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The Texanist: Will Fancy Italian Cowboy Boots Hurt My Texan Bona Fides?

By David Courtney
  • There’s also a pair of brown Red Wing work boots that feature a comfortable lower walking heel, a slightly fancier pair of supple brown calf leather Luccheses, and a smart-looking pair that were custom-crafted by Camargo’s Western Boots, in the Rio Grande Valley town of Mercedes .
  • Golden Gooses?) are well-made and sturdy, look like cowboy boots, and smell like cowboy boots (the Texanist is referring to the rich smell of tanned leather, not cow manure), then who’s to say they are not the genuine article?
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Bipartisan ‘framework’ includes billions for new spending, billions in tax cuts — and very, very few details

By Peter Callaghan
  • But unlike those previous deals, the signed agreement announced on Monday from the Gang of Three — Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller — included few specifics, with the trio kept falling back on their assertion that this was a “framework” and that the various committee chairs would still work out the details.
  • In the time since the governor made his state of the state speech, he and the leaders of the DFL House and the GOP Senate have struck deals to restore the pandemic-drained unemployment insurance system; funded bonus checks for pandemic workers; and extended a reinsurance system that helps keep health insurance rates somewhat lower for individual and small group plans.
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Six Tacos That Wowed Us at Taco Fest Music y Más

By José R. Ralat
  • Armando “Mando” Vera is the last of the great South Texas barbacoyeros (barbacoa masters), and the man rarely leaves the comfort of his Brownsville restaurant, Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que .
  • Several years ago, tacos de discada weren’t available at many restaurants—they were more of a backyard specialty, with bits of ground beef, sausage, bacon, and other proteins mixed with vegetables like onions and carrots and cooked in a large, round, shallow disco.
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National Academies report cites ‘urgent’ need to recruit more diverse participants for clinical trials

By Usha Lee McFarling
  • T he persistent lack of diversity among participants in clinical trials is a critical issue that is harming both populations that have long been left out of pivotal medical studies and the entire biomedical research enterprise, according to the authors of a report released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
  • Describing the need to move away from trials that focus largely on white men as “urgent,” the report’s authors called for a paradigm shift that gives less power to institutions that fund and conduct clinical research and more to communities under study.
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Fraudster who forged letters to judge from mom, priest, Stefanik aide faces sentencing for hacking

By Robert Gavin
  • As first reported by the Times Union, Fish sent more than a half-dozen self-serving character letters to U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino that were partly or fully fabricated under the names of his mother, a local priest, grandparents and a district director for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.
  • Then, after he was arrested and pleaded guilty to federal crimes, Fish allegedly tried to dupe a new victim: The judge who would sentence him.
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Study names Texas’ Greg Abbott the nation’s most-transphobic governor

By Sanford Nowlin
A new media-analysis study has named Gov. Greg Abbott the nation's most-transphobic governor, beating out Florida's Ron DeSantis. Both GOP governors have been lightning rods for criticism based on their records on LGBTQ+ issues. The study by reputation-management company Signal AI was released Tuesday, May 17, the International Day Against Transphobia. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Chicago Bears employees and forest preserves volunteers unite to battle invasive plant: ‘Buckthorn is a jerk’

  • Bostrom and forest preserves director of community engagement and partnerships Rebekah Snyder greeted the employees and volunteers, and they soon followed stewardship ecologist Kelly Schultz who labeled buckthorn in the same way some Bears fans might describe Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
  • Team employees and forest preserves volunteers joined forces at the team’s Halas Hall headquarters with a goal to remove buckthorn-infested plants and shrubs.
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CPS students give Instagram treatment to school lunches like this very sad hot dog

By Nader Issa
  • Wanting to take a creative approach to those gripes, a group of Phillips Academy High School students teamed up with a teacher over the past few months for a project that started with a simple thought: What if we took highly produced, high-resolution photos of the meals that were beautiful to look at — but also full of irony?
  • “Looking at a school lunch, you’re just going to see a hot dog and cucumbers and be like, ‘Um, this isn’t the best school meal,’” she said.
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Coming out of COVID, the American Craft Council ramps up Emerging Artist Cohort

By Sheila Regan
  • This year, with support from the Windgate Foundation, ACC is increasing the stipend amount for each artist as they develop their craft and learn business skills.
  • “The learning from that — and this is why pilot projects are very good — is that it wasn’t enough money,” says Judy Hawkinson, ACC’s director of development who was the interim executive director from September up until early May of this year.
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New Lawsuit: Wisconsin Republicans’ “Fraudulent Elector” Plot Helped Lead to Jan. 6

