack of diversity in the teaching profession.

Are $2 billion in Medicaid contracts valid? Board review doesn’t resolve issue

The validity of $2 billion dollars in contracts with the Division of Medicaid's managed care program is in dispute after the Personal Service Contract Review Board declined to either approve or deny the contracts on Tuesday. In June, the Division of Medicaid awarded contracts for its managed care program, MississippiCAN, to three for-profit insurers: California-based Molina Healthcare and incumbents United Healthcare and Magnolia Health. The announcement drew immediate controversy. Within weeks, two insurers who did not get contracts had filed suit in county court, alleging the procurement process was biased. They also filed a complaint with the Division of Medicaid.

Are any Texans in Congress ready to retire in 2018? We asked them.

WASHINGTON – In recent weeks, several Republicans in the U.S. House announced they would not return to Congress for another term. There's a sense in the air that more retirements are coming, which leads to the question: Are any more Texans thinking about hanging it up? Two out of the 38 Texans in Congress made clear months ago they weren't seeking re-election: U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Richardson, announced his retirement earlier this year, and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the El Paso Democrat is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And another of those Texans, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, won't face re-election again until 2020. The Tribune asked the remaining Texans in Congress this week if they plan to run for re-election.

Are You an Immigrant Protected by DACA? We Want to Hear From You.

by Marcelo Rochabrun

Since he became president, Donald Trump has been pondering whether to continue one of President Obama's signature immigration programs.

Known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program has granted almost 800,000 young immigrants since 2012 the possibility to live legally in the United States, obtain a work permit and travel abroad — all while receiving the government's word that they will not be deported unless they commit certain crimes. To be eligible for the program, immigrants have to have been brought to the U.S. before age 16 and lived here continuously since 2007. But a decision to end DACA may be imminent, according to numerous recent press accounts. What Is DACA? DACA emerged as the Obama administration's response to the failed DREAM Act — a bill that, in various forms, moved unsuccessfully through Congress between 2001 and 2011.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Deadline is Oct. 13Are You Registered to Vote? was first posted on September 19, 2017 at 7:44 am.

Ari Glass unveils golden vision of South Seattle at Pacific Towers

“Liberated Wisdom” an 88-by-64-inch oil painting by Ari Glass, is a new fixture at Pacific Tower in Beacon Hill. (Photo by Ari Glass)“When it comes to creating a better world I feel like artists are the ones that are going to be in the forefront,” said painter Ari Glass as sun streamed in through the bay windows of Compadre Café on the first level of Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts. Glass, blinged out in prayer beads and a tiny golden Buddha in a clear teardrop shaped bead that hung from his neck, greeted me with a hug though we had never met. Though I was there to learn more about the new paintings he'll be unveiling at the Pacific Towers on Thursday, our conversation quickly veered towards deeper waters.

Arizona lawmakers sour on plan to revoke DACA, vow to work on new bill

Arizona Democrats, joined by some Republicans, had harsh words for the Trump administration's Tuesday announcement that it will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress can agree on a replacement in six months.

Arkansas Kids in Isolation: Locked Away in Alexander

Arkansas Nonprofit News Network
This is part one of a two-part series. In April, a 15-year-old boy housed at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center spent the entire day alone in a small cell. Michael (the names of juveniles in this story have been changed to protect their anonymity) was put in a hold by a guard and taken out of his classroom at the facility's school. As he repeatedly said, "I am not resisting" and "no aggression" — a phrase used at AJATC to indicate compliance — Michael was brought across campus to Building 19. Once used as a maximum-security facility to house a program for serious juvenile offenders, part of Building 19 is now used to temporarily segregate youths from the regular population at AJATC, in some cases confining them in single-cell units.

Aromas fair- for and by the community

The Aromas Community holds a fair for the community

Aromas man reminiscences about kite flying hobby

Paul Welch, a long time resident of Aromas, reminisces over his kite flying days.

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 in the Field

Farm Project opens Sept. 2Art in the Field was first posted on August 29, 2017 at 7:48 am.

ART Manchester relocates SVAC artists and extends pop-ups

News Release — Art Manchester
Sept. 15, 2017
ART Manchester
ART Manchester is pleased to announce the relocation of the Southern Vermont Arts Center pop-up gallery to 32 Center Hill Road, formerly the Hickey Freeman building, behind Tumi Luggage. This is one of four ART Manchester locations whose exhibits have been extended until October 15, 2017. The others include the Vermont Glass Guild located alongside Tumi and around the corner from the SVAC artists, the Vermont Guild of Furniture Makers and the Mettowee Makers located across from the Equinox Hotel in Manchester Village, and The Al Hirschfeld Foundation near the roundabout in Manchester Center. The galleries are open every Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sundays from 10am-5pm.

Artists in NYC’s Low-Income Neighborhoods Push City to Deliver on Arts Equity

Adi TalwarA mural by TATS CRU on the Alexander Avenue facade of WallWorks New York, a contemporary Art Gallery. Wallworks, located in the Port Morris section of South Bronx is owned by graffiti pioneer John CRASH Matos and entrepreneur Robert Kantor. After attending a $60, 10-week writing workshop at El Fogon Center for the Arts in Longwood, Sydney Valerio, a teacher and lifelong Bronx resident, found her voice and began performing poetry. Next month, she will read portions of her latest one-woman show at an event entitled Poetry Town Hall. In Port Morris, world-renowned street artist John “Crash” Matos established WallWorks, an art gallery on Bruckner Boulevard that features work by up-and-coming Bronx artists.

Arts Endowment Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation awards $54,740 in grants

News Release — Vermont Community Foundation
August 31, 2017
Lauren Bruno
Vermont Community Foundation
802-388-3355 ext. 222lbruno@vermontcf.org
The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, a component funds at the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded a total of $54,740 to 22 artists and arts organizations across the state. Grants were awarded primarily to support the commissioning, creation, and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Nine awards were made to individual artists and 13 to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists. The following grants were made in 2017:
Vermont Arts Endowment Fund 2017 Grants to Individual Artists
Danielle O'Hallisey received $3,000 for a modern classical composition for guitar, cello, viola, and violin, in remembrance of three influential people in her life whom she lost in a six month period.

As ‘gig economy’ grows, labor experts split on whether it’s good or bad

Many workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors and not employees.

As 2018 heats up, Hurd “bromance” puts O’Rourke in awkward position

SAN ANTONIO — Not long after U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, opened the floor to questions last month at a town hall here, Trish Florence rose to ask the U.S. Senate candidate about "the bromance" — his friendship with U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, that was cemented by a cross-country road trip in March. A few knowing chuckles rippled over the crowd. "I really, really want to get behind you," Florence said, "but I can't do it if you're helping Hurd get re-elected." O'Rourke held firm in what's become his go-to answer to such questions — that as a member of the minority party in Congress, he needs to work with everyone he can — including, yes, Republicans like Hurd — to get things done for his constituents. Yet the exchange put on vivid display the awkward position O'Rourke, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, finds himself in as he leads the Democrats' statewide ticket for 2018 while maintaining a high-profile friendship with their No.

As a result of Hurricane Harvey, 600 more Texas prisoners getting AC

Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, about 600 more Texas prisoners are set to get a break from the sweltering Texas heat. The inmates had been evacuated from the flood-prone Stringfellow Unit ahead of the storm. But Texas prison officials, scrambling to get the inmates to safety, sent them to the notoriously hot (though dry) Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota. Once there, a judge ruled, the prisoners were made eligible to join a special class of heat-sensitive inmates subject to a federal lawsuit over hot conditions that have been blamed for nearly two dozen deaths over the last two decades. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will now have to find cooler beds for them.

As A&M chancellor and hurricane recovery czar, John Sharp balances two intensely personal jobs

As Hurricane Harvey washed onto the Texas shore last month, flooding streets and toppling buildings, John Sharp stayed up late into the night working the phones. The chancellor of the Texas A&M University System had no official role to play at that moment. But in his usual restless manner, he wanted to check on his old friends and his childhood home in Victoria County. The friends were safe, and the woman who lives in his old house told him it survived, even though "the wind went right through it,” Sharp recalled. But Harvey will still likely keep him up late in the coming months and years.

As Al Quie turns 94, a tribute

Chuck Slocum

In Minnesota, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is number 40; 12 others have also been Farmer-Laborites, Democrats or DFLers. Jesse Ventura at number 38 won in 1998 on a Reform Party platform. The majority of Minnesota governors since statehood in 1858 have been Republican (26), though the last three won as Independent-Republicans.Chuck SlocumI have met and had an opportunity to work in some manner with 11 of them.I had my first in-depth conversation with Al Quie, Minnesota's 35th governor, nearly 41 years ago. I remember our quiet, one-on-one talk like it was yesterday — I was age 29 — and on that day he became to me an insightful teacher whose lesson included the importance of growing a faith in God as part of a life journey.Over the decades we have much spent time together on various projects, in small groups and in purely social situations. The man was there for me at my time of greatest need and I have tried to support him when I felt it was appropriate.In fact, a group of us still meet regularly, often at the historic Nicolet Island Inn to share lunch with the former Rice County farmer, state lawmaker and 10-term U.S. congressman from southeastern Minnesota.What is there not to like about Al Quie?Deeply Lutheran and Minnesotan, Al Quie's grandfather Halbord Kvi (later changed to Quie) must have had high-minded politics in his DNA when he joined in founding the new Republican Party and electing Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860.

As Ayers settlement winds down, anxiety escalates at universities

Gil Ford PhotographySen. John Horhn
As funding from the landmark Ayers case settlement diminishes and state funding declines, Mississippi's three predominantly black public universities face a fiscal crisis. On Monday, state Sen. John Horhn, D-Hinds, other legislators, representatives from the Institutions of Higher Learning and school officials discussed the dilemma facing Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University and agreed to push for additional appropriations for the schools during the 2018 legislative session. Horhn proposed a bill that would give the schools $8.5 million for the next four fiscal years. In a 2002 federal court settlement of a lawsuit filed in 1975 by Jake Ayers Jr. and other students, who accused Mississippi of operating an unequal system of higher education, a $70 million publicly funded endowment was conceived to benefit the three predominantly black schools. The settlement also included a privately funded $35 million endowment.

