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Philly residents deluge Ukrainian refugee family with goods, services, and money. And a giant ham.

  • It’s a shock, mother and children said, to discover that Americans will help a family they never met, and a miracle that they found safety in Philadelphia at a moment when millions are trapped in Ukraine or fleeing for their lives.
  • Since the story of her family’s frantic escape from Ukraine appeared in The Inquirer on May 6 — she and her three young children landing in the home of strangers, a Mount Airy couple eager to help refugees — they’ve been showered with gifts, services, goods, and money.
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Faced with astronomical expectations, Adley Rutschman and the Orioles try to minimize pressure: ‘He’s just a human’

  • He wanted Rutschman to pretend this was nothing more than a high school game — that is, to ignore the chants and cheers and commotion that would follow him around Oriole Park at Camden Yards all night.
  • In the conversation Brandon Hyde had with Adley Rutschman before Saturday’s game, the Orioles manager didn’t believe his own advice to baseball’s top prospect.
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No one wants to hear it, but another COVID wave is here in Maryland

By Meredith Cohn
  • Ali Mokdad, a professor in the institute, said so many people have been vaccinated or infected that they are not getting severely ill, though with waning immunity over time, they still can catch the virus if they are exposed.
  • Baltimore City and a dozen counties in Maryland, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard, have moderate levels of community spread of the coronavirus, and public health experts say people should consider wearing masks here, too, given the upswing and the highly contagious nature of the omicron subvariants that are circulating.
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‘America could be truly free’: John Legend on his fight to overhaul the criminal justice system

By Sam Levin in Los Angeles
  • Legend, who has spoken openly about the impact of his mother’s stints in jail while struggling with addiction, is advocating at a time when progressive prosecutors are facing intense backlash ; an uptick in gun violence during the pandemic has led conservatives, some Democrats and media pundits to push for a return to harsh punishments and “tough on crime” policies.
  • And we need progressive prosecutors who are thinking holistically about the community and making sure we’re not overusing jails and prisons as a solution to everything.
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How Maine’s members of Congress voted last week

  • VA MEDICAL BUILDINGS: The House has passed the Fiscal Year 2022 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act (H.R. 7500), sponsored by Rep. Colin Z.
  • WORKER TRAINING: The House has passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 7309), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., to authorize, through fiscal 2028, about $80 billion of spending on a variety of worker training programs, and create a Labor Department program for career training for ex-convicts.
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Nonfiction by Julie Myerson review – fact into incandescent fiction

By Hephzibah Anderson
  • In 2009 she published The Lost Child, a work of nonfiction that twinned the story of Mary Yelloly, a 19th-century watercolourist who died from tuberculosis at 21, with an account of Myerson’s eldest son Jake’s increasingly heavy use of skunk marijuana, and the decision she and her husband took to kick him out of the family home when he was 17.
  • “I know it’s a novel, but it didn’t feel like one,” the young woman emails.
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Maradyth Georgia McKenzie

By Jenny Boulden Special to the Democrat-Gazette
  • The outgoing Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR) president, a real estate agent for The Property Group after years in the nonprofit world, laughs easily and often.
  • Through her years working with nonprofits and small businesses, starting her family, restoring old houses and finding her dream career in real estate, she has been constantly building.
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As energy prices rise, thousands of Mainers at risk of losing power

By Hannah LaClaire
  • Both Central Maine Power and Versant Power, the state’s two largest electric utilities, are reporting fewer disconnections and overdue bills through early May compared with the same period a year ago.
  • Tens of thousands of Mainers have struggled to pay their electric bills over the past two years, resulting in thousands of service disconnections, hundreds of thousands of past-due notices issued and tens of millions of dollars in utility revenue lost.
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SunLit Excerpt: In “Alpha,” moments of calm before the Navy SEALs’ world changes

By David Philipps
  • Eddie had joined the Navy at age nineteen in 1999, two years before the World Trade Center came down, and had been fighting the war on terror ever since under various official names: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • The clinic was called the Intrepid Spirit Center, and it was made for guys just like Eddie.
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SunLit Interview: “Alpha” author David Philipps faced barriers of silence and suspicion

By Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book
  • The excerpt is the prologue of “Alpha” – 10 minutes of calm where the reader has a chance to meet a heroic, decorated Navy SEAL chief named Eddie Gallagher right before the moment that his life, and the lives of his men, are shattered.
  • In the course of reporting the story, I realized the story of ALPHA platoon was a gripping saga that said a lot about what it is like to be a professional war fighter in the endless Forever Wars that followed 2001, but also a timeless parable about loyalty and betrayal, and how right and wrong can get so tumbled together that it is hard to know which way is up.
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Society Notebook: Maine law firm’s founders go down in history

By Amy Paradysz
  • Maine Historical Society had its largest and most profitable Maine History Maker Award celebration to date as the nonprofit honored Severin Beliveau, 84, and Harold Pachios, 85, co-founders of the law firm Preti Flaherty, May 6 at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall.
  • “Our work focuses on the profound ways that history shapes Maine today,” said Executive Director Steve Bromage, introducing a program that highlighted the immigration stories of both honorees’ families and raised $100,000 for the nonprofit.
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‘A deep thinker,’ Mariah ran – even from the help she needed