By Eric Lutz
  • “There needs to be accountability for the fraudulent electors, because otherwise this will just happen again and again,” Jeffrey Mandell, the Wisconsin lawyer who filed the suit, tells Vanity Fair .
  • “The Wisconsin fraudulent electors and their counterparts in other swing States purported to cast electoral votes for Trump and [ Mike Pence ] because they hoped to lay the foundation for Pence and Congress to count their ballots on January 6, 2021,” the complaint reads, “and to reject those cast by the real electors who had won the popular vote.”
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San Antonio’s Pearl complex kicks off dance-heavy Summer Block Party series May 19

By Nina Rangel
Weekday evenings at the Pearl are about to gain a thumping pulse. This Thursday, the near-downtown retail and dining complex will kick off the 2022 iteration of its dance-heavy Summer Block Party series. The parties will take place every Thursday evening through July 28, allowing guestDJs to spin tunes inside “all-in-one mobile discotheque” SoundCream Airstream in the development's Pearl Park. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Attorney for R. Kelly asks for evidence in probe of singer’s leaked jail calls, wants former associate tried separately

By Jason Meisner, Megan Crepeau
  • In the first motion, Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, sought records from a federal investigation first revealed by the Tribune showing that a U.S. Bureau of Prisons officer was suspected of illegally accessing Kelly’s recorded phone calls, emails, visitor logs and other restricted information in 2019, when he was housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on West Van Buren Street.
  • Bonjean’s second motion filed Monday asked U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to sever Kelly’s case from the charges against his former associate Derrel McDavid, saying they have “mutually antagonistic defenses” and that one of McDavid’s attorneys could have a conflict because of his partnership with one one of Kelly’s previous attorneys
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COVID-19 In Maryland: Hospitalizations Surpass 400, Positivity Rate Above 8%

  • An additional 39 Marylanders have been hospitalized with the virus over the last 24 hours, bringing the total in the state to 403 patients — the highest since Feb. 26, when 418 people were in the hospital receiving care.
  • And the state’s seven-day positivity rate is the highest it’s been since Jan. 31, when a surge in cases attributed to the Omicron variant started to ebb, according to the data.
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Only 35% of Minnesota’s corn crop has been planted. That’s about half the five-year average.

By Christopher Vondracek
  • The thunderstorms that walloped southwestern Minnesota farm fields last week — downing grain bins, flooding fields, and killing a volunteer firefighter — interrupted what otherwise would've been a small, but not insignificant kick-off to spring planting for the state's corn crop.
  • As of Monday, farmers have planted 35% of Minnesota's corn, according to USDA's weekly crop progress report.
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San Jose poll: Measure B likely to succeed with changes to the mayoral election year

By Grace Hase
  • With less than a month until Election Day, a newly released poll commissioned by Silicon Valley Rising shows voters are poised to pass San Jose Measure B.
  • This time, the San Jose City Council voted 10-1, with Council member Dev Davis dissenting, to place the measure on the June ballot following a lengthy process by the city’s Charter Review Commission.
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Abortion rights are disappearing in the United States. And Democrats have no plan | Moira Donegan

By Moira Donegan
  • On Wednesday, just over a week after Politico published a leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s forthcoming majority opinion in Dobbs v Jackson, which will overrule Roe v Wade later next month, the Senate did the only thing they could think to do: they voted on the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill to codify a federal right to abortion.
  • On Wednesday, it failed again, by 49 votes to 51, on party lines: only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, sided with the unanimous Republicans in denying women a federally recognized right to make their own decisions for their health and lives.
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Musk’s China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

By Joe McDonald
  • But Twitter is shut out by internet barriers that block most Chinese users from seeing global social media, which gives Beijing no leverage over the company, though the ruling Communist Party uses it to spread propaganda abroad.
  • Tesla Inc.’s ambitions in China might give Beijing that leverage to pressure Twitter to silence human rights activists and other critics or ease its rules on propaganda if Musk’s $44 billion purchase goes ahead, some experts suggest.
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Anti-elite style sparked Fetterman’s surge | Will Bunch Newsletter

  • Despite the polar opposites in what passes for substance, the GOP version of the anti-elite style is thriving in the stunning rise of Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette, whose simple life narrative — her antiabortion story that she’s the product of her mom’s rape at age 11 has won her that voting bloc despite her fuzzy policy position — may push her past two multimillionaires.
  • Since launching his Senate bid last year, the lieutenant governor has both defined the anti-elite style in American politics but also refined it for his sometimes clueless fellow Democrats.
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Annual gala helps give trained service dogs to veterans

