Incoming CAO Vows To Rein In Overtime

Grilled at two-hour-long confirmation hearing, the returning City Hall official Mayor Toni Harp has tapped to oversee city services said his first priority will be reining in runaway police and fire overtime costs.

Increasing utility fees could rival property taxes for many in Minneapolis

Says Andy Mannix for the Strib, “Owning a home is becoming more expensive in Minneapolis, and it's not just the booming real estate market. If the City Council approves Mayor Jacob Frey's budget, the average homeowner next year will pay $1,249 in utility fees — for drinking water, wastewater, garbage collection and storm drainage — a cost that has continued to rise in recent years as the city seeks to repair an aging sewer infrastructure and embark on new building projects. This combination of fees rose 26 percent since 2014 for the average customer, according to city data. Under Frey's proposed budget, utility fees will cost just about $130 less than what the median homeowner pays to the city in property taxes in 2019.”
The Star Tribune's Paul Walsh and Mara Kecker write: “A teenager speeding from state troopers in a stolen SUV hit another vehicle and killed three people early Sunday at a south Minneapolis intersection, where the wreckage came to rest outside the door of a popular neighborhood bar shortly after closing time. The collision occurred about 1:20 a.m. at the corner of Cedar Avenue S. and E. 35th Street, according to the State Patrol.

Incumbents should denounce distorted and false ads against their opponents

I understand that trolls, Russians and disgusting people are able to produce and publicize scurrilous, factually distorted or completely wrong TV ads against candidates they wish to defeat. This phenomenon is especially active when one or both principal political parties have very little significant helpful legislation to help the current campaigns. But why do current representatives stay silent when this happens? If I were a congressman and my party unleashed such crap against my opponent in the “race,” I would loudly denounce such activity. I guess I value my ethical balance more than kowtowing to the party “leaders” who apparently don't care how much they debase the people of our nation.

Independent reviews describe state’s failure to protect children at Middletown psychiatric facility

Two independent reviews of Connecticut's residential psychiatric hospital for children in Middletown describe a staggering failure by multiple state agencies to protect children, and provide details about an environment so unsafe that seven other children attempted to kill themselves in the months surrounding the suicide of an 8-months pregnant teenager in June.

India at the UN: Thorny Questions for the Ambassador

Syed Akbaruddin, India's ambassador to the UN, chairing an event marking the first anniversary of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. On his left is Secretary-General António Guterres and, right, Achim Steiner of the UNDP, June 8, 2018. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO
Now was supposed to be the first thaw in relations between Pakistan and India after talks have been stalled since 2016. But Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan recently tweeted about India's “arrogant and negative response . .

Indian Musician at Quinn’s

Plays double-neck mandolinIndian Musician at Quinn's was first posted on October 10, 2018 at 8:04 am.

Indiana schools chief Jennifer McCormick won’t run for re-election, citing political clashes

Indiana's top education official abruptly announced Monday that she will not seek a second term, saying politics is getting in the way of her education plans for the state. “I've made up my mind,” said state Superintendent Jennifer McCormick. “It has been an honor to serve Indiana … I will still serve students for the rest of my life, but it may not be in this role.”
McCormick, a Republican who is getting ready to begin her third year in office, said she has been getting questions about her future as an elected official that have become a distraction from the work she wants to carry out at the Department of Education. McCormick won her seat in a stunning victory over Democrat incumbent Glenda Ritz in 2016. McCormick will continue her term through 2020.

Indiana should do more to hold schools accountable for serving vulnerable students, analysis says

A recent analysis calls out Indiana and more than a dozen other states for not doing enough to hold schools accountable for the performance of students of color and those with more intensive needs. The report, from the Washington-based advocacy group Alliance for Excellent Education, analyzes states' plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal education law seeks to ensure all states equitably educate students from different backgrounds, including students of color, those learning English and students with disabilities. But, the alliance argues, some states aren't meeting the law's requirements when it comes to including vulnerable groups in school ratings or in identifying schools that need to better serve them. That could mean that students who have historically lacked access to a quality education might not have their needs met, and their schools might not receive support to improve.

Indivisible Project endorses Christine Hallquist

News Release — Indivisible Project
Sept. 13, 2018
Indivisible Project Endorses Christine Hallquist for Vermont Governor
Washington, DC— Today, the Indivisible Project announced its endorsement of Christine Hallquist for Vermont governor. “Christine Hallquist has proved that Vermonters are ready for a strong, progressive governor who can push the state forward. She is focused on ensuring that everyone in Vermont gets the help and resources that they need: from expanding access to high-speed internet to advancing universal health care. The grassroots movement's dedicated support for Christine will make history in Vermont by electing the nation's first openly transgender governor.

Indonesian fish farmers get early-warning system for lake pollution

JAKARTA — Officials in Indonesia have released a predictive calendar they hope will give fish farmers in the country's largest lake a heads-up on water conditions that have previously killed off fish by the millions. The issuance of the calendar on Sept. 13, online and in print, comes in the wake of the death of millions of fish last month in Toba, a lake inside a volcanic crater in northern Sumatra. The lake experienced a similar phenomenon in 2016. Researchers have attributed the mass die-offs to a sudden depletion of oxygen in the water due to a buildup of pollutants from aquaculture, agricultural runoff, and sewage from hotels and houses.

Indonesian government puts off Sumatran rhino IVF program

JAKARTA — Hopes for a long-awaited collaboration between Indonesia and Malaysia to breed the near-extinct Sumatran rhino are fading fast, as the last of the species languish amid government inaction. Conservationists in both countries have long pushed for in vitro fertilization of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis). Indonesia is home to an estimated 100 individuals, at most, while Malaysia has just two. Under their plan, researchers hope to use sperm from one of Indonesia's captive male rhinos to fertilize eggs from the lone remaining female of the species in Malaysia. But those efforts have been stymied as the Indonesian government continues to hold out against making the sperm available or applying for a permit that would allow Malaysia to send over the eggs, according to some observers in Malaysia.

Indonesian president signs order to accelerate land reform

BANDUNG, Indonesia — President Joko Widodo has signed a presidential instruction on agrarian reform, in a bid to accelerate a program to give local communities greater control over land. The signing was announced on the opening day of the Global Land Forum in the city of Bandung on Sept. 24. A final copy of the order has yet to be released, but a draft seen by Mongabay outlined the creation of a special task force to deal with agrarian issues, to be chaired by the coordinating economic minister, with representatives from other relevant ministries and branches at the central, provincial and district government levels. The order is set to be validated by the Ministry of Law, presidential spokesperson Yanuar Nugroho told Mongabay.

Indy Cop Crowdfunds DNA Test; Pulled From Case

Though he is not a cold case investigator, Detective Sgt. William Carter of the Indianapolis Metropolitan police used his own time over the past two years to look into the unsolved rape and murder 22 years ago of Carmen Hope Van Huss, 19. The city agreed to pay the $1,600 cost of a DNA test that Carter hoped might identify a suspect. But when that test went wrong and the city balked at paying for another, Carter set up an online crowdfunding page and asked for donations, reports the Indianapolis Star. Seven hours after he began asking for donations, he had exceeded his goal.

Inequity Tops School Priority List

Audit the curriculum in every school. Define how staff should be trained and supervised. Lobby for additional state funding. Set a district-wide strategy for parent involvement. And most importantly, review the district's model of running many small schools.

Inform Your Vote: Understanding Missouri’s 2018 ballot measures

Join St. Louis on the Air for a free public forum ( registration encouraged, as space is limited ) at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 offering community members insight into four of the big decisions Missouri voters face this fall. Taking place inside St. Louis Public Radio's first-floor Community Room, the event will feature in-depth discussions with proponents and opponents of several key issues on the November 2018 ballot.

Inside an Emergency Medical Hurricane Shelter

By Rose Hoban
For the five months that members of the U.S. Public Health Service are on call every year, they're required to keep a bag packed and be ready to deploy wit 12 hours' notice. Team Commander and physician Keren Hilger (left) sits with Captain Holly Williams, RN and C3 Pastor Matt Fry. Photo credit: Rose HobanThat's what happened recently for about 73 members of the USPHS who deployed to North Carolina last week as Florence bore down on the state. The team arrived from all over the country, including Commander Keren Hilger, an emergency physician from Alaska, and another member who flew in from Hawaii. The entire team was in place by Thursday, so by the time the storm blew ashore, they had created a shelter for some of the most medically fragile people in eastern North Carolina who needed to evacuate.

Inside an Emergency Medical Hurricane Shelter

By Rose Hoban
For the five months that members of the U.S. Public Health Service are on call every year, they're required to keep a bag packed and be ready to deploy wit 12 hours' notice. Team Commander and physician Keren Hilger (left) sits with Captain Holly Williams, RN and C3 Pastor Matt Fry. Photo credit: Rose HobanThat's what happened recently for about 73 members of the USPHS who deployed to North Carolina last week as Florence bore down on the state. The team arrived from all over the country, including Commander Keren Hilger, an emergency physician from Alaska, and another member who flew in from Hawaii. The entire team was in place by Thursday, so by the time the storm blew ashore, they had created a shelter for some of the most medically fragile people in eastern North Carolina who needed to evacuate.

Insiders Say Obama’s ‘Community Trust’ Session Worked

When the 33 invited participants to Wednesday's “White House Convening on Building Community Trust” filed into the ornate Eisenhower Executive Office Building, they discovered they would be placed next to improbable seatmates. Rashad Robinson, a black political activist, had Pittsburgh's police chief, Cameron McLay, on one side of him and Anaheim, Ca., Mayor Tom Tait on the other. Fraternal Order of Police director James Pasco was placed between NAACP President Cornell Brooks and Harvard University economics Prof. Roland Fryer, reports the Washington Post. It was diversity “by design,” as President Obama said, an unorthodox, four-hour experiment in policymaking through the kind of emotional exchanges that are more often associated with therapeutic encounter sessions than bureaucratic seminars. Interviews with participants suggested.

Inspector General del Departamento de Justicia investigará un programa de la DEA vinculado con masacres en México

por Ginger Thompson
El pasado martes, el inspector general del Departamento de Justicia anunció que su oficina investigaría un programa de la Administración para el Control de las Drogas vinculado con ataques de carteles de narcotraficantes en México que dejaron docenas, o hasta cientos, de personas muertas o desaparecidas. En un oficio dirigido a congresistas demócratas, el Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz dijo que una revisión interna resaltó al programa de Unidades Investigadoras de Información Confidencial (SIU, Sensitive Investigative Units) de la DEA, como “área de alto riesgo". También mencionó que su oficina evaluaría la administración del programa por parte de esa Agencia y si existen controles internos para garantizar que las “operaciones, la información y el personal de la DEA estén protegidos contra algún compromiso". Bajo el programa, la DEA autoriza y adiestra equipos de policías federales mexicanos, conocidos como SIU encargados de llevar a cabo operaciones dirigidas por la DEA en México. El año pasado, ProPublica y National Geographic informaron que por lo menos dos de esas operaciones habían quedado comprometidas, además de activar espasmos terribles de violencia que incluyeron un incidente a menos de una hora de la frontera entre México y Texas.

Inspector General Faults Trump’s Family Separations

Migrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy often spent days in federal facilities designed for short-term use as the Department of Homeland Security struggled to track and reunify families, says a report from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General. The report outlines the difficulties the department faced enforcing the administration's zero tolerance policy, which called for the criminal prosecution of adults entering the U.S. illegally, the Wall Street Journal reports. Because children can't be held in criminal custody, more than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border in May and June, prompting widespread criticism from members of both parties before President Trump ultimately rolled back the policy at the end of June. The watchdog report concluded that “DHS was not fully prepared to implement the Administration's Zero Tolerance Policy or to deal with some of its aftereffects.” Without a centralized database to share information about children and their parents among agencies, federal agents resorted to interviewing detained adults about their children and sending information via email, leaving gaps in the data about people the government was holding, the report said. Investigators found no evidence that DHS's planned “central database” even existed.

Inspectors Sweep “Rodent Heaven”

In the trash-strewn backyard behind the Howard Mini Mart & Deli, Frank D'Amore found a collapsing chain link fence. The deputy director of the city's anti-blight Livable City Initiative (LCI) also found an uncovered hole in the ground filled with empty milk crates. And piles of fallen branches and twigs. And two large tanks: one filled with grease, one filled with water.All right next to a tattered mesh-screen doorway leading directly to the deli's kitchen.

Instagram Co-Founders To Step Down

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram, have announced their plan to leave the company that produces the popular photo-sharing application. "We're planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again," Systrom said in a statement on the company's website. "Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that's what we plan to do." The New York Times notes that the departures call into question what Instagram's future will look like during an already rocky time for parent Facebook, which bought the company in 2012. Facebook has come under fire from critics over a number of issues in recent months, including perceived carelessness with user data, not preventing foreign interference, and according to the ACLU , allowing employers to discriminate by excluding women and older men from targeted ads on the social media site.

Institute Library Gets 15 Minutes Of Fame

Memory Tags." alt="Jean Scott">The tiny portraits look like they're tumbling through space. If we don't put out our hands to catch them, they'll fall and be lost. If we happen to be looking the other way, we might miss them altogether.But they're really just hanging on the wall, and the portraits are preserved for us to examine. They're little pieces of the subjects for us to remember them by.

Insurance Exchanges Launch With Few Glitches

A Los Angeles furniture store worker who had never had health insurance enrolled in a plan for $75 a month that will cover both him and his son. An unemployed accountant in Charlotte, N.C., who tried and failed to sign up last year found coverage for $11.75 a month. A self-employed house contractor from West Palm Beach, Fla., found a health plan that will cost him nothing.

Int’l protections not stopping pangolin overexploitation in Cameroon

Pangolins living in Central Africa aren't feeling the effects of a landmark decision in 2016 to protect them from a ravenous international trade, a report published in July has found. The decision to protect the eight pangolin species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix I in 2016, outlawing their international trade, was seen as a win for the scaly anteater-like animals, considered to be the “most illegally traded wild mammal” by the IUCN's pangolin specialist group. Pangolins have long been a favorite target of bushmeat hunters across Africa, but surging demand from Asia for the animals' scales, which are used in traditional medicines, have driven up hunting pressure on African pangolins. A tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) caught by a farmer in the Republic of Congo. Image by Lucie Escouflaire/Wildlife Conservation Society.

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Nationwide Test

FEMA and FCC to conduct a nationwide test of Wireless Emergency Alerts and the Emergency Alert System October 3 at 11:18 a.m.

International Institute gets 3-year grant to combat human trafficking

The International Institute of St. Louis has received a grant from the U.S. Justice Department to fund initiatives to address problems of labor and sex trafficking in the St. Louis region. The grant will provide the institute with $250,000 annually for three years. “The services available to victims includes everything from housing, supportive services, access to health care and general case management,” said Blake Hamilton, the International Institute's vice president of programs. The Institute is a part of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of Eastern Missouri, along with the St.

International Institute of St. Louis gets 3-year grant to combat human trafficking

The International Institute of St. Louis has received a grant from the U.S. Justice Department to fund initiatives to address problems of labor and sex trafficking in the St. Louis region. The grant will provide the institute with $250,000 annually for three years. “The services available to victims includes everything from housing, supportive services, access to health care and general case management,” said Blake Hamilton, the International Institute's vice president of programs. The Institute is a part of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of Eastern Missouri, along with the St.

Internship program helps individuals with disabilities find employment

Young adults with disabilities now have a new internship opportunity to join in Rochester. Two organizations, Jewish Senior Life and Heritage Christian Services will offer Project SEARCH - a nationally recognized work prep program for people 18 to 35 who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Young adults with disabilities now have a new internship opportunity to join in Rochester. WXXIs Caitlin Whyte has this report. Mike King is the president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life and says as a parent of an individual with disabilities, this age can be a scary time.

Intervale Center to host gelaning and food rescue program

News Release — Intervale Center
Sept. 14, 2018
(802) 660-0440 x113
Plentiful Harvests For All
This time of year, local vegetables are plentiful through farmers' markets, grocery stores and CSAs. However, recent surveys show that 13% of all Vermonters and 17% of Vermont children are food insecure. That's one in seven Vermonters struggling to find consistent and nutritious meals at some point each year. The Intervale Center's Gleaning & Food Rescue Program is one of many local initiatives working to make sure more Vermonters have dignified access to fresh, healthy food that they can afford.

Introducing … the 2018 Oklahoma Voter Guide

This 2018 Voter Guide provides a nonpartisan, impartial review of the five state questions on Oklahoma's general-election ballot, lists the statewide and legislative candidates and offers basic voting information. The guide also compares stances on issues among the gubernatorial candidates. The 2018 Voter Guide is a project of the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma with contributions from Oklahoma Watch and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Get ready to vote by reading…
The 2018 Oklahoma Voter Guide

Iowa Democrats Trying To Keep New Presidential Precinct Caucus Rules In Sync With New Hampshire Primary


Leading Iowa Democrats say changes in how their precinct caucuses are run will make participation in the nation's first presidential nominating caucuses more open in 2020 than it was in 2016, when confusion existed over how caucus night delegates supporting Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were selected. The Democratic National Committee has recommended that states like Iowa give party members who cannot attend a caucus in person the chance of voting by absentee ballot, that the state party release raw vote totals for the first effort to form viable groups for candidates, and that caucus night results do not get changed later. Iowa's Democratic Party is holding listening sessions around the state to gather input and present to the national party a plan for running its 2020 presidential precinct caucuses. “We want to make sure that it is easier for people to participate,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in an IowaWatch Connection radio report that aired this past weekend. “I'm very confident that we're going to see a very robust caucus in 2020 and its going to be far more inclusive everywhere.

Iowa Taking Next Steps For Wind Power Storage

As one of the nation's leading producers of wind energy, Iowa has abundant — but also sporadic — energy resources. State officials see huge potential for batteries to help make the most of its wind and solar generation, and they hope to test it with a new grant-funded project. The Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded a $200,000 grant to support research into the workings of two large solar-plus-storage projects by Fairfield-based Ideal Energy. Ideal will gather information about how the systems work and share it with a team of researchers at Iowa State University who will analyze it. “We think there is much potential in this state for storage applications,” said Brian Sellinger, the team leader for Iowa's energy office, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Iowans Say National Survey On Violence Against ER Workers Is No Surprise

An American College of Emergency Physicians survey revealing that nearly 50 percent of emergency physicians have been physically assaulted on the job comes as no surprise to Dr. Matthew Aucutt of Cedar Rapids. “We've been concerned about that for many years,” Aucutt, medical director at the Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical Center's emergency department, said about violence against emergency room health care workers. While he had no data on emergency room violence in Iowa, he said that, anecdotally, “there's a sense that it's progressively gotten worse and worse.”
The American College of Emergency Physicians survey showed that 69 percent of the 3,539 respondents — including 28 from Iowa — said they believe violence in their workplace is increasing. The email survey, with California, Texas, New York and Florida providing a little more than a quarter of the responses, had a margin of error or plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

IowaWatch Bringing Documentary About Secret Campaign Financing To Iowa City’s Filmscene Nov. 4

What: Screening of PBS documentary “Dark Money” and Skype interview with Montana Free Press executive, editor and reporter John Adams after the film.Where: Filmscene, 118 E. College St., Iowa CityWhen: 5 p.m., Sun. Nov. 4. Tickets:
IowaWatch, the nonprofit news organization that is part of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is teaming up with the nonprofit Iowa City movie theater, Filmscene, to show a powerful new documentary film by Kimberly Reed called “Dark Money.”
The film will be shown at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

IowaWatch, Iowa Freedom of Information Council Honor Free Press Advocates At 2018 Banquet

IowaWatch honored an outstanding journalism educator and a long-time advocate for open government during its sixth annual banquet Thursday night, Sept. 27, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Herb Strentz was given the Stephen Berry Free Press Champion Award for a working journalist, journalism group or journalism educator in Iowa. Bill Monroe was awarded the Randy Brubaker Free Press Champion Award for an Iowan who promotes the role of an unrestricted news media and open government in a role other than as a journalist. Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, accepted on Monroe's behalf because Monroe could not attend.

iPost adds Nicholas to its board

Posted in Organization NewsGeorge Nicholas, senior pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, has joined Investigative Post's board of directors. Nicholas is a member of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's Racial Equity Roundtable, a convener of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York, and chair of the African American Health Disparities Task Force. “I expect George to play a very important role on our board,” said Jim Heaney, Investigative Post's editor and executive director. Nicholas previously served as the CEO of the Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center and a legislative aid to Assembly Member Arthur O. Eve. He earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from Ohio State University, a master's degree in public policy studies from the University at Buffalo, and a master's in divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

IPS and the chamber outline unconventional three-year partnership to cut spending

Indiana's largest school system is on the cusp of an unusual, three-year partnership with the local chamber of commerce designed to carry out extensive cuts that the business group proposed for balancing the district's budget. Under an arrangement that the Indianapolis Public Schools Board will vote on Thursday, the Indy Chamber would pay as much as $1 million during the first year for two new district administrators and consulting by outside groups to implement its cost-cutting plan. The agreement is nonbinding, and the chamber or district could withdraw at any time. The partnership is the culmination of months of negotiation between the chamber and the Indianapolis Public Schools Board, which agreed last spring to delay a public vote on two tax increases to give the chamber time to analyze district finances. In exchange, the chamber agreed to help draft a new request from taxpayers and lend its political support to two tax increases that are on the ballot in November.

Irish ambassador to speak at Saint Michael’s about Yeats on Oct. 1

News Release — Saint Michael's College
September 25, 2018
Mark Tarnacki
COLCHESTER, VT — Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, will visit the campus of Saint Michael's College on Monday, October 1, 2018 and speak on “Wherever Green is Worn”: Yeats, Irish America and Revolutionary Ireland,” at 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall. The ambassador also plans a meeting with the College's new President, Lorraine Sterritt, a native of Northern Ireland, directly prior to his talk. This visit is being coordinated by Greg Delanty, an internationally renowned Irish poet who is a member of the Saint Michael's English faculty. About Ambassador Mulhall
Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He was born and brought up in Waterford and undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialized in modern Irish history.

Is S&P Dow Jones greenwashing conflict palm oil? (commentary)

Last month, S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world's leading financial market index providers, released its annual listing of sustainable companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) considers its yearly process to be the “gold standard for corporate sustainability.” However, despite touting an increasingly robust methodology, the decision to retain palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) on the 2018 Asia/Pacific Sustainability Index indicates there are gaping holes in the DJSI's approach. According to reports and official complaints, GAR's operations in Indonesia and Liberia are driving widespread deforestation, human rights violations and theft of communities' traditional lands – activities that can hardly be seen as sustainable as per the DJSI's criteria. Indeed, the expansion of industrial palm oil alongside other agricultural commodities like soy, cattle and timber is a primary driver of deforestation globally, as well as the second leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels. In 2017, Asian palm oil producer GAR — a subsidiary of the Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas — became the first palm oil company to be listed on the DJSI Asia/Pacific Index.

Is state headed for another charter school showdown?

The last time the State Board of Education approved the education plan for a batch of charter schools vying to open in Connecticut, the schools immediately started enrolling students. But there was a problem: the state had not committed to spending the $4.6 million needed to open the new schools in the upcoming year.

It Doesn’t Matter Which Diet You Choose

In the category of "news you can use," Emily Oster summarizes a new study that compares weight loss on various diets. After cutting through all the muck, we get the chart on the right. The answer, it turns out, is that all of the diets are about equally effective. So which one you choose is mostly a matter of preference. If you think you can stick to a low-carb diet, choose one of those.

It Might Not Feel Like It, But Subway Service is ‘Stabilizing,’ Transit Chief Says

Jeanmarie Evelly / City LimitsNew York City Transit President Andy Byford at the MTA's monthly board meeting Wednesday. Your subway commute might still feel slow and unpredictable, but service on the system is actually “stabilizing,” New York City Transit President Andy Byford told reporters at the MTA's monthly board meeting Wednesday. Byford — who took the helm of the agency last fall, a few months after the MTA launched its emergency “Subway Action Plan” to rescue the deteriorating transit system — said that while it'll take time for riders to notice a marked difference, subway performance is slowly improving. “I think there is perception and reality. I absolutely get that right now people don't feel that the subway has materially improved,” Byford said.

It’s déjà vu for orangutans, devastated by climate change and hunting once before

Orangutans face a changing climate and are hemmed in by a growing human population using novel technologies to hunt them down. It's a situation they have been in before — 20,000 years ago. A recent paper suggests that research about what happened in the past can inform conservation strategies today. In Orangutans venture out of the rainforest and into the Anthropocene, published in June in Science Advances, Stephanie N. Spehar of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and her colleagues survey evidence about the past interactions of humans and orangutans reaching back tens of thousands of years. In highlighting just how long humans and orangutans have been interacting, it suggests that co-existence is possible, but it needs to be planned for.

It’s not just Beto O’Rourke. 8 other Texas Democrats outraised Republicans in GOP-held seats

Top: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic challenger for CD-7 and U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston; middle: Colin Allred, Democratic challenger for CD-32 and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas; bottom: Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic challenger for CD-23 and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes. Photo illustration by John Jordan
It's not just Beto. Newly filed campaign finance reports show that money flooded into Democratic congressional campaigns all across the state over the last three months. Along with Democrat Beto O'Rourke's blockbuster $38 million haul in his bid against Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, no fewer than eight other Texas Democrats outraised their GOP rivals in their bids for Republican-held U.S. House seats. These numbers are so daunting that even GOP House incumbents who have stepped up their game this cycle, particularly U.S. Reps.

It’s Our Birthday

by Louise Kiernan
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Discover what makes Illinois tick from our team of investigative journalists covering the state. Delivered every Friday. This week, ProPublica Illinois marked its first birthday. There was cake, of course. And our newly invented signature cocktail, the Prairie ProPublican.

