These 15 district schools will be most expensive to repair. School
Age (Years)
Cost of repairs (2018)
Pershing High School
Cody High School
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School
Noble Elementary School
Osborn High School
Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science at Remus
Drew Transition Center
Thurgood Marshall Elementary/Middle School
Davis Aerospace Technical High School at Golightly
Sampson Webber Academy
Dixon Educational Learning Academy
Southeastern High School
These 15 schools are in the best shape of any in the district. School
Age (Years)
Cost of repairs (2018)
Detroit School of Arts
Earhart Elementary/Middle School
East English Village Preparatory Academy
Gompers Elementary/Middle School
King High School
Mumford High School/Mumford Academy
Renaissance High School
Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science
Edward 'Duke' Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art
Mackenzie Elementary/Middle School
Munger Elementary/Middle School
Clippert Academy
Bennett Elementary School
Fisher Magnet Upper Academy
Bunche Elementary/Middle School
Source: Facilities report commissioned by Detroit Public Schools Community District

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‘I am the children’s superintendent,’ Newark’s new schools chief promises students

When Roger León was still a high school principal, it was easy enough to gather his students in the auditorium and give them a pep talk. Now that he's superintendent of New Jersey's largest school district, he needs a much bigger venue. So during their first week back from summer break, all 12,500 eighth through 12th-graders in Newark Public Schools piled onto yellow school buses and rode to the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, where they filled the stands as León addressed each grade individually over the course of September 5-7. Alternating between administrator and emcee, and with the aid of the arena's Jumbotron, he detailed graduation requirements, set sky-high expectations, and -- for the ninth-graders -- explained how they could join a trip to Orlando, Fla. Behind all the specifics, the larger message he sought to convey was clear: Students are the raison d'être of his young administration.

‘I’m proud that I’m fighting for other kids’: New York City students sue for equal access to sports

At her Atlanta high school, Lisa Parks was a standout on the track team. But after moving to New York City, the junior doesn't compete anymore. It's not that she doesn't want to. It's that her high school, Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, doesn't offer the sport. Nor does it offer boys volleyball, the game that Matthew Diaz grew up playing during summers spent with family in Puerto Rico.

‘My place is in a school’: Stuyvesant principal Eric Contreras isn’t stepping down after all

The principal of Stuyvesant, one of New York City's most sought-after high schools, won't be leaving his post after all. Eric Contreras, who has been at the helm of the specialized high school for two years, announced on August 27 that he would be stepping down to take a job as senior executive director overseeing teacher training and curriculum within the education department. In a letter addressed to the “Stuyvesant Community,” he described the move “as a very difficult one” and said he'd remain principal until an interim acting principal was named. But on Friday, just days after the new school year kicked off, Contreras told parents and students that he changed his mind. “After careful consideration, I have decided to stay at Stuyvesant High School and continue supporting and leading this amazing community,” he said in an emailed statement.

‘Ride to Unite’ draws cyclists of all ability levels

When Erika Wolf was young, she loved riding her bike. But when she was 11, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disorder that causes a person to lose their vision over time. Wolf is now blind, but she hasn't stopped cycling. This is her second year riding a tandem bike in “Ride to Unite,” an annual event that pairs champion cyclists racing in the Gateway Cup with riders who have disabilities. The goal, say organizers, is to help make cycling a more inclusive sport.

‘They still need us’: How to help children navigate, process the digital world

More parents and educators are pushing to involve children in media literacy discussions to encourage “humanizing the screen,” Marialice Curran, founder and executive director of the Digital Citizenship Institute, told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. On Friday's program, Curran joined Julie Smith, media and communications instructor at Webster University, to discuss how adults can use social media and online information to help children better connect to the world, develop authentic relationships and model acceptable behavior.

‘A better world doesn’t happen – it gets made’: SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor stops in St. Louis

From the Bronx in New York City to Yale Law School and now the nation's capital, Sonia Sotomayor has made a name for herself despite the obstacles she's encountered throughout her life. “My life hasn't been always easy, and yet I succeeded,” Sotomayor said in a conversation with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. Growing up in poverty, learning English as a second language and being diagnosed with diabetes as a child, as well as grieving the death of her father when she was 9, are just a few of those obstacles. “These have been some difficult times, and [although] difficult times existed … I'm now a justice of the Supreme Court,” she added.

‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment

The Monday afternoon sun beat down hard on the intersection of Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues, as the estimated 300 citizens of the largest homeless encampment in state history began another week of living in the shade of the Little Earth housing complex. Three months ago, the first tent sprang up along the narrow 1,000-foot strip of land just north of East Phillips Park, and at the moment 70 more sit amid an orderly array of lawn chairs, water coolers, grills, sleeping bags, laundry, pets, outhouses, police presence, and most any other amenity that makes a society a society. Tent cities and homeless encampments have become prevalent all over America, and some cities have made sleeping in public areas a crime that local officials are starting to prosecute. Sweeps, raids, and site clearings have become common reactions to homeless encampments, but in Minneapolis, a coalition of city, county, and American Indian agencies have launched efforts to deliver housing assistance, medical care, and other services, while Mayor Jacob Frey recently promised a “full-throated effort” to find housing for everyone who needs it by the end of this month. [cms_ad:Middle]
The poverty and despair is palpable, as is the feeling of last-chance community.

‘A challenging roommate’: CAM show reveals early artistry of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat

When Alexis Adler lived with New York painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in an East Village apartment, she never knew what she might wake up to. Where most people saw walls, floors and even refrigerators, the emerging master of social commentary saw canvas. Basquiat often painted throughout the night, the ideas in his head spilling out onto almost every surface in the run-down space. St. Louisans will soon have a rare glimpse into the life and early work of Basquiat, a one-time New York street artist whose paintings eventually sold for more than $100 million.

‘A Revelation’: Scenes from opening day at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery

The founders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery had no idea how many people would show up to the museum's grand opening festivities Saturday morning, but by 9 a.m. there was a line outside Plymouth Avenue, and a steady stream of museum-goers filled the museum all day. Located on the fourth floor of the Thor Companies building on the corner of Penn and Plymouth, the museum is a long-time coming first of its kind in Minnesota. MinnPost took in opening day, in words and photos. Coventry Cowens and Tina Burnside, museum founders. “We started working on the museum in November of last year,” said Burnside, a civil rights attorney, writer, and historian.

‘Backroads & Byways of Vermont’ authors at Phoenix Books Rutland, Sept. 15

News Release — Phonix Books
Aug. 27, 2018
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Burlington, Vermont – August 27, 2018: On Saturday, September 15th from 12-2pm, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Pat Goudey O'Brien and Lisa Halvorsen for a meet and greet and book signing featuring Backroads & Byways of Vermont, an all new guide to the scenic routes of our state. Vermont is bigger than it looks. This may be one of the country's smallest states but the more you drive here, the more beauty you uncover. While drives do include popular resort towns, the focus is on getting away from tourist hubs.

‘Bisbee ’17’ documentary recounts shameful moment in Arizona history

America had just entered the “war to end all wars” in Europe. Demand for metal ore was rising. Unionists and radical socialists were demanding better wages. That was the backdrop in Bisbee on July 12, 1917, when a mob rousted 1,200 miners from their homes at gunpoint

‘Concert for Kiah’ brings wave of support for outgoing Bennington rep

Rep. Kiah Morris hugs Rutland County NAACP branch organizer Tabitha Pohl-Moore at the Concert For Kiah held in the Tap House at Catamount Glass on Sept. 1. Photo by Elodie Reed for The Bennington Banner
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Kiah Morris" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1280w, 1920w, 5184w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Rep. Kiah Morris hugs Rutland County NAACP branch organizer Tabitha Pohl-Moore at the Concert For Kiah held in the Tap House at Catamount Glass on Sept. 1. Photo by Elodie Reed for The Bennington BannerBENNINGTON — Before the music began at the Concert for Kiah on Saturday evening, Rep. Kiah Morris took the stage inside the Tap House at Catamount Glass.

‘Dark money’ in politics is about to get lighter

Secret money in politics will soon be a lot less secret. That's because the Supreme Court today let stand a lower court ruling forcing politically active nonprofit groups to disclose the identities of any donor giving more than $200 when those groups advertise for or against political candidates. Until now, such nonprofit organizations — generally, those of the 501(c)(4) “social welfare” and 501(c)(6) “business league” varieties — could keep secret their donors under most circumstances. The high court's action is tempered by two considerations:

The decision appears to leave a loophole: Some super PACs, which must disclose their donors publically, accept money from nonprofit groups. Conceivably, a super PAC could take money from a nonprofit group that doesn't itself advocate for or against political candidates — meaning the super PAC could continue hiding the flesh-and-blood source of the cash funding its efforts, several election lawyers told the Center for Public Integrity.

‘Diaper Brigade’ fights a chemical crisis in Java’s rivers

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Dressed in a hazmat suit with boots, gloves and a mask, Prigi Arisandi waded into a river north of Yogyakarta, a city in the center of the island of Java. The toxic mess he was planning to clean up from a river that locals still rely on for their water: used diapers. “It's the same in Jogja as anywhere else — people throw used diapers into the river,” he said, referring to the city by its nickname. “There are thousands of them.” Prigi and a colleague had spent the day surveying rivers in neighboring Magelang district, traveling in a blue pickup truck emblazoned with a “Diaper Evacuation Brigade” badge. What they'd found in those rivers was the same as in rivers they'd surveyed elsewhere in Java: Nearly all of them were clogged with used disposable diapers, especially near bridges — the easiest spots from which to dump waste into waterways.

‘Don’t Mistake Punishment for Justice’

When Issac J. Bailey was nine, he watched his brother taken away in handcuffs for the crime of murder. Now a veteran journalist, Bailey explored the mixed feelings of guilt and shame experienced by his family in My Brother Moochie, a very personal account of the long-term impact of incarceration in the racially polarized climate of the American South. In a conversation with The Crime Report, Bailey, a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a veteran reporter at the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. whose work has been published in Vice, Politico, and the Washington Post, discusses what it was like to grow up with a brother he saw as a “hero” behind bars for a heinous crime, what the experience revealed about the distrust between black communities and police in America, and why he subtitled his book, “Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty and Racism in the American South.”
The Crime Report: You talk about the pressure black people face in America, and not wanting to validate stereotypes when you or someone you care about in the black community commits a crime or does something that's reprehensible. That sounds like a difficult thing to constantly have to deal with
Issac Bailey: It's a huge piece of it, and what it does, is it constantly shames you. I've been a journalist for the past 20 years, and have actually written for white, conservative audiences.

‘Elemental’: Pamela Gibson’s encaustic mastery

The most captivating pieces of Elemental, a thoughtfully curated and gorgeously hung exhibit of paintings by Pamela Gibson, are large, some in the range of 50 inches by 60 inches, and roughly square in format. Others are long and narrow, stretching up to 84 inches, oriented both vertically and horizontally. All are illuminated with color, light, and atmosphere. This exhibit of 25 abstract images explores the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, all infused with spirit. Pamela Gibson “The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind” Encaustic on panel, charcoal, shredded memories, dress patterns, carbon, oil, graphite, 84″ x 24″Gibson's encaustic paintings are made with hot beeswax, resin and pigment.

‘Expect to see a slide,’ officer said hours before avalanche swept up soldiers

A photo in the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Guard avalanche report 2" width="610" height="403" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 663w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A photo from the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch.The Army Mountain Warfare School failed to account for avalanche conditions in its risk assessments and pushed ahead with training exercises even though some officers and instructors were well aware of the likelihood of a slide, according to an Army accident report on an avalanche that sent five soldiers to the hospital in March. The report into the Vermont Army National Guard accident at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge was obtained by VTDigger through a Freedom of Information Act request and is heavily redacted. The analysis of what caused the accident, for example, goes on for eight and half pages and is entirely redacted. All names have been redacted throughout the 187-page document.

‘Expect to see a slide,’ officer said hours before avalanche swept up soldiers

A photo in the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Guard avalanche report 2" width="610" height="403" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 663w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A photo from the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch.The Army Mountain Warfare School did not include avalanche conditions in its routine risk assessments and pushed ahead with training exercises even though some officers and instructors were well aware of the likelihood of a slide, according to an Army accident report on an avalanche that sent five soldiers to the hospital in March. The report into the Vermont Army National Guard accident at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge was obtained by VTDigger through a Freedom of Information Act request and is heavily redacted. The analysis of what caused the accident, for example, goes on for eight and half pages and is entirely redacted. All names have been redacted throughout the 187-page document.

‘Expect to see a slide,’ officer said hours before avalanche swept up soldiers

A photo in the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Guard avalanche report 2" width="610" height="403" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 663w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A photo from the Army's report on the Vermont Guard's Army Mountain Warfare School accident in an avalanche on Smugglers Notch.The Army Mountain Warfare School did not account for avalanche conditions in its risk assessment process and pushed ahead with training exercises even though some officers and instructors were well aware of the likelihood of a slide, according to an Army accident report on an avalanche that sent five soldiers to the hospital in March. The report into the Vermont Army National Guard accident at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge was obtained by VTDigger through a Freedom of Information Act request and is heavily redacted. The analysis of what caused the accident, for example, goes on for eight and half pages and is entirely redacted. All names have been redacted throughout the 187-page document.

‘Familial Searches’ With DNA Raise Privacy Concerns

Investigators are analyzing DNA and using basic genealogy to find relatives of potential suspects in the hope that “familial searches” will lead them to the killer. Familial searches led to the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo in California's Golden State Killer probe in April. Investigators have used it to make breakthroughs in other unsolved murder cases, including four in Washington state, Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina, McClatchy Newspapers reports. As such searches proliferate, they are raising concerns about police engagement in “DNA dragnets” and “genetic stop and frisk” techniques. Investigators may soon have the ability to track down nearly anyone, even people who never submitted their genetic material for analysis.

‘Father of Burn Trauma’ to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

During a medical career that spanned more than a half century, Pruitt spearheaded innovations that helped revolutionize the management of trauma and burns for patients around the world. The post ‘Father of Burn Trauma' to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Fighting to keep my place’: How a housing program to help families out of poverty may trap some in it

Southaven sits in the northwest corner of the state and boasts high-ranking schools and a growing economy. It also has one of the highest eviction rates in the state. Entering DeSoto County from the south, the countryside transitions quickly. Sprawling acreage gives way to razed construction sites and newly paved interchanges signal to drivers to expect delays. Farmhouses and grain silos are replaced with subdivisions, strip malls, office parks and billowing industrial stacks as the four-lane interstate grows to 10.

‘Forced From Home’ exhibition on refugees to open at The Commons

A downtown Minneapolis park will soon be overtaken by an exhibition that provides a virtual reality experience of refugee camps around the world. “Forced from Home” includes interactive simulations, virtual reality films, and a 360-degree video dome, all designed to raise awareness about the experience of refugees around the world. There are more than 68.5 million refugees and displaced people in the world today — greater than the populations of England or France. The exhibition is free and designed for walk-ins. It opens Sunday, Sept.

‘Hamilton’: It’s even better than it’s cracked up to be

Can a musical – even a smash hit Broadway musical that won 11 Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama – be as good as “Hamilton” is cracked up to be? It's better. Nearly every moment of the 2½-hour show is absolutely riveting. The hype was not an overstatement. We first heard that “Hamilton” was coming to Minneapolis in Dec.

‘He just took off’: Parents tout benefits of troubled First Steps program, call for more funding

On a recent afternoon, Jazz Witkowski fidgeted by the family piano while his dad played some chords. When Jazz's impatience got the better of him, he jumped in, repeating what his dad had played, then adding his own flourish. A second attempt was less successful, and the notes clashed, but Jazz steamrolled ahead, refusing to let his dad back on the keys. All in all it was a pretty ordinary performance for a nine year old with a year of lessons under his belt.
What made it extraordinary, however, is that Jazz is deaf. The official diagnosis, given shortly after he failed a series of early hearing tests at birth, was “profoundly deaf,” meaning Jazz can't hear sound at all.

‘I Am Not a Pro-Prosection or Pro-Defense Judge’: Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh plans to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee weighing his nomination to the Supreme Court that he will be “a neutral and impartial arbiter” if confirmed. “I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences,” Kavanaugh says in excerpts of his opening statement, the Washington Post reports. “I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.” The confirmation hearing began Tuesday.

‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General,’ Trump Complains

President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, offering a scathing assessment of his performance, the Washington Post reports. “I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV. He said the former Alabama senator came off as “mixed up and confused” in his 2017 confirmation hearing. Trump has long been critical of Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and said he regretted choosing him to lead the Justice Department.

‘I emulated her a lot’: Remembering Aretha Franklin with St. Louis jazz great Denise Thimes

Denise Thimes was still a young girl when she first interacted with Aretha Franklin in St. Louis during the late '60s. But even then the Queen of Soul made a big impression on Thimes, who is now an accomplished vocalist herself. “I emulated her a lot and never had a chance to, as a little girl, sing for her – which is what I wanted to do when she would come to our home,” Thimes told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.

‘I was not seen, heard or listened to’ at hospital: Ferguson’s Tru Kellman finds her true calling

“Considerable” is the word that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses to describe the racial disparities that currently surround pregnancy-related mortality rates in the U.S. With African-American women roughly four times more likely to die in childbirth than their white peers, “startling” might be another fitting descriptor. And the difference “all boils down to systematic racism in varying degrees,” according to Tru Kellman, executive director of Jamaa Birth Village , a nonprofit pregnancy resource center that has served more than 300 women over the past three years.

‘In One Minute’ Video Series Kicks Off with Look at Governor’s Race

Presented by Oklahoma Watch. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Watch, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, is launching a video series to promote voter engagement during the 2018 general-election campaign. The series, titled “In One Minute” (the length of each video), will provide facts on who's running for statewide offices, the role of each office in state government, the state questions, and voting tips and deadlines. In this first video, find out which three candidates are running for governor on the Nov.

‘In One Minute’ Video: State Question 794, on Crime Victims’ Rights

Oklahomans will vote on five state questions on Nov. 6, including State Question 794, a proposed constitutional amendment that would reinforce and extend crime victims' rights. In this short video, find out the basic elements and a few pros and cons about the measure. This video series, intended to promote voter engagement, is presented by Oklahoma Watch and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma. Produced by Dena Drabek.

‘Inequality wasn’t the intention, but inequality was the outcome’: Addressing bias in AI software

From Siri and Alexa to algorithms on Facebook and beyond, artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in our daily routines than ever before. However, a general understanding of its implications is not as widespread. “Artificial intelligence, you can think of it as software that continues to learn without being explicitly programmed,” David Karandish said on Monday's St. Louis on the Air. “With AI you have algorithms that are designed to learn and continue to take on new data in order to make better decisions over time.” Karandish, co-founder and CEO of , joined host Don Marsh along with implicit bias researcher Calvin Lai to discuss the crossover between artificial intelligence and unconscious biases.

‘It takes a lot of intentionality’ for this Indiana online school teacher to get to know students

Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who've been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in the series here. Even though Lacy Spears teaches at an online school, much of her work takes place off-line. She keeps a meticulous planner to track not just online classes and meetings with students, but also in-person events and meetings, phone calls to families, and professional development opportunities. “There are a lot of moving pieces in the daily life of an online educator,” she said.

‘It’s hurting us bad’: New bridge weight limits worry industry leaders

A new state law further complicates the labyrinth large haul truck drivers must navigate while traveling rural Mississippi — a move that key business leaders say harms commerce in the state. The law, which went into effect on July 1, changed how heavy trucks are weighed, forcing the Department of Transportation to “post” nearly 200 new bridges, limiting the weight allowed and forcing trucks with heavier loads to find alternate routes or risk fines and long-term damage to the bridges. The weight limits of the bridge postings vary by bridge, so some trucks along their routes could legally cross some posted bridges but not others. While hundreds of newer bridges remain open to all traffic, the new law means that 450 bridges are closed statewide and more than 2,000 state and county bridges are now posted. In a state where agriculture and forestry are among the top grossing industries, the new law and the ongoing bridge crisis is dipping into the pocketbooks of farmers and the companies they work for.

‘It’s Lit’: Jackson schools, Tougaloo team up to give high-potential students a head start on college

Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayCounselor Adrienne Fleming helps students with their class assignment at Early College High School, located at Tougaloo College, Friday, August 17, 2018. Class sizes are small but on “Flex Fridays” the students hear from guest speakers or take field trips. This salary and income tax exercise took place during one of those Fridays. On a recent Friday morning at Tougaloo College, the classroom was quiet as students huddled over their laptops and googled salaries of their dream jobs. The room was filled with a smattering of future nurses, archaeologists, NBA players and others who collectively erupted into gasps as they typed salaries for those careers into an income tax calculator and learned how much Uncle Sam would take out of their paychecks.

‘Jeannie’ plot line retains its relevance

I saw in the news the other day that Bill Daily, one of the actors from the television series “I Dream of Jeannie,” had died at age 91. I grew up watching that television series and I remember its plot, and premise, and it struck me how relevant that story remains. The premise of the television series “I Dream of Jeannie” was that an astronaut in the United States Air Force, named Major Nelson, had somehow discovered a bottle that contained a genie — a genie with magical powers. Now, the military does not believe in magic, or genies, and you had better not believe in magic if you are a major intent on remaining an astronaut. So, each episode involved the genie doing something magical and then Major Nelson had to invent a socially acceptable excuse to explain away that magical event.

‘Kicked Out’: Newark charter school purges students in possible violation of state rules

On the second day of the school year, Malika Berry got an alarming call from her son, a 10th-grader at Marion P. Thomas Charter School. “Ma, they told me I don't go here anymore,” Berry recalled her son saying. After she rushed to the school on Aug. 28, a staffer informed Berry that her son, Sahir Minatee, had been dropped from the roster over the summer. The school said Berry had failed to provide a document proving the family still lived at the same address down the street from the Central Ward school, which her son had attended since ninth grade.

‘Morning Joe’ taping catapults Mississippi Senate races into national spotlight

OXFORD – Just minutes before a live interview on the MSNBC television show “Morning Joe,” U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy sipped coffee and straightened his jacket as he watched the segment before his on a backstage screen. “Yeah, I do get nervous sometimes,” Espy told a reporter backstage when asked about the pressure of live television. “You want to get it right.”
Espy's 10-minute interview brought his platform and his candidacy into the living rooms of hundreds of thousands of Americans who make Morning Joe one of the most watched cable morning shows. A YouTube clip of Espy's interview had garnered 22,000 views by Sunday night, which doesn't include tens of thousands of views by those who watched the show live or on the MSNBC website. Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayU.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy speaks to the media after giving his speech during the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss.

‘No Room for Error’ in New Kavanaugh Hearing

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being asked privately yesterday about what past girlfriends would say about his conduct, as Republicans prepare him for an epic hearing on Monday when he will rebut charges of a drunken sexual assault during high school, reports Axios. The question about girlfriends was designed to help Kavanaugh's advocates show there was no pattern of conduct similar to the charge by Christine Blasey Ford, a biostatistician and research psychologist in the San Francisco area who is expected to testify. A senior Republican official says, “This gives the judge the opportunity to clear his name. But there is no room for error from members on the committee. Judge Kavanaugh could nail it and she could be terrible.

‘Not keeping pace with need’: New York City loses out on federal funds for high-poverty schools

New York City schools that predominantly serve low-income students are receiving less federal funding for everything from health services to books, according to a report released Tuesday. A chunk of Title I money, which is designed to boost resources at schools with high concentrations of poor students, has evaporated over the past decade as federal funding has lagged compared with the number of needy schools, the city's Independent Budget Office said. In all, the city has seen a $140 million reduction in a funding stream known as Title I-A between 2006 and 2017, a nearly 18 percent decline (or roughly 38 percent when adjusted for inflation). The funding can be used for education technology, services for bilingual students, parent outreach, student health and other programs.
The amount of Title I-A funding the city receives is small but notable: $649 million in 2016-17, or just under 3 percent of the city's education budget, a figure that is roughly equivalent to what the city has spent since 2014 on its Renewal program designed to turn around 94 low-performing schools. The reduction is part of a broader pattern as federal funding has gone from roughly 11 percent of the city's education budget to 6 percent over the same period, officials said.

‘Not normal’: How Minnesota’s U.S. senators are approaching a monumental Supreme Court battle

The confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday opened like a brawl, with screaming protesters being arrested and dragged out of the Senate Judiciary Committee's room, Democrats lobbing procedural motions to derail the hearing and Republicans bemoaning the circus as “mob rule.”
A brawl, however, is what many Democrats appear to want in the process of vetting Kavanaugh, a federal judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals who is President Donald Trump's second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in as many years. In the era of Trump, Senate Democrats have been frequently chastised by the party's progressive base for perceived failures in resisting the president and Sen. Mitch McConnell's GOP majority. But grassroots groups have kept the pressure on — even after a draining confirmation battle over now-Justice Neil Gorsuch last year — and have organized in opposition to Kavanaugh since Trump nominated him as a replacement to the retiring Anthony Kennedy, long the high court's wildcard. [cms_ad:Middle]That pressure seems to have drawn a response: Tuesday's initial hearing was literally seconds old when Democrats began interrupting Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley with complaints and motions to adjourn. Minnesota's two DFL senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, have both raised criticisms of Kavanaugh's nomination.