By Kohr Harlan
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit that gifts veterans with trained service dogs, is holding its 10th annual Freedom Gala Saturday. The event will take place at the Oregon Convention Center and will showcase service dogs and the humans they serve. Shannon Walker, founder and president of Northwest Battle Buddies, says her organization has gifted 170 professionally trained service dogs to veterans in the last 10 years. Of all the veterans who have received the dogs, Walker said none have died by suicide. Walker said she’s received messages from veterans whose dogs have alerted to the adrenaline caused by […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The 10 Biggest Cannes Film Festival Premieres to Look Out For

By Richard Lawson, Rebecca Ford
  • Three of Gray's previous films — The Yards, The Immigrant and We Own the Night — debuted in competition at Cannes, though none won any awards.
  • The Focus Features film is inspired by his own childhood, when his parents moved him to the private Kew-Forest School ( Donald Trump was an alumnus), and follows a 12-year-old and his best friend who hatch a plan to escape their new confines.
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Florida signs bill into law banning protests outside homes

By Ramon Antonio Vargas
  • A prepared statement from DeSantis on the bill-signing Monday cited liberal picketing outside the homes of conservative US supreme court justices following the leak on 2 May of a draft ruling which showed the court was ready to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that essentially legalized abortion nationwide.
  • Protests outside homes are now banned in Florida after the state’s rightwing Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed a bill into law prohibiting such demonstrations.
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FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID booster for children 5-11

By Axios
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.What they’re saying: "While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease," FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement. Editor’s note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Airbnb chief donates $100m to Obama scholarship fund

By Maya Yang
  • The co-founder and chief executive of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, has donated $100m to Barack Obama’s foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in public service, with the awards including multiple stipends for travel.
  • “There are young people across the country who have a passion for public service, but can’t pursue it because of their student loan debt,” Chesky said.
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5 pieces of advice to help early stage founders navigate the months ahead

By Leslie Feinzaig
  • If you’re a founder who is currently raising venture capital, or someone who follows the industry on social media, you’ve probably noticed an abrupt change in tone in VC.
  • “An entire generation of entrepreneurs and tech investors built their entire perspectives on valuation during the second half of a 13-year amazing bull market run,” Bill Gurley tweeted on April 29.
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Novelist Benjamin Myers talks crop circles and climate change in ‘The Perfect Golden Circle’

By Erik Pedersen
  • One of the things I found out is that a large proportion of the British crop circles were created by two farmers who were really modest and unassuming and who came forward and said, “Yeah, we did it and this is how we did it” and kind of debunked all the conspiracy theories within 30 seconds.
  • The book, it’s kind of been a slow-burning thing in the UK; it came out five years ago and it’s had a real, like, small indie band growth to it.
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In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns new victims

By CHRIS MEGERIAN
  • The Bidens were meeting privately with families of the victims, first responders and local officials before the president was to deliver public remarks, in which he planned to call for stricter gun laws and urge Americans to reject racism and embrace the nation's diversity, the White House said.
  • President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects Tuesday at a makeshift memorial to the 10 people killed in the white supremacist attack in Buffalo, confronting again the forces of hatred he once said called him back to seek the White House.
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Fact check: U.S. Senate hopeful says ‘Title 42 has fueled the border crisis’

  • "This lack of collateral consequences (other than the inherent risk of death in the journey), combined with the desperation and insecurity faced by people waiting at the border for the asylum process to restart, strongly incentivizes many migrants expelled under Title 42 to try again."
  • In practice, once put in place by Trump, Title 42 allowed agents to send migrants who cross the border back to Mexico within hours, or to another country of origin within a few days, without any immigration hearing process taking place.
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Nestlé flies baby formula to the U.S. amid shortage

By Ivana Saric
Nestlé, the owner of Gerber baby food, has flown in extra baby formula to the U.S. from Switzerland and the Netherlands to help alleviate the ongoing baby formula shortage.Why it matters: The result of pandemic supply chain issues and a massive recall, the shortage has seen parents scrambling to find baby formula.About 3 in 4 babies are fed formula by six months old as a complete or partial substitute for human milk, writes Axios’ Nathan Bomey.The big picture: The company has imported shipments of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA from the Netherlands and Alfamino from Switzerland, a Nestlé spokesperson told Axios in a statement.Those […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Republicans have invoked the ‘Great Replacement’ theory over and over | Judd Legum

By Judd Legum
  • But the mass shooting in Buffalo raises serious questions about many prominent Republican officials and right-wing advocates who have adopted the great replacement theory in recent years, even as the racist conspiracy was cited as motivation by previous mass shooters in Pittsburgh and El Paso .
  • Steve Bannon, the former top aide to President Trump who now hosts a podcast popular with Republican candidates, was at the vanguard of popularizing the great replacement theory with Maga Republicans.
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Philadelphia Folk Festival will return in person. Here’s the lineup.