By Matt Byrne
  • In an extensive interview, Kathy described how she and her husband spent years trying to get Mariah help, to meet her needs and provide her with a safe, nurturing home as her mental health crisis and behavioral problems spiraled.
  • “(Mental health professionals) need to be educated in the difference between a child of Mariah’s age that needs serious help versus someone who needs to have family communication and parenting skills addressed, and they blur the lines between the two,” Kathy said.
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Compton lauded for assisting Alzheimer’s Arkansas helpers

By Kimberly Dishongh
  • There are more resources and services available for Alzheimer's patients and their families in Central Arkansas than there are in rural parts of the state, he points out, like in Stone County where the Comptons lived before moving to Little Rock several years ago.
  • Compton says his family had resources to help with his mother's care, but he knows that isn't the case for everyone who has a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease.
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Furor followed Malloy from Connecticut to Maine

By Lana Cohen
  • “There has been deep erosion of all of the colleges in terms of their basic functionality,” said Stephen Adaire, a sociology professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, who served as chair of the faculty advisory committee to the board of regents around the time these changes began.
  • Colena Sesanker, a philosophy professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven and a faculty adviser to the board of regents, said she feels the state is treating the system of public higher education like a business instead of a public service – sacrificing quality for cost savings.
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Forget the baby apps. These are the apps every new parent should have

By Jessica Sillers—Zapier
  • I’m part of a writing group with other parents, and several moms mentioned using their notes app and swipe-to-text to write articles one-handed while the baby napped or fed.
  • While I may not be able to hand you a pack of burp cloths through a screen, as a third-time mom, I can offer something that’ll help make new parenthood a little less hectic: app recommendations.
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Zero by Jeremy Hunt review – this is going to hurt

By Rachel Clarke
  • Even today, six years after the dispute limped to an ignominious end (Hunt duly imposed his despised new contract), my casual mention in the doctors’ mess that he has written a book about, of all things, patient safety triggered a volley of anatomically robust invective.
  • Its ambition cannot be faulted: “ Zero is a book about how the NHS can reduce the number of avoidable deaths to zero and in the process save money, reduce backlogs and improve working conditions,” Hunt writes.
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#MeToo is over if we don’t listen to ‘imperfect victims’ like Amber Heard | Martha Gill

By Martha Gill
  • “ If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this,” a White House lawyer said shortly after Christine Blasey Ford ’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were made public, “then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.”
  • The public reaction to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial is what a #MeToo backlash looks like.
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Political notebook: Abortion bill aftershocks reverberate

By randy.krehbiel@tulsaworld.com (Randy Krehbiel)
  • Under the dome: Without much fanfare, Gov. Stitt signed legislation on Thursday establishing Service Oklahoma, a revamped department for issuing driver’s licenses, state identification cards and vehicle registrations.
  • A group of House Republicans asked state Attorney General John O’Connor to look into “stopping shipments of baby formula to the Southern Border.”
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Household art: Tulsa artist creates tiny portraits of local homes

By James D. Watts Jr. Tulsa World
  • “I like to capture details, so if bricks are involved, it takes more time,” Witt said, as she sorts through a few subdivisions’ worth of houses that are spread out and stacked up on the work table in her apartment.
  • Over the past couple of years, Witt has been — to use her description — meandering through Tulsa neighborhoods with a sheaf of watercolor papers, each about the size of a folded greeting card, and a portable palette of watercolor paints, creating miniature portraits of houses that catch her eye.
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Michael Overall: How the Skyride helped Tulsa remain the Oil Capital of the World a little while longer

By Michael Overall Tulsa World
  • Calling them together in 1954, Gifford Parker shocked his three grown children by telling them he was selling the family business, one of the world’s largest drilling companies, which he had started in Tulsa 20 years earlier.
  • By 1960, he had negotiated a new lease to let the Tulsa State Fair and the International Petroleum Expo share the same facilities.
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Race Massacre exhibit to reopen at library

  • A temporary exhibit assembled from the library’s own resources and collections, “TCCL Remembers: Commemorating Tulsa’s Race Massacre with Education, Empathy and Healing” will be available to visitors at Rudisill Regional Library starting Tuesday, May 24.
  • The exhibit can also be explored online at tulsalibrary.org/tccl-remembers .
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Classic fairy tale takes flight with Boston Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

By Jed Gottlieb
  • As Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart readies his musicians for a season that celebrates the 90th birthday of Williams, Santora is working with the Boston Ballet Orchestra on what some consider to be Tchaikovsky’s true triumph — Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen’s “Swan Lake” runs May 26 – June 5 at the Citizens Bank Opera House.
  • “John Williams is one of the people that borrowed very heavily from Tchaikovsky’s orchestration techniques,” Boston Ballet music director Mischa Santora told the Herald.
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This Week In Nebraska History