As bail reform movement spreads, organized opposition mounts

As Cook County joins other jurisdictions around the country in pushing to reform bail, organized opposition is growing from the bail bond industry and prosecutors. The latest example: A commentary written by a Los Angeles prosecutor, published in The Crime Report, a fellow member of the Institute for Nonprofit News. At issue is the growing use of an assessment tool, developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, that attempts to provide judges an objective measure of the risk that a suspect will either flee or pose a danger to the community if released. The tool was developed to help accomplish the release of detainees awaiting trial who remain locked up, not convicted of anything, but pose no danger. Cook County Jail in recent years included hundreds of suspects each night held in custody on non-violent charges only because they could not post bail.

As bear problems rise, wildlife officials simplify hunting regulations

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As Child Marriages Drop, Hundreds Still Marry in Kentucky Each Year

At 14, Donna Pollard's anger and outbursts landed her in a youth behavioral facility in Southern Indiana. There, she met a 29-year-old man who counseled troubled teens. He would brush up against her and smile. “I was a 14-year-old with a crush,” Pollard said. They started dating shortly after she returned home to Laurel County, Kentucky.

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 harvest season begins, farmers worry how dicamba herbicide could affect next year’s crop

Sikeston, Missouri — In front of several greenhouse scaffolds, Steve Hamra gestured to a metal cart containing trays of seedlings for bell peppers, tomatoes and romaine lettuce. About 150 miles south of St. Louis on a 10-acre site, Hamra is growing produce hydroponically, or in water instead of soil, for about 400 schools, in Missouri and other states.

As Harvey leaves Texas behind, Houston shelters remain a lifeline for thousands

HOUSTON — Anthony Moore stood amid thousands of this city's displaced residents and scores of volunteers at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thursday and clung to a garbage bag filled with toys, shirts and diapers. The 37-year-old spent days trapped in his flooded northeastern Houston house where he lives with his wife, two children and grandmother. But after they ran out of water, Moore decided he and his wife should leave everyone else behind and walk more than eight miles to get supplies at one of dozens of shelters for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. “I said, ‘Baby, let's try and make it,'” said Moore, who wore a black baseball cap that said “H-Town.”
Between 6,500 and 8,000 people remained at the convention center Thursday, days after Harvey slammed into the coast as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane and then dumped epic amounts of rainfall on southeast Texas after lessening into a tropical storm. As floodwaters recede and the extent of the unprecedented damage comes into sharper focus, many will have to stay in the city's shelters for an unknown amount of time.

As Harvey persists, northeastern politicos sourly recall Texas “no” votes on Sandy aid

WASHINGTON – Many New Yorkers and New Jerseyans serving in Congress have, for nearly five years now, kept a list of names handy to roll out on a moment's notice. They call it “the Comeuppance Caucus.”
For some, the list is on a physical paper or bookmarked on a computer. For others, it's merely tattooed into their brains. It consists of which colleagues voted against Hurricane Sandy funding back in 2013, and it's chock full of Texas Republicans. In fact, nearly every Texas Republican who was serving in Congress at the time voted against the $50.5 billion aid bill.

As Hurricane Harvey draws nearer, South Texans head north

LIVE OAK COUNTY – Victor Lara rattles off with great ease the roster of hurricanes and tropical storms that have threatened or directly hit the Texas Coast in the past six decades. No matter how menacing they seemed as they moved up the gulf, the Corpus Christi resident always stayed at home and waited them out. Harvey won't be getting that same reception. Early Friday morning, Lara and his wife, Mary Lou Isaguirre, stood outside an Exxon gas station about 80 miles north of home and said they planned to let this weekend's expected disaster play out without them. The couple had hours earlier boarded up their house on Corpus Christi's southside, grabbed as many belongings as they could and began the trek to a hotel more than 400 miles away in Fort Stockton.

As Its Homeless Student Population Surges, Perkins K-8 Is Learning to Adapt

Fernando Hernandez, the principal at Perkins K-8, makes sure his middle school teachers don't put too much weight on homework. Hernandez caps the percentage of grades drawn from homework at 15 percent, which he says is lower than many middle schools. Though many schools and parents across the country have argued in recent years that schools should de-emphasize homework, Hernandez came to that conclusion for a different reason than most. Many students at Perkins weren't completing their homework because they had no good place to do it, he said. In three years, the percentage of homeless students at the Barrio Logan school has shot up from 4 percent of the school's total enrollment to a peak of 33 percent at one point last academic year, one of the highest homelessness rates of all elementary schools in San Diego Unified.

As Lynx open the playoffs, all eyes are on Sylvia Fowles

Pat Borzi

It's crazy on the face of it. What pro basketball team hires a 5-foot-8 former EuroLeague guard to coach centers and power forwards? It's especially comical to watch that Lynx assistant coach, James Wade, break out two oddly shaped pads for a defensive drill with 6-foot-6 center Sylvia Fowles, one of the WNBA's most dominant low-post players. Wade whacks Fowles with one pad while holding another, a foam cylinder on a stick, high above her. Wade calls it “gladiator mode,” which is about right by the looks of it.

As Nation’s Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio’s Increases

The poverty rate in SA inched slightly upward to 18.5%, higher than the statewide rate of 15.6%, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The post As Nation's Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio's Increases appeared first on Rivard Report.

As protests continue, Delmar Loop businesses take damage in stride

Restaurants and shops along the Delmar Loop in University City were bustling with customers Sunday, a day after protesters took to the streets in the arts and entertainment district. On Saturday, Delmar Boulevard was packed with people expressing outrage over a judge's decision to find former St. Louis police officer not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith. The protests were largely peaceful but after most demonstrators left the area, there were some confrontations between protesters and police. There were no serious injuries, but officers made nine arrests, officials with St.

As school starts, a pediatrician talks about the dangers of bullying

Andy Steiner

Michael Pitt, M.D., has seen the impact of bullying from both sides.Pitt is an assistant professor of pediatrics and associate residency program director at the University of Minnesota's division of pediatric hospital medicine. As a pediatric hospitalist, he's treated children and teens who've attempted suicide or practiced self harm after being bullied; he also readily admits that when he was a kid he bullied another boy, something he's been trying to make up for most of his adult life.“I try to use my past experience with bullying in my work as a pediatrician,” Pitt told me. He supports and advocates for his patients — and works hard to educate the medical students he supervises about the dangers of bullying.“As part of the adolescent curriculum at the University of Minnesota, we talk about bullying and ways for pediatricians to be advocates outside of the medical setting,” he said. “I emphasize that role, and explain the larger psychological impact that bullying has on its victims.”I spoke to Pitt as summer was winding down. He told me that pediatricians see a spike in suicide attempts at back-to-school time, a phenomenon he attributes to anxiety over bullying at the launch of the school year.

As the school year approaches, Twin Cities teachers grapple with how to talk about Charlottesville in their classrooms

Erin Hinrichs

In response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — where KKK members, white supremacists, neo-Nazis gathered to defend a statue of Robert E. Lee and clashed with counterprotesters — educators across the nation began grappling with how they might address the incident with their students at the start of the school year.Confused about where to even begin, many teachers turned to Twitter to find and share ideas. Almost immediately, tweets with “#CharlottesvilleCurriculum” and “#CharlottesvilleSyllabus” started popping up, containing everything from links to relevant pieces of literature and discussion prompts on racism to specific lesson plans teachers can use to unpack what happened in Charlottesville.As educators in the Twin Cities prepare to welcome students back this fall, many have plugged in to these conversations — whether they've been at the forefront of conversations around equity or suddenly feel compelled to tackle it head on. Here's a look at how six Twin Cities teachers are processing recent events and thinking about approaching some tough conversations about the issues raised by Charlottesville in the classroom.‘No easy way to do this'Rebecca Bauer is heading into her 23rd year of teaching at Central High School in St. Paul. As a white teacher of African-American literature in a school where black students make up roughy a third of the student population yet dominate her student rosters, she says talking about race is nothing new in her classes.

As Trump decides on DACA, immigrant youth make final push

With a decision from the White House expected soon, immigrant youths and their advocates made one last push in Hartford Wednesday to convince President Donald J. Trump to maintain their protected status.

As Trump re-thinks DACA, here’s how some in Colorado’s delegation are trying to protect the Dream

As with many aspects of following Donald Trump's plans and decisions, when it comes to official U.S. policy toward young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents, whiplash is expected. It was only June when the president's administration said it would keep a program that protects roughly 800,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation. But now news comes that Trump could unwind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which could affect about 30,000 immigrants in Colorado alone whose parents brought them here illegally as children. About 17,000 of them are already DACA beneficiaries in the state. If Trump wipes out DACA— fulfilling a campaign promise— attention might quickly shift to one of multiple proposed new laws intended to mitigate the impact, including one introduced by Colorado GOP Congressman Mike Coffman of Aurora and supported by one of his Democratic colleagues in the state.

As Trump’s Justice Department gears up to review schools’ affirmative action policies, Minnesota educational institutions are paying attention

Greta Kaul

Affirmative action, the practice of enhancing opportunities for historically disadvantaged groups in hiring or college admissions, has been controversial since its inception in the 1960s, and has triggered numerous lawsuits and Supreme Court rulings over the years. Now, a memo obtained by the New York Times indicates that President Donald Trump's Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, may be planning to wade into the controversy head on. The memo asks for staff interested in conducting “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” That's been interpreted by advocates and proponents of race-based affirmative action alike as a plan to investigate programs that advantage applicants who are racial minorities. The Justice Department declined to provide details to the Times, so it's not clear, exactly, what these investigations would look like. But if they do, as advocates fear, take aim at affirmative action policies, then Minnesota institutions of higher learning that take race into account for admissions — including the University of Minnesota — will want to pay attention.

Asia must lead charge for pollution-free planet.

Asia-Pacific - home to more than half the world's population and some of its fastest-growing economies - is a key battleground in the fight against pollution, one of the biggest threats to the planet and its people, the U.N. environment chief said.

Ask a Candidate: Can a Libertarian Compete in NYC?

Commey for MayorAaron Commey, libertarian for mayor
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On August 31, smccarthy76 asked:
As a Libertarian candidate, one of the biggest hurdles for your campaign will be exposure. What will be your strategy to engage potential constituents that may not know your stances and might vote for you if they did? The lack of debate access, not only for third party candidates but lesser known and lesser funded Republican and Democratic candidates as well has created an uneven playing field, how do you counteract that? Libertarian candidate for mayor Aaron Commey answers:
Yes, not being well known and not receiving widespread media coverage does make it harder to get the word out there but doesn't make it impossible.