‘On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts’ to open CLA celebration at the U

Photo by Xavier TaveraInstitute for Global Studies, Samhitha KrishnanIn an age of big data and STEM, isn't a liberal arts degree just a pricey luxury? Some current and former Republican governors have suggested defunding the liberal arts at public colleges and universities. (Has anyone ever explained to them that “liberal” in this case doesn't mean the opposite of “conservative”?) Some universities, responding to budget cuts, are eliminating certain liberal arts majors. Meanwhile, the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts is about to launch a yearlong 150th-anniversary celebration. With 31 departments, more than 520 professors and 15,000 students, it's the largest college in the U of M system, and it plans to stay around at least another 150 years.

‘Shark Tank’-Style Event Provides Opportunity for Would-Be Developers

Aspiring real estate developers pitched redevelopment projects in San Antonio's urban core Monday as part of the Urban Land Institute's Developer Shark Tank. The post ‘Shark Tank'-Style Event Provides Opportunity for Would-Be Developers appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Siah Armajani: Follow This Line’ to open at the Walker; SPCO’s season opener

For Minnesotans who know Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani “only” as the man who designed the pedestrian bridge connecting Loring Park and the Sculpture Garden (“only” is in quotes because it's a bridge), the exhibition that opens Sunday at the Walker will be a revelation. “Siah Armajani: Follow This Line” is the first comprehensive retrospective of Armajani's culture-spanning, inward-looking, outspoken art in all its variety, from small handmade maquettes of rearranged house parts (“Dictionary for Building”) to large-scale pieces like “Fallujah,” the artist's “Guernica”-like response to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. There are shirts covered with Farsi script, and large cityscapes of Minneapolis and Berlin created from Farsi script, and computer printouts thick with numbers. There's a stack of paper 9 feet tall in a metal cage titled “A Number between Zero and One,” where every page is a different number between zero and one, stretched out to several decimal points. There's a plan for building a tower that would cast a shadow across the whole of North Dakota from east to west.

‘Start business before you start business’: St. Louis center aids micro-businesses, entrepreneurs

The road for small business owners is often a challenging one, especially when there is limited access to information or resources. However, one local organization has a mission to empower women with knowledge to help them succeed. “Often you have women business owners that endeavor to start a business, [but] they actually do things a little bit out of order,” Alyce Herndon explained on Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air . “What I mean by that is they may have a website or an EIN number, but they fail to register their name.” Herndon, the director of Grace Hill Women's Business Center , joined host Don Marsh to discuss the resources the center provides for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women and minorities within the community.

‘The Bookshop’ opens at the Edina; ‘Inspired by Books’ tours at Mia

British character actor Bill Nighy is a reason to see almost any film. Like other great actors of long experience (Anthony Hopkins comes to mind, and Derek Jacobi), he can communicate volumes with a minute change in his facial expression. In the words of a Vulture writer and fellow Nighy fan, “We must delight in him every chance we get.”
In Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet's “The Bookshop,” which opens Friday (Aug. 31) at the Edina Cinema, Nighy is Edmund Brundish, a wealthy misanthrope and avid reader who lives alone in a fabulous house in a small, drop-dead scenic coastal town in England. He hates people so much he tears the back covers from paperbacks and jackets from hardcovers.

‘The emergency is now visible’: How the Hiawatha homeless encampment came to be. And what Minneapolis officials are trying to do about it.

Jessica Lee

By the end of September, Minneapolis officials want to clear the large homeless encampment just north of East Phillips Park at Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues and start the process of connecting the residents there with housing and other services. But as the row of tents grows daily — becoming what is believed to be among the largest such sites ever in Minnesota — here are some of the biggest challenges officials will have to address to accomplish that:The camp has become a landing spotAbout three months ago, a homeless family pitched a tent on the narrow strip of land near the Little Earth housing complex. They found relief thanks to the area's high visibility and sound wall; it seemed safer than sleeping in alleyways or near trails without much traffic or street lighting, and word of the location spread among other people sleeping outside.Homeless people across the Twin Cities soon migrated to the Hiawatha encampment from all sorts of sleeping spots: Minnehaha Park, Lake Street alleys or trails near the Mississippi River, among others. For many reasons, sleeping outside in a group beats sleeping outside alone. Now a sprawl of more than 70 tents stretches along the west side of Hiawatha Avenue.

‘The reason Minnesota thrives today is we’re living off the fat of yesterday’: A Q&A with Gov. Arne Carlson

Republican Arne Carlson was governor of Minnesota at Twin Cities Business' birth. He was elected in 1990 following the scandal-ridden implosion of the campaign of Jon Grunseth, the GOP-endorsed candidate, and was decisively re-elected in 1994 without the endorsement of his party. A fiscal hawk with moderate social values, the Bronx-born Carlson became known for straight talk, an impatient demeanor, and a surprisingly nonpartisan approach to governance. He ran the state exclusively alongside DFL legislatures, yet his tenure was known not for gridlock, but for substantial legislative achievement, including tax, health care, education, and workplace reform. He succeeded Gov. Rudy Perpich, who served two highly consequential terms, and he was succeeded by Jesse Ventura, whose election heralded the beginning of an era of voter disaffection and legislative gridlock.

‘Vermont Wild’ books optioned for TV series

News Release — Megan Price
Aug. 31, 2018
“Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish and Game Wardens” the Green Mountains best-selling Outdoor adventure books, has been optioned for television. Geoffrey Sharp, a Hollywood producer/director, whose work currently appears on the National Geographic network and who has earned several Emmy nominations, has been granted the exclusive right to bring the popular stories to the screen. “There are so many new television networks and studios, all of them looking for ‘content' the industry's term for ideas,” Author Megan Price said. “Netflix alone is committed to spending $8 billion this year.

‘We are about preserving Farish Street’: A photo essay

The Farish Street Historic District was once the heart and soul of black Mississippi's civic cultural life. Today, when people talk about the district, located in downtown Jackson, the conversation predictably focuses on abandoned storefronts and crime. Despite the high-profile paralysis of efforts to convert the Farish Street business district into Jackson's entertainment district, Farish remains home to a dynamic neighborhood full of dedicated people fighting to retain its sense of history and place, fighting to hold it together as a community. Meet a few of them. The post ‘We are about preserving Farish Street': A photo essay appeared first on Mississippi Today.

‘We don’t want to be the dumping ground for all of New England’

The Coventry landfill, operated by Casella Waste Systems. Chittenden Solid Waste District photoNewport – Vermonters and Canadians who live near the Coventry landfill are frustrated over their lack of say as to whether the state approves a 51-acre expansion to the state's biggest trash disposal site. Over one hundred people crowded into Newport's waterfront Gateway Center Monday night to question a panel of state officials and conservationists about the landfill expansion. DUMP, the grassroots group that formed to oppose the landfill expansion and hosted the public hearing, wants third-party environmental testing, a legal role in the permitting process and a statewide plan for trash disposal sites outside of the Coventry area, according to member Charlie Pronto. “We don't want to be the dumping ground for all of New England,” he said at the meeting. The Coventry landfill, owned by Casella Waste Systems, is the state's last open landfill and takes in around 70 percent of Vermont's trash, as well as additional waste from outside the state.

‘We Live Here’ revisits Shelley v. Kraemer 70 years later by talking with family who changed history

There's no shortage of people who remember the 1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision Shelley v. Kraemer and can talk about how it changed housing practices across the nation – plenty of historians and legal experts, for instance. But when the producers of St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here podcast decided to take another look at the pivotal case, they opted for different voices: those of the Shelleys' descendants. “There's a certain kind of human truth that can only really be found by talking with family members who have this story that's passed down generation to generation,” co-host/producer Tim Lloyd said Thursday on St. Louis on the Air .

‘What did I do to my child?’: As program for kids with disabilities suffers funding shortage, parents face hard decisions

Aliyah Foster (center) on the couch with her older sister, Elizabeth, and Layla, her twin. Aliyah has developmental delays that qualified her for services through Mississippi's First Steps program. Julie Foster felt cautiously optimistic when she answered the phone last November and heard her daughter's early intervention coordinator on the other end. The Fosters had moved from Chicago to DeSoto County the month before, and while the change was hectic — even by long distance move standards — she loved her new job, a relief since it had brought them down here. Her daughter's transition from Illinois's early intervention program to one in Mississippi had progressed smoothly, at least at first.

‘Women Won’: Justice After Terrain Hotel Attack

Sabrina, an Italian aid worker, took this photo as she landed in Juba, South Sudan for the first time. As part of our ongoing coverage about #MeToo among humanitarian aid workers, we interview Sabrina about what happened to her after she landed. Sabrina agreed to speak to us in the wake of an historic verdict that […]

‘You are not alone, we’re here to help’: St. Louis efforts unite in suicide prevention

On average, one person in Missouri dies by suicide every eight hours. According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health , suicide rates are rising nationally, and at an even higher rate in Missouri. While those most at risk are Caucasian men 45 years and older, this phenomenon has a way of touching the lives of people across all demographics. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month , which offers an opportunity to shed light on a dark subject in an effort to reduce stigma and offer resources for support.

‘You are not forgotten’: Arizona residents honor John McCain

Across Arizona, as a the sun set on a motorcade carrying the body of Sen. John McCain, others honored him in words and in actions. An engineer lowered flags at the state Capitol, a woman sobbed as the motorcade passed her along Interstate 17 and leaders of the Vietnamese community remembered him as a fighter for freedom.

“America on the Line” to air on St. Louis Public Radio

Beginning Monday, September 10, St. Louis Public Radio will air America on the Line from WNYC, Monday through Thursday, from 7-8 p.m. America on the Line , a weeknight call-in show, aims to bring Americans together for a national conversation during the lead-up to the midterm elections.

“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."

“Ambassadors” Kept Off The Green

When the New Haven Green was hit by over 100 K2-related overdoses, downtown's “ambassadors” — whose mission is to help keep the center of town clean and safe — could only stand by across the street.

“Bishop Sue” Makes History as First Female to Lead Local Synod

Susan Briner made history when was installed Saturday as bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The post “Bishop Sue” Makes History as First Female to Lead Local Synod appeared first on Rivard Report.

“Bombs in Our Backyard” Wins SEJ’s Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting

by ProPublica
The Society of Environmental Journalists announced today that the ProPublica project “Bombs in Our Backyard” is the inaugural winner of its Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. The new award, which was announced in January and comes with a $10,000 cash prize, recognizes the “best of the best” in environmental journalism and was selected from among the first-place winners of SEJ's seven award categories. “Bombs in Our Backyard,” by senior reporter Abrahm Lustgarten, revealed for the first time how the Pentagon's development and testing of weapons has polluted millions of acres of land and drinking water resources across 40,000 U.S. sites — and how the Pentagon has systematically ignored or downplayed its cleanup responsibilities. The project exposed the open burning of old munitions, the use of contractors to dump hazardous waste into residential neighborhoods, and a decades-long effort to downplay the cancer risks of a common explosive called RDX. In the course of his reporting, Lustgarten acquired data from the Department of Defense identifying the location and status of all 40,000 polluted sites.

“Graduate New Haven” Gets Its Spots

People used to get loaded inside the Hotel Duncan. In the future they'll be able to load — and unload — outside thanks to a ruling of the Traffic Authority of New Haven.

“Humanitarian Crisis” Looms as Arizona Threatens to Revoke Immigrant Children Shelter Licenses

by Topher Sanders and Michael Grabell
Arizona health officials threatened on Wednesday to revoke the licenses of 13 federally funded immigrant children shelters, accusing the facilities' operator, Southwest Key, of displaying an “astonishingly flippant attitude” toward complying with the state's child protection laws. But a day after the state sent its blistering letter to Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez, it became clear that any shutdown would create a tumultuous chain of events for federal and state regulators, who lack options for housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who cross the border every year. “Shutting down the shelters would create a crisis for the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with housing children caught at the border,” said Maria Cancian, deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families from 2015 to 2016. Southwest Key is the country's largest operator of immigrant youth shelters, housing more than 5,000 children in Arizona, Texas and California. As many as 1,600 children currently reside in its Arizona facilities.

“Pay To Pee” Poster Prompts $250 Fine

Fed up with pooches peeing in the flowerpot outside his restaurant, banh mi maestro Duc Nguyen decided to take action — then ended up being declared a public nuisance.

“Welcome to The Hill North” Signs Pitched

The new leaders of the Hill North management team is proud of their neighborhood. And with a rush of new development in the neighborhood in the works, they want visitors and residents alike to know exactly when and where they are stepping foot in the Hill.

$40 million worth of school improvements follow in wake of Obama Center project

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson returned to her alma mater, Hyde Park Academy High School, on Tuesday to tout a $40 million investment into the historic school — a South Side neighborhood slated for a transformation that will be headlined by the Barack Obama Presidential Center. “There are new things happening in this community with the Obama Library and we're all excited about that, but we also want to respect the institutions that have been here educating kids for hundreds of years, and make sure that there's a good synergy between the two,” Jackson said. Jackson pointed to Hyde Park Academy as an example of performance gains at CPS schools: 92 percent of the academy's freshman are on track to graduate, better than CPS' systemwide average of 89.4 percent. That's a promising sign for a school that has struggled to graduate its students. The school's five-year graduation rate is 61.3 percent, well behind CPS' 78.2 percent average.

$450,000 Manton Foundation grant to benefit historic UVM Morgan Horse Farm

News Release — UVM
Aug. 28, 2018
Rachel Leslie,, 802.656.0555
The Manton Foundation has awarded $450,000 to the University of Vermont to fund essential renovations at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm, the University's historic, 200-acre breeding farm, teaching facility and tourist destination in Weybridge, VT. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm has been an official breeding site for the Morgan horse, Vermont's official state animal, since 1878 and is believed to be the oldest, continuous Morgan horse breeding program in the world. Today, the facilities house approximately 30 horses, student apprentices, a breeding lab, as well as a public exhibit area and gift shop. “What makes the farm unique is our dual mission of undergraduate teaching and public education, while also upholding the historical significance of the farm,” said Thomas Vogelmann, dean of the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

1 million voters in primary a historic step forward

For the first time, more than 1 million Arizonans cast ballots in the primary election. That's great news. But does the historic vote mean the so-called voter crisis is over?

1,800 patient files left unsecured at Tucson Medical Center

The medical records of about 1,800 patients were stored in a unlocked room at Tucson Medical Center for two weeks this summer. Hospital reps said no financial information was included, and there is no reason to believe anyone accessed the files.

1,800 patient files left unsecured by Tucson Medical Center

The medical records of about 1,800 patients were stored in a unlocked room by Tucson Medical Center for two weeks this summer. Reps for the healthcare group said no financial information was included, and there is no reason to believe anyone accessed the files.

10 ferramentas de investigação que você nunca ouviu falar

Investigações, diz o senso comum, são apenas histórias normais com muito mais trabalho. Repórteres investigativos gastam muito tempo analisando documentos, verificando fontes e analisando dados – e isso se eles conseguirem mesmo obter os dados e informações. Como uma repórter investigativa com várias apurações que eu gostaria de fazer, essas são as ferramentas que eu uso para acompanhar fontes, histórias e dicas rapidamente. Vamos dar uma olhada em dez das melhores novas ferramentas para iniciar, acelerar e acompanhar investigações:
Descobrir as informações de contato das pessoas é uma grande parte do trabalho e o é um recurso bacana. Ele detecta endereços de e-mail em um determinado domínio – como um órgão do governo, por exemplo.

10 herramientas de investigación de las que probablemente no habías escuchado

Las investigaciones, según dicen, son sólo historias con mucho más trabajo. Los periodistas de investigación pasan grandes cantidades de tiempo revisando documentos, verificando fuentes y analizando datos, y eso incluso si pueden obtener los datos. Como periodista de investigación con demasiadas historias que me gustaría contar, estas son las herramientas que uso para mantenerme al día con las fuentes, historias y pistas a un ritmo rápido. Echemos un vistazo a 10 de las mejores herramientas nuevas para desenterrar, acelerar y hacer un seguimiento de las investigaciones:
Rastrear la información de contacto de quienes investigamos es una gran parte del trabajo y es un recurso ingenioso. Detecta direcciones de correo electrónico en un determinado dominio, como una agencia del gobierno, por ejemplo.

10 Investigative Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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Investigations, the saying goes, are just regular stories with a lot more labor put in. Investigative reporters spend inordinate amounts of time sifting through documents, verifying sources and analyzing data — and that's if they can even get the data. As an investigative reporter with way too many stories I want to do, these are the tools I use to keep up with sources, stories and leads at a rapid rate. Let's take a look at 10 of the best new tools for unearthing, accelerating, and keeping track of investigations:
Tracking down people's contact info is a big part of the job and is a nifty resource. It sniffs out email addresses on a certain domain — like a government agency, for instance.

10 outils pour enquêter dont vous n’avez jamais entendu parler

On dit que le journalisme d'investigation, c'est tout simplement du journalisme mais avec un peu peu plus de travail. Ainsi, les journalistes d'investigation passent un temps infini à passer au crible des documents, à vérifier leurs sources, à analyser des données (ou simplement à réussir à y avoir accès). En tant que journaliste d'investigation avec de nombreuses enquêtes sur le feu, voilà les outils que j'utilise pour suivre mes sources, mes pistes d'enquête, et qui me permettent de gagner beaucoup de temps. Voilà donc les 10 meilleurs outils pour dénicher des thèmes d'investigation, aller plus vite dans le processus d'enquête et garder la trace de vos pistes d'investigation.
Trouver une manière de rentrer en contact avec les sources avec lesquelles on souhaiterait se connecter est une grosse part du travail de journaliste d'investigation.

10 years after the Great Recession, millennials still struggle to catch up with the economy

Laura Banks was all smiles as she showed a guest around the split-level home in south St. Louis County that she and her and husband bought a year ago, days after returning from their honeymoon. Built in the 1970s, the house has a lower level they've furnished with a big-screen TV and a vintage bar for entertaining. She grows herbs, tomatoes and sweet potatoes in the backyard. Homeownership marks a major financial milestone for Banks, who graduated from college in 2009 when the unemployment rate was nearly 10 percent.

116 deaths on Minnesota roads between Memorial and Labor Day

The 100 days between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day are believed to be the deadliest on Minnesota roads. The Forum News Services has this year's numbers: “116 people were killed on Minnesota roads. That's 52 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year and a decrease of five deaths from the same period in 2017. Preliminary numbers show at least eight deaths are known to be caused by distraction, 32 are speed related, 30 involve alcohol, 17 were not wearing seat belts and 40 were motorcyclists. Of those 40 bikers, 70 percent were not wearing helmets, the DPS said.”
Jon Collins at MPR News has the latest on the case of former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor: “Judge Kathryn Quaintance wrote in her decision on Tuesday that Noor's attorneys argued in private on Aug.

121 immigrants surrender to Border Patrol agents near Lukeville

A group of 121 immigrants turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on Saturday in a remote part of the Organ Pipe Cactus wildlife refuge, one of five large groups, totaling 600 people, found in Arizona's western desert since July 28 by federal officials.

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.

1928 Iowa Students Exploring Canada Return Home Safely, Despite Sensationalized Reports

Late in July 1928 a party of Royal Canadian Mounted Police set out for the interior of northern Saskatchewan Province looking for four University of Iowa students who had disappeared. John Fuller, Max J. Kane, Gordon Armstrong and Peter C. Boddum had left for their Arctic Circle adventure in early June. Traveling in two 17-foot canoes, the young men were attempting to paddle over 3,000 miles over lakes and streams in uncharted forests of northern Canada. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people.

1984: the meeting that changed everything for Sumatran rhinos

This is the first article in our four-part series “The Rhino Debacle.” It's hardly the most likely place to meet a Sumatran rhino. But as you enter Zimmer Hall at Cincinnati University, deep in the heart of the Midwestern United States, there he is: Ipuh. A one-ton, taxidermed behemoth, a prehistoric relic who only passed away in 2013. In life — well, really in death — he resembles a purple-hued, thick-skinned antediluvian hog: his horns have been shaved off; his thick, reddish fringe hair is nowhere to be seen. His expression could be called somber, even grim.

1st Female Fights Refuse Refusal

When Janice Parker became the first female trash hauler in the city's history, she was recognized by the mayor and Board of Alders president for breaking the garbage can glass ceiling.Three years after her one-time stint as a seasonal “refuse labor,” she has filed a discrimination complaint against the city that once honored her.

2018 San Benito County Cattlewoman of the Year

Heather Callens awarded annual title at summer barbecue by committee of five previous winners.

2018 Texas Tribune Festival to Go Beyond Texas Politics

More than 300 speakers will converge in Austin for the eighth annual Texas Tribune Festival Sept. 27-29. The post 2018 Texas Tribune Festival to Go Beyond Texas Politics appeared first on Rivard Report.

320,000 Minnesotans must switch Medicare health plans

Christopher Snowbeck of the Star Tribune writes, “Anxiety, frustration and hints of exasperation are all in the mix as more than a quarter-million Minnesota seniors face the prospect of selecting new Medicare health plans in the coming months. An estimated 320,000 Minnesotans with Medicare Cost health plans must switch to a new policy because a federal law is eliminating the coverage next year across much of the state.”
At KMSP-TV Christina Palladino tells us, “It's an end of an era for ham radio enthusiasts as the only store in Minnesota closes in the next few weeks. Radio City in Mounds View has been in business for 36 years, serving generations of loyalists and newcomers to the ham radio community. … The owners say they're looking to close Radio City by the end of the year or perhaps sooner. They said some of their most loyal customers are possibly interested in keeping this store going, but at this point the owners are looking forward to their next chapter: retirement.”
[cms_ad:Middle]Kirsten Swanson at KSTP-TV reports, “The Minnesota chapter of the American Red Cross said it now has dozens of volunteers on the ground in response to hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence.

350Vermont plans statewide climate action

News Release — 350Vermont
Sept. 7, 2018
(831) 236-6247
Burlington, Vermont — On September 8, 350Vermont local groups and statewide partners will be holding actions as part of the global Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice mobilization. Tens of thousands of people around the world, representing faith, youth, justice and cities will be joining the Rise for Climate mobilization on September 8 to drive climate action and send a clear message to governments about what the will of the people really is ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by the Governor of California Jerry Brown that is taking place on September 12-14. ACTIONS:
BENNINGTON: A Night of Action
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:00 PM; Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside, Bennington, VT 05261
WHO: 350 Climate Advocates of Bennington, Rights and Democracy Bennington
CONTACT: Marshall Hudson-Knapp,, 802-753-8137
BRATTLEBORO: Windham County Rise for Climate – Rally & Ride
WHEN & WHERE: September 8, 2018 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Brattleboro Farmers' Market, 570 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301
WHO: 350Brattleboro, VBike, Brattleboro Coalition for Active Transportation, Bellows Falls Community Bike Project, Mother Up!, Post Oil Solutions, Rich Earth Institute, Brattleboro Solidarity, Green Mountain Crossroads, and more. CONTACT: Abby Mnookin,, 802-490-6393 ;Daniel Quipp,, 347-977-1192
BURLINGTON: Paddle & Drum with Pride: Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice, Water
WHEN & WHERE: September 8, 2018, 4:30 PM; Lake Champlain Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT 05401
WHO: 350Burlington, Sierra Club – Vermont Chapter, Wabunowin Dawn Society
CONTACT: Michelle Robbins,, 802-730-5446
MANCHESTER: Rise for Climate March
WHEN & WHERE: September 8, 2018, 10:00 AM; Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255
WHO: Earth Matters, Northshire Bookstore, MoveOn Manchester
CONTACT: Anne D'Olivo,; Jen Lalor, 802-688-3392
MONTPELIER: Picnic & Fair for Climate, Jobs, & Justice
WHEN & WHERE: September 8, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Vermont State House Lawn, 115 State St., Montpelier, VT 05633
WHO: Central Vermont Climate Action[,Vermont Natural Resource Council ?][Rural Vermont]
CONTACT: Jane Pekol,, 802-279-9178
RUTLAND: Routes to Resilience
WHEN & WHERE: September 8, 2018, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Vermont Farmers Food Center, 251 West Street, Rutland, VT 05701
WHO: 350Vermont, Chaffee Art Center, Vermont Farmers Food Center, SunCommon, Same Sun of Vermont
CONTACT: Candy Jones,, 802-775-6597
Read the story on VTDigger here: 350Vermont plans statewide climate action.

35th Celebration Series season at Barre Opera House features stellar lineup

News Release — Barre Opera House
Aug. 28, 2018
Dan Casey, Director
Barre Opera House
The TD Bank Celebration Series, presented by the Barre Opera House, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with another great lineup of shows covering a variety of genres. Leading off on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. is The Robert Cray Band. Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins, a Blues Hall of Fame induction (he's one of the youngest living legends to receive this honor), an Americana Lifetime achievement award, countless tours and over 20 acclaimed albums. Vermont guitar virtuoso Paul Asbell opens. Next, on Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. is Tusk, the number one Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world.