  • The list of headliners announced Tuesday for this year’s fest, which is presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society bills itself as the oldest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America, is topped by Michael Franti & Spearhead, the project led by San Francisco rapper and guitarist Franti, which blends hip-hop with folk, reggae and rock.
  • After being staged as a virtual only event for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the venerable Folk Fest will celebrate its 60th anniversary in its familiar setting at in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville from August 18-21.
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Mammals’ Perseverance, Fast Radio Bursts and Health Justice

By Laura Helmuth
  • All of us at Scientific American thank Curtis Brainard, our managing editor, for leading the health equity package in this issue and so many other innovations and projects.
  • As childhood-learning researcher and physician Dana Suskind and writer and Scientific American contributing editor Lydia Denworth explain, research has identified two crucial factors that encourage healthy cognitive development: protection from stress and nurturing interactions with caregivers.
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Circus Juventus keeps flying through years of COVID disruptions

By James Walsh
  • If you've ever attended a show by Circus Juventus, the after-school program that teaches young people ages 2 to 22 how to trapeze, walk tightropes and fly through the air under its Highland Park big top, you'd know how vital the relationship is between performers and audience.
  • Hoping they're finally clear of the pandemic, Betty and Dan Butler sat down with Eye On St. Paul during their just-concluded Spring Show to talk about how they kept on the lights on at the nation's largest circus school.
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Return our taxes and fix infrastructure

By Minnie Cooper
  • As the Mercury News reported, the governor “argued that California needs to ready itself for a stock market bust by putting $23.3 billion in a rainy day fund and using the vast majority of the surplus on one-time spending.”
  • It’s been a decade since Gov. Jerry Brown faced a $27-billion budget deficit, which prompted him to take a number of extraordinary steps including lobbying for a massive tax increase and shuttering the state’s revenue-draining redevelopment agencies.
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Hospitalizations and COVID cases are going up again in Nebraska

By Julie Anderson and Henry J. Cordes Omaha World-Herald
  • The state reported 1,500 new virus cases last week, a sharp increase from just over 800 each of the two previous weeks, according to figures compiled from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
  • Nebraska COVID-19 cases are back on the rise, with the number of cases last week reaching the highest level in three months.
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With NBA down to final four, Heat ‘meaningless’ season-ending loss in Orlando could loom large

  • Because Golden State swept the two-game season series, that would mean homecourt advantage for the Warriors in a potential NBA Finals against the Heat.
  • It has largely been described as the Miami Heat’s meaningless season finale, often along the lines of “The Miami Heat won six consecutive games to secure the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference before losing their meaningless regular-season finale.”
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In group homes, this Philly student fell behind in school. Then he discovered a program and got himself into Penn.

  • “He’s one of our students that has had the most challenges, but he’s really ambitious, and persevered — more so than anyone else,” said Monifa Young, director of Gateway to College, a Community College of Philadelphia program that offers district students who have not flourished in traditional settings the opportunity to earn college credits while completing their high school diplomas.
  • He was homeschooled and a strong student, but when his family circumstances grew challenging, Gordon moved to Philadelphia at age 13 to live with a relative.
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Niles: Why does Disneyland feel so crowded if attendance is limited?

By Robert Niles
  • But unlike most other local theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure continue to require visitors to make reservations to use their tickets or Magic Key passes on any given date.
  • In quarterly financial report earlier this month, Disney executives boasted about that reservation system, claiming that Disney was voluntarily limiting daily attendance at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in order to create a better guest experience.
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State Patrol launches summer weekend enforcement initiative

By Kim Hyatt
  • The initiative, dubbed Project 20(22), focuses on pulling over motorists for speeding, not wearing seat belts and driving distracted or while impaired, according to a news release.
  • Two of those weekends will focus on the Twin Cities, which is already seeing increased enforcement with the patrol and BCA to assist Minneapolis police as it reels from an officer shortage and rising crime that comes with warmer weather.
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Want to fix that old barn? There’s a tax credit

