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‘Atomic Homefront’ documentary explores the citizen activist movement around atomic waste

On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh discussed the documentary " Atomic Homefront ," which focuses on the work of the citizen activists that live in the areas in St. Louis County affected by atomic waste that was buried after testing for The Manhattan Project and their efforts to get remediation. Rebecca Cammisa, the film's director, joined the program to discuss the making of the documentary. The documentary is part of the St.

‘Backhauling’ pilot project: Expanding Greater Minnesota farmers’ ability to sell produce

Challenges facing rural Minnesota are reflected on many of our Main Streets. The brunt of shifting farm policies, demographic changes and declining commodity prices — to name a few — is shouldered in small towns.Kathryn DraegerA pilot program of the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) offers hope. At its core is a concept called “backhauling,” which, if successful, will benefit small- and medium-sized farm producers and strengthen rural grocery stores, the anchor businesses in many small towns.When you think about it, turning small-town groceries into local food hubs makes sense. Wholesale food suppliers' truck drivers deliver fresh and processed food and dry goods to rural grocery stores throughout the state on a weekly basis. The trucks, then, return to the distribution center empty.Our project connects local growers with rural grocery stores as a network of docking sites.

‘Buying time’ rather than things is associated with greater life satisfaction, study suggests

Susan Perry

Money may be able to buy you happiness if you 1) have enough discretionary income and 2) spend it to purchase some free time — such as by paying someone to do cleaning, cooking and other household chores.That's the interesting, but by no means definitive, finding of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 people in four developed countries, including the United States, and found that “buying time” — defined as paying others to do chores that you personally dislike — was associated with greater life satisfaction.“People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they're being lazy,” said Ashley Whillans, the study's lead author and a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, in a released statement. “But our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money.”In a small follow-up experiment, the researchers also found that people expressed higher level of happiness when they spend money on timesaving purchases rather than on material “things.” These findings come with all sorts of caveats, of course, but we'll get to those in a minute.A ‘time famine'As background information in the study notes, people living in developed countries — whether it be Germany, Korea or the United States — report greater time scarcity than did people in past generations, including those with higher incomes.The stress from that lack of time comes with a hefty health-related price tag: Research has linked it to lower well-being, including reduced happiness, increased anxiety and insomnia.Time stress also plays a critical role in the rising rates of obesity, because when people lack time, they often fail to eat healthful foods or exercise regularly.“In theory, rising incomes could offer a way out of the ‘time famine' of modern life, because wealth offers the opportunity to have more free time, such as by paying more to live closer to work,” write Whillans and her colleagues in the study. “However, some evidence suggests that wealthier people spend more time engaging in stressful activities, such as shopping and commuting.”Study detailsTo determine whether money could be used to buy time and, thus, happiness, an international team of researchers examined data collected through lengthy questionnaires filled out by almost 6,300 participants in four countries — the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark. The annual household income of the participants ranged from $30,000 to $1 million-plus. Some of the participants were recruited online, some from public places, such as train stations and public parks.

‘Cutting edge’ vs. ‘hideous’: The fight over the future of the Ford site is very St. Paul

Peter Callaghan

On the surface, you might think two organizations called “Neighbors for a Livable Saint Paul” and “Sustain Ward 3” would agree on a lot of things.They don't.“Neighbors for a Livable Saint Paul” was organized to oppose — pretty passionately, it turns out — a draft plan to guide the redevelopment of the 135-acre site along the Mississippi River where Ford once built cars and trucks in the city.Then there's “Sustain Ward 3.” While it may evolve into something broader, the group is currently pushing hard for acceptance of the draft plan for the Ford site, challenging the notion that everyone in the neighborhoods adjacent to the site is against it.Both were out in force last week when the St. Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on what is called the Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan. And while “Neighbors” and “Sustain” weren't the only ones who testified at the meeting, they provided most of the fireworks, reflecting both the hopes and fears involved in the ambitious effort to remake a sizable chunk of St. Paul.10 years of workThe current plan is the culmination of 10 years of work by the city of St. Paul, Ford, state environmental agencies and regional economic development groups.

‘Loud sound’ moments before Justine Damon shot by Minneapolis officer

Brian Lambert

The Star Tribune's Andy Mannix has the latest on Justine Damond's killing: “Police officers Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor eased their patrol vehicle into the alley of the quiet south Minneapolis neighborhood late Saturday, the squad's lights off as they responded to a report of a possible assault. Near the end of the alley, a 'loud sound' startled Harrity. A moment later, Justine Damond, the woman who had called 911, approached the driver's side of the squad car. Suddenly a surprise burst of gunfire blasted past Harrity as Noor fired through the squad's open window, striking Damond in the abdomen. … That rudimentary account of her death, released Tuesday … is based on an interview that Harrity … gave to BCA investigators..”An AP story looks at Australian reaction to the story. It ain't good.

‘Loud sound’ moments before Justine Damond shot by Minneapolis officer

Brian Lambert

The Star Tribune's Andy Mannix has the latest on Justine Damond's killing: “Police officers Matthew Harrity and Mohamed Noor eased their patrol vehicle into the alley of the quiet south Minneapolis neighborhood late Saturday, the squad's lights off as they responded to a report of a possible assault. Near the end of the alley, a 'loud sound' startled Harrity. A moment later, Justine Damond, the woman who had called 911, approached the driver's side of the squad car. Suddenly a surprise burst of gunfire blasted past Harrity as Noor fired through the squad's open window, striking Damond in the abdomen. … That rudimentary account of her death, released Tuesday … is based on an interview that Harrity … gave to BCA investigators..”An AP story looks at Australian reaction to the story. It ain't good.

‘Micro-thriller’ filmed at county historical park

Cheryl Isaacson, writer/director of "The Fetch," will show her micro-thriller as part of Summer Speaker Series at local museum

‘Watch your own kid’

Beth-Ann Bloom

A 5-year-old boy drowned at Woodbury's Carver Lake Park. There are no longer lifeguards at the beach, and although the Public Safety folks organized a human chain to find him and performed heroic resuscitative efforts, the little boy died at the trauma center.Media coverage of the July 8 event included an interview with Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt, who indicated that the withdrawal of lifeguards was at least partly a budget decision. I responded to the article online, noting that as a Woodbury resident I was disappointed that this fiscal decision was made in such a prosperous community.I was taken aback by the responses my comments drew. Multiple people stated that parents should watch their own kids and that “we” shouldn't have to pay for the lifeguards. None of these people was from my town, so I responded saying that it was not a pro-life decision and that the city could afford teen-aged lifeguards for the summer (probably cheaper than the rescue and resuscitation).

‘A way of life:’ Remembering dance legend Katherine Dunham, who made her home in East St. Louis

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon on Wednesday; this story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . If you took one class with dance legend Katherine Dunham, it became immediately apparent that her approach was one that cultivated the dancer as a whole and made the Dunham Technique more of a “way of life.” Dunham, considered the “queen mother of black dance,” lived from 1909 to 2006, making her home and the center of her dance work in East St. Louis for much of her adult life.

‘Art slows things down:’ St. Louis ArtWorks, teaches life, job skills through artist apprenticeships

A local non-profit is teaching essential life and job skills through a year-round artist apprenticeship program that pays teens to work on art projects around the region and matches them with artistic mentors. The program is called St. Louis ArtWorks . “Our programs started in 1995 to provide arts education and job training for teens,” said Priscilla Block, the executive director of the nonprofit. “They learn how to improve communication skills by greeting guests to explain what they're working on, how to make different things in different disciplines and they learn the business side of art.

‘Connecticut in the Capitol’ focuses on health care, attacks on the press

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Connecticut officials, business executives, policymakers and leaders of non-profits are here for two days to network and try to figure out what Congress and the federal government are doing, which is stumping even the most knowledgeable insiders lately.

‘Disparities’ in Treatment of Black and White Offenders Traced to Pretrial Phase

An individual's race and ethnic background determine how he is treated at the “front end” of the criminal justice system, according to a study published this week. The study, which, focused on poor African-American, Latino and white defendants (all male) in San Francisco, found what it called “systematic differences” in outcomes during the preliminary steps of an individual's involvement in the justice system, from arrest and booking to the pretrial phase. “Defendants of color are more likely to be held in custody during their cases, which tend to take longer than the cases of White defendants,” said the study, published by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice. “Their felony charges are less likely to be reduced, and misdemeanor charges (are) more likely to be increased during the plea bargaining process, meaning that they are convicted of more serious crimes than similarly situated White defendants.”
The study's conclusions added a troubling dimension to existing research on racial disparities in the U.S. justice system which has largely concentrated on “final case outcomes,” such as conviction, incarceration and sentence length. In California, for example, African-American men are incarcerated at 10 times the incarceration rate of white men, five times the incarceration rate of Latino men, and 100 times the incarceration rate of Asian men, according to figures cited by the study.

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

by Charles Ornstein

This story was co-published with NPR's Shots blog. In Washington, D.C., a Medicare beneficiary filled prescriptions for 2,330 pills of oxycodone, hydromorphone and morphine in a single month last year – written by just one of the 42 health providers who prescribed the person such drugs. In Illinois, a different Medicare enrollee received 73 prescriptions for opioid drugs from 11 prescribers and filled them at 20 different pharmacies. He sometimes filled prescriptions at multiple pharmacies on the same day. These are among the examples cited in a sobering new report released today by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

‘Fort Sam’s Own’ Band Begins Its Long Goodbye to Military City

"Military City, USA" is losing a treasured piece of pomp and pageantry supplied for more than a century by Fort Sam Houston's Army band. The post ‘Fort Sam's Own' Band Begins Its Long Goodbye to Military City appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ by Muddy Waters

Hoochie Coochie Man was first recorded by Issaquena County native Muddy Waters in 1954. The song, which was written by Vicksburg native Willie Dixon and is replete with references to hoodoo folk magic, became one of Waters' most popular songs. It also helped secure Dixon as Chess Records' chief songwriter. Waters was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax, an American ethnomusicologist, for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he moved to Chicago to become a full-time professional musician, and his talent earned him the reputation as the father of modern Chicago blues.

‘I Must Mourn’: Frederick Douglass on the Meaning of July 4th to the Slave

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave his classic speech at Rochester, New York on the meaning of the 4th of July to the American slave. Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

‘It is a nice way to be a little bit lazy:’ Where to find the best brunch spots in St. Louis

Sound Bites is produced in partnership with Sauce Magazine, our monthly installment exploring cuisine in the St. Louis area. What's for brunch? Sauce Magazine's Managing Editors Catherine Klene and Heather Hughes as well as Art Director Meera Nagarajan joined St. Louis on the Air contributor Steve Potter to discuss the best spots to eat the most relaxing meal of the week.

‘It’s Almost Impossible to Convict’ A Police Shooter

It's rare for a law enforcement officer to be convicted of homicide for shooting someone while on duty, NPR reports. A new NPR data analysis finds 2,400 people have been killed this way in the last two and a half years. The vast majority of those cases were found to be justified. About 20 officers faced charges. Of those, six have been convicted.

‘No friends at an auction’: Cows, machinery sold to clear debt

Potential bidders gather around as Tom Hosking, of Hosking Sales LLC, center, auctions equipment Saturday at Milky Way Farm in Ira. Photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Milky Way Farm" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Potential bidders gather around as Tom Hosking, of Hosking Sales LLC, center, auctions equipment Saturday at Milky Way Farm in Ira. Photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDiggerIRA — The 108 head of cattle are gone. So are the tractors, balers and even the manure spreader. They all went to the highest bidders at an auction Saturday at Milky Way Farm in Ira after a creditor of the financially struggling Rutland County dairy operation called in a $152,000 loan.

‘Police Chose the Klan Over Our People’: On Resisting Racism in Charlottesville

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. Since election night 2016, the streets of the United States have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this series, we'll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers, and thinkers who have been doing the hard work of fighting for a long time. They'll share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same.

‘PowerForward’ grid modernization hearings move forward in Ohio this week

Hearings on how to shape the future of the grid in Ohio continue this week with Phase 2 of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's PowerForward initiative. Full day meetings will take place at the PUCO's offices in Columbus on July 25 through 27 to explore technologies for expanding and improving the grid structure to provide greater value, improve costs and address environmental concerns for Ohioans. Plans call for the presentations to be webcast through the PUCO's website. “PowerForward is built upon two pillars: technology and regulatory innovation, and enhancing the customer electricity experience,” PUCO spokesperson Matt Schilling said. “Everything related to PowerForward is keeping the customer at the forefront.”
‘Not Utility 2.0'
“Our grid modernization endeavor is a discussion about the future for Ohioans,” PUCO chair Asim Haque said when the first three days of hearings took place in April.

‘Reel Fun Week’ coming to Vermont state parks

News Release — Vermont Fish and Wildlife
July 3, 2017
Media Contacts:
Rochelle Skinner
Chris Adams
“Reel Fun Week” coming to Vermont State Parks, July 10-17Series of free fishing clinics to be offered statewide
MONTPELIER, Vt. – A week full of fishing fun is just around the corner as Vermont State Parks and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be hosting “Reel Fun Week” from July 10 through July 17 at state parks throughout Vermont. “Reel Fun Week is new for 2017 and is intended to celebrate the great fishing at many of Vermont's state parks while also providing a series of free instructional clinics to help people of all ages get started in the sport of fishing,” said Chris Adams, information specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Often a lack of equipment or know-how can be hurdles for entry into fishing, and Reel Fun Week eliminates those barriers by providing both equipment and instruction. All you have to do is show up and have fun, it's that easy.”
The “Reel Fun Week” educational fishing clinics will be taught by staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, as well as certified instructors from the Let's Go Fishing program.

‘Seize and Freeze’: Cops Shut Down Drug Dealer Phones

Heroin dealing has grown into a booming business in Milwaukee, with police scrambling to disrupt the deadly trade. Even as officers haul suspects to jail, the dealer's key source of cash — the cellphone number where orders roll in — often is quickly back up and running, sometimes in just an hour. Police say many dealers, knowing they could get arrested, have set up contingency plans to transfer the prized 10-digit number to a new phone, preserving its value and keeping the drugs and cash flowing, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In the heroin business, the cellphone number is the lifeline of the trade. Well-established numbers can generate more than $11,000 a day.

‘Shark Tank for Nonprofits’ Coming to SA

Philanthropitch is a pitch competition for philanthropic ideas. Based in Austin, it is in the process of opening in San Antonio. The post ‘Shark Tank for Nonprofits' Coming to SA appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘Small acts’ seen as weapon in fight against hunger

Bill Monahan, outreach coordinator for Grace Cottage Hospital's Community Health Team, discusses the hospital's new telemedicine program. On his screen is the video service the hospital uses to connect with patients in their homes. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Bill Monahan" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Bill Monahan is outreach coordinator for Grace Cottage Hospital's Community Health Team. File photo by Mike Faher/VTDiggerTOWNSHEND – Federal statistics offer some positive news for hunger in Vermont: During the past several years, the state's rate of “food insecurity” has been trending slowly but steadily down. But those numbers don't mean much in the West River Valley region of Windham County, where community volunteers and school staffers are seeing a growing number of families who don't have enough to eat.

‘Smelling the roses’ includes appreciating libraries

It is said that in 1956 a storied professional golfer named Walter Charles Hagen advised people to “be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” Call me sentimental, but I guess I have been morphing for a while into the “take time to smell the roses” era of my life.I notice heretofore-ignored things, and often find that I actually enjoy them. A walk through an antique shop, driving on a trip without using freeways to experience the countryside and small towns, telling a homemade story to youngsters, and the annual Christmas viewing of Frank Capra's movie “It's a Wonderful Life” are examples that come to mind.Increasingly, we travel both domestically and abroad and most enjoy meeting new people. Whether from Antarctica, Amboy or Albuquerque, they are most always helpful and interesting if we take the time to interact. Hosting younger students from foreign countries has also resulted in many lasting and meaningful friendships.I have come to appreciate the nuances of many things by listening carefully to learn the more complicated sides of an argument and to appreciate the people with whom we live and work. I have tried to show respect to public employees — teachers, police, fire, nurses, appointed and elected government officials — who quietly and effectively serve the public interest.Important social institutionI find that I have come to especially appreciate public libraries in my community and enjoy dropping by, observing what's going on and often asking for help for one thing or another.

‘Speed Limit Phenomenon’ In Government

My wife and I were driving down Interstate Highway 80 on Sunday, and we experienced one of the cardinal rules of law-making. You don't read about this in the textbooks. But it's as certain as death and taxes. The rule amounts to this: When politicians give us something, it's not long before we want more of the same. On Sunday, we were humming along at 70 miles per hour.

‘Teacher Ambassadors’ to Connect Kids to City’s History, Tricentennial

The SA Tricentennial Summer Institute for Educators is the first of many events that will focus on the Education and History component of the Tricentennial. The post ‘Teacher Ambassadors' to Connect Kids to City's History, Tricentennial appeared first on Rivard Report.

‘The Nearly Perfect Recidivism Machine’

“One would have to look far and wide to find a greater public policy failure than the American criminal justice system,” writes Texas criminologist William R. Kelly in the opening chapter of his new book, From Retribution to Public Safety: Disruptive Innovation of American Criminal Justice (Rowman & Littlefield). William R. Kelly
Kelly, a University of Texas-Austin sociology professor, has long been one of the country's toughest justice critics. In this book, he offers a plan for top-to-bottom transformation of the system, in collaboration with federal judge Robert Pitman and psychiatrist William Streusand. A key “disruptive innovation” of the book's title would include reforms to rein in the charging powers of prosecutors. Kelly recommends the creation of independent panels of clinical experts that would screen offenders and recommend to prosecutors who ought to be diverted to treatment.

‘Time is now’ to add energy storage to Minnesota grid, researcher says

Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report. Issued by the university's Energy Transition Lab, “Modernizing Minnesota's Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities” looks at how the introduction of more storage could reshape the state's energy grid. Ellen Anderson, executive director of the Energy Transition Lab, said storage could help utilities avoid building peaking plants that run only at times of high-volume electric consumption. “It looked like using storage alone for replacing a gas peaking plant would be cost effective in a few years,” she said. However, if the storage was combined with solar energy, “it would be cost effective now and you would significantly reduce greenhouse gases compared to using a peaking plant to meet demand,” she added.

‘Valley is in motion,’ says acting president Jerryl Briggs

MVSUDr. Jerryl Briggs, acting president at Mississippi Valley State University
Mississippi Valley State University has seen six presidents come and go over the past 10 years, leaving alumni to fear for the sustainability of the university. And in August, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees may yet another search for a new Valley president. Dr. Jerryl Briggs, current acting president of the university, wants to allay those concerns. “The IHL board members realize the importance of stability and continuing to have the university move into a positive trajectory,” he said in an interview with Mississippi Today. On May 31, despite widespread criticism from Jackson State University students and alumni, Mississippi Valley State University president Dr. William B. Bynum was named president of Jackson State University by the IHL board of trustees.

‘Wireless Prisons’ Exploit Inmates With High User Fees, Claims Study

Prisons should be wary of private communications firms that “exploit” incarcerated individuals by charging high fees for the use of their services, the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) warned in a report today. In a study of a contract awarded by the Colorado Department of Corrections to GTL (formerly Global Tel*Link) to provide computer tablets to inmates of the state's prisons, PPI charged prisoners would be forced to pay “exploitive pay-to-play” and subscription-based fees far higher than they would pay outside. For example, inmates would have to pay 49 cents per electronic message or $19.99 a month for a music subscription. The contract gives GTL the power to raise prices when it suits the company's interests, or “to back out of the contract if it doesn't make as much money as it hopes to,” wrote Stephen Raher in the report, entitled, “The Wireless Prison: How Colorado's tablet computer program misses opportunities and monetizes the poor.”
“What makes the Colorado/GTL contract especially frustrating is that it could have been an innovative step toward providing incarcerated people with useful technology,” Raher wrote. “Experts who have studied government technology contracting warn that projects often fail because details are not sufficiently thought through.

‘You are my first visitor in over 40 years’

For more than a decade I have interviewed more than 1,000 kids in 35 states. What of these kids who were sentenced to long sentences and JLWOP, life sentences without parole? These kids become adults who become geriatric. These are the people I have interviewed for the past year. Miller v. Alabama ruled that even in capital cases, juveniles cannot be given life without parole.

“Annie: The Musical” runs through July 29

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“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."

“Clean Energy Summer” Launched

Three signs that a “green” summer has sprung in New Haven:• New solar arrays are going on to the roofs of eleven schools and the Goffe Street Armory.• The city's purchasing 100 percent of its power from renewable green sources.• Eleven high-schoolers on bright white bicycles, including Destiny Furlow, will begin knocking Thursday on 10,000 doors from the Hill to Fair Haven to offer United Illuminating energy audits and potentially $1,000 worth of energy conservation materials and services to qualifying households.

“Guys and Dolls” at Depot

Youth players present classic musical“Guys and Dolls” at Depot was first posted on July 16, 2017 at 7:07 am.

“HamPAN” Adds Voice To Local Politics

Spurred by last fall's presidential election, a new breed of activists has jumped into local and state politics in Hamden.

“On the Town” at Depot

Teen players to present musical“On the Town” at Depot was first posted on July 22, 2017 at 7:33 am.

“Today is About The Truth”

The following is the valedictory speech that outgoing Board of Education member and Hillhouse High School student Coral Ortiz gave at her graduation last week. She begins at Yale University in the fall.

#GreaterSeattle: Finding empowerment through the hoop

Saleurn Ramos created her performance community Hoop Bots after finding a new course in life when the real estate market crashed. Now she finds empowerment, strength and joy through the art of hoop dance and through her students. About the #GreaterSeattle series: Political slogans about “making America great again” are stirring up racism and anti-immigrant sentiment around the country. But these profiles are proof that our growing diversity is Seattle's greatest strength. The post #GreaterSeattle: Finding empowerment through the hoop appeared first on The Seattle Globalist.

$125 Dispute Delays Paca’s Public Money

Mayoral challenger Marcus Paca appears to have qualified to receive public campaign cash — once a dispute involving the beleaguered Registrar of Voters office can be cleared up.

$2.5 Million Food and Entertainment Park Coming to Eastside

A $2.5 million food park project on the Eastside is set to open by January 2018, just in time for the city's Tricentennial celebrations. The post $2.5 Million Food and Entertainment Park Coming to Eastside appeared first on Rivard Report.