3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl

Cody Wilson, gun maker and founder of Defense Distributed, a Texas-based company developing and publishing open source gun designs for 3D printing and manufacture, in his office on August 1, 2018. Wilson has been charged with sexual assault.
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
Cody Wilson, an Austin man who gained national attention for his push to make blueprints for 3D-printed guns publicly available on the internet, has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl, according to an arrest affidavit filed Wednesday in Travis County District Court. The affidavit said Wilson, 30, had sex with a girl who was under 17 on Aug. 15 at the Archer Hotel in Austin and paid her $500. The girl, whose exact age wasn't revealed in the affidavit, told her story to a counselor on Aug.

4 Cops Arrested For Domestic Violence

Police Chief Anthony Campbell took office promising to tackle domestic violence — and now finds himself addressing it among his own ranks.In the last three months, four of Campbell's officers have been arrested on charges of domestic violence.

4 things to know before Indiana releases 2018 ISTEP test scores next week

Next week, Indiana is expected to get its last full round of results from the state's beleaguered ISTEP test, which are used primarily to grade schools and determine state consequences. This will be the fourth year Indiana has used the updated version of ISTEP, marking the longest stretch the test has remained largely consistent in recent years. The longer a test is in place, the more likely scores will rise as students and teachers become familiar with the test and the content. But so far, there's been little to no improvement in scores since this version of ISTEP was introduced. And next year, the state is scrapping ISTEP for elementary and middle school students altogether.

4 times segregation laws hit home for black St. Louisans

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary George Romney once said a “white noose” encircled American cities, effectively trapping black families in neglected neighborhoods, while white families moved to thriving suburbs. The phrase may be 50 years old, but it still fits. Housing discrimination and segregation persist in the metro St. Louis area, long after the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which signed into law a week after the assassination of Martin Luther King.

5 Questions: Alice Matthews

Award-winning knitter5 Questions: Alice Matthews was first posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:21 am.

5 Questions: Charlotte Guernsey

Real-estate agent owns bridal boutique in Beacon5 Questions: Charlotte Guernsey was first posted on September 1, 2018 at 10:00 am.

5 Questions: Mark Forlow

Historian leads tours at West Point Foundry5 Questions: Mark Forlow was first posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:44 am.

5 Questions: Sam Anderson

Beacon resident is author of "Boom Town"5 Questions: Sam Anderson was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm.

5 Questions: Shane LaBrake

Chain saw specialist5 Questions: Shane LaBrake was first posted on September 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm.

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.

6,000 Denver airport workers make under $15 an hour. A new ballot effort could change that.

The Denver International Airport workers who prepare your in-flight dinners and push your loved ones' wheelchairs through the terminal don't, in many cases, earn livable wages. A new ballot initiative, launched at a rally Thursday morning in front of the Denver City and County Building, aims to establish a DIA-specific minimum wage of $15 for the more than 6,000 airport workers making less than that. To qualify their proposal for Denver's municipal election in May 2019, they'll need to secure 4,726 signatures, and that effort began today. “After 19 years of working at DIA airport, neither my wife or I make $15 an hour,” said Amelton Archelus, a Haitian immigrant who works in food services for United Airlines. “After 19 years, I still struggle to pay my bills, to pay my rent on time.

7 Get Prison Terms in ‘Crowdsourcing’ Child Porn

Seven men from around the U.S. have been given prison sentences ranging from 15 to 40 years for their role in a child pornography conspiracy, Global News reports. The men pleaded guilty to participating in a porn production ring that involved tricking and pressuring girls — some as young as 10 years old — into producing pornographic material, the U.S. Justice Department said. The men and their conspirators outside the U.S. used a specially designed password-protected website to target social media profiles of young girls. The website's members then pretended to be minor boys and girls, and showed their targets pre-recorded videos of under-age girls engaging in sexually explicit activity. Those videos were used to peer pressure victims into also engaging in such activity on camera.

8 species of birds have possibly gone extinct over past few decades

Eight species of birds may have completely disappeared over the past couple of decades, a new study has found. Among these is the Spix's macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), a bird that inspired the character of Blu in the 2011 animated film Rio. Found only in Brazil, the bird has not seen in the wild since 2000. Like the Spix's macaw, several other bird species are believed to have become extinct in recent years. To pinpoint the ones that may already be gone, researchers from BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations focusing on bird conservation, looked at 51 species of birds with a “reasonable possibility of being extinct.” These are species that have either not been seen in the wild for more than 10 years despite exhaustive surveys, or species that have been seen within the last 10 years, but whose tiny population has suffered well-documented decline.

87 elephants found dead in Botswana, one of last safe havens for the species

Poachers have killed at least 87 elephants in recent months in Botswana, according to the conservation nonprofit Elephants Without Borders, which has been conducting an aerial survey of the animals. The elephant carcasses, all with their tusks hacked off, were spotted around the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, within Botswana's Ngamiland district, the organization said on its Facebook page. Michael Chase, director of Elephants Without Borders, told Kimon de Greef of the New York Times that he had counted 48 dead African elephants (Loxodonta africana) during a single flight in August, indicating “a poaching frenzy.” “We started flying the survey on July 10, and we have counted 90 elephant carcasses since the survey commenced,” Chase told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “Each day we are counting dead elephants.” Elephants Without Borders and the Botswana government jointly conduct dry season aerial surveys of elephants and other wildlife in the country every four years. This year the organization was again contracted by the Botswana government to carry out an aerial survey in the country's north, covering Chobe, Okavango, Ngamiland and North Central district, according to the government.

89-year-old man missing for 3 weeks found dead west of Tucson

An elderly man missing since August 4 was found dead in his truck in a remote desert area after being spotted from a Border Patrol helicopter on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Robert Crubaugh was last seen alive on a sweltering weekend day.

9/11/01: The List of Names

Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr.
Edelmiro Abad
Marie Rose Abad
Andrew Anthony Abate
Vincent Paul Abate
Laurence Christopher Abel
Alona Abraham
William F. Abrahamson
Richard Anthony Aceto
Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann
Paul Acquaviva
Christian Adams
Donald LaRoy Adams
Patrick Adams
Shannon Lewis Adams
Stephen George Adams
Ignatius Udo Adanga
Christy A. Addamo
Terence Edward Adderley, Jr.
Sophia B. Addo
Lee Adler
Daniel Thomas Afflitto
Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah
Alok Agarwal
Mukul Kumar Agarwala
Joseph Agnello
David Scott Agnes
Joao Alberto da Fonseca Aguiar, Jr.
Brian G. Ahearn
Jeremiah Joseph Ahern
Joanne Marie Ahladiotis
Shabbir Ahmed
Terrance Andre Aiken
Godwin O. Ajala
Trudi M. Alagero
Andrew Alameno
Margaret Ann Alario
Gary M. Albero
Jon Leslie Albert
Peter Craig Alderman
Jacquelyn Delaine Aldridge- Frederick
David D. Alger
Ernest Alikakos
Edward L. Allegretto
Eric Allen
Joseph Ryan Allen
Richard Dennis Allen
Richard L. Allen
Christopher E. Allingham
Anna S. W. Allison
Janet Marie Alonso
Anthony Alvarado
Antonio Javier Alvarez
Victoria Alvarez-Brito
Telmo E. Alvear
Cesar Amoranto Alviar
Tariq Amanullah
Angelo Amaranto
James M. Amato
Joseph Amatuccio
Paul W. Ambrose
Christopher Charles Amoroso
Craig Scott Amundson
Kazuhiro Anai
Calixto Anaya, Jr.
Joseph P. Anchundia
Kermit Charles Anderson
Yvette Constance Anderson
John Jack Andreacchio
Michael Rourke Andrews
Jean Ann Andrucki
Siew-Nya Ang
Joseph Angelini, Sr.
Joseph John Angelini, Jr.
David Lawrence Angell
Mary Lynn Edwards Angell
Laura Angilletta
Doreen J. Angrisani
Lorraine Antigua
Seima David Aoyama
Peter Paul Apollo
Faustino Apostol, Jr.
Frank Thomas Aquilino
Patrick Michael Aranyos
David Gregory Arce
Michael George Arczynski
Louis Arena
Barbara Jean Arestegui
Adam P. Arias
Michael J. Armstrong
Jack Charles Aron
Joshua Todd Aron
Richard Avery Aronow
Myra Joy Aronson
Japhet Jesse Aryee
Carl Francis Asaro
Michael A. Asciak
Michael Edward Asher
Janice Marie Ashley
Thomas J. Ashton
Manuel O. Asitimbay
Gregg A. Atlas
Gerald Thomas Atwood
James Audiffred
Louis F. Aversano, Jr.
Ezra Aviles
Sandy Ayala
Arlene T. Babakitis
Eustace R. Bacchus
John J. Badagliacca
Jane Ellen Baeszler
Robert J. Baierwalter
Andrew J. Bailey
Brett T. Bailey
Garnet Ace Bailey
Tatyana Bakalinskaya
Michael S. Baksh
Sharon M. Balkcom
Michael Andrew Bane
Katherine Bantis
Gerard Baptiste
Walter Baran
Gerard A. Barbara
Paul Vincent Barbaro
James William Barbella
Victor Daniel Barbosa
Christine Johnna Barbuto
Colleen Ann Barkow
David Michael Barkway
Matthew Barnes
Melissa Rose Barnes
Sheila Patricia Barnes
Evan Jay Baron
Renee Barrett-Arjune
Arthur Thaddeus Barry
Diane G. Barry
Maurice Vincent Barry
Scott D. Bart
Carlton W. Bartels
Guy Barzvi
Inna B. Basina
Alysia Christine Burton Basmajian
Kenneth William Basnicki
Steven Joseph Bates
Paul James Battaglia
W. David Bauer
Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista
Marlyn Capito Bautista
Mark Lawrence Bavis
Jasper Baxter
Lorraine G. Bay
Michele Beale
Todd M. Beamer
Paul Frederick Beatini
Jane S. Beatty
Alan Anthony Beaven
Lawrence Ira Beck
Manette Marie Beckles
Carl John Bedigian
Michael Ernest Beekman
Maria A. Behr
Max J. Beilke
Yelena Belilovsky
Nina Patrice Bell
Debbie S. Bellows
Stephen Elliot Belson
Paul M. Benedetti
Denise Lenore Benedetto
Bryan Craig Bennett
Eric L. Bennett
Oliver Bennett
Margaret L. Benson
Dominick J. Berardi
James Patrick Berger
Steven Howard Berger
John P. Bergin
Alvin Bergsohn
Daniel David Bergstein
Graham Andrew Berkeley
Michael J. Berkeley
Donna M. Bernaerts
David W. Bernard
William H. Bernstein
David M. Berray
David Shelby Berry
Joseph John Berry
William Reed Bethke
Yeneneh Betru
Timothy D. Betterly
Carolyn Mayer Beug
Edward Frank Beyea
Paul Michael Beyer
Anil Tahilram Bharvaney
Bella J. Bhukhan
Shimmy D. Biegeleisen
Peter Alexander Bielfeld
William G. Biggart
Brian Eugene Bilcher
Mark Bingham
Carl Vincent Bini
Gary Eugene Bird
Joshua David Birnbaum
George John Bishop
Kris Romeo Bishundat
Jeffrey Donald Bittner
Albert Balewa Blackman, Jr.
Christopher Joseph Blackwell
Carrie Rosetta Blagburn
Susan Leigh Blair
Harry Blanding, Jr.
Janice Lee Blaney
Craig Michael Blass
Rita Blau
Richard Middleton Blood, Jr.
Michael Andrew Boccardi
John Paul Bocchi
Michael L. Bocchino
Susan M. Bochino
Deora Frances Bodley
Bruce Douglas Boehm
Mary Catherine Murphy Boffa
Nicholas Andrew Bogdan
Darren Christopher Bohan
Lawrence Francis Boisseau
Vincent M. Boland, Jr.
Touri Hamzavi Bolourchi
Alan Bondarenko
Andre Bonheur, Jr.
Colin Arthur Bonnett
Frank J. Bonomo
Yvonne Lucia Bonomo
Sean Booker, Sr.
Kelly Ann Booms
Canfield D. Boone
Mary Jane Booth
Sherry Ann Bordeaux
Krystine Bordenabe
Jerry J. Borg
Martin Michael Boryczewski
Richard Edward Bosco
Klaus Bothe
Carol Marie Bouchard
J. Howard Boulton
Francisco Eligio Bourdier
Thomas Harold Bowden, Jr.
Donna M. Bowen
Kimberly S. Bowers
Veronique Nicole Bowers
Larry Bowman
Shawn Edward Bowman, Jr.
Kevin L. Bowser
Gary R. Box
Gennady Boyarsky
Pamela Boyce
Allen P. Boyle
Michael Boyle
Alfred J. Braca
Sandra Conaty Brace
Kevin Hugh Bracken
Sandy Waugh Bradshaw
David Brian Brady
Alexander Braginsky
Nicholas W. Brandemarti
Daniel Raymond Brandhorst
David Reed Gamboa Brandhorst
Michelle Renee Bratton
Patrice Braut
Lydia Estelle Bravo
Ronald Michael Breitweiser
Edward A. Brennan III
Frank H. Brennan
Michael E. Brennan
Peter Brennan
Thomas More Brennan
Daniel J. Brethel
Gary Lee Bright
Jonathan Eric Briley
Mark A. Brisman
Paul Gary Bristow
Marion R. Britton
Mark Francis Broderick
Herman Charles Broghammer
Keith A. Broomfield
Bernard C. Brown II
Janice Juloise Brown
Lloyd Stanford Brown
Patrick John Brown
Bettina B. Browne-Radburn
Mark Bruce
Richard George Bruehert
Andrew Brunn
Vincent Edward Brunton
Ronald Bucca
Brandon J. Buchanan
Greg J. Buck
Dennis Buckley
Nancy Clare Bueche
Patrick Joseph Buhse
John Edward Bulaga, Jr.
Stephen Bruce Bunin
Christopher L. Burford
Matthew J. Burke
Thomas Daniel Burke
William Francis Burke, Jr.
Charles F. Burlingame III
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr.
Donald J. Burns
Kathleen Anne Burns
Keith James Burns
John Patrick Burnside
Irina Buslo
Milton G. Bustillo
Thomas M. Butler
Patrick Dennis Byrne
Timothy G. Byrne
Daniel M. Caballero
Jesus Neptali Cabezas
Lillian Caceres
Brian Joseph Cachia
Steven Dennis Cafiero, Jr.
Richard Michael Caggiano
Cecile Marella Caguicla
John Brett Cahill
Michael John Cahill
Scott Walter Cahill
Thomas Joseph Cahill
George C. Cain
Salvatore B. Calabro
Joseph M. Calandrillo
Philip V. Calcagno
Edward Calderon
Jose O. CalderoOlmedo
Kenneth Marcus Caldwell
Dominick E. Calia
Felix Bobby Calixte
Francis Joseph Callahan
Liam Callahan
Suzanne M. Calley
Gino Luigi Calvi
Roko Camaj
Michael F. Cammarata
David Otey Campbell
Geoffrey Thomas Campbell
Robert Arthur Campbell
Sandra Patricia Campbell
Sean Thomas Canavan
John A. Candela
Vincent A. Cangelosi
Stephen J. Cangialosi
Lisa Bella Cannava
Brian Cannizzaro
Michael R. Canty
Louis Anthony Caporicci
Jonathan Neff Cappello
James Christopher Cappers
Richard Michael Caproni
Jose Manuel Cardona
Dennis M. Carey, Sr.
Edward Carlino
Michael Scott Carlo
David G. Carlone
Rosemarie C. Carlson
Mark Stephen Carney
Joyce Ann Carpeneto
Jeremy Caz Carrington
Michael T. Carroll
Peter J. Carroll
James Joseph Carson, Jr.
Christoffer Mikael Carstanjen
Angelene C. Carter
James Marcel Cartier
Sharon Ann Carver
Vivian Casalduc
John Francis Casazza
Paul Regan Cascio
Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey
William Joseph Cashman
Thomas Anthony Casoria
William Otto Caspar
Alejandro Castaño
Arcelia Castillo
Leonard M. Castrianno
Jose Ramon Castro
William E. Caswell
Richard G. Catarelli
Christopher Sean Caton
Robert John Caufield
Mary Teresa Caulfield
Judson Cavalier
Michael Joseph Cawley
Jason David Cayne
Juan Armando Ceballos
Marcia G. Cecil-Carter
Jason Michael Cefalu
Thomas Joseph Celic
Ana Mercedes Centeno
Joni Cesta
John J. Chada
Jeffrey Marc Chairnoff
Swarna Chalasani
William A. Chalcoff
Eli Chalouh
Charles Lawrence Chan
Mandy Chang
Rosa Maria Chapa
Mark Lawrence Charette
David M. Charlebois
Gregorio Manuel Chavez
Pedro Francisco Checo
Douglas MacMillan Cherry
Stephen Patrick Cherry
Vernon Paul Cherry
Nestor Julio Chevalier, Jr.
Swede Joseph Chevalier
Alexander H. Chiang
Dorothy J. Chiarchiaro
Luis Alfonso Chimbo
Robert Chin
Eddie Wing-Wai Ching
Nicholas Paul Chiofalo
John G. Chipura
Peter A. Chirchirillo
Catherine Ellen Chirls
Kyung Hee Casey Cho
Abul K. Chowdhury
Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury
Kirsten Lail Christophe
Pamela Chu
Steven Paul Chucknick
Wai Ching Chung
Christopher Ciafardini
Alex F. Ciccone
Frances Ann Cilente
Elaine Cillo
Patricia Ann Cimaroli Massari and her unborn child
Edna Cintron
Nestor Andre Cintron III
Robert D. Cirri, Sr.
Juan Pablo Cisneros
Benjamin Keefe Clark
Eugene Clark
Gregory Alan Clark
Mannie Leroy Clark
Sara M. Clark
Thomas R. Clark
Christopher Robert Clarke
Donna Marie Clarke
Michael J. Clarke
Suria Rachel Emma Clarke
Kevin Francis Cleary
James D. Cleere
Geoffrey W. Cloud
Susan Marie Clyne
Steven Coakley
Jeffrey Alan Coale
Patricia A. Cody
Daniel Michael Coffey
Jason Matthew Coffey
Florence G. Cohen
Kevin S. Cohen
Anthony Joseph Coladonato
Mark Joseph Colaio
Stephen J. Colaio
Christopher Michael Colasanti
Kevin Nathaniel Colbert
Michel P. Colbert
Keith E. Coleman
Scott Thomas Coleman
Tarel Coleman
Liam Joseph Colhoun
Robert D. Colin
Robert J. Coll
Jean Marie Collin
John Michael Collins
Michael L. Collins
Thomas Joseph Collins
Joseph Kent Collison
Jeffrey Dwayne Collman
Patricia Malia Colodner
Linda M. Colon
Sol E. Colon
Ronald Edward Comer
Jaime Concepcion
Albert Conde
Denease Conley
Susan P. Conlon
Margaret Mary Conner
Cynthia Marie Lise Connolly
John E. Connolly, Jr.
James Lee Connor
Jonathan M. Connors
Kevin Patrick Connors
Kevin F. Conroy
Brenda E. Conway
Dennis Michael Cook
Helen D. Cook
Jeffrey W. Coombs
John A. Cooper
Julian T. Cooper
Joseph John Coppo, Jr.
Gerard J. Coppola
Joseph Albert Corbett
John J. Corcoran III
Alejandro Cordero
Robert Joseph Cordice
Ruben D. Correa
Danny A. Correa-Gutierrez
Georgine Rose Corrigan
James J. Corrigan, Ret. Carlos CortéRodriguez
Kevin Michael Cosgrove
Dolores Marie Costa
Digna Alexandra Costanza
Charles Gregory Costello, Jr.
Michael S. Costello
Asia S. Cottom
Conrod Kofi Cottoy, Sr.
Martin John Coughlan
John G. Coughlin
Timothy J. Coughlin
James E. Cove
Andre Colin Cox
Frederick John Cox
James Raymond Coyle
Michele Coyle-Eulau
Christopher Seton Cramer
Eric A. Cranford
Denise Elizabeth Crant
James Leslie Crawford, Jr.
Robert James Crawford
Tara Kathleen Creamer
Joanne Mary Cregan
Lucia Crifasi
John A. Crisci
Daniel Hal Crisman
Dennis A. Cross
Kevin R. Crotty
Thomas G. Crotty
John R. Crowe
Welles Remy Crowther
Robert L. Cruikshank
John Robert Cruz
Grace Alegre Cua
Kenneth John Cubas
Francisco Cruz Cubero
Thelma Cuccinello
Richard Joseph Cudina
Neil James Cudmore
Thomas Patrick Cullen III
Joan Cullinan
Joyce Rose Cummings
Brian Thomas Cummins
Michael Joseph Cunningham
Robert Curatolo
Laurence Damian Curia
Paul Dario Curioli
Patrick Joseph Currivan
Beverly L. Curry
Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green
Michael Sean Curtin
Patricia Cushing
Gavin Cushny
Caleb Arron Dack
Carlos S. da Costa
Jason M. Dahl
Brian Paul Dale
John D'Allara
Vincent Gerard D'Amadeo
Thomas A. Damaskinos
Jack L. D'Ambrosi, Jr.
Jeannine Damiani-Jones
Manuel João DaMota
Patrick W. Danahy
Mary D'Antonio
Vincent G. Danz
Dwight Donald Darcy
Elizabeth Ann Darling
Annette Andrea Dataram
Edward A. D'Atri
Michael D. D'Auria
Lawrence Davidson
Michael Allen Davidson
Scott Matthew Davidson
Titus Davidson
Niurka Davila
Ada M. Davis
Clinton Davis, Sr.
Wayne Terrial Davis
Anthony Richard Dawson
Calvin Dawson
Edward James Day
William Thomas Dean
Robert J. DeAngelis, Jr.
Thomas Patrick DeAngelis
Dorothy Alma de Araujo
Ana Gloria Pocasangre Debarrera
Tara E. Debek
James D. Debeuneure
Anna M. DeBin
James V. DeBlase, Jr.
Jayceryll Malabuyoc de Chavez
Paul DeCola
Gerald F. DeConto
Simon Marash Dedvukaj
Jason Christopher DeFazio
David A. DeFeo
Jennifer De Jesus
Monique Effie DeJesus
Nereida De Jesus
Emy De La Peña
Donald Arthur Delapenha
Azucena Maria de la Torre
Vito Joseph DeLeo
Danielle Anne Delie
Joseph A. Della Pietra
Andrea DellaBella
Palmina DelliGatti
Colleen Ann Deloughery
Joseph DeLuca
Manuel Del Valle, Jr.
Francis Albert De Martini
Anthony Demas
Martin N. DeMeo
Francis Deming
Carol Keyes Demitz
Kevin Dennis
Thomas Francis Dennis, Sr.
Jean C. DePalma
Jose Nicolas De Pena
Robert John Deraney
Michael DeRienzo
David Paul DeRubbio
Jemal Legesse DeSantis
Christian Louis DeSimone
Edward DeSimone III
Andrew J. Desperito
Michael Jude D'Esposito
Cindy Ann Deuel
Melanie Louise de Vere
Jerry DeVito
Robert P. Devitt, Jr.
Dennis Lawrence Devlin
Gerard P. Dewan
Sulemanali Kassamali Dhanani
Michael Louis DiAgostino
Matthew Diaz
Nancy Diaz
Obdulio Ruiz Diaz
Michael A. Diaz-Piedra III
Judith Berquis Diaz-Sierra
Patricia Florence Di Chiaro
Rodney Dickens
Jerry D. Dickerson
Joseph Dermot Dickey, Jr.
Lawrence Patrick Dickinson
Michael D. Diehl
John Difato
Vincent Francis DiFazio
Carl Anthony DiFranco
Donald Joseph DiFranco
John DiGiovanni
Eddie A. Dillard
Debra Ann Di Martino
David DiMeglio
Stephen Patrick Dimino
William John Dimmling
Christopher More Dincuff
Jeffrey Mark Dingle
Rena Sam Dinnoo
Anthony Dionisio
George DiPasquale
Joseph Di Pilato
Douglas Frank DiStefano
Donald Americo DiTullio
Ramzi A. Doany
Johnnie Doctor, Jr.
John Joseph Doherty
Melissa Cándida Doi
Brendan Dolan
Robert E. Dolan, Jr.
Neil Matthew Dollard
James Domanico
Benilda Pascua Domingo
Alberto Dominguez
Carlos Dominguez
Jerome Mark Patrick Dominguez
Kevin W. Donnelly
Jacqueline Donovan
William H. Donovan
Stephen Scott Dorf
Thomas Dowd
Kevin Christopher Dowdell
Mary Yolanda Dowling
Raymond Matthew Downey, Sr.
Frank Joseph Doyle
Joseph Michael Doyle
Randall L. Drake
Patrick Joseph Driscoll
Stephen Patrick Driscoll
Charles A. Droz III
Mirna A. Duarte
Luke A. Dudek
Christopher Michael Duffy
Gerard J. Duffy
Michael Joseph Duffy
Thomas W. Duffy
Antoinette Duger
Jackie Sayegh Duggan
Sareve Dukat
Patrick Dunn
Felicia Gail DunJones
Christopher Joseph Dunne
Richard Anthony Dunstan
Patrick Thomas Dwyer
Joseph Anthony Eacobacci
John Bruce Eagleson
Edward T. Earhart
Robert Douglas Eaton
Dean Phillip Eberling
Margaret Ruth Echtermann
Paul Robert Eckna
Constantine Economos
Barbara G. Edwards
Dennis Michael Edwards
Michael Hardy Edwards
Christine Egan
Lisa Erin Egan
Martin J. Egan, Jr.
Michael Egan
Samantha Martin Egan
Carole Eggert
Lisa Caren Ehrlich
John Ernst Eichler
Eric Adam Eisenberg
Daphne Ferlinda Elder
Michael J. Elferis
Mark Joseph Ellis
Valerie Silver Ellis
Albert Alfy William Elmarry
Robert R. Elseth
Edgar Hendricks Emery, Jr.
Doris Suk-Yuen Eng
Christopher Epps
Ulf Ramm Ericson
Erwin L. Erker
William John Erwin
Sarah Ali Escarcega
Jose Espinal
Fanny Espinoza
Billy Scoop Esposito
Bridget Ann Esposito
Francis Esposito
Michael A. Esposito
Ruben Esquilin, Jr.
Sadie Ette
Barbara G. Etzold
Eric Brian Evans
Robert Edward Evans
Meredith Emily June Ewart
Catherine K. Fagan
Patricia Mary Fagan
Ivan Kyrillos FairbankBarbosa
Keith George Fairben
Sandra Fajardo-Smith
Charles S. Falkenberg
Dana Falkenberg
Zoe Falkenberg
Jamie L. Fallon
William F. Fallon
William Lawrence Fallon, Jr.
Anthony J. Fallone, Jr.
Dolores Brigitte Fanelli
Robert John Fangman
John Joseph Fanning
Kathleen Anne Faragher
Thomas James Farino
Nancy C. Doloszycki Farley
Paige Marie Farley-Hackel
Elizabeth Ann Farmer
Douglas Jon Farnum
John Gerard Farrell
John W. Farrell
Terrence Patrick Farrell
Joseph D. Farrelly
Thomas Patrick Farrelly
Syed Abdul Fatha
Christopher Edward Faughnan
Wendy R. Faulkner
Shannon Marie Fava
Bernard D. Favuzza
Robert Fazio, Jr.
Ronald Carl Fazio, Sr.
William M. Feehan
Francis Jude Feely
Garth Erin Feeney
Sean Bernard Fegan
Lee S. Fehling
Peter Adam Feidelberg
Alan D. Feinberg
Rosa Maria Feliciano
Edward P. Felt
Edward Thomas Fergus, Jr.
George J. Ferguson III
J. Joseph Ferguson
Henry Fernandez
Judy Hazel Santillan Fernandez
Julio Fernandez
Elisa Giselle Ferraina
Anne Marie Sallerin Ferreira
Robert John Ferris
David Francis Ferrugio
Louis V. Fersini, Jr.
Michael David Ferugio
Bradley James Fetchet
Jennifer Louise Fialko
Kristen Nicole Fiedel
Amelia V. Fields
Samuel Fields
Alexander Milan Filipov
Michael Bradley Finnegan
Timothy J. Finnerty
Michael C. Fiore
Stephen J. Fiorelli
Paul M. Fiori
John B. Fiorito
John R. Fischer
Andrew Fisher
Bennett Lawson Fisher
Gerald P. Fisher
John Roger Fisher
Thomas J. Fisher
Lucy A. Fishman
Ryan D. Fitzgerald
Thomas James Fitzpatrick
Richard P. Fitzsimons
Salvatore Fiumefreddo
Darlene E. Flagg
Wilson F. Flagg
Christina Donovan Flannery
Eileen Flecha
Andre G. Fletcher
Carl M. Flickinger
Matthew M. Flocco
John Joseph Florio
Joseph Walkden Flounders
Carol Ann Flyzik
David Fodor
Michael N. Fodor
Stephen Mark Fogel
Thomas J. Foley
Jane C. Folger
David J. Fontana
Chih Min Foo
Delrose E. Forbes Cheatham
Godwin Forde
Donald A. Foreman
Christopher Hugh Forsythe
Claudia Alicia Foster
Noel John Foster
Sandra N. Foster
Ana Fosteris
Robert Joseph Foti
Jeffrey Fox
Virginia Elizabeth Fox
Pauline Francis
Virgin Lucy Francis
Gary Jay Frank
Morton H. Frank
Peter Christopher Frank
Colleen L. Fraser
Richard K. Fraser
Kevin J. Frawley
Clyde Frazier, Jr.
Lillian Inez Frederick
Andrew Fredericks
Tamitha Freeman
Brett Owen Freiman
Peter L. Freund
Arlene Eva Fried
Alan W. Friedlander
Andrew Keith Friedman
Paul J. Friedman
Gregg J. Froehner
Lisa Anne Frost
Peter Christian Fry
Clement A. Fumando
Steven Elliot Furman
Paul James Furmato
Karleton Douglas Beye Fyfe
G Fredric Neal Gabler
Richard Peter Gabriel
Richard S. Gabrielle
James Andrew Gadiel
Pamela Lee Gaff
Ervin Vincent Gailliard
Deanna Lynn Galante and her
unborn child
Grace Catherine Galante
Anthony Edward Gallagher
Daniel James Gallagher
John Patrick Gallagher
Lourdes J. Galletti
Cono E. Gallo
Vincent Gallucci
Thomas E. Galvin
Giovanna Galletta Gambale
Thomas Gambino, Jr.
Giann F. Gamboa
Ronald L. Gamboa
Peter James Ganci, Jr.
Michael Gann
Charles William Garbarini
Andrew Sonny Garcia
Cesar R. Garcia
David Garcia
Jorge Luis Morron Garcia
Juan Garcia
Marlyn Del Carmen Garcia
Christopher Samuel Gardner
Douglas Benjamin Gardner
Harvey Joseph Gardner III
Jeffrey Brian Gardner
Thomas A. Gardner
William Arthur Gardner
Frank Garfi
Rocco Nino Gargano
James M. Gartenberg
Matthew David Garvey
Bruce Gary
Boyd Alan Gatton
Donald Richard Gavagan, Jr.
Peter Alan Gay
Terence D. Gazzani
Gary Paul Geidel
Paul Hamilton Geier
Julie M. Geis
Peter Gerard Gelinas
Steven Paul Geller
Howard G. Gelling, Jr.
Peter Victor Genco, Jr.
Steven Gregory Genovese
Alayne Gentul
Linda M. George
Edward F. Geraghty
Suzanne Geraty
Ralph Gerhardt
Robert Gerlich
Denis P. Germain
Marina Romanovna Gertsberg
Susan M. Getzendanner
Lawrence D. Getzfred
James G. Geyer
Cortez Ghee
Joseph M. Giaccone
Vincent Francis Giammona
Debra Lynn Gibbon
James Andrew Giberson
Brenda C. Gibson
Craig Neil Gibson
Ronnie E. Gies
Andrew Clive Gilbert
Timothy Paul Gilbert
Paul Stuart Gilbey
Paul John Gill
Mark Y. Gilles
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9/6/18 – Who Draws the Districts?