Ask A Candidate: Does Nicole Malliotakis Still Support Trump?

Nicole Malliotakis, seen here in her capacity as an Assemblymember, voted for Donald Trump for president. Part of our new Election Watch newsletter is an “ask the candidate” feature where readers can submit a question they'd like us to ask any city candidate and, so long as the query is not totally insane, we pass it on to see if we can get an answer. Our first question comes from R. Calie, who asks Republican mayoral candidate and Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis:
With all the garbage that Trump and his administration has been involved in the last 6 months, do you still support him? If so why? Malliotakis answers:
First off, you should understand that during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries I served as the New York State Chair of Senator Marco Rubio's presidential campaign.

Aspenti Health hosts Patient Appreciation Day in celebration of National Recovery Month

News Release — Aspenti Health
Sept. 13, 2017
Charlotte Lyman
People Making Good PRcharlotte@peoplemakinggood.com
(857) 284-4827
Burlington, VT – September 13, 2017— Aspenti Health, an innovative, comprehensive clinical drug testing lab, will be hosting a Patient Appreciation Day at their Burlington Patient Service Center on September 25 in celebration of National Recovery Month. In alignment with Recovery Month's theme of strengthening families and communities, Aspenti will bring their patient community together by hosting lunches for patients and their families. Members of the Aspenti leadership team will be in attendance to get to know patients, learn about their recovery journeys, and provide a network of support. “Creating an impact in our patients' communities is the foundation of Aspenti's social mission,” said, Aimee Marti, VP of Branding and Corporate Social Responsibility at Aspenti.

Assessing Buffalo’s mayoral primary

Posted in Broadcast on Capitol Pressroom,Co-produced with WGRZ,Featured,Outrages & InsightsA win is a win, and Byron Brown certainly did that Tuesday, capturing a little more than half the vote in a three-way Democratic primary for mayor. The victory sets Brown up for a fourth term, equalling the tenure of Jimmy Griffin. That's about where the good news ends for the mayor. The numbers are not otherwise kind. Let's start with his 13,346 votes – the lowest of his four primary runs and little more than half of his total eight years ago.

At town hall, residents urge St. Louis to hire ‘reasonable chief’ who can hold officers accountable

The next police chief of St. Louis needs to reign in a department that has allowed its officers to too quickly use deadly force and frequently mistreat African-Americans, residents said Wednesday night. St. Louis is preparing to hire a new police chief to replace former Chief Sam Dotson, who retired April 19, the day after Mayor Lyda Kewson was sworn in. Since then, Interim Chief Larry O'Toole has led the department.

At University of Houston, Harvey’s shadow looms as classes restart

HOUSTON — At first glance, it looked like a typical day of classes at the University of Houston's student rec center. People were playing basketball and lifting weights. Some were even studying. But one handball court in the back of the building betrayed that this wasn't just a normal day. Several dozen children ages 5 to 12 were playing games like tag and Red Light/Green Light in the noisy gym.

ATF Frets Over Spread of Untraceable DIY ‘Ghost Guns’

Advancements in milling and 3-D printing technology have made it easier than ever to build your own guns, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The guns often are assembled in garages and basements from mail-order parts. They are nicknamed “ghost guns” because a lack of serial numbers make them untraceable. The guns are technically legal, but authorities are concerned about the potential for a growing black market that sidesteps state and federal gun laws. The build-your-own-gun movement took off a few years ago in California, home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and has more recently been spreading to other part of the country, said Paul Ware of the ATF in Los Angeles.

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Attacker Murders Seven in TX Home, Is Killed by Police

Seven people were fatally shot at a home in Plano, Tx., near Dallas Sunday evening, and their attacker was killed by a police officer, the Dallas Morning News reports. Authorities were called to the home about 8 p.m. after gunshots were reported. A nearby officer responded and heard more gunfire as he arrived. “He made entry, and that's when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect,” police spokesman David Tilley said. The officer fatally shot the gunman, whose name has not been released.

Attorney General investigates opioid distributors

As part of Mississippi's multi-pronged approach to combating the opioid addiction, Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday an investigation into three national opioid distributors. Hood, who joins attorneys general from 32 other states in this effort, said he's looking into whether distributors Amerisource Bergen, Cardinal Health and McKeeson Medical Supply illegally marketed, sold or distributed prescription opioids. “A distributor of drugs is required to notify DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) if they're shipping a whole bunch of drugs to a pharmacy somewhere, like in the state of Mississippi, which is in unusual numbers. They have a duty with suspicious transactions just like the banks do,” Hood said. “So now we're checking into whether they have done their duty under the law.”
Hood has sent letters to nine distributors in Mississippi, and said he's waiting to see whether these companies provided notice to the DEA.

Attorney general may have exceeded power in death penalty prosecution

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman's office is facing accusations that it overstepped its power in a death penalty case. One of Coffman's top aides, Assistant Attorney General Jack Roth, gave a speech in November 2016 claiming responsibility for the decision to seek capital punishment against a man being prosecuted for a prison guard's murder, despite strong urging from the guard's family not to “go death.” The decision reflected the wishes of Department of Corrections, which has paid about $1 million to prosecute the case. Under state law, it's the locally elected district attorney – not the attorney general, nor the prison system – who must decide whether seek the death penalty. In late July, lawyers for the defendant, Miguel Contreras-Perez included a video of Roth's speech public in a motion arguing that the prosecution's “inflammatory conduct” was reason for the judge to strike the death penalty. That same week, Roth was thrown off the case by the Crowley County DA and was no longer employed by Coffman's office.

Attorney General Sessions Would Return Youth to the Harmful, Ineffective Dark Ages

As I watched Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce the termination of DACA, I was reminded how President Donald Trump had duped Democrats into actually supporting Sessions and arguing that he should not be removed as the head of the Justice Department. Sessions' announcement meant the end of protections provided to nearly one million Dreamers under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. A few months before the DACA press conference, when Sessions erroneously claimed that children brought to the United States by their parents were taking jobs away from Americans, Trump publicly criticized Sessions and signaled that he might be one of several administration officials on the chopping block. But fearing that Sessions' ouster might lead to the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Trump's ties to Russia, Democrats caved and called for the attorney general to keep his job. Just a few months earlier, in his confirmation hearings, these same Democrats were trying to stop Sessions from becoming the nation's top cop while reading the words of Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, warning that Session was a racist.

Attorney General Swanson says Minnesota will join suit against Trump over DACA

Brian Lambert

Minnesota will join in. The AP reports, “Attorney General Lori Swanson vows Minnesota will be involved in a multi-state lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his decision to end a program protecting young immigrants. Trump's administration announced Tuesday it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects children whose parents brought them into the United States illegally. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging that move. Asked Wednesday whether Minnesota would join that lawsuit, Swanson said she is still examining the facts and the law surrounding former President Barack Obama's executive order.

Attorneys for embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes allege unethical behavior by prosecutors

After prosecutors publicized information showing embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, had spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, Dukes' attorneys fired back Thursday, accusing Travis County prosecutors of behaving inappropriately and trying to manipulate witnesses in the state representatives' high-profile corruption case. Lawyers for Dukes argued in a response to prosecutors that Margaret Moore, the district attorney leading the charges against Dukes, had “attempted to pressure” key witnesses familiar with Dukes' on-the-job spending into giving false statements. Attorney Shaun Clarke also called the charges publicized by Moore's office Wednesday about Dukes' personal spending and irregular attendance at the Texas Legislature a “smear job.”
“I'm actually shocked that any seemingly ethical prosecutor would file a piece of garbage like that,” he said. A spokesperson for Moore did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Dukes' filing late Thursday followed news from the previous day that Dukes had failed to turn over a cell phone to investigators and spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, according to a legal filing prepared by prosecutors.

Attorneys General in 37 States Urge Insurance Industry to Do More to Curb Opioid Epidemic

by Charles Ornstein
Attorneys general for 37 states sent a letter Monday to the health insurance industry's main trade group, urging its members to reconsider coverage policies that may be fueling the opioid crisis. The letter is part of an ongoing investigation by the state officials into the causes of the opioid epidemic and the parties that are most responsible. The group is also focusing on the marketing and sales practices of drug makers and the role of drug distributors. On Sunday, ProPublica and The New York Times reported that many insurance companies limit access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The safer drugs are more expensive.

Audio Brief: Ideological Clash in West Bronx Council Race

William Alatriste for the NYC CouncilBronx Democrat Fernando Cabrera is seeking a third term. Is it worse for a candidate for office in New York City to be depicted as a demonic wolf or as an ally of President Trump? The race in the 14th Council district—covering the West Bronx neighborhoods of Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham and Kingsbridge—won't help to answer that question, because incumbent Councilman Fernando Cabrera is being targeted by both tactics. A series of mailed advertisements by challenger Randy Abreu casts Cabrera as a “wolf in sheep's clothing” (bathed in red light under a full moon), label him as a corrupt Republican millionaire and show him shoulder to shoulder with the president. Abreu, a former Obama administration attorney, is one of two Democrats challenging the two-term Democrat.

AUDIO: Hurricane Harvey and the new normal.

“There's never an ideal time to talk about how climate change is magnifying some of these natural disasters,” says Michael Mann, distinguished professor in the department of meteorology and geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. “But it is important to talk about it.”,

Audio: DACA, Harvey recovery and 2018 (podcast)

On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Evan, Julian and Patrick about the implications of President Trump's DACA decision, where state leaders stand on tapping the Rainy Day Fund for Harvey relief and who's running in 2018.

Audio: Harvey funding, Sharp’s new job, Twitter porn (podcast)

On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Evan, Ross and Patrick about the political appetite for funding Harvey repairs, A&M Chancellor John Sharp's new gig overseeing Houston's recovery and Ted Cruz's — er — Twitter porn.

Audio: Legendary musician Bruce Cockburn on music, activism, and hope

Music has a unique ability to inspire awareness and action about important issues — and we're excited to welcome a living legend onto the program to discuss that very topic. Bruce Cockburn, well known for his outspoken support of environmental and humanitarian causes, appears on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast. Cockburn's multi-decade career has yielded 33 records, including his latest, Bone On Bone. This week, he will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside another outspoken icon, Neil Young. We spoke with Cockburn about how he came to his ecological worldview and why he wrote iconic songs like “If a Tree Falls” and “If I Had A Rocket Launcher,” as well as similar songs on his new record.

