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Opinion | Ivey will win

By Bill Britt
  • A similar situation faced candidate Lurleen Wallace in May 1966 as a crowded field of nine primary challengers threatened to throw the governor’s race into a runoff.
  • As the primary race for governor enters the final stretch toward May 24, some polls suggest that Gov. Kay Ivey will be forced into a June runoff, while others point to a decisive victory for the incumbent governor.
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Landlords using loophole to initiate evictions

  • WCCO’s Esme Murphy interviewed Scott Jensen, the Republican candidate for governor, on Sunday morning to discuss two gun control measures he supported as a state senator, but denounced at the GOP Convention on Saturday.
  • O’Neal discusses the case of renter Brianna Berger, whose eviction was triggered first by a notice to vacate, which can be issued at the end of a lease or at any point during a monthly or verbal agreement.
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Chicago City Council passes new ward map after bitter fight, avoiding a voter referendum

By John Byrne
  • The Chicago City Council adopted a new map of the city’s 50 wards Monday, forestalling a ballot referendum on competing designs by Black and Latino aldermen and their allies and ending a racially charged confrontation over the boundaries between the two groups.
  • The map passed 43-7, just two more votes than needed to short-circuit the June 28 referendum when Chicago voters would have picked the design of the wards for the next decade.
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STAT+: Google taps FDA’s former digital health chief for global strategy role

By Casey Ross
Google has hired the former head of digital health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lead its efforts to develop and commercialize artificial intelligence products to improve the delivery of medical services around the world. Bakul Patel, a 13-year veteran of the FDA, will serve as Google’s senior director for global digital health strategy and regulatory affairs, according to a statement posted on his LinkedIn page Monday. He left his job at the agency last month.Continue to STAT+ to read the full story […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Denver Art Museum named one of the world’s best “new” museums

By John Wenzel
  • “Smithsonian in its scope, the campus’ eight-story Martin Building — designed by Italian modernist Gio Ponti, and the world’s first high-rise museum when it was built in 1971 — offers an ambitious look at the art of the Americas,” according to the 2022 Hot List.
  • While the Denver Art Museum has been around in some form since 1893, Condé Nast looked at the museum’s nearly five-year, $175 million renovation-addition project that was recently completed and decided it was enough to justify the “new museum” moniker.
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500 Horses, 1000 Performers, and a Standing Ovation: What the Queen Saw at This Year’s First Jubilee Pageant

By Erin Vanderhoof
  • On Saturday, the queen made her first appearance outside of Windsor Castle since late March to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where she watched some of her own horses compete.
  • Ultimately “nothing is certain,” a royal insider told Vanity Fair, adding that so far she is expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trooping the Color during the four-day weekend in early June.
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How Austin’s milk bank is responding to national baby formula shortage

By Will DuPree
AUSTIN (KXAN) — More families are turning to a local nonprofit for help during the ongoing national shortage of baby formula, while at the same time the group is experiencing a generous bump in donations because of it. The Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin reported having a "significant increase in demand" recently from parents seeking another feeding option while they struggle to find powdered baby formula at local stores. The factors fueling this shortage include a voluntary recall for several popular formula products made at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan coupled with supply chain issues for ingredients. IN-DEPTH: […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Pennsylvania’s Republican Primary Clown Show Is Coming Down to the Wire

By Eric Lutz
  • Three weeks after the 2020 election was called for Joe Biden, Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano introduced a resolution to throw out the results of the popular vote and to have the Republican-controlled state chambers appoint their own electors—ones that would presumably hand the state to Donald Trump, who was “cheated” out of reelection through a “corrupt” election process, he said.
  • In the gubernatorial primary, the Trump-endorsed Mastriano leads a roster of Republicans who have each backed Trump’s fraud claims and would, if elected, move to roll back voting rights.
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Prince Harry: ‘We need new laws’ to protect children online

By Judy Kurtz
  • “I've learned that without meaningful change to the way we hold technology accountable and approach to designing technology in the future, we will not be able to stop our kids from being subjected to addictive products where they are exposed to content they should never see and experience and should never have to go through,” the 37-year-old member of the British royal family said Monday.
  • Harry said he and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, were “concerned” about their children being among “the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalized.”
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Fallen 7 trial set to get underway in July

  • The jury trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is set to get underway in Coos County Superior Court on July 26, just over three years after the so-called “Fallen 7” collision that left seven members of the JarHead Motorcycle Club dead.
  • The defense is asking the court to bar the state from showing the jury seven photographs it calls “particularly gruesome” in the way they show the bodies of the deceased motorcyclists.
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SI Swimsuit’s rookie is fitness legend Denise Austin’s daughter Katie

By Jeanette Settembre
  • It’s been such a life-long dream,” Katie, who grew up in Virginia, told the Post of being featured in the glossy, recalling the early days of her mom’s fitness career and meeting the likes of Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons.
  • Katie Austin, the 29-year-old daughter of legendary ’80s aerobics instructor Denise Austin, 65, is following in her mom’s fitness footsteps starring as Sports Illustrated’s Rookie of the year in the 2022 Swimsuit Issue, one year after winning its coveted swim search.
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Johnny Cueto will start tonight for the Chicago White Sox in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals

Johnny Cueto has joined the Chicago White Sox in Kansas City and will start Monday’s game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Sox purchased Cueto’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte. The veteran went 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA and 17 strikeouts in four starts with Charlotte after signing with the Sox as a minor-league free agent on April 8. Cueto, 36, is 135-97 with a 3.45 ERA in 330 appearances (329 starts) during a 14-year career with the Cincinnati Reds (2008-15), Royals (2015) and San Francisco Giants (2016-21). The right-hander is a two-time All-Star (2014, 2016), finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2014 and is […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Comedian Bill Burr will make December stop at San Antonio’s AT&T Center

By Michael Karlis
Grammy-nominated comedian Bill Burr will perform Dec. 17 at San Antonio’s AT&T Center as part of his Bill Burr (Slight Return) tour. Pre-sale tickets become available this Wednesday at 2 p.m and can be accessed using the code “BREAKING.” General tickets will be available starting Friday at 10 a.m. Both are available at ticketmaster.com or attcenter.com. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The Supreme Court just made it much easier to bribe a member of Congress

By Ian Millhiser
  • Roberts’s Ted Cruz opinion fully embraces the value system implicit in past decisions like Citizens United, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections so long as they did not donate directly to candidates.
  • To be clear, candidates were allowed to spend as much as they want to influence their election under the now-overturned law — they could loan their campaigns any amount they like, and could use donors’ money to repay all of it, as long as they got those donations before the election and repaid their personal loans within 20 days.
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After more than 30 years, McDonald’s is leaving Russia altogether

  • More than three decades after it became the first American fast food restaurant to open in the Soviet Union, McDonald’s said Monday that it has started the process of selling its business in Russia, another symbol of the country’s increasing isolation over its war in Ukraine.
  • Its restaurants in Ukraine are closed, but the company said it is continuing to pay full salaries for its employees there.
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French bee flies from LAX to Paris from $321 round trip, but what do you get for that price?

By David Dickstein
  • Taking the sting out of a high-cost holiday in and around the City of Lights, fledgling airline French bee recently debuted flights from LAX to Paris-Orly Airport, a pleasant international alternative to crowded Roissy-Charles de Gaulle.
  • Targeting vacation travelers more than the business crowd, French bee figures that a family of four can save the equivalent of an extra day in Paris by flying its blue-and-white planes.
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FDA rejects antidepressant seen as possible Covid-19 treatment

By Jason Mast
  • T he Food and Drug Administration declined Monday to authorize a 30-year-old generic antidepressant as a treatment for Covid-19, dealing a major blow to a small group of doctors who have organized around the pill for months, arguing that it could provide a cheap and accessible way to prevent hospitalizations and death both in the U.S. and around the world.
  • In an unusual two-page summary — the FDA does not generally disclose the reasoning behind rejections — regulators said that the doctors failed to provide adequate evidence of effectiveness of the drug, called fluvoxamine.
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‘We need to take care of ourselves’: Ride-share, delivery drivers learn about wellness, self-care as stress of the job increases

By Shanzeh Ahmad
  • The fair was put together to promote wellness and self-care practices for rideshare and delivery drivers amid the ongoing and new struggles of the job so drivers, like Burgess, can feel supported during and after tough times.
  • The fair Thursday was for drivers and their families and featured chair yoga to combat fatigue while working, tips for mental wellness, lunch, healthy food and snack ideas for drivers when they’re out on the road and information on support groups the organization has started, including one for those who have had traumatic experiences on the job.
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The rich are not who we think they are

By Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Over the past four years, in the course of doing research for a book about how insights buried in big data sets can help people make decisions, I read thousands of academic studies.
  • The researchers found that the typical rich American is, in their words, the owner of a "regional business," such as an "auto dealer" or a "beverage distributor."
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Brevity Coffee confirms more San Antonio locations are in the works, expanding the chain to 5 stores

By Nina Rangel
San Antonio-based java chain Brevity Coffee Co. will open two new San Antonio locations, bringing its total store count to five, MySA reports. Brevity currently operates stores at 8802HuebnerRoad, 5985 DeZavalaRoad and 2838 N. Loop 1604 East. New outlets at 2342N.W. Military Highway and 18450BlancoRoad are now in the works, the news site reports. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Maureen Dowd: There is too much church in the state

  • Washington • During her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Amy Coney Barrett tried to reassure Democrats who were leery of her role as a “handmaid” in a Christian group called “People of Praise.”
  • “Judges can’t just wake up one day and say ‘I have an agenda — I like guns, I hate guns, I like abortion, I hate abortion’ — and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world,” she said amicably.
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Uber adds electric vehicle options in update

By Saul Elbein
  • The new feature — which rolls out this week in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, as well as Dubai — is part of a push by the ride-hailing giant to expand its electric offerings as it seeks to ensure that its U.S.- and Europe-based fleets will have zero emissions by 2030.
  • The update will include new maps of EV charging stations — complete with speed and type of charger — which will be integrated this summer into driver tools alongside other services, like gas stations and restrooms.
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STAT+: Apollo acquires minority stake in Sofinnova, extending private equity dealmaking in life sciences