It’s Time for the Left To Unite Behind Bernie 2020

In 2016, the Democratic Party's presumptive leader said single payer could “never ever come to pass.” Today, one-third of Democrats in the Senate, including most Democratic 2020 hopefuls, have signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, and more than 60 percent of House Democrats have co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) version. Much of the party's shift to the left can be attributed to Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and his dogged progressive advocacy. His leadership on issues such as a $15 minimum wage, free public higher education and labor rights makes him the clearest, most consistent and, yes, the most popular voice on the political Left. Sanders doesn't follow consensus: He makes it. Voters know the difference.

It’s Time to End the Supreme Court’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Mystique

The consensus says that the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process and its narrow outcome pose a crisis of legitimacy for the Supreme Court. And, within 24 hours of his swearing in, the newly minted justice acknowledged the clamor, and stepped forward to address the situation. He had hired his four law clerks, he announced, and all four are women. In this way, he seemed to argue, he had expressed his devotion to gender equity. The whole controversy around that issue must have been a mistake.

It’s Time to Put Roads Over Transit

The Metropolitan Transit System Green Line goes from Santee to downtown San Diego, cutting through Mission Valley. / Photo by Sam Hodgson
Nearly 14 years after voters approved a one-half cent local sales tax measure to collect $14 billion to fund regional transportation projects, commuters are still waiting — in traffic. In San Diego County, public transit, such as buses and trolleys, receives over 50 percent of all local transportation funding, while highways receive just 13 percent. What makes this disparity even more astounding is the fact that only 3.5 percent of commuters ride public transit. Yes, you read that correctly: More than 50 percent of local transportation dollars are spent to move just 3.5 percent of commuters.

Jackson State University 2018 Homecoming Highlights

As Kirk Franklin might say, Valley wasn't ready for Thee Revolution. The Jackson State University Tigers celebrated their first homecoming victory since 2015 with a win over Mississippi Valley State on October 13. Mississippi Today photojournalist Eric J. Shelton was on hand Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium to capture moments from Jackson State's homecoming whose theme this year was “Thee Revolution.”

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Jair Bolsonaro: looming threat to the Amazon and global climate?

Jair Bolsonaro launches his presidential candidacy, July 2018. Image by Fernando Frazão / Agência Brasil. With little more than a week to go until a runoff election, far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro ­– who has affirmed his intention to withdraw Brazil from the Paris Climate Agreement – continues to be the rising political star in the world's eighth biggest economy, and the nation that stands as guardian to a major portion of the Amazon, the globe's largest remaining rainforest. Not only did Bolsonaro win 46 percent of the vote in the first electoral round on 7 October, compared to 29 percent for second place PT Party candidate Fernando Haddad, but Bolsonaro's previously insignificant PSL Party rocketed from a single member elected in 2014, to 52 new federal deputies and four senators. Those ultra-right PSL representatives, combined with the members of the bancada ruralista (the agribusiness and mining lobby in Congress), are likely to give the new president sweeping support in the legislature.

Jakarta cancels permits for controversial bay reclamation project

JAKARTA — The Jakarta administration says it has finally pulled the plug on a $40 billion land reclamation project pushed by the Indonesian government off the coast of the nation's capital. Citing failures to pay tax and obtain environmental impact assessments, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said his office had cancelled the “principal permits” of seven developers involved in the construction of 13 of the 17 planned islets in Jakarta Bay. The permits gave the developers two years to get their plans approved, including the EIA, known locally as Amdal. “Based on our findings, [the developers] have not carried out their responsibilities, so that's why we revoked their permits,” the governor told reporters at a press conference at City Hall on Sept. 26.

James Baker to receive 2018 Con Hogan Award

News Release — The Vermont Community Foundation
Sept. 19, 2018
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The Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership are pleased to announce that James Baker will be honored with this year's award. Baker is the former police chief in Rutland and the current leader of a community revitalization effort in Arlington, where he lives. The $15,000 award, to be used however the recipient chooses, will be presented at a reception on October 3 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

James Brandon Lewis Charts A Course To Firehouse 12

“It takes a lot of gumption…a lot of work to really map yourself,” said tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, “and get beyond your taught norm.”He was speaking of his formative years in school and of his career path since — which will lead him to perform with his trio at Firehouse 12 this Friday night, Oct. 19.

James Maroney: Statehouse Dems not following party platform on agriculture

KWEditor's note: This commentary is by James H. Maroney Jr., who has a master's degree in Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School and is a former farmer. A month or so before the election, I received an email from the Vermont Democratic Party asking for my views on the platform. I had not read the platform so I did, and found quite a lot of florid language about the importance of agriculture, clean water and the environment. The platform says in its Statement of Principles: “the VDP believes the right to clean water is essential to a robust democracy and non negotiable.” It then says VDP:
• “supports measures that encourage sustainable farms … and sustainable and ecologically sensitive uses of Vermont's natural resources” (A.1.2.);
• “VDP will encourage the review of environmental land use” (A.3.1.) and will “actively seek to identify and resolve conflicting regulations” (A.3.4.);
• “A healthy environment is essential to overall public health … as a party we are committed to environmental health” (B.);
• “We respect private property rights and support regulations and laws that discourage pollution; promote conservation of Vermont's working landscape.” (B.2.1.)
• “We must establish systems to control or mitigate problematic runoff from all sources to create cleaner watersheds.” (B.2.3.)
I had never read the Republican Party platform either, so in the interests of fairness, I did so and found this plain language on the environment: “We value Vermont's economic environment with the same respect that we value our natural environment.”
By now everyone in Vermont knows that Lake Champlain is not clean. We know too that the Legislature has been trying to “clean up” the lake for the past 60 years.

Jan van Eck: Fix Lake Champlain for free

Editor's note: This commentary is by Jan van Eck, director of D.J. Engineering, manufacturers of technical engineering assemblies including aircraft landing gear components. I would advance the proposition that Vermonters can clean Lake Champlain to crystal-clear standards, permanently abate the cyanobacteria blooms that now devastate polluted areas, help out the planet by restoring degraded landscape, and do all this without having to spend one thin dime. It has been argued that the actual costs of Vermont accomplishing the above will run to $2 billion. And doing it the conventional way probably will consume every bit of that. Yet, spending beaucoup bucks is not a pre-ordained necessity.

Janet McLaughlin: Workforce development and training opportunities for early educators

Editor's note: This commentary is by Janet McLaughlin, who is executive director of Vermont Birth to Five and co-chair of the Building Bright Futures Early Learning and Development Committee. In a Sept. 18 press release, Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would “[join] the White House in its initiative to support America's workers through workforce development and training opportunities.” As the executive director of Vermont Birth to Five and the co-chair of the Building Bright Futures Early Learning and Development committee, my colleagues and I applaud the governor's commitment to the state's workers — and we ask that he not forget a foundational sector of the workforce that has been chronically overlooked and under-supported: Vermont's early care and education professionals. Early care and education is a bellwether industry in Vermont. Without access to high-quality child care, working parents can't work; businesses lose employees or experience high absenteeism; and children miss out on high-quality early learning and development opportunities during the most crucial developmental period of their lives.

Janssen Willhoit: Transparency, justice still needed in EB-5 fraud

Editor's note: This commentary is by Rep. Janssen Willhoit, of St. Johnsbury, who is the Republican candidate for Vermont attorney general, a practicing criminal defense attorney, and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives serving on the Judiciary Committee. The values that most inspired me to run for the chief law enforcement office in Vermont are transparency and equal justice under the law. The issue that most motivated me to run is the EB-5 fraud scandal at Jay Peak and the inexcusable cover-up that followed by Vermont elected officials and bureaucrats. I live and practice law in St.

Jared Polis cut in line to run for governor. Now he’s playing it safe. How Jared Polis gets what he wants: Part 4

This is the fourth and final part in a series about Colorado's Democratic nominee for governor. Part 1 examined Jared Polis's early years. Part 2 examined his entry into Colorado politics and his role in the Democratic takeover of the state. Part 3 examined his congressional career. Sue Suh recalls a meal she shared with her senior seminar shortly before graduating from Princeton in 1996.

Jay Peak to celebrate Stenger’s 70th birthday

Bill Stenger stands before the future Stateside Hotel at Jay Peak in September 2013. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Bill Stenger" width="610" height="428" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 330w, 150w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Bill Stenger outside the Stateside Hotel at Jay Peak in September 2013. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerWilliam Stenger says he doesn't know about it, but the Jay Peak Resort that regulators say he helped plunge into near-financial collapse in a massive investor fraud scandal will be the site of a party in his honor this week. A glittery mailed invitation announces Stenger's 70th birthday bash set for Thursday under the resort's clubhouse tent with a quote from William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing: “There was a star that danced, and under that was I born.” RELATED STORIESQuiros' broker reaches $80K settlement in EB-5 fraud caseUPDATED: Vermont commerce agency rebuffs federal shutdown of EB-5 centerLawyer: Ex-Jay Peak owner penned self-serving letter before fraudulent saleInvestors and state square off over EB-5 lawsuitThe Deeper Dig: EB-5 cleanup leaves investors anxious
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Dinner, wine and beer will be served at the party, which will feature a cash bar.

Jazz Giants For September And October

Jazz Unlimited for September 23, 2018 will be “Jazz Giants For September and October.” Jazz Giants are musicians who influence the course of jazz or who are major influences on their instrument. We will be hearing jazz played by Art Pepper, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Oscar Pettiford, Clifford Brown, Ray Brown, Horace Silver, Gerald Wilson, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Arthur Blythe and our own Lester Bowie and Oliver Lake. This is our Fall Member Campaign show; please bring your credit cards and checkbooks. The Slide Show is not working properly. This rare video footage from Austrian TV in 1959 shows Oscar Pettiford (b) and Atilla Zollar (g) playing Pettiford's "The Gentle Art of Love."

Jean Hoffman (1929-2018)

Teacher and mother of 13 grew up in ManitouJean Hoffman (1929-2018) was first posted on October 2, 2018 at 11:19 am.

Jeff Beverly: Football’s Unexpected Gift to UTSA Basketball

Jeff Beverly came to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2015 to play tight end on the football team. So how did he become the leading scorer on the basketball team? The second leading rebounder? The Roadrunners' go-to guy in the paint? How did Beverly, all 6-feet-6, 250 pounds of him, become […]
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Jeffery Reel: White male power on full view

Editor's note: This commentary is by Jeffrey Reel, a writer/lecturer living in Lyndon Center, and general manager of Natural Provisions, in St. Johnsbury. He was previously sustainability manager at the Omega Center for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York. This is in regard to the hearing – the spectacle – that featured Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavenaugh. The media, and the Republican-dominated Senate, repeatedly reminded us that the proceedings showed us just how badly divided we are as a nation.

Jellyfish found in ponds likely result of hot summer

Freshwater jellyfish have been found in some ponds in Vermont and New Hampshire. In fact, biologists say they have likely been here all along, in a pre-adult phase that grow in warmer waters. USGS photo
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="freshwater jellyfish" width="551" height="403" srcset=" 551w, 125w, 300w, 550w" sizes="(max-width: 551px) 100vw, 551px" data-recalc-dims="1">Freshwater jellyfish have been found lately in some ponds in Vermont and New Hampshire. In fact, biologists say they have likely been here all along, in a pre-adult phase that only grow into jellyfish in warmer waters. USGS photoThis story by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling was published by the Valley News on Oct.

Jenevra Wetmore: 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Editor's note: This commentary is by Jenevra Wetmore, who is an Eco Americorps service member with the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee in East Berkshire. There's something particularly special about the Missisquoi and Trout rivers, as anyone who has paddled their picturesque waters, visited Big Falls State Park, or driven over one of the many historic covered bridges will tell you. In 2014 the federal government agreed with what Vermonters have long known when the U.S. Congress passed a bill protecting 46.1 miles of the Missisquoi and Trout rivers by designating them as “Wild and Scenic.” They are the first and only rivers in Vermont to be awarded this designation, joining rivers across the country including the Allagash in Maine, the Rio Grande in Texas, and Chattooga in Georgia and the Carolinas. This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which protects 12,734 miles of U.S. rivers. Signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson, the act prohibits federal support for dam construction or any other activity that would harm the water quality, resource values, or free-flowing nature of the river.

Jerry Brown Didn’t Invite Grassroots Activists to His Climate Summit—They Came Anyway

SAN FRANCISCO—In the early morning on September 13, a few hundred demonstrators blocked an entrance to the massive conference center where the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) was getting underway. Within this crowd of protesters, pulsing with music and speeches, a small handful of people locked their arms together in pipes; some encased them in empty oil barrels. The message to outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown—the host of the summit, eager to cement his legacy as a climate champion—was clear: Approving over 20,000 permits for new oil and gas wells is no way to be a climate champion. GCAS was intended as a place for state and local governments and corporations to showcase their climate commitments. The youth, indigenous, and climate and environmental justice groups gathered that morning were largely excluded from official programming.

JetBlue to offer non-stop service between Rochester and Boston

JetBlue will offer daily non-stop service from Rochester to Boston. That according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer who says the roundtrip flights from the Greater Rochester International Airport to Logan International in Boston will fly once per day and the service is expected to being on January 8. Schumer says that right now, the only airline that flies from Rochester direct to Boston is American Airlines. He says adding JetBlue can help keep ticket prices affordable. Schumer says he has pushed for the new route in numerous conversations with JetBlue officials.

Jim Condos: Work on voting in Vermont paying off

Editor's note: This commentary is by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos. What can I say? I love voting. Joining with our neighbors at the polls to decide local issues, from wastewater bonds to school budgets, and to vote on who we want to represent us locally, statewide and nationally, is the beating heart at the core of our democracy. Unfortunately, this hasn't always been the case in our country.

Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only statewide Democrat, to announce governor bid this week

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood will announce on Wednesday plans to run for governor in 2019, according to sources close to the announcement. Hood will announce his gubernatorial bid in a two-day, six-stop statewide tour starting with a press conference in his hometown Houston. The four-term attorney general – the state's lone statewide Democratic elected official – has for months publicly flirted with a gubernatorial bid, telling reporters on numerous occasions that he is considering a bid and had been encouraged to run by both Democrats and Republicans. “I don't know the answer to your question at this point,” Hood said in 2016 when asked of a potential run. “I do know that we've got to change what we're doing over there.

Job Title: Social Worker – On Track 4 Success

United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has expanded its work in the area of education through the implementation of On Track 4 Success (OT4S), a collaborative approach among educators, administrators, and community partners, committed to using data effectively to keep students on the pathway to high school graduation. The goal of the program is to build school capacity for and adoption of On Track 4 Success as part of a school's culture and then transition UWCM staff out and on to additional schools once the school is able to sustain the program on their own, or with limited assistance. When a student falls below the on-track threshold, a team of school and United Way staff will discuss the student and appropriate intervention options in a regularly-scheduled meeting. The group will then assign the student (or group of students), and possibly engage their families, to an intervention, or series of interventions, designed to help improve his or her performance. By systematically examining data, early warning systems can empower districts and schools to:
Identify struggling students earlier in their school career
Direct students to appropriate interventions
Examine and address on-track patterns among groups of students regularly
The social worker will work under United Way of Central Maryland's (UWCM) On Track 4 Success (OT4S) program, working with school faculty, staff and leadership, as well as United Way staff, to identify and serve students who are flagged through school data as potentially being off track for high school graduation based on such indicators as attendance, behavior or course performance.

Jock Gill: Climate disruption a multi-disciplinary problem

Editor's note: This commentary is by Jock Gill, of Peacham, an internet communications consultant who served in President Bill Clinton's Office of Media Affairs. He is town energy coordinator in Peacham. It turns out that the recent IPCC report may well be much too conservative. It appears that the dangers of disruption may come much sooner and be much more severe. Beware of tipping points not included in the models.

Johanna de Graffenried: Vermont, the next North Carolina?

Editor's note: This commentary is by Johanna de Graffenried, who is the program director for Rights & Democracy's Jobs, Justice and Climate program. She has lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and currently lives in Montpelier. While I am fortunate to call Vermont my home, I am also proud to have spent many years of my childhood and adult life in North Carolina. North Carolina has recently been underwater from one of the worst hurricanes in history, and understandably people in Vermont are highlighting the fact that North Carolina's legislature banned state funded studying of sea level rise & climate change in 2012. I respond by saying that the North Carolina I grew up in has been taken over by the corporately controlled national GOP.

John Lugo Wins National Award

New Haven immigrant rights and social justice organizer John Jairo Lugo heads to Washington, D.C. this week to pick up a national award “for organizing empowered leaders to build a community-wide movement addressing entrenched inequality.”

John McClaughry: Economic freedom report

Editor's note: This commentary is by John McClaughry, the vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. For a century or more politicians and economists have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing. The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of the World to provide hard data to answer this question. These reports have been issued annually since 1980. Fraser's authors write “The EFW index provides a comprehensive measure of the consistency of a country's institutions and policies with ‘economic freedom'.” They measure that using 42 data sets for calendar year 2016, mostly drawn from international organizations like the World Bank.

John McClaughry: The school consolidation big hammer

Editor's note: This commentary is by John McClaughry, the vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. For over half a century, the managers of Vermont's public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools, and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves. Until 2009 those efforts repeatedly failed. But in that year Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca aggressively renewed the push for consolidation. His “Transformation Policy” report recommended that “by July 2012, Vermont's PreK-12 public education system is constituted into 12 to 24 education districts.” In 2013 Vilaseca explained that “After seven or eight years, if the districts haven't joined together, then the State will come in.” He did not mean that the state would “come in” with preaching and incentives.

John Milkovich (1922-2018)

Army vet worked at Remington Screw and Bolt Co. in Cold SpringJohn Milkovich (1922-2018) was first posted on October 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm.

John Soto’s Inspirational Life: The Movie

When he was a penniless young man of 19 in the Bronx, originally from Puerto Rico, with little or no machine shop experience, John Soto answered an advertisement for a “machinist with one year's experience.”As the employer looked at him skeptically, Soto added, “If you hire me, in a year, I'll be that experienced machinist.”

John Voegeli (1946-2018)

Cold Spring native worked 40 years in automotive industryJohn Voegeli (1946-2018) was first posted on October 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm.

Johnson campaign says DFL tracker entered lieutenant governor candidate’s home

Yeah, that's a little far. WCCO reports: “The Democratic party is responding after Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson accused a DFL tracker of entering his running mate's home. … Johnson said a minor he believed to be a tracker, someone who follows an opponent candidate on the campaign trail, entered Donna Bergstrom's house under false pretenses. … The DFL issued a statement, saying they identified the person. … DFL Chairman Ken Martin said it was an overzealous teenage intern who has never been a DFL employee.”
Seems reasonable.

Jose Antonio Vargas probes emotional toll of being an “undocumented citizen”

Jose Antonio Vargas and the cover of his memoir “Dear America.” (Author photo by Elena Seibert)Jose Antonio Vargas states in the first line of his memoir “Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen:” “I do not know where I will be when you read this book.” He has no physical address these days, so when we speak by phone before the book's release, I ask him where he is. Vargas reveals he's sitting on a beach chair in San Clemente, California. His friend Alita Garcia, who appears in the book, is getting married, and he's guarding the wedding tent. “I'm staring at the Pacific Ocean, which I've always had conflicted feelings about,” he says. Vargas is one of those people who goes to Hawaii or Miami without going to the beach.

Joseph Gainza: US policy in Central America

Editor's note: This commentary is by Joseph Gainza, the founder of Vermont Action for Peace and the producer and host of “Gathering Peace” on WGDR and WGDH. He lives in Marshfield. Why are so many people from Central America trying to get into this country? Why don't they change their own country rather than coming into ours illegally? Good questions.

Journalists and True Crime: The Best Narrative Nonfiction Crime Books by Reporters

Truman Capote. Image: Screenshot
A nonfiction novel? How can that be? It was apparently Truman Capote who gave the genre that oxymoronic name, and in writing my new psychological suspense I thought about him (and his methods) every day for almost 18 months. How could I as a writer –and long-time journalist — take true events and make them cinematic?

JPMorgan Chase to Lay Off San Antonio Workers, Consolidate Operations

JPMorgan Chase informed the Texas Workforce Commission the company is laying off 107 workers from its San Antonio Corporate Center. The post JPMorgan Chase to Lay Off San Antonio Workers, Consolidate Operations appeared first on Rivard Report.

Judge denies Palmer charter’s request for more funds; school’s future uncertain

A Common Pleas Court judge refused Wednesday to order the Philadelphia School District to immediately pay Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter nearly $1.4 million in disputed funds, endangering the school's ability to stay open. Featured Image

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Judge Orders New Hearing on Manafort Plea Deal

The federal judge who oversaw Paul Manafort's criminal trial this summer in Virginia threw an obstacle into the former Trump campaign chairman's plea deal Thursday by calling out as “highly unusual” a plan to seek the dismissal of deadlocked charges only after Manafort has finished cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, reports Politico. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis II ordered Manafort, his lawyers and Mueller's prosecutors to court on Oct. 19 to resolve the situation and to set a sentencing date for the longtime GOP operative. Ellis' move doesn't appear to jeopardize the overall deal with Manafort but has the potential to remove one of several incentives for the former Trump campaign chairman to cooperate. Under the plea agreement, Manafort avoided a second criminal trial in Washington, D.C., by pleading guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiring to obstruct justice, along with a pledge to “cooperate fully and truthfully” with the special counsel's probe on Russia and the 2016 presidential election.

Judge Orders State Agencies To Reveal Sexual Harassment Details To KyCIR

A judge has ordered two state agencies to turn over the names of employees accused of sexual harassment — whether or not the allegations were proven true. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd issued summary judgments Thursday in favor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in two separate cases. The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet were each told to turn over the names of employees accused of sexual harassment after Shepherd determined the redactions were improper. “Kentuckians have a right to know how government agencies are responding to sexual harassment and other serious problems, and these rulings reaffirm that,” said Stephen George, president of Louisville Public Media, KyCIR's parent company. “This is a win for Kentucky citizens, and we're proud to work on their behalf.”
KyCIR's attorney, Michael Abate, argued that the names are public record and should be disclosed, regardless of whether an internal investigation concludes an allegation to be true.

Judge recommends new trial for Texas death row inmate Rigoberto Avila

Avila was sentenced to death in 2001. TDCJ
An El Paso judge on Tuesday recommended a new trial for Rigoberto Avila, a death-row inmate sentenced in the 2000 death of a 19-month-old, based on new doubts over the scientific testimony used to convict him. That's largely the result of a trailblazing 2013 Texas law that allows courts to overturn a conviction when the scientific evidence that originally led to the verdict has since changed or been discredited. While that law, often referred to as the “junk science law,” has sent several death penalty cases back to court for further review, Avila, 46, is the first inmate to receive a favorable recommendation from a district court. The case now heads to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which will weigh Perez's recommendation.

Judge reinstates Yellowstone grizzly protections

MISSOULA, Mont. — A federal judge ruled Monday to return the Yellowstone grizzly bear to the endangered species list, ending a year of uncertainty after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the bear in 2017. “Bears are now protected again,” said Matthew Bishop, an attorney for Western Environmental Law Center, one of the nearly 30 plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal government aimed at protecting grizzly bears. In an Aug. 30 ruling, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen delayed a planned hunt of up to 22 grizzly bears in Wyoming and Idaho outside the protection of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Judge Reitz to Seek Supreme Seat

Joins race after fellow Republican drops outJudge Reitz to Seek Supreme Seat was first posted on October 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm.

Judge rejects portion of Missouri’s voter photo ID but allows most of it to continue

A Cole County judge has rejected a sworn statement that Missouri voters who wanted to use non-photo forms of identification had to sign in order to vote. But Richard Callahan's ruling, issued Tuesday, says most of the identification requirement the Missouri Legislature created in 2016 “is within its constitutional prerogative under the Missouri Constitution.

Judge rejects portion of Missouri’s voter photo-ID law, but allows most of it to continue

A Cole County judge has rejected a sworn statement that Missouri voters who wanted to use non-photo forms of identification had to sign in order to vote. But Richard Callahan's ruling, issued Tuesday, says most of the identification requirement the Missouri Legislature created in 2016 “is within its constitutional prerogative under the Missouri Constitution.

Judge says Blumenthal, other Dems, have standing in lawsuit against Trump

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to a lawsuit led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal and joined by dozens of congressional Democrats who claim President Donald Trump has violated the U.S. Constitution by failing to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states.

Jules Rabin: Penning the message is part of the message

Editor's note: This commentary is by Jules Rabin, who came to Vermont in 1968 to teach at Goddard College and 10 years later shifted to baking bread in a wood-fired oven. He lives in Plainfield. Last night I attended, for a second time, a postcard-writing marathon in Plainfield Village: the postcards, which we wrote out by hand, all embroiled in the fine details of the coming November elections. We were 15 people last night, all of us above age 50, and mostly women. Liberals, Progressives and Democrats-mainly-by-default. I was one of just two men in the group.

Julia Purdy: Fact or fiction: plausible, possible, probable?

Editor's note: This commentary is by Julia Purdy, of Rutland Town, a copy editor, freelance writer and retired educator. This is an open letter to the Vermont Legislature. Like many millions of people, I tuned in to the confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh that took testimony from both Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh. Fortunately I had something to do at that moment that required little brain power so I could give it my full attention. It was like watching the blind leading the blind.

Julián Castro says he’s “inclined” to run for president in 2020

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro speaks with Tribune Editor-in-Chief Emily Ramshaw at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 29, 2018. Erich Schlegel for The Texas Tribune
Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has given another clear signal that he's ready to run for president in 2020. “I'm likely to do it,” the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “I'll make a final decision after November, but I'm inclined to do it.”