  • 1912:Dissatisfied with results of their fight against the Omaha, Lincoln and Beatrice interurban street railway, 30 residents of south Bethany organized to build a streetcar line to connect their suburb with the State Farm (later University of Nebraska East Campus) line of the Lincoln Traction Co.
  • 1952:Lincoln's new $316,279 51st Street pumping station was scheduled for operation by the first week in June.
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Letters to the editor

  • It must always be remembered that at the appointed school committee meeting which ushered in the zip code quota plan Chair Alexandra Oliver-Davila texted voting member Lorna Rivera, ”I hate WR (West Roxbury).
  • The zip code exam school acceptance policy came to Boston this week.
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Ellen DeGeneres signs off from daytime TV

By Jay Bobbin
  • With that being said, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been a considerable force in daytime programming.
  • Well before some staff members went public with workplace complaints, she had been thinking about stepping away from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for some time, as she indicated to this writer in a 2018 interview for her Netflix special “Relatable.”
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Keep the lines of communication open

By Jann Blackstone
  • Children need clarification where this new baby fits in and ongoing reassurance that their parents still love them and see them as special.
  • It’s not uncommon for parents of children from previous relationships to be concerned their children will be overlooked because a new baby was added at the other home.
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EDITORIAL: Theory meets reality at the school district

By Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Last week, the Review-Journal’s Lorraine Longhi reported that, as of March, 39 percent of local public school students were categorized as chronic absentees this academic year, meaning they haven’t shown up to class at least 10 percent of the time.
  • Teachers report that the number of kids ignoring homework assignments has increased, and that more middling students don’t bother studying for tests they can take again and again.
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RICHARD A. EPSTEIN: Biden and the ghost of Milton Friedman

By Richard A. Epstein Review-Journal
  • Friedman knew that an uncertainty in the value of money, as measured by the rate of inflation, creates massive levels of uncertainty, which in turn, makes it far more difficult for private parties to make long-term contract: Now the dollar no longer functions like a ruler, but as an obstacle.
  • But progressives such as Biden propose the exact opposite: Raise taxes so that the wealthiest corporations pay their “fair share,” which will only raise inflation by taking money out of the hands of those who can invest it wisely and putting it into yet another transfer program.
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Pregnant women should nix litterbox duty

By Dr. John De Jong
  • We do have two cats and my mother informed me to make sure that my wife does not handle the cleaning of the litter boxes throughout her pregnancy due to the risk of a possible parasite that can be dangerous to the unborn child.
  • Cleaning the box daily can also be helpful since, if the cats were to be infected, it takes a few days before the parasite is infectious if shed in the feces.
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Schoen: It’s still Donald Trump’s Republican party

By Douglas Schoen
  • Taken together with J.D. Vance’s upset win in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate earlier this month — due in large part to Trump’s endorsement — the outcomes of Tuesday’s primary contests indicate that Donald Trump will remain a dominant figure in Republican politics through at least 2024, and could very well become the GOP presidential nominee.
  • In the North Carolina Republican primary for U.S. Senate, all candidates jockeyed for the former president’s support at the outset of the campaign — understandably so, as Trump’s backing of Congressman Ted Budd propelled Budd to a landslide victory.
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Editorial: City of music for all

Toledo contains a vibrant musical culture. If you’re looking to enjoy live music on the weekend, you can pick out your choice of upcoming musical performances highlighted each week in The Blade. There’s something for every taste from classical to jazz, opera to local rock bands. Many of the performances are free and others are affordable for a night out. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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STEVE SEBELIUS: Racism has a body count

By Steve Sebelius
  • The shootings at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, in which 10 people died, and at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, where one person was killed and four others critically wounded, were each motivated by racial animus, authorities said.
  • In Buffalo, the shooter was apparently a believer in the theory that immigrants are seeking to replace white people in the United States.
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NEVADA VIEWS: Biden’s mirage: The billionaire tax

By Rich Robledo Special to the Review-Journal
  • While legislators have attempted to propose taxing unrealized capital gains before — including a wealth tax by Sens.
  • From a distance, the “billionaires’ minimum income tax” in President Joe Biden’s $5.8 trillion budget blueprint appears as a palpable pay-for, raising $360 billion in new revenue over 10 years, helping to reduce the deficit and claiming to help level the wealth gap between the rich and poor.
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To the editor: A high stakes gamble

Nice job explaining the story regarding the Toledo Museum of Art’s deaccessioning. I’ve been following it since it was originally announced and have mixed feelings about it. As a long time member of the museum I want to see nothing but the best for this rare institute. In this particular instance I believe we’re all looking at a high stakes roll of the dice. On one hand we’re deaccessioning master works which would no doubt continue to, at minimum, hold their value and, best case, would continue to grow in stature and value. On the other hand, whatever is acquired to satisfy the commitment to diversification serves up a “wait and see” proposition and with the projected millions of dollars at hand for investment in such work(s), it is high stakes gambling indeed. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Don Bacon, Tony Vargas turn attention to fall showdown for Nebraska’s 2nd District

By EMILY NITCHER Omaha World-Herald
  • Richard Witmer, a Creighton University political science professor, said the 2nd District race is likely to be the most competitive of all the races on Nebraska's general election ballot.
  • Vargas seeks to become the first Democrat to capture the 2nd District seat since the late Brad Ashford, who was elected in 2014 before being ousted by Bacon in 2016.
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Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

