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STAT+: ‘I don’t know anybody who wants their health disrupted’: Ken Frazier steps out in new venture capital role

By Mario Aguilar and Matthew Herper
  • F ormer Merck CEO Ken Frazier, famous for building the drugmaker into one of the world’s biggest cancer companies, shed his pharma garb in his first public appearance since starting a new role with the venture capital giant General Catalyst.
  • In July, General Catalyst appointed Frazier, who remains the executive chairman of Merck, as head of the firm’s “health assurance initiatives,” which seek to more create equitable and affordable health care through consumer-centric offerings.
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Colin Powell’s UN speech: a decisive moment in undermining US credibility

By Julian Borger in Washington
  • But Powell’s speech marked a decisive moment in undermining US credibility on the world stage – all the more because of the then secretary of state’s repeated insistence that his claims were based on hard intelligence.
  • “I’m the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and [it] will always be a part of my record,” Powell told ABC News “It was painful.
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Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

By Oriana Gonzalez
The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas’ near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.It is the most restrictive abortion ban to be enforced since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.Driving the news: On Thursday, a three-judge panel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the DOJ’s […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Colin Powell obituary

By Harold Jackson
  • Then, when the second Bush administration emerged from the controversial election of 2000, the new president chose Powell as the first black secretary of state.
  • Based partly on the lessons he had absorbed in the military build-up to the Gulf war, Powell had earlier convinced a specially convened meeting of Bush’s national security council to make a public commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state, a decision eventually introduced into the UN and unanimously accepted by its security council.
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Texas curriculum law and the perils of teaching ‘both sides’ of history

By Eric Black
  • Teachers asked the curriculum director for guidance about what books they could keep in their classrooms.
  • In a recent edition of her excellent online newsletter, Letters from an American, historian Heather Cox Richardson features the new curriculum requirements in Texas public schools, which requires teachers to “present opposing views on controversial subjects.”
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How History Erased the Black Mariner Who ‘Opened’ the Pacific

By Andrés Reséndez
  • Yet, the first navigator to sail from the Americas to Asia and back—the man who truly “opened” the Pacific and accomplished what Columbus had done for the Atlantic—was an extraordinary pilot almost entirely forgotten in the annals of exploration.
  • After his voyage, and for two and a half centuries, large Spanish galleons sailed every year across the Pacific, taking silver to Asia and returning with Chinese silk and ceramics, Southeast Asian spices and slaves from as far as the Indian subcontinent.
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States move to shore up child care as Biden’s agenda looks uncertain

  • With the fate of President Biden ’s stalled domestic agenda uncertain, Vermont has become the latest state to tap American Rescue Plan cash in an urgent effort to save its child-care providers, without whom a true return to something like a post-pandemic normal may be impossible.
  • Gen. Powell helped guide the U.S. military to victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf War as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then struggled a decade later over the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a beleaguered secretary of state under President George W.
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Why I Choose to Move Across the Country (and the Best Tips I Received for Embracing a New City)

By Lauren Evelyn
  • Long story short, I spent the following couple of months weighing the pros and cons of moving, learning all about California perks from the team, looking into places to live, and finally landing on the conclusion that it was the best decision for me.
  • Our leases in Atlanta ended around the same time - which basically meant that we were supposed to sign a lease together in San Diego and begin our new lives from there.
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War movie depicting brutal defeat of US Army tops China’s box office

By Andrew Court
  • The three-hour-long war epic, titled “The Battle at Lake Changjin,” has grossed a whopping $769 million in China since its release less than three weeks ago, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
  • As the Chinese box-office is the largest in the world, “The Battle at Lake Changjin” is technically the biggest film in the international movie market, even out-earning the new James Bond flick, “No Time To Die,” according to the industry outlet.
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Modern Dance Is Back! Revered Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates with ode to Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper

By Margaret Regan

Four years ago, Liverpool, England, the city that begat the Beatles, commissioned renowned choreographer Mark Morris to create a dance that would honor the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the Beatles' most influential albums.