1.4 million weigh in on Trump’s review of nat’l monuments

An Interior Department review of national monuments has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, a “phenomenal” number. On the list are the Tucson-area Ironwood Forest monument, the Sonoran Desert monument near Gila Bend, and the Grand Canyon - Parashant and Vermillion Cliffs monuments in Arizona, and nearly two dozen others across the U.S.

100 Newsrooms Are Collecting Hate Crime Reports

Documenting Hate, a collaborative journalism project launched this year, is an attempt to overcome the inadequate data collection on hate crimes and bias incidents in the U.S., ProPublica reports. The project compiles incident reports from civil-rights groups, as well as news reports, social media and law enforcement records. It also collects personal stories of witnessing or being the victim of hate. In six months, ProPublica has been joined by more than 100 newsrooms around the country. Thousands of reports have been received, with more coming every day.

100 years since the U.S. entered WWI: Discussing Jefferson Barracks’, and Missouri’s, contributions

This April marked 100 years since the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered into World War I. But before the United States officially entered the war, the country was preparing heavily for involvement. An exhibit at the St. Louis County Parks' Jefferson Barracks Historic Site highlights those efforts and what eventually drew the country to war. It is called “ Over Here: World War I From Jefferson Barracks ,” and the exhibit runs through December. It will be followed by a companion exhibit, “Over There,” opening in February, which will highlight actions of St.

100-Year-Old Brooks Celebrates With a Quinceañera

The event marked the founding of Brooks as a military base in 1917 – a centennial – and its rebirth as a mixed-used community 15 years ago. The post 100-Year-Old Brooks Celebrates With a Quinceañera appeared first on Rivard Report.

12 Finalists Named for Global Shining Light Award

Twelve extraordinary investigative projects from around the world are finalists in the seventh Global Shining Light Award, a prize that honors investigative journalism in developing or transitioning countries, done under threat, duress, or under dire conditions. An international panel of judges selected the finalists from 211 projects, submitted by teams in TK countries. All the stories were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016, and were outstanding examples of how journalism serves in shining a light on wrongdoing and systemic problems that gravely affect the common good, both locally and on the global scale.

13 candidates apply for vacant Mad River Valley House seat

Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren, offered an amendment to the House Ways and Means Committee to freeze the state's energy efficiency charge on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Adam Greshin" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 330w, 150w, 912w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Adam Greshin, formerly a House member from Warren. File photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerA long list of Mad River Valley residents have submitted their names as candidates to fill the Washington-7 House district seat. Gov. Phil Scott will choose among 13 candidates to fill the seat left open July 10 by the resignation of Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren.

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.

14-Year-Old Gunshot Victim Dies

Tyriek Keyes, the 14-year-old boy shot Sunday night on Bassett Street, has died of his wounds.

15 years in the making, Truman likely to get a statue in the U.S. Capitol

For 118 years, Missouri has been represented in the U.S. Capitol's esteemed Statuary Hall by two statues of slavery opponents from the 1800s: Francis Preston Blair Jr., and Thomas Hart Benton (the politician, not the painter.) That's likely to change, according to U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, who issued a rare joint news release a few days ago to declare, in effect, that they're wild about Harry S. Truman and optimistic his statue will soon bump Blair's.

150 Kids Under 13 Hit By Stray Bullets This Year

At least 150 children under 13 have been struck by stray bullets so far this year, found an analysis by The Trace of data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan organization that tracks shootings in the U.S. Seventeen died. The youngest victim was just three days old, a boy injured in May when a house was shot up on Detroit's east side. Among other incidents, Jaheen Hunter was walking with his father in the Bronx last month on his fifth birthday when he was struck in the head by a bullet. It was his fifth birthday. The gunman had been aiming for someone else.

17-year-old Burlington High School student drowns in Lake Champlain

Christian Kibabu, a 17-year-old rising senior at Burlington High School, died late yesterday afternoon in a swimming accident in Lake Champlain near Oakledge Park. Kibabu was swimming with friends, but they were unable to assist him. The Burlington Police Department was contacted at 4:25 p.m., triggering a rapid response from a host of emergency services. In a Tuesday afternoon press release, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger made it clear that no effort had been spared. 17-year-old Christian Kibabu drowned in Lake Champlain.

18 summer reading suggestions for kids and young adults, from St. Louis booksellers and librarians

Earlier this summer, we gave you a list of 20+ best summer reads for adult s. We know it is about that time: this week, we convened a panel to discuss the best summer reads for children and young adults too. On Thursday's St. Louis on the Air , three local booksellers and librarians joined host Don Marsh to discuss the best children's and young adults for summer reading. Suggestions ranged for children from age three to their late teens. Listen to the full discussion, including tips and tricks to find age-appropriate titles and expand vocabulary, here: Here are reading suggestions from our panel: Jeffrey Blair, Co-owner, Eye See Me Bookstore in University City 1.

18+ summer reading suggestions for kids and young adults, from St. Louis book sellers and librarians

Earlier this summer, we gave you a list of 20+ best summer reads for adult s. We know it is about that time: this week, we convened a panel to discuss the best summer reads for children and young adults too. On Thursday's St. Louis on the Air , three local booksellers and librarians joined host Don Marsh to discuss the best children's and young adults for summer reading. Suggestions ranged for children from age three to their late teens. Listen to the full discussion, including tips and tricks to find age-appropriate titles and expand vocabulary, here: Here are reading suggestions from our panel and our listeners: Jeffrey Blair, Co-owner, Eye See Me Bookstore in University City 1.

1800 Broadway Beset with Mold Infestation

1800 Broadway has a serious mold infestation that will likely force many current tenants to temporarily move into different apartments or hotels. The post 1800 Broadway Beset with Mold Infestation appeared first on Rivard Report.

19 students enrolled in free guitar class program

Guitars Not Guns is holding classes at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister

2 Dudes Discuss Ketogenics, Lifestyle Changes

The ketogenic diet emphasizes high-fat and low-carbohydrate eating as a way to fend off Type 2 diabetes and maintain healthy blood-sugar levels. The post 2 Dudes Discuss Ketogenics, Lifestyle Changes appeared first on Rivard Report.

2 Omaha Cops Charged in Death of Deranged Man

Two former Omaha police officers are being charged with assault in connection with their efforts to subdue Zachary Bearheels, a mentally ill man who died June 5 after being shocked repeatedly with a Taser, reports the city's World-Herald. District Attorney Don Kleine said Scotty Payne faces second-degree assault charges for shocking Bearheels 12 times and Ryan McClarty faces third-degree assault charges for punching Bearheels 13 times. McClarty will receive a ticket for the misdemeanor count. Payne will appear in court on Friday. Both have been fired and are appealing their terminations.

20 Last Families Urged To Move Out

Across from Union Station, the once busy Church Street South apartment complex feels like an eerie maze. Bugs swirl around illegally dumped heaps of garbage and rubber tires; weeds attempt to break through the asphalt. On the outskirts, by the cinderblock walls, youngsters sit on corner stoops smoking marijuana and catcalling at passersby. Inside the labyrinth, a group of scuffed-up guys carrying backpacks and rolling suitcases dodged into entryways, trying to remain out of sight.Most of the 301 families who once live there are gone, chased out by dangerous living conditions festering under the management of a government-enabled slumlord. But, long after the place was supposed to be empty of humans and torn down to make way for a bigger mixed-use complex, 20 families remain in the partially demolished, mold-ridden crumbling old version — and officials are urging them to hurry up and find new homes elsewhere.

200,000-person influx expected in southern Illinois for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse event creeps ever closer. While the path of totality crosses quite a bit of Missouri, and even part of St. Louis, the longest duration of the eclipse will actually be in southern Illinois. In Murphysboro and Makanda, totality will last for a whopping two minutes and 40 seconds.

2016 was even deadlier for environmental and indigenous activists than 2015

Last year, London-based NGO Global Witness published a report that showed 2015 was the deadliest year for defenders of the environment since the group started tracking killings of activists in 2002. But that record didn't last long, as the number of environmental and indigenous activists murdered in 2016 was not only higher, but even more widespread across the globe. According to a new report released today by Global Witness, at least 200 people were killed in 24 countries last year in retaliation for standing up to environmentally destructive industrial projects. That's up from 185 murders in 16 countries in 2015. That means that four defenders of the land, wildlife, or the environment were murdered every week in 2016, and the authors of the Global Witness report note that these numbers may actually be far from complete: “With many killings unreported, and even less investigated, it is likely that the true number is actually far higher.” Some 33 murders were linked to the mining sector, making it the most deadly industry to oppose.

222,000 Jobs Added To U.S. Payrolls In June; Unemployment Rate Rises To 4.4 Percent

An estimated 222,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, according to the monthly employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. "The job gains were better than expected — most economists had predicted a gain of 180,000 jobs," NPR's Chris Arnold reports for our Newscast unit. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent — a 16-year low that was hit in May. "Since January, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed are down by 0.4 percentage point and 658,000, respectively," the BLS says. Previous estimates of job gains in recent months were revised upwards — from 138,000 to 152,000 in May and from 174,000 to 207,000 in June, for a net gain of 47,000.

25 Are Shot in Little Rock Nightclub Melee

Twenty-five people were shot after gunfire rang out early Saturday at a rap show at a downtown Little Rock nightclub, the Associated Press reports. City leaders worked to curb the growing violence in Arkansas' capital city. Police said the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge was the result of a dispute among clubgoers and not a terror incident. Police cordoned off the block as crime-scene technicians gathered evidence. Glass from the club's second story windows littered the ground, along with empty drink cups.

26 nonprofits told to stop providing services as other cuts loom

The state spends about $1.4 billion each year paying private organizations to provide various services to vulnerable state residents. Many of those services are threatened as the state starts a new fiscal year without an approved budget. And several nonprofit providers have warned they will be able to withstand a budget stalemate only so long.

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Lyda Krewson's ascension to the St. Louis mayor's office left an open seat on the Board of Aldermen. It was filled Tuesday by Heather Navarro, who won 69 percent of the vote. Navarro was one of four candidates vying to fill the 28th Ward seat for the remaining two years of Krewson's term. It was also the first election in the St.

30-unit apartment complex coming to Burlington’s South End

Redstone managing partner Erik Hoekstra, left, and Mayor Miro Weinberger talk at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a 30-unit apartment complex in Burlington's South End. Photo by Emily Greenberg/VTDigger
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BURLINGTON — Developers and others celebrated the start of work on a 30-unit apartment complex and two commercial spaces Thursday in the South End. The project, spearheaded by commercial real estate company Redstone, is expected to be complete by June. “This is the first significant housing development in the South End in nearly a decade,” said Erik Hoekstra, managing partner at Redstone.

4 candidates vie to succeed Krewson on St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Arguably, the biggest challenge for the four candidates in St. Louis' 28th Ward special election isn't fundraising or policy positions: It's reminding people in the central corridor know to vote on July 11 Democrat Heather Navarro, independents Celeste Vossmeyer and Steve Roberts Sr., and Green Party candidate Jerome Bauer are vying to serve the roughly two years remaining on Mayor Lyda Krewson's term. The ward represents parts of six neighborhoods, including the Central West End and Skinker DeBaliviere.

5 Border and Immigration Questions for Sen. Kamala Harris

President Donald Trump's desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and his travel ban have gotten plenty of news coverage. But the Republican-led Congress is also integral to creating immigration policy, and it's started to move forward on several bills in the last few weeks that would penalize states and individuals that don't aid federal efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants. One, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would withhold federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities. Kate's Law, named after a San Francisco woman killed by an undocumented man, would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who were previously deported. Those measures will have to get through the Senate, where California Sen. Kamala Harris has quickly become an outspoken opponent of Republicans' immigration policies.

5 Questions: Jessica Tudor

Pitch, Hit & Run national finalist5 Questions: Jessica Tudor was first posted on July 14, 2017 at 8:10 am.

5 Questions: Joe Brennan

Cross-county traveler in a one-man caravan5 Questions: Joe Brennan was first posted on July 22, 2017 at 8:41 am.

5 Questions: Peter McGivney

Beacon librarian for 30 years5 Questions: Peter McGivney was first posted on July 5, 2017 at 9:00 am.

50 Miles from Woodstock

Museum puts out call for artists50 Miles from Woodstock was first posted on June 30, 2017 at 6:41 am.

50 Years Ago, Bar Raid Ignited Detroit’s Simmering Rage

In a series of articles, the Detroit Free Press looks back at the deadly race riots that engulfed the Motor City 50 years ago. The five days of violence began on July 23, 1967, and evolved into one of the most destructive riots in U.S. history. Forty-three people died, including 24 African Americans who were shot by police and National Guardsmen. Nearly 1,200 people were injured, and 7,231 were arrested. More than 2,500 businesses were destroyed.

55 Films in 3 Days

Peekskill to hold annual festival55 Films in 3 Days was first posted on July 24, 2017 at 7:46 am.

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

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

8 Dead, 30 Injured in ‘Horrific’ Human Trafficking Incident

Heat exposure and asphyxiation claimed the lives of at least eight people discovered inside a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a Southside Walmart in San Antonio. The post 8 Dead, 30 Injured in ‘Horrific' Human Trafficking Incident appeared first on Rivard Report.

86 File to Run for Office in Birmingham City Elections

Eighty-six people are running for office in Birmingham's Aug. 22 election, 12 of them for mayor. A total of 43 are running for seats on the City Council, and 31 are running for city Board of Education seats. None of the races is uncontested. Friday was the deadline to qualify for elections.

9 Immigrants Roasted in Truck; Driver Due in Court

A Florida man who was driving an Iowa-registered 18-wheeler is due in court Monday to answer charges after nine Hispanic people died in his rig over the weekend amid searing heat in San Antonio. Twenty others rescued from the trailer were hospitalized, many with life-threatening injuries. The driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., faces federal charges, reports the Associated Press. “We're looking at a human-trafficking crime,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. John Kelly, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, said the deaths demonstrate border smugglers “have no regard for human life and seek only profits.” The truck was registered to Pyle Transportation Inc. of Schaller, Iowa.

9 months after move, St. Louis nonprofit still uncovers history-filled rooms at old North Side YMCA

If you've undertaken any kind of home renovation project, you've probably encountered a few, well, we'll call them pleasant surprises. But they're likely nowhere near the size of the surprises that Josh Wilson and Jason Watson, the executive director and Beyond Jobs director at local nonprofit Mission: St. Louis , have found in a move they recently made from a 5,000 sq. ft. building in Forest Park Southeast to a historic 87,000 sq.

9 months after move, St. Louis nonprofit still uncovers history-filled rooms in old North Side YMCA

If you've undertaken any kind of home renovation project, you've probably encountered a few, well, we'll call them pleasant surprises. But they're likely nowhere near the size of the surprises that Josh Wilson and Jason Watson, the executive director and Beyond Jobs director at local nonprofit Mission: St. Louis, have found in a move they recently made from a 5,000 sq. ft. building in Forest Park Southeast to a historic 87,000 sq.

A cartoon primer on how the union concessions vote works

Beginning last week and continuing through Monday, more than 40,000 unionized state workers are eligible to cast ballots on the tentative concessions deal reached on May 23 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. This cartoon illustrates how the voting works.

A ‘lucky’ St. Louis refugee fears others like him now have nowhere to go

Alaa Alderie sought refuge in the United States several years ago, not long after Syrian authorities started looking for him because of his involvement in political demonstrations against President Bashar Al-Assad. In 2012, he and his parents came to St. Louis, where his brother had arrived earlier, finding success in their new home. Alderie, who is Muslim, considers himself a “lucky refugee.”

A brief history of fake climate news in the mainstream media.

Last year, the New York Times called climate change “the most important story in the world.” So the Trump administration raised some eyebrows at a recent White House briefing when it turned to the newspaper of record for support in its effort to defend the president's deeply unpopular decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

A building is demolished and a neighborhood rebuilt

Larrison Campbell, Mississippi TodayAfter demolition is complete, Nathan Barnes plans to turn the lot at 3120 Sears St. in Jackson into a neighborhood garden and park. The excavator tore the roof off of the blue clapboard house on its second try. Less than three minutes later, all that remained of the abandoned property at 3120 Sears St. was a pile of wood and roofing tiles — and a crowd that included some of the most important officials in the state.

A Bumper Crop

Publicizing pets, politics, peaceA Bumper Crop was first posted on July 8, 2017 at 8:13 am.

A celebration of motorcycle history

Day 2 of the motorcycle rally brings crowds to downtown Hollister

A Contract with Danger

President Donald Trump has called for the largest expansion of the Navy since the Reagan administration, looking to add dozens of new ships. This would be a big boost to private shipbuilders, and added risk for workers. Since 2008, major private shipbuilders have earned more than $100 billion in federal contracts despite having been cited for serious safety lapses that have endangered, injured and killed workers.

A Councilman’s Convictions, a Mayor’s Money and More: Campaign Newswire for July 21

“Ruben Wills betrayed the trust of all New Yorkers when he abused his position in the State Senate to steal thousands of dollars from the hardworking taxpayers of New York for his own selfish gain.”
-Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
A Councilman DisgracedThe Daily News
Queens Councilman Ruben Wills was convicted Thursday of five counts against him in a corruption trial, which included charges of stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer money. Wills, who was accused of using the money to buy food, clothes, gas and a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag, buried his head in his hands as the jury read its verdict at the end of an 11-day trial in Queens Criminal Court. The jury found Wills guilty of one count of a scheme to defraud, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of filing a false instrument. The jury acquitted Wills on a single charge of filing false business records. Female Candidate Trying to Stop Diaz Machine in the BronxVillage Voice
Of the seven candidates in the race to replace term-limited councilmember Annabel Palma, who has represented the district since 2003, Amanda Farias is the only woman.

A Day in Tucson’s ‘Assembly-Line’ Immigration Court

Mother Jones visits the federal courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., to observe Operation Streamline, a fast-track prosecution program that charges and sentences as many as 70 border-crossers there in a single day. On a scorching June morning, nearly 50 shackled immigration shuffle into a courtroom. Under Streamline, they have agreed to plead guilty to the crime of entering the United States illegally, knowing that it carries a predetermined prison sentence followed by mandatory deportation. Typically, the whole process is over within a couple of hours. Critics call it “assembly-line justice.”
First launched in southern Texas in 2005, Streamline began as a part of a zero-tolerance policy enacted by President George W. Bush that required illegal border-crossers in certain areas to be sent to federal criminal courts rather than civil immigration courts.

A discussion with Reena Hajat Carroll as she departs Diversity Awareness Partnership

Reena Hajat Carroll, the outgoing executive director of the Diversity Awareness Partnership , is leaving St. Louis after 10 years at the helm of DAP. On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh was joined by Carroll to discuss what she's learned over her years leading the organization and what work St. Louis needs to do in the areas of diversity and inclusion going forward.

A dozen must-see shows at the Fringe; Pharoah Sanders at the Dakota

Pamela Espeland

The 24th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival will begin Aug. 3, just a week from this Thursday. With 850 performances of 167 shows by more than 1,000 artists at 17 locations throughout Minneapolis, it's a big one – the Midwest's largest performing arts festival. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend.Experienced Fringers have their VIP passes or day passes. They've roamed the website, studied the show list and started planning their schedules.

A Father-Son Sojourn in Mexico City

I boarded the Interjet nonstop flight to Mexico City for a father-son sojourn, a seven-day whirlwind exploration of Mexico City's history, culture, and thriving contemporary culinary scene. The post A Father-Son Sojourn in Mexico City appeared first on Rivard Report.

A get-well card for Sen. John McCain

Tom Walker: I've never been friends with Sen. John McCain. Never liked him, never voted for him — not in any of his two congressional races or five U.S. Senate races, which apparently made little difference, since he won all of them handily. But today, I've joined in wishing McCain well in his battle against brain cancer.

A guide to Independence Day parades and fireworks across Minnesota

Joe Kimball

The Independence Day holiday is Tuesday, giving many an extra-long weekend to celebrate the country's 241st birthday. The forecast — for pleasant, summery weather — should be a boon for those attending the many parades and fireworks shows around the state.Here's a rundown of select events for celebrating the holiday: Downtown MinneapolisTuesday, fireworks over the river at dusk. The city offers some good ideas here for places to view the fireworks, from parks to rooftops.Downtown St PaulTuesday, 10 p.m., fireworks at CHS Field. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there's a movie at 7:30 p.m. Officials say that, due to “proximity of Holman Field (Saint Paul Downtown Airport) to CHS Field, fireworks will only be viewable from within the stadium. Fireworks will not be viewable from Mounds Park, the Saint Paul Cathedral, Harriet Island, or any surrounding downtown parks and bridges.”Albert LeaMonday, 5 p.m., parade from the fairgrounds to downtown.

A Habit of Goodness

Graymoor's Sister Loretta celebrates 75 years of serviceA Habit of Goodness was first posted on July 21, 2017 at 9:16 am.

A healthy approach

Health fair offers screenings, information, resources for low-income and migrant residents of San Benito County

A judge said these kids get a green card. ICE says they get deported

For the first time, U.S. immigration officials are seeking to deport children who have received a special status for vulnerable migrants and are in the final stages of getting their green cards. State judges and immigration authorities can jointly grant children a special humanitarian designation known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status if they decide undocumented children have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one of their parents in their home country. Children who qualify are given a U.S. Social Security number, a work permit and a green card. Now, a group of children from Central America who are close to becoming legal permanent residents face imminent deportation after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to close their deportation cases in February. Children in the same scenario have previously completed the process without facing similar threats of deportation.

A Legacy of Criminalizing Transience and Homelessness

1850 “An Act for the Government and Protection of Indians” targets Native Americans in California. Ostensibly a bid to promote apprenticeship, it authorizes authorities “to hire out such vagrant within twenty-four hours to the best bidder, by public notice given as he shall direct, for the highest price that can be had, for any term not exceeding four months.”
1855 Expanding the 1850 law, California enacts Anti-Vagrancy Act targeting Mexican-Americans. 1867 California passes Order No. 873, “To Prohibit Street Begging, and to Restrain Certain Persons from Appearing in Streets and Public Places.”
1970s Federal and state cuts to housing and mental health; economic downturn and rise in unemployment; rising housing costs. SAN FRANCISCO
1971 San Francisco bans on living in vehicles parked on the street between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Amended in 1984.