By Allison DeAngelis
Private equity giant Apollo Global Management is spending $1 billion for a piece of one of the biotech industry’s oldest venture capital firms. Apollo is acquiring a minority stake in the Paris-based VC Sofinnova Partners and will invest up to $1 billion in Sofinnova’s investment funds, the firms announced Monday.Continue to STAT+ to read the full story […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Good Samaritans who saved unconscious driver in Florida reunited with her

  • I just want to thank everybody and tell them to keep on helping people because now in this world, it’s divided a little bit and I want everybody to be together and be friendly and be kind."DaVita Peele is a member of the United States Postal Service who helped stop traffic and also gave another good Samaritan a dumbbell from her car that he used to break open Rabyor's window."I thought about (the events of last Friday) on Mother's Day as a matter of fact," Peele said during the ceremony.
  • The good Samaritans who helped save an unconscious motorist are being honored by the Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida and city leaders for their heroism.Friday was the first time the good Samaritans and the woman they saved, Laurie Rabyor, had the chance to meet since that group of complete strangers worked together to save her.
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Women photographers are center stage at the Denver Art Museum this summer in ‘Modern Women/Modern Vision’

By KARA MASON, Sentinel Managing Editor
  • On display this summer at the Denver Art Museum in “Modern Women/Modern Vision,” Lange’s photo is remarkably more powerful in person, hanging among the work of other impactful women photographers who also followed their intuition to capture vital images vital for journalism, history and photography as an artform.
  • The image — a black and white close-up of a gaunt-looking woman holding a sleeping baby flanked by two more small children — “exists in more formats, prints, and places than (arguably) any other photograph in the world,” Museum of Modern Art curator Sarah Hermanson Meister wrote in a 2018 book about the 20th century photographer.
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Bridgerton Season 3 Will Follow Penelope and Colin’s Love Story

By Chris Murphy
  • At a Bridgerton FYC panel in Hollywood this weekend, Lady Whistledown herself, Nicola Coughlan, announced that season three of Netflix's regency romance series will focus on the budding relationship between Penelope Featherington and her crush, Colin Bridgerton ( Luke Newton ).
  • Penelope and Colin's love story is told in fourth book in the series, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.
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Summerlin offers 26 public, private and charter schoolsA

By Provided Content
  • According to Bisterfeldt, the decision to donate land to The Meadows was intentional to help put the new community on the map, making it a destination for the hundreds of families whose children attended school there — well before Summerlin began to take shape.
  • With 26 schools including public, private and charter facilities, Summerlin offers more educational choices than any other Southern Nevada community, maintaining a focus on education that has been integral to the development of the community since its inception.
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Digging into diversity to understand diabetes

By Jennifer Welsh
  • Including diverse populations with different genome structures can help us reduce the number of contenders for "causal variant," or a genetic variation that actually confers increased risk.
  • One of the most powerful ways to mine this trove of data is a genomewide association study (GWAS), in which researchers measure genetic variation at millions of locations in the genome, then study how these differ in people with and without a given disease.
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Three proposals presented for San Juan Capistrano’s Northwest Open Space

By Tess Sheets
  • A vineyard, orchards and farms, equestrian stables and spots for hosting events top three proposals the City Council and community will be looking at Tuesday, May 17, envisioning how San Juan Capistrano could use what’s left of 65.5 acres of undeveloped city space.
  • The proposal from San Juan Capistrano residents Jim Adam, Ron Schreiber and Colby Cyburt, who have experience in development and real estate, envisions turning the area into a community use and event space, renovating the historic home for wine tastings and smaller events, and constructing barn-style buildings for large weddings and other activities.
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Lightfoot sets earlier citywide weekend curfew

By Fran Spielman
  • A day after announcing that unaccompanied minors would be banned from Millennium Park on weekend evenings, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took the next step and rolled back the citywide weekend curfew to 10 p.m. from the current 11 p.m.
  • Chicago Public Schools security chief Jadine Chou said information on the new 10 p.m. weekend curfew citywide, as well as the 6 p.m. ban at Millennium Park, will be communicated to parents and guardians in a letter.
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More than half of America wants ‘comfort’ TV and movies: poll

By Lauren Sarner
  • In comparison to those who use “comfort TV,” just 42% of people in the poll reported that they turn to a bath as a self-soothing technique while 33% reported that they relax by doing yoga.
  • A recent poll of 2,000 people — conducted by OnePoll on behalf of streamer Philo — concluded that 55% of American adults use “comfort” television and movies to self-soothe and distract themselves from anxiety or stress.
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Walz, top lawmakers, reach bipartisan deal to wrap Minnesota session

By Christopher Magan
  • Minnesota lawmakers have a bipartisan deal to spend $8 billion of the state’s budget surplus over the next three years on tax cuts, infrastructure projects and supplemental spending to address challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.
  • “With an unprecedented surplus, we have the ability to make significant investments in the things that will improve Minnesotans’ lives, like health care, public safety, and education, while also providing tax cuts and putting money in Minnesotans’ pockets,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a news release announcing the deal.
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Tech industry group cites inflation in ad slamming antitrust bill