Castro has long been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and a 2020 hopeful, and his appearances in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire haven't escaped notice.

Julián Castro: A Journey Just Beginning

Julián Castro's new book is Volume I of a story that cannot yet be completely told, with the promise of a long career in public service surely in store. The post Julián Castro: A Journey Just Beginning appeared first on Rivard Report.

Junior Rodeo kicks off Fair Week

Trophies given in three age groups.

Jury finds Jason Van Dyke guilty in murder of Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald. The jury opted not to convict Van Dyke of the more severe first-degree murder charge against him, and also acquitted him of... Read more at

Just 5 percent of IPS high schoolers passed ISTEP. Will the district’s new strategies help?

Last year, 171 students at Arlington High School took the state English and math exams. None of them passed. At Broad Ripple and Northwest high schools, just two students at each school passed both exams.
All three Indianapolis Public Schools campuses were closed at the end of last year, as part of a broad effort to redesign high school for students in the state's largest district. But the results at most of the schools that remained open were not much better. Across the district, just 5.3 percent of students passed both the English and math grade 10 ISTEP. That's down 3.5 percentage points from last year.

Just a quarter of Detroit students attend schools in their own neighborhoods. The rest commute.

Two decades after Michigan created dozens of school choice options for students in Detroit, a new report finds that just a quarter of students are now attending the school nearest to their home. The rest are traveling to schools outside their neighborhoods, making round-trip journeys averaging 14 minutes for elementary school students and 24 minutes for high school students. Those traveling students are attending slightly higher-quality schools on average than they would if they stayed closer to home, according to the report from the Urban Institute, and researchers from Michigan State and Seton Hall University. That's especially true for the 1 in 5 students who leave the city every day to attend schools in the suburbs. But the report, titled Motor City Miles, warns that not all students have the same access to those better-performing schools.

Just This with Rick Casey #29: A Summer of Somber Learning

Rick Casey talks to two San Antonio high school students who spent the summer learning about the horrors of the Holocaust. The post Just This with Rick Casey #29: A Summer of Somber Learning appeared first on Rivard Report.

Just This with Rick Casey #30: El Problema Con La Cantera

We may have been naive to be surprised that a San Antonio company named La Cantera would be sued in 2018 for enforcing an "English-only" policy. The post Just This with Rick Casey #30: El Problema Con La Cantera appeared first on Rivard Report.

Just two days until DeRay Mckesson at MinnPost’s 11th Anniversary Celebration

We're just two days away from MinnPost's 11th Anniversary Celebration, which will feature a conversation with activist, podcast host and author DeRay Mckesson. In a discussion moderated by MinnPost Editor Andrew Putz, Mckesson will talk about his new book, The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, which is part-memoir, part-manifesto on activism and community organizing. It's sure to be a compelling evening, full of insights and questions that go beyond what is typically seen in the headlines or on cable news. We can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone for MinnPost and the thoughtful journalism our nonprofit newsroom produces. The event is this Thursday, Oct.

Just What is FBI Now Probing on Kavanaugh?

The new FBI investigation on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prompted a new round of partisan combat as the White House appeared to retain sharp limits on the probe even as President Trump and Republican officials publicly suggested otherwise, the Washington Post reports. Two Trump administration ­officials said Sunday that the White House had not placed any limits on the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault leveled against Kavanaugh but is opposed to a “fishing expedition” that could take a broader look at Kavanaugh's credibility and behavior. The statements by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and adviser Kellyanne Conway followed reports that the FBI is pursuing allegations made by two women but not a third, Julie Swetnick, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually aggressive behavior and being present at parties where gang rapes occurred. Trump tweeted that he wanted FBI agents “to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion.” A senior official confirmed that Swetnick is not expected to be interviewed and said interviews pertaining to the other allegations will be limited to Kavanaugh, the first two accusers and people who have been identified as present for the incidents. The administration hopes a report could be filed even sooner than the Friday deadline.

Justice Department approves CVS-Aetna merger, with conditions

WASHINGTON --The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared CVS Health Corp.'s planned $69 billion deal for health insurer Aetna Inc. after the companies agreed to divest a Medicare prescription drug plan sold by the Hartford-based health insurer. Consumer groups, however, continue to oppose the proposed merger.

Justice Reform Requires Authentic Partnership With Youth

We all know that the justice system is broken and that there is so much that we can all do to make it better. For a long time there have been a lot of people trying to reform the justice system because we all know the system is set up to put certain people behind bars. Most of the people who have power to make these necessary changes are people who have absolutely no idea what it's like to struggle alone in life. Most of these people who have the power to take action have not been affected by the justice system. So how can we talk about reform if we have absolutely no clue of what the real needs are because at the end we have never been there?

Justice Reformers, ‘Fueled by Sense of Urgency,’ Vow to End Status Quo

A new push to “reimagine” the criminal justice system is “fueled by a sense of urgency” that the status quo in criminal justice is “profoundly unacceptable,” says Jeremy Travis of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Jeremy Travis. Courtesy John Jay College
Travis, former president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Bruce Western, now of Columbia University's Justice Lab, led a study by a National Academy of Sciences panel four years ago that traced the sharp growth in incarceration in the United States since the 1970s. Now, Travis and Western are leaders of a new effort funded by the Arnold Foundation along with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations that was formally launched on Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The so-called Square One Project, promoting the idea that the justice system should be redesigned from “square one,” consists of two primary segments—an “executive session on the future of justice policy” that will help generate “a new narrative of justice in America,” and a series of roundtables across the nation to hold open discussions of key criminal justice issues. Travis and Western made clear that the new project was conceived as a follow-up to their study on the nation's prison growth.

Juvenile Arrested in Shooting that Killed Johnie Lee Resper

A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Johnie Lee Resper on October 1, MPD announced Wednesday. The juvenile was not identified by police. He is suspected of second-degree murder, police say. Resper, 18, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds near the intersection of the 200 block of Adams Street Northeast. A copy of the police press release is after the jump:

Arrest Made in Homicide: 3rd and Adams Streets, Northeast
(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the homicide of 18-year-old Johnie Lee Resper of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which occurred Wednesday, October 1, 2014 near the intersection of 3rd and Adams Streets, Northeast.

Kari Bradley: The changing recycling market

Editor's note: This commentary is by Kari Bradley, who is general manager of the Hunger Mountain Cooperative in Montpelier. Like many local businesses trying to minimize environmental impact, our co-op works to reduce waste and recycle as much as we can. With recent changes in the world of recycling, I thought it was a good time to assess what's going on in terms of our community's waste and resource streams. I contacted Cassandra Hemenway, outreach manager for Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District and folks from other food co-ops for my research. The big headline came in the spring when China tightened its quality standards for the recycling material it will accept. This was extremely disruptive given China's importance to global markets.

Kavanaugh accused of sexual misconduct at Yale

Washington – A former Yale classmate has accused Supreme Court nominee of Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, according to a story posted by the New Yorker late Sunday. Kavanaugh denied the accusation, calling it "a smear, plain and simple."

Kavanaugh Allegations Spark Sit-ins, Walkouts

They're angry. Some of them have been sexually abused. And they're done being silent about it.That's the message that close to 100 people brought to the lower Green Monday afternoon as part of a national day of action to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land and to stand with the women accusing him of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh appointment moves forward

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27. C-SPAN photo
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="blasey ford" width="610" height="343" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1600w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. C-SPAN photoRepublicans advanced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote Friday morning that Sen. Patrick Leahy said sent a chilling message to sexual assault victims.
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Kavanaugh case partisanship and rage permeates state politics

The extent of the bitterness, frustration, anger and hyper-partisanship that has crystallized around the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court was on full display last week when a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and vote on the matter riveted home and workplace TV viewers all over the country, including Connecticut.

Kavanaugh confirmation teed up for Saturday

By the narrowest of margins on Friday morning, the Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct, setting up a possible confirmation vote on the Senate floor for as early as Saturday afternoon. Vermont senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., both voted against the motion to end debate, joining an almost united front of Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh in the Senate.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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The Republicans needed 51 votes to end debate and a single Democrat, Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, joined them in favor of advancing Kavanaugh. Manchin, who is facing releection this year in a state President Donald Trump won by a large margin in the 2016 election, was noncommittal on Thursday when he was asked by reporters about how he was going to vote, but it is still unclear if he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh or not.

Kavanaugh Confirmed for Supreme Court, 50-48

The bitterly polarized Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago, which he emphatically denied, the Associated Press reports. Those claims magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. The battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them. The vote gave President Trump his second appointee to the court, tilting it further to the right and pleasing conservative voters who might have revolted against GOP leaders had Kavanaugh's nomination flopped.

Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court in narrow Senate vote

WASHINGTON – Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by a narrow vote in the Senate Saturday after a bitter and partisan battle over his nomination that included allegations of sexual misconduct. The 50-48 largely party-line vote was expected after several undecided senators, including Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine, declared on Friday they would support the nominee. Both of Connecticut's Democratic senators voted against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh Delves Into Sentencing Law in First Cases

In his first day on the bench as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh was not the most frequent questioner but showed he was fully prepared for the vexing ambiguities of a federal sentencing law despite little time to get up to speed, reports the National Law Journal. With his wife, two daughters and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy watching, Kavanaugh appeared relaxed and engaged before and during two hours of oral arguments. Mike Davis, chief counsel to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who led the confirmation push, attended. Sitting at the far right corner of the bench, Kavanaugh chatted and laughed with his seatmate, Obama appointee Elena Kagan, before arguments began on what Justice Samuel Alito later would call a statute that “a majority of the court really hates,” the Armed Career Criminal Act. The night before, speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh said he would join the bench with “no bitterness” about confirmation proceedings at which his credibility and temperament were questioned.

Kavanaugh Fight Pivots To The Polls

As senators in D.C. moved toward confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, dozens of female elected officials and activists took to the steps of New Haven's federal courthouse vowing to convert their anger into votes in Connecticut's November elections.

Kavanaugh hearing engulfed in high-stakes drama and emotion

WASHINGTON – A tearful Christine Blakely Ford on Thursday told a harrowing story of an assault at a teen party decades ago where she said she was afraid Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “was going to rape me.” Kavanaugh will rebut those allegations when he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying “there has been a frenzy to come up with something — anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious — that will block a vote on my nomination. "

Kavanaugh hearing prompts rallies in support of sexual violence victims

At MPR, Nina Moini and Gabriel Kwan report: “As Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave dueling testimonies on whether the judge sexually assaulted the professor at a party when they were in high school, hundreds of Minnesotans rallied on behalf of sexual violence victims with a singular message: We believe you. … Nearly 100 people gathered outside the Democratic senator's Minneapolis office, lining the downtown sidewalk and carrying signs reading, ‘Believe women' and ‘I Believe Christine.' And in Hopkins, more than 200 students at Hopkins High School staged a sit-in Thursday morning to protest what they describe as the silencing of victims of sexual violence.”
[cms_ad:Middle]The Star Tribune's Maya Rao writes: “U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh an unusual question for a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Had he ever had so much to drink that he didn't remember what happened the night before? ‘No … I think that you've probably had beer, senator,' Kavanaugh replied. Klobuchar asked the question again.

Kavanaugh Hearing: Listen & Weigh In

As an historic showdown takes place in Washington, local pundits are weighing in in real time — and you can too.

Kavanaugh is the new normal: Supreme Court nominations and confirmations are now party-line matters

In his monologue last night, Jimmy Kimmel talked about the fatuous one-week FBI re-investigation of Brett Kavanaugh: “It's amazing how much you do not find out if you really don't look for it,” he said. Pretty good line. Pretty cynical. Pretty accurate. It seemed like it might be a big deal when Sen. Jeff Flake extracted, as the price of his vote in favor of Kavanaugh in the Judiciary Committee (which was necessary to get the vote out of committee onto the Senate floor), a commitment to reopen the FBI background investigation.

Kavanaugh Passes Critical Senate Hurdle

Not seeing the video? Click here. Updated at 10:55 a.m. ET: Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle after the Senate voted to limit debate on Friday. A final vote on his confirmation is expected over the weekend. Our original post continues: The Senate is voting Friday morning on the first step to confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following the release of an FBI report on allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh Probe, Votes May Wrap Up This Week

Senate Republicans won't restrict who the FBI can question in its investigation into sexual-assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but they plan to hold votes this week on his confirmation, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Trump said Monday he wanted a “comprehensive” FBI inquiry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Senate would begin voting this week on Kavanaugh. Trump said he is open to dropping his support for Kavanaugh depending on the outcome of the FBI probe. “Certainly if they find something I'm going to take that into consideration….I have a very open mind,” he said.

Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Set Thursday as New Charge Arises

The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school, Politico reports. Senators and Ford exchanged several offers as they hashed out the makings of the most important congressional hearing in years. Meanwhile, the New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh, said the nominee exposed himself to her at a freshman party. Kavanaugh issued a statement on Sunday calling the charge “a smear, plain and simple.”
While Democrats seek an FBI probe of the new charge, Kavanaugh's confirmation may hinge on his and Ford's performance regarding her earlier accusation that threatens to scuttle the GOP's plan to confirm a new high court justice before the midterm elections. “Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week,” wrote Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, Ford's attorneys.

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Keep chronic-pain patients in mind when addressing opioid issues

Amber BullingtonAs a chronic-pain patient myself, I proudly stood alongside other local chronic-pain patients last week at the Capitol in St. Paul for the Don't Punish Pain rally. The Sept. 18 event was part of an international movement to draw attention to those suffering the unintended consequences of our country's “opioid epidemic.”
In an effort to curb illicit-opioid overdoses, our government has made it so people who truly need prescription opioids to manage real, unbearable pain are struggling to get them. Doctors are afraid to not follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines because the Drug Enforcement Administration has been sending them threatening letters, shutting down pain clinics and trying to prosecute the doctors it feels aren't prescribing pain medication properly.

Keeping the Faith Amid Catholic Church’s Sexual Abuse Scandals

It is my hope that the actions of the Archdiocese of San Antonio will serve as a template for bishops across the United States. The post Keeping the Faith Amid Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Scandals appeared first on Rivard Report.

Ken Paxton is fighting to kill Obamacare. Can a Democrat win on a campaign to stop him?

A protester dressed as Death holds a sign during a rally before a hearing in a lawsuit against the Affordable Health Care Act in Fort Worth on Sept. 5, 2018. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune
It's ignited sleepy attorney general races in Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona. It has pitted two Democratic senators against their own state's top lawyers. In West Virginia, Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin shot it down — literally — in a re-election campaign video.

Kenya: Indigenous Ogiek face eviction from their ancestral forest… again

NAKURU COUNTY, Kenya — Caroline Chepkoeh looked around her idyllic property, perched on a hilltop surrounded by green maize fields as far as the eye can see. A storm front was approaching from the north and the wind swayed the corn stalks and trees alike. The 34-year-old mother of three was bundled up in her winter coat. It's colder here, she said, and it's too far to school. Her two youngest children haven't started nursery school yet because of the distance.

Kenya’s Mijikenda people revive sacred homesteads to protect the forest

KILIFI COUNTY, Kenya — Dressed in blue and white traditional regalia, elders walked barefoot along a narrow footpath heading to the Kaya Kauma. The kaya, a sacred ancestral village surrounded by forest, belongs to the Kauma clan of the Mijikenda people. Before passing through the third and final gate to the homestead, a visitor must drop a tiny, leafy branch, obtained at the second gate, at a specific spot using their right hand, as a cleansing ritual. Past the gate, the elders continued along a well-swept path bordered by green shrubs, to a set of three traditional grass-thatched houses and a small plot of corn. One of the houses was inhabited by an elder charged with guarding the homestead.

Kiah Morris case raises online enforcement questions

Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, talks to a crowd of Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Kiah Morris" width="610" height="483" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 150w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, talks to a crowd of Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington BannerShould police have done more sooner to investigate online threats and harassment reported against a Vermont state representative? Was it a failure by law enforcement — from the local police in Bennington up to the Attorney General's Office in Montpelier? Did the complaints fall through the cracks because of a lack of a clear policy?

Kids Press Judge On 4th Amendment

When retired judge Angela Robinson asked about the Fourth Amendment's applicability to a case, she received a sharp analysis in response — not from lawyers, but from the eighth-graders at Mauro-Sheridan Interdistrict Magnet.

Kids Who Cut School: When Should We Intervene?

Although many states now operate mandatory programs to address student absenteeism—which is considered a strong predictor of later misbehavior— there's a wide range of views among educators and juvenile justice practitioners across the country about when intervention is most effective. The problem is complicated by the lack of research to determine the types of interventions that are most successful at reducing absenteeism and steering truant kids away from more serious delinquent behavior. A study by researchers at the University of Nebraska has attempted to fill the knowledge gap by zeroing in on 12 different programs in 137 schools around the state. The researchers found that the most effective intervention programs were those that targeted young people with the highest rate of absences (20 percent or more). “It's been difficult to evaluate programs that aim to reduce absenteeism since there are so many differences in how absenteeism is measured,” said Anne Hobbs, the study's lead author, and director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Kinney Pike Insurance acquires agency

News Release — Kinney Pike Insurance
Sept. 17, 2018
Brittany Hollman
Kinney Pike Insurance Acquires Parker Insurance Agency
White River Junction, VT – Two highly respected local insurance agencies have merged. Kinney Pike Insurance formally acquired Parker Insurance Agency located in White River Junction. As part of the merger, Parker Insurance Agency will relocate to Kinney Pike's White River Junction office at 1011 North Main Street. “Kinney Pike Insurance has built a reputation for being very stable, dependable and for conducting business with the utmost integrity,” stated Ken Parker, Principal of Parker Insurance Agency.

Kitchen Campaign

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Kodak brings back Ektachrome

Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris (the company that was spun off from Kodak some years ago) have announced the availability of the Kodak Ektachrome Film line. That's a film that had been around for years, and among other things was used to make color film slides. With the shift to digital, the film has been out of production for several years, but the company had announced in early 2017 it was bringing it back, and this week it began to be available for shipping. The film is being produced at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester. Kodak Director of Web Development and Strategy, Matt Stoffel, says it's not just people who remember Ektachrome from years ago and who are nostalgic who are interested in this film.

Ky. Department Of Corrections Settles Sexual Harassment Suit For $1.5 Million

Eleanor KlibanoffLisa Suliman, Jennifer Dennis and Colleen Payton, pictured left to right, were part of a sexual harassment lawsuit that brought a $1.6 million judgment against the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Kentucky will pay four women a total of $1.5 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit stemming from their time working as prison guards at Little Sandy Correctional Complex in northeastern Kentucky. The women alleged that Sergeant Stephen Harper harassed and assaulted them in 2012 and 2013 — groping them, exposing himself and forcing himself on them. They also claim that the Department of Corrections failed to properly investigate and punish Harper. An Elliott County jury agreed, awarding the women $1.6 million, plus attorneys' fees, last year.

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announces board of directors additions

News Release — Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 6, 2018
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BURLINGTON, VT – Lake Champlain Chamber Announces Additions to Board of Directors
The Chamber is pleased to announce that Donald Baker, President, Vermont Market of KeyBank, will serve as Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors for the next year and that Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development will serve as Vice Chair. Don Baker, President, Vermont Market, KeyBank
Don Baker serves as President for KeyBank in Vermont. His primary responsibilities include directing a team of bankers and leading the bank's business development and relationship management efforts with institutions and companies with annual sales of $3 million to $500 million in Vermont, northeastern New York, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and Quebec, Canada.

Lamoille County sheriff’s deputy files EEOC bias complaint

Deputy Ferron Wambold has filed a discrimination complaint against the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department. GoFundMe page photoA former corporal from the Lamoille County Sheriff's Department has filed an equal employment opportunity complaint, alleging gender discrimination, after she was fired in July. Ferron Wambold, who worked for the sheriff's department for four years, filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about three weeks ago, according to attorney Ben Luna of Little and Cicchettti in Burlington. Wambold declined to comment, referring questions to her lawyer. Luna said several male Lamoille County deputy sheriffs engaged in “fraudulent violations of the public trust.” He said the deputies covered up incidents and engaged in “racial and sexual orientation violations.

Lamoille nonprofits’ candidate forum on human services is Oct. 30

News Release — Lamoille County Mental Health
Oct. 17, 2018
Rebecca Copans
Phone: 802-888-5026
HYDE PARK, VERMONT— Eleven Lamoille area non-profit organizations focused on human services and housing are coming together to host a candidate forum on October 30 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Green Mountain Technology & Career Center's Community Education Center in Hyde Park. Together, Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Laraway Youth & Family Services, Lamoille Restorative Center, Lamoille Housing Partnership, Lamoille Family Center, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, The Manor, Capstone, Central Vermont Council on Aging, Clarina Howard Nichols Center, and North Central Vermont Recovery Center extend a warm invitation to candidates, human services professionals, and the public to join them for a robust conversation about the well-being of local residents, including family, friends, and neighbors. These eleven organizations employ nearly 900 professionals, and they touch the lives of 35,144 individuals in the Lamoille Valley each year. In addition to managing over 300 units of affordable housing, they offer a range of supports and services that address a wide range of human needs, including supports for children and families, diverting people from entering the justice system, suicide prevention, substance abuse and recovery supports, behavioral and mental health, supported employment services, school-based services, supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence including advocacy and support, emergency shelter, and a 24-hotline, and directing the only truancy program of its kind in the state.

Lamont leads Stefanowski by 8 points in Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released Wednesday found a huge gender gap fueling a 47 percent to 39 lead for Democrat Ned Lamont over Republican Bob Stefanowski in the Connecticut race for governor, with independent Oz Griebel garnering 11 percent.

Lamont recruits senior executives to business advisory group

New Haven — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont had breakfast Friday with senior corporate executives who have agreed to serve on a Business Advisory Council that Lamont says he would use to recruit and retain businesses in Connecticut.

Lamont urges Stefanowski to take a position on Kavanaugh

A day after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vehemently denied sexual assault accusations during a heated and tearful hearing, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont called on Republican Bob Stefanowski to state whether he supports the nominee or agrees with demands for an FBI investigation.

Lamont wins CT state police union endorsement

The Connecticut State Police Union on Thursday endorsed Democratic gubernatorial contender Ned Lamont after citing the potential threat his GOP challenger, Bob Stefanowski, would have on its members' wages and benefits.

Lamont, Stefanowski on opposite sides of wide gender gap

Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont are waging an asymmetrical fight for the votes of women in Connecticut's race for governor, one in which Republicans are trying to keep voters tightly focused on the state economy and Democrats are making broader appeals over state and national issues.

Lamont’s contributions to his own campaign: $12.1 million

Democrat Ned Lamont contributed $8.2 million to his gubernatorial campaign last month, bringing his total investment to $12.1 million since launching his candidacy in January, according to a campaign finance report filed Wednesday night.

Land rights, forests, food systems central to limiting global warming: report

The conservation and restoration of forests is an essential step to solving humanity's climate change problem, says a new report. Photo on VisualHunt A group of climate advocates released detailed findings today, saying that significant climate change mitigation can be achieved via a heavy emphasis on the land sector, and without reliance on costly or largely untested technologies such as bioenergy, carbon capture-and-storage and geoengineering. The report, called Missing Pathways to 1.5 degrees C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action, was released by the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA). The 53-page document recommends a combination of land-based strategies: secure land rights for indigenous peoples, restore forest ecosystems, and transform agriculture and dietary habits. Such an approach, CLARA says, would naturally sequester carbon and prevent greenhouse gas emissions as a significant contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement goal of holding global warming to a 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) increase by 2100.

Land Use Experts: Sound Planning a Path to Neighborhood Equity

A handful of residents from several San Antonio neighborhoods got a crash course Monday night in land use, zoning, and how equity and revitalization factor into a community's growth. One dozen residents, architects, and City staffers attended the third of four workshops organized by City Councilman Roberto Treviño's (D1) office and the local chapter of […]
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Landbank Authority To Face Council Committee After KyCIR Report

A vacant Vermont Avenue house that was sold through the Landbank Authority. A Metro Council committee wants answers about the Landbank Authority's process for selling vacant and abandoned properties and why many of these properties stay that way even after being sold to buyers who promise renovations and maintenance. The agency's director will appear before the council's Community Affairs and Housing Committee on Wednesday, three weeks after a report from the Kentucky Center for Investigating Reporting found nearly a third of the properties sold by the land bank since 2010 were vacant and in violation of the city's property maintenance code. “I don't think it's done the best job,” said Barbara Shanklin, a Democrat and chair of the committee. Since 2010, the land bank sold 316 properties — many to developers or property managers who promised to rehabilitate derelict houses and maintain lots, according to an analysis of city data by KyCIR.

Landless movement leader assassinated in Brazilian Amazon

Aloisio Sampaio, a trade unionist known as Alenquer, the leader of the KM Mil landless peasant occupation. He was murdered on 11 October. Image by Thais Borges. “They can kill me at any moment, but they are going to regret it forever because, after I'm dead, others will take my place.” – Alenquer The peasant leader, Aluisio Samper, known as Alenquer, was assassinated last Thursday afternoon in his home in the town of Castelo de Sonhos, located along the BR-163 highway that links northern Mato Grosso state, Brazil's main soy-producing region, with the Tapajós and Amazon rivers. His home also functioned as the headquarters for SINTRAFF (Sindicato de Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras da Agricultura Familiar/ Trade Union for Workers in Family Agriculture).

