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Shelter of Flint receives $10K grant to provide alternative shelter solutions due to COVID-19, high demand

The Shelter of Flint has received a grant of $10,000 from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, a partnership of United Way of Genesee County and the Community Foundation for Greater Flint, to support hotel and motel stays for individuals and families in Genesee County who are experiencing homelessness and are unable to stay at the shelter due to COVID-19. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘Astrid and Lilly Save The World’ stars on new plus-sized heroine series

By Lauren Sarner
  • Premiering Jan. 26 (10 p.m on Syfy and simulcast on USA), the series follows high school best buds Astrid (Jana Morrison “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) and Lilly (Samantha Aucoin), quirky outcasts often bullied by their classmates for being plus-sized.
  • “When I got the audition, I was really excited about it because one of the things it was saying was the girls are supposed to be a little bit bigger – plus-sized people,” Morrison, told The Post.
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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: ‘To govern and transform Argentina requires a broader coalition’

By Jorge Fontevecchia
  • Why weren’t you the first to support the government efforts to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, knowing that any improvement gained for Argentina would be better than the debt contracted by the Macri administration, plus the prestige and fame you enjoy as a conciliator?
  • [Jujuy Province Governor] Gerardo Morales has said that there are hawks in Juntos por el Cambio who would prefer “everything to blow up,” seeking the destabilisation and the failure of the government more than contributing to solving the grave problems affecting Argentina.
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MAT Asphalt says its air pollution is below state limits

By Brett Chase
  • The owner of a controversial asphalt plant in McKinley Park said testing by a paid consultant last year showed that one measure of air pollution showed relatively low levels compared with state limits.
  • Levels of hazardous air pollutants, particulate matter and additional cancer-causing chemicals were less than 10% of limits set by the state for the operation, MAT Asphalt said, citing a report from its consultant.
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Defense serves Whitman-Hanson well once again

By Matt Feld
  • Abby Martin scored 19 points while Whitman-Hanson allowed just eight fourth-quarter points to remain unbeaten with a 52-37 win over Hingham at Whitman-Hanson High School.
  • Courtesy of Katelyn Cirillo and Rosie MacKinnon, the Panthers gained separation in the opening stages of the fourth as the duo knocked down back to back 3s to up Whitman-Hanson’s lead to 36-29 with six minutes to go.
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Adrift in a world out of kilter

By James Neilson
  • Were those who put their money on the United States remaining a superpower for several generations to come wiser, more realistic and clearer-sighted than others who thought, and in many cases hoped, that the future would belong first to fascism, then communism and, in this part of the world at least, variants of populism?
  • A few years later, they took it for granted that the Anglo-Saxon powers and the Soviet Union were about to come to blows and decided that the best course for Argentina would be to remain as neutral as she had been before Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire were on the brink of defeat.
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Politico: Trump had a plan to seize voting machines

  • A draft executive order that then-President Donald Trump considered signing in December 2020 would’ve directed the Pentagon to seize voting machines in key states and hunt for evidence of fraud, according to a draft published by Politico.
  • But it would’ve directed the Secretary of Defense to “seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records” related to Trump’s false claims of an international vote-rigging conspiracy to deprive him of a second term in the White House, according to the draft.
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Nevada AG stays silent on possible fake electoral vote investigation

By Blake Apgar and Bill Dentzer
  • Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement that his office received numerous inquiries about the state GOP’s attempt to send fake electoral votes to Washington, D.C. following unfounded claims of massive voter fraud in the presidential election.
  • If Nevada’s top law enforcement officer is investigating the state Republican Party’s 2020 plot to send illegitimate electoral votes to the nation’s capital in support of then-President Donald Trump, he isn’t saying so publicly.
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The handling of the Texas abortion case is an embarrassment for the federal judiciary

By Ruth Marcus
  • By contrast, in the weeks since the court allowed a limited challenge to the Texas abortion law to proceed, the conservative justices have shown themselves unwilling to enforce even that weak edict.
  • The Supreme Court eventually agreed to decide whether the law could be challenged in federal court — and still allowed it to remain in place while that case proceeded.
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Boston mum on how many workers remain out of compliance

By Sean Philip Cotter
  • The city’s still not saying how many people are out of compliance with the coronavirus vaccine mandate that goes into effect next week even as the fire department insists that “there will be no interruption of service.”
  • She’s also said that over 1,000 more people have gotten the shot since last Monday, bringing compliance up over 95% among the city’s 18,000-plus workers.
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World’s biggest ballet competition holds regionals in Huntington Beach

By Michele Cardon, Mike Fernandez
  • First time competitor Silvia Snow and her coach Amanda Cobb warm up backstage as hundreds of ballet dancers ages 9 to 19 audition for the Youth America Grand Prix at Huntington Beach high school Thursday, January 20, 2022.
  • Judge Kathryn Morgan, right, who is a young dancer with the New York City Ballet and artistic director and founder of Youth America Gran Prix, Larissa Saveliev, left, also known as the Simon Cowells of the ballet world as she picks out talent among the dancers, chat between performances as hundreds of ballet dancers ages 9 to 19 audition for the Youth America Grand Prix at Huntington Beach high school Thursday, January 20, 2022.
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Washington County becomes Oregon’s first county to join federal housing initiative