This November, Coloradans will vote on two ballot initiatives that would dramatically improve how political maps are drawn in our state. Learn about redistricting reform in Colorado on Thursday, September 6 from 5 – 7 PM at the Irish Snug in Denver. Every 10 years, states re-draw the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts in a process called redistricting. This is done to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented. Unfortunately, politicians have hijacked the redistricting process to create districts that give their party an unfair advantage.

9/8/18 – Colorado Book Award Winners Read

Third Annual Lit Crawl Denver:
Join us for another wild night of literary debauchery on Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m. as Colorado Book Award winners read at the third annual Lit Crawl Denver. Colorado Book Award winners will read at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, Denver, 80205, and more than 30 Denver-area writers will perform at other RiNo locations as part of Lit Crawl. View the complete line-up here: Dr. Chip Colwell will read from the history book Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture. Colwell is senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

A $1 million grant will help Denver schools train teachers to address student trauma

A $1 million donation from a Denver couple will allow the school district to train all teachers in how to understand and respond to the trauma students bring to school. It's a pertinent topic given that the past two weeks have seen Denver Public Schools rocked by the suicide of a 9-year-old boy who was a fourth-grader at a Denver elementary school, and the unrelated, non-fatal shooting of a teenage boy outside of his middle school. “Traditionally, in our culture, we've often seen trauma and the response has been, ‘Keep it inside. Don't talk about it,'” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said at an event Thursday to announce the $1 million gift. “That's not the best way to deal with trauma.”
The donation is not tied to the recent tragedies, but district officials said it could prevent future ones.

A 14th Mississippi inmate death announced — quietly on prison agency’s website

Another Mississippi prisoner died this week, pushing the total to 14 deaths for the state's Department of Corrections this month. Mississippi Department of CorrectionsCurtis Hughes
Curtis Hughes, 45, was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary Hospital at Parchman. Hughes was moved to the hospital on Saturday, roughly four days before he died, according to MDOC's online inmate search database. Sentenced in June of last year for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Hughes had served a little over a year of his 25-year sentence.

A benefit of free lunch for all: fewer students get repeatedly suspended, new study suggests

Allowing an entire school to eat for free, instead of restricting free lunch to students whose families fill out forms, can reduce the number of students who get suspended multiple times, according to a new study. It's the latest evidence that universal meal programs, which have also been linked to higher test scores and better health in other research, help students. “There are many potential benefits to providing universal free meals in high-poverty schools, including achievement impacts ... and of course whatever reduction in kids going hungry comes with it,” said Nora Gordon of Georgetown University, who wrote the paper along with Krista Ruffini at the University of California at Berkeley. The study, which was released last week by the National Bureau of Economic Research and has not been formally peer reviewed, focuses on the federal free lunch program's “community eligibility” initiative, which allowed schools where many students qualified for free or reduced price lunch to provide the free meal to all students.

A Brazilian mourns what was lost in the National Museum fire

Brazil's National Museum on fire. Image by Erick Dau / Farpa. This story appears courtesy of a co-publication partnership between Mongabay and ((O))eco. The original story can be read here in Portuguese. Forty years ago, in July 1978, neglect of Brazil's culture and heritage by Rio de Janeiro's public officials and business entrepreneurs resulted in the destruction of the Museum of Modern Art (MAM).

A bruising week of rhetoric, confirming nothing

It was a bruising week in national and Connecticut politics, even by recent standards. Most of the bruising, of course, took place in Washington, D.C., where Democrats – Connecticut's own Sen. Richard Blumenthal in particular – went to considerable efforts to show that the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh would inflict shift the court hard to the right, imperiling everything from women's right to an abortion to state gun-control legislation.

A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Clinical Trials

by Caroline Chen
Clinical trials are a crucial step in getting new treatments to market. Before a drug can be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and released widely, manufacturers are required to carry out studies in humans to document that it is effective and to discover any side effects. Fewer than 5 percent of adult cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. ProPublica has found that the vast majority of participants in these studies are white, even when minorities have a similar or higher risk of getting the cancer that the drug treats. Most trials are run at academic medical centers and conducted by researchers there.

A civic outcry in Malaysia forces a Chinese builder to live up to its eco-friendly tag

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia – On Jan. 1, 2014, fishermen near Kampong Pok, a village on Malaysia's southern shore, were alarmed to find a fleet of barges and dredgers dumping sand on their fishing ground. Up until that moment, they'd heard nothing about land reclamation planned for their neighborhood. Over the next few months, they would begin to learn about the scope of the development scheme planned for this shallow expanse of shellfish beds and seagrass. Country Garden Pacificview, a unit of one of China's largest real-estate developers, had quietly partnered with the Johor state government and Ibrahim Ismail, the sultan of Johor, to build a “21st century city” on a 19-square-kilometer (7.3-square-mile) man-made island in the Strait of Johor.

A Conversation on Climate Change

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00PMColumbia, MOUnited StatesAmy Martin, Nathaniel Rich, Hana CareyGrantees Amy Martin and Nathaniel Rich will lead a conversation on climate change at the Missouri School of Journalism. Learn more

A convoluted, chaotic few days for Minnesota professional sports. In other words, a normal week.

A curse is the easiest thing to blame for your favorite team's ineptitude, and the lamest. It's no longer the 17th Century. We're 1,000 miles from Salem, and Satan has much more devilish things on his agenda than messing with a placekicker. (It's true. Read the papers, or your favorite news website.)
Usually a “curse” is nothing more sinister than a bunch of bad decisions, compounded by more bad decisions.

A decade of delays, $23 million spent, as state makes fourth try for health information exchange

The idea of a single health information exchange across the state of Connecticut seems simple: Gather all health information in one place and make it available to every practitioner involved with a single patient to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, in Connecticut this process has been anything but simple. Instead, it has been enormously expensive and time-consuming -- costing the state $23 million and 11 years of work which, to this date, have yet to produce an exchange.

A different take on Obama’s speech to students

Former President Barack Obama, who has stayed pretty quiet since handing over the White House keys to Donald Trump, gave a speech Friday at the University of Illinois. It is generally being portrayed as a major assault on Trump. But, as with Obama's remarks last week at the John McCain memorial service, I had a different take. Yes, Trump was criticized. But, c'mon, compared to the way Trump goes after everyone who ever criticized him, and even many who never did but didn't obey his whim, or didn't do either of those things but just said something Trump didn't like, Obama's direct references to Trump were oblique, and the indirect references were mild and incredibly justified.

A field guide to green: the outside groups that will be spending tens of millions in Minnesota this election season

Debates over the 2018 midterms have centered on whether there will be a so-called “blue wave” that sweeps Democrats into power, but one phenomenon is crystal-clear: there will be a tidal wave of political spending by outside groups hoping to influence key races for U.S. House and Senate. Call it the “green wave,” if you like — and there's no question it'll be crashing down hard on Minnesota. The state is home to four top-tier House contests and a nationally-watched Senate race, making it one of the country's biggest battlegrounds as Democrats and Republicans fight for control of Congress. It's possible no single media market in the country will be saturated with more political communication than that of the Twin Cities, where TV and radio stations reach voters in virtually every competitive race. [cms_ad:Middle]Many of those ads will inform you that they're paid for by a group you may not recognize: maybe their political bent will be clearly identified, like with the National Republican Congressional Committee; other times, they'll have a generic name like “House Majority PAC.”

Political spending groups:
A glossary
PAC: Your regular, run-of-the-mill political action committee, which tend to be linked to specific politicians and business interests.

A field guide to green: the outside groups that will be spending tens of millions in Minnesota this election season

Debates over the 2018 midterms have centered on whether there will be a so-called “blue wave” that sweeps Democrats into power, but one phenomenon is crystal-clear: there will be a tidal wave of political spending by outside groups hoping to influence key races for U.S. House and Senate. Call it the “green wave,” if you like — and there's no question it'll be crashing down hard on Minnesota. The state is home to four top-tier House contests and a nationally-watched Senate race, making it one of the country's biggest battlegrounds as Democrats and Republicans fight for control of Congress. It's possible no single media market in the country will be saturated with more political communication than that of the Twin Cities, where TV and radio stations reach voters in virtually every competitive race. [cms_ad:Middle]Many of those ads will inform you that they're paid for by a group you may not recognize: maybe their political bent will be clearly identified, like with the National Republican Congressional Committee; other times, they'll have a generic name like “House Majority PAC.”

Political spending groups:
A glossary
PAC: Your regular, run-of-the-mill political action committee, which tend to be linked to specific politicians and business interests.

A fond farewell to retiring executive producer Mary Edwards

Over the past 44 years, the radio and news industries have gone through many changes. Two things that haven't changed during that time are Mary Edwards' dedication and passion for her work at St. Louis Public Radio. Edwards, who came to the station in 1974 after earning her bachelor's degree in music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was inducted into the St.

A former superintendent wonders: What’s missing from the discussion about the portfolio model?

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Sharif El-Mekki, the principal of a Mastery Charter School campus in Philadelphia. We walked the hallways and talked about how to infuse social justice, social-emotional learning, and other priorities into the everyday life of the school. As we popped into classrooms, it struck me that the teachers all seemed to share a vision for what students should be learning and how they should be learning it. The instruction that I saw was not just excellent but also consistent. The rest of our discussion focused on how specific practices in use at Mastery might be adopted successfully by traditional high schools.

A foundation, a district and a university unite in Detroit to build one of the nation’s first ‘cradle to career’ schools

The long-term vision for a new “cradle to career” school in Detroit is sweeping and ambitious. When it's up and running, the school coming to the campus of Marygrove College in northwest Detroit will be one of the first in the nation to serve everyone from babies to graduate students, simultaneously educating children, giving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits, and training teachers in an innovative new way. The still-unnamed school, which was formally announced Thursday in a press conference at Marygrove College, is a joint effort between the University of Michigan, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Kresge Foundation. It will be a very different kind of school — made possible with a $50 million investment from Kresge that the foundation says is the largest philanthropic investment ever made in a single Detroit neighborhood. “I'm really excited about this on so many different levels,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

A GOP senator in Colorado was just stripped of all committees after harassment claims

A Republican state senator in Colorado, Randy Baumgardner, has been stripped of all his summer interim committee assignments following a sustained pressure campaign by Democrats for Senate leadership to punish him over allegations of sexual misconduct. Today, the Senate's president, Kevin Grantham, announced the move in a letter that became public. “Please be advised immediately I am removing Senator Randy Baumgardner from Capital Development Committee, Transportation Legislation Review Committee, Water Resources Review Committee, and Wildfire Matters Review Committee,” Grantham said in a May 2 letter to Mike Mauer, the nonpartisan director of the Legislative Council. The hammer coming down knocks Baumgardner off his chairmanship of the Capital Development Committee. But some Democrats say it doesn't come down hard enough.

A least 5 parents, a retired teacher, and 2 incumbents among 10 candidates for IPS board

A bevy of district parents are among the 10 candidates vying for three school board seats on the Indianapolis Public Schools Board. Three school board seats are up for grabs this November, and 10 candidates have entered the race — including at least five parents who currently have students in district schools. There are two incumbents in the race, as well as a retired teacher. The deadline to file was noon on Friday. The outcome of the election could have an enduring impact on the future of the district.

A List of City-Owned Nursing Homes

Four small Oklahoma cities and a town have become designated owners of nursing homes and anticipate that they will develop a new revenue source from the federal government through higher Medicaid payments. City That Owns Nursing HomeFacility NameFacility LocationApprox. Miles from City to FacilityEffective Date
Pauls ValleyAda Care CenterAda336/30/17
Pauls ValleyBallard Nursing CenterAda336/30/17
Pauls ValleyCedar Creek Nursing CenterNorman426/30/17
Pauls ValleyCimarron Nursing CenterKingfisher1076/30/17
Pauls ValleyFirst Shamrock Care CenterKingfisher1076/30/17
Pauls ValleyGarland Road Nursing & Rehab CenterEnid1566/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-ClintonClinton1426/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-Del CityDel City576/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-EdmondEdmond716/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-MangumMangum1566/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-NW OKCOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-NW OKCOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-SW OKCOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-WildewoodOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyGrace Living Center-WilshireOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyHighland Park Health CareOkmulgee12710/1/17
Pauls ValleyHillcrest Nursing CenterMoore486/30/17
Pauls ValleyMeadowlake EstatesOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyMedical Park West Rehabilitation and Skilled CareNorman426/30/17
Pauls ValleyMontevista Rehabilitation and Skilled CareLawton766/30/17
Pauls ValleyNoble Health Care CenterNoble356/30/17
Pauls ValleyPauls Valley Care CenterPauls Valley-6/30/17
Pauls ValleyPurcell Care CenterPurcell236/30/17
Pauls ValleyRanchwood Nursing CenterYukon746/30/17
Pauls ValleySunset Estates Nursing HomeTecumseh506/30/17
Pauls ValleyTulsa Nursing CenterTulsa1616/30/17
Pauls ValleyTuscany Village Nursing CenterOklahoma City586/30/17
Pauls ValleyWewoka Healthcare CenterWewoka706/30/17
Pauls ValleyWynnewood Care Center (closed)Wynnewood96/30/17
HugoAntlers ManorAntlers216/30/17
HugoBoyce Manor Nursing HomeHoldenville1146/30/17
HugoCalera ManorCalera596/30/17
HugoChoctaw Nation Nursing HomeAntlers216/30/17
HugoHomestead of HugoHugo-6/30/17
HugoJan Frances Care CenterAda966/30/17
HugoMeadowbrook Nursing CenterChouteau1666/30/17
HugoMemorial Heights Nursing CenterIdabel4311/30/17
HugoShawnee Care CenterShawnee1446/30/17
HugoSouthern Pointe Living CenterColbert676/30/17
HugoTalihina ManorTalihina786/30/17
HugoYork Manor Nursing HomeMuskogee13611/30/17
FrederickAyers Nursing HomeSnyder1910/1/17
FrederickEnglish Village ManorAltus4610/1/17
FrederickMemorial Nursing CenterFrederick-10/1/17
MedfordBell Avenue Nursing CenterElk City1931/22/18
MedfordServant Living Center - MedfordMedford-1/22/18
ViciTown of Vici Nursing HomeVici-Not available
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health, A Perfect Cause.

A looming threat to the Niagara River

Posted in Broadcast on WBFO,Featured,In-Depth,Investigations,Published in The PublicResearchers are concerned that climate change could be helping to lay the groundwork for an eventual collapse of the Niagara River's ecosystem. Populations of the Emerald Shiner, a minnow that serves as the foundation of the river's food chain, have been cut drastically this summer. Researchers worry that as the region heats up, this could become the new norm. The Emerald Shiner is the primary source of food for many of the larger sporting fish in the Niagara River, such as bass, trout and walleye. Birds also feast on both the minnows and the larger fish that eat them.

A new dimension to marine restoration: 3D printing coral reefs

The local fishermen looked on skeptically. From the deck of a small motorboat, scuba divers grabbed odd chunks of ceramic – which could be described as rocky brains stuck on stumpy stilts – and plunged into the aquamarine waters. The dive team assembled the pieces as a few triggerfish circled around to investigate the commotion. After just two air tanks (about an hour each), they had locked all of the items together into the final product: an artificial coral reef. The 3D-printed reef, installed at Summer Island Maldives resort earlier this month, is the first of its kind on any of the 1,200 islands of the Maldives.

A new idea for fixing Indiana’s virtual charter schools: Let them choose their students

Some charter school advocates have a provocative idea for how states can address the widespread failures in virtual charter schools: Let them pick and choose their students. The idea would require the state to create a new kind of school. In that model, virtual schools could be allowed to enroll students based on the likelihood they'd do well in a virtual setting or on the support they have at home — similar to magnet schools that choose students based on test scores or interest in a certain subject. This would mean they could no longer be considered charter schools, which are public schools required by law to enroll any student who wants to attend. The national charter school organizations say that not all students are suited to online learning and that one potential solution is letting virtual schools screen out those who aren't.

A New Look, a New Address, and an Unchanging Community Commitment

The Rivard Report has redeveloped its brand in keeping with its growth and its nonprofit mission to deliver news and commentary to San Antonio's citizens. The post A New Look, a New Address, and an Unchanging Community Commitment appeared first on Rivard Report.

A new school in Bronzeville says a lot about what parents want

The first day of school, Nicole Spicer woke up at 4 a.m., put on a kelly-green blouse that matched her school colors, and was greeting new families at the door by 7:30 a.m.
By 9:30 a.m., the founding principal of the new Bronzeville Classical Elementary had run the school leadership gauntlet: encouraging her small cadre of teachers, welcoming jittery students and parents, and throwing an opening-day party complete with a balloon trellis and visits from such VIPs as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago schools CEO Janice Jackson. Her venti Starbucks coffee had long grown cold. So she headed to the teachers' lounge to zap it in the microwave before embarking on another tour of the building, a former elementary school that closed under former schools chief Arne Duncan, reopened as a charter, then closed again. In the school-choice era in Chicago, school buildings can have many incarnations, and 8 West Root Street's latest says a lot about what parents in and around Bronzeville want. The only new selective enrollment school opening this year, it comes amid amped-up debate about the degree to which test-in schools pick off accelerated learners and middle-class families at the expense of neighborhood programs.
The debate recently has been stoked by reports that paint a never-before-seen picture of supply and demand in individual schools as well as the startling number of open seats in neighborhood schools.

A New Way to Forecast State Prison Populations

With more than two million Americans behind prison and jail bars on any given day, many state leaders have been struggling with how to reduce that total while maintaining public safety. The Urban Institute released on Wednesday a new tool allowing users to project prison populations state-by-state by experimenting with different variables. In partnership with the institute, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) simultaneously issued “blueprints” that 25 states could use to cut their inmate totals by 50 percent in the coming years. The ACLU will release similar plans for the other states later. Imprisonment is mainly a state issue, although the federal government also maintains a large prison system.

A New York City Voter’s Cheat-Sheet for Primary Day

Adi Talwar
Thursday is the New York State primary, where parties will nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state senator, member of the Assembly, some judicial offices and the post of surrogate for Staten Island. The candidate who win today go on to the November 6 general election, where they'll face candidates from other parties. In New York City, most of the contests are on the Democratic side. The Reform Party is running a primary for attorney general and in several Assembly and State Senate districts: some of those are “opportunity to ballot” races where a name can be written in to win the party's November ballot line. Republican voters have races in a few legislative districts.