Lantana Consulting Group awarded support contract

News Release — Lantana Consulting Group
Sept. 13, 2018
Lantana Awarded Hospital Quality Initiatives Support Contract
East Thetford, VT (September 13, 2018) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Lantana Consulting Group a task order to continue its support of publicly available quality of care information on the Hospital Compare quality rating website. This task order is one of the first released under the new Measure & Instrument Development and Support (MIDS III) Umbrella Contract and is the continuation of an award to Lantana under MIDS II. Lantana's experience in Hospital Quality Reporting and Hospital Compare will support CMS Hospital Quality Initiative goals across settings and throughout the full information lifecycle with an emphasis on usability under CMS direction and in alignment with legislative priorities. “We are pleased to continue our work supporting CMS's provision of meaningful, beneficiary driven data on Hospital Compare,” said Alisha Hutson, Project Director.

Largely banned industrial chemicals could wipe out killer whales, study warns

A few decades ago, most countries phased out the manufacture and use of a highly toxic group of industrial chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. But the dangers of these largely banned pollutants still linger on. New research shows that PCBs remain a major threat to killer whales around the world, and could wipe out most populations in just 30 to 50 years. From the 1930s to 1993, the world produced an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of PCBs. The chemicals were used in a wide range of applications, including paints, electronic cables and components, plastics, flame retardants, sealants, and adhesives.

Largest Monarch Migration in a Decade Expected

Based on robust activity in the monarchs' primary Midwestern breeding grounds, one monarch expert predicted "the migration should be the strongest since 2008." The post Largest Monarch Migration in a Decade Expected appeared first on Rivard Report.

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Last year’s flu season was deadliest in decades, says CDC

You weren't imagining it. Last year's flu season was the worst in many years, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates at least 80,000 Americans died of flu-related complications last winter, exceeding the 56,000 deaths that occurred during the 2012-2013 flu season. That made 2017-2018 the deadliest flu season in decades. Last year's flu-related deaths included 180 children, the highest in a regular (non-pandemic) flu season since 2012-2013, although not as high as the 358 children who died during the 2009 flu pandemic.

Latam Eco Review: Millennial trees and Pacific coral larvae

Top recent stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, include a multi-country series on illegal logging, traveling coral larvae, and a treaty to protect environmental defenders. Peru's millennial trees could disappear in 10 years Peru's Shihuahuaco trees (Dipteryx micrantha) take hundreds of years to grow but could be lost in a decade. Listed as critically endangered, some 310,000 were felled in 15 years; researchers predict they could disappear from forests in two regions in as little as 10 years. According to a report shared with Mongabay Latam, Peru's Shihauhauco trees are projected to disappear in 10 years from extraction areas in Loreto and San Martín. Image courtesy of Antonio Fernandini.

Latam Eco Review: Black market jaguars, freed green macaws

The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, followed trafficking of jaguar parts in Peru and Bolivia, a strategy to limit cattle ranches in Colombia, and liberated macaws in Ecuador. High demand for jaguar parts in Peru In a single week, a team of journalists visiting markets in the Peruvian Amazon port of Iquitos found 44 fangs, four skulls, five skins, and 70 claws confirming the death of 24 jaguars. The largest fangs cost between $76 and $91, while the smallest run as low as $30 to $45. Trafficking in jaguar fangs alone is creating a robust market that feeds a growing demand. An official from the Regional Environmental Authority of the Loreto Regional Government admits there is a demand for jaguar fangs, while sellers contend that Asians figure high among the most interested buyers.

Latam Eco Review: Kissable sharks and spectacled bears

The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, followed a new green-eyed shark species in Belize, salmon farms in Patagonia, blast fishing in Peru, a cocaine-laden plane in a Peruvian park, and an Andean bear mystery, also in Peru. Belize's tiny sixgill shark species at risk “A little shark so adorable, you want to hug and kiss it,” is how a researcher described the Atlantic sixgill shark (Hexanchus vitulus), a new species found in the depths of Belize's oceans. First thought to be a bigeye sixgill shark (Hexanchus nakamurai), a genetic study showed this small green-eyed shark is a new species. However, deep-sea fishing threatens its existence. Atlantic sixgill shark.

Latam Eco Review: Shark ceviche, bat-friendly tequila, and protein-rich worms

Recent top stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, revealed Peruvians' hidden shark diet, new species in Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park, dire predictions from Mexico's “Batman,” and more. Peruvians are eating shark and don't know it Three out of four Peruvians recently surveyed were found to have eaten shark meat without knowing it. The problem stems from the generic labeling of fish meat at fishing ports and markets. Between 2006 to 2015, an average of 8,000 tons of shark was caught each year; 98 percent were of just six species. While shark consumption is not banned in Peru, overfishing threatens some of these species.

Latest ‘We Live Here’ episode explores broad implications of Maplewood settlement, ordinance changes

Earlier this month, domestic violence survivor Rosetta Watson won a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the city of Maplewood, which had revoked Watson's occupancy permit after she called the police to her home more than two times within six months. She spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here team in recent days and is the focus of this week's brand-new episode of the podcast . On Friday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh talked with We Live Here co-host/producer Kameel Stanley, who gave listeners a quick update on Watson's situation as well as the broader implications of the settlement in Maplewood and beyond.

Latina Leaders Organize Against Fire Union Proposals

The self-proclaimed "100+ Latinas" include local leaders in government, business, education, law, health care, and community advocacy. The post Latina Leaders Organize Against Fire Union Proposals appeared first on Rivard Report.

Laugh or cry? The case of West Virginia’s high-stakes political battle

There's a classic scene from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” where Butch has to fight a much bigger, stronger, meaner but stupider lug for control of the gang. It's pretty good. Watch it here if you don't recall. I thought of it when reading about the current knife fight between the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature and the state Supreme Court, which has a majority of Democrats. Both appear to be hopelessly corrupt, either in terms of old-fashioned I-paid-ridiculous-sums-to-redecorate-my-chambers money corruption or as in “all power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely and we want absolute power” corruption.

Lawmaker looks to revive ‘education saving accounts’ for students with disabilities

A plan that would give families more control over their child's school funding has failed repeatedly to gain traction with state lawmakers — but its persistent supporters have plans to advance it again in 2019. Rep. Jack Jordan, a Republican from Bremen, said Thursday he's considering new legislation that would allow “education savings accounts” for families of students with special needs. The controversial program, which exists in some form in six states, goes a step further than Indiana's current voucher system, which allows the state to direct funding to a private school of a parent's choosing. The savings accounts represent the next frontier of school choice policy for Indiana. They could allow parents to use the state education dollars to support any therapy or educational option they choose, such as equine therapy, homeschooling materials, or private school tuition.

Lawmakers find treatment ‘appalling’ of hepatitis C inmates

The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland. It is where Jack Sawyer was held. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Marble Valley Regional Correction Facility" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1376w, 1044w, 632w, 536w, 1280w, 1920w, 4000w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland. Photo by Jim Therrien/VTDiggerOne lawmaker used the word “unbelievable.” Another called it “appalling.”
Both were reacting to a presentation Thursday afternoon revealing that few inmates in Vermont's prison system are being treated for hepatitis C, despite a large number with the virus. Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Lawmakers get started on ethics commission enabling legislation

For a window into how legislation is made, few moments were more educational than a sparsely attended meeting Tuesday afternoon in a cavernous, mostly empty room on the University of New Mexico campus. On the surface, the meeting was congenial as two state lawmakers, legislative staff, attorneys and representatives of civic organizations hammered out the […]

Lawmakers press economic development officials for more details on incentives

State lawmakers continued to press economic development officials Monday to improve reporting on job development tied to tax breaks, loans and other taxpayer-funded incentives. Meanwhile, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said her agency is continuing to upgrade its reporting, but also is hamstrung by fiscal limitations and by a lack of […]

Lawmakers want hearings on safety, spending at Department of Corrections

KSTP-TV reports: “After the recent deaths of two Minnesota corrections officers on duty and a rise in offender assaults against corrections officers, two state lawmakers told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ‘this threat against corrections officers has to stop.' Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, told KSTP as chair of the Judiciary Committee, he plans to hold hearings on spending and safety issues regarding the DOC. … Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, said she supports hearings on recent DOC problems … .”
The Star Tribune's Paul Walsh reports: “An 18-year-old man was found dead after an apparent fall from a residence hall at Bemidji State University, officials said Sunday. Officials have identified the man as a visitor not enrolled at BSU. According to a statement, Bemidji police officers were called to Tamarack Hall, a 12-story building on campus, about an injured person lying on the ground.

Lawmaking After a Massacre

A grim anniversary: A year has passed since a gunman killed 58 people on the Las Vegas strip, and state lawmakers have had mixed success in passing new gun control measures, an Associated Press analysis found. Consider the outcomes in Florida versus Ohio. Following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida lawmakers banned bump stocks, an accessory that allows a rifle to fire continuously like a machine gun. They also raised the gun-buying age to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period for gun purchases and empowered local authorities to seize guns from people thought to be a threat to themselves or others. But in Ohio, Ryan J. Foley writes, a panel on gun reform convened by Republican Gov. John Kasich produced legislation that went nowhere.

Lawrence Zupan: Sanders owes Vermonters debates

Editor's note: This commentary is by Lawrence Zupan, who is the Republican nominee for United States Senate. Local media is vital to Vermont's political process. Issues that aren't on the radar in the pressrooms of NYC, D.C. or LA are often of the utmost importance to Vermonters, and it's our local media that can and does hold our candidates accountable on those issues. We have a unique advantage in our less populous state: the opportunity for local journalists to play an active and robust role in our democratic process. No candidate for public office should shrink from that opportunity.

Lawsuit accuses Tunica County sheriff of firing employees in an act of retaliation

Calvin “K.C.” Hamp, Tunica County Sheriff
TUNICA – Over the years Tunica County and its sheriff's department are no strangers to lawsuits. And now current sheriff, Calvin “K.C.” Hamp, finds himself in a legal battle – a lawsuit by three former employees alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. In a lawsuit, filed Sept. 14 in the Northern District of Mississippi Oxford Division, two former employees of the Sheriff's Office say they were fired after they called for investigation of alleged sexual misconduct within the department. A third employee, Norma Turner, alleges in the same complaint that she was fired after supporting the sheriff's opponent in the last election.

Lawsuit over environmental trust fund may have implications for Legacy Amendment money

Environmentalists were infuriated this year when Minnesota's Legislature funneled money from a natural resources trust fund to pay for a $98 million bundle of infrastructure projects — the first known instance of such a maneuver. But a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and other groups to reverse the spending from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) may have implications that go far beyond that goal. Aaron Klemz, an MCEA spokesman, said the legal action also serves as a warning to legislators to stay away from the state's other constitutionally dedicated funds for the environment. That primarily means money from the voter-approved 2008 Legacy Amendment, which pays for a swath of natural resources projects across Minnesota through a sales tax. And while some lawmakers assure that money isn't likely to be diverted in similar ways, environmental groups are still concerned the trust fund budgeting may be a sign of things to come.

Lawsuit Reveals How Silent Pot Investors Can Subvert the System

The Balboa Avenue Cooperative marijuana dispensary in San Diego. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz
A San Diego businessman with ties to the illegal marijuana market has outed himself as a silent investor in the legal industry. The city attorney's office in 2014 brought a civil suit against Salam Razuki for allegedly hosting an unlicensed dispensary on his property. He did not admit to wrongdoing but settled the case with a fine and a promise not to use his land for “unpermitted” uses in the future. There was nothing in the settlement that prevented Razuki from getting into the legal marijuana industry, and there doesn't appear to be anything in city or state rules that would automatically disqualify him.

Lawsuit: Can a city councilwoman in Colorado ban constituents from commenting on her Facebook page?

Two Coloradas are suing the city of Thornton and a councilwoman because they say she banned them from commenting on her official Facebook page after they spoke out against a proposed ballot measure to limit oil-and-gas drilling in Colorado. According to the lawsuit, filed today on behalf of Clifton Willmeng, a nurse who lives in Lafayette, and Edward Asher, a Marine Corps reservist who lives in Thornton, Councilwoman Jan Kulmann silenced them because of their views. “The banning of Mr. Willmeng and Mr. Asher imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their participation in a designated public forum and their right to petition the government for redress of grievances,” the suit states. Kulmann, who is also the city's mayor pro tem, has worked in the oil-and-gas industry and opposes this year's Proposition 112 ballot measure that would require drill rigs be 2,500 feet from homes and occupied structures. The current state law is 500 feet.

Lawsuit: Corrupt Kansas City, KS cop framed man after mother spurned sex

One year after he was freed from a Kansas prison in which he served 23 years after being wrongly convicted of a double murder, Lamonte McIntyre filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday contending that a Kansas City, Kansas detective framed him after McIntyre's mother spurned the detective's sexual advances. The 59-page complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas on behalf of the wrongfully convicted man and his mother, Rose McIntyre, paints a broad picture of a department that tolerated widespread corruption with a former detective, Roger Golubski, at the center. The lawsuit calls Golubski a “dirty cop who used the power of his badge to exploit vulnerable black women.” Department officials looked the other way, the lawsuit contends, because of Golubski's success in closing cases. Despite the serious misconduct, Golubski was rewarded and rose up the ranks within the department, retiring as a captain, the lawsuit states. As detective, the lawsuit states, Golubski was permitted to go through the streets of Kansas City, Kansas, using his badge to force those women to perform sexual acts and provide information, true or not, to close other cases.

LCB Senior Living presents dementia simulation to students

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Oct. 3, 2018
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Senior Living Experts Put UVM Students in the Shoes of a Person
Experiencing DementiaReflections Memory Care Professionals From The Residence at Quarry Hill and The Residence at Shelburne Bay Conduct Virtual Demonstration
October 3, 2018–South Burlington, VT. The Residence at Quarry Hill ( and The Residence at Shelburne Bay ( ) recently co-presented “A Walk in Their Shoes” to the Premedical Enhancement Program (PEP) at the University of Vermont (UVM). A Walk in Their Shoes, is an interactive dementia simulation. The program impairs the sensory abilities of participants to mimic what individuals with dementia go through on a regular basis.

Lea Marquez Peterson a ‘phenomenal asset’ to SAz business

Guest opinion: "One of the best assets, without question, for local small business in Southern Arizona is the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Lea Marquez Peterson has been the driving force behind the chamber."

Leader of Texas Tech System board resigns as chairman; permanent chancellor tapped

Campus view of the Texas Tech University Provost Office in Lubbock. Texas Tech University
Weeks after Robert Duncan, a popular former lawmaker, unexpectedly announced that he would retire from his post as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, the Lubbock-based system is undergoing another abrupt change in its leadership. L. Frederick "Rick" Francis, a 15-year member of Tech's governing board, said Thursday he would resign from his position as chair and that "it is time for a change in leadership." Appointed to the board by former Gov. Rick Perry, Francis hails from El Paso, and had come under fire in recent weeks for his role in Duncan's early retirement from the system, one year before the former chancellor's employment agreement would have expired. "Chairman's announcement," Francis said at a board meeting Thursday, after regents returned from a closed-door executive session.

Leahy calls Trump’s drinking problem claim ‘bogus boloney’

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks at Burlington press conference about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerPresident Donald Trump's claim that Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has a drinking problem is “bogus baloney” and an effort to silence the senator, according to Leahy and his spokesperson. On Tuesday, Trump told a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi that Leahy had a drinking problem while talking about what would happen if the Democrats took control of the Senate.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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“A guy like Bernie [Sanders] would be in charge of the Budget Committee.

Leahy Comment on Justice Department’s Announcement Regarding Private Prisons

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy
Feb. 24, 2017
Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
On The Announcement by the Department of Justice Regarding Private Prisons
February 24, 2017
[This week, Attorney General Sessions reversed a Justice Department policy to reduce and then end its use of private prisons. That policy, announced in August 2016 by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, was responsive to a DOJ Inspector General report finding that private prisons “incurred more safety and security incidents per capita” than federal facilities. During his confirmation Attorney General Sessions told Senator Leahy that that he would “carefully evaluate” the private prison policy, yet his one-paragraph announcement this week made no mention of the IG report and cited no evidence in support of his decision.]
“In a one paragraph announcement this week, Attorney General Sessions made clear that this administration thinks that even our prison system should be a for-profit business. For too long, the conditions found in many private prisons have placed inmates and officers at risk.

Leahy doubtful Kavanaugh nomination will stand up to FBI investigation

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks Monday at Burlington press conference about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerVermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says he believes the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh may be withdrawn after the FBI releases the results of its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee later this week. At a Burlington press conference Monday, Leahy said his view is based on discussions he's had with Republican senators about the accusations made by three women against Kavanaugh and judge's response.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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“I'm sensing a concern by many that maybe they ought to try somebody else,” Leahy said.

Leahy thanks Christine Blasey Ford for her ‘bravery’ during Kavanaugh hearing

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27. C-SPAN photo
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="blasey ford" width="610" height="343" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1600w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. C-SPAN photoSen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., began his questioning of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, by saying “bravery is contagious” and “we owe you a debt of gratitude” for coming forward. “No matter what happens to this hearing today,” Leahy said during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday morning. “No matter what happens to this nomination I know, and I hear from so many in my home state of Vermont, there are millions of victims and survivors out there who've been inspired by your courage, and you sharing your story is going to have a lasting positive impact on so many survivors in our country.” Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Leahy, Democrats say FBI’s Kavanaugh probe was limited by Trump

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks at Burlington press conference about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerThe FBI has completed its investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Senate Republicans, who appear satisfied with the results, are angling to confirm the judge in the coming days. However, Senate Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, are questioning the legitimacy of the probe, arguing its scope was limited by the White House. Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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Leaked Recording Reveals 5 City Council Members Steele Believed Supported the Fire Union

San Antonio firefighters union President Chris Steele told firefighters he had “five solid votes” on City Council that would support the union, according to a second leaked recording released on Tuesday. In the recording, Steele names five City Council members he believes would be in support of dropping a lawsuit the City filed against the 10-year evergreen clause […]
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Learning Differences

PTA committee to meet Oct. 1Learning Differences was first posted on September 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm.

Leasing a pet? Not anymore in New York.

(AP) New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet dealers. Animal welfare groups say financing has become popular with some pet dealers as a way to make high-priced breeds seem more affordable to unwary consumers. Under a lease agreement, a pet buyer makes monthly payments, usually for several years. The pet is owned by the leasing company, and not the buyer, until a final payment is made.

Legal Roundtable disentangles a complex week in the world of law

On Wednesday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh and a panel of experts considered some of the numerous local and national legal stories unfolding this week. In addition to offering analysis of the latest developments surrounding President Trump's Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the ongoing investigation by Robert Mueller, they took a look at several key lawsuits and legal battles taking place closer to home. This month's Legal Roundtable panel included: William Freivogel, J.D., School of Journalism professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, J.D., Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Washington University Mark Smith, J.D., associate vice chancellor of students at Washington University Listen to the full conversation: St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St.

Legendary lyricist Sondheim dismisses color-conscious casting as ‘ridiculous’

Famed Broadway lyricist Stephen Sondheim dismissed complaints that white actors should not be cast to portray people of color. He made his remarks as a guest on Thursday's episode of “St. Louis On The Air.” The issue is freshly in the news with the cancellation last month of a student production of the 1957 musical “West Side Story” after Latino cast members complained that the director cast white actors to portray key Puerto Rican characters.

Legislative auditor finds data, pricing inaccuracies in MNLARS

So not just slow, but also wrong? WCCO reports: “The Office of the Legislative Auditor found the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) entered inaccurate data over a seven-month period, causing some people to pay different tax amounts on similar transactions. … The report, which was released Tuesday, shows MNLARS generally calculated transactions such as wheelage tax, sales tax and most license plate transactions correctly. However, inaccurate vehicle registration within MNLARS and user error resulted in some owners of similar vehicles being charged different tax amounts.”
Keep an eye out for this one. The AP's Kyle Potter reports (via the Star Tribune): “Minnesota's Democratic Party chairman said Monday that he expects the investigation of allegations of physical abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison to be completed and released soon, well ahead of the November election.

Legislative Auditor: State public health bidding was legal, but some changes are needed

The Legislative Auditor's office reports today that the Minnesota Department of Public Services appears to have followed the rules in a new competitive bidding process for public health programs. But improvements are suggested.The changes in bidding for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare resulted in the lost of business by UCare, prompting a lawsuit that said the process was unfair.In a letter with the report today (pdf), Legislative Auditor James Nobles, said:We concluded that DHS followed existing legal standards for scoring competitive bids and accurately calculated the total bid scores and top rankings of the proposals that were submitted. We do not offer recommendations related to this aspect of the process. However, we think the Legislature needs to address certain other procurement policies and do so prior to the next round of competitive bidding for public health care programs.He said the Legislature should clarify requirements "regarding the participation of county-based purchasing organizations in competitive bidding and counties' authority to purchase or provide public health care."State DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said the Legislative Auditor's report underscores "the integrity of the bid process," and said the department "will be partnering with counties, legislators and other key stakeholders to develop even stronger methods to increase both the quality of care delivered to our enrollees and the cost-effectiveness to taxpayers."

Legislative District 31, Representative Position 1 — Victoria Mena

Victoria Mena (Courtesy Photo)What are specific ways you have helped people of color and/or the immigrant community? I have been an immigrant rights organizer for more than a decade, from local to national work. I am the co-founder of 4 immigrant rights groups, 2 in Florida, 1 in California and the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network here in WA. I am currently the Policy Lead for a statewide nonprofit, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, and a Policy Lead for the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. What is the biggest legislative priority for communities of color and the immigrant community in the next few years?

Legislative District 47, Representative Position 1 — Mark Hargrove

Mark Hargrove (Courtesy Photo)What are specific ways you have helped people of color and/or the immigrant community? Very often immigrants have an entrepreneurial spirit and are anxious to get started on achieving the American Dream. But they occasionally start businesses without knowing legal requirements and get into trouble, costing them up to tens of thousands of dollars. I have helped those working with immigrants to avoid and solve problems of this nature and sought relief from the Department of Labor and Industry when appropriate. What is the biggest legislative priority for communities of color and the immigrant community in the next few years?

Legislative District 5, Representative Position 2 — Paul Graves

Paul Graves (Courtesy Photo)What are specific ways you have helped people of color and/or the immigrant community? In my first term, I supported legislation to allow U visa holders to apply for commercial drivers' licenses, prime sponsored the ACLU's top priority (eliminating the criminal conviction for driving with a suspended license), and welcomed and met with several groups representing people of color and immigrant communities. What is the biggest legislative priority for communities of color and the immigrant community in the next few years? Do you think there are legislative concerns that are unique to these communities? In East King County, which I represent, our immigrant communities, in my experience, tend to prioritize policies in similar ways to the rest of the community: excellent schools with high standards, reducing traffic congestion, and a thriving and welcoming business community where every person can go as far as their talents and work ethic can take them.

Legislative leaders tighten sexual harassment policy following survey results

Findings from a recent survey of those who work at the state Capitol showing that nearly a quarter of respondents have experienced sexual harassment has spurred legislative leaders to expand the scope of the General Assembly's sexual harassment policy and tighten some of its protocols.

Legislators open conversation on Mississippi’s lifetime voting ban for felony convictions

Dennis Hopkins is, by his own admission, a towing business owner, a registered foster parent, a children's football coach, a former fire chief — and a branded man. That's what he told state legislators at a hearing Friday morning concerning the history and impact of Mississippi's lifetime voting ban for people convicted of felonies. Hopkins, who was convicted of grand larceny in 1998 and completed a prison term in 2001, still cannot vote due to that conviction. “I am concerned that my children are growing up without a strong sense of civic duty because their father has to sit out every single election,” Hopkins, who was accompanied by his wife and six of his nine children, said. The hearing spotlighted two lawsuits currently pending in federal court filed by the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lembo, Malloy, both see CT’s budget reserves on the rise

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo agreed Monday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration that Connecticut could be poised to bolster its budget reserves significantly for a second consecutive year.

Let Us Know About Voting Problems During the Midterm Elections

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The election is only 28 days away. If you're planning to vote, either on Nov. 6 or during your state's early voting period, we need you to be our eyes and ears as we look for voting problems across the country. We're on the lookout for any problems that prevent people from voting — such as long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations. To let us know how your voting experience went or to tell us if you encountered anything that stopped you or others from casting a ballot, here's how to sign up:

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Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.

Letters: Endorsements for Nov. 6 Election

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Liberal Dems Are Divided Over How Obama Should Respond to ISIS

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to take down ISIS, the Islamist group that has conquered vast swaths of Iraq and Syria and recently beheaded two American journalists. Obama is expected to outline a strategy that will involve working with a coalition of other nations, continuing air strikes, and training and advising the Iraqi military—but not reintroducing US ground troops. Yet even before the speech, a group of progressive lawmakers in Congress were voicing opposition to greater US military intervention in Iraq and Syria, while other liberal Democrats were supporting Obama's steps toward more extensive, though limited, military action against ISIS. Though recent public opinion polls show a majority of Americans supporting air strikes against ISIS and the sort of military action Obama is adopting, his expansion of the US military role in Iraq (and possibly Syria) is threatening to split his own party. Progressive Democrats opposed to greater US military intervention in Iraq tend to note that they share the widespread revulsion for ISIS, but they maintain that ramping up US military action is not necessary to protect US national security, would likely be ineffective, and could enmesh the nation (once again) in a prolonged and costly conflict.

Liberians Prepare for New Year with Parties and Prayer: ‘Let This Ebola End.’

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As the heat finally broke on the afternoon of New Year's Eve, word went out across Monrovia that Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had lifted the months-long curfew, for just one night. Introduced in September at the height of the Ebola epidemic to help curb spread of the disease, the midnight to 6am curfew has shuttered dance clubs across the country. When even handshakes are dangerous, sweaty grinding could be lethal. There were rumors before the official announcement. New Year's Eve and Day are prominent holidays on the Liberian calendar.