By Rick Karlin
  • To qualify, a barn must have been built prior to 1946, and the work needs approval by the agency's historic preservation unit.
  • “This credit is a much-needed resource for barn owners across the state, who thanks to this program, will be able to make vital repairs and bring countless barns back to life – either reinvigorating their agricultural function or adaptively reusing them for innovative new purposes,” said Jay DiLorenzo, the president of The Preservation League.
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The best (and worst) wedding songs, according to Twin Cities DJs and singers

By Chris Riemenschneider
  • May 18: Wedding DJs and singers in the Twin Cities name best/worst songs for your big day
  • Not so great: "I Will Always Love You," Dolly Parton or Whitney Houston (both Burns and Grimm, see above); "Someone Like You," Adele (DJ Digie: "Or any song that is tied to a past relationship"); "You Make My Dreams," Hall & Oates (Burns); anything with sad lyrics (Rudh: "No matter how beautiful the music might be, this day is a celebration, so let's kick off the dance right with a celebratory song").
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Washington Politicians Helped Create the Baby Formula Shortage. Can They Solve It?

By Abby Vesoulis
  • That’s where Abbott, the multinational healthcare giant that sells formula under the Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare brands and controls 40% of the U.S. infant formula market, shut down its largest baby food plant in February after a type of bacteria linked to the hospitalization and death of several babies was found in the plant.
  • But lower-income moms are more likely than higher-earning ones to use formula over breastfeeding and start their babies on it earlier in life, due, in part, to the absence of national paid parental leave policies and less flexibility for mothers in service-industry jobs to breastfeed.
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Life Lessons: The Morrisons share more advice for having a good life

By Nate Eaton
Life is hard, stressful, fast-paced and can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why EastIdahoNews.com is partnering with MorningStar Senior Living of Idaho Falls to bring you Life Lessons. We’re asking MorningStar residents to share gems of wisdom every Tuesday with us. Some of their answers will make you laugh, some may make you cry, and some may even change your life. Last week we introduced you to Lange and Bobbie Morrison – a couple who have been married nearly 49 years. Watch part two of our interview in the video player above. The post Life Lessons: The Morrisons share more advice for having a good life appeared first on East Idaho […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How a father-son battle spawned Hollywood’s classic monsters

By Chris Vognar
  • Stone grew fascinated with Carl Laemmle Jr., better known as Junior, who was all but running Universal by the time he was 21 — bringing a youthful spirit to a studio and an industry still navigating the transition to talkies.
  • Think of the classic Universal horror movies from the 1930s and you probably picture Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff or, as we best know them, Dracula and Frankenstein.
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Joe Biden Is Redeploying U.S. Troops to Somalia as a New President Takes Office. Here’s What to Know

By Eloise Barry
  • Key to Mohamud’s success as president will be his ability to unite rival political forces, according to Omar Mahmood, senior Somalia analyst at the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank.
  • Somalia’s former leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected president on Sunday after receiving 214 votes from legislators in a poll open only to parliamentarians.
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Cox’s energy plan is lacking, Robert Gehrke explains, but could be a starting point if Utah wants to get serious about climate

By Robert Gehrke
  • Given his pique, it probably comes as no surprise that Cox released his new “ State Energy and Innovation Plan ” Tuesday, it wasn’t really focused on the state leading out to avert a climate catastrophe.
  • To be fair, it does tout a nearly 46% per capita reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2002 and 2017 and notes that Utah is on track to reach the Legislature’s goal of generating 20% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
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DYNASTY: The Windsors Podcast: Royal Motherhood Is a Job Like No Other

By Vanity Fair
  • But in this week’s episode of DYNASTY: The Windsors, cohosts Katie Nicholl and Erin Vanderhoof explore how motherhood was Diana’s anchor during the turbulent years of her life—and how her influence has shaped the two mothers who have followed in her footsteps, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
  • For the early years of his life, the queen was often abroad with Prince Philip, and when she became queen in 1952, she struggled to balance the job of being Britain’s monarch with her role as a mother.
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Mike Collier’s Excellent Political Adventure

By Michael Hardy
  • Collier has been telling versions of this anecdote since 2014, when, as a political novice, he won the Democratic nomination for state comptroller before losing to Republican Glenn Hegar by more than twenty points in the general election.
  • The 61-year-old Collier, who is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the May 24 runoff election, paced back and forth before the crowd like a talk-show host.
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Instead of bowing to pushback, schools should listen to those trying to ‘push forward’ when it comes to mask mandates | GUEST COMMENTARY