A night of zingers courtesy of Stefanowski and Lamont

NEW HAVEN -- The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor pummeled each other in their second televised debate Monday, offering practiced one-liners that energized a Shubert Theater audience dominated by Realtors, while giving voters little new information on how either would close a projected deficit of $2.1 billion awaiting the next governor.

A Post-Mortem on the Cynthia Campaign: Lots of Prep, Not Enough Money

Steve SoblickCynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon's run for governor confronted a narrow path to victory from the outset and encountered even more difficulty raising money to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo than her advisers expected—a reality that kept Nixon dialing for dollars, and out of the public view, more than hoped. That's according to Rebecca Katz of Hilltop Public Solutions, who served as chief strategist to Nixon's insurgent campaign for governor, which fell well short of defeating Cuomo in last week's Democratic primary. Katz told the Max & Murphy show on WBAI that, besides needing to raise money, Nixon was also behind closed doors for long stretches preparing exhaustively for policy rollouts, campaign visits and the August 29th debate with the governor. For the latter event, Nixon spent 18 hour days gearing up. She performed admirably, but because she did not bait Cuomo into a serious error, veteran political reporters who were used to Cuomo's performances scored it as a victory for the governor.

A Recycling Problem

Collapse of global markets reaches HighlandsA Recycling Problem was first posted on August 31, 2018 at 9:50 am.

A San Antonio Umpire Gets Called Up to the Little League World Series

A civil engineer from San Antonio experienced a once-in-a-lifetime thrill working the championship game of the Little League World Series. The post A San Antonio Umpire Gets Called Up to the Little League World Series appeared first on Rivard Report.

A San Diego CCA Would Shift Costs to Everyone Else in the County

Power lines rise above homes in the Talmadge neighborhood. / Photo by Sam Hodgson
If you live outside San Diego, in places like Poway, National City or El Cajon, would you want to help pay for a new government-run energy program in the city of San Diego? Of course not. Well, that is a very real possibility. Roughly 2 million San Diego County residents may be forced to pay more for their electricity if the San Diego City Council decides to launch a government-energy program to serve its 1.4 million residents.

A Sneak Peek at the November Election Ballot

With the primary runoffs over, the general election ballot for Nov. 6 is set, at least unofficially. The Oklahoma State Election Board still needs to certify the results. But the preliminary, and probably final, lineup is clear. Here's a look at the general-election candidates in Oklahoma's federal, statewide and legislative races, with the exception of names in boldface: They ran for office but don't have an opponent in the general election and have secured their seats, so their names won't appear on the ballot.

A star-studded campaign launches to end gerrymandering in Colorado. It took a grand bargain to get here.

Last week, a galaxy of powerbrokers kicked off a campaign to persuade 55 percent of the Colorado electorate to say ‘Yes' in November to two ballot measures they say will end gerrymandering. Called Fair Maps Colorado, the campaign has the backing of all four living Colorado governors and from groups and personalities from the state's progressive left and conservative right. The two measures — one for Congress and the other for the state legislature — are called Amendments Y and Z on the ballot. Together they would change the way Colorado draws and approves district lines for politicians by giving commissioners on a map-making panel who are not affiliated with a political party more say in the process. The move in Colorado comes as efforts to end the practice of drawing district lines to purposefully help one party over another, known as gerrymandering, are afoot in individual states.

A state board of education appointee blocked by St. Louis senator

Updated Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. with comments from State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed — State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed objected to one of the governor's four appointments to the Missouri State Board of Education, leaving Peter Herschend off the board after just three meetings. Nasheed, D-St. Louis, held up a vote on Herschend Friday during a flurry of board appointments as part of a joint-veto and special session of the legislature. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, eventually withdrew the nomination.

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 The ‘National Disaster’ of U.S. Prisons

Journalist Shane Bauer of Mother Jones has turned his reporting on a private prison into a book, “American Prison.” NPR calls it “both the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer, and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners were treated by a corporation that profited from them.” In 2014, Bauer applied for a job with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which has rebranded itself as CoreCivic. The second-biggest U.S. private prison company operates nearly 100 correctional facilities. In his training program at Winn Correctional Centerin Louisiana, an instructor tells cadets not to bother trying to break up a fight between prisoners, because the guards aren't getting paid enough for that: “So if them fools want to cut each other, well, happy cutting.” Bauer showed up for work armed with a hidden camera and audio recorder. He says prison companies have no interest in trying to rehabilitate the incarcerated, or even treat them like real people. One assistant warden says he wants inmates “to feel like a herd of cattle.”
Bauer intersperses chapters about his time at Winn with ones chronicling the history of convict servitude and private prisons.

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 tax on opioid meds is not the way to combat the epidemic

As a concerned citizen, I am troubled by the anguish opioid addiction has spread through our communities and across our nation. The crisis has touched nearly everyone, no matter the community. While Minnesota lawmakers deserve great credit for their work to combat the epidemic, I am worried about lingering talk of legislation that was considered during the last session. As a way to fund opioid treatment, lawmakers tried to impose an across-the-board tax on all opioid medication. While the intentions of the bill may have been good, there is no evidence it would have kept opioids out of the wrong hands.

A terrific book on Great Lakes water conflicts gets a timely, thorough update

You can get the feeling on reading Peter Annin's new edition of his terrific book, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” that much has happened — but too little has changed — in the control of self-interested resource grabs since the first edition came out a dozen years ago. The news back in 2006 was that the Great Lakes Compact was essentially finalized, creating an eight-state body that would fend off unwise withdrawals and otherwise manage use of the world's greatest freshwater resource for the region's shared benefit. It was already clear that the real threats would not be tankers sucking up water for sale in Asia, or interstate pipelines enabling its transport to the arid Southwest, but a host of smaller “diversions” by states that possessed Great Lakes shorelines and also, too often, an inflated sense of entitlement to the lifeblood lapping at their beaches. Typically, each of the eight states reflexively opposed the others' efforts to use the big lakes' water beyond the small basin that replenishes it, while fiercely defending their own pumping. Often they found ways to work around restrictive requirements of the Great Lakes Charter, an earlier but nonbinding version of the Compact, or the binding but oft-ignored Water Resources Development Acts issued by Congress.

A Tropical Storm in The Gulf Could Bring Flash Floods to San Antonio

The storm could cause flash flooding in San Antonio as storms drop 2 to 4 inches of rain from Friday through Sunday, with up to 8 inches possible in some areas. The post A Tropical Storm in The Gulf Could Bring Flash Floods to San Antonio appeared first on Rivard Report.

A two-man debate with room for a third, Dannel P. Malloy

The first head-to-head debate by Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski ended Wednesday night without Connecticut voters learning how either man would close a $2.1 billion deficit or how Stefanowski would begin to deliver on his audacious promise to eliminate the state income tax.

A Water Mystery in Garrison

Leak costing small district 3,000 gallons a dayA Water Mystery in Garrison was first posted on September 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm.

AARP shares Vermont survey results, safety tips

News Release — AARP
Sept. 10, 2018
Dave Reville
Vermont Consumers Unknowingly Putting Their Digital Identities at Risk, Says New Survey
In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Vermont Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information
BURLINGTON, VT – As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Vermont residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, AARP Vermont and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal information. Reports of data breaches have become commonplace — from Equifax one year ago, to Target, to Uber, to Home Depot. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse there have been more than 2,000 data breaches since 2015, impacting over 7 billion records.

Abandoned Navy Hangar Prepares For Final Battle

A demolition study for the Mustin Field Seaplane Hangar at the Navy Yard puts a structural engineering landmark on notice. Michael Bixler takes us inside

Abraham is sharp in USM’s big win over JSU

Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayQuez Watkins, 16, is stopped after a pass reception by Jackson State defensive back Tonea Alex. Watkins scored four touchdowns to lead USM to a 55-7 victory at Hattiesburg. HATTIESBURG — Jack Abraham doesn't have Brett Favre's Superman-ish arm. Abraham will never remind you of the graceful Reggie Collier, an earlier Southern Miss quarterback legend, as a runner. But Abraham, in his first USM start, showed a lot of what made two other more recent Southern quarterbacks so successful here.

Absentee Voting Office Hours

Extended hours in Putnam this weekAbsentee Voting Office Hours was first posted on September 3, 2018 at 8:20 am.

Accused Chicago Officer Decries ‘Bandwagon of Hatred’

Nearly four years after he killed Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald, police officer Jason Van Dyke suggested he was a political scapegoat and decried “the bandwagon of hatred” on social media, reports the Chicago Tribune. With jury selection in his case set for next week, Van Dyke, 40, gave his first interview, acknowledging a pressing desire to challenge the image many paint of him as a racist, trigger-happy cop who was indifferent to taking the life of a troubled 17-year-old. Van Dyke would not discuss details of the shooting but he signaled what will likely be a key part of his defense, repeating several times that he had never before fired his gun while working in Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods for more than a dozen years. “Any loss of life was extremely difficult. It's something you try to mentally prepare yourself for just in case. … You don't ever want to shoot your gun.

ACLU claims ICE still detaining some asylum-seekers for no reason despite court order

Illustration by Todd Wiseman
Despite a federal judge's order preventing immigration officials from arbitrarily holding asylum-seeking immigrants in federal detention, attorneys representing some of the detainees said Tuesday that the majority of the immigrants are still locked up for no reason. Last month, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg granted a preliminary injunction preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from denying parole to asylum-seekers without an individual determination as to why. The lawsuit includes as defendants the El Paso, Detroit, Los Angeles, Newark and Philadelphia ICE field offices. The El Paso office covers West Texas and New Mexico. Michael Tan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and one of the lead lawyers on the case, said that as of last week ICE had granted parole to about 25 percent of the asylum-seekers included in the lawsuit.

ACLU seeks repeal of panhandling bans

Police want to shut down a a homeless encampment in Burlington. Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="homeless" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1280w, 1920w, 5184w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A homeless encampment in Burlington's South End. Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger.The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on six Vermont towns to repeal ordinances that ban panhandling – even though most are unenforced. Communities around the state have struggled with how to address concerns from business owners and residents who feel harassed on the street, while balancing the First Amendment rights of panhandlers.

Across the country, basements, offices and hotels play short-term host to people in ICE custody

The J.J. Pickle Federal Building in downtown Austin. The building's basement is used to temporarily house migrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune
The basement of a federal building in downtown Austin, 10 floors below U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's office. Space in a “fashionable” South Carolina office park. Branches of major hotel chains in Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.

Activists blast Myanmar timber deal: ‘There is no transparency at all’

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is sounding the alarm over what it calls a “shadowy agreement” made by the Myanmar government to allow the logging and export of 5,000 tons of hardwood timber, including 3,000 tons of highly prized teak. In a statement, the EIA says that the timber deal, first reported by local media in Myanmar's Kayah State, “Will further undermine the Myanmar Government's stated policy of improving forest governance after decades of mismanagement which have led to the country suffering one of the highest rates of forest loss in the world,” should it be allowed to go through. According to local reports, the timber is to be harvested in areas under the control of the Karenni National People's Liberation Front (KNPLF), an armed ethnic organization that now acts as a border guard aligned with the government, and sold through auctions conducted by the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE), a government agency. The EIA cited several reasons for why the deal was “troubling,” including the fact that the timber will be extracted from Kayah State, where ongoing conflict between the Myanmar military and another armed ethnic group, the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), has been linked specifically to the timber trade. Meanwhile, the 5,000 tons of timber to be harvested will be on top of Myanmar's Annual Allowable Cut, meaning the timber deal appears to violate the country's own forestry regulations.

Actress Marquez Killed by Police in Welfare Check

Los Angeles County police fatally shot Vanessa Marquez, a former actress from the show “ER,” on Thursday after she grabbed a BB gun while they were responding to a welfare check at her apartment, the Washington Post reports. Three police officers and a mental-health clinician tried to check on Marquez, 49, who played a nurse on the hit 1990s television show. The officers found she was having medical problems, including seizures, said Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “It appeared that the female was gravely disabled,” Mendoza said. Police said that the officers suspected that she could be suffering from mental-health issues and said that she appeared to be unable to care for herself.

Adams 14 falls short in its upward climb. Now the state could step in.

The Adams 14 school district will likely face more state intervention, after the struggling district failed to meet its goals to raise achievement in various areas, including state tests. Preliminary state ratings released by the Colorado Department of Education Monday morning showed some bright spots in the district's performance, but overall, it was not enough to add up to a better rating in the state's five-tier system. Despite that, district officials spent the day celebrating at three schools that earned the state's highest rating. Out of the district's 11 schools, three is the most the district has ever had in the top tier. “Everyone should be proud of the progress being made at these schools, which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students, families and staff,” read a statement from Superintendent Javier Abrego.

Adams 14 pledges ‘transformational change’ as Colorado education officials revisit improvement plans

Two Colorado school districts face critical hearings this fall that will determine how much autonomy they'll retain after failing to turn around years of dismal performance. Two schools in the Pueblo 60 district in southern Colorado, Adams City High School, and the entire Adams 14 district based in Commerce City are now in their eighth year on a state watchlist and will need to come back before the State Board of Education in November to explain why improvement plans approved last year didn't generate the hoped-for progress in student achievement. These hearings will mark the first time state officials revisit the school and district improvement plans. While state takeover isn't on the table, as it has been in other states, they could tell school administrators to keep working on their plans, make small tweaks, or order more drastic intervention, including closing schools, turning over management to outside organizations or even dissolving districts, though that last option would be politically challenging. A spokesman for the Adams 14 district said leaders there recognize they need to make “transformational change.”
“We will have to prove to the state board that we are serious this time,” said Alex Sanchez, the district spokesman.

Addiction treatment expansion hits snag in prisons

Inmates at the Northern State Correctional Facility, like all Vermont inmates, are allowed to vote in elections. Courtesy Vermont Department of Corrections
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Northern State Correctional Facility" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1376w, 1044w, 632w, 536w, 1280w, 1920w, 2816w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">The Northern State Correctional Facility, the state's largest prison, has the longest drug addiction screening backlog of all the state's prison facilities, said Lisa Menard, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections. Courtesy Vermont Department of CorrectionsTwo months after a new law expanded Vermont prisoners' access to addiction treatment, advocates say some inmates have been unfairly denied access to that treatment. The controversy hinges on the interpretation of two words – “medically necessary.”Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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Addison County Relocalization Network announces Tour de Farms

News Release — Addison County Relocalization Network
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2018 Tour de Farms Bike Ride Winds Through Vergennes September 16Route Ends at Eat on the Green for a Complete Local Food Filled Day
Vergennes, Vt. – Seven Addison County farms will play host to ACORN's 11th annual Tour de Farms on Sunday, September 16th in Vergennes for the first time ever. The new route follows 30 miles of rolling hills and back-country roads and visits Adam's Berry Farm, Boundbrook Farm, Flower Power VT, Kimball Brook Farm, Nea Tocht Farm, Pelkey's Blueberries / Charlotte Village Winery and Philo Ridge Farm. There is also a shorter, kid-friendly 10-mile route for those who prefer a more relaxed adventure.

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.

Advocate pushes for freeze on hospital executive pay pending study

Members of the Green Mountain Care Board reviewed budget proposals for three UVM Health Network hospitals during a hearing in Burlington. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Green Mountain Care Board" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1280w, 1920w, 5312w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Members of the Green Mountain Care Board reviewed budget proposals for three UVM Health Network hospitals during a hearing in Burlington. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerA mental health advocate plans to challenge health care regulators on Wednesday to impose a one-year freeze on salaries of hospital administrators making more than $500,000 a year. Ken Libertoff, former director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health, said the [Green Mountain Care Board] has engaged in a “dereliction of duty” by refusing to review executive compensation since the board started in 2011. Get all of VTDigger's health care news.You'll never miss our health care coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Advocates push for lead and PFAS testing in schools

Advocates are pushing for more testing for contaminated drinking water in Vermont schools. Creative Commons photoAhead of the release of a report on a state lead-testing program, environmental and public interest advocates are calling on education leaders to test for lead and PFAS in school drinking water. Leaders of the Conservation Law Foundation, Rights & Democracy, Vermont Conservation Voters, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and the Vermont Chapter of Sierra Club sent a letter Monday to the heads of statewide education groups urging them to “proactively” assess whether any K-12 schools in Vermont have contaminated drinking water. “Because this is one of Vermont's vulnerable populations, we need to prioritize safe drinking water in schools,” Jen Duggan, director of Conservation Law Foundation Vermont, said in an interview Thursday. Not all schools in Vermont are required to test for lead in drinking water.

Advocates: State didn’t do enough to plan for CJTS closure

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School closed on April 12, forcing the state to place the boys in pretrial detention centers that were never intended to meet the needs of this population. Advocates say the state didn't adequately plan for the closure of CJTS and that it must move faster to establish alternative facilities.

Affordable Housing Policies Get OK from City Council

Council on Thursday voted to accept a new housing policy framework aimed at closing the gap between the cost of housing and what residents can afford. The post Affordable Housing Policies Get OK from City Council appeared first on Rivard Report.

Affordable housing update: You’re right, we need better zoning

The best thing about housing policy, the subject my business specializes in, is that everybody gets why it matters. There have been more than 100 official public meetings to discuss Minneapolis 2040, the city's comprehensive development plan. People from every part of the city took the time to submit 10,000 comments. The conversations we're having around development aren't always polite, but they're always productive. The more we talk about the kind of development we want, the more likely it is that we'll build the city we want to live in.

After 14 years, DuPage judge overturns murder conviction

Willowbrook man Randy Liebich will get a new trial, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday, upending the murder conviction that has left Liebich in prison the last 14 years for the death of a toddler in his care. Dupage County Circuit Judge John J. Kinsella ordered a new trial at a hearing Friday, finding that Liebich's trial attorneys had failed to adequately represent him by not presenting evidence that challenged the prosecution's medical testimony of how two-year -old Steven Quinn died in 2002. “Evidence to challenge the entire theory of the state's case could have and should have been known,” Kinsella said. Kinsella said there was a “reasonable likelihood” that Liebich would have been acquitted at his trial had the trial judge, Ann B. Jorgensen, heard the testimony presented in hearings this year that older abdominal injuries likely caused the child's collapse and death. Liebich's case was given a second look after appellate court judges reviewed several affidavits from medical experts that cast doubts about whether the toddler's injuries could have been inflicted while he was alone with Liebich.

After a leadership shakeup, Carranza names new superintendents and a chief academic officer

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza unveiled a new slate of top education officials Monday, drawing from longtime local leaders as well as Texas educators as part of a reorganization of the department's top leadership. He named Linda Chen, a former Baltimore schools deputy and New York City principal, as the system's chief academic officer. Carranza also named nine executive superintendents, a new role he says will clarify lines of accountability and boost support for school leaders. With Chen's hire, Carranza's executive cabinet is now fully staffed. Chen will oversee the department's division of teaching and learning, special education, and English language learners.

After a suicide and a shooting, Denver’s superintendent urges community to ‘do everything possible to protect our children’

Denver Public Schools has experienced a painful start to the school year. First came the news that a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Shoemaker Elementary had taken his own life just four days into the school year. Jamel Myles' mother says he was bullied at school and had recently come out to her as gay. And then on Tuesday, a teenager was shot and critically injured right outside DSST: Cole Middle School on the district's Mitchell Campus. The school went on lockdown, and worried parents flocked to the area, with some telling reporters they were frustrated neither the school nor the district shared information with them.

After another low rating, Denver’s Manual High could face state intervention

Denver's storied but academically struggling Manual High School faces the possibility of state intervention next school year after earning five consecutive low ratings from the Colorado Department of Education. It is the only one of Denver's more than 200 schools facing that risk. Manual's situation is noteworthy because Denver Public Schools generally has taken aggressive action toward low-performing schools before the law allows the state to step in. The district hasn't shied away from replacing or closing struggling schools, which has earned it criticism from those who think the tactics are too harsh. In fact, the district closed and reopened Manual more than a decade ago because of lagging test scores and declining enrollment.

After CJTS closure, juvenile detention officer injuries increase

Employees at the state's two juvenile detention centers are being injured and going out on workers' compensation at significantly higher rates than usual, leading to increased risks for the remaining staff and the children held in the facilities, union officials say. Those able-bodied staff remaining are left to work mandated overtime shifts multiple times a week, resulting in exhaustion and potentially unsafe conditions for the juveniles housed in Bridgeport and Hartford.

After FL Shooting, Gaming Promoters Plan More Security

Authorities are investigating why a player at a video-game tournament in Jacksonville, Fl., gunned down two people and wounded 11 others Sunday, an incident that has prompted calls for more security at gaming events, reports USA Today. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the lone shooter, believed to be David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, was among the dead and had killed himself. Some media reports said Katz was upset about losing an intense game.he The violence broke out during a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament that was held in a gaming bar that shared space with the Chicago Pizza and Sports Grille in an entertainment complex along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. The incident stunned gamers and prompted questions about security at gaming events.

After ICE raid in North Texas, immigrants face uncertain futures

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the Load Trail factory in Sumner, Texas on Aug. 28 and arrested more than 150 undocumented workers. The next week, the company had hung a sign seeking new employees. Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune
PARIS — Hildebrando Torres Jimenez received long-awaited good news last week: He was awarded primary custody of his 3- and 4-year old daughters after a long legal fight with his girlfriend. Then the undocumented immigrant from Mexico was rounded up in an immigration raid at Load Trail, a trailer factory just outside this North Texas town.

After loss at Supreme Court, groups continue push for federal oversight of Texas redistricting

Graphic by Todd Wiseman
The voters of color, civil rights groups and Democratic lawmakers who have long challenged the validity of Texas' political maps were dealt a bruising loss earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court signed off on most of the state's current political boundaries and pushed aside claims that state lawmakers had intentionally discriminated against voters of color when they drew the maps. But a crucial question remained in the case: Would the state's opponents ask the courts to force Texas back under federal oversight of its electoral map drawing, given previous maps that federal judges ruled discriminatory? Their answer came Wednesday in a short court filing in which some of the plaintiffs in the case indicated they wanted to press forward on those high stakes efforts. Like several other states with histories of discriminating against voters of color, Texas for decades was required to obtain federal approval of any changes to its elections — including adjustments to political boundaries to account for the state's growing population. That changed in 2013 when the high court freed the state from federal guardianship.

After one year in Maplewood church, Alex Garcia still hopes to reunite with family

When immigration authorities ordered Alex Garcia to turn himself in for deportation last year, his wife Carly decided to fight to keep her family together. Instead of driving to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, where Alex would be jailed then sent back to his native Honduras, the couple drove 150 miles to a church in Maplewood. It's now been one year since Alex took sanctuary at Christ Church, United Church of Christ.

After Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Nightmare, the Next Chicago Mayor Must Embrace Reparations

This week, Chicagoans celebrated Rahm Emanuel's announcement that he will not seek another term as mayor. But while Emanuel's departure is welcome news to many, the next mayor of Chicago will have to come up with an aggressive plan to repair the damage that Emanuel's financial policies have inflicted on the city's Black and Latinx communities. Otherwise the devastation that Emanuel's tenure in office wreaked on Chicago's communities of color will be with us for decades to come. Mayor Emanuel systematically monetized pain in communities of color to enrich his Wall Street backers. Since he took office in May 2011, Chicago has paid $346 million in police misconduct settlements and judgments.

After the death of Botham Jean, should a Dallas officer be fired? Those decisions often take time.

Botham Shem Jean, left, was shot and killed in his apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, right. Facebook/Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via REUTERS
A dozen days after an unarmed black man was shot and killed in his apartment in Dallas, the white off-duty police officer who killed him remains on the job. Officer Amber Guyger's continued employment — she's currently on paid administrative leave — has stoked the growing anger surrounding the unprecedented shooting and become a point of contention in the state's highest-profile political campaign. At a Dallas rally Friday night, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke suggested she should be fired. “I don't understand given the actions how anyone can come to any other conclusion,” he told KDFW-TV.

After years of drought, Colorado water bosses face uncertainty

On June 1, a spark near the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad ignited a flame in the Animas River gorge north of Durango. The fire would burn for weeks, torching more than 55,000 acres and filling the air in Durango with smoke. Then came the rain. “Mother Nature is the one that really helped out,” Bruce Whitehead, executive director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District told a group of water experts and planners at the Colorado Water Congress in Vail this week. But Mother Nature also wreaked havoc.

After years of drought, Colorado water bosses face uncertainty

On June 1, a spark near the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad ignited a flame in the Animas River gorge north of Durango. The fire would burn for weeks, torching more than 55,000 acres and filling the air with smoke. Then came the rain. “Mother Nature is the one that really helped out,” Bruce Whitehead, executive director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District told a group of water experts and planners at the Colorado Water Congress in Vail this week. But Mother Nature also wreaked havoc.

AG Debate Tonight: Meet the Candidates

Matthew Cohen, Zephyr for New York, Leecia Eve for Attorney General, Rep. MaloneyDemocrats for attorney general, clockwise from top right: Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, Leecia Eve and Sean Patrick Maloney. Two weeks and two days before the September 13 state primary, the four Democrats running for attorney general face off Tuesday evening in a 90-minute debate at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News. It's the second of at least three planned debates—the first occurred last week and what is likely the final debate is scheduled to be broadcast by WNYC on September 6. A race that was not supposed to happen—the office of attorney general is open only because Eric Schneiderman resigned amid accusations of misconduct earlier this year—the AG contest is considered wide open, with polls indicating a large share of voters remaining undecided. The winner of the primary will face a general election in November.