Life after deportation: Casper woman starts over in Texas

Patricia Miramontes is keeping a promise she made last fall when the father of her baby daughter, Merci, was deported from Casper to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. To keep her family together, as she vowed to do, she's moved to El Paso, Texas, across the Rio Grande River from Ciudad Juarez and joined the borderland ebb and flow of two sister cities separated by a river and perpetually shifting immigration politics. WyoFile profiled Miramontes last December, after following the family for a two-month period that began with Julio Balderas' arrest by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents while driving in Casper. The family is one of several in Casper that were broken up by ICE agents at that time — and likely since — when husbands, boyfriends and fathers were caught in the net of an immigration crackdown. Click here to read the December, 2017 feature story ‘Broken families'
Though Balderas hadn't had any interactions with law enforcement more serious than a speeding ticket in years, he had previously been deported in 2011 and recrossed the border soon after.

Limbic Memory

Margaret Haydon's porcelain sculpture is sublime. Rhythmic, layered, and delicate on the surface, each piece evokes strength despite fragility. There is the obvious fragility of material as well as fragility of the species represented: bats, bees and sturgeon. Porcelain is a strong material yet the ease with which it can shatter is a poignant metaphor for the relationship humans have with the natural world. Nature is strong, humans are strong — each can easily destroy and be destroyed.

Limi Valley: A threatened Shangri-La for wildlife (commentary)

Around 18 kilometers southeast of Tibet's Lake Mansarovar, a sacred lake for both Hindus and Buddhists, there lies yet another pilgrimage site, albeit of a different nature: The Limi Valley, on the other side of the border with Nepal, is considered sacred not because of religious significance but because of its extraordinary richness in highland biodiversity. Located in the administrative district of Humla, the Limi Valley is part of the western end of the Tibetan plateau, where it extends inside the geographical boundary of Nepal. Thus denizens of the valley are both geographically and culturally close to Tibet. Chyakpalung, which translates to ‘a place where wind blows like crazy' in English, is the heart of this mystical, high-altitude river valley. The sparse human population is concentrated in four small human settlements (Tila, Haltze, Dzang, and Tungling) towards the south and south-western portion of the valley, with a total of 161 households inhabited by about 900 people of Tibetan origin.

Limiting children’s screen time linked to better cognitive skills

Limiting children to less than two hours a day of screen time is associated with better brain function, including memory, attention and the speed with which new information is processed, according to a new study. And when that limited screen time is coupled with a good night's sleep — at least nine hours a night — children tend to score even better on cognitive tests, the study also found. “These findings highlight the importance of limiting recreational screen time and encouraging healthy sleep to improve cognition in children,” write the authors of the study, which was published online last week in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The study's authors urge parents, teachers, physicians and policymakers to “promote limiting recreational screen time and prioritising healthy sleep routines throughout childhood and adolescence.”
Study details
For the study, Canadian researchers at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute analyzed data collected from 4,524 American children, aged 8 to 11 years, who were participants in a large, long-term study of brain development and child health. The children came from 21 different locations across the United States.

Limo in Crash Killing 20 ‘Not Supposed to be On the Road’

Two days after a devastating limousine crash in upstate New York killed 20 people, officials disclosed new details that suggested that the trip never should have been allowed to happen, the New York Times reports. Among the issues: the driver had an improper license. The limousine company had a trail of failed inspections and ties to a scheme to illegally obtain driver's licenses. The limousine itself had been deemed unsafe. Mounting questions about the accident centered on the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, which had a shoddy record, operated out of a back room in a low-budget hotel and had a history of suspicious dealings that seemed to extend to Dubai.

Limo in Crash Killing 20 ‘Not Supposed to be On the Road’

Two days after a devastating limousine crash in upstate New York killed 20 people, officials disclosed new details that suggested that the trip never should have been allowed to happen, the New York Times reports. Among the issues: the driver had an improper license. The limousine company had a trail of failed inspections and ties to a scheme to illegally obtain driver's licenses. The limousine itself had been deemed unsafe. Mounting questions about the accident centered on the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, which had a shoddy record, operated out of a back room in a low-budget hotel and had a history of suspicious dealings that seemed to extend to Dubai.

Linda Joy Sullivan: Let’s get to work on climate

Editor's note: This commentary is by Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, of Dorset, a Democrat who represents the Bennington-Rutland District in the Vermont House of Representatives and is a member of the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. As I watched last week's debate in Rutland between Gov. Phil Scott and challenger Christine Hallquist, my thoughts kept returning to the question of whether Vermont is going to be able to step up responsibly to contribute to a solution to the momentous climate change challenge we are facing. Since the recent UN report — and the dire predictions for even the near-term future — many have questioned whether there exists on a national level the political will to even begin the difficult collective action necessary to address the problem. No matter who is elected governor next month, I fear we won't be up to the task either due to base partisanship or due to the dysfunction inherent in how we elect our state's chief executive for scant two-year terms.
We saw last year during our legislative session an abundance of partisan political play and brinksmanship. Both the Legislature and the administration bore some level of responsibility.

Linda Mulley: We must see the drug crisis as the national health emergency it is

Editor's note: This commentary is by Linda Mulley, an autism educator who has taught at University of Vermont, Dartmouth College and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative; she is the co-author of “All Children Matter.” This piece was first published in the Valley News on Sept. 9. Thirty years ago, the AIDS Memorial Quilt project documented the many lives lost to AIDS and raised awareness of the devastations of this disease. This grassroots movement started by a handful of people in San Francisco grew to attract the attention of the entire nation and to raise millions for AIDS service organizations. Perhaps it's time we considered a new quilt project to commemorate in a similar way those lost to substance use disorder.

Linklater directs ads for anti-Cruz super PAC

"Bernie" actor Sonny Carl Davis stars in a new online ad from Fire Ted Cruz PAC, a super PAC working to defeat Texas' junior senator. YouTube screenshot
The Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater has directed a series of ads for a super PAC working to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, starting with a spot that mocks the Republican's "Tough as Texas" campaign slogan. The 30-second ad, which is running on social media, features actor Sonny Carl Davis, who reprises a memorable scene from Linklater's 2011 film "Bernie" to question Cruz's toughness for embracing Donald Trump after he attacked Cruz's family during the 2016 presidential primary. The spot opens with Davis reciting the slogan and laughing at the thought of it. "I mean, come on, if somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be kissing their ass," Davis says.

Liquid Assets

How water is brought to cityLiquid Assets was first posted on September 24, 2018 at 6:17 am.

Listen to East Central College’s Franklin County candidate forum

East Central College hosted a candidate forum on Thursday night featuring numerous contenders for local, state and federal offices. St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum moderated the event, which featured questions on pressing public policy issues — as well as ballot initiatives that voters will consider on the Nov. 6 election.

Listen to the Colorado Independent’s election podcast, The Indycator

Episode 2 of our election podcast, The Indycator, is available now for download or by clicking here. In this episode, we examine the life and career of Jared Polis, Colorado's Democratic nominee for governor. If you missed last week's episode, in which Independent columnist Mike Littwin explains how we got here, it's available here. The post Listen to the Colorado Independent's election podcast, The Indycator appeared first on The Colorado Independent.

Listening sessions kick off Alcorn State’s presidential search

The Mississippi board of trustees want to hear from the campus community what qualities and qualifications they want in the next president of Alcorn State University. The state board of trustees have scheduled listening sessions Tuesday, Oct. 2 on the ASU campus. Contributed by the Institutions of Higher LearningAl Rankins, Commissioner of Higher Education. Former ASU president Al Rankins was appointed to oversee Mississippi's college board earlier this summer – becoming the first African American to be named Commissioner of Higher Learning for the state.

Little Free Library Comes to Valley St. Substation

This article was submitted by Bob Caplan.The New Haven Police substation at 329 Valley St. is sandwiched between the West Hills school and the community center. And when school is closed the newest Little Free Library at the substation will still be open.

Littleton’s outspoken conservative state senator is up for reelection in a swing district GOP’s Tim Neville faces Democratic education reformer Tammy Story in a race that could determine which party controls the Capitol

Tim Neville is about as red as they come in Colorado. The Republican senator from Littleton has pushed to loosen gun laws, limit abortions and offer private school vouchers during his four years in the state Senate. But the red wave he rode to the upper chamber in 2014 has receded, and today in Senate District 16, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 32 percent to 27 percent, with 40 percent unaffiliated. Those numbers don't seem to faze Neville. “If you're asking if I'll change my principles,” he told The Colorado Independent in a recent interview, “my answer is no.”
In what's expected to be a blue wave year in which voters repudiate President Trump's policies, Neville is facing a challenge from a Democratic opponent who in many ways embodies discontent with Trump's brand of conservatism: Tammy Story, a 59-year-old mother of two from Conifer with deep ties to the education community.

Littwin: In the nation’s latest #MeToo moment, Trump comes clean. He says it’s all a con job.

Donald Trump is right — words, by the way, I rarely use in that order — when he says the Brett Kavanaugh accusation story is a con game. But the question — and one easily answered — is who's doing the conning. Hint: It's not who Trump says it is. We don't know if Christine Blasey Ford or Debbie Ramirez are telling the truth in their accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, but it's clear how much risk each faces by coming forward and how little little reward they can expect. (See: Hill, Anita.)
What we do know is to ignore much of the rhetoric we're hearing.

Littwin: Jovan Melton’s defenders go on the offensive, and an ugly story gets even uglier

I had House Majority Leader KC Becker on the line when the tweets began rolling in from the Wellington Webb-led news conference, meaning I had to break the news to her that the former Denver mayor was accusing Becker, House Speaker Crisanta Duran and other House leaders of, well, racism. Becker took it pretty well, calling the news “unfortunate.” I took it a little further, calling it “absurd.”
Webb called the news conference in defense of state Rep. Jovan Melton, who had been asked by House leadership and Democratic Party chair Morgan Carroll to resign his seat over two long-ago arrests — one which led to a guilty plea — related to domestic violence against different women. Melton, born in Denver in 1979, is running for his fourth term in the House and is currently the House Majority Deputy Whip. He's also vice chair of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus. Webb accused Democratic House leaders of a “Jim Crow double standard” in their treatment of Melton, who is African American and who has denied “any allegations that suggest any violence against the women involved.”
Bishop Acen Phillips called it a “21st-century lynching of a black man.”
In other words, they were accusing fellow Democrats of racism three weeks before the November elections, noting that Democrats had long taken the black vote for granted.

Littwin: Kavanaugh can mark it on his calendar — the day he turned into Donald Trump

At the end of the day — and, yes, at the end of a long, long, long day — we still don't know whether Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford back when they were both in high school in the early '80s. The he-said, she-said case cries out for more investigation. It cries out for available witnesses to come before the Judiciary Committee. It cries out— even more than Kavanaugh cried at Thursday's Senate hearing — for Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge, who supposedly was in the room at the time of the alleged assault, to come forward. None of that will happen, of course.

Littwin: Kavanaugh had a point. What goes around may well come around.

The Senate has voted. Brett Kavanaugh has been narrowly confirmed. In a normal time, that would be the end of the story, or at least this chapter of the story. These, as you probably know, are not normal times. This is the time — the first time, I promise — a Supreme Court nominee has uttered the phrase “what goes around comes around” in a confirmation hearing.

Littwin: Stapleton changes debate strategy, trading in faux anger for phony outrage

If you watch the governor's debates closely — and, because it's my job, I do — you saw a, uh, radical change in Walker Stapleton's strategy Wednesday night at Colorado State University. In the previous debate, Stapleton, trailing in the polls, came out red-faced angry, repeatedly lashing out at rival Jared Polis as “radical and extreme” and making the case that Polis, if elected, would not only be too radical and too extreme for Colorado but would also bankrupt the state. By one count, he got up to 13 radicals. As far as I know, no one was keeping track of the extremes, which was too bad. I blame myself.

Littwin: Stapleton is mad as hell, and he doesn’t think you should take it any more

PUEBLO — Walker Stapleton is mad as hell and not just because he's losing in the polls to Jared Polis. He's mad — red-faced mad, sweaty-brow mad, yelling-into-the-mic mad — because Coloradans seem not to understand how dangerous the “radical and extreme” Polis would be as governor. And it's not because Stapleton doesn't keep telling them. In fact, it's pretty much the only thing he keeps telling them. By one journalist's count in the Monday night debate in Pueblo, Stapleton used “radical” 13 times to describe Polis, and if that's not a drinking game for the rest of the debate season, then I don't know Colorado.

Littwin: The only sure thing in Ford v. Kavanaugh may be that one side is panicking

It's apparently never too early to argue the merits of Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, although it might be better to wait until they actually testify at the Senate hearing. But even at this point, some aspects of the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh are beyond question. For one, Republicans are panicked. To protect Kavanaugh, they won't let the FBI investigate Ford's allegations and they won't allow witnesses other than Ford and Kavanaugh to be called. The idea is to leave us with a he-said/she-said situation, hoping we'll end up hopelessly confused.

Littwin: To catch Polis, Stapleton needs to add drama to the campaign — but maybe not too much

For those of us political junkies who have been desperately awaiting a poll in this sparsely-polled governor's race, we finally have one. And, I'm afraid to say, it's a huge disappointment. The poll, jointly conducted by reputable Democratic and Republican firms, shows Jared Polis with a 7-point lead over Walker Stapleton, which is exactly, plus or minus two points, what I could have predicted without anyone's help. Where's the drama? Where's the plot twist?

Live weather radar

Live weather radar for Tucson and the rest of Southern Arizona from the National Weather Service.

Live: Minnesota Eighth District candidate forum

In one of the most watched U.S. House contests in the entire country, DFLer Joe Radinovich is trying to defend Democrats' hold on northern Minnesota's Eighth District against a formidable challenge from Republican Pete Stauber. Those two candidates, along with the Independence Party's Ray “Skip” Sandman are set to meet for a debate in Duluth at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Watch the debate live below, courtesy of The Uptake. [cms_ad:Middle]

Livestock auction teaches youth

4-H and FFA members learn the value of hard work and letting go.

Livestream: A conversation with Marvin Odum, Houston’s chief recovery officer

Watch more video. Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith sits down with Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston, for a live event in Austin. Odum was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2017 to lead the city's recovery effort from the historic damage it suffered as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Previously, he served as chairman and president of Shell Oil Company and as an executive committee member of Royal Dutch Shell, where he directed a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind and biofuels. Odum also served as CEO of InterGen, a global power development and generation company.

Livestream: A Texas Tribune Festival conversation with Beto O’Rourke

The three-term El Paso congressman on his headline-making race against Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate: the issues, the politics, the long odds and his vision for a better Texas. We're livestreaming the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival's closing keynote session with Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. The El Paso congressman, who's challenging incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, will be interviewed by Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Read related Tribune coverage
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Lobster Hut Boils With Buttery Business

Chunks of the bottom-crawling creature, not stringy fragments. And not a modest helping, but a hefty four ounces. Slathered in tons of butter.

Local Dems Call Foul on Party Endorsement of Props on November Ballot

Several local Democratic party precinct chairs on Tuesday spoke in opposition to the three propositions voters will see on the November ballot. The post Local Dems Call Foul on Party Endorsement of Props on November Ballot appeared first on Rivard Report.

Local Harris Corp. exec optimistic about growth prospects

A top Harris Corporation official sounds optimistic about the company's future in Rochester, with the recent news about a proposed merger with another communications company. WXXIs Randy Gorbman has details.. Dana Mehnert, a longtime Harris executive was recently named president of the company's Communication Systems segment, and he says it will take some time for any organizational changes to happen once the final approval is given to the merger between Harris and L3 Technologies. That is expected to happen sometime next year. But whatever change does happen, Mehnert sees what is being called a ‘merger of equals' as being a good thing.

Local musician hospitalized after being shot in northeast Minneapolis

Says Andy Mannix of the Strib, “The stranger jumped out of the car and approached from behind. Katie Szczepaniak could guess by his shaky demeanor that his gun was loaded. … Szczepaniak and her boyfriend, Aaron Lee, turned over their wallets. … And then: ‘The guy turned around and just shot him' in the abdomen, she said Sunday, recounting the violent mugging Friday night along a busy stretch of late-night bars and restaurants in northeast Minneapolis. After three surgeries, Lee is expected to survive.

Local nonprofit buys Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center

Principals in the sale of Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center in Woodford to a local nonprofit pose Wednesday after the sale closing. From left, David Newell, president of the group, attorney Robert Woolmington, representing the former owners, Steve Whitham and Andrea Amodeo, center; and attorney Jonathan Cohen, who represented the new owner, the Prospect Mountain Association.BENNINGTON — Although there is still some fundraising to do, a local nonprofit group has completed its purchase of the Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center. David Newell, president of the Prospect Mountain Association, said the group closed on the purchase Wednesday, acquiring the 144-acre ski area in Woodford, five buildings at the site, trail grooming equipment and revenue from a cellular tower on the property for $900,000. “We feel that this is a great development for the economic and recreational health of our area,” Newell said. “It was a great team effort with a lot of moving parts.

Locals get things rolling with a picturesque bicycle ride

A group of local cyclists took a Sunday ride on county roads and through the streets of San Juan Bautista.

Long Dock Exhibit

Paintings by Hiro IchikawaLong Dock Exhibit was first posted on October 2, 2018 at 10:35 am.

Long Dock Park Expands

Scenic Hudson completes $16 million renovationLong Dock Park Expands was first posted on October 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm.

Long Prairie’s growing immigrant population helps keep local schools vital

A town is a living, breathing organism. It prospers and falters with the economy, with shifting birthrates, with changing migration patterns. Not all that long ago, the central Minnesota community of Long Prairie was in a period of decline. The town, anchored for years by agriculture and local employers like Long Prairie Packing, and Dan's Prize, was struggling. Many downtown businesses were closed, homes were up for sale and, at the local school district, always a bellwether of the economy, administrators watched as the number of enrolled children began to shrink.

Long Wharf Development Plan Ready For Public Debate

A plan to redevelop Long Wharf into five new walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods is almost complete, laying the groundwork for a potential 20-year overhaul of the current sprawling, disconnected, and underused stretch of city waterfront.

Long Wharf Makes Room

There's a moment in Jen Silverman's The Roommate when Sharon, a woman in her fifties putting her life together after a divorce, and Robyn, her new housemate, have already gotten to know each other a bit. They know about each others' kids. Robyn knows about Sharon's dissatisfaction with her marriage. Sharon knows Robyn knows how to grow weed. They've even shared a joint together.

Long-shot Senate bill could boost Native voting protections

U.S. Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that could provide Native American communities a way to combat what they say are disenfranchising state voting laws and the recent gutting of Voting Rights Act protections.

Long-term solution elusive as out-of-state prisoners slated to move once again

Cells at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania. Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Camp Hill" width="610" height="302" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 1280w, 1791w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Cells at the Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania. Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDiggerAs the state scrambles to move its out-of-state prisoner population from Pennsylvania to Mississippi, Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he would continue to push lawmakers to build capacity in Vermont's prison system so that all inmates can eventually be held in-state. The Scott administration's primary plan to make space for prisoners — a 925-bed facility in Franklin County built by private prison company by CoreCivic and leased to the state — was roundly rejected by lawmakers in the last legislative session. Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Longtime Eastside Leader Jackie Gorman Steps Down as CEO of SAGE

Jackie Gorman's tenure as CEO of San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) ended on Wednesday when she announced her resignation. The post Longtime Eastside Leader Jackie Gorman Steps Down as CEO of SAGE appeared first on Rivard Report.

Longtime MU Professor George Smith Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The University of Missouri has its first ever Nobel Prize. Professor Emeritus George Smith shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers, one from Caltech in Pasadena, and the other from the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge. Smith was a professor at MU for 40 years. He won the Nobel for his development of a method called phage display, in which a virus that infects bacteria can be used to evolve new proteins.

Looking Back in Philipstown

What happened this month 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150 years agoLooking Back in Philipstown was first posted on October 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm.

Lorena Gonzalez’s Adventures in Social Media

From left: San Diego County Supervisor candidate Nathan Fletcher, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber attend Politifest. / Photo by Vito Di Stefano
This post originally appeared in the Oct. 13 Politics Report. On Friday, we woke up to several text messages wondering if something was up. Apparently everyone who was following Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's official Facebook page got a notification that it had changed its name from Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to Lorena Gonzalez.

Los Angeles and Beijing Are Teaming Up to Fight Global Warming

The story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. China's mega-cities and major US metropolitan areas will pledge swifter and deeper cuts in carbon pollution on Tuesday, shoring up a historic agreement between presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. Beijing and 10 other Chinese cities will agree to peak greenhouse gas emissions as early as 2020—a decade ahead of the existing target for the world's biggest emitter, under a deal to be unveiled at a summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Seattle will commit to go carbon neutral by 2050, with more than a dozen other major metropolitan areas in the US, and the entire state of California, pledging an 80 percent cut in emissions by mid-century. Atlanta, Houston, New York, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City also put forward new climate commitments.

Los Desaparecidos

por Hannah Dreier
Otra versión de este reportaje fue publicada en conjunto con Newsday y también se puede escuchar una nota basada en el mismo en el programa This American Life. Al principio, el grupo de mensajes de texto que llegaría a obsesionar a Carlota Morán pareció ser solo una molestia, una interrupción en la supuesta salida especial de ella sola con su hijo. La semana después del Día de los Presidentes de 2016, día feriado en la escuela, y Carlota había llevado a Miguel, su hijo de 15 años, a comer al bufet chino del centro comercial como se lo había prometido desde hacía tiempo. Miguel caminó con el brazo sobre los hombros de su madre cuando fueron a devolver un par de pantalones a American Eagle. La campanita de su teléfono sonaba cada varios minutos, distrayéndolo.

Loss of forest elephant may make Earth ‘less inhabitable for humans’

Children in every corner of the globe can identify an elephant in a wildlife lineup. They are as recognizable as any basic shape and as endearing as any household pet. Yet the same cannot be said for the hundreds of tropical flora and fauna that are liable to disappear should forest elephant populations continue to crash. “[Elephants] have a disproportionately large impact on their ecosystem and the organisms living in it,” says John R. Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. “If people are aware of the potential result of losing elephants […] perhaps they can transfer that understanding to less well known species.” Poulsen and his colleagues recently published a study in Conservation Biology examining how the loss of forest elephants would impact the rest of their natural habitat.

Louisville Metro Council Committee Scrutinizes Landbank Authority

Jacob RyanA house on West Gaulbert Avenue sits vacant on Sept. 24, 2018. It was sold last December through the city's land bank. Some Louisville Metro Council members are calling for changes to how the city's Landbank Authority sells vacant and abandoned property. They want more accountability and better planning from land bank staff and some suggest limits on how many properties buyers can purchase.

Loved? Hated? Or both? The Rep’s ‘Evita’ portrays Eva Perón’s rise to power

Eva Perón, also known as Evita, was a First Lady of Argentina and radio host adored by the “common man,” later becoming a cultural icon in her country. Controversial for using her power and fame to champion women's and workers' rights, she often broke norms. She was the first woman in Argentina's history, for example, to appear in public on the campaign trail with her husband. She was so loved by many that her body mysteriously went missing for 17 years after her death. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' current musical production, “ Evita ,” portrays her life on stage.

Lowell, Eden push back on plans for asbestos settlement money

The inactive asbestos mine at Belvidere Mountain in Eden and Lowell includes a network of buildings and structures. Photo courtesy Agency of Natural Resources.State and federal government representatives have unveiled a plan to direct asbestos mine settlement money toward replacing culverts in Eden and Lowell, but locals want to see the spending better align with the towns' roadwork priorities. “This is not fish versus Homo sapiens,” wrote members of the Eden Selectboard in a letter commenting on the plan. “It is absolutely critical to balance economic and practical needs with the need to maintain conservation efforts.”
The closed asbestos mine on the flanks of Belvidere Mountain in Eden and Lowell remains a gray scar on an otherwise forested landscape. The state Agency of Natural Resources and the Department of the Interior jointly received $850,000 from the mine's prior owner, G-I holdings, as the result of a settlement reached in 2009.

Lucia Gagliardone: A privileged ‘right’ of innocence

Editor's note: This commentary is by Lucia Gagliardone, of Sharon, who is a student studying sociology and dance at Bowdoin College. Last weekend has proved to be a devastating time for the integrity and security of our highest court, as the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat. Kavanaugh's untouchable “right” to a presumption of innocence was central to the destructive narrative surrounding his confirmation and speaks to a broken system of justice that only protects the elite white man. Briahna Gray from the Intercept calls attention to the reality that black and poor Americans are frequently presumed guilty and consequently denied due process or exposed to extrajudicial violence, a reality which forms the backbone of the Black Lives Matter movement. Donald Trump has been an outspoken advocate of presuming most non-white, non-Christian people guilty of criminality (here are all the times he's spoken out against Mexico, for example).

Madeleine Kunin gets personal in revealing new memoir

Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin wrote her new book “Coming of Age” at her Wake Robin retirement community apartment in Shelburne. “I was kind of anxious whether it was too personal,” she says, “but I thought other people might be feeling the same things.” Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1376w, 1044w, 632w, 536w, 1280w, 1920w, 4461w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin wrote her new book “Coming of Age” at her Wake Robin retirement community apartment in Shelburne. “I was kind of anxious whether it was too personal,” she says, “but I thought other people might be feeling the same things.” Photo by Kevin O'Connor/VTDiggerWhen Madeleine Kunin published her first memoir in 1994, she chose her words carefully. As the book's title reminded, Vermont's first and so far only female governor turned deputy U.S. education secretary was “Living a Political Life.”
“Most women cannot risk revealing public emotion; they are asked to take the toughness test each time they appear in public,” she wrote. “A silent assessment is made by the audience as a woman approaches the podium: Can this woman be as strong as a man?”
A quarter-century later, after serving as U.S. ambassador to her native Switzerland, the now-retired Kunin has penned a second memoir — in part to revisit the subject of sex.