  • On the rare night when the Heat started whole, with point guard Kyle Lowry back from his hamstring strain and power forward back P.J. Tucker from a knee issue, the Heat soon had to find a way to finish in the absence of their scoring leader.
  • So Adebayo became their scoring leader, closing with 31 points and 10 rebounds, after scoring a combined 16 in the series’ first two games, including a key late jumper.
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Peering into the center of it all

By Faye Flam
  • In 2019, the same team unveiled a similar bright doughnut of matter swirling around a much bigger but more distant supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy called M87.
  • The fact that black holes play tricks with time was what captured the imagination of Lia Medeiros, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and part of the team that used an array of eight telescopes to create the first image of matter swirling around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
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State removes breakthrough case data from COVID reports

  • About a month ago the state Department of Health quietly removed from its weekly epidemiology reports data that compared the most recent four weeks of cases, hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated, vaccinated and vaccinated and boosted people.
  • The data in that report showed that during the previous four weeks, there were more cases, hospitalizations and deaths among those who had a booster than people who had only received their primary vaccine series.
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Even in 6-1 loss to Rays, Adley Rutschman’s Orioles debut brings different feel to Camden Yards

  • A pair of Randy Arozarena home runs off Bradish and another from Kevin Kiermaier off Mike Baumann spoiled a night in which Rutschman not only debuted, but also caught two of Baltimore’s top four pitching prospects.
  • But little else in Baltimore’s 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in their top prospect’s first major league game was normal.
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Chris Bassitt and Mets agree to one-year, $8.8 million deal: ‘I love it here’

  • Bassitt said earlier in spring training, when the Mets settled deals with all 13 arbitration-eligible players except for the starting pitcher, that he “doesn’t give a s–-t about his contact” and “that’s why I pay my agent.”
  • The 33-year-old right-hander has thoroughly enjoyed his time so far in New York and said he is certainly open to a possible long-term extension with the Mets.
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Readers Write: Politics and substance, policing and complaints, arbitration, mining, race and recognition mixups

  • If Jensen receives the Republican nomination in the August primary, which appears likely, he and incumbent DFL Gov. Tim Walz will differ sharply on the most significant policy issues facing Minnesota, ranging from abortion to taxation to election administration to public health.
  • This year, Minnesotans may be able to cut through the sound and fury surrounding the midterm elections to discover a surprisingly substantive campaign for the state's highest office now that the Minnesota GOP has endorsed Scott Jensen for governor (front page, May 15).
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Dollars for Doses works to get more vaccinated against COVID

By Jack Shea
CLEVELAND (WJW)— A health clinic held on Saturday on Cleveland’s west side used the lure of cash to try and reach communities that have been reluctant for various reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Counties with highest COVID infection rates in Ohio The “Dollars for Doses” program ispart of a campaign by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Young Latino Network to meet people where “they are.” Saturday’sDollars for Doses event was held at the Young Latino Network’s Community Health Clinic on Fulton Road. The program offers participants $100 for the first dose of the COVID vaccine, $50 for the second dose, $25 for a booster […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The ‘primary’ cause of our political fevers

By Lawrence R. Jacobs
  • By the 1830s, the political nominating convention emerged to select each party's candidates, who would then compete to win the appeal of voters in a fairly open democracy — at least for white men.
  • Robert La Follette of Wisconsin, for example, promoted the adoption of primary elections as a political tool to catapult himself to the governorship, then the Senate and finally to a leading presidential candidacy.
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Judge checks up on services for homeless near Mary’s Kitchen after city takes over

By Tess Sheets
  • Carter, center, speaks with Gloria Suess, Mary’s Kitchen, CEO, as Carter checks out the homeless services offered by city of Orange that would replace the ones offered by Mary’s Kitchen on West Struck Avenue on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Orange.
  • As Orange Mayor Mark Murphy, back left, and Gloria Suess, back right, Mary’s Kitchen, CEO, look on, United States District Judge David O.
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Jif peanut butter recalled for salmonella contamination

By Dylan Abad
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The makers of the popular peanut butter brand Jif issued a recall for the product due to potential salmonella contamination. The company said the peanut butter was sold in stores across the U.S. and includes many types and sizes, including creamy, crunchy, natural, and reduced fat. Park outside: Ford recalls SUVs because engines can catch fire The Food and Drug Administration said the recalled peanut butter includes the products with lot codes 1274425 – 2140425. Lot codes are included alongside the "best-if-used-by" date. The FDA defines salmonellaas "an organism which can cause serious and sometimes […]Read more >Similar articles >
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SPCO review: Pekka Kuusisto’s many talents soar in ‘The Lark Ascending’ and world premiere of ‘Dreaming a world’s edge’

By Sheila Regan
  • In the second piece, Pekka Kuusisto performs the solo violin part in “The Lark Ascending,” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, originally composed in 1914 for violin and piano, later to be arranged for solo violin and orchestra after World War I.
  • Like in his playing of Vaughan Williams’ piece written a century before, Kuusisto’s performance of Kahane’s short solo piece for violin utilizes the instrument’s hollowness, rather than fullness.
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‘Historic’ changes possible at the Minnesota Legislature — if they can finish in time

By Christopher Magan, Dave Orrick
  • They struck a deal on tax breaks Saturday, but sticking points remained on spending plans for key areas like crime and education.
  • Minnesota lawmakers could pass some historic legislation Sunday, including eliminating taxes on Social Security, easing the cost to schools for special education, and raising the pay of caregivers in the struggling long-term care industry.
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Following draft combine, what comes next for Orlando Magic with the No. 1 pick?