By Rebecca Klar
  • The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) — which represents companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook — released a 30-second ad Monday as part of its "Don't Break What Works" campaign.
  • A group representing the nation's largest tech companies is rolling out a seven-figure TV ad campaign slamming a key antitrust proposal that seeks to curb tech giants' power, warning it could raise already soaring prices on consumers.
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Political parties confident about flipping seats in Nebraska Legislature

By Martha Stoddard Omaha World-Herald
  • If that proves to be the general election outcome, Republicans would have 33 seats in the 49-member Legislature, enough to push through bills banning abortion, allowing Nebraskans to carry concealed guns without a permit and returning the state to a winner-take-all Electoral College system .
  • Republicans could gain a filibuster-proof majority in the Nebraska Legislature if the results of Tuesday’s primary election are repeated in November.
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Wanda Sykes slams ‘still traumatized’ over Will Smith slap: ‘F–k him!’

By Andrew Court
  • The 58-year-old comedian — who was co-hosting the awards show when Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock across the face — says she is “still traumatized” almost two months on from the incident.
  • Two days after the incident, Sykes appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” similarly saying she was angered by the fact the actor wasn’t escorted out of the event.
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How online data could be used against people seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls

By Nora McDonald
  • As a researcher who studies online privacy, I’ve known for some time how Google, social media and internet data generally can be used for surveillance by law enforcement to cast digital dragnets.
  • Based on what’s already known about privacy incursions by law enforcement against marginalized people, it’s likely that in a post- Roe world women will be more squarely in the crosshairs of digital forensics .
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COVID concerns to delay state environmental board review of NECEC permit appeals

By Tux Turkel
  • A much-anticipated meeting to review appeals to a conditional permit to build the New England Clean Energy Connect power line was unexpectedly postponed on Monday.
  • The postponement comes a week after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments on the legality of a new law meant to hobble the project, as well as a challenge to a lease NECEC obtained across public lands.
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Biden offers logistics support to ease formula shortage

By ZEKE MILLER and MATTHEW PERRONE
  • Under fire from parents and politicians, President Joe Biden is offering formula manufacturers and retailers transportation and logistics support to ease the nationwide shortage of baby formula, as the administration works to bring the largest domestic plant back on line after it was shut down early this year due to safety issues.
  • Abbott's voluntary recall was triggered by four illnesses reported in babies who had consumed powdered formula from the Michigan plant.
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Gresham mayor says his city is seeing issues similar to Portland’s

By Emily Burris
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The city of Gresham is experiencing many of the same issues as Portland. Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall joined AM Extra Monday to discuss what’s going on in his city. Stovall said its urban renewal work has been ongoing and that progress has been made in the West Gresham and Rockwood areas. Oregon sets rates for paid family medical leave plan He said Gresham has seen rises in violent crime and theft. The city is increasing its law enforcement investments and the city is not focused on defunding the police. The city is also looking for more ways its police officers can engage with the community. “We are taking every […]Read more >Similar articles >

Tickets available to public for MinnPost Social: 2022 Legislative Recap

By Laura Lindsay
After three and a half months of work, what did the State Legislature actually get done — and what can we expect moving forward from the state’s uniquely divided government? To explore those questions and more, join MinnPost writersPeter CallaghanandWalker OrensteinforMinnPost Social: 2022 Legislative Recapon Wednesday, Jun. 1, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. atElsie’sin northeast Minneapolis. PURCHASE TICKETS >> This lively Q&A session is part of our MinnPost Social event series, presented byRBC Wealth Management — Darla KashianandGreat River Energy, in which MinnPost journalists share insights with audience members in a casual […]Read more >Similar articles >

Lightfoot sets earlier citywide curfew

By Fran Spielman
  • A day after announcing that she unaccompanied minors would be banned from Millennium Park on weekend evenings, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took the next step and rolled back the citywide weekend curfew to 10 p.m. from the current 11 p.m.
  • At the time, she had declared that the city “cannot allow any of our public spaces to become platforms for danger,” Lightfoot said unaccompanied minors won’t be allowed in one of the city’s most iconic tourist attractions after 6 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday, unless they’re with “at least one responsible adult.”
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Supreme Court sides with Ted Cruz in campaign finance case

By Erin Doherty
  • The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his challenge to a federal rule that puts a cap on post-election political donations that help campaigns repay personal loans from candidates.
  • The big picture: The law puts a $250,00 cap on the amount of money raised after an election that campaigns can use to repay candidates for personal loans, Axios previously reported.
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Wayback Burgers opening third San Antonio location, this one in northwest part of the city

By Nina Rangel
This weekend, Connecticut-based Wayback Burgers will open its third San Antonio location, this one in the city’s northwest quadrant. The chain — known for monstrous nine-patty cheeseburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes — will hold a Saturday, May 21 grand opening for the new store, located at 11707 Bandera Road. Wayback will offer its classic burgers for $4, music by DJ Lamar and face painting and balloon art.Guests can also enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Smart TV and free burgers for a year. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘The same tired talking points’: Minnesota Republicans wrestle with how to appeal to more urban, suburban voters