Madeleine Kunin to visit Rutland for ‘Coming of Age’ book tour

News Release — Phoenix Books
Sept. 28, 2018
Kristen Eaton
Phoenix Books
802.872.7111 (p)
Rutland, Vermont – September 28, 2018: On Saturday, October 20th, Phoenix Books Rutland will welcome Madeleine Kunin to Rutland for a talk on her new book, Coming of Age. The event will begin at 4pm and will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland. Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well.

Major ivory trader arrested in Sumatra

[dropcap type="2"]A[/dropcap]uthorities in Indonesia arrested a major ivory trader who had been operating across the southern half of Sumatra island, police announced this week. The trader was picked up in the coastal city of Bintuhan, a “notorious transit point for ivory, tiger skins and other wildlife contraband," according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a US-based nonprofit whose Wildlife Crime Units assist law enforcers in Indonesia. Bintuhan is located in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in the province of Bengkulu. The trader was said to have sourced ivory from dealers in Riau and Lampung provinces and sold carved objects in South Sumatra, Bengkulu and Lampung provinces as well as in the capital of Jakarta. He allegedly moved at least 1.5 kilograms of carved ivory smoking pipes per month and 15 tusks worth of carved "swagger sticks" in the last five years.

Majority of Immigrant Detainees in San Diego Don’t Have Criminal Convictions, Data Shows

A female detainee is escorted to the intake section of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz
More than half of individuals in Immigration and Customs Detention nationwide and in San Diego County don't have criminal convictions, according to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research entity at Syracuse University. TRAC obtained records for more than 44,000 individuals being held in detention facilities by ICE across the country on June 30. The analysis paints a picture of who the agency has been detaining. ICE press releases of immigrant arrests constantly characterize those arrested as dangerous.

Making Black Lives Matter

In her newest book, Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century, Historian and political activist Barbara Ransby examines the emergent Black Lives Matter Movement, discussing its roots and motivations, its politics and its future as part of what she calls a new Black... Read more at

Malloy to be a visiting professor at BC Law School

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a "double-eagle" as a graduate of Boston College and its law school, will land at his alma mater after leaving office next year, serving as a visiting law professor in the spring semester.

Man gets 2 years on drug count, still faces charges over hidden body

The scene in Poultney where a woman's body was found on the evening of March 15, 2017. Photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="missing woman" width="640" height="453" srcset=" 2268w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 150w, 1280w, 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1">The scene in Poultney where a woman's body was found March 15, 2017. File photo by Alan J. Keays/VTDiggerRUTLAND — A Poultney man who is facing state charges for allegedly hiding the body of a woman who died of a drug overdose has been sentenced to two years in prison on federal charges of allowing out-of-state drug dealers to stay at his residence. Judge Geoffrey Crawford imposed the prison term on Wayne Oddo, 54, at a hearing Tuesday in federal court in Rutland.Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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Man shot to death in Concord was subject of ongoing heroin probe

Vermont State Police crime scene unit. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDIgger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Crime scene command" width="610" height="408" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Vermont State Police crime scene unit. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDIggerA Waterford man who was found this week fatally shot off the side of a road in Concord and whose death is ruled a homicide had been the target of a police investigation into heroin dealing since July, according to federal court records. Two people, including the man's girlfriend, who were also subjects of that drug investigation were taken into custody on federal drug charges shortly after 37-year-old Michael Pimental's body was discovered, the documents stated.Get all of VTDigger's criminal justice news.You'll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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Manafort’s guilty plea goes to the heart of the Russian intelligence operation in 2016

Alex Finley is the pen name of a former news reporter and former U.S. intelligence officer, who is writing occasional analyses of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's efforts to skew the 2016 presidential election. Viktor Yanukovych ran a divisive campaign for president of Ukraine in 2010. He portrayed his political opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, as corrupt and threatened to jail her. He warned the election might be rigged and called on supporters to march in protest if he lost. He yelled about the corruption of the political elite and attacked his Western allies, calling instead for closer ties with Russia, with whom he had cultivated deep — and hidden — business ties.

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

As early as 2009-10, researchers were looking at Twitter data mining as a way to predict the incidence of flu. At the time, the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” had made the jump from swine to humans and arrived in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) took notice and began sponsoring research. Eight years later, data scientists Alessandro Vespignani and his team have developed statistical models for crunching Twitter data in flu forecasting that can predict, six weeks out, when and where a flu outbreak might peak, with 70 to 90 percent accuracy. The Vespignani model integrates flu tweets with CDC data and other inputs of the initial flu conditions, where Twitter acts as “a proxy for monitoring infectious disease incidence.” Vespignani also noted that his model could work with many digital (e.g. social media) sources, which often come with time or location stamps.

Manchester Music Festival to feature Christopher Theofanidis composition

News Release — Manchester Music Festival
Sept. 24, 2018
Manchester Music
Manchester, Vt.: Manchester Music Festival (MMF) is pleased to announce the commission of an original clarinet quintet by critically-acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis. The work will premiere on July 11, 2019, at the festival's star-studded opening night concert at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Theofanidis will be in attendance at the premiere and will participate in outreach events leading up to the concert. Theofanidis received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Composition.

Mandatory curtailment of water rights in Colorado raised as possibility

A state-imposed mandatory curtailment of water in the Colorado River Basin within Colorado was discussed as a looming possibility during a meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board on September 19 in Steamboat Springs. Representatives from the Western Slope told the statewide water-planning board that while they favor creating a new legally protected pool of water in Lake Powell and other upstream federal reservoirs to help prevent a compact call on the river, they have significant concerns about the pool being filled outside of a program that is “voluntary, temporary and compensated.”
However, Front Range water users told the board that a voluntary program may not get the job done and that a mandatory curtailment program, based on either the prior appropriation doctrine or some method yet to be articulated, may be necessary to keep Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam functioning so Colorado, Utah and Wyoming can deliver enough water to California, Arizona and Nevada to meet the terms of the 1922 Colorado River Compact. “With the repeat of historic hydrology beginning in the year 2000, Lake Powell will be dry, and when I say dry I mean empty, within about three years,” Jim Lochhead, CEO and manager of Denver Water told the CWCB board. Lochhead said that while a voluntary demand management program might help bolster water levels in Lake Powell, “it doesn't necessarily solve the problem.”
“So we may need — I know we don't want to implement — but we may need other mechanisms to accelerate the creation of water into Lake Powell in the event of an emergency,” Lochhead said. “This is not something that Denver Water wants, or is asking for.

Mandy Increases Heights Footprint

A three-family East Rock house sold for over double what it cost 30 years ago, and a major local property management company picked up four new units in two adjoining Fair Haven Heights homes, in some of the latest record land transactions in town.

Mandy Plans 29 Upscale Aptartments for Wooster Square

One of the city's largest private landlord groups plans to convert three vacant Wooster Square former church buildings into 29 upscale apartments, pending zoning approval of the church's request to correct a faulty property line.

Maple sugaring’s roots with the Ojibwe people run deep

Ojibwe people have made maple sugar, a traditional dietary staple, for centuries. It is easily accessible in the woodlands of Minnesota and can be stored for months without spoiling. While the technology used in the process has changed over the years, Ojibwe people continue to harvest maple sugar in the present day. Native people have produced maple sugar since time immemorial throughout the Great Lakes and New England. It is produced by boiling the sap of the sugar maple tree (acer saccharum), which grows throughout Minnesota.

Margin of error for immigration filings shrinks

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service building in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by USCIS via Twitter.)The government will no longer give immigrants the opportunity to correct issues with immigration filings. That's the gist of a new policy memo that went into effect last month. In conversation with Alex Stonehill, immigration lawyer Tahmina Watson explains the impacts of the change, and how it is a frightening sign of ambitions to remove thousands of people seeking legal immigration to the U.S.
The following conversation, adapted from the transcript, was edited for grammar and clarity. Alex: Today we're talking about another new policy change from US Citizenship and Immigration Services which went into effect earlier this week.

Margolis: Ethics Commission should not be playing politics

Then-Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is shown while announcing during the 2016 gubernatorial campaign that he would sell his share of Dubois Construction if elected. Co-owner Don Dubois, is at right; Jeffrey Newton, a new partner, is at center. File photo by Mark Johnson/VTDiggerJon Margolis is VTDigger's political columnist.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox. Daily
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In finding Gov. Phil Scott in violation of the Code of Ethics, the Vermont State Ethics Commission has tarnished a reputation.

Margolis: The interesting point out of Scott’s wealth “poll”

Gov. Phil Scott speaks during a debate against Christine Hallquist, the Democratic candidate for governor, at the Paramount theater in downtown Rutland on Oct. 10. Photo by Bob LoCicero for VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="" width="610" height="407" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1280w, 1920w, 3300w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Gov. Phil Scott speaks during a debate against Christine Hallquist, the Democratic candidate for governor, at the Paramount theater in downtown Rutland on Wednesday. Photo by Bob LoCicero for VTDiggerSometimes, even in their worst moments, candidates will say something interesting and perhaps important. As Gov. Phil Scott may have done last week in taking his hokey and misleading “poll” during his debate with Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Margolis: Where is the enthusiasm in this year’s campaigns?

Gov. Phil Scott and Christine Hallquist break during a debate at the Tunbridge World's Fair on September 14. Photo by Xander Landen/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="" width="640" height="427" srcset=" 3629w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 1280w, 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1">Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist take a break during a Sept. 21 debate at the Tunbridge World's Fair on Friday. Photo by Xander Landen/VTDiggerAnybody around here seen a political campaign? You know, where candidates for office go around making speeches, their supporters clap and cheer, and the next day you can read about it in the newspapers and see it on television.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Maricopa prosecutor takes center stage in questioning of Ford

Maricopa County prosecutor Rachel Mitchell took center stage at the Judiciary Committee, carefully probing a “terrified” Christine Blasey Ford about her charge that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teens.

Marijuana commission faces decision on cultivator licensing cap and local tax option

The Marijuana Advisory Commission's subcommittee on taxation and regulation met Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, to iron out some issues in the draft report on a legal cannabis marketplace. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Marijuana Meeting" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 1376w, 1044w, 632w, 536w, 1280w, 1920w, 4032w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">The Marijuana Advisory Commission's subcommittee on taxation and regulation met Thursday to iron out some issues in the draft report on a legal cannabis marketplace. Photo by Kit Norton/VTDiggerWith a December deadline looming for the Marijuana Advisory Commission's recommendations on a legal cannabis marketplace, the subcommittee on taxation and regulation is facing decision time on questions of licensing and a local tax option. In the first public meeting since the subcommittee sent a draft proposal to its members, much of the two-hour meeting on Thursday dealt with clarifying wording in the draft, including how to ensure small Vermont farms will remain competitive against larger cannabis companies, and making sure towns get a portion of the revenue from retail cannabis.

Mark Hughes: Redefining welfare

Editor's note: This commentary is by Mark Hughes, of Montpelier, who is executive director of Justice for All. In our public discourse and debate there are a lot of well-intended discussions around corporate responsibility and the term “corporate welfare” seems to be being thrown around rather frequently. Lately I have seen that the objective of the use of references like “corporate welfare” has been to shame corporations into ensuring that they are paying their employees livable wages. The truth is that corporations should be held accountable for much more than just providing livable wages but that is another conversation. I just want to tell you why using the term “corporate welfare” is a bad idea.

Mark Tucker: It is not education that makes education costs so high

Editor's note: This commentary is by Mark Tucker, who is superintendent of the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union. I read with interest David Moats recent piece in VTDigger and found myself nodding in agreement with almost every point he made. One in particular said, “One of the reasons politicians at the state level would like to assert control over the schools is that the education fund is an enormous pool of money, and they would like to get their hands on some of it for purposes other than K-12 education.” From my perspective, that horse has already left the barn. Policymakers have for years been cost-shifting activities not directly related to K-12 public education into the education fund, taking advantage of the fact that the ed fund must, by law, be replenished 100 percent each year, largely through a fresh infusion of property tax collections. Correcting that behavior is, in my opinion, a more efficacious exercise for getting a handle on the cost of public education and the property tax rate.

Markley’s conservatism focus of lieutenant governor debate

The Democratic and unaffiliated candidates for lieutenant governor made Republican Joe Markley a common target Thursday over his social conservatism, including his solitary opposition in the state Senate to bills that address issues of pay equity and college-campus sexual assault.

Marlboro College confident despite scrutiny from accreditors

Seventy years after its founding, Marlboro College is trying new strategies to lure students. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Marlboro College" width="610" height="458" srcset=" 610w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 150w, 1280w, 1920w, 3264w" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-recalc-dims="1">Seventy years after its founding, Marlboro College is trying new strategies to lure students. Photo by Mike Faher/VTDiggerAs enrollments in the region's colleges dwindle, accreditors are checking in. And Marlboro College – where headcounts are again down this fall – will be getting a visit from the New England Commission on Higher Education this November. Still, Marlboro College president Kevin Quigley sounded a confident note this week, and said that NECHE, the federally-recognized regional accreditor for the six-state region, had “with some frequency” looked in on the small liberal arts college over concerns about its enrollment and finances.

Martin Cohn: Eradicating polio is Rotary’s goal

Editor's note: This commentary is by Martin Cohn, a past president of Brattleboro Rotary Club who, along with Brattleboro Sunrise Rotarian Kevin Yager, hosts an award-winning monthly show on Brattleboro Community Television, “Rotary Cares.”
Recently, there have been reports of a “polio-like” illness, acute flaccid myelitis, leaving children in numerous states paralyzed. The rare disease causes an “inflammation of spinal cord” that resembles cases of polio from the 20th century. Polio-like? Polio has been eradicated in the United States and is almost eradicated worldwide. Should we be concerned?

Maru Mora-Villalpando, emerging POC journalists to be honored at 2018 Globies

Maru Mora-Villalpando speaks to supporters March 15, 2018 outside an immigration courtroom in Seattle. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)It's been a tradition of the Globie Awards celebration to recognize journalists who are dedicated to telling stories of those who are underrepresented in media as well as honor a Globalist of the Year, who is selected from nominations put forward by Seattle Globalist readers. The Globalist of the Year embodies the values of The Seattle Globalist: racial equity, social and economic justice, elevating the voices of communities of color and immigrants, integrity, diversity, and community impact. The Seattle Globalist is honored to be presenting immigration rights activist Maru Mora-Villalpando with the award for 2018 Globalist of the Year at our Fifth Globie Awards Celebration. Mora-Villalpando was selected from an extraordinary pool of nominees put forward by Seattle Globalist readers.

Masquerade Through History

Annual history museum gala is Oct. 13Masquerade Through History was first posted on October 8, 2018 at 7:43 am.

Massive loss of mammal species in Atlantic Forest since the 1500s

South America's Atlantic Forest was once home to an “exuberant … megadiverse” swath of animal and plant life, according to ecologist Juliano Bogoni. But in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on Sept. 25, Bogoni and his colleagues report that the forest's collision with humans over the past 500 years has dramatically cut through its mammal populations. “We documented thousands of local extinctions,” Bogoni, the paper's lead author and currently a post-doctoral scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, said in an email to Mongabay. A stream in the Atlantic Forest.

Massive volume of comments delays draft forest plan’s release

Groups disagree over what comments indicate about the public's wishes for the future of Western North Carolina's national forests. The post Massive volume of comments delays draft forest plan's release appeared first on Carolina Public Press.

Master Plan for Urban Core Lighting Nears Completion

The plan's goal is to develop recommendations for adequate lighting and reduce glare and maintain safety for pedestrians and motorists in the city center. The post Master Plan for Urban Core Lighting Nears Completion appeared first on Rivard Report.

Max & Murphy: AG Candidate Wofford Says He’ll Pull Back on Business Enforcement

Wofford for AGKeith Wofford, Republican for attorney general
During the Democratic primary campaign for attorney general, there was a kerfuffle over whether Letitia James, the New York City public advocate and primary frontrunner, was trying to appeal to business interests when she said she didn't want to be the “sheriff of Wall Street,” the title that one-time AG Elliot Spitzer had given himself. James rushed to clarify what she meant: She still wanted to crack down on corporate interests, she said, she simply wanted a title all her own. Keith Wofford, the bankruptcy lawyer who is the Republican candidate for attorney general, rejects both that title and that orientation. To him, the state's business climate has been poisoned by overreach by the attorney general's office, which has used flimsy evidence and a powerful law (the Martin Act) to wage high-profile witch hunts that extracted money from innocent firms that went not to victims, but to the state itself. It's unclear that voters will be moved to much sympathy for payday lenders, banks that helped upend the housing market, and investment houses operating “dark pools”–some of the targets for action by former AG Eric Schneiderman–but Wofford certainly presents an alternative to the vision for the AG's office proposed by James, the Democratic nominee.

Max & Murphy: Dems Bullish on State Senate as GOP Faces the Wilderness

NYS SenateSen. Mike Gianaris
Democrats believe a favorable political map and a nationalized election give them the upper hand in the contest to control the State Senate, according to the chief strategist for the party's efforts to retake the upper house of the legislature. Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens, chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, told WBAI's Max & Murphy show that victory in some or all of about a dozen battleground seats will lead to quick wins on reproductive rights, gun restrictions and campaign-finance reform in 2019, although thornier issues like health care and mass-transit funding will prove a heftier lift even for a solid Democratic majority. In a separate interview, veteran Republican operative Tom Doherty—a former aide to Gov. George Pataki now with Mercury Public Affairs—said he expects the Democrats to prevail in enough Senate races to seize control of the lone locus of Republican power in New York. With polls suggesting Democrats will hold on to the governor's mansion, the attorney general's office, the position of state comptroller and a U.S. Senate seat, the loss of the Senate would be a signal that, “It is time to clean house” within the state party, Doherty says. “It's hard work, but we're in the business of wins and losses,” Doherty, a critic of GOP state chair Ed Cox, said.

Max & Murphy: Hawkins, Miner Offer Alternative Visions in Race for Governor

BRIC TV, City of SyracuseHowie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner
Nearly a quarter of the votes in New York's last race for governor did not go to the Republican or Democratic line. A lot of those votes went to the major candidates running on other ballot lines, like the Conservatives' or the Working Families Party's. Some were blank, or write-ins. But more than 200,000 people voted for actual third-party candidates, the vast majority of those for Howie Hawkins, who in his second run for governor as the Green Party nominee netted nearly 5 percent of the vote. Hawkins, a former construction worker and UPS worker, is on the ballot for a third time.

Max & Murphy: On Guns and Schools, You Might Hate Larry Sharpe’s Ideas. But He’s Sure Got ‘Em.

Sharpe for GovernorLarry Sharpe, Libertarian for governor. The old saying is that time and space are a reporter's cruelest editors, and while the Internet and 24-hour cable channels have eased those restrictions somewhat, they haven't changed the fact that readers and viewers only have so much time in a day. So how do you use that short segment of time you manage to get people to devote to educating themselves before voters? Do you address in some depth and detail the ideas of the people most likely to win–those from the two parties in which most New York voters are registered? Or do you try to be more inclusive, bringing in third party candidates, even if that means less focus on each individual hopeful?

Max & Murphy: These Two Seek the Unheralded Power of the State Comptroller’s Office

Daniel Mennerich, Free Network, RosieTullips, Trichter for New York,Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (top left) is being challenged by Jonathan Trichter for a post that can play a powerful role among institutional investors and as a watchdog over state government. One can sympathize with those who lust after the power of the governor's office; after all, the chief executive of the state commands thousands of employees in dozens of agencies, can declare a state of emergency, call special elections, send out the national guard and run the MTA (yet get the city to pay for half of it). And who wouldn't want to be attorney general? You get to sue the president, extract millions from bad banks, even send people to prison. But rare is the child who dreams of becoming state comptroller, a statewide job so enigmatic that people sometimes disagree on how to spell it.

Maybe it can’t happen here, but fasten your seatbelts anyway

Larry Struck

Now that the traumatic process of adding a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court is finally over, we can ask what this might mean for the court, the presidency and the country. No one who watched the confirmation hearings and the resulting turmoil can avoid the feeling that something has gone awry in the United States. Knowing how these developments will play out in the coming years and decades isn't easy since making predictions is difficult, especially about the future. But there are a few clues that can be useful in gauging our general drift. It's been suggested that Justice Kavanaugh was picked not only for his reliable conservative views but for supporting the idea of pardoning the President for misdeeds.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says his “progressive vision” for New York City can be copied across the country

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is interviewed by Brian Rosenthal of the New York Times at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Sept. 28, 2018. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune
An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio started off with “the obvious question”: What the heck is he doing in Texas? Amid persistent rumors of his presidential aspirations, the two-term Democrat said he came to Austin to share the “progressive vision” he's implementing in the country's largest metropolis. “This is what the future should look like, not only in cities around America, but in all parts across America,” de Blasio said Friday at The Texas Tribune Festival.

Mayor de Blasio almost proposed a universal enrollment system for district and charter schools, emails show

Just days before Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the backbone of his education agenda in 2015, the education department's top strategist chimed in with a surprising suggestion. “I'd like to propose that that we offer to include charter schools in our central enrollment system,” Josh Wallack wrote in an email to several other senior officials that September. “It's a nice ‘tip of the cap,'” Wallack said. “It also allows us to settle, once and for all, the question of whether the charters are operating with any selection bias because all families would use exactly the same admissions process. Equity.

Mayor Miro Weinberger’s public appearance schedule for Oct. 1-5, 2018

News Release — Mayor Miro Weinberger
October 1, 2018
Olivia LaVecchia
(802) 734-0617
Mayor Miro Weinberger's public appearance schedule for October 1 – October 5, 2018:
Monday, October 1
4:00 pm Boys & Girls Club 75th Anniversary Celebration – Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 62 Oak Street
Tuesday, October 2
No public appearances scheduled. Wednesday, October 3
8:00 am Mornings with Miro – The Bagel Café, 1127 North Avenue
12:30 pm Vermont League of Cities and Towns Town Fair Meeting – DoubleTree, 870 Williston Road
Thursday, October 4
8:30 am Tour of the Burlington Bike Path with attendees of the VLCT Town Fair – Start at Local Motion, 1 Steele Street
5:30 pm Empty Bowl Dinner – Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main Street
Friday, October 5
No public appearances scheduled. Read the story on VTDigger here: Mayor Miro Weinberger's public appearance schedule for Oct. 1-5, 2018.

Mayors Lumumba of Jackson, Woodfin of Birmingham dish on poverty solutions

Chokwe A. Lumumba and Randall Woodfin have quite a bit in common. Both men are two of the youngest mayors elected in the history of their cities, Jackson and Birmingham, respectively. Both ran as progressives — each drew comparisons to Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for one reason or another — to lead the most populous cities in their respective states. Their cities both have African American populations over 60 percent and poverty rates well above the national rate of about 15 percent. In Jackson, more than 30 percent of people live in poverty; in Birmingham, the rate is falling but still stands at about 24 percent.

MBS takes the short route from reformer to tyrant

It's a short and well-trod path from ambitious reformer to despot. Sometimes it's even the same road. Generations of visionaries and ideologues thought they could remake the world. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman isn't really one of them. He stands in the company of those with more modest goals, modernizing their own countries.

MCC Alumni make $4 million gift, lead $50 million campaign to support scholarships

Two Monroe Community College alumni returned to the school on Monday to say they will be making a $4 million donation as part of a $50 million campaign to increase the number of scholarships available to MCC students. Robin and Timothy Wentworth, now living in St. Louis, formerly of Rochester, were 1980 graduates of MCC. The gift from the Wentworths is the largest in the college's history and will help provide full scholarships to 100 MCC students each year. The gift exceeds the Wentworths' previous gift of $2.25 million.

McConnell Favors Justice Reform Vote After Election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he will move a criminal justice reform compromise bill after the Nov. 6 election if it has 60 votes, The Hill reports. The Senate GOP conference is divided on the package, which merged a House-passed prison-reform bill with bipartisan sentencing reform provisions written by senators. The bill is a high priority of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law. “Criminal justice has been much discussed,” McConnell said Wednesday.

McCormick asks Indiana lawmakers for charter school oversight and preschool support in 2019

Indiana's state superintendent made it her goal for the next legislative session to lobby lawmakers for more oversight of charter schools — and any schools taking public money, for that matter. The call for more regulations governing the fiscal and academic operations of charter schools is an ambitious part of Jennifer McCormick's wide-ranging 2019 legislative agenda, which she unveiled Monday at a press conference. “It does us no good to allow any type of choice to happen without some type of accountability,” said McCormick, a Republican who, unlike some of her colleagues, has not spoken favorably about expanding school choice programs unless they can demonstrate results. “It can't be, open the doors and hope for the best — it's got to be about quality.”
McCormick, who also announced Monday that she won't be seeking re-election after her term ends in 2020, is not the only state official who is calling for more scrutiny for charter schools. The Indiana State Board of Education, of which McCormick is chairwoman, has a committee that is specifically looking into regulation of virtual charter schools, which a Chalkbeat investigation last year found were routinely failing to educate students and sometimes engaged in questionable business and spending practices.