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What would $3.5 trillion get for Americans?

By Michael Hiltzik
  • Two provisions of the bill — making enhanced subsidies for purchases of Affordable Care Act health plans permanent, and filling in the gaps left by the refusal of 12 states to expand Medicaid under the ACA — would reduce the ranks of America's medically uninsured by 7 million, or 25%, in 2022.
  • The COVID relief act also offered Medicaid holdout states greater incentive to expand that program for low-income residents by giving them a 5-percentage-point boost in the federal reimbursement for their traditional Medicaid spending — a sum that would exceed their costs in expanding Medicaid to cover residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level, the target population for the expansion.
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Status Update: Pet store opening in Yorba Linda; volunteers needed for free tax prep program

By Samantha Gowen
  • Orange County United Way is seeking 500 volunteers to help with its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which prepares tax returns for low-income families.
  • He comes to Western Dental with 20 years of experience as a chief financial officer, including 18 years with NextGen Healthcare Inc. and NantHealth Inc., where he helped lead an initial public offering.
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From angel to demon: Why some brain cells go ‘bad’

By Bruce Goldman
  • Barres' experiments over the years revealed that star-shaped glial cells, called astrocytes, act like angels, giving neurons what they need when they need it.
  • In a study published in Nature in January 2017 and in subsequent studies, the researchers reported that these so-called "reactive astrocytes" go haywire and kill injured nerve cells that might otherwise have repaired themselves and survived.
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Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers will now wear body cameras

MOOSE, Wyoming — Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers have reinstituted the use of body-worn cameras in the park as part of a National Park Service-wide initiative to meet the professional standards of modern policing. “The use of body-worn cameras by our law enforcement rangers demonstrates our commitment to responsible public service and brings our Grand Teton National Park law enforcement program in line with local law enforcement agencies who are currently using body-worn cameras,” said Chief Ranger Erika Jostad. Only commissioned law enforcement rangers will use body-worn cameras and only to gather information during law […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The BDS movement shows its hypocrisy by boycotting Israel but not China

By Max Boot
  • The expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the continuing Israeli-Egyptian restrictions on movement in and out of Gaza impose a heavy toll on Palestinians.
  • Last week the Irish novelist Sally Rooney, who has endorsed the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, announced that she would not allow an Israeli publishing house to release her latest novel.
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EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’

  • Michael Regan, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said it is taking a series of actions to limit pollution from a cluster of long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS that are increasingly turning up in public drinking water systems, private wells and even food.
  • The regulatory strategy comes as Congress considers wide-ranging legislation to set a national drinking water standard for certain PFAS chemicals and clean up contaminated sites across the country, including military bases where high rates of PFAS have been discovered.
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In nationalizing Virginia’s tight governor’s race, candidates and parties escalate a trend

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  • McAuliffe has also adapted national attack lines for use in Virginia, telling voters that electing Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin would bring the same draconian antiabortion law and sweeping gubernatorial bans against coronavirus vaccination and masking mandates that Texas just enacted.
  • Trump not only lost Virginia twice by comfortable margins, but he was also so disliked that Democrats since 2016 have dominated every statewide election, won state legislative majorities and now hold seven of Virginia’s 11 U.S. House districts.
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Anthony Bourdain’s producer talks star’s ‘guilty pleasures’ in new book

  • But for Vitale, there’s no denying that traveling the world with Bourdain was an eye-opening experience.
  • Most recently, Bourdain’s life and legacy have been examined in a documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville titled “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival days after the third anniversary of his death.
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The Volcanologist’s Paradox

By Robin George Andrews
  • When volcanologists watch eruptions like this, the boundary between awe and horror “is a very narrow edge,” Behncke said.
  • Right now, lava is cascading out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Spanish island of La Palma, and every day lives are upturned and homes are lost.
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Delays, shortages and a dismal jobs report. The new normal?