A mass for Sister Mary Alice Chineworth

Sunday service set for the trailblazing religious sister who taught at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore and St. Pius V School in Harlem Park.

A More Balanced View of Curtis Dawkins

It was disturbing to come across one particular section of Randy Dotinga's Morning Report on July 6, especially its incendiary headline (“Local Literary Agent Signs a Killer”), which sensationalizes and oversimplifies the story's message. The writeup is also misleading, conveying the impression that the author Curtis Dawkins received a six-figure advance, without clarifying that he is not profiting off his book deal in any way – all monies go into an education fund for his children. It is disappointing to see a trusted local news source stoop to this kind of level of distortion. While the New York Times profile of Dawkins gave lots of attention to his crime – which is a constant part of his life and for which he pays each and every day – at least it attempted to be balanced, giving the context of prison literature as a whole, and of Dawkins' history as a writer, and what his book means to the literary world, and to giving prisoners a voice. The Voice of San Diego piece made no attempt to anything but a very limited and damaging view of the author as well as of my work as Dawkins' proud agent.

A morning with author Julie Morris at Luck Library

Local author shares her novel in San Juan Bautista

A new chapter in foster care in San Benito County

Inaugural Foster Family Appreciation Dinner on June 22 featured Health and Human Services, CASA and Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center

A New Deal for Wall Street: Trump’s Plans for Mass Privatization Are a Colossal Giveaway to the 1%

Nostalgia for the New Deal is not typically the provenance of the Right, but in a November interview with the Hollywood Reporter, right-wing news exec-turned-Trump strategist Steve Bannon suggested the new president's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan would recreate the heady days of the Works Progress Administration:

“With negative interest rates throughout the world, it's the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution— conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”

One might be tempted to dismiss this bizarre pitch as, say, the product of a late-night game of ideological Mad Libs. But Trump and Bannon's apparent rejection of neoliberal orthodoxies, including fiscal austerity and free trade, inspired hope that progressives might actually be able to negotiate with Trump on a small number of economic issues—if they could avoid collaborating in an otherwise racist, reactionary agenda.

A New Duet for Nikki Haley and Trump

Nikki Haley at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, speaking about the future of the US in the Human Rights Council, June 6, 2017. She has threatened that the US may withdraw from the Council if it doesn't reform on certain criteria. ERIC BRIDIERS/US MISSION
Nearly six months into her United Nations assignment, Ambassador Nikki Haley is aligning herself more decisively with President Donald Trump, defending some of his most controversial and unpopular moves. It is a critical diplomatic time for the White House and for Haley, who is viewed around the UN mostly as a politician with big ambitions and not an envoy deeply involved in either the work of the UN for its own sake or international affairs more broadly. She seems to see her job primarily as saving the United States money by defending deep cuts in a wide range of UN work and other international programs.
With tensions in Washington erupting into shouting matches between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump advisers over White House interference in the secretary's attempts to fill State Department vacancies, the obvious question is whether Haley could be in line to move into Tillerson's job should he quit.

A New Study Shows Hillary Clinton’s Hawkishness May Have Cost Her the Election

The Democratic Party remains embroiled in a tug-of-war over its future direction. Critics on the left point to the party's recent losses at all levels of government as evidence that Democrats must embrace a commitment to economic populism in order to regain political power. But there might be more to it than that. A new study published by researchers from Boston University and the University of Minnesota Law School suggests it's not just economic policies Democrats need to start reconsidering—their foreign policy also needs an overhaul. “There is a significant and meaningful relationship between a community's rate of military sacrifice and its support for Trump,” the study's authors write.

A new way of seeing sea-level rise looks at chronic flooding of U.S. cities

Ron Meador

Perhaps the most common way we think about sea-level rise employs the analogy of water rising in a bathtub until it covers the toes, then the knees, then the navel ….This is the scenario of permanent inundation — the water comes up and the land goes under, there being no drain plug to pull — and it makes sense when we think of island places like the Marshall Islands or the Maldives, where the land is low-lying and surrounded by ocean. Even if seawalls or other barriers were feasible, which they usually are not, the protection they brought could be highly impermanent.But bathtub imagery isn't so good a fit for, say, low-lying coastal portions of the United States, with all that interior behind them. And while the satellite-derived maps are terrific for indicating where the new coastline might be, they're not so good at conveying its impact.What will it mean, really, to have the median sea level rise by a few inches or more at Miami, or Manhattan? And given the fairly slow rate of this change, and the value of real estate at stake, can't an infrastructure solution be found?A different and rather disturbing way of seeing this problem is at the heart of an analysis published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists. It begins by taking into account the action of tides in creating a sort of fluctuating waterline, which brings a pattern of impermanent inundations, or what we might call saltwater flooding.Reasoning that frequent flooding will drive people from their homes long before the inundation becomes permanent, the authors ask: How much flooding must occur in a community in, say, coastal Mississippi before people decide to pull up stakes and move to someplace like Minnesota?After consulting a range of experts in various disciplines, from hydrology to real estate to municipal governance, the authors settled on this plausible benchmark:When coastal flooding occurs at least 26 times per year, or once every two weeks, and covers at least 10 percent of its land area, a community has probably reached the point of “effective inundation” in which “current use is no longer feasible.”The choice then becomes one of building seawalls or other infrastructure — if possible and affordable — or simple abandonment.And in many locales that dilemma is not so far off in the future.90 communities in trouble nowMore than 90 communities in the lower 48 states, mostly on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, already face this level of chronic flooding, according to UCS calculations; in Louisiana and Maryland, where the bulk of the present threat is located, the problem is worsened by subsidence, or sinking land, that has coincided with sea-level rise.Using a middle-of-the-road forecast from the National Climate Assessment, the analysis finds that this number could nearly double in the next 20 years, while expanding to many more regions, and grow by the end of the century to some 490 communities, “from beach vacation destinations like the Jersey Shore and the Gulf Coast of Florida to larger cities, including Boston, Galveston, Savannah and Fort Lauderdale.

A pass to poison.

How the state of Texas allows industrial facilities to repeatedly spew unauthorized air pollution — with few consequences.

A Plea for Accurate Data On Police Use of Force

One year ago, four Dallas police officers and a rapid transit officer were killed in an ambush. A critical piece of former Army veteran Micah Johnson's motivation for the shooting apparently was his anger over the killings of several African-American men at the hands of white police officers around the U.S., criminologist Alex Piquero of the University of Texas at Dallas writes in the Dallas Morning News. “If we are to try to make sense of the Dallas ambush and the terrible events that precipitated it over the years, it is important to know how often and why police use force,” Piquero says. “We must better understand the frustrations perceived and experienced by communities and the police. Officers are sometimes called to tense situations and attacked by citizens.

A San Antonian Experiences the Venice Bienniale

What I experienced can't be found anywhere else at any other time than the Bienniale, when Venice transforms into the world's capital of creativity. The post A San Antonian Experiences the Venice Bienniale appeared first on Rivard Report.

A Simple Heart

Duo will perform with friends in Putnam ValleyA Simple Heart was first posted on July 10, 2017 at 7:28 am.

A spotty revival amid decline for China’s endemic leopards

On May 17, a video clip showing the dead body of a North China leopard by the side of a mountain road in China's eastern Shanxi province went viral. People were surprised to learn that leopards were afoot in Shanxi after an absence of decades. “From the video image, I can tell it was a subadult male leopard seeking its own territory. And indeed it was too young to have gathered much experience in crossing roads,” Song Dazhao, who manages the leopard project of the NGO Chinese Felid Conservation Alliance (CFCA), commented on social media shortly after the leopard's death in Lingchuan county. Three weeks later in Heshun, another county in Shanxi, an elderly woman looking for two missing calves in the mountains near her village bumped into three leopards resting.

A tale of four famines.

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

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

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

A tale of two states: Officials face off at Neshoba Fair

The first day of political speeches at the annual Neshoba County Fair drew dozens of state officials and legislators, a crowd in the hundreds and, for some Republicans, a large elephant in the room in the shape of the state's troubled economy. In the last two years, state revenue that failed to meet projections has forced five mid-year budget cuts, leading to layoffs at several state agencies. In addition, many Republican and Democratic leaders failed last session to find extra funding for deteriorating infrastructure amid a broadening effort to tighten state spending across the board. Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi TodaySen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadlphia
Sen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadelphia, briefly acknowledged that lower revenue than projected has created a challenge for legislators but said there was an upside to “these hard economic times.”
“These tough times have made us look for inefficiencies in government and made us look for innovative ways to serve Mississippi,” Branning said. As an example Branning mentioned House Bill 1090, also known as The Hope Act, which increases vetting for Medicaid recipients.

A third of dementia cases may be preventable, global study says

Susan Perry

One in three cases of dementia might be prevented through the reduction of certain lifestyle-related risk factors, according to a report compiled by an international team of 24 researchers and published today in the Lancet.Might is the operative word here, for the findings in the report are based on statistical modeling and thus are only theoretical. There's no solid proof that any of the preventive strategies cited in the report have a direct effect on lowering the risk of dementia. Still, the strategies come with plenty of other health benefits, so there would be little downside to adopting them.This report, which was released in conjunction with this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London, also marks a major change in thinking among dementia experts.“With several failed drug trials and without full understanding of the etiology of Alzheimer's disease for developing better therapeutics, dementia specialists have shifted their focus to prevention,” writes MedPage Today editor Kristina Fiore, who is attending the meeting. It's estimated that, globally, 47 million people were living with dementia in 2015 — a number that is expected to triple by 2050.Nine factorsHere are the nine modifiable risk factors identified in the Lancet report — and the percentage of dementia-related risk attributed to them. The report found that these factors make an impact at different stages of life — an impact that becomes cumulative as the years pass.Early life (under age 18):Less education (leaving school before the age of 16): 7.5 percentMidlife (ages 45 to 65):Hearing loss: 9.1 percentHigh blood pressure: 2 percentObesity: 0.8 percentLater life (ages 66 and older):Smoking: 5.5 percentDepression: 4 percentPhysical inactivity: 2.6 percent Social isolation: 2.3 percentDiabetes: 1.2 percentTogether, those factors contribute to 35 percent of the risk of dementia — and all are potentially preventable, the authors of the report point out.The researchers said they did not have enough data to determine how diet and alcohol factor into the risk of dementia, although they believe both are important.Prevention needs to start earlyAs the report explains, current research suggests that although dementia is diagnosed late in life, the changes in the brain that lead to it begin years earlier.That's where the education risk factor comes in, they say.

A Vermonter’s life in plants remembered

Cyrus Pringle. UVM image
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Cyrus Pringle" srcset=" 300w, 125w, 768w, 610w, 150w, 1142w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1">Cyrus Pringle. UVM imageLooking back at Cyrus Pringle's ancestry, it seems only natural he would become a horticulturist. That he would also become a great botanist—one of the most important this nation has produced—is more surprising. Pringle's love of the plant world seems to have grown out of his ancestors' experiences and his own childhood in Vermont.

A week of legislative needles and pins

It was a week spent on needles and pins, here and in Washington. First and foremost, there was the worrisome question of whether the state would have a budget by Saturday as Connecticut Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Dannel Malloy all attempted to put one – at least a temporary one – in place.

A Wisconsin Republican Looks Back With Regret at Voter ID and Redistricting Fights

by Topher Sanders

Dale Schultz, a Republican, served in the Wisconsin Legislature for more than 30 years, from 1983 to 2015. His Senate district is located in south Wisconsin, much of it rural farmland. Schultz was considered a moderate, and so much of what happened in state politics near the end of his tenure dismayed him: partisan fights over the rights of unions, a gubernatorial recall election, and claims of partisan Republican gerrymandering that will now be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. And then there was the prolonged entanglement over voting rights in the state — who could vote, when they could vote, how they could vote. In the face of years of political combat and federal court fights, the legislature ultimately adopted a vast array of changes to election laws.

A Year After LA Police Shooting, Little Has Changed in Area

One year ago, Abdullah Muflahi rushed outside his convenience store in Baton Rouge and began taping before a white police officer shot and killed a black man in the parking lot. Muflahi's video fueled protests that turned his friend, 37-year-old Alton Sterling, into another symbol of outrage over deadly police shootings, the Associated Press reports. The July 5 shooting made Muflahi's store a hub for protesters. Visitors at the Triple S Food Mart photograph a mural of Sterling's smiling face on its aluminum siding. A makeshift memorial stands on the table where Sterling once sold homemade CDs.

AB 805 Doesn’t Fix What’s Broken at SANDAG

Leading up to last November's election, SANDAG told voters Measure A would raise $18 billion over 40 years through a sales tax increase, and the money would be used for transportation projects around San Diego. Before the vote, Voice of San Diego revealed the proposed tax would have actually only raised just $14 billion. After Measure A failed, it was discovered some SANDAG officials knew about the error ahead of time. Some San Diegans were left with a bitter taste in their mouths and a desire for accountability and transparency. As the dust settles, efforts have shifted toward preventing similar problems in the future and determining what reforms need to be made to SANDAG, the regional association responsible for transportation planning and expenditures, to make it a more transparent and effective organization.

AB 805 Opens Up New Opportunities for San Diego’s Other Transit Agencies

Why is SANDAG so deeply invested in thwarting Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher's AB 805, a reform bill that would increase oversight, transparency and accountability, while also empowering local transit agencies in northern and southern San Diego County through new funding mechanisms? SANDAG's current regime is digging in their heels here, not because of governance issues, but because they simply cannot see a financially secure future without cars and the sales tax revenue they generate. As a dissenting councilwoman from one of those small cities that opined we would be disenfranchised by the bill's proposed governance structure, I have a very different opinion of the benefits and opportunities associated with the AB 805's proposed reforms, specifically for taxpayer protection and the relatively poorly funded public transit agency, the North County Transit District. The state of California is invested in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, as evidenced by state laws like AB 32 and SB 375. SB 375, signed into law in 2008, makes it clear that the largest single source of greenhouse gases in California is the transportation sector, specifically, automobiles and small trucks.

ABA Opposes 2 Federal Conceal-Carry Bills

The American Bar Association has opposed two federal bills that would require states to recognize concealed-carry permits from other jurisdictions, according to the ABA Journal. The proposed legislation “offends deeply rooted principles of federalism where public safety is traditionally the concern of state and local government,” wrote ABA president Linda Klein yesterday in two letters addressed to the Department of Homeland Security and the Senate Subcommittee on the Judiciary. “Unlike some efforts of Congress to create minimum safety standards, this bill could lead to no safety standards as more states enact laws to allow persons to carry concealed firearms without a permit,” she said. Furthermore, she added, “The knowledge of local authorities, who best know the individual applicant, would also be rendered moot.”
The two bills are H.R. 38, “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” and S.446, “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.”

Abandoned Justice

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. Six years later, in December 1983, a 24-year-old black man named Dewey Bozella was convicted of her murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. In May 1990, a judge found that prosecutors had improperly excluded black people from Bozella's jury and ordered a new trial.

Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special session

Texas legislators could end up passing bills to reform the state's school finance system and help out retired teachers this special session. After the Senate voted early Thursday morning to pass a bill keeping several key state agencies alive, Gov. Greg Abbott immediately expanded the special session agenda by adding 19 items — and dramatically expanded the focus of two education-related priorities he had announced last month. When Abbott announced his call for the special session in June, he said he would ask legislators to increase teacher pay by $1,000, and to establish a commission to recommend improvements to the beleaguered school finance system. The expanded call Thursday would allow legislators to pass bills improving a state-run health care plan for retired teachers and making major reforms to the school finance system, including the extension of a state aid program that would help mostly small, rural school districts. The governor's announcement came almost a week after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held an education-themed news conference to discuss school finance and teacher pay increases, a departure from his priorities during the regular session.

Abbott Adds School Finance, Retired Teacher Benefits to Special Session

In what seems to be an overture to the House, Gov. Greg Abbott added two new education-related issues to his special session call Thursday: school finance reform and increased benefits for retired teachers. The post Abbott Adds School Finance, Retired Teacher Benefits to Special Session appeared first on Rivard Report.

Abbott builds $41 million war chest with eye on re-election, special session

Gov. Greg Abbott has a nearly $41 million war chest heading into his re-election campaign — and a special session in which he's looking to keep political pressure on lawmakers to pass an ambitious 20-item agenda. Abbott raised over $10 million during the last 12 days of June, according to his campaign, which described the number as record-breaking for the period. The haul brought his cash-on-hand total to $40.8 million. It's a colossal amount of money for Abbott's re-election effort, which he made official Friday in San Antonio — without any serious Democratic opponent. Yet it could also factor prominently into the upcoming special session, which Abbott's team is charging into with an eye on the next election cycle for lawmakers.

Abbott officially calls special session, allowing lawmakers to begin filing bills

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a declaration for a special session of the Texas Legislature Monday, formally inviting lawmakers back to Austin to pass “sunset legislation” that will keep several key state agencies open. The long-awaited procedural move allows lawmakers to begin filing bills for the special session set to begin on July 18. In addition to the formal declaration, Abbott also released a draft version of 19 additional items he plans to add to the special session agenda later on. Last month, Abbott announced that lawmakers would consider 20 total legislative items during the special session, which will begin July 18. Legislators may now begin filing bills.

Abbott: property taxes are top issue for special session

Naming property taxes as his top priority for the upcoming special legislative session during a Monday appearance at an Austin-based conservative think tank, Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would publicly call out lawmakers who didn't support his 20-item legislative agenda. “We are hearing stories about people who are being taxed out of their homes because of rising property taxes. You don't really own your home, it seems like, it's the appraisers. That must stop,” Abbott said in remarks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The special session begins Tuesday and is set to run for 30 days.

Abdon Nababan, former head of Indonesia’s indigenous peoples alliance, to run for North Sumatra governor

The outgoing secretary general of Indonesia's main indigenous rights organization today declared his intention to run as an independent candidate for governor of North Sumatra, one of the Southeast Asian country's biggest provinces. Nababan recently concluded his second five-year term as head of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN). Under his leadership, AMAN won a major lawsuit that saw Indonesia's highest court remove indigenous peoples' customary forests from state control, although the government has dragged its feet in implementing the decision. For the first time at the end of 2016, President Joko Widodo recognized the rights of nine indigenous communities to the forests they call home. But the nine reserves span a total of just 13,100 hectares (32,370 hectares), while AMAN has mapped more than 8 million hectares it says belong to the nation's adat groups, as they are known here.

Abortion rights groups sue Texas over procedure ban

Texas is heading to court over a state law going into effect in September banning the most common second-trimester abortion procedure. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood announced on Thursday they're suing over a provision in Texas' Senate Bill 8 bill that outlaws dilation and evacuation abortions. In that procedure, a doctor uses surgical instruments to grasp and remove pieces of fetal tissue. SB 8 only allows the procedure to be done if the fetus is deceased. Nancy Northrup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a news release that Texas legislators "have once again compromised the health and safety of the women they were elected to represent" to appease abortion opponents.“The law we challenged today in Texas is part of a nationwide scheme to undermine these constitutional rights and ban abortion one restriction at a time," Northrup said.

About those changes to a Cory Gardner story at The Denver Post

On a day last week when news was changing quickly about a potential new federal health care law that would affect millions of people and one sixth of our economy, so was a story about it on the website of The Denver Post. The paper's Washington correspondent, Mark K. Matthews, had been dogging U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who is one of the 13 GOP senators crafting the bill. On June 23, the Post published a story quoting Gardner saying, “This is the first I've viewed the legislation,” and also saying, “It's frustrating that instead of actually reviewing the legislative text some have decided to immediately oppose the bill before it was even introduced. This deserves serious debate, not knee-jerk reaction.” More from that particular Post story:
On one level, the response makes sense. The full proposal was presented to Gardner and the rest of the Republican caucus for the first time Thursday morning and reading the bill — let alone understanding it — is a process that could take hours, given its length of 142 pages.

ABQ mayor’s race tops $2 million

Albuquerque's mayoral contest is officially a $2 million race, setting the stage for the most expensive mayor's race ever in the city. Campaign finance reports filed today show mayoral candidates have raised or otherwise accumulated $2,103,107 since the beginning of the year. That figure includes $380,791 for Tim Keller's publicly financed campaign. $500,000 in loans […]

Abraji Turns 15, Launches Fight Against Impunity

Editor's Note: The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism is one of GIJN's largest, most dynamic member organizations. Known locally as the Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo, or ABRAJI, the group played host to GIJN's largest ever gathering, with 1,350 people gathered for the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2013. This year, as Abraji marks its 15th anniversary, the association is launching an ambitious project — to use its members to investigate and continue the work of threatened and murdered journalists across Brazil. Inspired by The Arizona Project four decades earlier, Abraji's new effort could be a model for other countries. The 977 participants of the 12th International Congress of Investigative Journalism, held earlier this month, set a record for the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) as it celebrated its 15-year anniversary.

Accrediting Body Adds Two More Potential Violations For U of L

J. Tyler Franklin / KyCIRUniversity of Louisville
The University of Louisville's accrediting body now says U of L may have violated two more accreditation standards, bringing the total possible violations to nine. The news was first reported by The Louisville Cardinal, the school's student newspaper. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, U of L's accrediting body, notified the university of its new potential violations in a July 5 letter. The letter questioned administrators' qualifications and conflicts of interest, citing reports by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Alvarez & Marsal's June 8 audit and the “significant” amount of interim senior leadership.

Acting director of Texas liquor agency abruptly quits

Only weeks into the job, the acting executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is calling it quits. Ed Swedberg's abrupt and unexpected resignation from the agency, effective Monday, marks the sixth high-level departure since April from the agency that oversees alcohol regulation in Texas. The TABC has been rocked by revelations of lavish spending, mismanagement and regulatory overreach. Swedberg, the agency's deputy executive director since 2012, took over the top job on a temporary basis in May. He notified TABC Chairman Kevin Lilly of his decision to step down in a hand-written letter Friday.

Acting Workshops

High school students invitedActing Workshops was first posted on July 2, 2017 at 7:18 am.