By Walker Orenstein
  • At the Minnesota Republican convention in Rochester on Saturday, candidates for governor spoke at length about their priorities to address crime, reduce abortion access, change election law and relax gun regulations.
  • But another common theme among the candidates and their supporters was electability, particularly their case for winning more votes in DFL-friendly Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs, where many voters don’t support those same policies Republican candidates outlined in their speeches.
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Storms in Arkansas leave 2 hurt, thousands without power

By Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Two people were injured Sunday after a tree fell on a vehicle in Russellville during storms that also uprooted trees, damaged a home and left thousands of Arkansans without power, the National Weather Service said.
  • The two who were injured, near East Fourth Street, were freed from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to a storm report from the weather service.
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Trump’s deal with Truth Social gives the would-be Twitter rival a 6-hour jump on his posts

By Ryan Lovelace
  • Former President Donald Trump agreed to restrict his social media usage outside his Truth Social platform regardless of whether Twitter, Facebook or others lift their bans on him, according to a regulatory filing from Digital World Acquisition Corp.
  • Mr. Trump must first post on Truth Social and then wait six hours before publishing elsewhere with limited exceptions for politics, according to DWAC’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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BeReal and the Never-Ending Quest to Uncover (and Ruin) the Next It App

By Delia Cai
  • Much like the most recent fad app, Wordle, BeReal is an enjoyable experience primarily for what it’s not: There’s no heavy-handed algorithm calling the shots, no deluge of ads and brands flooding the feed.
  • In case you haven’t yet had the pleasure of a much chicer young friend explain it to you over canned espresso martinis, BeReal is a kind of Frankensteined combo of what your old favorite apps were in their golden age—think small-scale Instagram feed, but with the intimate ephemerality of Snapchat and the low-fi, once-a-day instructive of HQ Trivia or Wordle.
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2 music festivals coming to Arrowood Farms

By John W Barry
  • Working with Impact and Arrowood, Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock is presenting the Dirt Farmer Festival, while Ulster County keyboard whiz Marco Benevento is presenting the Follow the Arrow.
  • Mackenzie of Ulster County is looking forward to attending two upcoming music festivals at Arrowood Farms in Accord, a roughly 20-minute drive from his home in Stone Ridge.
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The new math for tech startups

By Dan Primack
  • The big message: If your company needs to raise new funding within the next two years, conserving cash should trump growth.
  • As another Silicon Valley investor said to me: Worst case scenario of slowing growth is that there's no recession and you end up a year behind schedule.
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Colfax man’s body found in Des Moines River

By Radio Iowa Contributor
The body of a man who went missing after a boat capsized in central Iowa has been found on the Des Moines River. The body of 34-year-old Dustin Dittmer of Colfax was recovered just before 7 a.m. Saturday near the Bennington boat ramp, according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholt. Dittmer went missing after the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Minnesota’s divided Capitol strikes multibillion-dollar end-of-session budget, tax deal

By Briana Bierschbach
  • Gov. Tim Walz said he and top legislative leaders have agreed on the "broad framework" of a deal to spend a historic budget surplus to cut taxes, spend money on classrooms and public safety.
  • "With an unprecedented surplus, we have the ability to make significant investments in the things that will improve Minnesotans' lives, like health care, public safety, and education, while also providing tax cuts and putting money in Minnesotans' pockets," Walz said in a news release Monday morning.
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It’s Easy to Buy a Snake in Texas. Maybe Too Easy.

By Madeleine Aggeler
  • “People look at the seventy-five-dollar rattlesnakes and go, ‘That’s cheap!’ ” said Rachelle McCandless, an assistant vendor at E² Exotics, which offered a selection of venomous snakes, as well as leopard geckos, chuckwallas, and framed butterflies.
  • He and his wife, Lori Gibson, started the expos in 2015, after years of breeding leopard geckos and attending what they considered to be subpar reptile shows.
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Idaho to receive nearly $120 million to fight opioid crisis

  • BOISE — Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today the final court approval of the $26 billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – and Johnson & Johnson.
  • “This settlement holds some of those most responsible for the opioid crisis accountable and provides significant funding for treatment, recovery and prevention in Idaho,” Wasden said.
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STAT+: Greece plans to go to court to seek compensation from Novartis over a bribery scandal

By Ed Silverman
The Greek health ministry plans to seek compensation from Novartis over a long-running bribery scandal in which the company allegedly paid public officials and health care providers to boost prescriptions for its medicines and maintain inflated prices. The government is “taking all measures to hold Novartis accountable and compensate the Greek state for its illegal practices,” according to a statement by Health Minister Thanos Plevris, who is planning legal actions in both U.S. and Greek courts. Greek officials have reportedly estimated that the scheme cost the country around $3 billion during a multiyear financial crisis.Continue to STAT+ […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Fauci says he will resign if Trump retakes the presidency in 2024

By Ramon Antonio Vargas
  • Dr Anthony Fauci bluntly said “no” when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked him during an interview Sunday if he would want to stay on as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in the event that voters gave Trump a second stint as president.
  • “If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said.
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Liz Cheney says Republican leadership has ‘enabled white supremacy’