AG Democratic Candidates Spar During Final Debate Before Primary

Matthew Cohen, Zephyr for New York, Leecia Eve for Attorney General, Rep. MaloneyDemocrats for attorney general, clockwise from top right: Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, Leecia Eve and Sean Patrick Maloney. The Democratic candidates running for Attorney General faced off Thursday night in their third and final debate before next week's Primary Election, as they look to fill the seat formerly held by Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May amid abuse allegations. The four contenders—New York City Public Advocate Tish James, Verizon executive Leecia Eve, law professor Zephyr Teachout and Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney—largely agreed on a number of big-picture issues, including the need to funnel out corruption in Albany and to protect New Yorkers against voter suppression and predatory financial institutions. They instead attacked one another's individual records, sparring over who has the most litigation experience and who's taken campaign cash from corporate donors. There was one topic, however, that the four candidates agreed upon the most: the need for the next attorney general to protect New York against the “threat” of the Trump administration, and to use the office to investigate potential wrongdoing by the president and the Trump Organization.

AG Hopeful James Sees Herself as Lifelong Underdog

Mayoral Photography OfficePublic Advocate Letitia James flanked by Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Mayor de Blasio at a 2014 press conference. She beat the odds to win her Council seat and PA post. Now a candidate for attorney general, the odds appears to be on her side--but they come with questions. The Democratic attorney general primary on September 13 features four candidates with similar ideologies but very different backgrounds. In a four-part series this week, City Limits takes a look at each candidate's career for clues about how they might approach being “the people's lawyer.”
Before there was the run for attorney general, the win for public advocate and the break with the Working Families Party over the construction of Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, Letitia James was assistant attorney general for Brooklyn for then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and she was on the case of the FedEx dreadlocks.

Ag Innovation Showcase marks 10th anniversary

More than 400 researchers, entrepreneurs and investors are expected to attend Ag Innovation Showcase this week, the 10th year it's been hosted by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The three-day event has been described as part research conference, part Shark Tank competition, where startups pitch the latest technology to improve crop yields that are safe for farmers, consumers and the environment. The first Ag Innovation Showcase, held in 2009, attracted researchers and entrepreneurs, mostly from the U.S. Sharon Berberich presented one of the first genome editing technologies for Dow AgroSciences at the inaugural Showcase. She has been involved in the Showcase as an organizer, presenter, judge and entrepreneur. “I've worked with three different companies and the Innovation Showcase has always been what I look forward to every September,” Berberich said.

AG opens investigation into online threats against Kiah Morris

Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Brattleboro, defended the state's Medicaid program. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Kiah Morris" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 150w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Brattleboro, defended the state's Medicaid program. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDiggerBENNINGTON — Attorney General TJ Donovan has opened an investigation into online threats that played a role in the decision of state Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, to end her campaign for a third House term. Morris, who is African American, bowed out of the race on Friday, the deadline to allow local Democrats to choose a new candidate in the Bennington 2-2 House district race for the Nov. 6 ballot.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Agency Takes Back Instructions to Residents in Brooklyn Housing Project to Stay Home on Primary Day

by Blake Paterson
Hundreds of residents of the Marlboro Houses near Coney Island in Brooklyn received notices from the New York City Housing Authority telling them to remain home on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a routine lead inspection. That left residents scrambling for a way to comply with NYCHA's directive and to vote in the New York state primary election, which runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

But according to Jasmine Blake, a spokesperson for NYCHA, the agency scheduled inspections on primary day by mistake, and residents should go vote. Get ProPublica's Top Stories by Email

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“We're trying to inspect these apartments for lead paint as fast as possible. But we shouldn't have scheduled appointments for Election Day,” Blake said. “We're rescheduling inspections for the 650 apartments affected today who were not home, and we encourage everyone to get out and vote before the polls close at 9 p.m.”

A copy of the flyer — which was sent to approximately 650 apartments in the complex — was posted on Twitter by Robert Jones Jr. on Thursday after learning that his mother received the notice.

Agency urges suspension of BHS guidance director

Burlington High School Guidance Director Mario Macias, pictured outside of the department's office in Dec. 2016. Photo by Alexandre Silberman for VTDigger. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Mario Macias" width="640" height="427" srcset=" 3133w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 1280w, 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1">Burlington High School Guidance Director Mario Macias, pictured outside of the department's office in December 2016. File photo by Alexandre Silberman for VTDigger.The Agency of Education has filed six licensing charges against Burlington High School Guidance Director Mario Macias, and the Secretary of Education has recommended that his license be suspended for a year.

Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management

These days, any search for bighorn sheep in southwestern Colorado is an exercise in desperation. Bighorn hunters and advocates must train their eyes on game trails and alpine valleys and knolls, looking for a patch of gray-brown hide, for ewes grazing, for rams on cliff faces. They listen for rocks tumbling through canyons, or the baseball-bat crack of two rams butting heads. Fewer than 500 bighorns roam the 760 square miles of this rugged section of the Rocky Mountains. Still, desperation be damned, a group of citizen volunteers ventured out this August in search of them.

Agroforestry ‘a good investment’: Mongabay’s Washington Post op-ed

Mongabay editor Erik Hoffner wrote about the mismatch in funding priorities for climate mitigation solutions for the Washington Post's global edition, the World Post, on September 11. Too often, he wrote, high tech methods of removing carbon from the atmosphere get attention and investment, when low tech options exist: “In the quest to curb climate change, we must remember that there are low-tech methods at our disposal that can achieve similar results with much less initial investment,” he argued, like agroforestry. Using what he's learned from editing Mongabay's ongoing series about the reach and effectiveness of this forestry/agriculture hybrid, Hoffner stated that agroforestry is a good investment in climate change mitigation, a much smaller and more easily scalable one than many solutions now in development, and it's one that pays dividends to the farmer and to biodiversity, plus the climate. Agroforestry is the practice of growing fruit- or timber-producing trees among shrubs like coffee or chocolate, vegetable crops, and medicinal herbs in a system that often mimics a forest. The system produces food, supports biodiversity by providing nesting habitat and forage for animals, builds soil and water tables, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere.

Air-quality plan for Metro East incinerator may relax heavy-metal monitoring requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency could loosen its requirement that an East St. Louis incinerator monitor its emissions for heavy metals that could be harmful to human health. In Jan. 2017, the federal agency issued a draft air-quality permit for Veolia Environmental Services' incinerator in Sauget that required the facility to install “multi-metal monitoring devices” that check emissions of mercury, lead, arsenic and other metals for one year. Emissions tests in the last decade showed that the facility released higher levels of certain metals than expected.

Al Salzman: A Republican coup

Editor's note: This commentary is by Al Salzman, of Fairfield, who is a retired public school art teacher and an active painter. In watching the Senate Judiciary hearings on the confirmation of arch-conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I realized that I was witness to a Republican coup d'etat — literally a blow against constitutional law and due legislative process. Following on the heels of Republican gangsterism that hijacked the Judge Merrick Garland nomination, by refusing to hold hearings before the end of Obama's term, and replacing him with a henchman-of-the right Neil Gorsuch, the Republicans have opened the door to even greater power for the already powerful oligarchs whose aim is to turn this country into a modern form of feudalism — a country for the few fat cats — of the few fat cats and by the few fat cats while the rest of us struggle for our livelihood. Their shameless agenda is already picking up steam: Strangle organized labor. Eliminate collective bargaining.

Alamo Community Group Expanding, Improving SA’s Affordable Housing

The nonprofit affordable housing organization Alamo Community Group purchased the Calcasieu in 2014 to preserve the building's status as "affordable." The post Alamo Community Group Expanding, Improving SA's Affordable Housing appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alamo Heights Educator Named Texas Teacher of the Year

He will compete with educators across the country for National Teacher of the Year just months after he also won the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education. The post Alamo Heights Educator Named Texas Teacher of the Year appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alamo Heights Students Vie for $10,000 to Fund Potential Startups

130 Alamo Heights High School students are participating in a year-long business incubator, taking their startups from ideating to developing a product and pitching it. The post Alamo Heights Students Vie for $10,000 to Fund Potential Startups appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alamo Plan Heads to Executive Committee, City Council Vote

Designers have finalized a proposal for the multi-million-dollar Alamo Plaza redevelopment that will start making its way through different ranks of authority this week. The post Alamo Plan Heads to Executive Committee, City Council Vote appeared first on Rivard Report.

Alderman proposes eminent domain to secure $1.75 billion NGA site — again

The city of St. Louis is working to show it controls the 97 acres slated for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new headquarters — a $1.75 billion development project. Alderman Brandon Bosley is sponsoring a bill that would allow the city to use eminent domain on land it already owns. Bosley's 3rd ward comprises just under half of the NGA project footprint, as well as some of its surrounding neighborhoods in north St. Louis.

Alderman proposes eminent domain to secure $1.75 billion NGA site development — again

The city of St. Louis is still working to show it controls the 97 acres slated for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new headquarters — a $1.75 billion development project. Alderman Brandon Bosley is sponsoring a bill that would allow the city to use eminent domain on land it already owns. Bosley's 3rd ward comprises just under half of the NGA project footprint, as well as some of its surrounding neighborhoods in north St. Louis.

Alders Claw Back Mayor’s Raises

Top Harp administration employees will get to keep their raises, but it will cost some city departments thousands in operating dollars.

Aliens, Jesus, and Rock ‘N” Roll Land On Crown Street

“I live in the desert now,” said Kid Congo in between songs at his set with the Pink Monkey Birds at Cafe Nine on Friday. “I sit on my roof with a big sign that says ‘Take Me.'” He raised his arms to the ceiling and the crowd did the same, cheering him along and ready to be taken anywhere he was going. It was a night of sweet and sweaty worship of two bands who each brought their own kind of rock ‘n' roll spirit to the stage on State and Crown and created an old-time new-wave goth-punk revival.

Aligning forces for tropical forests as a climate change solution

As governors of tropical forest states and provinces descend upon San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit and the annual meeting of the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force, I'm writing share some opportunities they represent to improve the effectiveness of strategies for solving tropical deforestation. Tropical forests could be critical[1] to avoiding extremely dangerous impacts of climate change. New strategies and commitments have inspired hope and driven important progress and innovations to slow tropical deforestation and speed its recovery following clearing, fire or logging. But forests—broadly defined—are still falling fast[2]. To unlock this potential, the work that tropical forest governments has been doing must be understood, and some of their critical needs must be met.

Ambassador Haley’s Delusions of Grandeur

President Trump, Ambassador Nikki Haley and H.R. McMaster, who was the US national security adviser at the time, Oct. 20, 2017. Haley said she had direct access to the president, but she never revealed what she talked to him about, the author notes. There's a rumor going around that Donald Trump is a master diplomat, a whiz at foreign affairs whose America First policies have taken the world by storm and won widespread admiration for his leadership skills. Check out the recent New York Post column by a Fox News analyst, Ralph Peters, claiming that the president's foreign policy expertise, while lagging during his first year in the White House, has “started to sing.” While Trump may have made major blunders during his early months in Washington, the column goes, he is now making “impressive progress” in foreign policy after having “cleaned house of inept, destructive advisors.”
If only.

American Hate: A News21 Documentary

American Hate is a short documentary that explores the legacy of hate in America and what it means to the country today. It is part of Carnegie-Knight News21's 2018 investigative project “Hate in America.”
Editor's note: Video contains violent imagery, which may be disturbing to some viewers. American Hate Documentary from News21 on Vimeo.

Americans must grapple with the continuing growth in U.S. spending and debt

Chuck Slocum

For the last decade or so, I have become increasingly concerned about the federal debt, now estimated to be $21.13 trillion.Chuck SlocumIt is an issue one does not hear much about in the 2018 campaigns, in large part because the voters have not demanded clarity on ways to address annual deficits and the long-term federal debt.This is important because, at some point in our future, an “economic reckoning” will come from the continuing growth in federal spending and debt. As David Davenport, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, wrote earlier this year in Forbes, "No one really knows how much federal debt is too much. Unfortunately some kind of major economic correction will be the signal that we have gone too far. Other countries will quit buying our debt, or will discount it heavily. The stock and bond markets will lose confidence in our fiscal policy and send prices plunging."He notes that we are creating our own “bed of instability” when the government spends far more than it takes in.

Amid Accusations of Age Bias, IBM Winds Down a Push for Millennial Workers

by Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin
Faced with a mounting pile of lawsuits accusing it of age discrimination — the latest, a class action, was filed this week in federal district court in New York — tech giant IBM appears to be winding down its Millennial Corps, an internal network of young employees that's been cited in several legal complaints as evidence of the company's bias toward younger workers. ProPublica reported in March that IBM, which had annual revenue of $79 billion in 2017, had ousted an estimated 20,000 U.S. employees ages 40 or older in the past five years, in some instances using money saved from the departures to hire young replacements to, in the words of an internal company document, “correct seniority mix.”

IBM deployed several strategies to attract younger workers, establishing a digital platform catering to millennials, a blog called “The Millennial Experience,” a Twitter account, @IBMillennial, as well as creating the Millennial Corps, whose members company executives pledged to consult about major business moves. The Corps was featured in a 2016 FastCompany piece titled “These Millennials Have Become the Top Decision Makers at IBM.”

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But company sources said this week that the internal millennial platform has had almost no entries in recent months and the only posting on the blog dates from at least a year ago. There have been no recent tweets from @IBMillennial. At least one of the Millennial Corps founders quoted in the FastCompany story about the network has left the company, as have several of those listed as Millennial Corps “ambassadors” on the internal platform.

Amid heated community debate, Denver extends time for superintendent search

The Denver school board has pushed back the date by which it will name finalists for the superintendent job from October to November. The extension follows objections to what some students and parents said was a too-tight timeline for gathering community feedback, and a rocky start to that process. One heated exchange at a community meeting has even led to a police investigation. The initial public meetings have surfaced longstanding tensions between those who believe in the school district's vision and those who don't. One point of agreement, however, has emerged from community members so far: The next superintendent should be an educator.

Amid heated community debate, Denver extends time for superintendent search

The Denver school board has pushed back the date by which it will name finalists for the superintendent job from October to November. The extension follows objections to what some students and parents said was a too-tight timeline for gathering community feedback, and a rocky start to that process. The board also hired a local firm to help facilitate future meetings. The initial public meetings have surfaced longstanding tensions between those who believe in the school district's vision and those who don't. One point of agreement, however, has emerged from community members so far: The next superintendent should be an educator.

Amid labor shortage, governor candidates debate ways to boost workers in Minnesota

Minnesota's candidates for governor promised in a debate Wednesday to ease the state's workforce shortage if elected, but often split on how to fill the profusion of open jobs across some sectors of the economy. At a hotel in Wayzata, Republican Jeff Johnson and DFLer Tim Walz argued over how to help students of color better succeed in schools, increase access to child care services and more in an event hosted by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. The two have addressed many of the issues before, but not always directly through the lens of the state's workforce shortage. They spoke after a slate of top business, government and nonprofit thinkers, who spelled out — in sometimes dire terms — the projected shortfall in workers for certain areas, including nursing and agriculture. In nursing, there is an expected shortfall of 1,275 workers by 2020, according to data provided by Real Time Talent, a workforce project started by a large mix of public and private sector groups.

Amid Manafort scandal, Texas lawmakers seek to require foreign lobbying disclosure

State Reps. Sarah Davis and Giovanni Capriglione are seeking to require Austin lobbyists to disclose to state officials if they have business representing foreign governments. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
While President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces criminal charges over failing to disclose his lobbying efforts for a foreign government, a pair of Republican state lawmakers is seeking better disclosure from lobbyists who represent foreign interests in Austin. State Reps. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, and Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, have asked the Texas Ethics Commission to require lobbyists at the Texas Capitol to identify if they are registered foreign agents under U.S. law.

An anti-poaching technology for elephants that is always listening

Working under cover of night in parks as large as US states, poachers are skilled in avoiding detection. If they kill with silencers on their rifles, the animal's death is not likely to be noticed right away, even if it is wearing a tracking collar. Monitoring an animal's tracking data is sometimes more of a check-in than continuous surveillance. Before rangers reach the location and confirm an animal has been poached, the poachers have fled the area. This is the scenario that Vanderbilt University researcher Ákos Lédeczi and his team are trying to solve with an acoustic shockwave detection system.

An Assist for Lex

K-9 officer helps on Carmel callAn Assist for Lex was first posted on September 18, 2018 at 11:25 am.

An initiative that helps teachers buy a home is expanding to 15 Colorado districts

Carissa Travis is an early bird. She's usually at school by 6 a.m., two hours before her second-graders arrive, because she does her best work when the hallways of Denver's Steele Elementary are quiet. She spends seven hours on her feet teaching and then sometimes several more after school in training sessions or PTA meetings. When she gets home from what can be a 12-hour day, Travis needs some space. It's one reason the 29-year-old was eager to buy her own home.

An initiative that helps teachers buy a home is expanding to 15 Colorado districts

Carissa Travis is an early bird. She's usually at school by 6 a.m., two hours before her second-graders arrive, because she does her best work when the hallways of Denver's Steele Elementary are quiet. She spends seven hours on her feet teaching and then sometimes several more after school in training sessions or PTA meetings. When she gets home from what can be a 12-hour day, Travis needs some space. It's one reason the 29-year-old was eager to buy her own home.

An Open Letter to Future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili played basketball instinctively and reflexively, with heart and grit, twisting your body here, zipping the ball there. The post An Open Letter to Future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: A viewer’s guide to the 2018 Texas elections

Voters in Houston arrive to cast ballots during the last hour of voting in the primaries on March 6, 2018. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Labor Day doesn't mark the start of the political season; political season never seems to stop. But it is typical turning point — a date when campaigns that have been building organizations and grubbing for campaign money redirect their attention to the voters who'll decide the winners and losers. Texans will be casting ballots in the 2018 general election in less than eight weeks, when early voting begins on October 22.

Analysis: An old headline lingers on the Texas-Mexico border

David Xol and his wife Florinda at their home in Alta Verapaz. Xol made his way across Mexico with his 7-year-old son, Byron. Xol was deported back to Guatemala; Byron remains in a detention center in Baytown. Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. This is frustrating, at best: According to the latest tally, more than 400 kids separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border remain separated from their parents.

Analysis: Candidates to replace Joe Straus aren’t the only power-seekers in the House

San Antonio Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, c, confronts State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, with a Point of Order on HB 910 that delayed the open carry gun bill on April 14, 2015. Bob Daemmrich
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. TMF is back, proving that not everything in a race for speaker of the Texas House is about who's going to be the next speaker of the Texas House. The TMF in this instance is Trey Martinez Fischer, a bull of a Democratic House member from San Antonio who gave up his seat to run — unsuccessfully — for the Texas Senate and is now poised to return to his old stomping grounds. Known around the Capitol by his initials, he was one of the leaders of the Democrats before he left.

Analysis: Dan Patrick and the reddest Texas Senate ever

Former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock (left) and current Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Baylor University: Bullock/Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Patrick
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Dan Patrick has the Texas Senate Bob Bullock always wanted. And after this week's special election in South and West Texas put Republican Pete Flores in the Senate, Lt. Gov. Patrick is in a great position to extend his run — assuming that he wins his own reelection bid in November. This involves some arcane procedural rules, but briefly, there are two kinds of political majorities — partisan and operational — in the Texas Senate.

Analysis: For potential Texas House Speaker candidates, the clock is ticking

During a marathon debate on the state budget, Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel reacts to a point of order on an amendment involving feral hog elimination. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The window for state representatives who would like to be the next speaker of the Texas House is open — but it could close quickly. It's not that the race is over. Far from it.

Analysis: Neal Dikeman’s voters could decide which Texan serves in the U.S. Senate

Neal Dikeman is the Libertarian candidate for governor of Texas. Facebook campaign page
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Libertarians and other third-party candidates have never won state elections in Texas and rarely make a meaningful difference in election results, with one big exception: As spoilers. If recent indications of a close U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat, prove valid, a third candidate's voters could spell the difference on Election Day. “It will be the Libertarian voters who win this race,” says a hopeful Neal Dikeman, the Texas Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Analysis: Property taxes rise, state education spending falls. That’s the design.

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath testifies before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance about education outcomes on Jan. 23, 2018. Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The state's budget situation improves as the financial load on Texas property owners increases. That makes for noisy and gnarly politics.

Analysis: Some voters want candidates who watch what they say. Some don’t.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has become known for his impassioned language on the campaign trail. O'Rourke is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Illustration by Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Emily Albracht
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Ever wondered why politicians don't cuss more in public? It's because it doesn't work.

Analysis: The fight over the Texas Legislature isn’t only in the House

Tourists enter an empty Texas Senate chamber on June 29, 2011. | by Bob Daemmrich
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Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The first peek at the politics of the next legislative session is gestating in San Antonio and points west, where an election on Tuesday will decide who'll be filling Democrat Carlos Uresti 's seat in the Texas Senate. It's one piece of the leadership puzzle that will fully take shape in January, when the Legislature convenes in Austin for its regular session. Most eyes have been on who will replace Speaker Joe Straus, and what that might mean for the direction of the Texas House of Representatives.

Analysis: The swoon for Beto O’Rourke doesn’t mean Ted Cruz will lose

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to the crowd marching on the tent city where children separated from their parents at the border are being held at Tornillo Port of Entry, on June 17, 2018. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. How in the world did U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — Republican of Texas, former presidential candidate, Texas solicitor general, U.S. Supreme Court clerk, double Ivy League graduate — get positioned as the underdog in his first race for reelection? Not that he's really the underdog in this campaign against U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso. It's still a Republican state.

Analysis: Will a split Texas electorate split the 2018 ticket?

Top: Gov. Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez, his Democratic challenger; bottom: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger. Bob Daemmrich: Abbott/Lauras Skelding: Valdez/Robin Jerstad: Cruz/Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson: O'Rourke
Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If the November 2018 election results bear much resemblance to recent polls, Texas — which hasn't been a swing state for a long time — would have to reveal a purple streak. In a place where Republicans and Democrats seem to disagree so strongly and so consistently, recent polls hint at a new kind of animal in Texas politics: An O'Rourke-Abbott voter. Several summertime polls show a single-digit difference between the Texas contenders for the U.S. Senate — and a big double-digit difference between the candidates for governor.

Andrew Bacevich makes me think I might be making too big a deal of Trump

Andrew Bacevich, who is among my heroes as an analyst of U.S. history, argues in his latest TomDispatch piece, that Donald “Trump is not the disruptive force that anti-Trumpers accuse him of being. He is merely a noxious, venal, and ineffectual blowhard, who has assembled a team of associates who are themselves, with few exceptions, noxious, venal, or ineffectual.”
Bacevich, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, is a big picture guy, especially big historical picture. The headline of his piece describes Trump as a “pimple on the face of America,” but no more lasting or important than a pimple. [cms_ad:Middle]The rest of America's face remains what it had become over recent decades. To understand what it had become, Bacevich encourages us to go back to the immediate post-World War II period, which he describes as a country that was defined by three large facts, thus:
First, the United States made everything and made more of it than anyone else.

Anger, prayer, renewed push for accountability: St. Louis Catholics respond to clergy sexual abuse

The word “outrage” doesn't quite capture how Catholics in St. Louis have been reacting to a recent report revealing that nearly 1,000 young people were sexually abused by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania over a 70-year period. “I think everyone is just really grieving … there's so much anger and some hostility even,” said Sandra Price, executive director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “The reports that were outlined in the grand-jury report in Pennsylvania [were] grisly, detailed reports of abuse – that's what sexual abuse is.

Anime Convention San Japan Takes Over Downtown Again

This year's convention runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, and focuses on all things anime and "anime-adjacent," including video games, horror, and sci-fi. The post Anime Convention San Japan Takes Over Downtown Again appeared first on Rivard Report.

Anna Caballero kicks off campaign tour in Hollister

Supporters included local councilmembers and county supervisors.

Anne Watson: Housing is a transportation issue

Editor's note: This commentary is by Anne Watson, who was elected mayor of Montpelier in March. Prior to that she served as a city councilor in Montpelier. She has been a high school science and math teacher for the past 14 years at Montpelier High School. When talking to people about energy issues, most of the conversations revolve around electricity or heating. Transportation, which represents more than one third of Vermont's energy consumption, often gets left out of the conversation.

Anorexia is more stubborn to treat than previously believed, analysis shows

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that primarily affects young people during their adolescence. While anorexia is relatively uncommon, affecting about 1 percent of the population, it can be lethal. Indeed, despite its relatively early onset, anorexia can last for several decades for more than half of those afflicted. It can lead to many associated psychiatric and medical risk factors, which in part explains why anorexia has the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder.

Another Case Tests Missouri’s Human Rights Protections For Transgender People

The Missouri Supreme Court is expected to decide within months whether state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But the American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit that the Missouri Commission on Human Rights has determined that LGBTQ people are not protected.