McDaniel won’t yet pledge support to Hyde-Smith in runoff scenario

In an interview with Mississippi Today, U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel would not say whether he'd support Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith or Democratic candidate Mike Espy in the event of a special election runoff in late November. Political experts have speculated that Mississippi could be one of the states that decides control of the U.S. Senate, where Republicans now hold a majority. Because the race to replace retired U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is a special election, a runoff would take place if no candidate receives a majority of votes. McDaniel, whose Senate campaign has focused on delegitimizing Hyde-Smith's conservative values by pointing out her former Democratic Party affiliation, declined to commit to supporting Hyde-Smith, a fellow Republican, if he missed the runoff. Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodaySen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) speaks to supporters during a Farmers for Cindy Hyde-Smith event at Wade Inc. in Greenwood Friday, September 7, 2018.

McSally, Sinema trade barbs, stress voting records during their only Senate debate

In a debate peppered with accusations of lying and treason, Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema took shots at each other in their only public debate of the 2018 election, each calling out the other's voting record as proof that the other candidate is not a true representative of Arizona.

Measure D: Deciding county elections in November

In this episode, we look at Measure D, a ballot measure that would require elections for county offices to be decided in November. This would be a significant change in county politics. The post Measure D: Deciding county elections in November appeared first on San Diego news from inewsource.

Measure J: City Business Transparency

If passed, this measure requires companies doing business with the city to disclose all the people associated with the transaction who have a significant interest in the sale or purchase. The post Measure J: City Business Transparency appeared first on San Diego news from inewsource.

Measure YY: San Diego Unified’s $3.5 billion bond

This bond measure would pay for upgrades to some school district buildings and fund projects that weren't covered through the last two bonds. The post Measure YY: San Diego Unified's $3.5 billion bond appeared first on San Diego news from inewsource.

Measures E and G: SoccerCity and SDSU West

FOLLOW THE MONEYMEASURES E AND G: SOCCERCITY AND SDSU WEST This is the second of a five-part Follow The Money series by inewsource reporters Jill Castellano and Brad Racino, leading up to the Nov. 6 election. In this installment, they look at the two ballot measures that propose to redevelop the former Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission ... The post Measures E and G: SoccerCity and SDSU West appeared first on San Diego news from inewsource.

MedFests Offer Helping Hand to Special Olympics Athletes

By Yen Duong
Guided by their teachers and volunteers, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities walked and wheelchaired from over a dozen buses to MedFest, a one-day event to help them take part in Special Olympics. More than 200 Charlotte students had their vital signs recorded by volunteer nurses and played in a waiting room equipped with corn hole, yoga mats and board games while waiting to see volunteer health care providers. For six years, volunteers from Carolinas Rehabilitation have put on MedFest in collaboration with Atrium Health, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Special Olympics. This year students from nearby public and private schools came to the Harris campus of Central Piedmont Community College on Sept. 28 for sports physicals and dental checkups.

Medical and Other Supplies Fly Their Way to Florence Flooded Areas

By Rose Hoban
For the past week, squadrons of pilots have descended onto the tarmac at the general aviation portion of Raleigh-Durham Airport, bringing their small planes and a willingness to ferry essential supplies to a coast isolated by flooding. Pilot Ken Haenlein from Southern Pines summed up what was driving the dozens of pilots and hundreds of volunteers who came together to gather food, water, clothing and cleaning and medical supplies for air shipment to parts of the North Carolina coast inaccessible by road for more than a week. “I've been lucky, blessed,” he said as he got ready to make his sixth flight on his plane, which has a payload of 1,500 pounds. “Giving back is something that's important.”
By the end of Saturday, volunteer pilots had flown 430 flights to deliver 248,182 pounds of supplies, which went largely to shelters. “Going to be a direct hit”
Operation AirDrop was organized in the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston and other parts of southern and eastern Texas.

Medicare To Penalize 27 Hospitals For High Readmissions

Most Connecticut hospitals will lose a portion of their Medicare reimbursement payments over the next year as penalties for having high rates of patients being readmitted, new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show. Statewide, 27 of the 29 hospitals evaluated—or 93 percent—will be penalized in the 2019 fiscal year that began Oct. 1, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of CMS data. Waterbury Rep-Am Photo.Waterbury Hospital received the largest penalty, 2.19 percent. The Medicare program has penalized hospitals since the 2013 fiscal year for having high rates of patients who are readmitted within a month of being discharged.

Meet College bot, the app that one charter network believes could help more students complete college

Can a robot help Chicago students graduate from college? Perhaps not in the obvious sense — the College Bot deployed by the Noble charter network doesn't write papers or help cram for exams. But the Bot — actually an algorithm developed by the network's chief college officer — aims to steer students toward college success by helping them find colleges they're more likely to complete. Noble introduced its College Bot during the 2012-13 school year, and in its five years of operation it has spurred Noble students to select colleges whose graduation rates are 10 percentage points higher than they were selecting previously — 52 percent compared with 42 percent. Getting kids into college is the mantra of dozens of programs up-and-running in Chicago schools — and the district credits such groups as the college readiness outfit OneGoal and Thrive for helping boost college enrollment figures, like these released last week. But Chicago, like many cities with high percentages of poor students, struggles to keep students in two- and four-year colleges.

Meet DeRay Mckesson, our featured guest at the 11th Anniversary Celebration

MinnPost is excited to welcome DeRay Mckesson for our 11th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 11. (Tickets on sale now!)
But we also know not everyone is familiar with Mckesson's work. After starting his career in education, including a stint with Minneapolis Public Schools, Mckesson became a leader in the movement to dismantle the legacy of racism and end police brutality during the Ferguson protests. Whether demonstrating in the streets or meeting with President Barack Obama in the White House, Mckesson is almost always wearing his iconic blue vest.

Meet the ‘Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’ of birds – in Forest Park

Millions of people visit St. Louis' Forest Park every year. But the park is home to two very special owls that naturalist Mark Glenshaw has named Charles and Sarah.“There's connecting with nature in general and then connecting with these great horned owls,” Mark Glenshaw told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday. “They are beautiful animals.

Meet the teacher behind a farm-to-cafeteria program powered by Detroit students with disabilities

They might not know it, but when hundreds of Detroit students eat a school lunch, they are consuming vegetables grown just a few miles away by one of the city's most innovative programs for students with special needs. Last week, for example, schools in the city's main district received hundreds of pounds of butternut squash that were grown and packaged at Drew Transition Center, a school where students with severe disabilities prepare to enter adult life. Running Drew Farm — a fertile, four-acre cluster of greenhouses and cornfields that sits behind a school building in the Barton-McFarland neighborhood — is just another day in the classroom for Michael Craig. Craig had been working as an elementary school teacher when he started the program. He knew nothing about growing food.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Chief Executive Resigns From Merck’s Board of Directors

by Katie Thomas, The New York Times, and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica
Dr. Craig B. Thompson, the chief executive of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said Tuesday that he would resign his seats on the boards of drugmaker Merck and another public company, the latest fallout from a growing institutional reckoning over relationships between cancer center leaders and for-profit health care companies. Thompson has served on the board of Merck, the maker of the blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda, since 2008. He has been on the board of Charles River Laboratories, a publicly traded company that assists research in early drug development, since 2013. Get ProPublica's Top Stories by Email

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Thompson received $300,000 in compensation from Merck in 2017, according to company financial filings. He was paid $70,000 in cash by Charles River in 2017, plus $215,050 in stock.

Memphis high school’s prized planetarium still needs upgrades, but students are already fascinated by what it can do

Keshawn Glover remembers hearing his dad talk about field trips to Craigmont High School's planetarium decades ago, but last week the high school senior got to experience the school's crown jewel for himself. Sitting back in chairs built in the 1970s, Glover leaned back with his class to watch a video that took them deep into the inner workings of a plant cell on a large immersive dome-shaped screen that spreads out above and around them. “It feels like you're in a roller coaster,” said Glover, a senior. “I was just amazed because it was my first time seeing it work full speed.”
The planetarium, nestled behind a door near the school's gymnasium, shut down in 2010 after a longtime instructor retired. The equipment languished, but last week, $100,000 in restorations were completed.

Memphis moves from problem child to poster child on Tennessee’s new school improvement list

The city that has been the epicenter of Tennessee's school improvement work since 2012 got encouraging news on Friday as fewer Memphis schools landed on the state's newest list of troubled schools. Only 45 Memphis schools were designated “priority schools,” compared to 57 in 2014 and 69 in 2012. Meanwhile, more schools in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jackson were among the 82 placed on priority status, either for being ranked academically in the state's bottom 5 percent or having a graduation rate of less than 67 percent. They are now eligible for a share of $10 million in state grants this year to pay for extra resources — but also interventions as harsh as state takeover or closure. Half of the schools are new to the list but won't face takeover or closure.

Memphis parents demand answers on charter school principal’s abrupt departure

About 20 Memphis parents and their supporters lined a small conference room after being initially blocked from a charter school's board meeting to learn more about why a beloved principal was gone eight days into the school year. The answers were not clear, and after an hour of sometimes heated exchanges, advocates threatened to encourage parents to pull their children out of Memphis Academy of Health Sciences, the high school Reginald Williams ran for four years. Williams' last day was Friday, Aug. 10. Parents said a letter sent home with students on Monday, Aug.

Memphis school leaders refuse to answer further questions about grade-changing investigation

No more questions will be answered about the $159,000 landmark investigation into grade changing at several high schools that wrapped up earlier this month, a Shelby County Schools spokeswoman told Chalkbeat. "Please see below the answers to your questions and also be advised that this will be the last media inquiry we will respond (to) regarding this investigation," Natalia Powers said in her Sept. 24 email. Refusing to answer questions about an issue that has plagued the district for two years is a departure from a previous examination of grade changing. The district released hundreds of pages of sensitive information related to a similar investigation into Trezevant High, the school where grade changing was first discovered two years ago.

Memphis schools chief a finalist for national school leadership award for city districts

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is a finalist for a national award from an organization that honors outstanding leadership and student achievement. The Green-Garner award is the top prize for urban school leadership from the Council of Great City Schools, a Washington D.C.-based group of urban school districts that share data on best practices in academics and operations. Superintendents from Denver, El Paso, Miami, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Charlotte, and New York City also are finalists. The winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student in their district. PHOTO: Caroline BaumanSuperintendent Dorsey Hopson joined school board members and teachers in 2016 to celebrate a new school supplies depot for teachers in Shelby County Schools.

Memphis superintendent backs Republican Bill Lee for governor

The leader of Tennessee's largest school district is throwing his support behind Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Lee would be “open-minded and solutions-oriented” on issues important him such as “improving testing, raising teacher pay, supporting students' social and emotional needs and adopting multiple strategies to improve public education in Tennessee.”
“We both believe that all kids should have access to a quality education and that we have to continue to find ways to better support teachers,” Hopson told Chalkbeat. “We also believe in the turnaround efforts happening in our iZone and that districts should continue to search for innovative ways to support chronically underperforming schools.”
Hopson's endorsement is the first for the Memphis education leader, who was also superintendent when Gov. Bill Haslam ran for re-election in 2014. Memphis reliably votes Democrat in an otherwise Republican state and has been at odds with the Republican legislature and administration on several education issues, but Hopson has in recent years attempted to thaw the often contentious relationship. Lee, a businessman and farmer, touted Hopson's support during a debate Tuesday against his opponent Karl Dean, a Democrat and former Nashville mayor.

Memphis teacher groups want annual pay raises and more say in how they teach their students

Memphis teachers will soon have the opportunity to change compensation, work hours, health benefits, and how they teach if they vote to negotiate a new agreement with Shelby County Schools. The district's two organizations, which represent teachers and other licensed educators, say their priorities are restoring automatic pay increases and higher pay for educators with advanced degrees, and giving more flexibility to teachers in the classroom. United Education Association and Memphis-Shelby County Education Association have been talking with district leaders about making these changes, but amending the employee agreement with the district — through a process known as “collaborative conferencing” in Tennessee law — would ensure the changes will take place with a written agreement. The United Education Association plans to hold a teacher rally to talk about the process from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at the district's central office. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is scheduled to be the guest speaker.

Mental Health Providers Need to Reach Young Men Before More Lives Are Lost

When thinking about the June 20 murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz and its impact on his family and the Bronx community, it is important to acknowledge the tragic loss of life and that there are untold consequences associated with this tragedy. A life was cut short. And while we hold this young man's name and memory in our minds, we must acknowledge the root of this violence. We must explore the disparities in access to mental health treatment in communities of color. Kenton Kirby
Like other New Yorkers, I was horrified by the violent murder of 15-year old Guzman-Feliz at the hands of other young people in his community.

Merrill: Voting machines secure, despite Russian interference

Connecticut's secretary of the state and two U.S. senators said Monday that Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections are real, but that the state's counting and reporting of results are conducted off line and therefore resistant to hacking.

Mexican American and Chicana/o communities celebrated at Seattle Children’s Festival

Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin. (Photo by Christopher Nelson)Northwest Folklife relies on the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest to inspire programs and collaborates with these communities to develop public presentations of their culture. Each year, Northwest Folklife engages a Northwest community to showcase throughout the year. This Cultural Focus allows Folklife to connect more in depth with the people that they serve and empower their artistic expressions and cultural traditions. Northwest Folklife's 2018 Cultural Focus explores and celebrates Mexican American and Chicana/o communities from around the Pacific Northwest through stories, art, film, music, song, cuisine, dance, language and culture.

Mexico City, 1975: When the Year of the Woman Was Born

The UN World Conference of the International Women's Year opened in Mexico City on June 19, 1975, with 110 delegations present at the opening session. Patricia Hutar, the delegate for the United States, appointed by President Ford, making a statement, above. Bold verbal commitments to enhance women's rights at the conference were not met by “meaningful public investment,” the author writes in the review. B. LANE/UN PHOTO
From 1975 to 1995, the United Nations sponsored four international conferences on women that produced wildly optimistic blueprints for concrete gains. Some people dismiss these forums and the programs for action that they generated as lacking strategies to carry them out.

Miami firms buys MyWebGrocer, jobs to stay in Vermont

The Champlain Mill, headquarters for MyWebGrocer, in Winooski. Photo by Bob LoCicero/VT DiggerThe Vermont software and digital media company MyWebGrocer has been acquired by a Miami company, but its staff and headquarters will stay in Winooski. Mi9 Retail announced Monday that it had acquired MyWebGrocer, a company that was started in 1999 and is now owned by a private equity firm in California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Charles Kaplan, chief marketing officer for Mi9 Retail, said there are no plans to move MyWebGrocer or change staffing there.

Michael Avenatti talks Brett Kavanaugh, 2020 run

Watch more video. Editor's note: Some language in this story may not be appropriate for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “completely full of shit,” Michael Avenatti said Friday. “There is no question in my view that he is lying.”

Avenatti, the outspoken attorney representing Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick — as well as porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump — made the remarks during an interview with John Heilemann, co-host of Showtime's "The Circus," at the annual Texas Tribune Festival.

Michigan gubernatorial candidates Schuette, Whitmer push for bus fixes to help Detroit schools

Michigan's candidates for governor are pledging to improve transportation to address rampant school transfers that contribute to low test scores in Detroit. Two days after an investigation by Bridge Magazine and Chalkbeat found 1 in 3 Detroit elementary students switched schools every year, candidates Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer said their education plans could help. During the 2015-16 school year, nearly 60 percent of Detroit kids — 50,000 students — were enrolled in two or more schools, with some possibly changing schools, then changing back, only to see test scores fall. It's a situation compounded by a plethora of charter schools and competition from suburbs, but also family instability, poverty and frustration with the city's traditional schools. Asked about solutions, both Schuette, a Republican, and Whitmer, a Democrat, pointed to more money for busing.

Michigan students of color more likely to struggle, less likely to have teachers who look like them

A new report about serious challenges facing children of color in Michigan finds that just a fraction of Black and Latino students have teachers who look like them. Research shows that students of color are more likely to succeed if they have teachers and role models they can identify with racially or ethnically. But a report from the Michigan League for Public Policy found that while a third of Michigan students were children of color in the 2017-18 school year, more than 90 percent of teachers and 80 percent of administrators were white. The report also found that the percentage of African American teachers in Michigan has been in decline and notes that teachers of color are more likely to work in urban areas where conditions are more difficult, salaries are lower and turnover tends to be higher. “We have to start looking at the teaching profession as one that's very important and provide teachers with competitive pay and benefits,” said Gilda Jacobs, President and CEO of the League, which is a non-partisan organization that advocates for economic opportunity in Michigan.

Middlebury considers fossil fuel divestment

An aerial view of the Middlebury College campus. Photo courtesy of Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury College is once again considering divesting its endowment from fossil fuels. In an email sent to the school's students, faculty, and staff, Middlebury president Laurie Patton wrote this week that the college's board of trustees would, over the course of the year, “review and announce a set of actions” to advance the school's environmental commitments, including working with the school's endowment manager to “address the composition of our endowment with respect to fossil fuels.”
Student and faculty activists on campus have been calling for the school to divest from fossil fuels for six years. In 2013, the college publicly declined to divest for the time being, calling the move largely symbolic and too practically difficult.
But activists say they think the school has turned a corner. Divest Middlebury, a campus group dedicated to making the school go carbon-free, presented to the school's board of trustees last week.

Midwest businesses, farmers rally to oppose Trump’s trade war

A fish wholesaler in Bensenville, Illinois, just south of O'Hare International Airport, might seem like an odd place for a corn, soybean and cattle farmer. But that's where Michele Aavang, a farmer from Woodstock, Illinois, was Tuesday as she and representatives from Fortune Fish Company and American Sale spoke at a town hall meeting about the damage tariffs have done to the American economy. The meeting came just a day after the Trump administration announced an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, which will go into effect September 24, 2018. The same day as the town hall meeting, China announced another $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, many of which are on agricultural products like soybeans and pork. The tariffs, or taxes, are a part of an ongoing trade dispute with China that began earlier this year when President Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff, or tax, on a list of 1,300 goods imported from China – worth about $50 billion – to make up for China's “unfair trade practices” around U.S. technology and intellectual property.

Migrants seeking safe harbor in the U.S. must first survive shootouts and shakedowns in Mexico

Nicaraguan migrant Bernardo Calero wraps a bandage around the leg of his son, Grisber, on Sept. 13, 2018, in Reynosa, Mexico. The Caleros were traveling toward the Texas-Mexico border in a van with roughly 20 other migrants when uniformed assailants opened fire on them, leaving Grisber seriously injured. Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune
McALLEN — Grisber Calero, a college student from violence-torn Nicaragua, is lying on a hospital bed in this border city, minutes away from surgery. The athletic 21-year-old seems calm and jovial, but he admits he's scared.

Mike Osterholm: A Q&A on AFM, the rare polio-like illness diagnosed in 6 Minnesota children

Last Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced that six Minnesota children, all under the age of 10, had been diagnosed since mid-September with a rare polio-like nervous condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The condition typically causes sudden muscle weakness or paralysis in the arms or legs, but other symptoms include neck stiffness, facial or eyelid droop, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech. Experts believe the condition is triggered by a viral infection, although environmental and genetic factors may also be involved. The condition is quite rare, affecting fewer than 1 in a million people a year. But it has been on the rise since 2014, when an unexpected surge in cases — 120 — was reported, mostly in Colorado and California.

Mike Pence to campaign for Ted Cruz, Pete Sessions in Dallas

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at an America First Policies event in Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune
Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Dallas on Monday to campaign for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, according to a White House official. Additional details were not immediately known. The official said Pence would attend a "political event" for Sessions and Cruz before heading to Missouri later that day.

Miles and Miles of Pipes Underground Provide Waterful Solutions to the SA Community

SAWS manages, inspects, and cleans more than 12,000 miles of underground water and sewer pipes, which is equivalent to the distance from South Texas to Australia. The post Miles and Miles of Pipes Underground Provide Waterful Solutions to the SA Community appeared first on Rivard Report.

Mining is a small part of Minnesota’s economy. So why is it such a big political issue?

MinnPost photo by Gregg AamotMining has been an important pillar of the economy in Iron Range towns like Hibbing for well over a century.Visit Iron Range towns like Babbitt, Hibbing, Virginia and Eveleth, Minnesota this election season and it's not just signs supporting candidates that decorate lawns and businesses. Signs with slogans like “We Support Mining” are pretty much permanent fixtures in this part of the state, where mining has been an important pillar of the economy for well over a century. The signs may be numerous, but the number of people actually employed in mining in Minnesota isn't: Mining is directly responsible for about 0.2 percent of Minnesota's jobs and less than 3 percent of its economic output, according to state data. Despite making up a relatively small share of Minnesota's economy by those measures, mining is a big political issue in races for Minnesota governor, Senate, and Congress. What makes this relatively small industry such a big political deal?

Mining, health care dominate first CD8 debate

Eighth District congressional candidates DFLer Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber didn't exactly take the gloves off during their first debate Wednesday in Duluth, but they did bare their knuckles on mining and health care – the two issues that dominated the event sponsored by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth News Tribune. The debate included Independence Party candidate Skip Sandman, but Radinovich and Stauber — currently tied in most polls — focused on each other. After Stauber and Radinovich gave surprisingly similar responses on gun control (consider increasing mental health evaluations) and immigration reform (secure ports of entry are important), the debate became more confrontational, starting with the exchange on copper-nickel mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Sandman started off, bluntly. “It's not safe,” he said.

Minneapolis considers supervised injection sites to address opioid crisis

Minneapolis public-health officials are scrambling for answers to the city's growing opioid crisis — an effort that's gained urgency in the wake of people dealing drugs in clear sight of the Hiawatha homeless encampment along the busy Hwy. 55. At least one death there has been tied to drugs. Social-service workers are fanning out each day to distribute clean needles and Narcan — a drug that can fight the effects of opioids — to people living in the tents, while researchers and elected officials discuss long-term solutions. Among the possibilities: government-sanctioned facilities — known as supervised injection sites — where people would be able to use heroin or other drugs while health care workers make sure they stay alive.

Minneapolis Council approves site for relocation of homeless camp

The Star Tribune's Mukhtar M. Ibrahim writes: “The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move what some call the ‘Wall of Forgotten Natives' to a 1.5-acre property owned by the Red Lake Nation. It came five days after Mayor Jacob Frey and representatives of 10 tribes said the industrial site was the best alternative, after the council had rejected two other locations. For months, dozens of people have been living in a growing tent camp along Hiawatha and Franklin avenues in south Minneapolis. Many are American Indians and have brought problems of homelessness and drug abuse to the forefront of the city's attention.”
WCCO-TV reports: “Dozens of people were clapping to the beat as the drums and bass guitar were blasting throughout the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus on Wednesday night. But what else did you expect from a celebration honoring Minnesota's very own Prince?

Minneapolis council delays vote on homeless encampment

A decision … to decide later. The Star Tribune reports: “The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to delay a decision until next week on the site to relocate the Hiawatha homeless encampment, in the face of community opposition to the city staff's recommended site. … The decision to postpone the choice until Sept. 26 came over the opposition of Mayor Jacob Frey, who cited the urgency of finding better temporary housing for dozens of people living in tents along Hiawatha and Franklin avenues.”
Good to see we're getting our immigration-law enforcement priorities right. The Minnesota Daily's Chuying Xie reports: “A recent change in federal policy has left some University of Minnesota international students scrambling at the start of the school year.

Minneapolis is considering building a ‘navigation center’ to address homeless encampment. So what is a navigation center?

For the first time, Minneapolis is seriously considering a city-sponsored center for homeless people that would offer emergency beds and social services — joining just a handful of U.S. cities that have taken similar steps to help their growing number of people living on streets. The possible facility in Minneapolis — for which officials have yet to determine specifics, such as funding or a location — has emerged as an answer to what has become Minnesota's largest homeless encampment. City Council members had the option of moving the project forward at a meeting Friday, though decided they need more time to work out the plan's details. An estimated 300 people now live at the encampment at Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues. It's a population that grew exponentially after a homeless family first moved to the location at the beginning of the summer, and officials have promised those living there will be provided permanent housing — or at least temporary beds at the center — before the weather turns cold.

Minneapolis police union endorses Jeff Johnson for governor

In the Strib, Kelly Smith reports, “The Minneapolis police union on Monday endorsed Republican Jeff Johnson in the Minnesota governor's race. … [Johnson] also said he won't advocate for ‘signs or little stickers in the back seats of state patrol cars telling people who are here illegally that they don't have to cooperate with their police,' referring to Minneapolis city leaders adding placards to squad cars that list in Spanish and English immigrants' rights when going to jail. The union opposes that.”
For MPR Tim Pugmire says, “A Minnesota DFL staffer has been suspended from his job after suggesting in a social media post that Republicans face beheading after the Nov. 6 election. In response to a Facebook post that listed Nov.

Minneapolis police, citing conflict, won’t investigate claims against Ellison

Stephen Montemayor of the Strib writes, “The DFL Party's attempt to find a law enforcement agency willing to investigate a domestic abuse claim against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was mired in uncertainty Wednesday, after the Minneapolis Police Department said it would seek to refer the case to another jurisdiction. Earlier Wednesday, the DFL asked Minneapolis police to investigate after both a city attorney and a county prosecutor declined to review a report the party commissioned that did not substantiate the allegation.”
Also from the Star Tribune: “Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who called last week's Judiciary Committee hearing into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh an ‘unethical sham,' isn't done yet. Now he's taking on a pivotal moment during the hearing — an exchange between Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Kavanaugh. Klobuchar pressed Kavanaugh on whether he ever blacked out while drinking or had events he couldn't remember, but instead of answering, he asked the same questions of her. … But now Graham is saying its Klobuchar who should apologize to Kavanaugh.”
A KSTP-TV story says, “The Great Minnesota Get-Together is the Fair of the Year.

Minnesota AG sues insulin manufacturers, alleging price-gouging

Today in the world's greatest health care system. The Star Tribune's Jeremy Olson reports: “Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing three manufacturers of synthetic insulin for allegedly price-gouging people with diabetes who need the medication to manage their chronic diseases and stay alive.”
So much opportunity in St. Paul. MPR's Matt Sepic reports: “The impending shutdown of [the St. Paul Sears] has again raised hopes of revitalizing the 17-acre parcel near the state Capitol.