  • “You hate to be too cliché and say, ‘We’re going to go with the best player on the board,’ but I really believe that when you get to this level of the draft, you live by that,” Hammond said.
  • Hammond reiterated that Orlando will choose the player the Magic believe will be the best in the long run, not just who fits next year’s team better.
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Minnesota lawmakers say they have a deal on what would be largest tax cut in state history

By Walker Orenstein and Peter Callaghan
  • The plan would eliminate a state tax on Social Security benefits, which has been a priority for the Republican-led Senate.
  • On Saturday, House and Senate leaders announced a final tax bill, a major plank in their so-called “4-4-4” deal to spend $4 billion of their historic surplus over the next three years on tax cuts, $4 billion on new spending and leave $4 billion remaining in reserves.
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The summer Minnesota’s wells dried up

By Christopher Vondracek
  • During last summer's drought — one of the worst in recent memory — private well owners across the Land of 10,000 Lakes filed a record number of complaints with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about lost access to wells, which provide drinking water for humans and cattle, water for baths and gardens, and hydration for horses.
  • DNR official Carmelita Nelson says 99% of the conflicts are resolved between farmers and private well-owners without state involvement because these neighbors generally don't want to damage the relationship or cause financial strain.
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Inside the swinging ’60s home where Dennis Hopper’s marriage unraveled

By Susannah Cahalan
  • The house, known as just “1712,” was owned by actress Brooke Hayward and her enfant terrible husband Hopper during eight tumultuous years of marriage, and filled to the brim with her found objects and his collection of contemporary art that, as Joan Didion remarked, “seems the result of some marvelous scavenger hunt.”
  • To celebrate Warhol’s arrival on the West Coast, Hopper and Hayward threw a party with members of the art world and actors like Natalie Wood and Peter Fonda.
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As Adley Rutschman joins a young Orioles lineup, the future looks more like the present

  • The Orioles’ No. 1 prospect since they took him first overall in the 2019 draft, Rutschman, 24, was batting sixth and catching in manager Brandon Hyde’s lineup for Saturday’s second game of a series with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • “I was like, ‘Oh, you guys are that excited I’m off the IL?’” Mountcastle quipped later in the Orioles’ clubhouse, knowing full well that their presence was only the first sign of the fan base’s excitement about Adley Rutschman — baseball’s top prospect — finally joining the major league roster.
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Willem Dafoe haunts UW-Milwaukee campus for the first time in more than 40 years, on the eve of receiving an honorary doctorate

  • Visiting one of his old haunts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the first time in more than 40 years, Willem Dafoe started off by telling a ghost story.
  • Dafoe, the four-time Oscar nominee from Appleton who spent two years as a theater student at UW-Milwaukee in the 1970s, was on campus Saturday before his starring role on Sunday as the featured speaker at the university's 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee.
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Turnout in counties with all-mail elections far exceeds statewide average

  • Knox County, in northeast Nebraska, moved to vote-by mail in several precincts in 2018 after road construction and a difficulty finding poll workers, Election Commissioner Joann Fischer said.
  • Eleven of Nebraska's 93 counties mailed a ballot to every registered voter this year, the Nebraska Secretary of State's office said, up from just four counties that elected to use the method four years ago.
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What Donald Trump didn’t count on in Georgia

  • THOMASTON, Ga.— Brian Kemp, Georgia’s incumbent governor and a prominent fixture on former President Donald Trump’s enemies list, was clip-clopping around in a pair of cowboy boots in Thomaston on a recent morning, glad-handing his way through an adoring Republican throng at a place called Greatest Generation Memorial Park.
  • A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of likely Republican voters shows U.S. Senate candidate and former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker with a big lead in his primary race, likely aided by Trump’s endorsement and Walker’s status as a football legend.
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Wisconsin Republicans refuse to endorse any of the party’s 4 candidates for governor, a first for the state convention

  • Wisconsin Republicans refused to endorse any of the four candidates for governor at their annual state convention for the first time — a symbolic rejection of the political apparatus that has been blamed by its own members for failing to deliver statewide victories in recent years.
  • Forty-five percent of votes cast by about 1,500 delegates who gathered in Middleton Saturday for the Republican Party of Wisconsin annual convention voted to abandon the long-established election-year exercise used to signal to voters which candidates are competitive.
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Battenfeld: A big win for Donald Trump in Massachusetts Republican convention fight