By Dara Friedman-Wheeler
  • In the fall of 2021, a fellow Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) parent and I wrote a letter suggesting several increased COVID mitigation measures in county schools, including safer settings for lunch and asymptomatic testing, citing science-based guidance.
  • According to news accounts, and personal communication I have had with Baltimore County officials, one of the main reasons for this reluctance is “pushback” from those opposed to a mask mandate, like the protests in August, before school opened, in Baltimore County and in neighboring counties .
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Sewell announces $3.6 million in federal funds for preservation of African American historical sites

By John H. Glenn
  • Eleven historical sites in Alabama were selected to receive funds, either directly or through associate organizations, including Birmingham’s Saint Paul United Methodist Church, the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation, and Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma.
  • Over $3.6 million in funding, drawn from the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program, has been awarded to Alabama to preserve historic sites related to African American history in the state.
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Aurora lawmakers consider more Pallet shelters to speed up camping ban enforcement

  • While no council member opposed the expansion of Salvation Army shelter spaces moving out of study session, Councilmember Curtis Gardner said he was hesitant to invest more city money in temporary shelters when finding a long-term shelter solution has been a goal of the council for years.
  • “We can’t go forward with the camping ban until we have an alternative shelter option,” May Mike Coffman said during a city council study session, referring to the city’s pending ban on homeless camping.
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Parent of student at Magic City Acceptance Academy says school is helping

By Eddie Burkhalter
  • When a new charter school opened in Homewood with a mission of acceptance and love, and a safe place for LQBTQ students, Julian contacted the school to see if they needed help with extra curricular classes.
  • His 14-year-old child was struggling after returning to in-person school following a year of online classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian said, and when the Magic City Acceptance Academy invited him to an open house, he invited his child to come along.
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Brookline teachers back in the classroom after strike Monday

By Todd Prussman
Class is back in session at Brookline Schools after a teacher’s strike in the district shuttered classrooms across town yesterday. “Educators will return to the buildings later this morning,” the Brookline Educator’s Union announced in a post on its website. Negotiations overnight continued until 4:20 a.m., according to the BEU, when the two sides signed a tentative contract agreement clearing the way to return to the classroom. “We are open and ready to welcome our students back,” the school department said on its website, emphasizing that all schools in town would be open Tuesday. Educators and supporters planned a celebration rally at […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Colorado kidney donors can prioritize loved ones for future transplants through voucher program

By Meg Wingerter
  • Coloradans who are interested in donating a kidney but concerned it would leave them unable to help if a family member got sick later have an option to get a “voucher” to shorten a loved one’s wait if they need a transplant in the future.
  • Dr. Alex Wiseman, executive director of kidney transplantation at Centura Health, said people who are willing to be donors sometimes hesitate, because they want to save their kidney in case a family member or friend needs it someday.
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Denver Public Schools paraprofessionals rally for higher pay they say is “not a living wage”

By Jessica Seaman
  • The district pays paraprofessionals, who provide support in classrooms, $15.87 per hour, which is not enough for them to buy homes or even health insurance, and leaving many of them to work multiple jobs or to look for other jobs to make ends meet, employees said during the rally.
  • Roughly 200 Denver Public Schools employees, parents and other community members held a rally Monday evening at Valdez Elementary School, calling on the state’s largest school district to raise the minimum wage for its workers, including paraprofessionals, to $20 an hour.
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Salt Lake County mining ban draws lawsuit from Parleys quarry developers

By Brian Maffly
  • But before the company could apply for conditional use permits, the Salt Lake County Council last month barred new mines in the Wasatch foothills.
  • The Salt Lake County Council adopted a zoning ordinance banning any new mining operations in the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone, or FCOZ, covering much of the country’s share of the Wasatch Mountains in April.
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How higher borrowing costs hit corporate America

By Kate Marino
  • Even though borrowing money in the high grade bond market now costs about 2 percentage points more than it did late last year, big companies with good balance sheets can absorb that extra cost fairly easily, says Chris Forshner, head of high grade finance at BNP Paribas.
  • In short, high yield companies are only tapping the bond market now if they absolutely need to, says Chris Blum, BNP's head of leveraged finance.
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Stone: Biological calendar can be helpful for gardeners

The purpose of a calendar is to let us know what is happening when. It can help us stayorganized. Whether you use a paper calendar or an electronic one, it can be filled withinformation that hopefully you find helpful and useful. Calendars can includeappointments and meetings for us, and seedling, planting, and harvesting dates for thegarden; they even can include when flowers bloom in the landscape. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Opinion | The best choice for Alabama