Activists say justice denied in Eden animal cruelty case

Tia Marotto-Potvin at the protest rally Friday in Hyde Park with a dog named Jack, who was among those removed from the home of Carol Merchant. The protesters want charges refiled in the case. Photo by Cyrus Ready-Campbell/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="animal cruelty" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 2000w, 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Tia Marotto-Potvin at the protest rally Friday in Hyde Park with a dog named Jack, who was among those removed from the home of Carol Merchant. The protesters want charges refiled in the case. Photo by Cyrus Ready-Campbell/VTDiggerHYDE PARK — Several dozen protesters rallied outside the Lamoille County courthouse Friday to demand that animal abuse charges be refiled against an Eden woman who was found incompetent to stand trial.

Activists Urge More Money for Social Services, Less for Police

One of the most contested planks of the Black Lives Matter movement's platform is the demand that government agencies divert funds from law enforcement and put those resources into programs that communities, particularly black and Latino, actually want, like affordable housing, reports CityLab. It's controversial because anything that tends to pit black lives versus so-called blue lives in the political landscape invites outrage from the right like few other issues. The divestment debate has been short on practical details about what such an initiative would look like. A new report produced on behalf of a coalition of national and local racial justice groups, “Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety and Security in Our Communities,” fleshes out the idea. The report focused on involving communities in their local government budgetary processes.

Adding the voice of forestry to the environmental movement (commentary)

Last month, over 100 senior academics and researchers signed on to a knee-jerk letter from an industry lobby group criticising a Chatham House report that highlighted the serious damage industrial biomass energy is doing to the climate and environment. The Chatham House report's findings aren't just some treehugger mumbo-jumbo, they're well-documented in peer-reviewed articles and IPCC reports. The critique letter, on the other hand, is biased, vague, and a clear attempt to derail the argument for a properly sustainable bioenergy regime that provides real climate benefit without degrading forest biological diversity. Because the biomass boom is great for business, the bioenergy industry is lobbying hard to keep loopholes open and to maintain false definitions of sustainability. These give big energy companies access to vast subsidies and tax breaks to convert aging coal plants to burn wood fuel, releasing dangerous amounts of CO2 and trashing global forests.

Administration rebuffed on call to cut energy efficiency funds

An energy consultant at Efficiency Vermont provides a tour of an energy-efficient and weatherized home. File photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerThe Public Utility Commission has rejected calls by Gov. Phil Scott's administration to knock 8 percent off Efficiency Vermont's budget. The commission, formerly called the Public Service Board, issued an order last week that will leave efficiency funding undiminished for the next three years. The order means Efficiency Vermont will see an annual budget of around $53 million for the next three years, while Burlington Electric Department's efficiency program will have a budget of about $2.5 million annually. Vermont Gas Systems' efficiency program will operate with about a $3 million annual budget.

Advanced Guide on Verifying Video Content

Researchers and journalists often need to verify user-generated video content from social networks and file sharing platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. But there is no silver bullet that is able to verify every video, and it may be nearly impossible to verify some videos, short of acquiring the original file from the source. However, there are methods which can help to verify most content, particularly to ensure that videos showing breaking news events are not recycled from previous incidents. There are already numerous guides available online for verifying video, most notably in the Verification Handbook. This guide will include some additional techniques frequently used by the Bellingcat team, including ways to work around the limitations of available tools.

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.

Advocacy Groups Say Senators Should Have One Word for Trump Immigration Pick: ‘No.’

by Marcelo Rochabrun

As President Trump's pick to lead the agency that approves immigration petitions heads towards likely confirmation, more than 300 advocacy organizations are urging the Senate to oppose it, citing ProPublica's examination of the nominee's record. Lee Francis Cissna, a veteran policymaker, was nominated in February to lead the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the sprawling agency that handles applications for green cards, citizenship, visas, asylum and the controversial deportation protections known as DACA, which benefit 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. In a letter sent Monday to all Senate members, the groups noted that Cissna had volunteered for the Trump campaign and later provided “technical assistance” for Trump's executive orders on immigration. The letter also referenced a story by ProPublica that showed Cissna helped draft dozens of letters under the letterhead of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, between 2015 and 2016. Cissna had worked for Grassley's office while on loan from his longtime employer, the Department of Homeland Security.

Advocates push to ensure Minnesota’s new education plan supports English Learners

Erin Hinrichs

Before Be Vang became an educator, she went through the public school system as an English language learner. So when she speaks today, on behalf of the multilingual families she serves as principal at Mississippi Creative Arts School in St. Paul Public Schools, she's able to relate to the educational barriers — including low expectations — that English Learners often face.“I feel like for a very long time, ELs are constantly and persistently being perceived as children with deficits,” she said, adding that their lack of English skills obscures the fact that many actually come with an educational foundation.Under the state's expiring federal education accountability plan, English Learner (EL) students who were new to the country within the last 12 months were exempt from taking state tests measuring academic growth and proficiency. That meant that educators had no baseline data on how well these students grasped math and reading skills for an entire year.At face value, it may seem discouraging to ask a student who still has a weak command of the English language to take a standardized test. But Vang says not collecting this data on them is actually shortsighted.

Advocates say ‘perfect storm’ of possible cuts threatens mental health care

Proposed reductions to Medicaid, coupled with state budget cuts under consideration, concern mental health advocates, who say lowering eligibility for Medicaid without providing other options would result in the cycling of patients in and out of care. When people can't work, advocates say, they go on public assistance programs, costing the state more than they would have if they had been allowed to stay on Medicaid and remain in treatment.

Affordable Housing is the Housing We Live in Now

One of the greatest reasons why San Antonio struggles with the issue of affordable housing is that the city lacks a comprehensive housing policy. The post Affordable Housing is the Housing We Live in Now appeared first on Rivard Report.

African great ape bushmeat crisis intensifies; few solutions in sight

The word came in that a small chimp was for sale up the road near Aketi, a town in remote, northernmost Democratic Republic of the Congo. The seller: a policeman who had taken the baby from SIFORCO, a massive logging concession some 60 miles away. Laura Darby, an American primate researcher working in the area, went to investigate. The officer asked her how much she'd pay for the animal. She explained that keeping chimps was illegal — her team's policy was to pay only a $1 reward.

After 2 Hung Juries, Charges Dismissed Against Ohio Cop

The voluntary manslaughter and murder charges against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were formally dismissed Monday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Judge Leslie Ghiz dropped the charges with prejudice, meaning this case against Tensing is dismissed permanently. However, U.S Attorney Ben Glassman has said his office is looking into federal civil rights violations against Tensing. He was charged in the July 2015 shooting death of unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Two trials ended with jurors unable to agree on a verdict.

After a second major flood along the Meramec, a Eureka resident feels conflicted about staying

Two months ago, retired physical education teacher and Eureka resident Sharon Wasson spent four days trying to keep sewer water from entering her basement. An armada of blower fans covered the floor. Members of Eureka High School's football and wrestling teams packed the place, pumping water out of Wasson's house. Two months later, the basement where she once spent most of her time is still a work in progress. Having dealt with the major flooding in May and in December 2015, Wasson is conflicted about staying in Eureka.

After City Clears Homeless Camps, Team Works to Prevent Return

City crews this year have cleared — or “resolved,” in official parlance — 12 homeless encampments as part of the push to move people from the streets to housing of some sort. Officials quickly learned that soon after a camp was cleared, a new one would often take hold in the same area. So in late March, the city quiety added a team tasked with preventing encampments from re-emerging. The Re-Encampment Prevention and Response Team consists primarily of two members of the Human Service Agency's Homeless Outreach Team as well as workers from the Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Police Department. The prevention team monitors areas that have been cleared, responds to citizen complaints about encampments that have reappeared and offers people living on the streets access to safety and services, said Randy Quezada, a spokesman for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

After dissident’s death, Ted Cruz hopeful about Chinese Embassy renaming

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is re-upping his push to rename the address of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. “as soon as possible” after a pro-democracy dissident in the wake of the Nobel Peace Prize winner's death. Liu Xiaobo, a leading critic of Communist Party rule in China, died in state custody in a Chinese hospital on Thursday after battling liver cancer. He played a key role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." A year earlier, a Chinese court sentenced him to 11 years in prison for his contributions to Charter 08, a political reform manifesto. Cruz mourned Liu's death in custody on Thursday in a press release, hailing him as a “hero of liberty and freedom."

After dredging, once-popular Townshend swim spot to reopen

An empty pavilion at Townshend Lake, where recreation opportunities have been diminished due to silting issues. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Townshend Lake" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 150w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">An empty pavilion at Townshend Lake, where recreation opportunities have been diminished due to silting. Recently completed dredging is expected to solve that, at least temporarily. File photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
TOWNSHEND — Crews have removed more than 7,000 cubic yards of sediment at Townshend Dam, clearing the way for the much-maligned swim area to reopen as soon as this week. The project was commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to chronic sedimentation and low-water issues at the once-popular recreation spot.

After Shooting, St. Louis Police Study Friendly Fire

After an off-duty St. Louis police officer was wounded by “friendly fire” from a fellow officer looking for suspects after a stolen vehicle crashed late last month, the department is looking at whether more training might help, reports the city's Post-Dispatch. The police department is forming a committee to decide how best to train officers for such encounters. In the June 21 incident, an off-duty officer was shot in the elbow by another officer after a police chase involving suspects inside a stolen car. People inside the car opened fire on police during the chase, police say.

After Six Months, AG Sessions’ Job Security Is Teetering

Jeff Session faced increasingly pointed questions about his future as U.S. attorney general Monday, says the Los Angeles Times. The day began with a fresh public slap from his boss, President Trump, who tweeted that Sessions was “beleaguered”–mostly due to Trump's public harangues. Later in the day, Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, refused to say in an interview whether Trump wanted him to resign. “They need to sit down face to face and have a reconciliation and a discussion of the future,” he told CNN. “They need to speak and determine what the future of the relationship looks like.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that Trump is “very disappointed” that Sessions chose to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

After Texas “human trafficking crime,” Lt. Gov. Patrick lauds sanctuary city law

Following the deaths of nine people in what police are calling a "human trafficking crime," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Facebook Sunday to highlight the importance of cracking down on "sanctuary cities." Police found eight people dead in a tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot early Sunday morning, with no air conditioning in the sweltering summer heat, according to the San Antonio Express-News. One later died in the hospital, and about 20 survivors suffered from heat stroke and dehydration. Some survivors identified themselves as Mexican nationals. Patrick wrote the incident was indicative of why Senate Bill 4 is so important.

AG opinion strikes middle ground on concessions

A formal opinion released Thursday by Attorney General George Jepsen warns of legal peril in rewriting state-employee contracts through legislation, but notes the free hand legislators have after contracts expire and the flexibility the courts have granted in some cases in the event of extreme fiscal emergencies.

Agents at BP checkpoint nab pot in fake Dish Network van

Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint south of Gila Bend seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday from a van painted to look it belonged to the satellite television company Dish Network, authorities said.

Air Show Wows Huge Crowd

Thousands attend at Stewart AirportAir Show Wows Huge Crowd was first posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm.

Air, land and water facilities in Mississippi receive $7 million in upgrades

Mississippi Department of TransportationMadison County Citizens Service Agency bus
Upgrades to regional airports, ports, public transit systems and railroads throughout the state — costing millions of dollars — recently were approved by the Mississippi Transportation Commission. The grants come from the Mississippi Department of Transportation's Multimodal Transportation Improvement Fund. Money from this fund is allocated specifically to support multimodal grants each year. “MDOT's responsibilities include maintaining and improving the state's highways and interstates, but also focuses on providing a safe intermodal transportation network for airports, ports and waterways, railroads and public transit,” Central District Mississippi Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said. “Each of these modes of transportation play a vital role in transporting people, goods and services that promote economic growth and development throughout Mississippi.”
Grants approved for regional airports
• $358,019 to the Cleveland Municipal Airport to install new aircraft fuel tanks.

Airport Gun Seizures Climb Sharply Around U.S.

The number of guns seized at Baltimore's BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is climbing sharply, mirroring a years-long increase at airports across the country, the Baltimore Sun reports. Seizures in Baltimore rose 20 percent in 2016, and are on pace to climb another 33 percent this year. Nationwide, they increased last year by nearly 28 percent. The Transportation Security Administration doesn't know why seizures are rising. “It's a trend that's very concerning,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

Al Gore: Crusader against the climate crisis.

Al Gore, who is featured in a new documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," talks about his efforts to sway President Donald Trump to maintain America's participation in the landmark Paris Climate Agreement.

Al Letson Reveals: Roger Stone

President Donald Trump has been in office for six months. On this week's podcast special, Reveal host Al Letson speaks with someone who helped get him there – Roger Stone. Stone is a former campaign adviser to Trump and helped set the tone of the 2016 election. For decades, he's played hardball politics as a Republican strategist and now is the subject of a documentary. He and Letson discuss political dirty tricks, white supremacy and Russian meddling in the November election.

Alash Brings Down The House

Sam Moth sat before a microphone on the stage at Cafe Nine Thursday night, as opener for Tuvan band of throat singers Alash, kicking off a North American tour in New Haven.“If you haven't heard Tuvan throat singing — although you probably have if you're here — you're in for a treat,” she said.

ALEC Day 2: Betsy DeVos says school choice “is good politics because it’s good policy”

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos became the first member of the Trump administration to visit Denver, speaking Thursday to a noontime luncheon at the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference held at the downtown Denver Hyatt Regency. DeVos, the first cabinet secretary in history to require a tie-breaking vote from the vice-president in order to win Senate approval, spoke for about 15 minutes to the friendly ALEC crowd. “I'm no stranger to state-based advocacy,” DeVos told the ALEC attendees, who are primarily state legislators from around the country. At least 15 current Colorado lawmakers, all Republicans, are attending the 44th annual conference. DeVos is no stranger to ALEC.

ALEC in Colorado, Day 1: Protest and policy making

It might not be the smoke-filled rooms of old, where politicians hammered out deals in secret— but that's only because smoking isn't allowed in public buildings in Colorado. Otherwise, those deals, in the form of legislation, are going down at the 44th annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, taking place over the next three days at Denver's Hyatt Regency hotel. Hundreds of state lawmakers from across the country are meeting with lobbyists to hammer out model legislation in sessions that are closed to the public and the press. More than 1,500 attendees are at this year's conference, a near-record, according to ALEC's Colorado co-chair Rep. Lori Saine of Firestone. The nonprofit, which calls itself a nonpartisan organization of state lawmakers “dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism,” is supported by more than 300 corporations and foundations, including several tied to the Coors family and to Charles and David Koch, the Kansas billionaires who have funneled millions into conservative causes.

Ali Noorani: ‘Immigration Debate is about Culture and Values’

Immigration activist Ali Noorani spent a whole summer talking to more than 60 faith, law enforcement, and business leaders on the topic of immigration. The post Ali Noorani: ‘Immigration Debate is about Culture and Values' appeared first on Rivard Report.

AllEarth Rail hires president

News Release — AllEarth Rail
July 5, 2017
Media Contact:
Meghan Dewald
C. 802-825-5952
WILLISTON, VT— Charlie Moore, a railroad executive with more than 40 years of experience in the railroad industry, has been named president of AllEarth Rail, LLC. Charlie-Moore_AllEarth-Rail_web.jpg“We are very excited to welcome Charlie Moore as president of this new company. His knowledge, experience, and love for Vermont's railways makes him the perfect choice for AllEarth Rail,” said David Blittersdorf, founder of AllEarth Rail. Moore previously worked as the Vice President of Business Development at RailComm, a global leader in the design and implementation of rail automation systems and software for the freight, transit and industrial markets.

AllEarth Rail hires president

News Release — AllEarth Rail
July 5, 2017
Media Contact:
Meghan Dewald
C. 802-825-5952
WILLISTON, VT— Charlie Moore, a railroad executive with more than 40 years of experience in the railroad industry, has been named president of AllEarth Rail, LLC. Charlie-Moore_AllEarth-Rail_web.jpg“We are very excited to welcome Charlie Moore as president of this new company. His knowledge, experience, and love for Vermont's railways makes him the perfect choice for AllEarth Rail,” said David Blittersdorf, founder of AllEarth Rail. Moore previously worked as the Vice President of Business Development at RailComm, a global leader in the design and implementation of rail automation systems and software for the freight, transit and industrial markets.

Alleged attempt at chain saw justice may cap long legal battle

David LeBlanc stands near the boathouse his father, Herman LeBlanc, of Newport Center, allegedly cut apart last month. The boathouse is owned by neighbor Robert Snelgrove. Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="boathouse" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">David LeBlanc stands near the boathouse his father, Herman LeBlanc, of Newport Center, allegedly cut apart last month. The boathouse is owned by neighbor Robert Snelgrove. Photo by Mike Polhamus/VTDigger
Police say a Newport man got so frustrated over a property line dispute that he took matters into his own hands.

Alliance of Vermont School Board Members statement on fiscal year budget

News Release — Alliance of Vermont School Board Members
June 27, 2017
Jack Bryar
AVSBM Statement on FY2018 Budget
Last week, the Vermont School Board's Association and the Vermont Superintendent's Association issued a joint press release called “Statement on Health Insurance Negotiations and FY 2018 Budgets” denouncing what they called the “disruptive” and “damaging” plan to strip money out of local school budgets passed last March. It is a remarkable document given the fact that the VSBA, in particular, was deeply complicit in the process right up until its strategy came to its embarrassing conclusion. Both the process and the conclusion exposed the VSBA and Superintendent Association's disastrous strategy of playing political games with the Scott administration without getting the backing of the school boards they claim to represent. The VSBA, in particular, had been working closely with Governor Phil Scott for months. They had enthusiastically signed on the Governor's suggestion that they negotiate teacher health benefits on behalf of school boards, without the inconvenience of asking school boards what they thought of the idea.

Allianz wins naming rights for new soccer stadium

MinnPost staff

Congratulations to the brands! The Star Tribune's Paul Klauda reports: “Minnesota United's new soccer stadium in St. Paul will be called Allianz Field, the team announced Tuesday morning. … The naming rights had leaked out Monday when the Allianz Life Twitter feed briefly featured this tweet, which was deleted after several minutes: … ‘Soccer fans? You betcha!

AllYouCanTech launches map and catalog of Vermont tech

News Release — AllYouCanTech
June 28, 2017
AllYouCanTech launches curated map and catalog of Vermont's tech companies, jobs, and events
BURLINGTON, Vermont, June 28 – Since he moved to Vermont five years ago, AllYouCanTech's founder Artur Adib has been working remotely for Silicon Valley companies like Twitter, Mozilla (Firefox), and most recently the Google-funded startup Magic Leap. This summer, he left his corporate job and launched to solve a problem he's experienced himself for the last five years: Finding tech employers, jobs, and events in Vermont. “It's really incredible how rich the tech employment landscape is in Vermont, but you wouldn't know this without being extremely well connected or going out of your way to dig the data up,” says Adib. “Through a combination of automation and curation from multiple sources, I was able to identify nearly 100 local employers, and counting, that can be considered ‘tech companies,' meaning their business is enabled by digital or electronic technologies they build themselves.” As Adib explains, this type of company is what his intended audience – tech employees – tends to look for. AllYouCanTech's catalog features not only Vermont-born companies, such as Inntopia out of Stowe that is already approaching 100 employees, but also regional offices of out-of-state employers, like Casenet, a Massachusetts-based healthcare software company with an office in Burlington.

Alone and in Limbo: Child Refugees in Sweden

Amy RussoThousands of lone minors fled war to find shelter in Sweden, a once exceptionally welcoming country. Now, asylum regulations are tightening, leaving refugees uncertain of the future.

Amazon infrastructure EIAs under-assess biodiversity; scientists offer solutions

Many dozens of major infrastructure projects — including highways, dams and mines — have been given the green light in the Brazilian Amazon in recent years, and hundreds more are in the pipeline – but how well do their Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) perform? Are their projections of harm accurate, and do they sufficiently manage risk? Many projects, such as the Tapajós dam complex, have hit the headlines due to their projected social and ecological impacts, which include deforestation, harm to aquatic and terrestrial species, disruption to flood and nutrient cycles, increased carbon emissions, the flooding of sacred lands and the forced relocation of river communities. As a guard against these threats, all major development in the Brazilian Amazon requires that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) be carried out as part of the project licensing process. But a recent paper, examining three large infrastructure projects in the region, has found just how ineffective the existing EIA process can be.

Amazonian city drags down fish stocks in 1,000-kilometer shadow

The sweet-tasting tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum) is a popular staple on grills and dinner tables in Manaus, Brazil. But as the human population of the Amazonian city has soared, the effects of growing demand for this fruit-eating fish have rippled through the ecosystem, affecting tambaqui living as many as 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away. The hunt for tambaqui has gotten more difficult and the fish have become smaller, even at that distance, a team of scientists reported Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to the study, tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum) caught near the metropolis of Manaus in Brazil are about half the size of those about 1,000 kilometers upriver. Photo by Karg se (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons “I think anyone would expect there to be a small effect around the city,” said Daniel Tregidgo, an ecologist at Lancaster University in the U.K. and lead author of the study, in an interview.

America’s New Breed of Prosecutors

An estimated 10,000 people will avoid fines, jail time, and severe collateral consequences including loss of employment and housing that accompany arrest and misdemeanor convictions due to a policy shift announced by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office this month. The move, to no longer prosecute turnstile jumping, is among a number of similar actions taken by prosecutors across the country to ease the fear of arrest and prosecution faced disproportionately by low-income individuals and people of color. Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office will not prosecute driving offenses that arise from financial hardship, such as driving with a license that was suspended as a result of being unable to afford a traffic fine. Similarly, prosecutors around the nation have chosen not to prosecute marijuana possession, and not just in places where the air carries the scent of patchouli. District Attorney Mark Gonzales of Nueces County, Texas has announced that marijuana possession of two ounces or less will be penalized by fine or community service rather than criminal prosecution.

Americans are walking more, but some groups more than others

Susan Perry

More Americans are walking — both to get places and just for fun — than they were a decade ago, although that trend has not been happening at the same rate across all demographic groups, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Women are walking more than they were in the past, but for men, that trend has stalled in recent years. And for both women and men, walking was least prevalent among blacks and people with less than a college education.The report calls on communities to make walking a safe and convenient option for everybody. A low-cost promoter of healthWalking is an easy and inexpensive way of getting 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week — the minimum amount recommended by many health officials. That level of activity has been shown to help prevent high blood pressure, weight gain and other risk factors for chronic disease, and is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and certain cancers. It can also help people living with a chronic disease reduce their symptoms and improve their mobility.But half of adults in the U.S. fail to meet even that modest weekly activity goal.To evaluate walking trends among American adults, CDC officials analyzed data collected from the National Health Interview Survey in 2005, 2010 and 2015.