By Joelle Jones
  • With funding and resources provided by the American Rescue Plan and the new HUD Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) program, the Washington County Department of Housing Services has been able to grow the number of vouchers for those experiencing homelessness by more than 70%.
  • In a recent press release, the Washington County Department of Housing Services stated, “At this time, over 95% of these vouchers have been issued to families in need, but Washington County closely aligns these programs with the Regional Supportive Housing Services measure that is bringing much needed rental assistance and housing case management resources.”
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Want to enter the metaverse? Here’s what you need to know

By Jenny Hansson
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Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

By Shawna Chen
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Political fallout from Feeding our Future raid begins to unfold

By Dave Orrick
  • The political fallout from the federal probe into alleged fraud involving taxpayer dollars by Feeding our Future began to unfold Friday.
  • For example, in the summer of 2021, when the department was attempting to put the brakes on the charity’s operations, state Sen. Omar Fateh, D-Minneapolis, rallied to the charity’s cause, according to a video of a gala held at Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis in which he spoke.
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Laborforce shrinking as need for employees continues to climb

By Marie Szaniszlo
  • This came in a month when the state’s unemployment rate dropped by 1.3 percentage points to 3.9% – on par with the national rate – from the revised November estimate of 5.2%, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Friday.
  • The state’s labor force shrank by 41,700 people in December at a time when employers were struggling to fill jobs, according to newly released government figures.
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An underwater hotel on Lake Superior? Two Harbors’ mayor is pushing hard for it

By Christa Lawler
  • The Mayor of Two Harbors has an eye toward building an underwater hotel in Lake Superior and is looking to the Minnesota Attorney General's office to make a deciding call: Has he made any unethical moves while promoting the ideas he is pursing with the help of an anonymous business advisor, "Mr. O."
  • "The City of Two Harbors has not been involved with Mr. O or any other anonymous individual on any current or proposed project," Glaser said in a prepared statement.
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Letters: Adding integrity | Significant bail | Financial risk | Food pantry

By Letters To The Editor
  • It may seem that the multimillion-dollar payoff and apology letter by San Jose State University (“ SJSU settles retaliation lawsuit, apologizes to coach,” Page B1, Jan. 13) ends the 12-year saga of physical abuse and the quashing of people of integrity (whistleblower swim coach Sage Hopkins).
  • During the last four years, the lack of development at Vallco has cost the city of Cupertino millions of dollars.
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Biden at year one: More Ford than Carter (or FDR)

By John Rash
  • Ford never had a Republican majority in Congress to work with, and Kaufman said that he ascended to the presidency "as the Republican Party is beginning to show signs of division.
  • In fact, with robust COVID-relief and an actual bipartisan infrastructure package passed, a mass vaccine campaign taking off along with the economy, some pundits compared President Joe Biden with another Democrat looking to transform and reassure a shaken nation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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Readers Write: Sheriff Hutchinson, the Legislature, dealing with COVID

  • Loon says, "We continue to believe that employers know best how to manage their workplaces, and keep employees and customers safe." The constant refrain of the GOP during COVID has been to reject mandates because we are told that we can trust people to do the right thing.
  • That is why it was so disappointing to read a recent letter whose writer concluded his thoughts by saying, "Minnesota needs a uniter like [Gov. Tim] Walz instead of a divider and extremist like Qualls."
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Remote learning should be last resort

By Editorial Board
  • On Friday, the district reported that seven of its 67 schools are opting for distance learning because they met the metric of 25% or more of staff absences.
  • They also presented a list of demands that included stronger masking and testing protections, and development of a metric to determine when individual schools should shift to remote learning.
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Are Utah legislators ‘moving on’ from COVID? Here’s some of the reaction to the end of mask mandates

By Ashley Imlay
  • Soon after the Utah Legislature overturned Salt Lake and Summit counties' mask mandates on Friday, some criticized the move as a "slap in the face" for health care workers and a sign Republican lawmakers are "moving on" in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Amid record-breaking daily new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Dr. Angela Dunn, head of the Salt Lake County Health Department, had issued a 30-day public health order on Jan. 7 that made "well-fitting" masks mandatory indoors.
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New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators

By Capital & Main
New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators

In New Mexico,new state rules sparked a dramatic increase in reported incidents of vented and flared natural gas in 2021 — and reveal that the oil and gas industry has been losing vastly more of the climate-change-driving fossil fuel than previously reported.

“The state’s updated reporting requirements were long overdue,” says Jon Goldstein, senior director of regulatory and legislative affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Continue reading New data shows massive climate-warming leaks by New Mexico oil and gas operators at The NM Political Report.

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Activision Blizzard, American Airlines, Netflix: Stocks That Defined the Week

  • After Tuesday’s announcement of Microsoft Inc.’s $75 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., shares of Electronic Arts Inc., Ubisoft Entertainment SA and Nintendo Co. jumped on the prospect of more deals as investors place bets on the rapidly consolidating industry.
  • Pricing at household staple maker Procter & Gamble on average rose 3% in the latest quarter, the company said, and price increases accounted for half of the company’s revenue growth in the period.
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Lydia Edwards to keep council seat for first three months on Massachusetts senate

By Sean Philip Cotter
  • New state Sen. Lydia Edwards will continue to serve on the City Council for more than three months, Edwards’ campaign announced in a Friday-evening-news-dump press release that didn’t say whether she’d be taking a salary from both positions.
  • “As the residents of Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End continue to face extreme housing, development and recovery challenges during a pandemic, I believe the best thing I can do is represent them until they elect a new city councilor,” Edwards, who’s represented those three neighborhoods on the council since 2018, said in the statement.
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