Audio: Progressive Hopefuls Challenge a Very Big Name in Bronx Council Race

NYCCFBThe four people not named Diaz who are running for the 18th district seat. Clockwise from top right they are William Moore, Elvin Garcia, Michael Beltzer and Amanda Farias. The race for the 18th district Council seat would be compelling enough if there were only four people on the September 12 Democratic primary ballot. Michael Beltzer, a community-board member and neighborhood advocate, talks candidly about overcoming painkiller addiction. Amanda Farias, a Council aide, is the lone woman running for one of the few Council seats held by a woman, Annabel Palma, who is term-limited out.

Audio: Technologies that boost conservation efforts right now and in the future

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we take a look at the role technology is playing — and might play in the future — in conservation efforts. Our first guest is Topher White, the founder of Rainforest Connection, a nonprofit based in San Francisco that has deployed upcycled cell phones in tropical forests around the world to provide real-time monitoring of forests and wildlife. Not only can Rainforest Connection's network alert local communities when illegal logging activities might be taking place, but you can go sign up right now to get an alert whenever your favorite monkey or bird is heard vocalizing in the rainforest. This is a great example of how a common technology that most of us probably carry around in our pocket all day is being used right now to aid in conservation efforts — and White sees even more applications for the technology in the future. Our second guest is Matthew Putman, an applied physicist with a keen interest in conservation.

Audio: Texas responds to Hurricane Harvey (podcast)

On this week's TribCast, Patrick talks to Aman, Jim and Brandon about the state's response to Hurricane Harvey, the latest in redistricting litigation and a number of immigration issues that are coming to a head in Texas.

Audio: UWS Council Race Frames Citywide Issues

Peter BurkaThe Upper West Side. Schools and race. Development and neighborhoods. They're topics that we are going to hear a lot about if Mayor de Blasio wins a second term on November 7. The city's response to school desegregation has been pretty broadly dismissed as inadequate.

Audio: Why the Brownsville Council Race Matters to More Than Brownsville

WNYCClimbing in Brownsville. There are 51 City Council districts, but unless a person has a secret family or something, each New Yorker only lives in one. Fully one third of Council seats will have no primary come September 12. This prompts the question: Do these individual races we're following matter to city residents who, because they live in other districts, can't vote in them? The district 41 Council contest is a good example of a race with broader implications.

Audit: Ag agency hikes on fees to Texas farmers and ranchers raised millions more than needed

Nearly two years ago, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller irked farmers, ranchers and lawmakers by dramatically raising fees for a wide range of services his agency offers. At the time, Miller, a Republican, said his Department of Agriculture was hemorrhaging cash and needed more revenue to keep various agriculture and consumer protection programs open. The higher fees, it turns out, generated millions more dollars than those programs cost to operate in 2016, and the department had no formal process for ensuring it was charging fees in line with costs, according to a state audit report made public Tuesday. The fees generated $27.3 million during the 2016 calendar year, while programs that rely on such fees cost just $20.8 million to operate — which means Miller's agency collected $6.5 million more than necessary, or 31 percent, according to the report by the State Auditor's Office. Meanwhile, “as of March 17, 2017, the Department had not compared its actual revenues and expenditures to evaluate whether it set its fees appropriately,” the report said.

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

By Charlie Hayward
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.

Author Baratunde Thurston to speak Sept. 18 at Johnson State College

News Release — Johnson State College
Sept. 1, 2017
Melissa Weinstein
Johnson State College
JOHNSON, VERMONT — Author, comedian and cultural critic Baratunde Thurston will appear at his first speaking event in Vermont Sept. 18 at Johnson State College as part of JSC's semester-long diversity focus. The 8 p.m. talk at Dibden Center for the Arts is free and open to the public. The semester's diversity theme centers on Thurston's 2012 comedic memoir “How to Be Black,” a New York Times best-seller.

Author finds the formula for success at Du-Good Chemical on South Jefferson

For more than 50 years, Lincoln I. Diuguid worked as a researcher and inventor at his Du-Good Chemical company on South Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis. But it was his formula for community engagement that would have a lasting impact on countless African-American youths. It's a story that his son Lewis Diuguid believes people need to hear today. His book “Our Fathers: Making Black Men,'' details how Lincoln “Doc” Diuguid mentored the children of the neighborhood, stressing hard work and education.

Author Michael Moss to speak at UVM Aiken Lecture Nov. 1

News Release — UVM
Sept. 12, 2017
Katie Albee
The University of VermontKatie.albee@uvm.edu
Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 George D. Aiken Lecture Series on Nov. 1 at the UVM Ira Allen Chapel. Moss is the author of the New York Times' bestseller, “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.” His writing focuses on the food industry in context of health, safety, nutrition, politics, marketing, corporate interests, and the power of individuals to gain control of what and how they eat. “Some of the most profitable food companies of the last half century are knowingly manipulating salt, sugar, and fat to addict us to their products.

Author Walter Mosley headlines Sept. 16 Johnson State College Alumni Weekend

News Release — Johnson State College
Sept. 1, 2017
Lauren Philie, 635-2356, lauren.philie@jsc.edu
JOHNSON, VERMONT — Acclaimed author and Johnson State College graduate Walter Mosley will receive an alumni award and give a reading Sept. 16 as part of JSC's Alumni Reunion and Family Weekend. The event will feature readings by JSC faculty members who are authors, including Bachelor of Fine Arts program director Liz Powell and Tyrone Shaw and Jensen Beach, who teach in the Writing & Literature Department. Mosley, of New York, has written more than 40 books, including the best-selling Easy Rawlins mystery series.

Automatic voter registration, immigrant protection among Illinois bills signed by Gov. Rauner

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been busy in the last few days, having signed into law bills that restrict cooperation with federal immigration authorities, automatically register eligible voters when they get a license, make it easier for transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates and re-establish the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council. But the Republican also has used his veto powers on college loan protection, limits on what employers can ask job candidates and a workers' compensation plan. Here's a rundown of the action:

Autopsies Reveal a March of Infant Deaths Tied to Unsafe Sleeping

Jeff Raymond / Oklahoma WatchTaffy Henderson, a maternal and child health promotion specialist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, puts a doll into a crib that is meant to show what a safe-sleeping environment looks like. Henderson uses the crib to demonstrate safe-sleeping practices in classes she teaches. In October of last year, a 2-month-old infant from Kiowa County died after co-sleeping with her parents. Her mother woke up to find her father's arm partially obscuring her face, according to an autopsy report, which attributed her death to probable asphyxiation due to “overlay.”
An ongoing series that explores how Oklahoma's severe human-needs issues affect the lives of children. In May of last year, a 6-month-old Tulsa County infant died from suffocation after co-sleeping with an adult and a sibling on an adult bed.

Az gas prices bumped by holiday, hurricane; still relatively low

Gas prices in Arizona rose 5 cents a gallon in the past week – 4 cents since Thursday – squeezed by the typical rise in holiday demand and a drop in supply from Gulf Coast refineries shuttered by Hurricane Harvey.

Az group wants $57 million Volkswagen settlement to go toward electric school buses

A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses.

Az group wants $57M VW settlement to pay for electric school buses

A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses.

AZCIR receives grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

PHOENIX – The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, the state's only nonprofit newsroom dedicated to statewide investigative and accountability reporting, was awarded operational funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The grant of up to $75,000 will support AZCIR's ongoing efforts to expand original and collaborative reporting in Arizona, with an emphasis on […]

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.

Bail Reform: Why Judges Should Think Twice About ‘Risk Assessment’

If you aren't following bail reform, you may not be aware that accompanying the attempt to eliminate bail across the country is the touting of “risk assessment tools” to determine who should be detained on bail before trial. Eric Siddall
The chief proponent of such tools is the Arnold Foundation, which maintains that its own “risk assessment tool” is a cutting-edge way of providing an objective assessment in this area. The tool's principal developer, (former New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram), has said she introduced “rigorous statistical analysis” to the process in order to “moneyball criminal justice.”
Editor's Note: 38 jurisdictions currently use the tool developed by the Arnold Foundation. However, the use of this tool has led to the wholesale release of violent criminals—and tragedy. Three recent examples in New Mexico, New Jersey and San Francisco illustrate my point.

Bakery Lorraine Chefs Provide Comfort, Food to Rockport Residents

Bakery Lorraine chefs Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng have been preparing meals for Rockport residents as part of a volunteer effort by Mercy Chefs. The post Bakery Lorraine Chefs Provide Comfort, Food to Rockport Residents appeared first on Rivard Report.

Balancing Mobility and Fear of Falls in Seniors

Photo: From the National Council of Aging, [http://tinyurl.com/jz2hl95] which urges elders to exercise regularly and sponsors of Falls Prevention Awareness Day set for Sept. 22, 2017.SAN FRANCISCO--Fear of falling can take a toll when your sense of balance is fading. Some seniors avoid walking and even moving due to fear of falling and the possibility of debilitating fractures.However, being sedentary is bad for your health, too. It's important to keep moving while finding safe workarounds for whatever balance issues you have. And the good news is that balance can improve with training.Fear of falling and its power to limit mobility is a complex issue that public health experts grapple with worldwide.

Barr Hill Gin partners with Liqour.com for Bee’s Knees Week

News Release — Caledonia Spirits
Aug. 21, 2017
Anna Bromley
Marketing Manager
Caledonia Spirits
o: 802.472.8000 | anna@caledoniaspirits.comwww.caledoniaspirits.com
46 Log Yard Drive Hardwick, VT 05843
Barr Hill Gin Partners with Liqour.com for First-Ever Bee's Knees Week Sept. 25th – Oct. 1st, 2017
Hardwick, Vermont: Barr Hill Gin by Caledonia Spirits is announcing Bee's Knees Week in partnership with Liquor.com. Bee's Knees Week is a week to celebrate, educate, and drive awareness of the importance of bees to agriculture, and our ecosystem as a whole, through the Bee's Knees Cocktail.

Barre man denies killing girlfriend whose body found in Middlesex

Randal Gebo speaks to reporters as he comes into the court. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
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Barrie Dunsmore: Is the end in sight?

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. How will it end? When will it end? As I am the geezer with the newspaper column, those are the questions I am constantly asked these days.