Another UMD coach leaves position

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

Another Vermont inmate dies at Camp Hill; cause not yet known

The grounds of the Pennsylvania state prison at Camp Hill. Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Camp Hill Grounds" width="610" height="349" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 1280w, 1896w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">The grounds of the Pennsylvania state prison at Camp Hill. Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDiggerA Vermont inmate being held out-of-state in a Pennsylvania prison died Saturday, according to officials. Michael Senna, 63, died at the Camp Hill State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard confirmed Monday.Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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Anson Tebbetts: Working toward a fairer price for milk

Editor's note: This commentary is by Anson Tebbetts, the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Our country needs to find a better way to pay dairy farmers. This is probably not news to many, but the devil is in the details. Farmers nationwide work 24/7 to produce the fresh milk that becomes the cheese, butter and other dairy products that are always present, with an endless supply and many choices, in the grocery store. However, farmers are not getting a fair price for their product.

Antalek Wins Scholarship

Former Beacon soccer player recognizedAntalek Wins Scholarship was first posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:41 pm.

Anti-Act 46 groups threaten to sue state board, AoE

Krista Huling is chair of the State Board of Education. Photo by Bob LoCicero
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Anti-Deseg Plaintiff Hunt Resumes

Libertarian lawyers have resumed their search for parents upset by the closure of one magnet high school in New Haven — in order to file a suit that could bring down the entire magnet program statewide.

Anti-Gravity Treadmills Use Space Technology to Improve Mobility

Anti-gravity treadmills use differential air pressure developed by NASA which allows patients to defy gravity during physical therapy sessions and helps them exercise without pain. The post Anti-Gravity Treadmills Use Space Technology to Improve Mobility appeared first on Rivard Report.

Anti-Rent Control Arguments Ignore the Dynamics of the Housing Market

The construction site for the Mission Cove Apartments project in Oceanside. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle
Across the state, Californians are struggling to live. Here in San Diego, more than half of renting households are rent-burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their incomes in rent. It is no surprise that there has been a surge in support for rent control, referring to a broad set of policies that range from limiting exorbitant annual rent increases for existing tenants – frequently referred to as rent stabilization – to capping how much a landlord can raise the rent even after a tenant moves out. Come November, Californians will vote on the Proposition 10: Passage of the measure will repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, the infamous law that prohibits many forms of rent stabilization and control.

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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Any way the wind blows, it’s still Connecticut politics

While the residents of the Carolinas struggled against devastating tides, torrential rain and winds from Hurricane Florence, the political wind blew in Connecticut. A lot of it, some would say, was hot air. Florence's impact here was more political than meteorological as the state's Puerto Rican community reacted to President Donald Trump's denial that nearly […]

Apizza Capital Seeks Domino’s Help A-paving

New Haven is well known for its pizza. But it might be looking toward the nation's biggest pizza chain to help stretch its dough—its paving dough, that is.

Appeals Court Considers Whether To Toss Clean Missouri Initiative From November Ballot

The Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday afternoon on whether a ballot measure that would change ethics laws should remain on the November ballot. The judges in the case promised to rule quickly because of two key deadlines: elections officials begin to mail military and overseas absentee ballots on Friday and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft must certify the Nov. 6 ballot by Tuesday. A Cole County judge had found the so-called Clean Missouri initiative unconstitutional, in part because it addressed too many topics. The appeals court stayed that ruling until it could make its determination.

Appeals court rejects challenge to Az ban on delivering ballots

A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters.

APT In The Crosshairs

Move the entire operation away from homes and schools deep into the heart of Yale's medical district.Fix the broken, under-funded Medicaid transportation system that's supposed to serve those in recovery.Have a private van service escort clients in and out.Maybe even form a drug users' union so they can have their own voice.Operate in all of Connecticut's 169 towns, and do it 24/7, if you must, but find ways to relieve the stress on an already deeply stressed Hill neighborhood.

APT’s Toll On Our Neighborhoods

Last week, over the 30 minutes in mid-morning, my husband and I witnessed open-air drug deals outside of the church next door, followed by drug use next to a school bus. A knife-wielding man rampaged up the street followed by a highly intoxicated woman. Five minutes later, a John and a sex worker engaged in sex acts in the open.Later that afternoon as I walked my dog in the park, I was overwhelmed by what I saw: a used condom on the sidewalk next to my house and dirty needles, bloody gauzes and empty drug bags littering nearly every bench.

Are ‘Orders’ from the Tweeter-in-Chief Legally Enforceable?

While many commentators have written about President Trump's predilection for interpreting law via Twitter (whether the actions of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in allegedly arranging “hush money” payoffs, were a crime, for example), a different presidential tweet poses even more difficult questions. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed to not allowing the Department of Justice to be improperly influenced by political considerations, the President tweeted the following:
Jeff, this is GREAT, what everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the “other side” including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr…FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems – and so much more. Open up the papers & documents without redaction? Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting! While the tweet about Michael Cohen's actions not being a crime raised questions about whether the tweet constitutes a legal determination that is binding on the executive branch, the tweet about Sessions amounts, in my view, to what appears to be a presidential directive to investigate political opponents.

Are Tech Firms Doing Enough to Stop Online Opioid Sales?

Tech companies are cooperating with federal officials to crack down on illegal opioids being sold on the internet. Congressional action on the issue still is possible, reports Axios. Silicon Valley is trying to defuse tensions with the Food and Drug Administration, and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's comments that tech is cooperating show their efforts may be working. Some lawmakers say they're open to regulation for the platforms if the problem persists. The opioid epidemic is increasingly being driven by synthetic opioids, which often come into the U.S. through international mail.

Area nonprofits learn about CSUMB student internship opportunities

CSU Monterey Bay comes to Hollister breakfast hosted by the Community Foundation for San Benito County to tell local nonprofits businesses about student internships.

Around Town (Photos)

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Arrest video prompts activists to call for boycott of Metro Transit

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The Strib's Janet Moore reports: “A video showing the arrest of a black woman by Metro Transit police officers that was widely shared on social media last week has prompted several activist groups to call a boycott of Metro Transit service Tuesday. A bystander recorded Kenya Chandler, 38, of Minneapolis, being handcuffed and pushed to the ground by Metro Transit Police Sgt. Tim Lawrence at a downtown Minneapolis bus stop on Aug. 21.”From KSTP-TV: “The family of Minnesota rock legend Prince, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, has officially filed their lawsuit against medical companies and a doctor they say failed to treat his addiction and provided narcotics without a proper prescription. Court records show the lawsuit was filed in Hennepin County last week.

Art at the Limits: The Makers Behind the Messages in Political Art

Whether it's a wall's worth of graffiti, a sign at a protest, a song on the radio or a piece in a museum, political art is intended to send a message. Sometimes that message is blunt and obvious, but there can be subtleties and nuances as well. Like all art, the message that gets transmitted ultimately depends on how the viewer interprets it, and that might not reflect the full meaning the artist hoped to convey. “Art at the Limits” is City Limits' ongoing series exploring the intersection of art, politics and policy in New York–from art about political issues to the policy topics that affect the arts in the city. We invited artists from the current (and very political) “Surface(s)” show at HG Contemporary, which runs through September 5, to talk about what their art meant or tell us about the person behind each piece.

Art Center Color

Two exhibits open Sept. 15Art Center Color was first posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:55 am.

Art from the Forest

New exhibit to open at Buster LeviArt from the Forest was first posted on September 4, 2018 at 9:31 am.

Art Meets Politics at PechaKucha Vol. 31

PechaKucha San Antonio Vol. 31 featured six speakers, each allotted six minutes and 40 seconds to talk. The post Art Meets Politics at PechaKucha Vol. 31 appeared first on Rivard Report.

Art Meets Politics at PechaKucha Vol. 31

PechaKucha San Antonio Vol. 31 featured six speakers, each allotted six minutes and 40 seconds to talk. The post Art Meets Politics at PechaKucha Vol. 31 appeared first on Rivard Report.

Art Shanty Projects’ predicament; a brilliant start to SPCO season

An email with “A message from …” subject header is rarely good news. That was the case with yesterday's email from Art Shanty Projects. It began brightly enough with facts about the 2018 on-ice program on Lake Harriet: a record-setting 40,000 visitors, more than double the previous high. Art Shanty Projects' first year in the city after several years in White Bear Lake (and before then, Medicine Lake) was “successful beyond our wildest expectations.”
And then:
Recently, the Board learned that Art Shanty Projects was unable to secure the major grant funding needed to cover a significant portion of our expenses for the 2019 program, contributing to a shortfall in excess of $85,000. As a result of this situation, our Board is currently grappling with difficult decisions regarding the future of the program.

Artist Offers Last Chance To See

Artist Gar Waterman's new exhibit at Kehler-Liddell Gallery in Westville, “Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine,” begins with a wry advisory warning.

Artist’s Cup Runneth Over

New Haveners sipped booze and soda out of iconic anthora cups while appreciating the art of Michael Angelis at a pop-up show at 169 East St., the studio where he collaborated with Lunch Money Print to host his latest exhibit, “Disposable Aesthetics.”The show gained popularity after his anthora cup print sold out in preorders.

As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next

The Denver Preschool Program, most well-known for providing millions of dollars to help the families of 4-year-olds pay for preschool, is expanding its scope. Starting this month, the nonprofit will put a share of its funding from a citywide sales tax toward improving preschool classrooms for 3-year-olds — something it has long done in 4-year-old classrooms. Those improvements could take the form of teacher training or coaching, teacher scholarships for educational programs, or new blocks and playground equipment. The $700,000 initiative pales in comparison to the $15 million that the Denver Preschool Program will spend on tuition assistance for the city's 4-year-olds this year. Still, it's another sign of growing recognition that investments in younger children help amplify the benefits of widespread and politically popular 4-year-old prekindergarten programs.
The push to serve more 3-year-olds can be seen around the state and nation. Colorado's two largest school districts — Denver and Jeffco — both plan to add new preschool seats for 3-year-olds if tax measures for education pass in November.

As a great man is remembered, events continue to unfold

Connecticut, like the rest of the nation, spent the last week remembering the life of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz.,who will be buried today. With one notable exception, Republicans and Democrats alike took part in the public remembrance ceremonies – perhaps for slightly different reasons – and former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, McCain's “amigo,” […]

As a Memphis school board member, Dorse-Coleman wants to use her grass-roots skills, and be ‘approachable’

When Joyce Dorse-Coleman learned that Shelby County Schools planned in 2017 to close Dunbar Elementary, the school that her seven children attended and several of her grandchildren were attending, she and others sprang into action to keep it from shutting down. Their advocacy was successful, but throughout the process Dorse-Coleman said community members and school personnel she spoke with felt disconnected from the Memphis district's central office and school board. PHOTO: Laura Faith KebedeJoyce Dorse-Coleman
“That kind of sealed it for me (to run for school board),” said Dorse-Coleman, 53, who is retired from pediatrics. “I put my hat into the ring so people would know that they had somebody to support them. Somebody that was there.

As an advocate, I want District 15’s school integration plan to move forward. As a dad, I want it no less.

This spring, my part of Brooklyn quietly developed one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful school-integration plans we have seen in New York City. The new plan would mean that District 15 middle schools no longer screen for admission, a policy that has long excluded low-income, black, and Latino students from sought-after schools. Underserved students would receive admissions priority to facilitate their representation across all schools. The plan also offers recommendations meant to ensure that all of the district's middle schools receive the resources and support they need. New York Appleseed, the nonprofit organization where I work, was honored to serve in an advisory role during the public-engagement process.

As Bali reclamation project dies, activists seek conservation status

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Hundreds of people in Bali are celebrating a key victory against a multi-billion-dollar land reclamation project that would have destroyed vast swaths of mangroves on the resort island. Aug. 25 marked four years since PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional (TWBI), a property development unit of Indonesian tycoon Tomy Winata's Artha Graha conglomerate, was granted a concession to develop Benoa Bay, home to a mangrove forest. Its permit allowed it to build artificial islands for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, spanning a total of 700 hectares (1,730 acres). Under Indonesian law, however, if a permit is not renewed after four years, it is automatically cancelled.

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 Election Day Approaches, the Race Is on to Register Voters

Between 2013 and 2014, Bexar County had 1,758 volunteer deputy registrars. Between 2017 and 2018 — which isn't over yet — the number increased to 2,143. The post As Election Day Approaches, the Race Is on to Register Voters appeared first on Rivard Report.

As former colleagues pay tribute, Lieberman mourns John McCain privately

WASHINGTON – As colleagues and friends gave emotional tributes to John McCain this week, former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, has chosen instead to mourn his “amigo” more privately. Lieberman will speak at the memorial service for McCain in Washington on Saturday, but has declined to speak to the press about his friend and former Senate ally.

As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist

In a brightly decorated Memphis classroom with student work taped all over the walls, 26 second-graders sit attentive on a blue-colored carpet. They are tracking every word their lead teacher Kaneshia Vaughn says. “Turn and talk with your partner,” Vaughn tells the kids. Excited voices fill the room. “Coming back in five, you turning towards me in four, hands in slant in three, tracking Ms. Vaughn in two,” Vaughn counts down.

As grizzly hunt nears, all eyes on Montana court

As conservationists await a court date that could stall a proposed Sept. 1 Wyoming grizzly bear hunt, potential shooters last week took a mandatory two-hour grizzly bear ecology class that included instructions on how to make a clean kill. Judge Dana Christensen is scheduled to hear arguments in six consolidated lawsuits in the federal district court in Missoula, Montana on Thursday. The “comprehensive hearing” could halt Wyoming's hunt that's scheduled to begin on Saturday, one of the plaintiffs, Robert Aland, said in an email. “I understand that a packed courtroom is expected…” wrote Aland, a grizzly activist, attorney and resident of Chicago and Jackson Hole.

As Hurricane Florence bears down on East Coast, Texas faces flooding from Gulf Coast disturbance

A wide swath of Texas could experience flooding from a Gulf Coast disturbance this weekend. National Weather Service
Hurricane Florence is smashing the East Coast with near 100-mph sustained winds and storm surges on the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina. But as everybody looks east, Texans should also look south. Heavy rainfall, floods and gusty winds are expected across portions of Texas on Friday and Saturday thanks to an atmospheric event in the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical disturbance is located 150 to 200 miles southeast of Texas and could become a tropical depression "before the system moves inland," the National Weather Service said late Thursday.

As Illinois tackles teacher shortage, research points to loan forgiveness

Like many states, Illinois is facing a teacher shortage. The Illinois State Board of Education estimates more than 2,000 positions remained vacant during the 2016-17 school year, including teaching, administrative and support staff. Earlier this month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a slew of legislation intended to alleviate the state's teacher shortage. But some teachers and union leaders doubt the measures are enough.

As India’s Ganges runs out of water, a potential food shortage looms

Millions of people living in the lower reaches of the Ganges basin in India may face food shortages in the next three decades if the iconic river continues to lose water due to factors including unsustainable groundwater extraction, according to a new study. The low river flows could also have implications for achieving United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, the researchers say in the study published in Scientific Reports. The study, which analyzed the section of the Ganges (known locally as the Ganga) that runs between the city of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh and the Bay of Bengal, forecasts that in the absence of interventions, groundwater contribution to the river's water flow will continue to diminish in the summer for the next 30 years. “The impacts of groundwater depletion on Ganga river flows are very complex,” study co-author Yoshihide Wada, deputy director of the WAT water program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, told Mongabay-India. “However, our study found that there is significant concern that ongoing groundwater pumping over the basin is unsustainable, leading to not only lowering groundwater levels but also reduction in river flows during summer time.” The problem is more serious downstream of the Ganges, Wada said.

As Intolerance Grows, Targeted Religious Groups Join Forces

NEW YORK — “If you attack one of us, you attack all of us.”
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the New York-based Union for Reform Judaism, wasn't just speaking for Jewish people. As religious hate crimes rise in America, faith groups across the country have come together to protect themselves and help others who have been been attacked for their religion. This report is part of a project produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. In Philadelphia, after vandals toppled and desecrated at least 275 headstones at the historic Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery in February 2017, hundreds of volunteers, including members of other faiths, helped with the cleanup, according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In Victoria, Texas, after an arsonist destroyed the Victoria Islamic Center in January 2017, members of the Jewish community in the city of 60,000 offered the keys to their temple and Christian churches offered spaces so Muslims could worship until the mosque was rebuilt.
In Tennessee, after the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was spray-painted with anti-Islamic slurs and defaced with bacon in July 2017, hundreds from the community provided cleaning supplies and donations to the cleanup area, said Saleh Sbenaty, a member of the center's board of trustees.

As Months Pass in Chicago Shelters, Immigrant Children Contemplate Escape, Even Suicide

by Melissa Sanchez, Duaa Eldeib and Jodi S. Cohen
One 16-year-old from Guatemala said he wanted to “quitarme la vida,” or “take my life away,” as he waited to be released from a Chicago shelter for immigrant children. He was kept there for at least 584 days. A 17-year-old from Guinea went on a hunger strike, telling staff members he refused to eat until he saw evidence they were trying to find him a home. He was released nearly nine months after he entered a shelter. And a 10-month-old boy, forcibly separated from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, was bitten repeatedly by an older child and later hospitalized after falling from a highchair.

As Planet Warms, Advocates Urge U.S. To Set Rules To Protect Workers From Heat

Two years ago, James Klenk of Freehold, N.J. suffered a heat stroke and went into renal failure after several days sorting and unloading heavy boxes in the back of a UPS truck. He had been a driver for UPS for 14 years and almost died that day. Klenk is one of countless workers across the country enduring symptoms of heat stress. High temperatures can pose health threats on a daily basis, including confusion, fatigue, and dehydration. More extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and organ failure, depending on a worker's environment and how quickly treatment is administered.

As seen on TV: Attack on McSally ‘age tax’ falsely gets the story right

What McSally voted for in repealing parts of Obamacare was to let private insurance companies charge seniors more for health insurance. It's not a tax. but it does illustrate how the conservative plan is for you to pay more for care, if possibly less for insurance.

As solicitor general, Kyle Hawkins will lead Texas fights against the federal government

Kyle Hawkins, Texas' new solicitor general, at his Austin office on September 14, 2018. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune
A top position in the Texas attorney general's office changed hands this month, and with it went a row of bobbleheads. Sitting on the north windowsill in state solicitor general's office is a small army of conservative “jurists of the year,” named by the Texas Review of Law & Politics. The group includes some all stars: Clarence Thomas, considered one of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices; Leonard Leo, the mastermind behind President Donald Trump's transformation of the federal appeals courts; and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the hardline Texas Republican who occupied this office a decade ago. Their new owner is Kyle Hawkins, who was promoted last week from assistant solicitor general to the corner office.

As Teacher Shortage Nears Crisis, Other States May Offer Remedies

The latest counts of emergency certified teachers in Oklahoma capture a stubborn reality: Classrooms across the state are being staffed by a teacher who isn't fully trained or prepared. In just three months, state officials have already given emergency certification to 2,153 teachers who haven't obtained certificates in the subject they will teach –surpassing the record from all of last school year. Some are certified to teach another subject area, but many have no classroom experience or training at all. Some examples from the 2018-19 school year are a candidate with a bachelor's degree in leisure studies applying to teach early childhood education, and another with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice degree who applied to teach physical education. “We have warned for the past three years of this coming crisis,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister recently.

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

In partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy, Chalkbeat is hosting another teacher story slam this fall featuring educators from across the city. Over the past couple of years, Chalkbeat has brought readers personal stories from teachers and students through the events. Some of our favorites touched on how a teacher won the trust of her most skeptical student, why another teacher decided to come out to his students, and one educator's call to ramp up the number of students pursuing a college education. The event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, is free and open to the public — please RSVP here.

As the heat rises, solar drives New England grid savings

News Release — SunCommon
Aug. 28, 2018
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SunCommon report shows 14% reduction in energy costs during heat wave
A third-party analysis, released today by SunCommon, demonstrates how the solar energy produced by a relatively small number of homes and businesses benefits all electric ratepayers. Wholesale costs were decreased by 14%, or $20 million dollars, when temperatures soared across New England in the July heat wave. The report cites as much as $4.8 million in savings on just one day of the July heatwave, as solar systems across the region helped meet its elevated energy needs. The current heat wave could drive even higher electric demand that will be similarly tempered by the region's solar power.

As Trump announces Mexico trade deal, McCaskill continues to sound alarm on tariffs

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her criticism of President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, which she says could do lasting economic damage to Missouri's agriculture and manufacturing economies. At a meeting Monday in St. Louis, the Democratic senator heard from companies and agricultural-commodity groups affected by the tariffs as Trump announced a trade deal with Mexico.

As turtles go, so go their ecosystems

Turtles were once a tough group of animals. Sea turtles survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. But the modern descendants of this ancient group are struggling to survive. Turtles are in fact among the most threatened of the major groups of vertebrates in the world, a new study says, perhaps even more so than birds, mammals, fish or amphibians. Of the 356 species of turtles recognized today, about 61 percent are either threatened or have become extinct in modern times.

Asbestos concerns arise at the Federal Election Commission

Several Federal Election Commission employees are concerned they may have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos — a known carcinogen and lung irritant — while working at the agency's downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters during the mid-1990s. A recent asbestos remediation notice taped to the entrance of the FEC's former headquarters, which the agency vacated in March and is now under renovation, prompted alarmed employees to contact the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents some FEC workers. Union officials said several employees recalled extensive interior work at the old FEC headquarters during the 1990s, and they're worried asbestos could have then been released into the air. “FEC employees and retirees are understandably anxious and deserve a complete accounting of any asbestos-related work that was done during the time the agency was leasing the facility,” National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon told the Center for Public Integrity. “Workplace safety is of utmost importance to NTEU and the employees we represent, and we intend to help them get answers to their questions and concerns.”

FEC officials said last week they were unaware of asbestos-related concerns related to the agency's former headquarters at 999 E. St.

Así se construyó la base de datos más grande del conflicto colombiano

Andrés Suárez, sociólogo, explica los retos de construir el Observatorio de Memoria y Conflicto. Foto: Ginna Morelo. Durante 5 años unas 100 personas participaron de la revisión y procesamiento de 10.236 bases de datos de 592 fuentes de información y documentaron 353.531 hechos para investigar la guerra colombiana. El resultado puede resumirse en otro número escandaloso: 262.197 víctimas fatales en 60 años. Pero es mucho más que eso, es la revisión de historias individuales certificadas una a una para aportar una dimensión más completa de la memoria y del conflicto del país.

Ask Curious Louis: What’s going on with McKee and St. Louis?

After years of legal fights, millions of dollars in tax credits and little to show for it, St. Louis is trying to sever its decade-long relationship with developer Paul McKee over revitalizing neighborhoods in north city — a task made more complicated by spotty oversight and accountability monitoring. Our reporters are scouring documents, interviewing residents and questioning city officials to track what's happening with McKee's properties. Help inform our reporting: What do you want to know about developer Paul McKee and his troubled relationship with St. Louis?

Assad will probably resort to using chemical weapons again soon. How will the U.S. respond?

Sometime in the near future, the U.S. government is likely to find itself debating another series of airstrikes to punish Syria for using chemical weapons, knowing full well they would accomplish little. If the past is any indication, Washington would then return to spluttering outrage from the sidelines as another humanitarian disaster reaches its climax. The name Idlib may be vaguely familiar, but you'll be hearing much more about it. The last big battle of the Syrian civil war is building there. The outcome already seems certain: The Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, will slowly crush this last major rebel enclave.

Assembly Members Want Scrutiny of Pipeline

Ask feds to do more to investigate riskAssembly Members Want Scrutiny of Pipeline was first posted on September 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm.

Assessing the River

Plan sets goals for 2050Assessing the River was first posted on August 29, 2018 at 11:29 am.

Associated Press: Judge wants new look at prison conditions before ruling

Earlier this year, Mississippi Today reported on the trial start in a lawsuit over conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility – a privately run prison. The lawsuit alleges that the Mississippi Department of Corrections “has deliberately ignored or failed to remediate the life-threatening conditions that persist” at the prison, which is operated by a Centerville, Utah-based company — Management & Training Corp., Mississippi Today reported. The Associated Press is now reporting that the federal judge overseeing the trial on Friday ordered that the prison be re-examined. According to the AP report, U.S. District Judge William Barbour wants experts from both sides to see whether conditions have improved. He ordered reports filed by December, with a possible hearing in January.

At 103, George Alsberg One Of Hurricane Florence’s Oldest Evacuees

By Taylor Knopf
George Alsberg of Wilmington is probably one of the oldest Hurricane Florence evacuees at 103 years old. He and more than 1,000 others evacuated from coastal areas to Wake County this week. The county has six shelters open right now, a list of which can be found online here. A statewide list of storm evacuation shelters can be found here. “I think I'm the oldest person here by quite a few years,” George said.

At a Texas State town hall, college enthusiasm for O’Rourke was on display

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to college students at a town hall event in San Marcos on Sept. 9, 2018
Holly He/The Texas Tribune
SAN MARCOS — Sunday was a day of college visits for U.S. Rep Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, as he spoke to packed town halls of university students here and in College Station. “It's young people who are leading the charge right now in Texas, here in this community, and across the country,” the El Paso congressman told hundreds at an auditorium at Texas State University. “If I hope to serve and represent you, I've got to first show up and be here.”
Students had lined up two hours ahead of time to see O'Rourke take the stage, as others peeked inside the auditorium for a glimpse. Wearing a maroon Texas State cap, O'Rourke told the crowd to have “uncomfortable conversations with your Republican mother,” just as O'Rourke did with his own mom.