By Laurie Davies
  • It feels like every day there is a new catastrophe facing Californians: More than 70 cargo ships are piled up at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports with no docking date in sight; a jobs report showed that more than 300,000 less jobs were created than what was projected; not to mention the thousands of gallons of oil washing up on Orange County shores.
  • First, shipping delays in the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors have been caused by extreme demand, a labor shortage thanks to President Biden and Governor Newsom, and COVID safety precautions for cargo ships.
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The wrong way to show climate leadership

By Susan Shelley
  • “Democrats want to force electric utilities to model their grids off of the high-cost, blackout-prone system that liberals have set up in the state of California,” McConnell said, “And at the same time, Democrats are also pushing a brand-new natural gas tax that they call a ‘methane fee.’ It’s a natural gas tax.”
  • As the Senate Minority Leader observed, Californians are experiencing skyrocketing costs and blackouts due to “leading” on climate by demonizing oil, gas, nuclear energy and hydroelectric projects in favor of less reliable solar and wind power.
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Comedy legend Steve Martin gets serious about bullying, Selena Gomez and his upcoming Minnesota event

By Jon Bream
  • But he'll gladly tell you about his co-star and BFF Martin Short, their new third amiga Selena Gomez and his participation in next month's Minneapolis' PACER Center Gala, which will be an online event again this year.
  • Don't expect Steve Martin to give away any secrets about himself or his popular Hulu whodunit "Only Murders in the Building," which wraps its season Tuesday.
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Post-pandemic California: Comeback or decline?

By Dan Walters
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Bay Area News Group commissioned the poll which found widespread dissatisfaction with the region’s economic and social life and an inclination toward going elsewhere.
  • A slight majority say they are likely to leave the Bay Area in the next few years, most citing high housing and other living costs and deteriorating quality of life.
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Iowan writes of her family’s friendship with Sitting Bull in new book

By Matt Kelley
  • Mary Christopher, a real estate agent in Des Moines, tells about the experiences of her great-grandparents, pioneers Lizzie and George Dell, in the book “Our Friend Sitting Bull.”
  • “He came to the door with these other gentlemen looking for medicine, not knowing my great-grandfather had been a medic in the Civil War,” Christopher says, “and he also had a book with him that he brought out from Iowa showing how to make various medicines and ointments, which he proceeded to do.”
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County Democrats rebuke Ald. Jim Gardiner, strip him of committee posts for ‘rude, vulgar conduct’ in texts

By Rachel Hinton
  • Along with rebuking Gardiner, Toni Preckwinkle, the chair of the party, stripped the Northwest Side alderman of his posts on all of party committees.
  • The rebuke comes after an “appropriate inquiry” that included media reports, social media posts and Gardiner’s public remarks and written responses regarding his conduct, the party said in a statement.
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Colin Powell discusses the most important element of leadership in 2011 speech – video

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state who played a pivotal role in attempting to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died from complications from Covid-19 aged 84, it was announced on Monday. After his time in government, Powell remained a hugely influential commentator on US politics and public life. During a 2011 speech, he spoke about what he considered the most important element of leadership

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Meet the rich kids of TikTok who are raking in up to $250,000 a month

By The Sun
  • Some children under 12 are predicted to earn up to 46,000 percent more than their country’s average monthly salary from the social media platform and TikTokers as young as two are accumulating more than 15 million followers, so without further ado, here are TikTok’s highest-earning kids!
  • Interested in discovering which young TikToker has the highest earning potential in their home country, experts at money.co.uk compared each TikTokers’ predicted average monthly salary to that of their country’s average monthly wage.
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As Minnesota considers qualifying anxiety for its medical cannabis program, psychiatrists raise concerns