By Richard Luscombe
  • The New York congresswoman, who was swiftly installed to replace Cheney when House minority leader and Trump loyalist Kevin McCarthy orchestrated Cheney’s ouster last year, has used the great replacement theory to make false accusations that Democrats were plotting a “permanent election insurrection” by replacing white voters with immigrants.
  • Cheney, who was removed from her position as the No 3 House Republican last year after she joined the panel investigating the 6 January Capitol attack, urged party leaders in a tweet to “renounce and reject these views and those who hold them”.
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DFL endorses Moriarty, Witt for Hennepin County Attorney, sheriff

By Kim Hyatt
  • Moriarty has vowed to reform the Minneapolis Police Department, a message that resonated at the Hennepin County DFL endorsing convention Saturday at Hopkins' Eisenhower Community Center.
  • Former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty clinched the county's DFL endorsement for Hennepin County Attorney over the weekend, beating out a slate of candidates, including the party's own House Majority Leader.
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Portland distillery captures gin’s botanical aroma in candle

By Kohr Harlan
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Freeland Spirits is a women-owned and operated distillery in Northwest Portland. The company says master distiller Molly Troupe was born wearing a pair of chemist goggles and never took them off. Her interest in science led her to a master’s degree in distillation, and eventually to Freeland Spirits. ‘We’re in a crisis’: Farmers sound alarm over coming food shortage The Portland distillery bottles its spirits in colorful, teardrop-shaped vessels and its gin has botanical notes of cucumber, mint and juniper. Now, those aromatics can be found outside the bottle. Freeland Spirits collaborated with Wildwood Candle […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Tested positive? See if you qualify for Paxlovid, and how to get it

By Marta Hill
  • Both the telehealth visit and the prescription are free no matter your insurance status, and are available to people over the age of 18 who have tested positive and are experiencing symptoms, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
  • Nearly 40% of Massachusts residents might be eligible for therapeutic treatments for COVID-19, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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Machine Gun Kelly Wears a $30,000 Diamond Manicure to the 2022 Billboard Music Awards

By Emily Kirkpatrick
  • But MGK's crystalized look didn't end there, he and his manicurist, Brittney Boyce, the founder of Nails of LA, also partnered with Marrow Fine jewelry founder Jillian Sassone for a very pricy set of nails that featured over 10 carats of diamonds worth a total of $30,000.
  • Sassone told People, “Creating MGK's diamond nails was a natural progression of where nail art and jewelry intersect.
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Relocation of Waller Creek Boathouse up for discussion Monday

By Jaclyn Ramkissoon
  • Earlier this month, Austin Rowing Club, which has been a central tenant of the Waller Creek Boathouse, told KXAN it will relocate to the former youth hostel site.
  • The blue line's route will extend from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the North Lamar Transit Center, with construction of its Rainey/MACC Station planned in the same area as the Waller Creek Boathouse.
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House DFL is prioritizing students and schools at a time when it’s needed most

By Rep. Jim Davnie
  • We are choosing to invest over a billion dollars in our students each year for the next three years because we know this is a choice about the direction of our state’s future; it’s a values blueprint, and we are ready to deliver the support students, families and school staff need to ensure that Minnesota can thrive in the future.
  • We can and should do better and that is why the House DFL is proposing funding over $500 million each year to significantly reduce this cost burden that impacts every school in the state.
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Baker, Polis urge FDA to move on vaccine for youngest

By Matt Murphy
Gov. Charlie Baker and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis have teamed up to urge the Biden administration to “expeditiously” review Moderna’s application for emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine that could be given to children under 5. In a letter released late last week by the Baker administration, the governors urged the Food and Drug Administration not to wait until June to review the application in tandem with an application expected from Pfizer for a vaccine for the same age group. “Waiting to combine applications from Moderna and Pfizer in an effort to ‘prevent confusion’ with staggered approvals would be ill advised and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Review: Remember when we looked forward to the future? A new series revives ‘Radium Age’ sci-fi

By Scott Bradfield
  • “Radium Age” is the coinage of Joshua Glenn, editor of a new MIT Press series under that title, with four books published so far this year, covering what Glenn calls science fiction’s “pre-golden age,” from roughly 1900 to 1935.
  • British novelist H.G. Wells, in New York in 1934, is one of the authors revived in the “Radium Age” series.
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Donald Trump Had Nothing New to Say in Austin. His Fellow Speakers Did.