Barrie Dunsmore: Looking straight into the eye of climate change

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. As many of you did, I am sure, I sat watching cable television news recently, mesmerized by what seemed like the slow-motion destruction of much of the state of Florida by Hurricane Irma. While the devastation lived up to its billing as the strongest and largest hurricane ever recorded, there was remarkably little loss of life – a dozen dead in early reports in the U.S. and at least 36 people killed as the storm swept through the Caribbean Islands. Yet in the many, many hours I watched, only one time did I hear any mention of the 800-pound gorilla in the room — climate change.

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.

Battered by Harvey, Texas college students struggle to start class

On the evening before classes began for her senior year at Texas A&M University, Kristen Cole watched a rescuer carry her 10-year-old cousin and a teddy bear to safety through knee-deep floodwater. Normally, she would have spent the past few days setting up her apartment and going dancing with friends in College Station. Instead, she has been in her parents' truck tracking down relatives and driving from grocery store to grocery store — almost all of them closed — looking for food to serve her diabetic grandfather. As her first classes convened at A&M on Wednesday, she remained holed up in her parents' Katy home with nine other people and six pets. Their house has managed to stay dry, but it is surrounded by flooded streets.

Battling Bullies

With musicals and mail, Philipstown educators teach empathyBattling Bullies was first posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:51 am.

Bayer prepares for crop tech challenges ahead of potential merger with Monsanto

As European regulators investigate the potential $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger, Bayer's CropScience division is preparing to address challenges in crop technology, especially those tied to Monsanto's products. At the annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis hosted by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Adrian Percy, Bayer CropScience's head of research and development, said a priority for the merged companies would be addressing a decline in pollinators and meeting the high demand for herbicides to combat resistant weeds.

BCA requests full personnel files of officers in Damond shooting case

MinnPost staff

You'd think this would be a pretty standard request in cases like this. The Star Tribune's Libor Jany reports: “The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is continuing to dig into the backgrounds of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond nearly two months ago. … Their latest request: The unredacted personnel files and medical records of the officers, Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity. … Damond, 40, a native of Australia, was shot and killed July 15 by Noor, who was responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her Fulton neighborhood home. The case drew international outrage and led to the ouster of chief Janeé Harteau.”Nice profile of Minnesota musical treasure Charlie Parr.

Beacon Building Freeze Vote Expected Soon

Council will hold public hearing on Sept. 18Beacon Building Freeze Vote Expected Soon was first posted on September 12, 2017 at 9:23 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Bryan Abraham, William Bates, Frank Copit Jr., David Fuller, Tony IannarelliBeacon Obituaries was first posted on September 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Deborah Imrich, Joan Sablinkski, Jerry TicehurstBeacon Obituaries was first posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm.

Beacon on Board for Skate Park

Organizers ready to roll for possible fall openingBeacon on Board for Skate Park was first posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:37 am.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm.

Beacon Schools Consider Police Presence

Police chief pushes for school resource officerBeacon Schools Consider Police Presence was first posted on September 15, 2017 at 8:19 am.

Beacon, Dutchess, Putnam Primary Results

Incumbents win in Beacon; LoBue out in PutnamBeacon, Dutchess, Putnam Primary Results was first posted on September 13, 2017 at 11:30 am.

Beaumont loses water supply after flooding from Harvey

The city of Beaumont announced early Thursday morning that it had lost its water supply due to rising flood waters from Harvey. The outage was caused by flooding near a pump station located along the Neches River, officials said in a statement Thursday morning. The city — home to roughly 120,000 people in Southeast Texas —also lost its secondary water source at the Loeb Wells. "Under these circumstances, the City of Beaumont anticipates it will lose water pressure throughout the city within the next three to four hours," the city posted in a statement at 12:30 a.m., early Thursday morning. The military is working to get clean drinking water to Beaumont residents, according to NPR.

Beeps Back Blaz; Candidate’s Day-Job Would Have to Go; Campaign News for Aug. 28

“In the age of President Trump, the Bronx and all of New York needs a strong fighter for our most vulnerable communities.”Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., endorsing Mayor de Blasio for re-election
* * * *Council Hopeful Would Need to Ditch Lucrative Post if VictoriousGotham Gazette
“State Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez, a Democrat from East Harlem running for the City Council, has a second job at an asset management and financial consulting firm that has earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last few years. But, if Rodriguez wins the Council seat, which will be vacated by term-limited Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the end of the year, he would have to give up his position at the firm under new rules passed by the Council last year.”
* * * *Two Beeps Endorse the MayorAMNY
“[Bronx Borough President Ruben] Diaz Jr., a close ally of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo who is often at odds with the mayor, had previously been among the names floated as possible primary challengers to take on de Blasio, but he never entered the race.”
* * * *Meanwhile, in New JerseyThe New York Times
“As the race to replace Gov. Chris Christie enters the homestretch, donations from New Jersey residents and companies in the state have poured in to the Democratic Governors Association coffers, totaling more than $1.6 million as of August, an increase of more than $1 million compared with the total amounts in elections for governor in 2009 and 2013. The donations have come largely from a mix of pharmaceutical companies, unions, construction companies, law firms and corporations that would have been barred from obtaining government contracts if they had donated directly to [Democratic candidate Philip] Murphy or local candidates.”
* * * *NYPD Scraps Pricey but Dated PhonesThe New York Post
“The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they're already obsolete and can't be upgraded, The Post has learned. The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor de Blasio touted as ‘a huge step into the 21st century.' But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said.”
* * * *LI State Senator Gives Power Broker's Wife a RaiseNew York Daily News
“A Long Island state senator running for Suffolk County sheriff gave the wife of one of his longtime political bosses a $25,000 raise this year.

Before Prison

In 2013, Robyn Allen received a 20-year sentence for trafficking in illegal drugs. She says she sold methamphetamine to support her family after a back injury left her without work. But the reasons Allen started using the drug run much deeper. In spite of taking measures to reduce its long-standing record as the No. 1 incarcerator of women in the country, Oklahoma keeps locking up women at more than twice the national average.

Before you dive into Oklahoma’s prison data, read Reveal’s tips

On July 17, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections sent Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting a database containing records it maintains on people who are or have been under the department's supervision. While the data is imperfect, it is the most complete of several incomplete and flawed data sets provided in response to a public records request filed Jan. 19, 2016. Reveal is releasing the database in its raw, uncleaned format for others to analyze. Download the data here.

Behind the Antifa Mask: ‘I Wanted to Fight for Something’

When summer began, few Americans had heard of militant anti-fascists, or “antifa.” Then came the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where antifa activists were credited with protecting clergy members from attacks by the alt-right. If Trump's election has emboldened the far right, it has also energized its enemies, reports the Washington Post. Hidden behind masks, antifa activists remain mysterious. Are they everyday citizens guarding against the rise of a Fourth Reich? Or are they, as Trump has claimed, merely the “alt-left” — a lawless mirror image of the white supremacists they oppose?

Behind the First Arab Data Journalists’ Network

Amr Eleraqi
When it comes to data journalism in the Middle East, one name stands out. Amr Eleraqi is the data journalist spreading data journalism to the Middle East. In 2012, he launched infotimes.org, the first Arabic website specializing in data journalism in the region. Since then, Eleraqi and his organization have both been nominated for GEN Data Journalism Awards — once in 2015 as an individual, and the second in 2016 for the best data visualization website of the year. His goal: to introduce Arab journalists to the concept of data visualization as a new tool for storytelling.

Behind the Headlines – After controversial posts by 2 Missouri legislators, what will happen next?

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh spoke with St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jason Rosenbaum about the ongoing fallout and what might happen after controversial comments made by a Democratic and Republican state legislator. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal made a Facebook comment wishing for President Donald Trump's assassination. State Rep. Warren Love commented that people who damage Confederate statues should be found and hanged from a tree.

Behind the Headlines – After controversial posts by two Missouri legislators, what will happen next?

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh spoke with St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jason Rosenbaum about the ongoing fallout and what might happen after controversial comments made by a Democratic and Republican state legislator. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal made a Facebook comment wishing for President Donald Trump's assassination. State Rep. Warren Love commented that people who damage Confederate statues should be found and hanged from a tree.

Behind the Headlines – After Hurricane Harvey, what does comprehensive recovery look like?

Amid recent and ongoing destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the recovery effort will take center stage. On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked with Suzanna Long, professor and department chair of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla. They addressed what a comprehensive recovery plan looks like and assess the potential for disasters in Missouri. St.

Behind the Headlines — The work of the Midwest Innocence Project

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , we went Behind the Headlines to delve into the news that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens granted a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams. Joining the program first for the discussion was Erica Hunzinger, politics, education and criminal justice editor at St. Louis Public Radio, who wrote about the state's intended use of pentobarbital to execute Williams . She also wrote about the stay of execution as well. Host Don Marsh was then joined by Tricia Bushnell, the director of the Midwest Innocence Project , to discuss the work of the organization, which called for the stay of execution.

Behind the Headlines: Discussing the Stockley verdict, protests in St. Louis

On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , contributing host Steve Potter discussed St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson's Friday morning ruling that a former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer is not guilty of first degree murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. The verdict has set off long-promised protests in downtown St.

Behold, a School District That Embraces Local Charter Schools

The Learning Curve is a weekly column that answers questions about schools using plain language. Have a question about how your local schools work? Write me at maya@voiceofsandiego.org. ♦♦♦
Chula Vista Elementary School District has a different kind of relationship with some of its charter schools. The district authorizes two kinds of charters: dependent and autonomous.

Being a ‘Good Person’ Won’t Undo Your Implicit Biases

To become a champion of racial equity and social justice takes more effort than one might think. As a culture, we laud individuals with good character, attributing such virtue as a necessary component to ending the inequities that afflict society. We rely on our intuitive wisdom that tells us, “If you want to make a difference in this world, be a good person!”
And although this is admirable and has its merits, social psychology has demonstrated that being a good person is not nearly enough to make real progress toward justice. “So why is it that being a good person in insufficient?” you might ask. The answer is simple: We all carry implicit biases.

Belo Monte dam installation license suspended, housing inadequacy cited

Among the displaced: Tamawaerw Paracanã and her family were resettled from their traditional Xingu Riveriver community to the city of Altamira when Belo Monte was built. She earns a small income from the crafts she makes and sells. Her husband has been unable to find work in the economically depressed city. Inadequate public transportation makes reaching the city center difficult and costly. Photo by Zoe Sullivan A federal court in Brasilia has found fault with Norte Energia´s resettlement of people displaced by the Belo Monte dam in the Amazonian state of Pará. The court ruled in favor of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), a body of independent prosecutors, which argued that the urban resettlement plans for the thousands displaced by the dam were inadequate.