By Andy Steiner
  • This spring, in order to get a better idea of where the state’s medical professionals stand on the issue, Tholkes and her staff assembled a working group of seven mental health and addiction professionals to review the literature, speak with representatives from Minnesota’s medical cannabis industry and compile an official report for her office.
  • Ever since the State of Minnesota legalized medical cannabis, petitions have been sent to the Department of Health with one request: Certify generalized anxiety disorder as a condition qualified for treatment.
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WalletHub: Rice beats UT in best Texas college rankings

By Billy Gates
  • The site used 30 different types of criteria to rank schools all across the country as early-decision application deadlines near, and those at WalletHub have named Rice University in Houston as the state's best place of higher learning with UT coming in at No. 2.
  • The site ranked Rice, a private research university in southwest Houston, No. 1 in admission rate, student-faculty ratio, gender and racial diversity, graduation rate and post-attendance median salary.
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Letter: Romney adresses cost of impeachment vote in accepting Profiles in Courage award

By Trudy Simmons
  • Baker then spoke of Romney’s courage as Massachusetts governor, facing a strongly democratic legislature, and his successful collaboration with Kennedy in pushing forward in Massachusetts the nation’s first comprehensive healthcare program that, in Baker’s words “wouldn’t break the bank.”
  • Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker celebrated Romney’s unique relationship with Massachusetts Dem. Senator Edward Kennedy.
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Pair of Richmond students get national recognition for yearbook they helped start in middle school

By Emily Duggan
  • RICHMOND — Students Lila Viselli and Izzy Stewart, along with their former teacher, Rebecca Redman, started the yearbook at Richmond Middle School in a year that would go down in its own history books — and are being recognized nationally for doing so.
  • The Richmond Middle School yearbook won first place in the technology company TreeRing’s Yearbook Hero Contest after being nominated by Redman for their work in restarting the yearbook after a six-year hiatus.
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The chaotic, irreplaceable Wendy Williams

By Melinda Fakuade
  • The guests who will take over her airtime are merely a stopgap, and are being met with mixed feelings in Williams’s Instagram comments, where her loyal fans have been vocal throughout her latest bout of health issues.
  • The tide has turned on the kind of lurid gossip Williams traffics in; just look at the way the pop culture news cycle of the early aughts is being reevaluated.
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How to Reframe What Work Means to You

By Hubert Joly
  • As the CEO of Best Buy many years after my stint in the grocery store, I saw firsthand how recognizing the intrinsic human value of work makes for happier and healthier employees and a more grounded and successful company — in both good and challenging times.
  • In a Best Buy store in Florida, for example, a strong sense of personal purpose drove two sales associates to become dinosaur surgeons.
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Wheels on Metro rail cars involved in derailment had failed repeatedly, NTSB says

By Justin George, Ian Duncan
  • The NTSB briefing Monday came one day after Metro pulled more than half of its rail cars out of service following an investigation that discovered multiple axles out of compliance with manufacturer specifications.
  • The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board said wheel assemblies on Metro rail cars at fault in last week’s derailment had failed repeatedly in recent years — and that renewed inspections last week identified almost two dozen more cars with assemblies that were unsafe.
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Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis enters not guilty pleas in embezzlement case

  • Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis entered not guilty pleas Monday to criminal charges that she took more than $20,000 in campaign funds and false travel reimbursements from the city.
  • Lewis is accused of using campaign finance funds for attendance at a worship conference in Florida, tuition at Agape Love Bible College and family trips in addition to personal expenses such as car and credit card payments, vehicle repairs and rent on a Milwaukee apartment.
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The Beatles have an official TikTok now — and you can use their music

By Ben Cost
  • Along with the classic songs, the account will reportedly include exclusive behind-the-scenes clips from the “Let It Be” sessions — the basis for the Peter Jackson Documentary “Get Back,” according to Variety.
  • The dedicative profile also includes special tracks like the John Lennon-Paul McCartney duet “I’ve Got A Feeling” and “I Me Mine,” the final song the Beatles recorded as a band.
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Decision in Rodney Reed appeal case expected by Oct. 29, attorneys make final arguments Monday