By Joe Battenfeld
  • The conservative Diehl got 71% of the endorsement vote, bashing his opponent Chris Doughty, who won just 29% — enough to at least win a place on the September primary ballot.
  • Massachusetts Republican delegates left little doubt about where they want the party going, giving a resounding win to Donald Trump-backed Geoff Diehl in the gubernatorial convention battle.
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Father was trying to reclaim custody of boy found slain in trunk in Mound

By Jeffrey Meitrodt
  • Family members blamed Dakota County social workers for not protecting the child, who was placed in foster care for nearly a year after the boy's mother failed to properly care for him, interviews and court records show.
  • The mother of a slain six-year-old boy is under arrest on suspicion of murdering him after police found his body in the trunk of her car, according to court records and interviews with family members.
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The Oz and McCormick campaigns are already fighting over undated Pa. mail ballots as Senate primary recount looms

  • As the final votes are tallied — counties are required to submit unofficial, as-close-to-final-as-possible results to the Pennsylvania Department of State by 5 p.m. Tuesday — county elections officials will be making decisions as to which ballots to count or reject.
  • As the vote count continued, Contres said, it would fight the McCormick campaign’s attempt to get undated mail ballots counted.
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UT-San Antonio reaches Texas Tier One status, allowing access to state funds for research

By Kate McGee, The Texas Tribune
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio is the latest public university to achieve the distinctive statewide Tier One status, which qualifies the school for access to $6 million in state funding annually to help attract prominent scholars and improve university research initiatives.
  • In Texas, universities reach Tier One status under Texas’ National Research University Fund when they spend more than $45 million on restricted research over two years and meet four of six requirements two years in a row, including awarding more than 200 doctorate degrees every year and enrolling a “freshman class with high academic achievement.”
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3 Air Force cadets who refused vaccine won’t be commissioned

By Lolita C. Baldor
  • Three cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy who have refused the COVID-19 vaccine will not be commissioned as military officers but will graduate with bachelor’s degrees, the academy said Saturday.
  • Academy spokesman Dean Miller said that a fourth cadet who had refused the vaccine until about a week ago, decided to be vaccinated and will graduate and become an Air Force officer.
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APA! asks for public’s help after sewer clog causes flooding in parvo ward

By Julianna Russ
AUSTIN(KXAN) — Saturday afternoon Austin Pets Alive! took to Twitter to ask for the public’s help after a clog caused the parvo ward in the shelter to flood. In the tweet, it said people were needed to help pick up and foster parvo negative dogs. According to APA, there were 45 dogs in the parvo unit, so far it has gotten four out of the shelter with 22 still needing a temporary home. The dogs currently being treated for parvo were moved to another ward within parvo. In a statement, APS asked people to keep the dogs for up to two weeks. To provide help, fill out this form. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Father was trying to reclaim custody of slain boy found in trunk in Mound

By Jeffrey Meitrodt
  • Family members blamed Dakota County social workers for not protecting the child, who was placed in foster care for nearly a year after the boy's mother failed to properly care for him, interviews and court records show.
  • The mother of a slain six-year-old boy is under arrest on suspicion of murdering him after police found his body in the trunk of her car, according to court records and interviews with family members.
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Mitt Romney: The West must prepare for Putin’s worst weapons

  • Even the CIA director, William Burns, has warned of the possibility that Putin could use a tactical nuclear weapon, even if there is no “practical evidence” right now to suggest it is imminent.
  • Some will conclude that to avoid provoking Russia — and thus avoid the prospect of a possible Russian nuclear strike — we should pre-emptively restrain Ukraine from routing the Russian military.
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$100,000 awarded to Tohono O’odham basket weaver in support of career growth

  • Terrol Dew Johnson, a Tohono O'odham basket weaver whose work is displayed in permanent collections in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, was awarded $100,000 from the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation for his emerging art among craftspeople and artists across the country.
  • In addition to basket weaving, Johnson is a community activist who helped revive farming of traditional foods on the Tohono O'odham Nation in hope of reducing the number of diabetics, which is at epidemic proportions.
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Celebrities, digital token enthusiasts gather in Minneapolis for first NFT convention

By Neal Justin
  • "Gary is the guy," Delmadi said, standing in a more-than-hour-long line to meet Gary Vaynerchuk, chief guru of the VeeCon Conference, which drew more than 6,000 people from around the world to U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend.
  • Not Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Spike Lee or Snoop Dogg — all special guests at an inaugural conference in Minneapolis touting non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, as the Next Big Thing.
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Metro briefs: Dakota County releases plan for Veterans Memorial Greenway

By Erin Adler, Tim Harlow, Kim Hyatt, Shannon Prather and Matt McKinney
  • Dakota County shared plans for its Veterans Memorial Greenway project — a 10-foot wide, multi-use trail that connects Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the Mississippi River in central Dakota County — at a May 10 meeting, opening the 45-day public comment period on the project.
  • County releases plan for Veterans Memorial Greenway
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Chapman University celebrates the success of thousands of grads

By Tess Sheets
  • Melanie Tran of Long Beach carries her dog, Subie, as they walk in the procession during the graduation ceremony for students in Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy at Wilson Field in Orange on Friday, May 20, 2022.
  • Dean Ron Jordan, left, of the School of Pharmacy poses for a photograph with Melanie Tran, right, of Long Beach, as her dog, Subie, checks out her diploma during the graduation ceremony for students in Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy at Wilson Field in Orange on Friday, May 20, 2022.
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How many kinds of pho can you find in Minneapolis? Ask Ka Vang