By Christopher Hooks
  • Both came with access to a breakfast with Dinesh D’Souza—the conservative filmmaker whose new work, 2000 Mules, makes the case that the 2020 election was stolen—and an invitation to an afterparty with Donald Trump Jr. Only the Delegate level, though, came with a “Full Color American Freedom Tour Program,” which turned out to be a mostly blank booklet in which attendees were encouraged to write notes about speakers’ remarks.
  • The conference, featuring speakers such as rock musician Ted Nugent and attended by allies such as Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, showed a movement falling deeper into a suffocating circle of televangelist-adjacent scammery—while its adherents grow ever more comfortable with the idea of the need for violence to triumph over their political opponents.
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Senate to vote on $40bn Ukraine aid bill initially blocked by Rand Paul – live

By Richard Luscombe
  • It’s a fresh new week in US politics, but it probably feels depressingly familiar to Joe Biden, who’s under pressure on multiple fronts, including a nationwide baby formula shortage, soaring gas prices and inflation, and relief bills for Ukraine and Covid-19 held up by political wrangling in Congress.
  • Joe Biden has two events on his calendar, presenting medals of valor to public safety officials this morning, and a bilateral meeting and reception later for Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis .
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Ricketts’ support for abortion ban extends to cases of rape or incest

By Ryan Hoffman Omaha World-Herald
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts voiced support Sunday for an abortion ban in Nebraska, including in cases of rape and incest, and repeated his intent to call a special legislative session to take up the matter if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v.
  • Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning, Ricketts said Nebraska would take “further steps to protect those preborn babies” if the court strikes down Roe, which the governor called “a horrible constitutional decision,” according to a transcript of the interview.
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Federal homelessness director says pandemic exacerbated crisis, provided lessons for Seattle, U.S.

By Greg Kim

For years, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has convened public officials and experts and done research on best practices for cities and counties to deal with a growing national homelessness crisis. It is the only federal agency solely focused on preventing and ending homelessness, but has little power to implement policy or hand out […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Megan Thee Stallion got nearly naked for Billboards 2022 performance

By Ben Cost
  • Rapper Megan Thee Stallion had fans drooling thanks to her 2022 Billboard performance in which she showcased her twerking talents while rocking a scintillating one-piece.
  • The performance resonated with female fans with one supporter tweeting, “when megan thee stallion said ‘poppin plan b’s cause i ain’t planned to be stuck with ya’ i think all of us girls have felt that at some point in our lives.'”
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UCLA law dean Jennifer Mnookin named next UW-Madison chancellor

  • Mnookin said her own family recently benefited from the Wisconsin Idea when she donated a kidney in late 2020 to her dad, who is a longtime Harvard Law School professor.
  • During a recent visit to the Madison campus, Mnookin suggested using the “Wisconsin Idea,” a belief enshrined in state law that Wisconsin’s higher education system should provide benefits beyond the campus, as a model for why public universities matter.
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12 things to do with kids in Philly this week

  • (Seasonal / in-person / free / outdoors) After a pair of soggy weekends, one can only hope the sun will shine on Walnut Street west of Broad for a scaled-down version of this annual street fair, featuring outdoor versions of the neighborhood’s shops and restaurants, and a side of family fun.
  • (Seasonal / in-person / free) Those of us tired of waiting for a beach day can swing by these outdoor shops to watch four pro sand-sculpting teams build whimsical, gritty art.
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Post-COVID jobs recovery in Bay Area, California lags other states

By George Avalos
  • Even as other states surpass their pre-pandemic job levels, the Bay Area and California have recuperated from coronavirus-linked business shutdowns and closures at a mediocre pace.
  • And while California has yet to even reach the 90% recovery milestone, 13 of the nation’s states have now regained more jobs than they lost during the first two months of the business shutdowns.
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Pet of the Week: Molly the dog

Molly is our Pet of the Week! She is a great dog but she needs to be adopted into a calm home. Molly needs an experienced dog owner (no first-time pet owners) and shouldn’t go to a house with cats or small dogs. Molly does great with kids who are calm. If you decide you might be interested in Molly, stop by the Snake River Animal Shelter and have your own meet-and-greet with her. Meet Molly and other animals available for adoption at 3000 Lindsay Blvd. in Idaho Falls. You can see pictures of available animals and learn about the shelter on SRAS’s Facebook page, Instagram or website. The post Pet of the Week: Molly the dog appeared first on […]Read more >Similar articles >
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County office in turmoil with secret video and claims of bullying, hostility

By Jeff German
  • A half-dozen current and former employees interviewed by the Review-Journal are alleging the hostile work environment was fueled by the elected administrator of the office, Robert Telles, carrying on an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer that has harmed the office’s ability to deal with the public in overseeing the estates of those who have died.
  • The staffer, Roberta Lee-Kennett, 45, has acted in some cases as an office supervisor beyond her assigned duties as one of several estate coordinators because of her favored status with Telles, the employees said.
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New Texas plan for federal Hurricane Harvey aid yields same old result: Funds diverted away from Gulf Coast

By ZACH DESPART, The Texas Tribune
  • John Henneberger, co-director of the low-income housing advocate Texas Housers, whose complaint set off the federal investigation, said the land office is failing to meet the most basic requirement for the money: to spend disaster aid in the areas at highest risk for disasters.
  • Including the awards from the first funding competition, two councils composed of state-picked inland counties that rank no higher than 66th on the disaster index will end up with $752 per resident under the new plan.
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Who has the edge: Heat-Celtics could go the distance, and why it could be in Heat’s favor

  • Center: Of all the memorable moments in Heat-Celtics playoffs lore, Adebayo’s block of Jayson Tatum at the conclusion of Game 1 of the 2020 East finals might stand as most iconic.
  • It starts Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at FTX Arena, continuing every other night until the Heat or Celtics secure the necessary four victories to advance to the NBA Finals against the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.
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Getting There: When will the DOT repave part of Route 32?