By Billy Gates
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — Closing arguments in Rodney Reed’s appeal hearing for a new trial are set for Monday in Bastrop. Both the state and Reed’s defense attorneys wrapped up their cases in July. Currently, Reed is on death row after being convicted of raping and murdering Stacey Stites in 1996, but has maintained his innocence ever since then. Both sides will give their final arguments to Judge JD Langley, and while it’s possible the judge could make a decision in the case today, it’s unlikely. Langley asked the Court of Criminal Appeals for an Oct. 29 extension to make his ruling, so it’s expected a decision […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Where to donate stuff in Philly

  • These groups use your donations to support some of the most vulnerable communities in Philadelphia, including Afghan evacuees, people escaping domestic violence, people who cannot afford gender-affirming clothes, and children moving into their first home.
  • This thrift store is operated by New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside; profits from sales are dispersed as grants to local, national, and global nonprofits including Esperanza Health Center in North Philadelphia, Cradle of Hope, which provides transitional housing and support for single mothers and children in Jenkintown, and Bethany, which supports children living in poverty in the U.S., refugees and immigrants, and families around the world.
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Opinion | The perpetual winner

By Will Sellers
  • Parliamentary elections are, after all, a referendum on party leadership, and no analysis, regardless of how keen and cross tabbed, could reach a conclusion other than the British people had soundly and firmly rejected their victorious war time leader.
  • The austerity occasioned by the War continued to support the Atlee government policy of nationalization and social benefits.
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How screwed are Democrats in the Senate?

By Andrew Prokop
  • “If 2024 is simply a normal year, in which Democrats win 51 percent of the two-party vote, Shor’s model projects a seven-seat loss, compared with where they are now,” Klein writes.
  • But some in the party — like pollster David Shor, recently profiled by Ezra Klein in the New York Times — believe demographic trends put Democrats at grave risk of falling into a deep hole over the next two election cycles.
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Protect victims in settlement cases

By Editorial Board
  • For a state that has prided itself on protecting consumers, Minnesota has muffed badly on a singularly vulnerable population: accident victims who receive a long-term settlements and then become the prey of companies that dangle upfront cash payments for pennies on the dollar.
  • Reserved in Minnesota primarily for cases involving children, such guardians are routinely used in Albuquerque to ensure that individuals fully understand the deal they are about to make.
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Angelina Jolie, Rita Moreno among Elle Women in Hollywood honorees

By Jesse O’Neill
  • Starlets Halle Berry, Gemma Chan, Jodie Comer, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Rita Moreno and Lauren Ridloff will be honored at the magazine’s 27th annual Elle Women in Hollywood event on Tuesday.
  • “ A lot of times as an actress, you’re that individual strong woman, or you have one sister; you don’t often have this family where you really get to know women and see all the different strengths,” Jolie told the magazine.
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The days of U.S. tech companies fighting back against authoritarian regimes are long gone

By Gerrit De Vynck
  • A spokesperson for Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment, but the company directed the BBC to its human rights statement, which includes the line: “We’re required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments.”
  • Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Apple blocks apps from its app store if they mention off-limits topics like Tiananmen Square.
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Pet of the Week: Duke

  • He is quick to learn new commands and is eager to learn so just a little work will turn this good dog into a great dog!
  • He keeps a pretty clean kennel but isn’t always the best about saying it is time to go outside so this would be a great opportunity to get some good training and bonding in while working with him to know how you want him to tell you it is time to go outside.
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Texas Monthly’s BBQ Passport

By TM Studio
  • During the Entry Period, Participants can enter the Contest by visiting all of the joints on the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ list as listed in the November 2021 issue, redeeming a stamp in their BBQ Passport from each of the joints, and collecting a prize based on one of the three prize tiers the challenge as listed in the BBQ Passport.
  • SPONSORS WILL POST A NOTIFICATION TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES WHEN ALL AVAILABLE PRIZES FOR A PARTICULAR TIER OF THE CHALLENGE HAVE BEEN AWARDED .
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Blanchard’s 3Q fundraising trails Taylor, but still has more on hand than opponents