At Hearing for Bronx Trash Hauler, More Questions About Safety and Oversight

by Kiera Feldman
Given the exhausting nature of commercial driving, federal authorities have basic safety protocols to protect workers and the public. The law limits drivers' hours and requires adequate time off between grueling shifts behind the wheel. Sanitation Salvage, a troubled Bronx trash hauler suspended last month by city authorities for posing an imminent danger to the public, appears not to have had much regard for those safety regulations. New York State Department of Transportation investigators found that on nearly 300 occasions between June and August of this year Sanitation Salvage drivers had been sent back out to work despite having been on duty for 70 or more hours over the prior eight days. Get ProPublica's Top Stories by Email

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On 129 occasions, the investigators determined, Sanitation Salvage drivers, fresh off shifts of 14 hours or more, were back behind the wheel despite failing to take 10 hours off as required by regulations.

At Housing Summit, Community Members Talk Affordability, Gentrification

Around 70 people attended a community meeting to help the City figure out how to spend $1 million allocated toward addressing displacement. The post At Housing Summit, Community Members Talk Affordability, Gentrification appeared first on Rivard Report.

At Least Four Dead in Shooting at FL Videogame Tournament

A gunman opened fire Sunday during an online videogame tournament that was being livestreamed from a Jacksonville, Fl., mall, killing at least four people and sending many others to hospitals, the Associated Press reports. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office did not immediately confirm the numbers of casualties at the Jacksonville Landing, a collection of restaurants and shops along the St. Johns River. A source said the gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sheriff Mike Williams said authorities had yet to identify the suspect who attacked the video football tournament, which was held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria.

At Long Wharf, Addiction, Shootings, & Trip To Uganda

A handful of people in a scrappy Alcoholics Anonymous group, struggling to get sober and help everyone else stay sober, one day at a time. Two cops in Cleveland, and what happens when one of them pulls the trigger. A family in Uganda, each person in it just trying to make their way.

At the Pow Wow (Photos)

Remembering Daniel Nimham at annual eventAt the Pow Wow (Photos) was first posted on August 26, 2018 at 10:11 pm.

AT&T: San Antonio To Get 5G Wireless Technology This Year

AT&T mobile customers in San Antonio are set to get 5G capabilities, the latest generation in wireless technology, the company announced Monday. The post AT&T: San Antonio To Get 5G Wireless Technology This Year appeared first on Rivard Report.

Atrocity Crimes Are Being Committed by All Warring Parties in Yemen: UN Experts Report

A Médecins Sans Frontières cholera treatment center opened in Abs town, northern Yemen, in July 2017. The disease is a fallout from the three-year war in the country, as humanitarian aid deliveries and general services have collapsed in many places. GONZALO MARTINEZ/MSF
The numerous parties to the war in Yemen, which began in 2015, have perpetrated and continue to commit violations of international law by indiscriminately murdering civilians, blocking humanitarian-aid deliveries, arbitrarily detaining people and possibly torturing those imprisoned, recruiting child soldiers and raping women and men, according to a new report by a United Nations panel of experts. The findings by the experts are damning for everyone fighting in the conflict inside the poorest, weakest country in the Middle East: the Yemeni government, which is exiled in Saudi Arabia; the Saudis and United Arab Emirates, which lead the coalition bombing parts of the country; and the Houthi rebels, which the United States and Israel claim are aided and abetted by Iran. The only clear winners appear to be the defense industries in Britain, the US and elsewhere, including American companies like Raytheon and General Dynamics, by selling a range of lucrative weapons to the Saudi coalition.

Attorney General Donovan announces start of food drive

News Release — Attorney General T.J. Donovan
Sept. 10, 2018
(802) 828-3171
MONTPELIER – Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the start of the 2nd Annual “Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive,” a collaboration between the Office of the Attorney General, the Vermont Bar Association, and the Vermont Foodbank. The Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive will run from September 10th through 21st. September is designated National Hunger Action Month by the Vermont Foodbank. Twenty-four Vermont law firms and offices have signed up in advance to participate in the event.

Attorney General Donovan announces task force for St. Joseph’s investigation

News Release — Office of the Attorney General
Sept. 11, 2018
Charity R. Clark
BURLINGTON – Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Mayor Miro Weinberger, Chief of the Burlington Police Department Brandon Del Pozo, Colonel Matt Birmingham of the Vermont State Police, and others announced the creation of a task force to investigate allegations surrounding St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington. The allegations include murder, for which there is no statute of limitations, as well as abuse and sexual abuse.

Attorney senses a police coverup is afoot

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Steve Cohen, a civil rights attorney retained by the family of Rafael “Pito” Rivera, shot dead by police Wednesday, told Investigative Post he suspects Buffalo police are engaging in a cover up. Cohen, in an exclusive interview with Investigative Post, said police have been uncooperative, to the point of refusing to allow the Rivera family to view the body or provide basic information about the fatal encounter. Police, he said, are typically quick to share information in the case of justifiable shootings. “When the police refuse to interact with the family, refuse to interact with the family's attorney, refuse to answer questions, refuse to to show evidence, that suggests a cover up,” Cohen said. “The family was not allowed to view the body,” a refusal that Cohen characterized as “very unusual,” in part because the family has a legal right to do so.

Attorney: Video shows “bad shoot” by police

Posted in NewsRafael “Pito” Rivera was running from police and posed no threat to officers when one of them shot him several times in the back, the attorney representing Rivera's family has told Investigative Post. Steve Cohen made his claim of a “bad shoot” based on a video taken from a surveillance camera that captured the shooting at 454 Plymouth Ave., on the city's lower West Side. Cohen said he viewed the video early Friday evening with the family. “There could be no interpretation of that video that [concludes] Mr. Rivera was pointing a gun at the police when he was shot,” Cohen said. “There could be no interpretation of that video [that concludes] at the time Pito was shot and killed that he posed any danger to the police.”
Rivera, 32, was shot about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday during an interaction with Buffalo police.

Audio: A Closer Look at the LLC Loophole

Adi Talwar11 West 42nd Street, origin of $500,000-plus in LLC giving since 2015. Jarrett Murphy, executive editor and author of City Limits' recent investigation of two decades of campaign giving by limited liability companies, joined Susan Arbetter on WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom on Wednesday to discuss where the money has gone, where it has come from and the prospects for reform.

Audio: How the social sciences can help conservationists save the planet

On this episode, we take a look at how the social sciences can boost conservation efforts. Listen here: Our guest is Diogo Verissimo, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Oxford in the UK and the Institute for Conservation Research at the US-based San Diego Zoo Global. Verissimo designs and evaluates programs that aim to change human behavior as a means of combating the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Verissimo is one of the leading researchers focused on adapting marketing principles and theory for conservation. Mongabay previously spoke with him about his Lost & Found project, which aims to tell the stories of species once thought to have gone extinct and the dedicated researchers who tracked them down and “re-discovered” those species in the wild.

Audio: The ‘Godfather of Biodiversity’ on why it’s time to manage Earth as a system

On this episode we welcome the godfather of biodiversity, Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, to discuss some of the most important environmental issues we're currently facing and why he believes the next decade will be the “last decade of real opportunity” to address those issues. Listen here: Thomas Lovejoy is a conservation biologist, professor, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Sustainability at George Mason University, and a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. He's got a long history with the Amazon, having first encountered the rainforest as an undergrad at Yale in the 1960s. In the late 1970s, he helped launch the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), one of the longest-running landscape experiments in the Brazilian Amazon, designed to examine the consequences of fragmentation on the integrity of tropical forests and the biodiversity they harbor. He introduced the term “biological diversity” in a book in 1980 and his work ever since has helped establish the preservation of global biodiversity as one of the most important conservation issues of our time.

Audio: The LLC Loophole, Explained

Adi TalwarAmong the top points of origin for LLC donations in the state is 420 Lexington Ave., from where more than half a million in donations has flowed since 2015. Executive editor Jarrett Murphy joined WNYC's All Things Considered on Friday to discuss the joint City Limits/Investigative Fund investigation of the limited liability company loophole that permits business interests to donate massive sums to candidates for state office.

Audio: Wild Weekend Ahead of the September 13 Primary

Office of the GovernorThe ceremony to open the new span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge whose actual opening was delayed in light of safety concerns. A new poll out Monday shows Gov. Cuomo with a commanding lead over Cynthia Nixon in Thursday's Democratic primary for governor. But Nixon points out that survey was done before the weekend, where we learned that the Cuomo campaign had sent flyer implying that Nixon was soft on anti-Semitism and that the new Mario Cuomo Bridge span the governor opened was quickly closed because of safety concerns. All that and more was on the table when City Limits executive editor Jarrett Murphy and Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max—co-hosts of the Max & Murphy Show on WBAI—joined fill-in host Juan Manuel Benitez on the Brian Lehrer Show. Listen below:
And don't forget to text “choice” to 646-916-3930 so we can learn more about how you are approaching your choices this election season.

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.

Auditors Flag Troubling Water Department Hiring Practices

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City workers may have helped their friends and family get jobs in the city's troubled water department, according to two recent investigations. But instead of immediately addressing the allegations when they were made over two years ago, the water department simply stopped hiring some new workers. This previously undisclosed hiring freeze may have contributed to poor customer service in the understaffed department. Auditors began looking into nepotism at the department after a tip came into the city's fraud hotline. An anonymous tip alleged water department staff were rigging the hiring process for low-level laborers.

Audubon Vermont announces new executive director

News Release — Audubon Vermont
Sept. 12, 2018
HUNTINGTON, Vt. (September 12, 2018) – Today, the National Audubon Society and Audubon Vermont announced the appointment of David Mears as Executive Director of Audubon Vermont and Vice President of the National Audubon Society. David comes to Audubon from Vermont Law School, where he most recently served as the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs.
“The work of protecting our wild places, from our mountains to our rivers, while ensuring the continued ecological health and vitality of our working forests and fields has never been more important, for birds and all species, including humans,” said Mears. “I am excited to join the talented team of scientists, educators and advocates at Audubon Vermont and honored to be part of the National Audubon Society network of organizations committed to this mission.”
As head of Audubon Vermont, Mears will oversee conservation strategies focused on climate, working lands, water, endangered species, and bird-friendly communities.

Augsburg professor facing deportation granted emergency stay of removal

At MPR, Riham Feshir reports, “Just in time for the start of the semester, an Augsburg professor will be able to teach African-American literature and postcolonial fiction, now that he's been granted temporary relief from deportation back to Kenya. Mzenga Wanyama, 60, has been working at Augsburg for the past 13 years. He's been living in the United States since 1991. Wanyama moved from Kenya on a student visa. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Minnesota.

August Jobs Report: Economy Adds 201,000 Jobs; 3.9 Percent Unemployment

The U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department said on Friday, continuing its nearly eight-year streak of monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at a very low 3.9 percent. The jobs data topped economists' estimates: Bloomberg had put the median projected gain at 191,000 jobs, while the MarketWatch median forecast stood at 200,000. Wage growth — and more specifically the lack of vigorous pay raises — continued to be an issue in the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics , with average hourly earnings nudging slightly upward to 2.9 percent annual growth from July's 2.7 percent. The average hourly pay for employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 10 cents, to $27.16.

Aurora is rolling out new curriculum to catch up with how teachers teach writing

After fourth-graders at Aurora's Peoria Elementary read “Tiger Rising” as a group last week, several excitedly shot up their hands to explain the connections they had made. “It's not just a wood carving, it represents their relationship,” one student said about an object in the book. Others talked about another symbol, the lead character's suitcase, while one student wondered about the meaning of the story's title. Nick Larson's class rushed back to their desks, excited about what they had learned and ready to look for symbols in their own books during independent reading time. As they read, students filled their books, including the “Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye,” “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “Super Sasquatch Showdown,” with sticky notes about what they were noticing in the text.

Aurora school introduces out-of-the-box redesign with more electives, more teacher collaboration

With new offerings of elective classes, a full day every week for teachers to train and plan together, and lots of positive feedback already, school leaders at Aurora Hills Middle School are optimistic about their school redesign. Officials want it to be a win-win-win solution for the struggling school. When the principal at Aurora Hills Middle School reviewed teacher surveys in the past, one thing stood out: Teachers were unhappy about their schedule. Although it's not uncommon for teachers to lament a lack of time for planning or teaching, an audit of Aurora Hills last year showed its teachers had a higher course load than in other district schools, higher-than-average class sizes, and less instructional time. So, Principal Marcella Garcia jumped at the idea of working with consultant School by Design to redesign her school's schedule.

Authorities Can Now Deny Visa and Green Card Applications Without Giving Applicants a Chance to Fix Errors

Kavitha Surana
As President Donald Trump wages a vocal battle against illegal immigration, his administration has been working more quietly to cut down on legal pathways to immigrate to the U.S.

On Tuesday, a new policy kicks in, allowing officers with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to outright deny any visa or green card application that is missing evidence or contains an error. Around 7 million people apply every year. Previously, officers were required by an Obama-era policy to send notices, giving applicants a chance to correct such problems instead of closing the process. Officers can still choose to do so, but they can also opt to skip that step if the application is deemed frivolous. Without the notices, applicants won't have the opportunity to intervene before a decision is made, potentially adding months or years of extra paperwork and thousands of dollars in fees to the already lengthy process.

Authorities: Stowe pilot’s death in glider crash ‘instant’

Donald Post, seen here in a 2017 photo piloting a glider, was the owner of Stowe Soaring. He was killed in a glider crash Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. File photo by Caleigh Cross/Stowe Reporter
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Donald Post piloting a glider" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1295w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Donald Post, seen here in a 2017 photo piloting a glider, was the owner of Stowe Soaring. He was killed in a glider crash last week.

Baby & Dog

Not just a baby, not just a dog, but both ...Baby & Dog was first posted on September 15, 2018 at 11:01 am.

Baby and Dog

Not just a dog, not just a baby, but both ...Baby and Dog was first posted on August 25, 2018 at 10:30 am.

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.

Backcountry Developments in Limbo

The site of the Newland Sierra development near San Marcos. / Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle
Several major new housing developments are now in limbo because a judge found the County Board of Supervisors has been relying on a legally dubious plan to ensure new developments don't contribute to global warming. Over the past nine years, the County Board of Supervisors has repeatedly signed off on “climate action plans” that courts have found weak and inadequate. Under state law, the county is supposed to be working to curb the release of greenhouse gases. In its latest plan, though, the county allows developers to pollute more, if they plan to offset that pollution by planting trees or otherwise reducing pollution in other areas.

Bacterial Pollution Makes San Antonio Creeks and Rivers Not Swimmable

Bacteria remains the largest single pollution problem in the San Antonio River basin, according to the San Antonio River Authority's most recent Clean Rivers Report. The post Bacterial Pollution Makes San Antonio Creeks and Rivers Not Swimmable appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bad Timing: Flood Website Downed by Server Issues as Heavy Rains Hit City

As heavy rains flooded roads across Bexar County early Tuesday, a critical flood information website remains unavailable because of problems at a Microsoft data center. The post Bad Timing: Flood Website Downed by Server Issues as Heavy Rains Hit City appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bakersfield, Ca., Shaken by This Week’s Mass Killing

Even by the grim standards of the place with the highest murder rate in California, the shooting spree that killed five this week after a domestic dispute has shaken the industrial community of Bakersfield, the New York Times reports. “We have a lot of homicides, up and down the Central Valley,” said Kern County sheriff Donny Youngblood. Calling the nation's epidemic of mass shootings “our new norm,” he said, “Now it's our turn.” Kern County authorities blame the increase in the murder rate on killings involving gangs and drugs. Part of the county is a border between two rival gang territories, said sheriff's Lt. Mark King. Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green said she had seen instances of domestic violence increase in recent years, as well as gang murders.

Ballot access is a step forward for Oz. Now, is there another?

Oz Griebel is on the ballot. It's time now to see if potential donors pay attention, if the invitations to debates and forums come and if lightning strikes — something happens that gives Griebel a moment that connects with disaffected voters. If there exists a third-party Zeitgeist in Connecticut in 2018, he has yet to find it

Bama 62, Rebs 7, but, boy, how about those first 11 seconds?

Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayAlabama's Tua Tagovailoa (13) gets around Ole Miss' defense. When he wasn't running, he was throwing. Final score: Alabama 62, Ole Miss 7. OXFORD — The first 11 seconds were glorious. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was packed.

Bama vs. Ole Miss: leis and hulas, anyone?

Associated PressOle Miss's Jordan Ta'amu, left, and Alabama's Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa were both recruited by former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. No. 1 ranked Alabama plays at Ole Miss Saturday. We're talking the school of Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Snake Stabler against the school of Chunkin' Charlie Conerly, Jake Gibbs and Archie Manning. Only this time, it's Alabama's Tuanigamanuolepola “Tua” Tagovailoa against Ole Miss's Jordan Ta'amu.

Bandits raid village near Madagascar park, killing conservation worker

Armed bandits attacked a village on the edge of Ranomafana National Park in southeastern Madagascar in late July. They robbed residents and killed an employee of the Centre ValBio (CVB) research institute, Jean François Xavier Razafindraibe, a 40-year-old father of two. The incident is part of a growing pattern of banditry, both in the Ranomafana area and across Madagascar, where instability has increased in the run up to presidential elections scheduled for later this year. Many conservationists and tourism operators in the country are frustrated that the government has not maintained law and order and has failed to root out corruption in the ranks of the police and gendarmerie. “My heart goes out to the people of Ambatolahy,” Patricia Wright, CVB's founder, wrote in an email to the institute's supporters immediately following the incident.

Banned from texting students, educators are urged to be ‘warm and demanding’ to make connections

In 2006, Tim King opened the first Urban College Prep, a charter school for young black men in Englewood. Speaking to a group of educators, he recalled arriving at a student's house to drive him to college, only to see the young man walking out of the house with a trash bag. King, who now oversees three all-boys campuses, says he urged the student to hurry, mistakenly thinking he'd caught him trying to finish a chore. Instead, the trash bag contained the young man's clothes and belongings. King, who is black, said the moment made him check his own bias, recalling his startling realization as he contrasted his student with himself: “I took my things to college in a suitcase.”
Such anecdotes animated a day devoted to teaching educators about harnessing technology to personalize learning, in sessions offered Tuesday at the Leap InnovatEd Summit at the Hyatt McCormick Place.

Banner Day For Westville

The Whalley Avenue gateway to the heart of Westville just got a bit more eye-catching.

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.

Battle Lines

Primaries for Conservative, Women's Equality partiesBattle Lines was first posted on September 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm.

Bayview School Feeling Squeezed by New Charter

Malcolm X Academy sits atop one of the peaks that gives the Bayview district its name. It has commanding views of the Bay and downtown San Francisco. The front of the school is decorated with brightly colored murals of the school's namesake, maps of Africa and the motto of both the slain black leader and the school: “by any means necessary.”
That motto is being tested as the school and its 105 students — up from 90 last year — share space with 90 pre-kindergartners, kindergartners and first graders attending a new charter school in the same building, KIPP Bayview Elementary. Thirty-one years ago — when teacher Gina Bissell began working at Malcolm X, and the district still bused children to achieve racial balance — it had more than 400 students and was ethnically diverse. For the past seven years, its census has fluctuated between 90 and 120, according to former principal Elena Rosen, who left the school in June.

Beacon Gets Money for Sidewalks

Federal grant totals more than $170,000Beacon Gets Money for Sidewalks was first posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm.

Beacon Lions Benefit

Meal at OutbackBeacon Lions Benefit was first posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:57 am.

Beacon Man Accused of Possessing Child Porn

Arrested after investigators received tipsBeacon Man Accused of Possessing Child Porn was first posted on September 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm.

Beacon Man Charged with 2014 Murder

Allegedly killed woman in BrooklynBeacon Man Charged with 2014 Murder was first posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:45 am.

Beacon Man Commissioned

Completes Officer Candidate SchoolBeacon Man Commissioned was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 11:31 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Gussie Elmore, Grace Green, Elaine Henderson, Gordon VanBuren Jr.Beacon Obituaries was first posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:40 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Steven Diaz, Frank Eraca, Laura Exum, Iris Kano-WilsonBeacon Obituaries was first posted on September 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Vincent Lettieri, Evelyn Provnick, Joanne Sabatini, Dr. Barnet WinterBeacon Obituaries was first posted on September 9, 2018 at 5:52 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Sandra Ahlers, Gino Di Gregorio, Gerardo Gonzalez, Helen Rozner, Dr. Luis VillamonBeacon Obituaries was first posted on September 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Richard Begany, Sam DiTullo, Eileen Horan, Brian WadeBeacon Obituaries was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:18 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Mabel Corrado, Shirley Coyle, Edward HustedBeacon Obituaries was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:30 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Ashley Morgan, Eileen Shea, Ramon VasquezBeacon Obituaries was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 12:27 am.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Aug. 3 to 16Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on August 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from Aug. 17 to 30Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on September 1, 2018 at 9:18 pm.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents form Aug. 31 to Sept. 13Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on September 20, 2018 at 10:20 pm.

Beacon Repeats as Book Battle Winner

Butterfield Library is secondBeacon Repeats as Book Battle Winner was first posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm.

Beacon Second Saturday

Exhibit openings and other events on Sept. 8Beacon Second Saturday was first posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:41 am.

Beacon Soccer Starts with Win

Will this be year girls make a playoff run?Beacon Soccer Starts with Win was first posted on September 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

Beacon Voting Sites Move

City also approves school at St. Luke'sBeacon Voting Sites Move was first posted on August 25, 2018 at 11:09 am.

Beaned & Booted

Five people got the boot at the new L.L. Bean store Tuesday. And they were glad about it.

Before Robert Duncan resigned, tensions simmered with Texas Tech regents for months

Robert Duncan answers questions during a House Higher Education Committee hearing in May 2016. Duncan stepped down as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System this week. Marjorie Kamys Cotera
A widely respected former state lawmaker, Robert Duncan, now has another “former” position to his name: As of Sept. 1, he's officially out as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Duncan abruptly announced on Aug.

Before Your Time: When bikes brought mobility to the masses

Members of the Queen City Bicycle Club cycle through Oakledge Park on their August ride. Photo by Joy Snow
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Oak Ledge bicyclists" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1376w, 1044w, 632w, 536w, 1280w, 1920w, 4032w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Members of the Queen City Bicycle Club cycle through Oakledge Park on their August ride. Photo by Joy SnowBefore Your Time is a podcast about Vermont history. Every episode, we go inside the stacks at the Vermont Historical Society to look at an object that tells us something unique about our state. Then, we take a closer look at the people, the events, and the ideas that surround each artifact.

Beginnings of beer in St. Louis were ‘much more than Anheuser-Busch’

The history of the beer industry in St. Louis is a winding one that goes back generations. Brewers named Lemp, Anheuser, Busch and Griesedieck played an important role on the local and national beer scenes. While Anheuser-Busch is now a multinational company that's no longer locally owned, the legacy of the beer that has its roots in St. Louis remains strong.

Behind the Scenes

Festival director to discuss filming of ‘Hello, Dolly!'Behind the Scenes was first posted on September 14, 2018 at 8:27 pm.

Bellows Falls man faces 99 charges in burglary spree

Travis Despain faces a slew of charges in an alleged burglary spree to fund his drug habit. Vermont State Police photo
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Travis Despain" width="610" height="813" srcset=" 610w, 94w, 225w, 768w, 1122w, 840w, 687w, 414w, 354w, 1125w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Travis Despain faces a slew of charges in an alleged burglary spree to fund his drug habit. Vermont State Police photoEditor's note: This story by Susan Smallheer was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 7. BELLOWS FALLS — A Bellows Falls man was arrested and charged with 99 crimes stemming from a burglary spree in the Londonderry area that spanned two years.Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Below the Surface of ICE: The Corporations Profiting From Immigrant Detention

About 60 members of ICE Out of LA faced off with a handful of Trump supporters outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters July 23. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) abolitionist group was there to confront County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, accused of transferring immigrants into federal custody. The Trump fans were there to troll. “We tell McDonnell to stop siding with people who promote hate in our community,” one young Latino protester shouted through a bullhorn. “He can abolish ICE here.” It was everything you'd expect from a political demonstration focused squarely, if optimistically, on changing the mind of a single policymaker.

Ben Barnes under consideration for higher-education post

Ben Barnes, who has overseen Connecticut's budget as the secretary of policy and management from the first days of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration, is on a short list of candidates interviewed for the vacant post of chief financial officer at the state's system of community colleges and regional state universities.

Ben Carson, Aretha Franklin will be part of lengthy public debates as Detroit board approves new renaming policy

Months after Ben Carson's name became a hot-button issue in Detroit, the city school board approved a policy Tuesday that moves Carson's critics one step closer to removing the Trump cabinet member's name from a district school. But the name changes might not be limited to Dr. Benjamin Carson High School for Science and Medicine. “Several buildings want to take part” in the renaming process, said Iris Taylor, board president, at a board meeting Tuesday. She added that district staff will have to decide which school names to consider first because “there are several steps in the process that are going to be time-consuming and resource consuming.”
Under the new policy, a school can be renamed after six public meetings and two votes by the school board, meaning it would be months before any changes take place. Which school is first up?