Amid Probe, Trump Legal Team Explores Pardons, Conflicts

Some of President Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons, reports the Washington Post. Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of his legal advisers. A second person said Trump's lawyers have been discussing the president's pardoning powers among themselves. Trump's legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller's investigation.

Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

by Joe Sexton

Last Wednesday, July 19, was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. The Supreme Court, in its latest ruling in the controversial travel ban case, said that people from the six largely Muslim countries covered by the immigration enforcement action could enter the U.S. if they had a grandparent here, refusing to overturn a ruling that grandparents qualified as “bona fide relatives.” And then, late in the day, President Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to The New York Times, one that, among other things, laid into Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The day also produced its share of what, sadly, has come to qualify as routine news: A Muslim organization in Sacramento, California, received a package in the mail that included a Koran in a tub of lard; police in Boise, Idaho, identified a teenage boy as the person likely responsible for scratching racist words on a car; in Lansing, Michigan, police launched a search for a suspect in the case of an assault against a Hispanic man. The victim had been found with a note indicating his attacker had been motivated by racial animus.

Amtrak loses bid to operate new Hartford commuter rail

A joint venture of TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts was chosen over Amtrak and three other bidders Monday as operator of the Hartford Line, a commuter rail service to New Haven and Springfield that will open next year with a deep federal operating subsidy.

An Appeal to Prosecutors: We Hold the Power to Reform Justice

Last month, hundreds of people came to the Massachusetts State House in Boston to advocate for criminal justice reform. It is not the first time this happened and it probably will not be the last. For many, this advocacy is personal. Dylan Hayre
It was personal for me because I was a prosecutor, so I had tools at my disposal that allowed me to irreparably harm people. Now I can make amends.

An early look at how Anthony Scaramucci will serve Trump

Eric Black

Maybe I attach too much importance to a few old-fashioned virtues like telling the truth, factual accuracy, and answering the question you are asked (or, if you are not going to answer it, say so frankly and explain why you won't).Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House director of communications, led off “State of Union” and “Face the Nation” yesterday. Good hair. Good smile. Rising from middle-class roots, he went to Harvard Law School and made his own fortune on Wall Street. Professes his “love” for Donald Trump (although he supported several of Trump's rivals for the GOP nomination until they were eliminated).

An evolving civil rights soundtrack, today’s protest music follows a storied tradition

Music played an important role in the civil rights movement that helped transform the nation. Songs such as Sam Cooke's “A Change is Gonna Come” and “We Shall Not Be Moved” by Mavis Staples inspired black people to push for change — and moved the hearts of others. For Andrew Gibson, founder of the Freedom Arts and Education Center in St. Louis, paying attention of the songs of the civil rights era and beyond can help people understand the new wave of activism sweeping the country. With that in Mind, he's organized “Songs of the Civil Rights Movement,” to support the Missouri History Museum's current exhibition “#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St.

An Ode To “The Simpsons”

I sat on the stage under the lights at Best Video Film and Cultural Center, and we were playing a song about prostitution. Drummer Mike Paolucci had just started up the beat. Singer Anne Rhodes was swinging it. Guitarist Chris Cretella, accordionist Adam Matlock, cellist Nathan Bontrager, and bassist Mike Tepper fell in. I was waiting for my part.

Analysis of the U.S. Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act

KHI has developed an issue brief describing the main elements of the U.S. Senate's proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a bill entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that compared to current law, the BCRA will result in 22 million more uninsured Americans and will also reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026.

Analysis: A 2018 Texas legislative battle map, federal courts willing

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. The three federal judges hearing the latest arguments in the state's redistricting case could make significant changes to the makeup of the Texas House — if they decide to change the maps before next year's elections. If they don't — or if the changes they make are relatively minor — not very many House districts are competitive in a general election. The Texas Senate is out of the court's reach; the political maps for those 31 seats were agreed to and blessed by both the courts and the state years ago. With a couple of exceptions, they're not very competitive — at least in general elections.

Analysis: Follow the leader — if you can find him

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. You can't vote with the governor if you don't know what his positions are. Gov. Greg Abbott told the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation this week that he'll be keeping score during the special session that started Tuesday, letting people know which lawmakers are with him and which ones are against him. Abbott is putting 20 items on the agenda; it's simple to figure out what he wants the Legislature to work on. But the devil is in the details, as they say, and there is a world of difference between one set of restroom regulations and another, between various property tax proposals or voucher schemes.

Analysis: For lawmakers, like kids, education can be very difficult

One should avoid the word “never” when trying to describe what might happen in the Texas Legislature — even when talking about things that seem impossible. Let's say it is unlikely, then, that the same Texas lawmakers who couldn't solve school finance during the regular session will work it out in the current 30-day special session, or that using public money for private education is suddenly more acceptable to them than it was a couple of months ago. Money is tight. Tempers are high. Lawmakers aren't on the same page.

Analysis: In special session, Texas Senate’s the hare, House is the tortoise

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Does this seem familiar? The Texas Senate is ripping through an ambitious agenda, racing through the 20 issues on the governor's special session agenda in an effort to finish within the 30 days allotted for that work. The Texas House is more deliberate, spending its time on the single issue that must pass — sunset legislation that would continue, for two more years, the lives of five government agencies — and leaving the other 19 issues for later. This full-speed-ahead vs.

Analysis: Ratepayers foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of finding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in large part with funds collected from customers' energy bills. A study released in May by the Energy Policy Institute, a watchdog group, detailed how EEI pushes for policies that are widely considered to curb the growth of distributed solar energy. The Energy Policy Institute features excerpts from EEI's reports and communications with its member investor-owned utilities on issues including how utilities deal with rooftop solar in their service territories, and the nationwide debate over our shifting energy landscape.

Analysis: Special session sniping underway before the opening gavels

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. At Wimbledon, tennis players shake hands at the beginning and end of each match. Boxers exchange fist-bumps before they start knocking each other's brains out. As a special session of the Texas Legislature commences, state leaders are trash-talking each other. If you were hoping the gathering that begins Tuesday would offer civility and a fresh start after a rancorous regular session this year, you're out of luck.

Analysis: Telling Texas Political Fortunes is Easy, With a Map

It's true that three of the Republican incumbents in the Texas congressional delegation live in districts where Donald Trump lost, but unless judges change the state's political maps, two of those districts are still dominated by the GOP. The post Analysis: Telling Texas Political Fortunes is Easy, With a Map appeared first on Rivard Report.

Analysis: Telling Texas political fortunes is easy, with a map

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Three federal judges in San Antonio are listening to arguments about what's wrong and right about the state's political districts. But you go to elections with the districts you have, and the current maps — the ones those judges might or might not decide to change — show some weaknesses and some strengths for incumbent politicians and parties in 2018. Lots of political types have pointed to presumably Republican districts in Texas (and elsewhere) where voters chose Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in last year's presidential general election. The takeaway, generally speaking, is that Republican members of Congress in those districts need to watch their backs, since their futures depend on voters with wandering eyes.

Analysis: Texas Republicans deciding where to go on bathrooms

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott have figured out how to make mainstream Republicans a splinter group in their own party. Or maybe it's the other way around: The party's traditional establishment has slipped out of the mainstream and is just now coming to realize what a pickle it's in. The “bathroom bill” is popular with social conservatives, who are loud and energetic about it, and not with business conservatives, who have been quiet and passive for most of the year. The lieutenant governor is on the side of the social conservatives.

Analysis: The advantages of having really, really good “friends”

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Is there a compelling reason to let people buy things for Texas public officials without attaching their names to their purchases? This is a festering question, since the state has a high official charged with crimes who is raising money from friendly rich folks to pay for his legal defense. To top it off, at least one of those friends is anonymous. If you are accused of committing a crime, as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been, and you do not have the money to pay the kinds of expensive lawyers who can secure your escape from the grip of government, you can always turn to your friends to see if they'll put up the cash.

Analysis: The biggest prize in the Texas redistricting fight isn’t a new map

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. Federal redistricting litigation is unlikely to ruin the Republican majorities in the Texas House or the state's congressional delegation. But Republican overreach might give Texas Democrats the next best thing: powerful leverage the next time the political maps are drawn. The latest round in the seemingly endless legal proceedings over the state's maps for legislative and congressional districts resumes this morning in San Antonio. Three federal judges are deciding whether the state's maps are illegal and need some changes.

Analysis: The political play behind Gov. Abbott’s call for $1,000 teacher pay raises

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. What's an unfunded mandate look like? Is that when the state tells school districts to give teachers at $1,000 pay raise and doesn't send the money to cover it? The $120 million Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed from the state budget isn't going to be enough to cover the teacher pay raises he says he wants the Legislature to approve during the coming special session, which is another way of saying that the state isn't going to pay for it. That means local property taxpayers would have to cover the tab if lawmakers "give" each of the state's 353,805 public school teachers another $1,000 per year.

Analysis: When Austin isn’t the summer getaway lawmakers had in mind

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. If you don't count junkets and legislative conferences and other adventures, Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, are the biggest pins on the Texas Legislature's travel map. That's where the Democrats hid in 2003, having left the state to block votes on political redistricting maps that were — and still are — strongly tilted in favor of the Republicans. If at least one-third of the House or Senate leaves town, the stay-behinds are prevented from meeting. They don't have the quorum necessary to conduct business in their chamber.

And they’re off… Sheridan businessman files for governor’s race

A Sheridan resident made the first public filing for the 2018 campaign for Wyoming's next governor. William Dahlin created the campaign committee “Dahlin for Governor” with the Wyoming Secretary of State's office on June 20. Dahlin has never held a political office in Wyoming, said Garth Turner, who is listed as his campaign chairman. He is running as a Republican. That makes him a potential unknown in a primary race where more renowned names such as Secretary of State Ed Murray, State Treasurer Mark Gordon and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis have all been bandied about in political circles as possible entrants in the race for the governor's mansion.

Animal advocates to rally at courthouse for Eden dogs

News Release — For the Love of Dogs: Vermont Dog Rescue
June 30, 2017
Media Contact:
(802) 730-2350
ANIMAL ADVOCATES TO RALLY AT COURTHOUSE TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR EDEN DOGSCharges against Carol Merchant dismissed without prejudice in April 2017
HYDE PARK, Vt. – Dozens of animal advocates from across the Green Mountain State and New Hampshire will peacefully gather at Lamoille County Courthouse to honor and remember the Eden Dogs' struggles, then and now, and to seek justice for them by demanding charges be refiled against Carol Merchant, 60, of Eden. Without notice to Lamoille County State's Attorney Paul Finnerty, his staff or other interested parties, honorable Judge Thomas Carlson dismissed without prejudice the eight felony animal cruelty charges against Merchant, now known as Carol Byrd. Adopters and their Eden rescues will share their stories, highlighting their triumphs and challenges in adopting severely abused dogs, some of which are still struggling emotionally and physically. Other speakers will include foster families, rescue workers and shelter/humane society representatives who were directly or indirectly involved in the case.

Animated animals: can games engage an audience with a conservation message?

As technology for data analysis and visualization improves, online gaming could turn out to be a valuable tool for conservation education, advocacy, and funding. Its role in promoting positive change for nature and humanity has been debated, and its potential in helping biodiversity conservation even formally researched. However, this potential has not yet been fully realized, despite games' global popularity. The games market is enormous: more than 2 billion people play video games worldwide. Newzoo's latest Global Games Market Report estimates that game revenues reached nearly US $100 billion in 2016, mostly from digital games.

Annie’s in town

The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, including "Tomorrow"

Announcing our first-ever audience engagement fellow, Anna Casey

Illinois Humanities and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting jointly announced today that Anna Casey has been named their first-ever Audience Engagement Fellow. Anna Casey
During the 12-month term of her Fellowship, Casey will work full-time with the Center, a Champaign-based nonprofit investigative newsroom focused on agriculture and agribusiness, to build dialogue with the community members and involve them more deeply in the reporting process. Casey comes to the Center's team from Austin, TX, where she completed a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas. Her reporting has appeared in outlets including the Texas Tribune, the Austin American-Statesman, and, the website of National Public Radio. “Anna's on-the-ground community engagement experience coupled with her extensive reporting experience and vast skill set make her the ideal candidate for this position,” said Pam Dempsey, executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Annual Street Festival, Car Show & Chili Cook-Off July 15

Event will take place in downtown Hollister on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another state employee union not voting on wage concessions

The nearly 175 assistant attorneys general won't be casting ballots on the three-year wage freeze and three furlough days per worker that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has requested. The 990-member state police union also is not voting on wage givebacks.

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.

Ansonia Nurse Accused Of Murder Gets Another Chance To Keep License

A licensed practical nurse from Ansonia who is accused of murdering an Eastern Connecticut State University student will get another chance to keep his nursing license. Last week, the Board of Examiners for Nursing vacated a decision it made in June to revoke the license of Jermaine V. Richards, 34, after Richards, who is being held on a $500,000 bond at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, requested a continuance on a hearing he had been unable to attend in June. The board on July 19 granted his request for the continuance. Richards is facing charges that he was involved in a fight with a visitor in a patient's home. In June, the board had concluded after the hearing that he slept while on duty at a patient's home, misrepresented himself as a registered nurse, violated the patient's privacy by bringing a visitor to the home and then had a physical altercation with the visitor, state records show.

Antarctica’s Larsen C calves giant, 6,000 square kilometer iceberg

On Wednesday, all eyes were on Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf as a long-awaited iceberg, the size of the U.S. state of Delaware, finally broke loose, floating off into the Southern Ocean — and into the record books. Scientists had been closely monitoring the ice shelf, the continent's fourth largest, since last December, when they observed the then-90-mile long rift suddenly surge forward 11 miles. Unable to put boots on the ground due to the ice shelf's remote location, harsh weather and safety concerns, scientists relied on satellite imagery and the occasional fly-over to survey the rift in the months leading up to the calving. The lack of up-close surveillance, along with complex ice shelf dynamics, didn't allow researchers to pinpoint the precise calving date, with Wednesday's event very much expected, but coming as a bit of a surprise. “It's kind of like predicting earthquakes.

Anthem asks Missourians to think twice before going to the emergency room

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of Missouri's largest insurers, no longer covers emergency room visits that it deems unnecessary. The policy aims to save costs and direct low-risk patients to primary care physicians and urgent care clinics. But doctors say patients may avoid going to a hospital when they really need it, if they fear a large bill.

Anthony Pollina: Middle class needs tax reform, not budget cuts

Editor's note: This commentary is by state Sen. Anthony Pollina, P-Washington, of Middlesex, who is the interim chair of the Vermont Progressive Party. Gov. Phil Scott had already told agency heads to propose budgets with spending cuts of 2 percent to 4 percent. And now some legislators have quickly begun considering budget cuts as the only response to lower than expected revenues. Sound familiar? It should.

Anti-bullying support: the power of peers

The first time my son was bullied, it was not by a child but an after-school care employee. My son was in kindergarten. He and his sister were about the same size and he accidentally wore her pair of jeans, which had small pink embroidery on the pocket, hidden because of the long shirt he had on that day.The staff member asked my son, "Hey, are you a boy or a girl?" She showed my husband the pink decoration as she asked my son if he was sure.Because of that one day, my son double-checked what pants he was wearing for months. For years he was terrified of the slightest idea of pink on his body.

Anti-nuclear group doubts Vermont Yankee cleanup plan

Vermont Yankee spent fuel pad. Photo courtesy of Vermont Yankee
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Vermont Yankee" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 150w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">A Vermont Yankee spent fuel pad. Photo courtesy of Vermont YankeeBRATTLEBORO – The company that wants to buy Vermont Yankee hasn't properly assessed the plant for radiological contamination and “cannot know” the true cleanup cost, a Brattleboro anti-nuclear group contends. The New England Coalition, in new filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, seeks to intervene in the federal review of Vermont Yankee's proposed sale to NorthStar Group Services. One of the coalition's biggest concerns mirrors worries that have been previously expressed by Vermont officials: that NorthStar could run into unforeseen problems and run out of money before finishing decommissioning.

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
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Lisa Menard" srcset=" 300w, 125w, 610w, 150w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1">Lisa Menard, commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

Anticipating lower revenue, MDOT drafts smaller budget for 2019

The Department of Transportation budget request for fiscal year 2019 may be $100 million less than the amount the department was appropriated for the current fiscal year. For fiscal year 2018, the department was appropriated $1.2 billion by the Legislature. In a draft presented this week to the commissioners of transportation by department staff, the budget request forecast is $1.1 billion. The commissioners could vote to approve the draft of the budget proposal at their next meeting later this month. Federal funds to Mississippi Department of Transportation are expected to remain steady in the coming fiscal year, but income from project specific projects will be reduced and a number of budget line items will be lower.

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Arch Coal at crossroads in review.

Ultimately, Arch Coal envisions potentially building more than six miles of temporary roads and 48 pads to drill methane wells across the 1,700 acres it hopes to lease.

Architects Unveil ‘City Hall For All’ Design Projects

Designers and architects charged with making City Hall's main entrance accessible to people of all physical abilities were given three months to draft and submit their innovative proposals. Those proposals were showcased to a public audience Monday night at the American Institute of Architects' San Antonio office. City Hall for All is a partnership project seeking to give citizens […]
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Arizona highway crashes increase for 6th straight year

Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state's Department of Transportation.

Arizona lawmakers blast Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

The response from many Arizona lawmakers was swift Wednesday after President Trump said in a series of tweets that transgender individuals would not be able to serve “in any capacity” in the military. Several criticized both the message and the medium, while Rep. Martha McSally — who frequently touts her status as an Air Force veteran — stayed mum.

Arizona Regents: DREAMers to keep in-state tuition for now

The Arizona Board of Regents decided Thursday to keep offering in-state tuition to Arizona DREAMers until courts ultimately decide whether offering a tuition break to undocumented students is legal.

Arks of the Apocalypse.

All around the world, scientists are building repositories
of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing
to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing.

Arks of the apocalypse.

It was a freakishly warm evening last October when a maintenance worker first discovered the water — torrents of it, rushing into the entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storage facility dug some 400 feet into the side of a mountain on a Norwegian island near the North Pole.

Arrest at motorcycle rally leads to warrant for drug sales

52-year-old arrested in Salinas on suspicion of selling cocaine at the motorcycle rally in downtown Hollister

Arrest Made In Teen Shooting

Police Tuesday morning arrested a 21-year-old Lilac Street man in connection with this past weekend's shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Newhallville.

Arrests down, fewer calls for service during rally weekend

619 calls for service on rally weekend was down from 753 last year; 86 citations issued matched three-year high

Arrests, calls for service dropped during rally weekend

619 calls for service on rally weekend was down from 753 last year; 86 citations issued matched three-year high

Arrests, fewer calls for service during rally weekend

619 calls for service on rally weekend was down from 753 last year; 86 citations issued matched three-year high

Artcrank throws a ‘Greatest Hits’ bike-inspired poster party; Ginger Commodore Quartet honors Rondo

Pamela Espeland

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend this year's Artcrank party on Saturday, an annual one-day celebration of bike-inspired poster art, bikes and beer. Now in its 10th year, what began as a bright idea has become a tradition, an archive, a website and a business that's always evolving.Founded in 2007 by Charles Youel, Artcrank is about doing something you love, being open to change, making it work and staying excited. All of which Youel has done from the start.For 2017, what's old is new again. Instead of featuring 50 brand-new original posters by local artists, Youel backpedaled (sorry) and pulled 50 favorites from the first nine years for a “Greatest Hits” show. Instead of traveling the country and the world – at one point, there were Artcranks in multiple cities, including San Francisco, Portland, London and Paris – Minneapolis is the only event he has planned for this year.We spoke with Youel earlier this week about Artcrank, where it has been and where it's going.MinnPost: How did Artcrank get started?Charles Youel: I was searching for a creative outlet outside of my day job.

Artist Traces Father’s Steps Through World War II

After discovering a collection of his father's dramatic World War ll letters at his home, artist Robert Reynolds set off on a physical and emotional journey to stand on the ground where his father fought and bled while serving in the South Pacific nearly 75 years ago.

ArtWalk in Highland Falls

Opening day is July 15ArtWalk in Highland Falls was first posted on July 11, 2017 at 7:35 am.

Arundhati Roy: We Must Globalize Dissent

For over 40 years, In These Times has published incisive reporting and analysis on one of the defining issues of our time: the crisis of inequality. Our new book, The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People, brings together In These Times' best writing on the topic from leading thinkers and journalists. In this selection, originally published in 2005, Arundhati Roy explains why the only force capable of pushing back against militarism and “economic colonialism” is working people uniting across political boundaries. “PEOPLE VS. EMPIRE” (2005)


As Abbott launches ambitious special session, ill will flows between Straus, Patrick

Seven weeks after legislative deadlock prompted Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to hold not one but two sets of dueling press conferences, each accusing the other of forcing the governor to call a special session, Texas lawmakers are back in Austin for just that. The next month will reveal the extent of the friction between the two chambers' leaders — and if those tensions have left the state's policymakers paralyzed. It will also test Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's leadership after a regular 140-day session in which he drew criticism from within his own party for keeping too much distance from the Legislature. Abbott had little choice but to call lawmakers back for up to 30 more days to avoid shutdowns of the Texas Medical Board and a few other state agencies that became hostages in the war between House and Senate leaders. He also added 19 other items to their agenda, including boosting teacher pay, limiting the ability of Texas cities and towns to regulate land use, and regulating bathroom use in public buildings for transgender people, the topic that inspired the showdown between the House and Senate in the first place.

As an old building comes down, St. Louis artists use their bricks to rethink city’s vacant spaces

What would you do with $2,500 and three pallet loads of brick? Four St. Louis art groups and collaborators will soon have an answer in the next phase of a year-long public art project overseen by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art. The "A Way, Away" project, also under the guidance of two Detroit artists, aims to draw attention to the vacant lots and demolished buildings scattered throughout the city. It gives community-focused arts programs bricks and money to help explore creative responses to the ongoing demolition of old homes in St.