By Eddie Burkhalter
Despite raising less than $2,000 in the third-quarter, Lynda Blanchard still has on hand more than any of her opponents in the U.S. Senate race, thanks largely to a deposit she made to her own campaign. Blanchard, a Montgomery native and former U.S. ambassador to Slovenia, raised just $1,958 in the quarter, but has on hand $4.5 million. She made an initial $5 million deposit to her campaign in February. Blanchard spent $692,645 during the quarter. Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor raised $150,848 in the 3rd quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records, and spent $82,509 during the quarter, with $68,339 cash on hand at […]Read more >Similar articles >

Jailed Coloradans waiting longer for competency services, with sometimes tragic consequences

  • “I truly believe if he would have gotten the help he needed, he’d be alive today,” said Anne Pyle, whose 42-year-old son, Michael Pyle, took his own life in May in the Adams County Jail while waiting to get transferred to Pueblo for mental health restoration.
  • Robert Werthwein, head of the Office of Behavioral Health at the Colorado Department of Human Services, called the wait times unfortunate because so many people in crisis are stuck inside facilities not made to treat mental illness.
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TikTok star Clinton Kane robbed at gunpoint: ‘I was peeing my pants’

By Ben Cost
  • just got to San Francisco to film for the album and in an hour of being here we had a gun pointed to our faces and everything was stolen so this trip is going QUITE GREAT,” Kane — a 22-year-old singer-songwriter with 1.5 million followers on TikTok — wrote in an Instagram post describing the adrenaline-pounding encounter, along with a video depicting his broken-into vehicle.
  • The stickup occurred occurred Friday while the Tokfluencer and his friends were in San Francisco shooting a music video and documentary for a new album, ABC 7 reported.
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NBC puts ‘AGT: Extreme’ on hold after daredevil stunt goes horribly wrong

By Patrick Reilly
  • “America’s Got Talent: Extreme” has been suspended by NBC after one of the show’s stuntmen was critically injured when he was crushed between two cars in a stunt gone terribly wrong last week, the network announced on Sunday.
  • “In order to focus on the wellbeing of our crew, we will be temporarily pausing production on ‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme’ and will resume the last few days of filming at a later date, a spokesperson for the NBC series told TODAY on Sunday .
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The Fight to Save the Salmon

By Brian Bennett/Lapwai, Idaho with Photographs by Kiliii Yüyan
  • The Nez Perce and 14 other Pacific Northwest tribal nations have joined forces with U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson (R., Idaho), the National Congress of American Indians, sports-fishing enthusiasts and river conservationists in a long-shot bid to convince President Joe Biden and lawmakers to step in and breach four hydropower dams on the Snake River, easing the path for wild salmon to make the 1,600-mile round trip from Idaho’s glacier-fed mountain streams to the Pacific Ocean and back.
  • Simpson has been shopping around a $33 billion plan to remove part of the dams and invest in transportation, water and energy alternatives for the farmers and businesses that rely on them, trying to get the proposal tucked into Biden’s sweeping infrastructure agenda that is being negotiated on Capitol Hill.
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Going solo on public health will not come cheap for Tri-County’s remaining two members

By John Aguilar
  • Public health is about to get more expensive in Adams and Arapahoe counties, as the rapid unraveling of the Tri-County Health Department forces both metro counties to figure out how to best safeguard the wellbeing of more than a million residents amid an ongoing global pandemic.
  • That’s the conclusion of a consultant’s report released last week, which calculated that Adams and Arapahoe counties will have to spend millions more to provide public health services whether they join forces or choose to each go it alone.
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Exploring the roots — and high drama — of flamenco