By Anna Nguyen, Sahan Journal
  • "I want to work with the tools and resources that Meet Minneapolis has to uplift BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] businesses and change the narrative of who Minneapolis is, who can come to Minneapolis, and the potential of what Minneapolis can be to Minnesota."
  • Sahan Journal recently spoke to Vang about her goals for Meet Minneapolis, the work that needs to happen to bring racial healing to the city, and her favorite Minneapolis destinations.
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Paisley the potbelly is sweet and curious

By Maryanne Dell
Breed: Potbellied pig Ever considered adopting a pig? Paisley would be happy to join your family. (Courtesy of Saving Animals & Healing Hearts) Age: 1.5 years Gender: Spayed female Paisley’s story: Paisley is sweet and is the first to sneak up on people to get belly rubs before her siblings get into the act. She’s curious and can’t wait for every day to begin; so many things to sniff and discover! She’ll be first to greet you when you get home. Potbelly pigs are very smart and make great house pets. Adoption fee: $150 Adoption procedure: Call Saving Animals & Healing Hearts at 760-961-5600 (voice only) or email sahh4life@gmail.com […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Innovation at wastewater plant propels St. Cloud to renewable energy leader

By Jenny Berg
  • The treatment center is also poised to be the first wastewater facility in the world to produce green hydrogen fuel and pure oxygen on-site, as well as run the first program in the country to capture carbon from exhaust and be able to sell the end product for building materials.
  • "St. Cloud is clearly one of the cities that's defining what a clean energy future can look like," said Frank Kohlasch, climate director for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
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Mass and Cass community groups call for decentralization, Engagement Center closure

By Sean Philip Cotter
  • A group of Mass and Cass-area neighborhood groups is planning to bring the city a list of proposals designed at reining in the issues flaring up in the area, including pushes to permanently close the engagement center, further decentralize services and set an end date for the use of the Roundhouse Hotel services.
  • The South End-Newmarket-Roxbury Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness, which restarted last year as a community effort after the city-run Mass and Cass Task Force ground to a halt and collapsed, intends to hash over 10 recommendations to them deliver to the powers that be at the city and state.
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Law in the Marketplace: Can emails be contracts?

  • It will meet this test if you have the authority to represent your businesses and if, taken together, your words and Joe’s in the transcript address and resolve all of the key terms reasonably essential to your deal.
  • So if you’re a business owner, you have to answer the question whether something you say to a customer, a supplier or another third party in an email or a Zoom call can bind you as if it were set forth in a written contract.
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On the trail: Cavanaugh aiming to make jump from NH Senate to Executive Council

  • “That’s why I’m running,” Cavanaugh told the Monitor the day after he announced his bid for the five-member council, which serves as New Hampshire’s elected board of directors and has the final say in the governor’s judicial and executive branch nominations and state contracts.
  • Gatsas, who served for nearly a decade in the state Senate and eight years as Manchester mayor, has represented the Executive Council’s District 4 since his election in 2018.
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Abortion dominates legislative session

By Barbara Hoberock Tulsa World
  • “I think the Oklahoma State Senate Democrats are quite disappointed in the amount of funding that is not going to public education this year,” said Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa.
  • Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, said the measure providing funds to eliminate the more than 5,000-person waiting list was one of the most important bills ever passed.
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US air force academy cadets denied commission over vaccine refusal

By Ramon Antonio Vargas and agencies
  • For refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, three US air force academy cadets won’t be commissioned as military officers, though they will receive college degrees, a spokesperson for the school said Saturday.
  • The statements from Miller were a reminder that the air force’s was the only US military academy as of now who was preventing its cadets from being commissioned as officers because of vaccine refusals.
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CDC urges adults 50 and older to get a second COVID-19 booster

By Sharon LaFraniere
  • The CDC said it was changing its advice because of a steady rise in infections over the past month, coupled with "a steep and substantial increase in hospitalizations for older Americans." New confirmed cases surpassed an average of 100,000 a day again this week, according to a New York Times database — a number considered an undercount.
  • In another warning of growing COVID risks, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency's director, said Friday that more that 45% of Americans now live in areas where transmission rates are high enough that they should at least consider wearing a mask in indoor public settings.
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Sunday shows preview: White House combats baby formula shortage, defends policies amid inflation

By Chloe Folmar
  • Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Ark.), who said earlier this month that he is considering a bid for the White House in 2024 and has also recently criticized Biden over inflation, will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who will appear on will appear on "Fox News Sunday," countered in a statement last week, saying: “Every time Joe Biden lies about his failed economic record, he is insulting every struggling American family and small business owner.
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USS Minneapolis-St. Paul commissioned for duty in ceremony at Duluth Port

By Christa Lawler
  • The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul, a speedy combat ship built for near-shore missions, was put into active service during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Port of Duluth, the first time a U.S. Navy warship was commissioned in Minnesota.
  • "We are so proud of the name — the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of a handful of politicians and military leaders who spoke during the commissioning ceremony.
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The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, explained