As Baylor regent, top Austin lobbyist called drinking female students “perverted little tarts”

As a Baylor University regent, prominent Texas lobbyist Neal “Buddy” Jones described female students who he suspected of drinking alcohol at parties as “perverted little tarts,” the “vilest and most despicable girls” and a “group of very bad apples,” according to emails he sent in 2009. The emails, first reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald, were attached to a filing in one of several ongoing Title IX lawsuits against the private Baptist university. “It is insidious and inbred,” Jones wrote of the students' behavior, according to emails sent to a faculty adviser. Jones, who spent a decade as a Baylor regent, including two years as board chair, suggested to the Baylor administrator that one of the women be expelled. The administrator seemed to disagree in her reply, noting that the student was a senior who was of legal drinking age.

As Birthday Present, Sawtelles Rock Out

During the Sawtelles set at Never Ending Books on Saturday night an audience member every so often would yell “story” between songs if drummer Julie Sawtelle or guitarist Pete Riccio did not readily offer a little piece, as they most often do. However, this was a night when story and sharing came easily and naturally to each performer without much provocation.It was another edition of the annual birthday party for The Sawtelles, celebrated each year during this month because both Sawtelle and Riccio — who are husband and wife as well as bandmates — each have a birthday in July.

As climate change turns Puget Sound acidic, can region’s signature oysters survive?

Bill Taylor's first memory is of falling out of a boat at about age 3. Taylor's father was working the family shellfish farm in the chill waters of Puget Sound, Washington's scenic inland sea, with his young son in tow. It all happened pretty fast, but fortunately Taylor's dad plucked him out of danger's way. Nearly 60 years later, Bill Taylor is trying to figure out how to rescue his family's fifth-generation shellfish-farming operation from an ocean that's turning more acidic due to global climate change. This save is going to be a lot harder.

As congressional races draw big interest, Democrats still filling out statewide ticket

Lillie Schechter, the new chairwoman of the Harris County Democratic Party, has watched in recent months as at least seven candidates have come through the doors of the party headquarters to introduce themselves, eager for their shot at U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. That's seven candidates that she can recall, but she may be forgiven for forgetting: Texas' 7th Congressional District is one of several that have already drawn a swarm of Democratic candidates for 2018. The bonanza is unfolding not just in districts like the 7th — one of three in Texas that national Democrats are targeting — but also in even redder districts, delighting a state party that is not used to so much so interest so early. "When we have competitive primaries, we get to engage with more Democrats," Schechter said. "I do not see that as a negative thing."

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 habitat fragmentation increases, so does extinction risk: study

Researchers have long assumed that when animals are left without large areas of intact habitat, they are at greater risk of extinction: fragmentation leaves animals confined to ever-smaller areas, restricting movement and gene flow and leaving species vulnerable to threats ranging from poachers to climate change. A study published July 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) set out to quantify this risk for more than 4,000 land-dwelling mammal species across the globe — and found that species with more fragmented habitats were at greater risk of extinction. This link persisted even when researchers accounted for other factors including species' body size and overall range size. "We used statistical models that evaluated the relative contribution of fragmentation and geographic range size, as well as body size, on extinction risk," lead author Kevin Crooks, a professor in Colorado State University's Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, told Mongabay by email. "The statistical models indicate that fragmentation is still an important predictor of extinction risk after statistically accounting for the effects of range size and body size.

As heat rises, protesters demand action, face off with police at St. Louis jail

Updated July 22 at 12:00 a.m. with details from protest — More than 150 people gathered on Friday evening outside of St. Louis' Medium Security Institution — also known as the Workhouse — to protest conditions at the facility during this week's excessive heat warning . Heat index values are expected to reach between 110 and 115 degrees throughout the weekend. Protesters included friends, family, and su pporters of those incarcerated as well as Senator Jamilah Nasheed, who met with Gov. Eric Greitens today and urged him to investigate the conditions at the facility.

As heat rises, protestors demand action, face off with police at St. Louis jail

Updated July 22 at 12:00 a.m. with details from the protest — More than 150 people gathered on Friday evening outside of St. Louis' Medium Security Institution — also known as the Workhouse — to protest conditions at the facility during this week's excessive heat warning . Heat index values are expected to reach between 110 and 115 degrees throughout the weekend. Protesters included friends, family, and su pporters of those incarcerated as well as Senator Jamilah Nasheed, who met with Gov. Eric Greitens today and urged him to investigate the conditions at the facility.

As Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem faces multiple threats, local resistance grows

Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem — one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world and an ecological hotspot celebrated as the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants coexist in the wild — faces mounting pressure from agriculture, industry and infrastructure expansion. Earlier this month, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted unanimously to retain the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (THRS) on its List of World Heritage in Danger. This designation is reserved for sites facing "serious and specific dangers" such as large-scale public or private projects that threaten the future existence of the property. The THRS, a tract of globally significant rainforest that includes part of the Leuser Ecosystem as well as other forests on Indonesia's main western island of Sumatra, was in 2004 recognized as a World Heritage site for its extraordinary biodiversity, but has been inscribed on the danger list since 2011. Although the Leuser Ecosystem is recognized globally and at the national level for its ecological significance, the Aceh provincial government's 2013 land-use plan does not mention the ecosystem.

As lawmakers try to curb local Texas governments, big-city mayors left out of meetings with Abbott

If Gov. Greg Abbott has disdain for how local Texas officials govern their cities, it didn't show in a Wednesday sit-down with three mayors who were among 18 who jointly requested a meeting to discuss legislation that aims to limit or override several municipal powers. “Whether we changed anybody's mind or not, you never know,” said Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough. “But I will say it was a healthy conversation.”
What also remained to be seen Wednesday: whether Abbott plans to meet with mayors from the state's five largest cities — who were also among those who requested to meet with the governor. So far, Abbott hasn't responded to the requests from the mayors of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Abbott's office has also ignored repeated requests for comment about the matter from The Texas Tribune.

As many schools look to outfit every student with a laptop or tablet, these two Minnesota schools choose to go without

Erin Hinrichs

Grant Olson, a local software architect for CenturyLink, has made a living off being tech savvy. He's been in the industry for 19 years. But when it came time to enroll the eldest of his three kids in school, he decided to enroll him in the Minnesota Waldorf School in St. Paul — a tech-free preK-8 private school.Olson was initially drawn to the experiential nature of the school model, which was grounded more in building relationships and fostering creativity than administering grades and standardized tests, he says. As far as the school's technology guidelines went — no screen time during the week and a willingness to work toward limited to zero screen time on the weekend — he wasn't completely sold at first.

As nation listens, immigrant mom embraces new role

Originally worried about negative attention from going public with her story, Chavarria has now embraced her role as a figure in a national debate. “It's good that people know [my situation]. It's important for us, for everybody; not only for me,” she said.

As Nation Listens, Nury Embraces Role

Nury Chavarria's decision to hole up in a Fair Haven church to evade deportation wasn't the first time that she has fled her home to seek sanctuary.In 1993, near the end of a three-decade civil war, government soldiers ransacked her village in El Petén, Guatemala's northernmost region, forcing her to vacate her house and sleep overnight in a school. Shortly after, she flew to America, seeking a respite from her country's violence and poverty.

As Senate lurches toward healthcare vote, CT lawmakers have different idea

WASHINGTON — As the Senate tried to stumble toward a finish line on a proposal that would replace the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Reps. Joe Courtney and John Larson pitched their own plan. They rolled out a proposal that would allow Americans aged 50 to 64 to buy into Medicare.

As the Hugh Freeze era shatters at Ole Miss, no winners to be found

Lauren Wood, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via APHugh Freeze speaks to Ole Miss alumni gathered during the Rebel Roadshow as Chancellor Jeff Vitter, left, and Athletic Director Ross Bjork, right, sit nearby, April 26, 2017, in Tupelo,
Hugh Freeze made $5 million a year to coach Ole Miss football. He was a rock star. He took Ole Miss to its first Sugar Bowl in 46 years and won it by four touchdowns. He beat juggernaut Alabama two straight games and almost a third. He won recruiting battles against national powerhouses.

As Trump Dithers, Cyber Warfare Rages Unchecked

The Trump administration's refusal to publicly accuse Russia and others in a wave of politically motivated hacking attacks is creating a policy vacuum that security experts fear will encourage more cyber warfare, reports Reuters. In the past three months, hackers broke into official websites in Qatar, helping to create a regional crisis; suspected North Korean-backed hackers closed down British hospitals with ransomware; and a cyber attack that researchers attribute to Russia deleted data on thousands of computers in the Ukraine. Yet neither the United States nor the 29-member NATO military alliance have publicly blamed national governments for those attacks. President Trump has refused to accept conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections using cyber warfare methods to help win. “The White House is currently embroiled in a cyber crisis of existential proportion, and for the moment probably just wants ‘cyber' to go away, at least as it relates to politics,” said Kenneth Geers, a security researcher with NATO.

As Trump Jr. testifies to Congress, Neshoba County Fair still has ‘Trump fever’

Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi TodayGov. Phil Bryant, in sunglasses left, accompanies Donald Trump Jr., in red shirt, through the crowd of supporters at the Neshoba County Fair last year. PHILADELPHIA — One year ago today, Donald Trump Jr. rallied thousands of enthusiastic Neshoba County Fair-goers in a stump speech for his father's presidential campaign. Today, he and his team of attorneys are scheduled to meet with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating whether he and his father's campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election. Several attendees of this year's Neshoba County Fair – the state's most lively annual political spectacle – recalled last year's Trump visit with pride and expressed little concern about any wrongdoing by the Trump campaign. “If it happened, it happened,” said Kenny Rae, a Madison resident who donned a “Make America Great Again” cap on Tuesday.

Aspen changing course on conditional water rights?

ASPEN – Aspen city officials plan to reveal this week a proposal that seeks to resolve some of the issues raised by its efforts to maintain conditional water storage rights tied to potential dams and reservoirs on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Last week the city approved money to study underground storage, looked into how much water storage it needs, and responded in water court to a previous filing. In the past month, city officials also have met with a number of opponents in the water case. “Things are changing rather quickly regarding the current diligence cases,” Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick said Friday, referring to the two ongoing due diligence cases now unfolding in Division 5 water court. “I expect a completely different discussion will be taking place within one week.”
Barwick also said he and other city staff members “have a great deal of work to do toward that outcome” and he expects to hold a news conference by Friday about the city's proposal.

Aspen City Council wades into water shortage scenarios

Whether Aspen needs to build a reservoir to meet water demands in 2065 may depend in part on whether it wants to keep irrigating its municipal golf course during an apocalyptic drought. According to a water attorney and an economist working for the city on a risk analysis of future water shortages, Aspen may find itself unable to meet domestic water demands — including both indoor and outdoor water use — anywhere from two out of 25 years in an optimistic scenario to 19 out of 25 years in a worst-case scenario. The most optimistic scenario can be achieved, in theory, if the city limits outdoor watering by its customers and also stops diverting water from Castle Creek to irrigate the 148-acre municipal golf course and other nearby open space. Outdoor water use accounts for about 60 percent of current demand for city water. The members of the Aspen City Council took a sip of such concepts Monday at a work session on the results of a water demand study.

Aspen council OK’s $116k to drill holes, study storing water under golf course

ASPEN – The Aspen City Council agreed Monday to drill five or six test borings under the city's golf course and to dig as many as eight test pits on the course as part of a feasibility study of an underground reservoir. The city council will add $116,000 to an existing $53,000 contract with Deere and Ault Inc., an engineering firm in Longmont, to study water storage options under and on the 148-acre golf course. The amended contract added “open water storage,” or surface reservoirs, as a potential option in the next phase of the Deere and Ault study. “I think we're on the right track to say ‘Hey, listen, how much water do we really need and where do we want to store it?'” Councilman Adam Frisch said of the city's ongoing look into water needs. Tuesday, the city council has a work session to look at Aspen's water supply and demands for the future.

Aspen plans to transfer Castle and Maroon creek conditional water rights to other locations

Aspen city officials said Wednesday they plan to seek water court approval to transfer the city's two conditional water rights to store a combined 13,629 acre-feet of water in upper Castle and Maroon creeks to other potential storage locations in the Roaring Fork River valley. Those locations include 63 acres of land it has under contract to purchase for $2.65 million on Raceway Drive in Woody Creek, a neighboring gravel pit operated by Elam Construction, Inc., the city's golf course, portions of the Maroon Creek Club golf course owned by the city, and Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick said at a news conference the city is not walking away from its conditional water rights tied to the potential dams and reservoirs on Castle and Maroon creeks, but instead is holding on to those rights while seeking to transfer them, and their 1971 decree date, to new locations. “We're going to attempt to transfer the water rights down to these sites,” Barwick said. “There would not be any abandoning of water rights.

ASU Foundation tax filings reveal little on personal ties, lobbying expenses

Arizona State University's nonprofit foundation helps support the school and attract donors, but vague tax filings leave unclear how the group's "lobbying" expenditures were actually spent, and inconsistencies in those same reports don't explain what relationship exists between the organization and the university president's wife, who has been paid more than $800,000 by the nonprofit. Asked for details, the group refused to discuss them.

At 73 and still active, Hill Denson chosen for national baseball coaches Hall of Fame

Belhaven AthleticsHall of Famer Hill Denson
Hill Denson on Tuesday became the eighth Mississippi baseball coach chosen for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. And, yes, this is an award that usually comes after a coach retires. In Denson's case, they probably figured he was never going to retire. And they are probably right. When reached Tuesday morning, Denson, a 73-year-old native of Bay Springs, was busy recruiting players for Belhaven University, while adjusting to the Blazers' switch from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

At Campaign Kick-Off, Joyner Calls The Roll

His wife warned him: Don't mention all your former students and other individual supporters in your reelection kickoff speech; you'll inevitably forget someone important. Ed Joyner didn't listen.

At Colorado election divisions, it’s confusion, a flood of calls and foot traffic, and people unregistering to vote

Earlier this week, in the office of Boulder's election division, workers were keeping a tally on sticky notes when voters started calling to cancel their registration or to become so-called confidential voters. Since Monday, according to official counts, the office has seen 270 of its voters cancel their registration. About 70 have asked for confidential status, in which they sign an affidavit saying they feel their safety is at risk. That is a seismic boom for an office that typically sees just a handful of such asks each week— if that, says Mircalla Wozniak, an elections division spokeswoman. The sticky notes in Boulder, since taken away by recycling, are the fluttering physical sign of a stark reality following a week that engulfed this state's election officials in a storm of controversy.

At Home with Dogs

Boarding service opens in PhilipstownAt Home with Dogs was first posted on July 16, 2017 at 9:27 am.

At some Texas universities, students accused of rape can transfer without a record

When Sierra Smith told Baylor University she'd been sexually assaulted by a classmate during a 2016 spring break trip to South Padre Island, she hoped administrators would move to protect her and other students. It took several months of investigation, but the university eventually did, suspending the male student for three semesters for violating Baylor's sexual violence and harassment policies. But by then, the punishment had little effect. The student Smith reported had already transferred to a new school — without a blemish on his record. “It bothers me that there could be another girl out there who could go through this, too,” she said.

At tail end of Texas redistricting trial, judges skeptical of state’s defense

SAN ANTONIO — The state of Texas faced a healthy dose of judicial skepticism on Saturday as its lawyers laid out final arguments in a trial over whether lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minority voters in enacting current Texas House and Congressional district maps. A three-judge panel peppered lawyers from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office with questions that suggested they were having trouble swallowing the state's defense of its maps, premised on the argument that lawmakers were merely following court orders in creating them. The state Legislature adopted the maps in 2013 in an effort to half further legal challenges that began in 2011. In the final hours of six days of hearings, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez said he saw “nothing in the record,” to suggest the 2013 Legislature, before approving the boundaries, considered fixing voting rights violations flagged by another federal court identified ahead of time. He and another district judge, Orlando Garcia, also criticized the state's unwillingness to offer documents and testimony that might directly speak to lawmakers' intentions.

At the Bullfrog, Those Left Behind by the Global Economy Find Relief—and a Place to Talk Trump

I went to the Bullfrog looking for Dan and Rhonda. Or rather, looking for their pasts. I knew Dan was living on the streets of downtown Chicago and Rhonda had died the previous summer from an infection related to her heroin addiction. I was reporting on their lives as part of a larger project on heroin and homelessness. Dan and Rhonda had met at the Bullfrog Hotel and Bar in their hometown of Jamestown, N.Y., when Dan was living in the cut-rate rooms above the bar.

At the Texas Capitol, bathroom bill debate revs back up

There's a slight sense of déjà vu at the Texas Capitol. Legislative proposals to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans are rolling in. LGBT advocates are fiercely denouncing them as discriminatory. Fearing economic fallout, business groups and corporations are rallying in opposition. And the leaders of the House and Senate are once again squarely at odds over the issue.

At the UN, a New Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Adopted by 122 Nations

Elayne Whyte Gómez, who led the negotiations of the new nuclear weapons ban treaty, with a fellow Costa Rican diplomat, Juan Carlos Mendoza Garcia, congratulating her on July 7, 2017, on the convention's adoption. Nuclear buildup and threat of nuclear war became a front-page item this past week, after Kim Jong Un's declaration of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, confirmed on July 4 by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Such headlines — proclaimed on America's Independence Day — remind the public of the ever-present specter of nuclear destruction. But the public also remains largely unaware that a new legally binding treaty prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons was adopted by more than half of United Nations member countries on July 7, days after the North Korea launching. The treaty was approved in a UN chamber in New York by 122 yes votes; 1 no, from Netherlands; and one abstention, Singapore.

At Yale Law, FBI pick was quiet force

At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, Wray vowed to resist political pressure and preserve the agency's integrity. Those who knew him during his New Haven days, from both sides of the aisle, portrayed him in interviews as true to that image.

Attic Bargains

Synagogue organizes tag saleAttic Bargains was first posted on July 15, 2017 at 7:12 am.

Attorney for police officer in Damond shooting cites fear of ambush

MinnPost staff

City of MinneapolisOfficer Mohamed NoorStarting to see the outlines of a defense here. The Star Tribune's Randy Furst reports: “The attorney for Minneapolis police officer Matthew Harrity said that ‘it's certainly reasonable' to believe the officers were the target of a possible ambush when his partner, officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed Justine Damond in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night. … Fred Bruno declined to discuss the ongoing investigation into the incident, which has drawn national and international attention and stirred community unrest and demands for answers as to why Noor, 31, shot the 40-year-old spiritual healer from Australia. … ‘It's certainly reasonable to assume that any police officer would be concerned about a possible ambush under these circumstances,' Bruno said. ‘It was only a few weeks ago when a female NYPD cop and mother of twins was executed in her car in a very similar scenario.'”One of the big questions.

Attorney general finds DMV’s facial recognition program illegal

Attorney General TJ Donovan speaks about immigration enforcement Thursday, surrounded by other state leaders. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="TJ Donovan" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 2000w, 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Attorney General TJ Donovan. File photo by Anne Galloway/VTDiggerThe Department of Motor Vehicles' facial recognition program violates state law and should remain suspended, Attorney General TJ Donovan declared Tuesday. Gov. Phil Scott had ordered the DMV to halt the program in May pending legal review. Donovan's office said the program does not comply with Act 154.

Attorney general opposed rollback of net neutrality protections

News Release — Vermont Office of the Attorney General
July 17, 2017
T.J. Donovan
802 595 8679
Attorney General TJ Donovan today joined with 12 other attorneys general to oppose a
rollback of critical net neutrality protections by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC). In comments submitted to the FCC today, the attorneys general argue that the FCC
must ensure open access to the internet and the continued equal access to all content providers,
which can only be upheld through the principles of an open internet, or net neutrality. “The current Open Internet rules were based on the premise that consumers expect and
deserve an open and transparent Internet and that their right to access their chosen content
without interference from their service provider should be protected. The existing rules
recognize that the Internet has become an essential service in our society, and that role could be
compromised by allowing private companies, many of which have conflicts of interest, to dictate
the terms of consumers' access to and use of the Internet. Consumers expect transparency and
fairness from their Internet service when they go online, and those expectations should be
reflected in the FCC's rules,” the attorneys general stated in their comments.

Attorney general to hold forum on health care costs

Attorney General TJ Donovan will hold a public forum on health care costs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall. Donovan's office runs a Public Protection Division dedicated to consumer affairs and enforcing antitrust laws. Amy Cooper, the executive director of HealthFirst, a group that represents independent doctors, is one of the scheduled speakers. Another is Judy Henkin, the general counsel for the Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates hospital budgets and insurance premiums.
Mike Fisher, the chief health care advocate for Vermont Legal Aid, will also speak. Additional speakers will be announced closer to the event, according to Natalie Silver, a spokesperson for Donovan.

Audio: Global megadam activism and the sounds of nature in Taiwan

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we talk to Sarah Bardeen, the communications director for Berkeley, California-based NGO International Rivers. Bardeen wrote a commentary for Mongabay earlier this year after attending an international gathering of river defenders in Tbilisi, Georgia, one of many countries around the world currently in the grip of a hydroelectric dam-building boom, and we were interested in hearing about what came out of that meeting. Activists from around the world attended the conference to strategize around stopping what they see as destructive hydropower projects. As Bardeen relates in her commentary, many attendees at the conference have faced harassment, intimidation, and worse for their opposition to dam projects, but they're still standing strong in defense of free-flowing rivers. In fact, even as we were recording the interview with Bardeen, 200 indigenous Munduruku people were occupying the São Manoel hydroelectric dam building site in response to the destruction of their sacred sites by previous dam projects along the Teles Pires and Tapajós rivers in the Brazilian Amazon.

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.

Austinite and former intern for House Speaker Straus killed in Greece

A 22-year-old Austin resident and former intern at the Texas Capitol was killed Friday in a bar fight in Greece. Eight people have been arrested in the attack. Bakari Henderson, a recent graduate of the University of Arizona who was an intern in House Speaker Joe Straus' office, was vacationing on the Greek island of Zakynthos when he was approached by another customer in a bar. The confrontation quickly turned into a fistfight, and the two were asked to go outside the bar, where the fighting continued, according to the Washington Post. Henderson was beaten even after he was unconscious, according to a Greek news agency.