By Ray Mark Rinaldi
  • “It’s a great time for flamenco,” she said in an interview last week, between rehearsals for “Raices,” the dance concert she has organized for Oct. 21.
  • In the United States, we tend to push flamenco music and movement into the category of folklore, something to be respected and admired for its showy skills, but not quite a fine art with the same status as “elevated” forms like ballet and orchestral music.
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Best new audiobooks to listen to this month

By Katherine A. Powers
  • Three gifted narrators deliver Honoree Fanonne Jeffers’s powerful debut novel, a work that carves out of a great slice of American history and furnishes it with the stories of the Native Americans, enslaved and free Blacks and Euro-Americans who make up a complex bloodline.
  • Karen Chilton takes on the chapters devoted to the deep past, called “songs” after Du Bois’s invocation of the sorrow songs of Black people lost to history except for their elegies.
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Women’s Foundation of Alabama announces expansion of operations statewide

  • A trusted leader in the philanthropic sector for more than two decades, in recent years, the Foundation has strategically expanded its power and influence beyond Greater Birmingham and even beyond philanthropy, creating systemic change through ground-breaking research and legislative advocacy.
  • “I came here three years ago with a vision of building the most powerful philanthropic and leadership voice for women the state has ever seen.
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ECB Tells Banks to Map Climate Risk in Trading, Loan Books

By Nicholas Comfort / Bloomberg
  • The European Central Bank said lenders in the region will have to estimate the risk they could face from climate change in both their lending and trading operations when they undergo a stress test next year.
  • Such a “sharp and unexpected increase in the price of carbon emissions or other non-price measures to curb emissions” would hit carbon-intensive industries while other parts of the economy would also see an indirect impact via production chains and other second-round effects, the ECB said.
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The Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints: 2021 Edition

By Texas Monthly
  • That pair of enormously admired institutions captured the number one and two spots on Texas Monthly ’s 2013 and 2017 lists of the fifty best barbecue joints (Snow’s also ranked first in 2008, before Franklin opened).
  • Two of the many truths we held to be self-evident were these: Lockhart was the unchallenged capital of Texas barbecue, and Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington, and Franklin Barbecue, in Austin, were the best joints in the state.
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Milwaukee Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic enters race for mayor, touts local government experience

  • Dimitrijevic, who served on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors from 2004 until winning a seat on the city's Common Council last year, said her local elected experience sets her apart from other candidates.
  • "Our city needs leadership in a new way and leadership that will challenge the status quo, and we need it now more than ever," said Dimitrijevic, who represents the city's Bay View area and is set to announce her mayoral bid Monday.
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Threats, resignations and 100 new laws: Why public health is in crisis

  • State and local public health departments across the country have endured not only the public’s fury, but widespread staff defections, burnout, firings, unpredictable funding and a significant erosion in their authority to impose the health orders that were critical to the United States’ early response to the pandemic.
  • “We have learned all the wrong lessons from the pandemic,” said Adriane Casalotti, chief of public and government affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials, an organization representing the nearly 3,000 local health departments across the nation.
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Medicare vision, hearing and dental benefits are No. 1 on progressives’ list

By Rachel Roubein
  • Yet, progressive members have used their growing numbers — and Democrats’ small congressional majority — to double down on the more incremental notion of adding dental, vision and hearing coverage to the federal insurance program for older Americans and the disabled.
  • Today, we dive into what the FDA's outside advisers thought about Johnson & Johnson's booster shot and whether hospital vaccine mandates are working.
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Do You Want Your Brisket in a Bento Box? On a Taco? Or Over Rice?