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 receives $10,000 Grant from Community Foundation for SBC

As BenitoLink looks ahead to it's fall donor campaign, the Community Foundation for San Benito County gives a big show of support for local news and information with a substantial grant.

Bennington building near redevelopment sells for $425,000

A local business owner has purchased a majority interest in the Drysdale Building on South Street in Bennington. The historic former department store is next to the key Putnam Block buildings, which are planned for a $53 million redevelopment project. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDigger
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Bennington charter group delays talk of mayor option

Bennington offices
" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?fit=300%2C161&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?fit=610%2C327&ssl=1" src="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?resize=610%2C327&ssl=1" alt="Bennington offices" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?resize=610%2C327&ssl=1 610w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?resize=125%2C67&ssl=1 125w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?resize=300%2C161&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?resize=150%2C80&ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bennington.jpg?w=640&ssl=1 640w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Bennington officesBENNINGTON — The Charter Review Committee decided Wednesday to put off discussion of the mayoral form of government until after a scheduled public meeting on the ongoing review of amendment options. The committee also discussed term limits for Selectboard members and a removal process for those who are absent from meetings for extended periods before tabling those issues pending receipt of more information. The group also will seek input from charter consultant and attorney James Barlow. The consultant will give a public presentation on charter-related options in Bennington on Sept. 27, and the committee is considering other public forums in October and November to update residents on issues being discussed.

Bennington charter group favors option of paid firefighters

BENNINGTON — Bennington's Charter Review Committee voted Wednesday in favor of allowing the Selectboard the option to form a partly paid fire department. The current government charter, under a section identifying the powers of the board, authorizes it to organize or reorganize the Bennington Fire Department, but also specifies that “such department shall be a volunteer fire department.”
The Bennington fire station. Courtesy photo
" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?fit=300%2C242&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?fit=610%2C493&ssl=1" src="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?resize=300%2C242&ssl=1" alt="Bennington Fire Department" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?resize=300%2C242&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?resize=125%2C101&ssl=1 125w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?resize=768%2C621&ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?resize=610%2C493&ssl=1 610w, https://i1.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FireDept.jpg?w=1000&ssl=1 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1">The Bennington fire station. Courtesy photoCommittee member Robert Ebert said he was not comfortable with that provision, because it prevents the board from organizing a partly paid department that might include personnel who are not volunteers. That option should be available without requiring a charter change, he said, if a situation arises in which paid personnel become necessary.

Bennington Selectboard approves TIF district plan

This is part of the vision in a redevelopment brochure for the Putnam Block project in downtown Bennington. " data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?fit=300%2C181&ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?fit=610%2C368&ssl=1" src="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?resize=610%2C368&ssl=1" alt="Putnam Block" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?w=610&ssl=1 610w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?resize=125%2C75&ssl=1 125w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?resize=300%2C181&ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/vtdigger.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Screen-Shot-2017-03-27-at-4.18.24-PM.png?resize=150%2C90&ssl=1 150w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">This is part of the vision in a redevelopment brochure for the Putnam Block project in downtown Bennington, a key part of the town's application for a tax-increment financing district.BENNINGTON — After a final briefing from consultants and town planning staff, the Selectboard on Monday approved Bennington's application for a tax increment financing district for the downtown. The board voted unanimously to send the application and long-range plan for the economic development district to the Vermont Economic Progress Council, which officials said is expected to schedule an Oct. 26 hearing in Bennington on the proposal. The council would then hold one or two more meetings on the town's application in Montpelier before voting, most likely by the end of December.

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.

Bernie Sanders’ book tour skims past Vermont

Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' new title for teen readers, “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution,” is pictured at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDigger
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“He's very popular here,” Figgis said.

Berrick Abramson to lead education work at Colorado think tank, Keystone

Berrick Abramson, a national expert on school accountability and the teacher workforce, is joining the Colorado-based Keystone Policy Center to lead its education work, the organization announced Tuesday. Abramson, who lives in Jefferson County, joins Keystone after a long stint at TNTP, an education nonprofit formerly known as The New Teacher Project. There, he managed state and federal policy research, among other responsibilities. “Keystone has worked with teachers, students, and policymakers — from classrooms to state Capitols — to improve public education,” Keystone's President and CEO Christine Scanlan said in a statement. “We're excited to bring Berrick's expertise to Keystone to accelerate this work and help us continue to inspire leaders to reach common higher ground addressing the challenges students, teachers, and families face today.”
Abramson has advised state policymakers on a variety of education hot topics such as educator licensure, evaluation and school turnaround work.

Best Video Opens Up The Mic

It was Peter Lehndorff's first set at Best Video's new Second Wednesday Open Mic.“It's my first time here, and I live in Hamden. And it's my first time in Hamden,” he said.Some confusion spread out through the audience before Lehndorff reported that he was from a town called Hampden in Massachusetts. The crowd of performers and patrons responded with laughter and welcomed their new “neighbor” — one example of the congenial tone and community fostered at the beloved video store turned cultural center on Wednesday evening.

Beth Sachs honored with VBSR Lifetime Achievement Award

News Release — VBSR
Sept. 18, 2017
Russ Elekrusse@vbsr.org
– Co-founder of VEIC Receives Standing Ovation from 200 –
Burlington, VT – On September 14th, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibly (VBSR) honored Beth Sachs with the 2017 Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sachs, the co-founder of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) who “was never good at following rules,” was honored in front of nearly 200 VBSR members, friends, and guests who gave her two standing ovations at VBSR's 16th Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner at Basin Harbor. Speaking of her life and career, Sachs reflected on the beginnings of VEIC with Blair Hamilton and their desire to be great employers and community members from the beginning. “The mission mattered, but how we did it mattered even more to me,” said Sachs.

Betsy DeVos is headed to an Indianapolis high school for students recovering from addiction

An Indianapolis charter school for teens recovering from drug and alcohol abuse will host U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Friday. As part of a six-state tour that aims to highlight creative approaches to education, DeVos will visit Hope Academy, a charter school based at Fairbanks Addiction Treatment Center in Lawrence Township that serves students in recovery. “It is our goal with this tour to highlight what's working,” DeVos said in a statement about the tour. “There are so many new and exciting ways state-based education leaders and advocates are truly rethinking education.”
Hope, which opened in 2006 and had about 25 students last year, offers traditional classes such as English and science. But it is tailored to students in recovery.

Betsy DeVos laments death of Memphis civil rights leader Dwight Montgomery

The death of a prominent Memphis pastor drew condolences Thursday from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who praised the Rev. Dwight Montgomery for his education advocacy work. Betsy DeVos
DeVos issued her statement a day after the death of Montgomery, 67, one of few prominent black civil rights leaders to back the divisive education chief:
“Rev. Montgomery was a steadfast advocate for equality and opportunity for all, especially for students and parents. He knew neither income nor address should determine the quality of education a child receives. Through his work in Memphis and with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, many students and families benefitted from opportunities, both educational and spiritual, they would otherwise have been denied. We in the education community mourn the loss of his leadership, but most who knew him mourn the loss of their pastor.

Better Housing for Better Health in Greensboro

By Catherine Clabby
When Google photographed tens of thousands of Greensboro properties to post pictures with its digital maps, it unintentionally helped a local campaign to reduce asthma attacks among kids. A research center at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro last summer repurposed Google “street view” photos to survey the exteriors of 78,000 city buildings, one property at a time. The results allowed the center to map clusters of city housing in serious disrepair. Because mold and cockroach infestations produce allergens that can trigger asthma attacks, student surveyors took pains to note cracks in foundations and gaps in flashing near chimneys and rooflines. Both increase the chance that water and insects will invade a home.

Betty J. Cooke, 66

Betty J. Cooke, 66, of New Haven, passed away Friday.

Bexar County delays execution because of Hurricane Harvey

A man sentenced to death in San Antonio and facing execution next week had his death delayed due to Hurricane Harvey. The execution of 36-year-old Juan Castillo was scheduled for next Thursday, but a Bexar County judge issued an order Wednesday delaying the man's death for three months because some of his defense team works in the Houston area, which has been devastated by flooding from the storm. The request to move the execution didn't come from the defense, but from the Bexar County District Attorney's Office. "A portion of Mr. Castillo's defense team resides and works in Harris County and the surrounding areas, and has been affected by Hurricane Harvey," wrote Bexar County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Matthew Howard in the motion. "...Under the extraordinary circumstances, the State would move to withdraw the execution date and seek a new date."

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood Announces Re-election Bid

LaHood first ran for district attorney in 2010, but failed to win the seat. In 2014, he ousted 16-year incumbent Susan Reed. The post Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood Announces Re-election Bid appeared first on Rivard Report.

Beyond DACA: The Youth Fighting for the Rights of All Immigrants

Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday morning that the Trump administration is making good on a longtime promise: to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children to work and live in the United States without fear of deportation. At the same time, hundreds of people gathered just blocks from Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan for a rally called by Movimiento Cosecha, a group comprised largely of young, undocumented immigrants who stand to be among those worst impacted by this week's decision. Over the next several hours, 34 “DACAmented” young people and their allies would be arrested. “There were a lot of people crying,” Thais Marques, a DACA recipient and organizer with Cosecha, told In These Times. “We had to acknowledge that pain.”

Once the action got going, the tone shifted.

Beyond DNA: Research has Minnesotans looking at how behavior and environment affect lifespans

Sharon Schmickle

Here's a new measure of how long you might live: A Minneapolis-based insurance company is looking at saliva, but not for the usual DNA evidence. Instead, the company is looking beyond DNA to epigenetic markers.The inquiry stems from a relatively new field of scientific research that is promising enough to have prompted major initiatives at the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic and other prominent institutions worldwide.Epigenetics also is bringing welcome relief to philosophers and theologians who've objected that the commonly understood dictates of DNA were far too rigid, that humans are more than mere hardwired products of their genes.Epigenetics may not be a common word in your insurance office or health clinic. Not yet. But for the Minneapolis company GWG Life, it comes down to an innovative tool for gauging whether a person might beat his or her chronological age and live longer than the life-expectancy charts would suggest. Or, on the darker flip side, die earlier.