By Danny Garrett
  • In November, Alabama Republicans will select as our next Senator – either Katie Britt, Mo Brooks or Mike Durant, who are all claiming a conservative platform and message.
  • As Senator, Katie will join her Alabama Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. to continue supporting and advancing conservative legislation while representing the values of the vast majority of Alabamians.
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“Goliath” Stryker Corp. must pay $4.75 million to Greenwood Village company after breaching contracts

By Shelly Bradbury
  • Stryker Corp., through its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, improperly terminated one contract with Greenwood Village’s ORP Surgical, then wrongly poached its employees after a second contract ended, Senior Judge R.
  • In last week’s order, Jackson also sanctioned Stryker’s attorneys for significant misconduct ranging from discovery violations to rude behavior during the two-year civil lawsuit.
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West Texas rancher pours $2 million into Sarah Stogner’s underdog campaign for statewide oil and gas board seat

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune
  • A West Texas rancher who has battled the Railroad Commission over abandoned oil wells on her property has poured $2 million into a dark-horse challenger for a seat on the commission, Sarah Stogner, as she looks to pull off a major upset in the May 24 Republican primary runoff.
  • Ashley Watt, who owns a 75,000-acre ranch in the Permian Basin, revealed to The Texas Tribune that she has provided the seven-figure funding to Stogner, saying it will be disclosed on a campaign finance report that is expected to be released Tuesday.
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China’s latest economic data shows lockdown’s toll

By Matt Phillips
Data: FactSet; Chart: Thomas Oide/AxiosChina’s lockdowns continue to punish the world’s second-largest economy, with a fresh round of data suggesting a worsening outlook for growth.Why it matters: China is the single largest contributor to world growth, so its slowdown will ripple out in the form of lower economic activity and corporate profits worldwide.Driving the news: New data out Monday showed retail sales activity collapsed in April, with unemployment rising and exports and industrial production slowing sharply. Retail sales fell 11.1% in April, compared to the prior year, with considerable declines in major categories […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Opinion | Fewer foster children, record high adoptions among recent child welfare successes in Alabama

By Nancy Buckner
  • In fact, more than 71 percent of foster children who reached permanency in fiscal year 2021 returned to their biological parents or relatives.
  • This month is a special opportunity to celebrate these remarkable children and express gratitude to the foster parents, social workers and advocates who serve incredibly important roles in our communities and our state.
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How writing duo Christina Lauren went from fan fiction to best-selling romance novels

By Palak Jayswal
  • For the last 13 years, Utah-based Christina Hobbs and California-based Lauren Billings have pooled their talents to write novels under the joint name Christina Lauren — and have amassed a cult-like fan base and reached the New York Times bestseller list in the process.
  • Billings and Hobbs had bonded online, over the work each had done writing fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” franchise.
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Parents scramble for options to feed their babies as recall spurs formula shortage

By Appleton Post-Crescent
  • In February, Abbott Laboratories, a popular baby food and formula manufacturing company, had to shut down its plant in Sturgis, Michigan following a nationwide recall on some of its products.
  • The Food and Drug Administration investigated Abbott and found traces of the pathogen Cronobacter sakazakii in the Michigan plant, resulting in recall on Similac PM 60/40, Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powered formulas.
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Kids can show anxiety symptoms early on. Here’s how to spot them

  • Parents and caregivers can model this by "talking about times when they've been anxious about something but tried to tackle it, even if it didn't turn out exactly how they had hoped."If you're worried that talking to your child's teachers could cause stigma or a problem where there might not be one, know that consulting them is worthwhile since they observe your child for many hours in different environments daily and therefore "are often really good sources of information," Busman said.
  • Anxiety symptoms can be difficult to spot, but the sooner parents notice signs, the earlier mental health professionals "can help parents and kids understand what's happening," said Dr. Rebecca Baum, a professor of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Letter: Sununu must veto SB 418

  • Once again, our governor has a simple choice: he can stand up for voters, election access, and the First-In-The-Nation primary or he can needlessly threaten one of NH’s most sacred institutions by signing SB 418 into law.
  • I’m no stranger to being caught in the middle of NH’s value for the democratic process, and politically motivated attempts to impose unnecessary barriers on voters and complicate the electoral process.
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Elon Musk Says Twitter Must Prove Bot Claims for $44B Deal to Proceed

By Edwin Chan / Bloomberg
  • Elon Musk declared he won’t proceed with his $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. unless the social media giant can prove bots make up fewer than 5% of its users, casting yet more uncertainty over the deal.
  • He recently butted heads online with Twitter chief Parag Agrawal over the way the social media giant accounts for bots, stoking speculation Musk may try to lower the price or even walk away.
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Have you seen robots rolling around Austin? If so, they’re probably making a delivery