By Daniel Vaughn
  • Slurping the broth of a brisket ramen and dipping a sausage link into a rich curry have become essential culinary experiences in this increasingly diverse state.
  • Brothers Don and Theo Nguyen celebrate their Texas and Asian heritage at a monthly pop-up with offerings such as this one, a variation on a traditional Vietnamese dish, in which they season brisket sausage with lemongrass, honey, fish sauce, and grilled lá lôt leaves.
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How Glenn Youngkin could become the education governor we need

By Hugh Hewitt
  • Youngkin may have the opportunity to sweep aside weakened union opposition to the most important reforms needed in public education.
  • What Youngkin has promised to do — return parents to a place of authority over their kids’ educations, and insist on the availability of advanced classes for every student who needs them — would obviously be “must delivers” for him as governor.
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No, Barbecue Sauce Isn’t Evil

By Daniel Vaughn
  • Kreuz’s concession, though, hasn’t stopped every out-of-state food writer who ever ate a beef rib in Austin during South by Southwest from distilling our barbecue tradition down to one simple adage: “Brisket good, sauce evil.”
  • Maybe you don’t need my permission to dunk a slice of brisket into some tangy, viscous goodness.
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Urban myths about economics have taken root — and the cost is high

By Robert D. Atkinson
  • But when urban myths take root in economics — propelling a dubious theory or faulty analysis into a widely held belief about an important issue — it can lead policymakers to draw incorrect conclusions with costly consequences.
  • But the methodology was so flawed that even Piketty and Saez reached a different conclusion 15 years later, admitting that inequality had increased much less than that and median incomes had risen 33 percent — a 41-point difference.
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Mya Strong: Hundreds raise funds for pediatric cancer with softball tournament

  • Over the weekend, hundreds of softball players ages 6-18 competed in the third-annual Mya Strong softball tournament.“It’s amazing seeing everybody coming here and playing, even from six hours away,” said Mya.Combining her love for the game and goal to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, the annual tournament raises money for the Mya Strong Foundation.“I started this foundation when I was going through this round this time,” she said, referring to her chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer.
  • KCRG reports the foundation has raised over $22,000 over the past two years.“It’s just awesome to see the support,” Mya’s dad, David, said.
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The past, present, and future of body image in America

By Anna North
  • Teens and kids especially need regular education about “social media and what healthy relationships look like, and what body image means,” Pascale Saintonge Austin, who oversees the Just Ask Me peer education program at the New York nonprofit Children’s Aid, told Vox.
  • Indeed, the history of body image and appearance culture in America over the past 40 years can feel like an endless dance: two steps forward, two steps back, with little progress in any direction.
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Water shortage worsening for along northwest Colorado’s Yampa and White

By Conrad Swanson
  • Facing severe droughts along Colorado’s Western Slope, state officials want to take better stock of how much water people, businesses and governments take out of the White and Yampa rivers, both of which flow into the historically low Colorado River .
  • Division officials are hosting stakeholder meetings in the region to develop rules by which water usage will be measured and hope to have the process finished by the end of next year, state Engineer Kevin Rein said.
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Tales From The BBQ Trail

By Texas Monthly
  • When we pulled up to our second place of the day, around noon, they sat in the air-conditioning—the temperature had already passed 90 degrees—while I got out and stood between our SUV and a black truck (the only other vehicle in the lot) so that I could hide a bit while snapping pics.
  • On a barbecue trip to San Antonio, my husband and son quickly learned the drill: every time we reached a joint, I would exit the car first and try to take a few inconspicuous photos of the signage and exterior.
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Colorado school board contests draw partisan fervor, big money

By Sandra Fish
  • But the political rancor that drove Pitton from office has brought in a whole new crowd of candidates for Colorado school boards — backed by a flood of cash contributions and major political endorsements, and energized by the same issues that divide voters in hotly contested state and national political races.
  • And a national conservative political group, the 1776 Project PAC, formed earlier this year to support candidates who oppose critical race theory, recently sent a fundraising email with the subject line “Resign, Recall, Replace” referring to its strategy of taking over school boards.
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Letter: Women for Trump, a riddle

  • I understand the perceived political advantage of hitching a ride on the Trump train, but his positions on issues directly affecting women, such as they are, do nothing to guarantee their rights or even their place at the political table (child care or tax credits, for example) and if you examine his inner circle of advisers, all are men.
  • Curiosity has on occasion compelled me to ask some female friends why they support Trump.
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