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 […]

Bhargava pitches herself as pro-business, progressive Democrat

Dita Bhargava began Tuesday to explore whether there is a place in the wide-open race for governor of Connecticut in 2018 for a Democratic woman who is a feminist and an ethnic minority with a Canadian upbringing, a Wall Street pedigree, a Greenwich address and pro-business inclinations.

Big Band at Boscobel

Swinging jazz at end-of-season bashBig Band at Boscobel was first posted on September 5, 2017 at 7:11 am.

Big Oil becomes greener with cuts to greenhouse gas pollution.

Sixty-two of the world's 100 largest companies consistently cut their emissions on an annual basis between 2010 and 2015, with an overall 12 percent decline during that period, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance released ahead of its conference in London on Monday.

Big Win for Plummer

Named best young actor at Venice Film FestivalBig Win for Plummer was first posted on September 16, 2017 at 7:28 am.

Bike Share Locks Are No Match for Baltimore Thieves

The manufacturer of the $2.36 million Baltimore Bike Share system said his company has never experienced the level of theft that caused officials to announce a temporary shutdown of the program to allow additional locking devices to be installed to the bike docks, reports the Baltimore Sun. The original locks on the bike stations were overwhelmed by thieves ripping the bicycles out at an unprecedented pace, said Alain Ayotte, CEO of Bewegen Technologies. “We don't have this issue anywhere else, not at this level,” Ayotte said. The bike-share program launched last fall with 200 bicycles at 20 stations and was supposed to grow to 500 bicycles at 50 stations in the spring. But it has suffered so many thefts and maintenance backups that most of the bicycles are out of service.

Bill de Blasio Explains Why Encounters with Police Are “Different for a White Child”

In his call for Americans to begin an "honest conversation" about broken race relations in America, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended earlier statements he made explaining why his biracial son Dante needs to be especially careful in encounters with law enforcement. "What parents have done for decades, who have children of color, especially young men of color, is train them to be very careful when they have a connection with a police officer," de Blasio opened up to ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. "It's different for a white child. That's just the reality in this country. And with Dante, very early on with my son, we said, look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do, don't move suddenly, don't reach for your cell phone, because we knew, sadly, there's a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color."

Bill Schubart: Vermont should stay the course on health care

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a former board member of the Vermont Journalism Trust, the umbrella organization for VTDigger.org. This piece was first aired on VPR. When I was young, Morrisville had three doctors, two dentists and the wood-framed, four-story Copley Hospital, which had the town's first elevator. Theoretically, there was competition, but price wasn't the criteria by which we chose our providers, it was familiarity and trust. All docs pretty much charged the same for an office visit.

Bill Signs Bill, Sal Meets and Greets: Official Schedules for Sept. 8

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM — Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese meets and greets at West 72nd Street subway station. 72nd and Broadway, Manhattan. 10:00 AM — Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tours Pregones Theater with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. 571 Walton Avenue, Bronx. 10:00 AM — Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks. Maven Clinic, 394 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York.

Biopharma Pelican Therapeutics Chooses SA for Headquarters

City Council will vote on incentives for biopharma company Pelican Therapeutics to locate its HQ in San Antonio to develop cancer immunotherapy drugs. The post Biopharma Pelican Therapeutics Chooses SA for Headquarters appeared first on Rivard Report.

BioTek Instruments donates $25K to benefit STEM complex at UVM

News Release — BioTek
Sept. 6, 2017
Chere Griffin
Expression Marcom, LLC
September 6, 2017, WINOOSKI VT, USA — BioTek proudly announces its donation of $25,000 towards the construction of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex at The University of Vermont (UVM). This facility marks UVM's largest ever capital project and is anticipated to transform the Central Campus with three interconnected buildings. UVM President, Tom Sullivan, J.D., noted, “We greatly value BioTek's investment in our vision for the future of STEM education and research at UVM. The new STEM facility will serve as a critical resource that greatly enhances UVM's ability to address 21st Century challenges.

Bipartisan budget talks take back seat to partisan sniping

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday called the Republican budget a "hot mess" that deals a body blow to education in Connecticut. One Republican responded by questioning the governor's grasp of reality. Another says UConn's president needs to stop "bellyaching." It does not bode well for budget talks Friday.

Bipartisan CT budget talks run out of steam again

Sputtering bipartisan state budget talks, which hadn't produced any unified plan over the past four months, appeared Monday to have broken down for good — around the same issues that have plagued them in recent years.

Bitterness and Division at Inwood Rezoning Hearing

Abigail Savitch-LewCouncilmember Ydanis Rodriguez testifies at the hearing for the Inwood rezoning draft scope of work on Thursday, September 14, 2017. On Thursday night, the first official hearing for the Inwood rezoning featured four hours of passionate testimony, complex and confusing racial tensions, and personal attacks against figures and groups on both sides of the discussion. While there were multiple appeals that the community move past the divisive rhetoric that has consumed the neighborhood for months, it sometimes seemed as if feelings of wrongful accusation and betrayal were proving too strong to overcome. The Economic Development Corporation's Inwood rezoning proposal includes a contextual rezoning to preserve the existing character of some residential areas as well as upzonings on some major corridors and in the areas east of 10th Avenue that are currently zoned for manufacturing. Those upzonings will trigger mandatory inclusionary housing, requiring a portion of units to be income-targeted, but many residents fear upzonings will also greatly exaserbate speculation and displacement.

Black Rep captures the painful, funny experience of African-American families battling Alzheimer’s

African-Americans over the age of 70 are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's as white people. While there are no answers, said Dr. John Morris, the Director of the Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University, there are some factors that might be contributing to this gap. Lifestyle, culture and genetics play a role and Morris said that the stress of discrimination and poor education may also contribute to the difference. Morris said this disparity in Alzheimer's diagnoses applies to Hispanic patients as well. Morris runs the Memory and Aging Project at Washington University, which researches healthy brains before the symptoms of Alzheimer's set in.

Bloomberg Aid to Help Baltimore Police Recruitment

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has given her first assignment for Baltimore's new Bloomberg-funded “Innovation Team:” Figure out how to recruit more police and retain them, reports the Baltimore Sun. Dan Hymowitz of the Mayor's Office of Innovation said his four-person team will spend at least six months delving into the issue, holding focus groups and reviewing exit interviews with officers. The city will receive as much as $500,000 annually for the program. Pugh said she wanted the team to focus on public safety as Baltimore faces a surging homicide rate. “Their focus is on violence reduction.

Blue Cross Will Continue as the Face of State Employee Insurance

By Rose Hoban
North Carolina state Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his decision Tuesday to continue contracting with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to administer the health plan for more than 700,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their families. Folwell said he and his staff made the choice despite BCBSNC's competition with three national companies for the contract, which last year netted Blue Cross $83 million in fees. “This announcement is not a renewing of our vows with Blue Cross, or with the medical community of North Carolina, or the providers, or to some degree our pharmacy services. This is a resetting of our priorities and our relationship,” Folwell said. “It's not emotional, it's not political, it's mathematical.”
Folwell said that during the bidding and contracting process, his team had pushed Blue Cross on being more transparent with data.

Blumenthal pans Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony in Senate Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal listened to Donald Trump Jr. testify for five hours in a closed-door Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, but says he's not satisfied with the responses. He said the president's eldest son "raised more questions than he answered."

Blumenthal, Murphy split over Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan

Blumenthal was one of nine Democrats with Sanders, I-Vt., when he introduced his “Medicare for All” bill at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday. Murphy said he prefers a plan where Americans have a choice between private insurance and a government-run plan.

Board fires Rutland Town administrator for ‘gross misconduct’

The five-member Rutland Town Selectboard meets Tuesday night before going into executive session to discuss a “personnel” matter. From left: Chris Kiefer-Cioffi, Joseph Denardo, Chairman Josh Terenzini, Mary Ashcroft and John Paul Faignant. Photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDigger
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Zingale, reached after the meeting, said he's considering legal action against the town he spent the past three decades serving.

Board Slaps Garner Cop as Statues Commission is Named: Campaign Headlines for Sept. 9

“It's gonna be interesting to see how this works. It's certainly a first-of-its-kind experiment.”
Staten Island Reform Party Chair Frank Morano speaking to Gotham Gazette on the emerging effort by Bo Dietl and Nicole Malliotakis to wrest the Reform Party line away from Sal Albanese
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Review Board Recommends Harshest Punishment for Garner Cop
The New York Times
“A New York City agency that investigates police misconduct has found that the officer who put his arm around the neck of Eric Garner before his death did use a chokehold and restricted Mr. Garner's breathing, a person familiar with the case said on Friday. The city agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, recommended the stiffest punishment against Officer Pantaleo: departmental charges that could lead to suspension or dismissal. Officer Pantaleo was notified of the recommendation last week.

Bob Bick: Opioid recovery programs reach milestones

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Bick, who is the CEO of the Howard Center in Burlington. Howard Center's Chittenden Clinic and Safe Recovery programs are marking National Recovery Month with reports of milestones that indicate both how far we've come and how far we've yet to go in the struggle to provide support and services for individuals seeking assistance with opioid use. Finding capacity to serve the growing numbers of people seeking medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use has been a serious challenge for Vermont and especially the Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle communities. In 2013, the year Howard Center's second MAT facility opened at the Chittenden Clinic in South Burlington, as many as 750 Vermonters were placed on a waiting list for treatment. Thanks to a concerted community effort that created additional physician office-based treatment at the Community Health Centers of Burlington, UVM Medical Center, Howard Center's MAT spoke program and the support of the governor, the Legislature and the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, there is now no longer a wait list for access to medication assisted treatment and counseling in Chittenden County.

Bob Duffy to co-chair Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council

Bob Duffy has a new role, in addition to his regular job as president of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. It was announced at a meeting of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council on Wednesday that Duffy has been appointed Co-Chair of the council effective immediately. He replaces Danny Wegman, Chairman of Wegmans Food Markets, who served as Co-Chair since the council's inception in 2011. Duffy joins MCC President Anne Kress, who is still the other Co-Chair of the council. Wegman says it “was an honor to serve as a co-chair” of the council for the last six years, and he says there has been headway on a number of projects including rejuvenating the Eastman Business Park and building a more robust Ag and Food ecosystem.