By Natasha Ishak
  • The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act is meant to help alleviate rising gas prices; the national average gas price reached $4.45 per gallon last week — a record high for the US.
  • It is difficult to know how much of an increase in oil and gas production — which lawmakers like Rep. Porter are demanding — would be enough to alleviate current price-gouging concerns, or even if it would help address the gas crisis at all.
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Sweet, snuggly Chihuahua Linus will make you smile

By Maryanne Dell
Breed: Chihuahua Age: 3 months Gender: Male Linus’ story: Linus was born in a shelter in Los Angeles. His mother, a baby herself, has found her forever home. Linus is small and sweet and gets along well with the other dogs in his foster home. He loves to snuggle and will bring lots of smiles to your face. Adoption fee: $500, includes vaccinations, microchip and neuter Adoption procedure: Contact Kim with Greendog Foundation at 714-319-0802 or emailgreendogfoundation@gmail.com. Related Articles Local News | Dogs pair with school police to support students’ mental health in Garden Grove Unified Local News | Get out your hiking boots and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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State has given Boston Public Schools draft report on receivership, progress

By Marie Szaniszlo
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has delivered a draft report to Boston Public Schools about whether the district has made progress over the last few years or whether the state should appoint a “receiver” to take control of it, a city official said — though the contents of the document remain tightly under wraps.
  • Cara Candal, senior fellow in education policy at the Pioneer Institute, a conservative Boston think tank, said that a receivership would come at a perfect time, when Boston’s superintendent will step down on June 30 with roughly $314,000 severance pay after a $75,000 search.
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The Rich Get Sicker In the Vomitous Cannes Comedy Triangle of Sadness

By Richard Lawson
  • In the five years since his film The Square won the Palm d’Or here at the Cannes Film Festival, Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund seems to have spent some time watching Bravo’s yacht crew reality show Below Deck: Mediterranean, scrolling through Instagram with a frustrated huff and an eyeroll, and, like the rest of us, looking on as the uber-rich got even uber-richer at the expense of so many others.
  • At least, that’s suggested by his new work, Triangle of Sadness, a film that evokes Swept Away, The White Lotus, and myriad other rich people satires, only with a lot more vomit.
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All of South Florida moves into high COVID risk category after ‘processing error‘ in state’s data

By David Schutz
  • “Of note, Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Counties should have appeared in the high CCL category, and Osceola County should have appeared in the medium CCL category,” the CDC footnote reads.
  • All three South Florida counties have high COVID-19 community levels, despite the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control showing the region having medium levels.
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Benches clear again between White Sox, Yankees as Josh Donaldson drama continues

  • White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who Donaldson had collided with and had words with last week, ran in to join the heated conversation and the benches and bullpens cleared.
  • It’s becoming a true soap opera between Josh Donaldson and the White Sox. This time it was catcher Yasmani Grandal who took issue with the Yankees designated hitter as he walked to the plate in the fifth inning on Saturday.
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Prattville Celebrates National Kids to Parks Day

By Carrington Cole
The City of Prattville held a celebration for National Kids to Parks Day. They kicked off the celebration with the 10th Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride which started at Upper Kingston Park. The families rode through downtown Prattville with Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr until reaching the finish line at Pratt Park. At the finish line was the fun filled Touch a Truck event that was free to the public. The Touch a Truck event started at 10 a.m. and went on until 2 p.m. Categories: News Tags: City of Prattville, mayor’s bike ride, national kids to parks day, touch a truck […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Orioles reach two-year agreement with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration

The Orioles agreed Saturday to a two-year, $5.925 million contract with left-hander John Means to avoid arbitration, an industry source with direct knowledge of the agreement confirmed. Means, 29, was in his first year of arbitration eligibility and was due to go to a hearing with the Orioles to determine his 2022 salary, deciding between the team’s $2.7 million figure and his suggested $3.1 million. The per-year average of Means’ deal, first reported by The Athletic, is slightly above the midpoint of those values. Means was the Orioles’ opening day starter this season but made only two starts before undergoing season-ending Tommy John […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Albany NAACP puts spotlight on health with expo

By Shaniece Holmes-Brown
  • The Albany branch of the NAACP organized a health expo at the Empire State Plaza Concourse on Saturday to share information and put a spotlight on the importance of health and wellness for Black and brown communities.
  • Gwen Pope, first vice president of the Albany NAACP, expressed the importance of connecting with the Black and brown communities about health and wellness, especially because of disparities in access to care, which have been highlighted throughout the pandemic.
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Two Democratic congresswomen, one redrawn Georgia district

  • And now, McBath and Bourdeaux — two female lawmakers who have similar voting records and reflect the ascendant Democratic coalition in Georgia — are on a collision course, battling to represent the state’s newly redrawn 7th Congressional District in a House member-versus-member primary election Tuesday.
  • In 2020, a college professor named Carolyn Bourdeaux prevailed in another suburban Atlanta district a little farther east, becoming the only Democratic House candidate to flip a seat in the general election that year.
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