By Nabil Remadna
  • "It is new tech, and people are ordering pizza just to get the robot delivery out of here, and it is just exciting for them," said Shirk.
  • "Once that pizza is done, I will put it in a box, take it out to one of the Coco robots, scan it, put the pie in there and it will take off on it's own — take the pie off, then come right back," said Shirk.
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Torches and birchbark canoe guide Ojibwe man as he revives ancient tribal spearfishing tradition in northern Wisconsin

  • The Lac du Flambeau (lake of torches) Ojibwe Reservation, where Valliere lives and works as a tribal citizen, derives its name from 17th-century French explorers who marveled at the way the Ojibwe people filled the lakes with torches at night in the springtime on their canoes while spearfishing walleye.
  • These days, tribal citizens practice their right to spearfish using modern fishing boats, small spotlights and metal spears.
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In Buffalo, Biden to confront the racism he’s vowed to fight

By CHRIS MEGERIAN
  • In a speech at a nearby community center, Biden plans to call for stricter gun laws and urge Americans to reject racism and embrace the nation's diversity, the White House said.
  • Now Biden is facing the latest deadly manifestation of hatred after a white supremacist targeted Black people with an assault rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and left 10 people dead, the most lethal racist attack since he took office.
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What It Would Take to See the World Completely Differently

By Anelise Chen
  • However, we far less frequently remember Carson for this other thing she spent her whole life doing: helping the public cultivate a sense of awe about nature.
  • Determined to avoid what she later called the “human bias” of popular science writing, Carson sought to portray the world of waters solely from a creaturely perspective, urging readers to “shed [their] human perceptions.”
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Local government complaints office is dealt more work abuse amid pandemic

By Andrew Gomes
  • The state Office of the Ombudsman has welcomed complaints about state and county administrative agencies in Hawaii for over 50 years, but the past two have been extraordinary.
  • Robin Matsunaga, who has led the office for 24 years as Hawaii’s longest-­serving ombudsperson, said the increased workload over the past two years has been handled pretty effectively, though it’s been trying because of the troubling rise in uncivil behavior from some complainants.
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Hydropower is 53% of renewable supply in the West. Drought is slowing down production. Which is OK — for now

By Chris Outcalt
  • The primary goal of the 2022 drought plan was to protect the infrastructure and power generation capabilities at Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam. The plan includes delivering 500,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell to keep the levels up at the Utah reservoir.
  • The assurances come as some parts of the basin worry about the potential impact of the water at Lake Powell falling below a level at which Glen Canyon Dam could no longer generate power.
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Why Interview an Autocrat?

By The Atlantic
  • No sooner had I read Graeme Wood’s fascinating article on absolute power in Saudi Arabia than I saw the news that 81 people had been executed in one day in the country.
  • I’ve never written a letter to the editor before, but felt compelled to after reading Graeme Wood’s recent article “ Of Course Journalists Should Interview Autocrats,” written in response to criticism of his April cover story.
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Ice cream for good behavior? Williamson County considers rewarding kids this summer

By Ricky Garcia
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office could ticket kids this summer for doing the right thing. The "Cool Sightation" program rewards kids with free Blue Bell Ice Cream coupons for being safe during the summer. Williamson County to consider ice cream vouchers to reward kids with good behavior (Poster/Wilco) WCSO’s Community Affairs Unit will carry the tickets to give out to kids they see wearing helmets, looking both ways before crossing the street, showing kindness and respect to others and any other act the deputy sees as positive behavior. 19-year-old Texan becomes youngest African […]Read more >Similar articles >

The staggering amount of US military aid to Ukraine, explained in one chart

By Jonathan Guyer
  • President Joe Biden requested that Congress send $33 billion of emergency aid to the country at war with Russia, and the US House increased the pot to $40 billion, with about 60 percent going toward security assistance in some form or another.
  • But it’s worth stepping back to consider the sheer scale of the military aid headed to Ukraine, what it means for the country’s future, and whether those weapons will end up where they’re supposed to .
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There’s a Better Way to Debate Abortion

By Peter Wehner
  • My point was a simple one: If he believed, as he claimed, that an abortion even moments after conception is the killing of an innocent child—that the fetus, from the instant of conception, is a human being deserving of all the moral and political rights granted to your neighbor next door—then the act ought to be treated, if not as murder, at least as manslaughter.
  • The question I can’t answer is where the moral inflection point is, when the fetus starts to have claims of its own, including the right to life.
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