By Abigail Rubel
  • The DOT will repave the road between State Route 143 in Coeymans to the CSX railroad crossing in Bethlehem, so motorists should watch for weekday single lane reductions controlled by flaggers and pilot vehicles starting next month.
  • The DOT is also conducting slope repairs on Route 32 near Cedar Grove Road in New Scotland for two weeks starting in late May. There will be a lane reduction controlled by a temporary traffic signal.
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How did Colorado become one of the worst states for vehicle theft? Auto theft task force officials, reformers disagree.

By John Aguilar
  • The sharp spike in vehicle heists has landed Colorado at the top of the list of all states for per capita auto thefts, with just over 500 stolen vehicles per 100,000 residents, according to data compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau .
  • Case in point, she said, are rising auto theft numbers across the nation in the last couple of years — not just in Colorado.
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Investing in Tulsa: Plans for OU Polytechnic Institute discussed at regents meeting

  • If regents approve the plans, OU Polytechnic in Tulsa would offer programs to prepare students for higher-paying jobs in telehealth, autonomous technology, electric vehicles, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and software engineering.
  • The new school in Tulsa would offer bachelor’s and graduate degree programs focused on innovation and advanced technology, according to a news release.
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With COVID cases rising, how close is California to new mask rules, restrictions?

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money
  • One way L.A. County would hit a high COVID-19 community level is if it began reporting a little more than 1,000 new coronavirus-positive hospitalizations every week, or 10 new weekly hospitalizations for every 100,000 residents.
  • Rising case rates caused health officials across California to issue warnings to reiterate recommendations to wear masks in indoor public settings, from Fresno County, where case rates have doubled recently to nearly 70 cases a week for every 100,000 residents, to the San Francisco Bay Area, which is reporting more than 200 cases a week for every 100,000 residents.
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Family Resource Center planned to help families facing mental health and other challenges

  • Thanks to an influx of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money, Lancaster County Human Services and Region V Systems hope to change that by creating a family resource center — a one-stop place families in crisis can go to address not only their mental health needs but a host of other challenges they may face.
  • Over the past few years, Lancaster County hired two outside groups to do assessments of the community’s needs, said Human Services Director Sara Hoyle, and a recurring theme was the need to get families help before the situation gets too bad.
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The west misses the point of Everything Everywhere All at Once – it gets the Asian psyche

By Bertin Huynh
  • While it may seem that the great stories of Asian immigrant families build on the cornerstone of intergenerational trauma, its heart of Buddhist and Daoist thought is what makes Everything Everywhere truly great.
  • You have The Joy Luck Club in 1993 and, more than 20 years later, Crazy Rich Asians, Shang-Chi, Turning Red, The Farewell and Minari.
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Diluting formula, homemade recipes aren’t good ways to deal with the shortage. Consider these safer alternatives.

  • This may seem like a harmless way to stretch supply, but adding extra water to formula can lead to emergency health issues, such as seizures and heart problems, said Nicole Fragale, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager at Nemours Children’s Health.
  • Most babies who are not medically fragile and use regular formula can switch to another brand, Libove said.
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“Eavesdroppings” is an entertaining reminder that someone is always listening

By Ray Mark Rinaldi
  • But Ben Coleman is a sound artist, keen to things like noises, vibrations and speech, and he wants to alert us to another threat to our privacy that comes in the form of audio surveillance.
  • Each snippet comes from a data set of actual conversations recorded by workers around the world, which are used by tech companies to increase their ability to recognize speech patterns and fine-tune their listening capabilities.
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Denver Art Museum removes looted Benin Bronze from its collection

By Sam Tabachnik
  • The Denver Art Museum has formally removed a looted Benin plaque from its collection — the first step toward repatriating a prized relic that the British plundered in West Africa more than a century ago.
  • Now, as other American institutions are facing pressure to return Benin Bronzes to their rightful owners, museum officials in Denver decided to take the object out of the museum’s collection.
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4 Utah women talk about their abortions as Roe v. Wade hangs in balance

By Becky Jacobs
  • Even though Smith understood the gravity of the situation, “I don’t think people really realize,” she said, “what it’s like … to make a decision to say, ‘I value my life, and I value my existence, and I don’t want to die.’”
  • Smith was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors told her that she had a condition where she and her baby were both going to die unless the pregnancy was terminated.
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Locking up pregnant women damages mothers and children – yet the UK does it

By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
  • At our National Childbirth Trust class, the course leader, reflecting on years of work in the community, told us how keen most women are to leave hospital as soon as possible after giving birth, with the exception of the women from the prison, who wanted to stay as long as possible to delay returning to prison mother-and-baby units, where after 18 months their baby would be taken away from them.
  • This campaign isn’t just about the risks of already traumatised women being forced to potentially endure the trauma of labour behind bars, it is also about prison being an unsafe place for any woman at any stage of pregnancy.
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