Bob Frenier: Ehlers’ portrayal of Republicans wrong

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, a Republican who represents the Orange-1 district in the Vermont House of Representatives. James Ehlers, the first Democratic candidate to challenge Phil Scott in the 2018 election, is quoted by VPR as saying voters in the next election will have grown tired of “that whole ideology of Republican thinking that says if people just work a little bit harder, then they'll succeed, and everyone who isn't succeeding, it's because they're lazy.”
Mr. Ehlers is not the only Democrat politician who imagines Republicans think like this, and I do hope they all continue saying such things; it is so 1950s. They will eventually learn today's Vermont Republicans actually believe that if working Vermonters are not succeeding, in most cases it's because Vermont's very liberal government has planted a regulatory stranglehold on the economy and dug deep into everyone's wallets with too many taxes. A few examples will suffice:
If you've worked and saved to buy a house, Democrats want to diminish the value of that investment by imposing some of the highest property taxes in the nation on it. What if you want to run a landscaping business that requires lawnmowers and weed whackers, or start an excavation business that requires a backhoe and dump truck — you know, things that run on fossil fuels?

Bob Stannard: It’s still about Russia

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Stannard, an author, musician and former lobbyist. This piece first appeared in the Bennington Banner. Remember when Donald Trump Jr. was forced to admit that he met with Russians at Trump Tower and said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children? We now know that was a lie, but even if it had been true Trump Jr. should have said no to that meeting. Do you remember why Vladimir Putin banned U.S. citizens from adopting Russian kids?

Bob Stannard: Remembering Charlie T. O’Leary, a great man

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Stannard, an author, musician and former lobbyist. This piece first appeared in the Bennington Banner. There are a lot of people in the world: 7.5 billion to be exact. Most of these 7.5 billion people are nice people who want nothing more than to live their life in peace and tranquility. Then there are the evil others.

Book Review: Beijing Bastard

Beijing Bastard

By Val Wang


In her drifter memoir of leaving home in order to find it, Chinese American author Val Wang struggles between head and heart as she tries to make a living—and a life—in Beijing, burdened by the expectations of her forebears yet buoyed by the spirit of youth. In the process, she shows us a China full of contradictions: at once glamorous and grungy, ancient and modern, ambitious and loafing.

Border Patrol Says it Doesn’t Use Race as a Factor for Stops, But Won’t Say What it Does Look for

San Diego's Border Patrol chief says his agents don't use race or ethnicity as the basis for their immigration enforcement – but he also won't say what his agents do look for to determine whether someone is involved in criminal activity. Even if Border Patrol agents are profiling people based on race, they might not be breaking the law. The U.S. Border Patrol is one of the few agencies that's legally allowed to use race as a reason to stop drivers or question people on the street, so long as agents see indications of criminal activity or immigration violations. When then-attorney General Eric Holder rolled out new guidelines in 2014 restricting law enforcement agencies from considering race or ethnicity when enforcing federal law, the administration exempted several agencies, including Border Patrol, from the new rules. If imposed, the agency successfully argued at the time, the rules would prevent agents from effectively doing their jobs.

Border Report: Dreamers in Limbo

In recent months young, undocumented immigrants have received a series of ambiguous, contradictory messages from President Donald Trump. He said to rest easy, plan to leave the country because the program that gave them temporary relief from deportation was ending – and then urged, once again, to rest easy, because the program could be back on. The conversation has a particular resonance in border communities like San Diego. An estimated 40,000 young people here either have DACA protections or would qualify. Those numbers come from Alliance San Diego, which advocates for greater protections for undocumented immigrants and less militarization of the border.

Boston Archdiocese, Catholic Parishioners Battle Over Church Eviction

When walking into the front vestibule of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in the seaside town of Scituate, Mass. it doesn't look or sound like the average church."What the hell are you doing," an actor from The Young and the Restless shouts on a big screen TV. Two recliners are set up in front of it, all right next to a stained glass window.Nancy Shilts is one of more than 100 parishioners who have taken turns holding vigil in the church, night and day, since the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced nearly 11 years ago it wanted to close the church."We have a TV here.

Boston hurricane barrier eyed; cost estimate $10B.

With Tropical Storm Harvey inundating Houston, experts say Boston could face its own extreme flooding crisis in the next century - threatening massive damage and justifying a $10 billion hurricane barrier outside the harbor.

Brain Health for a Song -Aging and the Arts

Photo: Shown above, Carnell Rogers, 101, said starting photography and painting enriched her in late life. Dawn Davis/Caribbean Today) SAN FRANCISCO--Dementia, or cognitive decline, is not inevitable as we age! So say researchers who have conducted studies that refute that stereotypical notion.For example, a study in the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) Journal of Gerontology by Karen Anderson-Ranberg and colleagues is aptly titled “Dementia is Not Inevitable.” It looked at 276 centenarians (people age 100 or more) living in Denmark. The results of their population-based survey, along with medical examinations, showed 51 percent had mild to severe dementia; 37 percent had no signs of dementia; and 12 percent had diseases that could contribute to a dementia diagnosis.The researchers concluded, “Dementia is a common, but not inevitable, phenomenon in extremely aged people such as centenarians.”The good thing is, even when cognitive decline is diagnosed, there are creative ways to help bolster the brain's functioning and enhance quality of life.At the recently concluded 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress in San Francisco, about 6,000 members and academic researchers from more than 75 countries gave presentations on the latest findings on aging, an experience that will touch us all sooner or later. A significant number of symposia and workshops were on Alzheimer's disease and dementia and how to care for older family members living with these conditions.PerspectivesWorld Congress participants learned that, although there is no cure or medication to stop or slow the progress of dementia, one light at the end of the tunnel may be reached through the arts.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center exhibits artwork of Roger Sandes, opening Sept. 1

News Release — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
August 25, 2017
Danny Lichtenfelddirector@brattleboromuseum.org
802-257-0124, ext. 108
BRATTLEBORO, VT — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) unveils a new exhibit of artwork by Roger Sandes during Gallery Walk this Friday evening, September 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The opening is free, and all are welcome to attend. Occupying the museum's large Center Gallery, “Constellations: Roger Sandes” features 21 paintings created by the artist over the past 27 years. According to BMAC's chief curator, Mara Williams, the exhibit is organized as a series of constellations, each consisting of a recent painting displayed alongside one or more older paintings upon which the recent one is based. “The new paintings are kaleidoscopic abstractions of the earlier works,” says Williams, “at once symmetrical and asymmetrical, figurative and abstract, ebullient and quiet.”
“Making art is my purpose in life,” says Sandes.

Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival announces 2017 line-up; advance tickets on sale now

News Release — Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival
August 28, 2017
Jaimie Scanlon
Brattleboro, VT—Eighteen youth rock bands and solo musical artists from around New England will take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on Saturday, September 23 for BrattRock 2017, the second annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, between 4:30 and 11:00 PM. Gates open to the public at 4:00 PM. In addition to six continous hours of live music, the festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts activities, and games. All are invited to attend this fun-for-all-ages event.

Brattleboro’s library set to mark a storied birthday

Brooks Memorial Library will celebrate its 50th birthday with a public party Saturday. Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDigger
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Brazil rejects oil company’s ‘Amazon Reef’ drilling bid

A French oil giant suffered a set back in its bid to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon river. Ibama, Brazil's environmental regulator, today rejected Total SA's environmental impact study, arguing that the company has failed to provide information needed for the license to move forward. Ibama said Total needs to address concerns over potential impacts on marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds as well as improve oil spill dispersion modeling and risk forecasting. Failure to do so could lead the agency to suspend the licensing process. “This will be the third and last time that the Agency is willing to allow Total to provide adequate information about the environmental impact of the project,” said Suely Araujo, Ibama's president.

Breaking Good: How to Heal a Life Spent Behind Bars

On August 15, I had my first parole hearing. I have been confined since 1992. At the age of 14, I murdered a convenience-store owner and wounded his business partner after one of the men finished testifying against my then-15-year-old brother. Several months earlier, my brother had shot the man I later killed, along with another of the store's co-owners. In the 25 years since, I've obtained a college education, I have written in academic journals, and I am a regular columnist for The Crime Report.

Breaking: High school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools may need to reapply for their jobs

High school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools may need to reapply for their jobs as part of a district-wide reconfiguration. Rhondalyn Cornett, who leads the district teachers union, said that includes teachers at high schools that are remaining open as well as those at schools that will close at the end of this year. Cornett fears that this brings unnecessary uncertainty to all high school teachers in the district because they could be moved to other schools or lose their jobs. “This is like a total disruption at one time,” she said. The move was announced to teachers during meetings with central office staff at each high school campus Tuesday, Cornett said.

Breakneck to Close for Repairs

Town Board also talks merger for highway departmentsBreakneck to Close for Repairs was first posted on September 15, 2017 at 8:15 am.

Breaths, Commas & Moments Of Glory

Shortly after taking the stage Friday and introducing bandmates Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ingrid Laubrock on soprano and tenor saxophones, drummer and bandleader Tom Rainey cut right to the chase.“I hope you enjoy it,” he said. “Well, I hope we enjoy it, too.”From that, Rainey launched the group into their first set, with distant but thunderous tom work amidst probing lines from tremolo guitars and tenor saxophones that danced around a harmonic center before jumping tracks completely, comfortably demonstrating the vitality and necessity of improvised music — and of good places in which to listen.

Brenda Weatherly opens New Direction Life Coaching

Former executive director of the Hollister Downtown Association now life coach to help others navigate life-changing decisions.

Bridgeport Snags Star Elm City Principal

The principal credited with helping to turn around Lincoln-Bassett School has been hired away by Bridgeport Public Schools.

Brief “Shelter in Place” at San Benito High School

According to Hollister Police Department, San Benito High School students were kept in locked classrooms for just over 15 minutes.

Bringing Back the Dead

Scholar will discuss “de-extinction” of speciesBringing Back the Dead was first posted on September 10, 2017 at 9:01 am.

British band GoGo Penguin brings ‘acoustic electronica’ to the Dakota

Pamela Espeland

One day in 2012, not that long ago, there was a Manchester, England-based trio with no name and no real aspirations to perform in public. They just wanted to hang out, write music and play together. Then they were talked into a last-minute gig, made up a curious name on the way, recorded their debut album, “Fanfares,” and released it on the indie label Gondwana. They switched out bass players and made their second album, “v2.0.” Then “v2.0” was shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize.A prestigious and lucrative award given for the best album from the UK and Ireland, the Mercury is unknown to many Americans. Think of it as the music equivalent to the Man Booker Prize for literature.

Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.