Author under scrutiny for long-ago ties to eugenics

Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Photo courtesy of Manchester Historical Society
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Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Photo courtesy of Manchester Historical Society
(This story is by Cherise Madigan, of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared.)
ARLINGTON — The eugenics movement is a dark chapter of Vermont's history, and now one local author's alleged role in that movement is under intense scrutiny. Dorothy Canfield Fisher was a prolific local writer, and her namesake rests at various institutions in Arlington today including Fisher Elementary School. In 1957 a Vermont children's literacy program was established in the author's honor, and the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award has recognized outstanding children's writers over the last 60 years.

Autism Researchers Extract Precious Data from Baby Teeth

By Catherine Clabby
Autism researchers have a big problem that tiny baby teeth might help solve. Evidence is rising that environmental exposures in the womb and after birth may explain some of the rise in autism diagnoses nationally, a count that now includes close to one out of every 68 kids. Baby teeth, increasingly valued biological samples, are being packed up in small containers by researchers at UNC and other collaborating campuses for shipment to Mt. Sinai in New York for analysis. Photo Courtesy of Chad Chappell, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UNC-Chapel HillBut what toxins could be causing the trouble?

Az GOP congressmen call for end of Ironwood, Sonoran nat’l monuments

A group of Republican representatives, including three Arizona congressman, are calling for the complete elimination of four national monuments in Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest just outside Tucson. They also called for shrinking or de-listing others across the nation.

Back from Nowhere, Ride delivers at the Riv

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

Back home in Texas, Cruz confronts health care politics

It took approximately 45 minutes in McKinney, a conservative bastion in North Texas. It took about a half hour in Austin, the unapologetically liberal seat of state government. But no matter what, in a pair of town halls meant to address veterans' issues this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced sharp questions about Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, leading to spirited — sometimes testy — exchanges with his constituents. “You all on the Hill are scaring the living daylights out of us,” one woman told Cruz in McKinney. The town halls were part of a congressional recess that Cruz is using to crisscross Texas at a critical time for both him and his party.

Back Roads Readings presents summer poetry series in Brownington

News Release — Back Roads Readings
July 3, 2017
Lisa von Kann
Back Roads Readings presents the 2017 Summer Poetry Series at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington Historic Village. Back Roads Readings will once again host three poetry readings in Brownington. Each reading is followed by a reception and book signing. Readings are free, handicapped accessible and everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated.

Bail Reform, and Bail Industry Donations, in Brooklyn DA Race Spotlight

Jarrett MurphyRivals have raised questions about donations by Empire Bail Bonds to Acting DA Gonzalez.Bail reform, as City Limits discussed last month, is an essential step in the path towards closing Rikers. But various players in the bail bond industry won't go down without a fight. Given that Acting-DA Eric Gonzalez has received more than $7500 from bail bond interests in campaign donations to date, critics are wondering how strongly he is committed to reforming bail practices in Brooklyn. First, some background on the money trail. In early February 2013, then-NYS Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman issued a strong call for bail reform, specifically denouncing the “profit motive” driving the bail bond industry and proposing an expanded role for nonprofit bail funds and a wider use of supervised release programs. That made the bail bond “community” nervous.

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival: Your Weekly Dose of Local, International Jazz

For four weeks, the family-friendly festival will more than double Balcones Height's population of 3,000 with an expected 4,000 jazz fans at the Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheater. The post Balcones Heights Jazz Festival: Your Weekly Dose of Local, International Jazz appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bald Mountain Theater presents Vlemk the Box Painter

News Release — Bald Mountain Theater
June 29, 2017
Bald Mountain Theater presents Vlemk the Box Painter at Spice Studio, Rochester VTPerformances nightly on July 13, 14, and 15, at 8 pm; matinee on July 16 at 4:00 pm. Can a painting be so true to life that it speaks? And, if that is achieved, is it a good thing? Bald Mountain Theater presents a performance of John Gardner's Vlemk the Box Painter, July 13 through 16 at Spice Studio in Rochester, Vermont. Gardner, famous for his novel Grendel—which retells Beowulf from the monster's point of view— has created an intense, touching and humorous fairy tale about a shambling mess of a box painter who falls in love with the local princess.

Baltimore Mayor Won’t Make Anticrime Plan Public

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh defended her administration's approach to addressing crime, saying her office has developed a formal violence reduction plan in conjunction with police, the Baltimore Sun reports. The mayor said she has the plan in writing, but did not commit to making it available for public review. One of her top critics, City Councilman Brandon Scott, ended a hearing abruptly after saying the administration did not appear prepared to provide a collaborative crime plan. The mayor offered no specifics about her plan. Her spokesman said the mayor and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will decide whether to release it publicly.

Bank of Bennington donates to Southwestern Vermont Health Care

News Release — Southwestern Vermont Health Care
July 11, 2017
Ashley Brenon Jowett
Phone: 802.447.5019
The Bank of Bennington Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care
BENNINGTON, VT—July 11, 2017—The Bank of Bennington presented a $25,000 donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Wednesday morning at the bank's flagship location at 155 North Street in Bennington. The funds, given in celebration of the bank's centennial year, are dedicated to the creation of several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system. “The hospital is a great asset to the community,” said Jim Brown, The Bank of Bennington's president and CEO, who presented the donation. “We're happy to make an investment that benefits not only the hospital but also improves the experience for families using its services.”
Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington. “Southwestern Vermont Health Care is grateful to The Bank of Bennington for its support, partnership, and generosity,” said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO, while accepting the donation.

Barbara O’Brien has three challengers for her DPS board seat so far — and one almost pulled a big upset two years ago

A Denver father who narrowly lost a seat on the Denver Public Schools board to a well-known incumbent two years ago is running again this year, one of three candidates challenging another well-known incumbent, former Colorado lieutenant governor Barbara O'Brien. O'Brien's at-large seat is among four on the seven-member board up for grabs this fall. Incumbents are running in three of the four races, and every race is now contested. The stakes are high: All seven current board members support district leaders in their brand of education reform, which includes closing low-performing schools. Victories by candidates who oppose those reforms would increase disagreement on a board that often votes 7-0.

Barrie Dunsmore: Trump Jr.’s emails

Editor's note: This commentary by retired ABC News diplomatic correspondent Barrie Dunsmore first appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald Sunday edition. All his columns can be found on his website, “This is much ado about nothing.” “It's a nothing burger.”
“There is no there there.”
That summed up the initial reaction of the White House and its lawyers to the news of the week — that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, in the expectation she had dirt on Hillary Clinton. It reminds one of the Nixon White House description of Watergate, as nothing but a “third-rate burglary.”
Yet by midweek it was clear that of all of the many reports in recent months suggesting the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian meddling in the 2016 American presidential election, this latest is potentially the most explosive. It cannot yet be said there is now legal proof of collusion, but such proof appears to be tantalizingly close.

Barrie Dunsmore: Trump’s foreign policy

Editor's note: This commentary by retired ABC News diplomatic correspondent Barrie Dunsmore first appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and Rutland Herald Sunday edition. All his columns can be found on his website, During his presidential campaign President Donald Trump said, “It's going to be so easy” to repeal and replace Obamacare. Barely a month into his presidency, he would complain, “Nobody knew health care would be so complicated.” Actually, anyone who understood health care was aware it was complicated. It's just that he didn't.

Barrier-breaking athlete Toni Stone got her start in baseball in St. Paul

Wendy Jones

Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyToni Stone meeting her idol, boxer Joe Louis, c.1949.Marcenia Lyle (Toni “Tomboy”) Stone broke both gender and racial barriers by becoming the first female professional baseball player in the Negro Major League. During her career, she played with a variety of men's teams before making history when she joined the Indianapolis Clowns, a Negro Major League Team.Toni Stone was born Marcenia Lyle Stone on July 17, 1921, in Bluefield, West Virginia. When she was ten years old, her family moved to St. Paul. Her parents, Boykin and Willa Maynard Stone, raised Marcenia in St.

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

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

Barton man sentenced for child exploitation

News Release — U.S. Department of Justice
June 29, 2017
(802) 951-6725
Fax: (802) 951-6540
Barton Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Child Exploitation
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that District Judge Geoffrey Crawford sentenced William Allen, 32, to twenty-five years in jail based on his conviction for receiving child pornography. Allen, from Barton, Vermont, must serve a lifetime period of supervised release after completing his prison sentence. Allen, who has prior Vermont convictions for possessing child pornography and for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, was initially charged in state court with child pornography offenses in June 2014. A federal indictment was returned in July 2015 against Allen and his wife, Kerissa Allen, for child pornography charges. Kerissa Allen pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in February 2016.

Baseball Camp Registration Open

Led by Beacon High School coachBaseball Camp Registration Open was first posted on July 2, 2017 at 7:51 am.

Bassmaster Elite Series to visit Lake Champlain

News Release — Bassmaster
July 19, 2017
Media Contact:
JamieDay Matthews
Dave Precht
Bassmaster Elites To Converge On Picturesque Lake Champlain
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The world's best bass fishermen will be catching mixed bags of fat largemouth and smallmouth while surrounded by some of the country's most beautiful scenery in upstate New York at the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels out of Plattsburgh, July 27-30. The last time the Elite Series visited the huge lake was during July 2007, when Alabama's Tim Horton won with a four-day total of 83 pounds, 10 ounces. The lake forms a border between northeastern New York and Vermont stretching approximately 125 miles in length, 14 miles at its widest and boasting a max depth of about 400 feet. As the season is winding down, a $100,000 payday is not the only thing on the line. After this derby, there is just one regular-season event remaining on Michigan's Lake St.

BayMark Health Services announces St. Albans location

News Release — BayMark Health Services
June 29, 2017
Media Contact:
Robin Johnson
Lewisville, Texas (Date) – BayMark Health Services, under its BAART Programs brand, and with the cooperation of Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont, has opened a temporary facility located at 10 Crest Road for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The permanent BAART Programs treatment center is under construction and is planned to open in the fall. The temporary site allows us to begin providing services immediately to better meet the needs of the community.

BBVA Compass Names New San Antonio CEO

Parker will lead commercial banking and small business operations and BBVA Compass' local global wealth team, and manage a local advisory board. The post BBVA Compass Names New San Antonio CEO appeared first on Rivard Report.

Beacon Mulls Development Ban

Mayor expresses concern over water supplyBeacon Mulls Development Ban was first posted on July 14, 2017 at 8:55 am.

Beacon Obituaries

Derek Bolden, Darlene Cleary, Anthony DiMattia, Tim Fetzer, Tom Gallagher Sr., Edward Killmer, John Kulers, Jean MacAvery, Mary Oberg, George RyanBeacon Obituaries was first posted on July 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm.

Beacon Obituaries

Joan Angot, Nat Bartholomaei, Florence Scofield, Robert WallaceBeacon Obituaries was first posted on July 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm.

Beacon Player Named Best in Region

Teammate competes for national team spotBeacon Player Named Best in Region was first posted on July 22, 2017 at 8:35 am.

Beacon Police Blotter

Select incidents from June 16 to 22Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on June 30, 2017 at 1:22 am.

Beacon Police Blotter

Selected incidents from June 28 to July 13Beacon Police Blotter was first posted on July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm.

Beacon Pool Open

Family passes sold out, but day passes availableBeacon Pool Open was first posted on July 2, 2017 at 7:43 am.

Beaver Hills Trio Runs As A Team

When people in Beaver Hills look for calmer streets or a cleaner park, they have a team of alders speaking up for them downtown.

Become a #CitizenSleuth and uncover Trump administration mysteries

Since Donald Trump became president in January, he and more than 400 of his appointees have together filed thousands of pages worth of information concerning their assets, income, business ties — and potential conflicts of interest. The Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting are today asking you help us tell the stories that are hidden in these records by becoming a #CitizenSleuth. Scour our searchable, sortable and public database of Trump administration financial disclosures to probe the mysterious companies contained within. Or perhaps you have a tip about how a key Trump administration official's friends or colleagues stand to benefit from knowing a presidential confidant. Maybe you'll simply spot something that looks strange — missing data, possible errors, someone's unusual work history or a business listing that doesn't actually exist.

Beer by the Hudson

Brewer and Riverkeeper team up for Ship Rocked IPABeer by the Hudson was first posted on July 2, 2017 at 9:35 am.

Before Punk, Skiffle Music Gave Voice to a Working Class That Wanted to Dance

When World War II ended for Britain, so did the trappings of a traditional working-class identity. Full employment coupled with expansive welfare provisions diluted a historical class consciousness largely defined by a shared experience of poverty. An increase in wealth and material security marked a shift towards more bourgeois expressions of class and values (interestingly, without access to the same bourgeois opportunities). And it also spurred the rise of a new consumer group: the working-class teenager. With teens earning real wages that had grown by 50 percent since 1938 and few looking ahead to university (more often, working class youths wound up in military service), working-class British teens had enough free time and spending power to change the cultural landscape.

Beginner’s Guide to Extracting Data from PDFs

Journalists get lots of data in PDF format — they can be tables of data that are embedded in reports, or spreadsheets that have been thoughtfully saved as PDFs before they're emailed to you — but until you can get that data into a spreadsheet, there's not much you can do with it. Luckily, there are a few great tools that can liberate your data quickly and relatively easily. I've listed some of the ones that I've tried out here (though there are no doubt loads more out there) as well as some tips on some of the more fiddly parts of scraping PDFs, including rotated tables, converting scanned PDFs and password protected PDFs. Tabula
I love Tabula. It's my go-to option, firstly because it's free, and secondly because it's really easy to use.

Behind rising rhino numbers in Nepal, a complex human story

This is the second in a two-part series on rhino conservation in Nepal's Chitwan National Park. Read Part One here. SAURAHA, Nepal — Upon arriving in Sauraha, the primary gateway to Nepal's Chitwan National Park, the dominance of tourism in the local economy becomes readily apparent. A plethora of budget lodges, souvenir shops selling wood carvings, and tour offices lines the town's main streets. As if to compensate for the relative absence of vehicle traffic in Sauraha, domestic Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) regularly lumber down the streets, en route to or from elephant-back safaris inside the park.

Behind The Headlines: How did we get to this point in the Illinois budget crisis? What’s next?

The state of Illinois has been without a budget for the past two years and could enter a third straight year without a spending plan if a budget is not sent to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by Friday . As of Friday morning, a $36 billion state budget was approved 90-25 by the Illinois House, but the proposal was an amendment and still needs another vote for final House approval. "It is hour-by-hour and leaders are talking," said WBEZ's state politics reporter Tony Arnold . "We'll see if any side moves on this. But the deal is not done."

Behind the Headlines: Illinois has finally passed a budget. What’s next?

On Friday's “Behind the Headlines," we take a look at a top news story from the week. This week, we turned our attention to the Illinois budget and, then, to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' actions this week. The state of Illinois has been without a budget for 736 days. Yesterday, that changed. State lawmakers overrode Republic Gov. Bruce Rauner's opposition to income tax increases and spending plan, passing a budget and ending the stalemate.

Behind the Headlines: What’s the future (or, rather, present) of virtual reality in journalism?

Earlier this week, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh took a look at the burgeoning field of virtual reality from a business perspective . On Friday's "Behind the Headlines," St. Louis Public Radio Engagement Producer Kimberly Springer brought a journalistic perspective to the discussion. She highlighted several projects from publications such as the New York Times , The Guardian and the Center for Investigative Reporting and also discussed the ethical implications of VR's use in journalism.

Behind the Scenes, Kushner Explores CJ Reforms

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and some Republican lawmakers are discussing potential changes to the criminal justice system, including to mandatory minimum sentencing, that could conflict with Attorney General Jeff Sessions ' tough-on-crime agenda, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kushner met this month with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), continuing a dialogue with lawmakers that began in March with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah). Kushner also has huddled with leaders of organizations involved in criminal justice. Kushner's discussions have included a range of issues, including curbing long mandatory-minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Beijing aims to curb city’s use of coal by 2020.

China's capital city Beijing is aiming to cut its coal consumption to below 5 million tonnes by 2020 and limit the use of coal in smog-prone areas, a document issued by the Beijing Municipal Government showed on Tuesday.

Belle Plaine satanic monument to be installed

MinnPost staff

Fair's fair. WCCO's Kate Raddatz reports: “A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park. … The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine. … It is being built by a group of Satanists out of Massachusetts, and it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history. … The city is allowing the monument to be built after a religious freedom group threatened to sue over another statue, which features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross.”Downtown St.

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

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

Bennington redevelopment draws investors’ interest

This is part of the vision in a redevelopment brochure for the Putnam Block project in downtown Bennington. " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Putnam Block" srcset=" 300w, 125w, 610w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1">This is part of the vision in a redevelopment brochure for the Putnam Block project in downtown Bennington.BENNINGTON — Ads seeking tenants for apartment units, retail and restaurant space in three Putnam Block buildings have prompted a surge of commitment — even though the developers have yet to close on the property and a grand opening won't occur before 2019. The Bennington Redevelopment Group, LLC, which is plannig a $54 million, multi-faceted project in the heart of the downtown, recently began advertising for lease agreements, offering a chance to “live and work in downtown Bennington.”
The group is securing pre-lease and lease agreements with tenants for Phase 1 of the redevelopment plan, with anticipated occupancy in spring 2019 and encompassing the former Putnam Hotel, the Courthouse or Pennysaver Building, and the Winslow Block. “The reaction has been great,” said Bill Colvin of the Bennington County Regional Commission, who is fielding calls from potential tenants. “While I can't talk about specific tenants at this point, I will tell you that we are over 50 percent committed for Phase 1 and I expect we will be at 80 to 90 percent by fall,” he said.

Bennington residents press officials for more action on PFOA

A resident of Bennington County gets a blood test for the chemical PFOA. Bennington Banner photo
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="PFOA" srcset=" 640w, 125w, 300w, 610w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1">A resident of Bennington County gets a blood test for the chemical PFOA. Bennington Banner photoNORTH BENNINGTON — Officials explained a $20 million settlement with the multi-national conglomerate Saint Gobain to residents here Wednesday night. The agreement is partial redress for toxic contamination of hundreds of local wells in the area. Residents applauded officials as they digested some of the best news they've heard since the wide-spread pollution was discovered early last year.

Berkeley Bound

If you had asked me at the age of 7 what my meaning of home was, I probably would've answered with “I don't know.” When I turned 7, I was taken from my father and placed into a foster home. I remember my social worker telling me that I was going to a sleepover for a few days. Even though I didn't know this lady, I believed her. As the strange lady walked me out the front door, I saw tears in my father's eyes. He told me to be brave and to always remember that he loved me and that no matter what happened I would always be his little girl.

Bernal Briefs Voters on Recent Legislative Session

In a town hall gathering, State Rep. Diego Bernal said he did not consider the past legislative session a success but pointed to a few bright spots. The post Bernal Briefs Voters on Recent Legislative Session appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bernal Debriefs Voters on Recent Legislative Session

In a town hall gathering, State Rep. Diego Bernal said he did not consider the past legislative session a success but pointed to a few bright spots. The post Bernal Debriefs Voters on Recent Legislative Session appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bernie 2020? Sanders’ Return to Iowa Fuels Speculation of Another Presidential Bid.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) returned to Iowa on Saturday for the first time since 2016 and brought the house down during a keynote speech in front of more than 1,000 community activists. His visit to the early voting swing state fueled nationwide speculation that Sanders may run for president again in 2020, a possibility he has not denied. Sanders' appearance in the corn state on Saturday was organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) Action Fund as part of their annual convention, “Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power.” Iowa CCI is a populist community organization with more than 4,000 members. The group has had a relationship with Sanders since 2014. Longtime CCI leaders opened their convention Saturday morning with call-and-response chants.

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

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

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

Bernie Sanders On the Right-Wing Ideology That Rules Our Economy

For over 40 years, In These Times has published incisive reporting and analysis on one of the defining issues of our time: the crisis of inequality. Our new book, The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People, brings together In These Times' best writing on the topic from leading thinkers and journalists. In this selection, originally published in 2009, Bernie Sanders writes about the intellectual failures, and simultaneous political success, of the “Chicago School's” greatest avatar, Milton Friedman. “THE FAILED PROPHET” (2009)


Bernie Sanders: A call to expand community health centers

Editor's note: This commentary is by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The Trump-Ryan-McConnell “health care” bill currently being pushed by Republicans in Washington is one of the worst pieces of legislation to ever pass the U.S. House of Representatives in the modern history of our country. This legislation would throw 22 million Americans off health insurance, cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion, significantly raise out-of-pocket health care costs, defund Planned Parenthood and do away with protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, it would provide $500 billion in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent, insurance companies and drug companies. I will do everything I can to defeat this bill.

Best Corn 107 Years Ago Yields Silver Basket and Gasoline Engine

“Go away from town and get the news,” Collier's Magazine advised its readers in 1910. With that in mind, the magazine traveled to an Iowa farm to feature a farmer who had earned an annual income of $6,000 after expenses. Fred McCulloch of Poweshiek County had kept meticulous records related to the management of his 325-acre farm. His detailed charts and tables included information about the exact cost of planting, caring for and harvesting his grain, as well as the number of hours of labor expended by man and horses. He claimed many of his acres netted as high as $18.50 per acre, while his field of timothy made a loss of $3.06 per acre.

Best of Data Journalism for Video Storytelling

The best-known examples of data journalism tend to be based around text and visual, but it's harder to find data journalism in video and audio. Ahead of the launch of my new MA in Data Journalism at the Birmingham School of Media, I thought I would share my list of examples of video data journalism that I use with students in exploring data storytelling across multiple platforms. If you have others, I'd love to hear about them. FOI Stories in Broadcast
Freedom of Information stories are one of the most common situations when broadcasters will have to deal with more in-depth data. These are often brought to life by thorough case studies and interviewing experts. In 2015, for example, a former and then-current MA student worked with the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire program on FOI responses from 42 police forces relating to violence in schools.

Bethel Revitalization Initiative to install trout mural

News Release — Bethel Revitalization Initiative
July 12, 2017
Rebecca Sanborn Stone
Bethel Bringing 200-foot Trout Mural to Life with $15,000 GrantVermont Arts Council funding to support three public art projects to enliven Main Street and celebrate the White River
Bethel, VT — Giant trout, colorful banners, and sculptural riverine benches will soon bring new life and color to Bethel's Main Street. Thanks to an Animating Infrastructure grant from the Vermont Arts Council and a series of creative partnerships, the “Art on the River” project will add vibrancy to a key stretch of town while also addressing practical community needs for seating, traffic calming and aesthetic improvements. This spring, the Bethel Revitalization Initiative (BRI) was one of five organizations statewide to receive funding in this competitive program. The $15,000 grant will fund three public art projects that will all celebrate and highlight the White River. Renowned Burlington-based artist Mary Lacy will paint an extended mural on the retaining wall at the intersection of Routes 12 and 107, featuring rainbow and brook trout.