Minnesota forests changing dramatically because of climate change

Says Elizabeth Dunbar for MPR, “The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a new report that details just how much scientists say we need to limit greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophe. It's a high-level report that looks at the global effects of climate change, but what does it mean for Minnesota? … The most significant change Minnesota has seen is warmer winters, which can affect everything from ice on lakes to the snow season for winter recreation … Northern Minnesota's forests, for instance, have changed dramatically.”
In the Duluth News Tribune, John Myers says, “On the same day an international panel of climate experts predicted dire consequences if human-caused global warming continues unabated, scientists at the University of Minnesota added northern forests to the list of potential victims. Scientists looked at 11 species of trees growing in two northern Minnesota forests and said predicted temperatures will cause drier soils and reduce tree growth even as temperatures warm. Scientists had hoped that trees might grow faster in warmer conditions. But when they added temperatures predicted to occur in northern Minnesota in future decades, they found the opposite occurred.”
Says Matt McKinney of the Star Tribune, “The past week of gloomy, wet skies with more forecast in the days ahead means that this so-far underwhelming fall will likely produce dimmer fall colors, fewer pumpkin patch visits and a lot more time to read by the fire.

Minnesota needs to bring new energy to preschool efforts

This year I have had an opportunity to spend some face-to-face time with gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz, as well as other candidates seeking to serve at the state Capitol in St. Paul. An important issue that I have heard too little talk about is investments in the future workforce through programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds. Chuck Slocum

A bit of background is in order. Brain-development research has long reported on the necessity of laying a strong foundation for learning between birth and age 5.

Minnesota Senate to honor Bill Salisbury and Jim Ragsdale

The Minnesota Senate on Monday will honor two long-time political journalists — Bill Salisbury and Jim Ragsdale.Salisbury is retiring, sort of, after 40 years covering the Capitol for the Pioneer Press. He says he'll still work part-time.Ragsdale, a veteran of the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, as well as a frequent Almanac contributor, died in November of pancreatic cancer. He was 64.Senate officials said they will honor the work of both men with resolutions during Monday's floor session, which starts at 11 a.m.After the session, there will be a reception in Room 107 of the Capitol.

Minnesota’s new school accountability system: How is it different — and how is it being received?

Heading into Labor Day weekend, the Minnesota Department of Education launched a new method for assessing school success: the North Star system. It's a personalized version of the new federally mandated school accountability system, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). And it differs in important ways from the state's old system. Standardized test scores still matter a great deal, as they did in Minnesota's old plan under the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, the Multiple Measurements Rating system. Likewise, the top-performing and lowest-performing schools still receive a rating.

Minnesotans must speak up to protect the state’s natural resources

The Trump administration recently moved to open more than 200,000 acres of land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) watershed to copper and nickel mining, overturning previous protections implemented by the Obama administration. The mining companies argue that there is minimal risk for pollution. This contradicts scientific studies conducted in the region, which warned that a single mine in the BWCA watershed would distribute significant levels of toxins, which would pollute the BWCA for decades. Mining activity along the Lake Superior North Shore caused significant destruction to Lake Superior in the 1970s, which took many years to rectify. The BWCA ecosystem is similarly vulnerable to the risks of industry and human-induced climate change.

Minnesotans: Conservation Fund protects our vital public lands and needs your support

After leaving the Marine Corps, my love for the outdoors evolved into gratitude — for the diversity of my nation, for my ability to serve, and for my opportunity to reconnect to the lands I loved. Whether exploring Minnesota's forests and lakes when growing up, skiing out west in college or traveling to the nature preserves of the Great Plains for weekend hunting retreats, I found that public lands were there for what I needed, when I needed it. Blake HansenIt was during these trips that I learned about patience, teamwork, and the vast and awe-inspiring beauty of my country. Those memories are irreplaceable, safely guarded and ingrained in who I am. The public lands that provided the space to build those memories, however, are at risk.

MinnPost is hiring a Washington correspondent

CC/Flickr/Wally GobetzMinnPost is seeking a Washington correspondent.As our D.C.-based reporter, your primary responsibility will be to keep tabs on Minnesota's 10-member congressional delegation and other Minnesotans making news in the capital, along with assessing the impact of administration and congressional action on Minnesota.We give our journalists a lot of freedom to find and tell the stories they believe are worth telling. But we also demand a high level of responsibility: you should be comfortable balancing shorter posts with deep-dives on politics and policy issues of interest to Minnesotans.An intimate knowledge of Minnesota is not required, though a willingness to learn about the state's unique political culture certainly is. Candidates should be self-starters, with a capacity for working independently and a proven ability to write compellingly about politics and policy for an engaged audience.To apply, send a cover letter, resume and at least three samples of your work to MinnPost Executive Editor Andrew Putz at

MinnPost Picks: on Brett Kavanaugh’s interview, Chevy Chase, and not sharing a stage with Steve Bannon

“Kavanaugh Just Played ‘Checkers' on Fox,” Politico
By going on Fox News Monday night to defend himself against sexual assault allegations, Brett Kavanaugh threw himself right into the “political thicket,” Jeff Greenfield writes in Politico. If we had any illusions that Supreme Court nominees should be held to a loftier, apolitical standard during confirmation fights, he argues, that standard has been out of reach for a long time. It's a good read comparing Kavanaugh's actions in all this with how his would-be colleagues on the court conducted themselves before being confirmed. — Sam Brodey, Washington correspondent

“Chevy Chase can't change,” the Washington Post
There might not be bigger baby boomer icons than the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” and Chevy Chase was first among them when the show first aired in 1975. Chase's fire burned the brightest for a few years but has faded considerably since — a story frequently told.

MinnPost Picks: on mountain curses, solution aversion, and the future of chain restaurants

“The Ghosts of the Glacier,” GQ
Once upon a time, the people of the Swiss Alps believed demons played atop the frozen mountain peaks that showered rocks and snow onto their villages. When people started climbing the Alps, they found no demons, but some of those people died, and now, as temperatures warm and the glaciers are receding, their bodies are being found. The mountains were never cursed, but are we? — Greta Kaul, data reporter

“Solution Aversion,” Behavioural Public Policy Blog
Here's an interesting psychological phenomenon: Apparently, if you do not like the proposed solutions to a given problem, you're more likely to deny that the problem itself exists in the first place. If the climate change debate comes to mind, you're on the right track.

MinnPost Picks: on YouTube for kids, lying to dementia patients, and why you can’t call pot ‘pot’ anymore

“Raised By YouTube,” The Atlantic
ChuChu TV makes low-fi, animated, singsongy videos so bizarre that Atlantic writer Alexis Madrigal can't figure out why on earth his 2-year-old daughter is transfixed to their YouTube channel. Yet ChuChu videos have nearly four times as many views on the platform as Sesame Street. In this piece, Madrigal looks into the origins of ChuChu TV in India, its unexpected success, and what the surprisingly global wild west of children's programming on YouTube is doing to kids' brains. —Greta Kaul, data reporter

“As marijuana goes mainstream, reporters wrestle with terminology,” Columbia Journalism Review
Apparently newsies are not supposed to call pot “pot” anymore. Carin Lissner writes in CJR that as Marijuana sales become legal for recreation use, the industry is starting to object to '60s terminology for the drug.


by Lena V. Groeger, Annie Waldman and David Eads

Missing Teachers: Attendance, Turnover and Staffing Gaps in NYC Classrooms

Adi TalwarP.S. 42 Claremont Community School in the Bronx has one of the lowest rates of chronic teacher absences in the borough. Only 2.5 percent of its teachers missed 10 or more days of school in the 2015-2016 school year. Some 41 Bronx schools posted chronic absence rates of 30 percent or more. This is the first article in a five-part series. Near 2013's end, as New York City prepared to inaugurate Bill de Blasio as the city's next mayor, the New Settlement Apartments' Parent Action Committee released a scathing report on how the Bloomberg administration (and past administrations) failed school communities like those found in District 9 in the Bronx (which includes neighborhoods like Mount Eden, Tremont, Claremont and Morris Heights) and challenged the incoming administration to succeed where others had failed.

Mississippi candidates views of Kavanaugh confirmation break on partisan lines

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated PressPresident Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looks over his notes during a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Not surprisingly, the views on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh by the candidates in Mississippi's two U.S. Senate races break down along partisan lines. Kavanaugh appears to still have the support of the state's two incumbent Republican senators – Roger Wicker of Tupelo and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven – amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl while a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s. Before the sexual assault allegation surfaced, Wicker and Hyde-Smith indicated they would vote to confirm the Donald Trump nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mississippi hip-hop claps back on Chris McDaniel after again dissing the culture

PyInfamous YouTube channelPyInfamous (née Jason Thompson) performs at a hip-hop show in Memphis. Earlier this year, Grammy-award winner Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 2017, Nielsen reported that hip-hop had become the most widely listened to genre of music, representing a quarter of all music consumption. Despite hip-hop's emergence as the most popular music genre, the culture still gets blamed for societal problems like violence and substance abuse. U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Ellisville, again brought that blame game into focus last week during an interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” Eddie Glaude Jr., a Princeton professor and Mississippi native, asked what McDaniel would do for African Americans if elected given the state's senator's past statements about hip-hop as “morally bankrupt” and responsible for gun violence in America.

Mississippi reaps $660,000 from sports betting; overall revenue up in September

AP 2015 file photo by John LocherOdds are displayed on a screen at a sports book in Las Vegas. Twenty one of Mississippi's 28 casinos now offer betting on sports, with more expected to follow. Mississippi's first full month of wagering on sporting events generated $660,000 in revenue for the state's highways and bridges. Kathy Waterbury, a spokesperson for the Department Revenue, said Mississippi casinos saw customers wager $5.5 million on sporting events, resulting in $660,000 in revenue for the state. Mississippi was one of the first states to allow sports book betting after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law earlier this year that essentially prohibited sports wagering on sporting events in all states except Nevada.

Mississippi Science Fest brings STEM fields to a new generation of pioneers

Mississippi Science FestThe Mississippi Science Fest engages kids with hands on activities representing a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions at four museums in the LeFleur Bluff Museum District in Jackson. Candling fertilized eggs at last year's Mississippi Science Fest showed the silhouette of the unhatched chicks inside. But it was the look on a little boy's face, when he saw it, that showed Emily Summerlin all she needed to know about what the fest does for kids. “He was probably about 6 or 7. When he saw that there was actually a living creature inside of that egg, and that there was a technique for them to check it — it's a really simple form of science, but it made such an impressive impression on that little boy!” says Summerlin, marketing and events specialist at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.

Mississippi senators dismiss Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony as partisan tactic

Saul Loeb / Pool Photo via Associated PressSupreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators expressed no change of heart after Thursday's historic committee hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, one of two women to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday, recounting the evening 36 years ago in which she said she was sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Andrew Harnik / pool photo via Associated PressChristine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame names impressive Class of 2019

Elwin Williams/MSHOFThe Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019, from left to right: Ricky Black, Rockey Felker, Cissye Gallagher, Roy Oswalt, Richard Price. (Not pictured: Wilbert Montgomery). As seems always the case, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, announced Wednesday, is a deserving one of impeccable credentials. In alphabetical order, you've got a high school football coach, Ricky Black, who has won 377 games and was selected the national coach of the year in 2017. You've got Mississippi State's Rockey Felker, one of the Bulldogs greatest quarterbacks and football heroes.

Mississippi’s first charter high school approved to open in Jackson

Two more charter schools were approved to open in the Jackson Public School District Monday, including the state's first charter high school. The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer board met Monday to decide on three potential charter schools. Members approved the application for two RePublic Schools, Inc. charters: K-8 school Revive Prep and grade 9-12 ReImagine High School. The board denied the application to open a Mississippi Delta Academies school in the Leflore County School District. Last month the board approved Mississippi's sixth charter school, Ambition Preparatory School, to open in West Jackson next fall.

Missouri brings in ruffed grouse from Wisconsin to boost local population

For the next three years, Missouri conservation officials are bringing 300 ruffed grouse into the state from Wisconsin in hopes of raising the native bird's population. The ruffed grouse is a stout-bodied, medium-sized bird with white, grey or brown feathers and mostly spends its time on the ground. In Missouri, the ruffed grouse lives mainly in the River Hills region, located in an east-central part of the state that covers Callaway, Montgomery and Warren counties. While the ruffed grouse have fairly healthy populations in the northern parts of the United States, its Missouri population has declined in recent years. In 2011, the state suspended the hunting season for the bird, in place since the 1980s.

Missouri engineers could make charging an electric car as fast as filling a gas tank

Engineers in Missouri are taking on a challenge that could make owning an electric car far more convenient — building a charging station that fully charges up a car in 10 minutes. Electric cars can help reduce carbon emissions and the human contribution to climate change. But the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle's battery represents a major roadblock to owning one. The fastest available technology is the Tesla Supercharger, which takes an hour to fully charge a car. The U.S. Department of Energy has given $2.9 million to a team of engineers develop fast-charging electric vehicle stations .

Missouri School Districts Still Don’t Know How Students Did On New Math and English Tests

As Missouri school districts await state test scores they should have received months ago, some administrators said they're getting frustrated with the delay. “I don't have the data right now for math and reading to even make a determination as to whether the things we invested in last year are making a difference,” Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell said.

Missouri stream restoration projects use nature’s strength to prevent erosion

The Nature Conservancy is rebuilding eroded streambanks in Missouri to reduce sediment pollution, which is one of the largest sources of water contamination in the state. Since the summer of 2017, conservationists have been working with environmental engineers to stabilize streambanks at LaBarque Creek near Pacific. They're also doing so along the Elk River in southwest Missouri, where sediments have polluted the watershed. Through bioengineering techniques, they repair the streams by using deep-rooted native plants, biodegradable coconut fibers and other natural materials, such as wood, to keep the banks from depositing sediments into the water.

Missouri voters not a ‘monolithic voting block’: Inside the ‘Beyond the Ballot’ project

On Thursday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh discussed the “ Beyond the Ballot ” project with St. Louis Public Radio reporter Ashley Lisenby and Harvest Public Media editor Erica Hunzinger. The project is a collaborative effort among Missouri public radio stations KBIA, KCUR, KSMU and St. Louis Public Radio, and it explores Missouri voters' aspirations for November's midterm elections.

Missouri’s Hawley wants special counsel to investigate California Sen. Feinstein

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is calling for a special counsel to investigate whether U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her staff improperly handled sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Hawley, Missouri's GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, is joining a number of Republicans who are upset over how the letter from Christine Blasey Ford was leaked to the press several weeks ago.

Missouri’s photo ID voter law challenged in circuit court

Proponents of Missouri's photo ID voter law argued Monday it's not burdensome, while those suing to overturn it say it's exclusionary. House Bill 1631 , which was passed in 2016 and took effect in June of last year, limits the types of photo ID that can be used for voting to non-expired Missouri driver's licenses, a non-driving state-issued photo ID, a military ID, or a U.S. passport. It also took effect because 63 percent of Missouri voters passed Amendment 6 in November 2016, which allowed for a photo ID requirement to be passed by the legislature.

Mistrial Declared in High-Stakes Johnson & Johnson Talc-Cancer Case

A mistrial was declared today after a California state court jury deadlocked on whether Johnson & Johnson was responsible for the asbestos-related cancer of a woman who blamed her illness on longtime use of contaminated baby powder. Soon after starting a sixth day of deliberations, jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court told Judge Margaret L. Oldendorft that they were at an impasse, with eight of 12 favoring an award of damages to the plaintiff, Carolyn Weirick. That was one short of the nine votes needed for a verdict on claims that J&J was guilty of negligence, failure to warn about the risk of asbestos and marketing defective products. Imerys Talc America, Inc., J&J's talc supplier and co-defendant, was dismissed from the case after reaching a confidential settlement with Weirick just before jury deliberations began. Weirick, 59, the co-owner of an educational counseling service, suffers from mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer strongly associated with asbestos exposure.

Mixing herbal ‘remedies’ and other supplements with prescription drugs can be hazardous, study finds

A small study published this week in the British Journal of General Practice underscores the health risks that people expose themselves to when they take herbal medicines and other dietary supplements alongside prescription drugs. The study found that about a third of the British older adults it surveyed were using herbal remedies or supplements along with medicines prescribed to them by their doctors. Although most of the combinations were not harmful, a significant proportion of them were. For example, some of the people in the study who had been prescribed a calcium channel blocker for high blood pressure acknowledged that they were also taking supplements containing St. John's wort, an herb that can cause calcium channel blockers to be less effective.

Mizzou researchers find potential link between insulin, plastic additive BPA

Biologists at the University of Missouri have found that a chemical commonly used in consumer plastics could affect how a body reacts to and regulates blood sugar. Bisphenol A — or BPA — is a plastic additive found in bottles, the resin lining of food cans and thermal receipt paper . An experiment by Mizzou researchers exposed a small group of people to the chemical. After the exposure, the researchers measured subjects' insulin levels, and found people exposed to the BPA had produced more insulin.

MN Reconnect: New adult learner program at 4 Minnesota State campuses aims to help those with prior credits cross the finish line

There's a lot of talk about preparing high schoolers to be college- and career-ready. But simply getting graduates to enroll in college isn't enough. If those students aren't equipped to see their postsecondary journey through to completion, they're saddled with debt and no clear pathway to career advancement. This is a reality faced by far too many Minnesotans, and a new program seeks to reconnect them to schools in the state. According to 2015 state data, only 23 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduates entering a state university graduated in four years.

Moats: As higher education shifts to worker training, is there room for the humanities?

University of Vermont students on the green. Photo courtesy University Communications
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Moats: For Susan Collins, a Jim Jeffords move was not to be

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announces her intention to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Oct. 5, 2018. CSPAN
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Mold Found at Beacon High

Quickly remedied but tests will continueMold Found at Beacon High was first posted on September 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm.

Monarch Observers Expect Largest Migration in a Decade

Based on robust activity in the monarchs' primary Midwestern breeding grounds, one monarch expert predicted "the migration should be the strongest since 2008." The post Monarch Observers Expect Largest Migration in a Decade appeared first on Rivard Report.

Monday: A conversation with St. Louis’ own ‘resale queen’

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air during the noon hour Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . From sleeping in a park at night as a homeless child to owning one of the finest high-end resale shops in the country, Sue McCarthy said she always had aspirations for better circumstances.

Monday: Christopher Columbus history, status of Tower Grove Park statue explored

The legacy of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is a controversial one. Though skilled as a navigator who sailed for Spain, Columbus treated indigenous populations cruelly and brutally. Columbus' perfidious deeds have increasingly gained attention in recent years, the controversy of which has made its way to St. Louis. A statue of Columbus by Victorian artist Ferdinand von Miller is in Tower Grove Park.

Monday: Cornerstone Chorale and Brass’ legacy in St. Louis, beyond

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” during the noon hour on Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . Cornerstone Chorale and Brass is a nonprofit organization that exists primarily to serve the mainline Christian churches.

Monday: Expanding on Scottish Culture in St. Louis

On Monday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh will talk about Scottish culture in St. Louis in advance of the Scottish Games & Culture Festival. Joining him for the discussion will be St. Louis Scottish Games board member Mark Sutherland and Scottish St.

Monday: Finding passionate purpose later in life

Deb Gaut recently founded a business that aims to help people over the age of 50 pursue their dreams whether it's a different job or exciting hobby. The business, Boomalally , offers workshops, counseling and a digital magazine to help people with a transition later in life. On Monday's St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh will talk with Gaut in addition to Paul Weiss, president of Oasis Institute, a national nonprofit organization based in St. Louis that focuses on healthy aging.

Monday: The influence of Hispanic business owners on the St. Louis region

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . While Missouri may not be the first state one thinks of when they think of a thriving Hispanic/Latino population, data shows that the demographic is growing rapidly, which is directly impacting the economics of the region.

Money talks: Getting a green card may come down to what you have in the bank Homeland Security proposal requires immigrant’s income to be tested along with use of public benefits

You would need a pretty good ear to guess where Gregor Mieder is from. Perhaps 15 years in the United States has smoothed the edges of his accent. Or maybe a master's degree in applied linguistics and working with immigrants has made his East Berlin intonation very subtle. Mieder is currently the director of immigration services at Metropolitan State University of Denver, but points out that when he first immigrated to this country at the age of 21, he lacked a U.S. education — a situation that meant that for seven years, he worked whatever job he could get, including bike messenger, telemarketer and pizza maker. The jobs were low-paying — so low the federal government would have considered him to be living in poverty.

Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. POLSON, Montana — Braced on the deck of a 30-foot aluminum research vessel, four local high school students bent to the task of measuring the temperature, acidity and other characteristics of sparkling-blue Flathead Lake. So intent were they on their instruments, they appeared oblivious to the seemingly endless sky above this largest freshwater body, by surface area, in the American West, and the dramatic northern Rocky Mountains that surround it. In addition to collecting useful data on the fragile ecosystem, the purpose of this visit to the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station was to entice the students to go on to college and expand their own horizons. [cms_ad:x100]But there's a broader campaign being waged in this state, not just to encourage high schoolers to consider college, but to persuade increasingly skeptical voters that they should continue paying for it.

Monterey Bay Community Power pays off startup loan ahead of schedule

MBCP currently serves 97 percent of the eligible customer base across 16 cities and three counties.

Montpelier puts noncitizen voting on ballot; Winooski delays action on measure

Poll workers hand out ballots in the Montpelier City Council chamber. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" src="" alt="Handing off a ballot" width="640" height="427" srcset=" 5361w, 125w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 1280w, 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1">Poll workers hand out ballots in the Montpelier City Council chamber. The city will vote on allowing noncitizens to participate in elections. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDiggerMontpelier citizens will be going to the polls on noncitizen voting in November while Winooski city leaders have hit the breaks — for now. Capital City residents have collected enough signatures to mandate a vote on whether noncitizens who are legal residents of the city can vote in municipal elections.Get all of VTDigger's political news.You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines in your inbox.

Moonlighting criticism in Colorado secretary of state race raises new questions about an old practice Wayne Williams’s Democratic opponent says taxpayers deserve ‘full-time’ office holder. ‘They have one,’ he says.

Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams's recent acknowledgement that he spends up to 15 hours a week moonlighting as a private attorney has come under fire from his Democratic rival for office and from watchdogs who warn of potential conflicts of interest. The campaign flap renews a conversation about the ethics of statewide office holders working side jobs. Williams's moonlighting has included the defense of clients before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission against accusations of illegal discrimination as defined by the state Williams was elected to represent. “Generally, the preference of the rules has been that once you become an elected official of this kind of stature, that you basically would wrap up your legal practice,” said Charles Norton, a veteran trial lawyer who has taught a constitutional law course at the University of Colorado Denver for 25 years. “Because one of the problems is that you can be seen as using your elected office to promote business for your firm.”
Another question, he added, is the appearance of a conflict of interest caused by working for an undisclosed client.

Moonlighting criticism in Colorado secretary of state race raises new questions about an old practice Wayne Williams’s Democratic opponent says taxpayers deserve ‘full-time’ office holder. ‘They have one,’ he says.

Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams's recent acknowledgement that he spends up to 15 hours a week moonlighting as a private attorney has come under fire from his Democratic rival for office and from watchdogs who warn of potential conflicts of interest. The campaign flap renews a conversation about the ethics of statewide office holders working side jobs. Williams's moonlighting has included the defense of clients before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission against accusations of illegal discrimination as defined by the state Williams was elected to represent. “Generally, the preference of the rules has been that once you become an elected official of this kind of stature, that you basically would wrap up your legal practice,” said Charles Norton, a veteran trial lawyer who has taught a constitutional law course at the University of Colorado Denver for 25 years. “Because one of the problems is that you can be seen as using your elected office to promote business for your firm.”
Another question, he added, is the appearance of a conflict of interest caused by working for an undisclosed client.

More details on changes to teacher health benefits

In forcing the city's teachers' union to accept cuts to its members' health care benefits, the School Reform Commission said the move will allow the financially battered School District to inject $44 million dollars back into schools this year. To seek clarity on the legal authority of breaking the collective bargaining agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the District the and state Department of Education filed suit asking the Commonwealth Court for a declaratory judgment that affirms the SRC's right to make its unilateral move. The brief, filed the same day the new terms were announced, provides a look into the District's legal argument and relevant portions of the state's public school code. It argues that state legislation in 2012 clarified the legislature's original intent to allow the SRC to cancel a collective bargaining agreement (page 23 of the brief). The brief also gives concise explanations for each of the changes to PFT member health benefits and how much savings are expected.

More money for New York City teachers in contract deal, but is it a raise? Some are pushing back

The contract deal that New York City and its teachers union announced Thursday looked like good news for teachers' paychecks: The starting salary for new teachers would exceed $60,000 by the end of the contract term, and all union members would get annual pay increases. But as educators worked to make sense of a proposal that union officials were asking them to move forward just 24 hours later, some union members began to raise concerns. For one thing, the average annual raises fall below the 2.8 percent that the federal government has identified as matching the rising cost of living. When inflation exceeds pay increases, workers effectively experience pay cuts. “Wait.

More money, fewer problems (in school)

Welcome to Chalkbeat's national newsletter! Sarah Darville, Matt Barnum, and Francisco Vara-Orta here, working to help you make sense of efforts to improve education across the U.S. Did someone forward this to you? You can sign up here. The big story

It's a fact that cuts to the heart of many education policy debates: students in poverty perform worse in schools than their more affluent peers. Usually, we focus here on the various ways districts, schools, or teachers try to help.