Beto O’Rourke posts $2 million in fundraising in bid against Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, raised "more than $2 million dollars" in his first quarter as a U.S. Senate candidate, according to a statement he released on Facebook Thursday morning. That sum is quite large for a challenger to a sitting Senator - it surpasses the fundraising of some U.S. Senate Democratic incumbents in other states who are the subject of major party pushes to hold their seats in 2018. Texas, in comparison, is far less of a priority for the national party because of its size, conservative makeup and the high cost of advertising in the state. "We raised more than $2 million over the last three months, from more than 45,000 unique donations, most of them from Texas, every one of them that wanted to take back our state, take back the senate and take back this country," O'Rourke said. He added that none of that money came from "PACs or special interests or corporate donors."

Betsy DeVos is coming to Denver for a meeting of the conservative group ALEC — and protesters are ready

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak in Denver next week at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative group that has successfully advocated for free-market principles at statehouses across the country. While DeVos will find a friendly audience at ALEC, she'll get a different greeting from liberal activists and union leaders who are seizing on the chance to protest DeVos's agenda. This is DeVos's first visit to Colorado since the billionaire philanthropist and school choice advocate was confirmed as President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top education job. DeVos has close ties to ALEC. She is the founder of the American Federation for Children, which provides financial support to ALEC and has representation on ALEC's Education and Workforce Development Task Force.

Better Angels bus tour comes to St. Albans

News Releases — Better Angels
July 10, 2017
Ciaran O'Connor
Better Angels' One America bus tour
A National bipartisan movement to bring Americans together by bridging the partisan divide Saint Albans, VT – On July 17th, 2017 Better Angels' One America bus tour will be in St. Albans City from 5:30PM – 9PM. Better Angels launched the One America bus tour this summer to bring together Democrats and Republicans for discussions and workshops that help them clarify political disagreements, reduce rancor and stereotyped thinking, and identify areas of common ground. Saint Albans City will be the site of the Vermont stop of the tour. “I'm pleased to welcome the Better Angels' One America tour to St.

Better Angels Project comes to St. Albans

News Release — Better Angels Project
June 30, 2017
CAN WE BRIDGE THE DIVIDE? “One America” National Bus Tour
St. Albans, VT
July 17th, 2017
WHAT? An evening dinner & workshop bringing together 8 individuals from
“red” America (typically voting for Republican over Democratic
candidates, and mostly supportive of President Donald Trump and his
Administration) and 8 individuals from “blue” America (typically voting
for Democratic over Republican candidates, and mostly critical of
President Trump and his Administration). The workshop will consist of structured conversations.

Bexar County Funds First Tech Recruiter for U.S. City

The City of San Antonio is expected to soon match the County's funding for the new initiatives. The post Bexar County Funds First Tech Recruiter for U.S. City appeared first on Rivard Report.

Bexar County Implements 90-Day Outdoor Burn Ban

Dry brush piles, heavy fuel loads, varying temperatures, high wind speeds, and humid conditions are environmental factors responsible for the burn ban. The post Bexar County Implements 90-Day Outdoor Burn Ban appeared first on Rivard Report.

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

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

Big forests, big ag: Are rainforests the right place for industrial agriculture? (commentary)

The chimpanzee nest was a few months old, but there it was, right next to the tracks of the endangered forest elephant. We were in a conservation area that had been protected by Singapore-based Olam International, one of the world's largest agribusinesses. But just 100 yards away, there was no more forest, no more chimpanzees, and no more elephants. Instead monoculture palm oil plantation spread almost as far as the eye can see grown palm oil used as a common additive in everything from doughnuts to shampoo. We were in Gabon, a densely forested country on Africa's Atlantic Coast, which remains a relative stronghold for endangered wildlife like chimpanzees and forest elephants.

Big mammals flourish as Cerrado park’s savanna comes back

Part of Brazil's most altered landscape has proven that it's capable of regenerating after the effects of farming, timber plantations and ranching, according to a recent study. The research demonstrates for the first time that recovering areas in the savanna-anchored ecosystem known as the Brazilian Cerrado can support about the same numbers of large mammals as pristine sections. The findings, published online in June by the journal Biotropica, offer a bit of hope for biodiversity as the number of human-altered landscapes rises worldwide. A lot of research has shown that secondary tropical forest – that is, the forest that returns after humans have cleared what had been standing – still provides a viable habitat for many animals, though it's less robust than primary, or old-growth, forest. But the Cerrado has remained a mystery, despite the fact that it covers between 20 and 25 percent of Brazil and half of it has been converted for agriculture.

Big money dwarfs public finance in Albuquerque mayor’s race

Ricardo Chaves says he won't accept any outside cash to help in his quest to become mayor of Albuquerque. “I won't take any campaign money, because I don't want to be beholden,” Chaves said in a recent interview. “I want to represent all the people not just the special interests.” So the 81-year-old retired Albuquerque […]

Big nonprofits should pay their fair share to help meet St. Paul’s needs

As Mayor Chris Coleman and other civic leaders in St. Paul have correctly said, our city's colleges, hospitals, and major nonprofits are vital and vibrant parts of St. Paul's DNA. They make our city a better place to live. However, these institutions also contribute to an unnecessary budget crisis by not paying for the infrastructure in our city.There is currently a $32 million hole in St.

Big spike in security spending for Pruitt.

Costs for U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's personal security detail during his first months in office have been close to double those for his predecessors during the Obama administration.

Big Turtle Village Takes City Kids Into Nature For A Week

A heart drawn on a steamy school bus window was the last message that 12-year-old Lizandra Gonzalez gave to her mother, standing outside, before heading off on a week-long camping adventure Monday along with 60 other kids and counselors.

Bike accident highlights critical injury airlift protocols

One of the LifeNet helicopters that provide patient airlifts from southern Vermont to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and other Level I trauma centers in the region. Photo courtesy of LifeNet of New York
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="helicopter" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 632w, 536w, 960w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">One of the LifeNet helicopters that provide patient airlifts from southern Vermont to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and other Level I trauma centers in the region. Photo courtesy of LifeNet of New YorkBENNINGTON — An accident victim was recently airlifted from Bennington to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center via a landing site in New York, prompting questions about why the helicopter didn't use the helipad at the local hospital in Vermont. Decisions in such circumstances are keyed to getting patients the needed care as quickly as possible, said Forest Weyen, executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad. The motorcycle rider reportedly sustained serious head and other injuries June 25 in an accident on Route 7A in Bennington.

Bike Racers, Partiers Gear Up

Modern biking history began in New Haven, when Pierre Lallement, a French immigrant who settled in Connecticut, filed the first patent for a pedal-bicycle in the city in 1866. A new page was written in the city's biking history Monday as Mayor Toni Harp announced the timetable for the third annual New Haven Grand Prix and the official opening of the New Haven Party Bike.

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

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

Bill limiting city, county spending fuels war over local control

When state senators revive legislation on Saturday that could require voter approval of city and county property tax rates, lawmakers will also consider something that didn't come up during this year's regular legislative session: limiting how much money local governments spend. Sen. Craig Estes' Senate Bill 18 would require cities and counties to get voter approval if they plan to spend a certain amount more than they did in a previous year. His bill ties such an election trigger to inflation and statewide population growth. “You ask people about that and they generally think that's a good thing,” the Wichita Falls Republican said Friday. But local government officials and advocates for municipal government say the measure will hinder their ability to afford services that residents expect.

Bill Mayer (1944-2017)

Former Beacon resident was longtime classics professorBill Mayer (1944-2017) was first posted on July 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm.

Bill restricting abortion insurance gets initial nod in Texas Senate

Texas women would have to pay a separate health insurance premium to get coverage for non-emergency abortions under a bill tentatively passed by the Texas Senate Wednesday. State Sen. Brandon Creighton, the Woodlands Republican who is the lead author of the bill, said opponents of abortion should not be forced to pay for the procedure through their insurance plans and employers should be able to choose whether to include abortions in their health coverage. “I believe the majority of Texans do not prefer to subsidize the elective abortion coverage of others,” Creighton said. Senate Bill 8, which passed on a 20 to 10 vote, requires women to pay an additional insurance premium if they want their health plan to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies. It does not contain exceptions for instances of fetal abnormalities, rape or incest.

Bill Schubart: Burlington College — politics or governance failure?

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a former board member of the Vermont Journalism Trust, the umbrella organization for This piece was first aired on VPR. I've been watching the national effort to politicize Burlington College's demise and am saddened by the venality of our politics and our dangerous ignorance of nonprofit governance. It's endemic in Vermont, where too many of our major nonprofits have limped through a decade or two of unreviewed leadership performance, mission decay, and disconnection from constituents because their boards have no idea what the obligations and liabilities of board members are or even what board service means. I won't dwell on the details of Burlington College except to say that the entire fault lies with the board.

Bill Schubart: Stay the course in health care

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a former board member of the Vermont Journalism Trust, the umbrella organization for This piece was first aired on VPR. How quickly we forget. Just short of four decades ago, Vermont policymakers decided that a competitive health care system had not lowered health care costs, but was, in fact, driving costs up, as hospitals vied for more expensive technology and market share. The relationship between our 13 community hospitals and our tertiary-care hospitals – then Fletcher Allen and Dartmouth – were tortured and riddled with expense.

Bill Stone to leave state Senate

State Sen. Bill Stone, D-Holly Springs
Another legislator will be stepping down soon. Sen. Bill Stone, a Democrat from Holly Springs, will give up his seat to run his hometown's municipally owned utility, Bobby Harrison reported for the Daily Journal. “I have experience running a utility,” he told Harrison. “I think I can make a difference” as manger of the Holly Springs Utility Department.”

A former mayor of Ashland, Stone was elected to the Senate in 2008. In 2916, Stone was elected minority leader.

Bill to reopen Clear Creek Recreation Area passes Congress

The legislation to open the 63,000-acre area and designate a wilderness area unanimously approved and now heads to Senate

Billy Joe Miles Ruled Competent To Stand Trial

Kate Howard / KyCIRBilly Joe Miles, left, with attorneys Rob Eggert and Scott Cox in the Daviess County Courthouse on Nov. 17, 2016. Western Kentucky businessman Billy Joe Miles will stand trial in September, following a judge's ruling that he is mentally competent to defend himself against accusations of rape, sodomy and attempted bribery. While the 77-year-old Miles unquestionably suffers from dementia, he is still capable of understanding the charges against him as well as “the process for the determining those charges,” Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton wrote in a 12-page ruling issued Friday. Experts retained by the prosecution and defense disagreed about the effects of Miles' mental state.

Bingo, Bob, and kisses of death: checking in on the Minneapolis Republican Party’s convention

Peter Callaghan

The band of people trying to revive the all-but-dead Minneapolis Republican Party have no illusions. Not about their political clout, nor about their candidates' ability to actually win elections.But those lowered expectations also mean there's opportunities for small victories for the 34 delegates who attended the city Republican Party's endorsing convention earlier this week at the Eagles Lodge in the Seward neighborhood. Over the calls of a Bingo announcer in the bar next door, delegates spent two hours organizing, talking strategy, and considering which candidates the party will endorse for what are nominally non-partisan municipal offices.“It's kind of hard in Minneapolis to be a Republican because they have managed somehow to totally demoralize us,” said city party chair Christina Pierson. “I'm a fighter and very rarely demoralized. But some folks are afraid to show up and even let their neighbors know they're Republican.”In what may be the most-liberal and Democratic city between Chicago and Seattle, to be a Republican is to be vastly outnumbered, and always outgunned.

BioTek Gen5 software recognized for review ratings

News Release — BioTek
June 29, 2017
Chere Griffin
BioTek's Gen5 Software Wins SelectScience® Silver ‘Seal of Quality'
June 29, 2017, WINOOSKI VT, USA — BioTek Instruments' Gen5™ Microplate Reader and Imager Software was awarded a SelectScience® Silver “Seal of Quality” on June 28, 2017. The seal was awarded for Gen5 having consistently received the highest review ratings by the more than 80 users who have reviewed the software to date. Gen5 Microplate Reader and Imager Software integrates with all of BioTek's imaging and detection systems. From data and image capture through analysis to export of publication-ready data, Gen5 provides an easy, seamless workflow for myriad applications. BioTek is proud that the company's software is one of the first recipients of the SelectScience Seal of Quality. The seals are a new program designed to assist scientists in selecting the best products for their labs.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Prods States Toward Bail Reforms

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to prod states to reform their bail systems, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The new bill, which Harris co-wrote with Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, would spend $10 million annually for three years on grants for states that reform their bail systems. Most courts in the U.S. require money bail, holding defendants in jail before trial until they pay. Advocates say cash bail is unfair to poor defendants who haven't been convicted of a crime. Under Harris' bill — her first major bipartisan legislation — states would be eligible for a grant if they enact reforms such as replacing money bail with systems based on assessing a defendant's risk to the community, releasing inmates before trial in most cases, or appointing public defenders at the earliest stages of pretrial detention. In a New York Times commentary, Harris and Paul wrote, “Our justice system was designed with a promise: to treat all people equally.

Birmingham’s Frequent Flyers: City officials have logged more than $300,000 in travel expenses. Where are they going — and what do they have to show for it?

An analysis of Birmingham City Council agendas from fiscal year 2017 shows city officials — not including the mayor — have spent or been allocated more than $300,000 in travel expenses since July 2016. Officials using city money for travel include members of the City Council and its staff, mayor's office staff, Police Chief A.C. Roper and two municipal court judges. A total of 73 individuals have received travel funds from the city during the past year. Council's Travels
Ryan Scott, Weld: Birmingham's NewspaperBirmingham City Council meeting. Members of the City Council have spent $96,893.20 of taxpayer money on travel expenses during the past fiscal year.

Bisbee hosts remembrances of infamous deportation of union miners

Sunday, Bisbee wound up a week-long commemoration of the forced removal of nearly 1,300 striking miners from their homes 100 years ago. The event, known as the Bisbee Deportation, was "the biggest mass kidnapping in American history" but hasn't always been well known, even to people who grew up in the area.

Bits of Beacon History

Explosions, daredevils, cannonballs and straw hatsBits of Beacon History was first posted on July 27, 2017 at 9:04 am.

Black Dance Theatre Members Share Love of Dance with Local Youth

Students interested in the art of dance were able to sign up and take modern, jazz, or African dance classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels. The post Black Dance Theatre Members Share Love of Dance with Local Youth appeared first on Rivard Report.

Black judge orders state flag removed from his courtroom

CLARKSDALE – On his first day as a municipal judge, Carlos Moore walked in the courtroom and said he noticed the Mississippi state flag behind the judge's desk. He immediately had to take it down. “It was not going to be behind my back and for the court to see, the citizens to see,” he said. “I don't stand for white supremacy at all and so it had to go.”
The first African-American appointed as municipal court judge pro-tempore in this town's history, Moore, an attorney with Tucker-Moore law firm in Grenada, said the flag will not be on display as long as he's serving as a judge. He is one of the first judges in Mississippi to have the state flag removed from his courtroom.

Black, Gray and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color

Photo: Imani Woody, PhD, is raising $2 million to transform her childhood home into Mary's House D.C., an affordable, independent living home for LGBTQ elders. (Courtesy Mary's House D.C.)WASHINGTON, D.C.--Cecelia Hayden Smith, 72, knows exactly how she wants to live out the remainder of her golden years: lounging lazily on the porch of a cozy house tucked along a quiet, treelined street in Washington, D.C.She'd greet her partner each morning with a homemade country breakfast, and their afternoons and evenings would be filled with lively games of Spades and Bid Whist with a dozen or so housemates — all fellow LGBTQ elders.“I've already picked out my rocking chair,” the retired substance-abuse counselor quipped. “Just call me ‘Mama C,' and make sure my room is in the front, so I can always see everything going on, and I'm happy.”For now, her dream is in stark contrast of her reality. She and her partner of 30 years, a 78-year-old woman whose names she prefers not to mention, have had health challenges, forcing them to live on a fixed budget in pricey Washington, D.C.They can only afford to live in a crumbling six-bedroom townhome, which they share with three middle-aged and older straight and lesbian women. After the basics, much of their income is spent on health care and, often, an ever-growing list of repairs for the house, which has been in her partner's family for more than six decades.Hayden Smith and her partner are among the estimated 2.7 million adults age 50 and older in the U.S. who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) — about 1.1 million are 65 and older.

Block Of Chapel Street Closed

The fire department has closed Chapel Street between Orchard and Sherman in response to a hazmat issue at St. Raphael's Hospital. Pedestrians are asked not to walk alongside the hospital on either the Chapel Street side or the Orchard Street side.

Blodgett company staying in Chittenden County as it expands

The Blodgett Oven company will move from this location in Burlington's South End to a site in Essex. Photo by Alexandre Silberman/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Blodgett" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 2000w, 3000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">The Blodgett oven manufacturer will move from this location in Burlington's South End to a site in Essex. Photo by Alexandre Silberman/VTDiggerBURLINGTON — The Blodgett oven company is moving to a bigger facility in Essex after 169 years at its current lakefront location in Burlington's South End. The company produces commercial grade ovens for restaurants, fast-food chains, hospitals, schools and other organizations. The Middleby Corp., the Illinois-based parent company of G.S. Blodgett Corp., sold the South End site in late June to Russ and Roxanne Scully, local entrepreneurs who own a water sports shop and a pair of restaurants.

Bloomberg Group Cites State Gun Control Wins

Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety is claiming another round of success in new firearms restrictions passed on the state level, Politico reports. Much of that came with the support of Republicans and signatures of Republican governors. Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah all passed new restrictions on firearms for domestic abusers. Only Louisiana has a Democratic governor. According to a new “report card” from Everytown, that brings the total to 23 of states that have enhanced the laws around domestic abusers since 2013.

Blue Spruce Dairy Farm Hosts Over 1,000 People for Breakfast, Tour

News Release — New England Dairy Promotion Board
July 22, 2017
Media Contact:
Rene Thibault
New England Dairy Promotion Board
802-863-5416 x101 (office)
802-673-7057 (cell)
Bridport, Vt. – On Saturday, July 22, over a thousand-people attended Vermont Breakfast on the Farm hosted by the Audet family of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. The free, public event included a pancake breakfast and self-guided tour of the dairy farm. Visitors experienced a taste of the life and business of dairy in the Green Mountain State – home to over 850 dairy farms that make 63% of the milk for New England, according to USDA data. “Breakfast on the Farm is one way we can help ensure future generations of Vermonters maintain a connection to the land and an appreciation for the importance of agriculture in our state,” Anson Tebbetts, Vermont's Secretary of Agriculture noted.

Blues and Barbecue to Take Center Stage at TEDxSA Salon

The unconventional conference will be the first TEDxSA salon at an outdoor venue and the first to combine food with a strong musical presence. The post Blues and Barbecue to Take Center Stage at TEDxSA Salon appeared first on Rivard Report.

Blumenthal backs Wray, foresees ‘a firestorm’ for FBI

Wray, 50, told senators on the Judiciary panel that he would quit if Trump asked him to do anything illegal. He also said he did not consider special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether there were Russian ties to the Trump campaign “a witch hunt.”

Board of Libraries delays book award decision

The Vermont Board of Libraries discusses Dorothy Canfield Fisher at Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Cherise Madigan/Bennington Banner
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(This story is by Cherise Madigan of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared July 12, 2017.)
BERLIN — The Vermont Board of Libraries has delayed recommending whether to rename the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award after an impassioned debate on the author's legacy Tuesday. The board's recommendation will ultimately factor into the final decision by State Librarian Scott Murphy. “I think this is a good opportunity for us to open up this discussion,” said Murphy.

Bob Stannard: It’s called public service for a reason

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Stannard, an author, musician and former lobbyist. This piece first appeared in the Bennington Banner. In 1789 members of Congress received a whopping 50 cents per diem salary. Six years later they doubled for representatives to $1 per diem. Senators got a huge increase to $7 per diem.

Bob Stannard: Nothing to fear except fear itself

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Stannard, an author, musician and former lobbyist. This piece first appeared in the Bennington Banner. So let's talk about fear. Yes, I have written a few columns about fear and how fear is used by authoritarians to control the people. A society that lives in fear is one that is more likely to go along with their leader and possibly do some atrocious things.

Body cam video of police officer who shot dogs released

MinnPost staff

Pretty hard to watch. The Star Tribune's Paul Walsh reports: “Body camera video from a Minneapolis police officer who shot and seriously wounded two dogs in a residential backyard not only shows the best view yet of the animals' temperament and movements during the entire encounter, but the officer is heard moments later apologizing to a sobbing resident as he says how much he loves dogs. … The shooting of the dogs on the night of July 8 behind the home in the 3800 block of Queen Avenue N. also was captured nearly in its entirety on residential surveillance video, which Jennifer LeMay posted on Facebook, quickly leading to hundreds of thousands of views.”There's no such thing as a free stadium. The Pioneer Press' Frederick Melo reports: “The St. Paul City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to use nearly $1 million in tax revenue from two ‘tax increment financing' business districts to help clean up pollution at the future site of a Major League Soccer stadium.

Body found in Middlesex

Editor's note: This story is by freelancer Anna Merriman. Please check back for updates. A woman's body was found in an embankment off the side of the road in Middlesex Wednesday night and investigators have labeled her death “suspicious,” according to a statement from Vermont State Police. A Middlesex resident called police around 6 p.m. Wednesday night after finding the body of an adult woman down an embankment off the east side of Brook Road, police said in the statement. Detectives arrived at the scene Wednesday and were still investigating the area Thursday morning.

Body Recovered at Breakneck

Man found at bottom of cliff near tunnelBody Recovered at Breakneck was first posted on July 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm.

Book Chat with Journalist Suzy Hansen

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 5:30PM to 7:00PMWashington, DCUnited StatesFormer ICWA fellow discusses her latest work, Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Past-American World, which blends memoir, journalism and history. RSVP Today