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Democrats May Be Blowing It on Voting Rights

By Jonathan Bernstein
  • This is an issue that used to have bipartisan support, from the passage of the original Voting Rights Act in 1965, back when Southern Democrats were the strongest opponents, all the way through the latest renewal of the law in 2006, when it received a unanimous vote in the Senate and was signed by President George W.
  • That required actually seeing Republicans kill a succession of attempts at compromise, including a bill from Senator Joe Manchin intended to attract bipartisan support.
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Mac-n-Cheese Bowl returning as outdoor event in Cohoes in March

By Steve Barnes

Capitalizing on Cohoes' embrace of outdoor dining with its popular Eat in the Streets promotion that began during the pandemic and returned this year, the 12th timesunion.com/Table Hopping Mac-n-Cheese Bowl will take place on a blocked-off Remsen Street on Saturday, March 26. The event, a fundraiser for the the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, has brought in more than $400,000 since its launch in 2010.

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NSA is surging its collaboration with the private sector

By Joseph Marks
  • But the work is increasingly happening through virtual meeting tools — both because of the ongoing pandemic and because that makes it easier for the NSA and company officials to respond to real-time hacking threats, Joyce said.
  • Below: A Russian hacking group was linked to the Sinclair Broadcast ransomware attack and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco says hackers have become “more aggressive, more sophisticated and more belligerent.”
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Condoleezza Rice said she cried on Jan. 6, but it’s time to ‘move on’

By Jaclyn Peiser
  • As a violent mob pushed past barricades protecting the U.S. Capitol, then dragged, beat and bludgeoned police officers before roaming the halls with abandon on Jan. 6, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice watched and wept.
  • McConnell told reporters it was time for lawmakers “to be talking about the future and not the past,” referring to the discussion about false claims of election fraud pushed by Trump and his allies, which ultimately led supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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Colin Powell: a career marked by Faustian bargains in service of war | Cynthia A Young

By Cynthia A Young
  • Powell’s televised testimony is widely credited with turning US public opinion in favor of invading Iraq, though when polled at the time, a majority of Black people continued to question the war’s necessity and morality.
  • Powell, too, made his own Faustian bargains, and in the end, he also served as fodder for US imperial ambitions destined to fail.
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Happy the Elephant Is Self-Aware and Complex, But Should She Have the Same Rights as a Person?

By Melissa Chan
  • Numerous studies and surveys have shown that children are spending more time behind screens and less time outdoor s, meaning moments to connect with animals is an “increasing rarity,” says Dan Ashe, the president of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the main accrediting body for U.S. wildlife associations.
  • Against the Bronx Zoo’s wishes, the NhRP wants to move Happy to an elephant sanctuary either in Tennessee or California, where there’s more space and opportunities for her to socialize.
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‘Everybody’s excited’: Amazon workers in Staten Island to file for union vote

By Michael Sainato
  • Chris Smalls, a former worker at JFK8 in Staten Island and recently elected president of the Amazon Labor Union was fired from the warehouse in March last year after organizing a protest in response to Amazon’s treatment of workers when the pandemic first hit the US .
  • Amazon workers plan to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board next Monday, after months of organizing and collecting over 2,000 union authorization cards from employees at a warehouse in New York City.
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State redistricting stumbles amidst familiar partisan infighting

By Daniel C. Vock
  • This year’s round of redistricting is already crumbling into partisanship and court challenges in multiple states, even as voters pay more attention than ever to new political maps that will shape elections for a decade.
  • “At a certain point, the lure of partisan political power is such that, unless there are strong reforms in place, you’re going to see what happened in Oregon, you’re going to see what happened in Ohio,” said Suzanne Almeida, a lawyer who works on redistricting issues for Common Cause.
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Colorado’s new state House and Senate maps drew several Democrats into Republican districts and vice versa

By Thy Vo
  • While the new state House and Senate maps drawn by an independent commission and pending approval by the Colorado Supreme Court appear to favor Democrats’ maintaining their majority in the General Assembly, the proposals are forcing lawmakers to make tough choices that could alter the political fabric of the state for years to come.
  • That’s not the case for Democratic Sen. Tammy Story of Evergreen, who finds herself in a newly drawn 4th District that would favor Republicans, according to a competitiveness report by nonpartisan redistricting staff based on the results of eight statewide races between 2016 and 2020.
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Republican lawmakers flush bill requiring low-flow plumbing fixtures

By Brian Maffly
  • That’s the “eye-opening” statistic Sen. Jani Iwamoto highlighted Tuesday while pitching a draft bill that would require more efficient toilets, faucets and shower heads in new residential construction, saying it would reduce annual water use by 16,000 acre-feet by 2030.
  • “Utah is the only state in the Colorado Basin that has not adopted a similar standard or allows for municipalities to pass ordinances requiring these fixtures,” the Salt Lake City Democrat told the Legislative Water Development Commission.
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With ‘forever chemicals’ targeted by Biden’s EPA, Connecticut manufacturers anticipate impact

By John Moritz
  • The proposed action by the Biden administration would go further, requiring manufacturers to report how many PFAS chemicals their products contain, provide data about emissions and potentially pay for environmental cleanup.
  • A proposed crackdown on so-called “forever chemicals” announced by the Biden administration this week would likely have a sweeping impact on Connecticut’s manufacturing industry, experts said, pointing to the chemicals’ ubiquitous use in everything from furniture to makeup to cookware.
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Competition heating up for Hawaii Tourism Authority’s U.S. contract

By Allison Schaefers
  • Ronald Rodriguez, HTA procurement officer/senior contract specialist, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in an email that 27 entities have registered their intent to apply to a request for proposals for the United States Major Market Area contract, (RFP) 22-01.
  • HTA also awarded HVCB a $9.4 million sole-source contract earlier this year to oversee new destination action management plans and community enrichment programs, and to develop a universal reservation system.
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Guerrero: Who will be the champion for immigrants in the post-Trump era?

By Jean Guerrero
  • Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) have said they will vote down any budget reconciliation deal on the multitrillion infrastructure package that does not include “common-sense immigration reform.”
  • Instead, Democrats are mulling over a third proposal for her review that would only grant immigrants parole — the right to remain temporarily in the country — rather than green cards, which would provide stability and freedom to cross borders.
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Red America’s Compassion Fatigue: A Report From Mobile, Alabama

By Marion Renault
  • “It was steady, all day long,” Vicki Davis, a registered nurse and vaccinator with the Mobile County Health Department, told me from behind a table at All Saints Episcopal Church, where she and her colleague, another registered nurse, Adrienne Irvin, prepped for the morning’s clinic.
  • “It was like we reached the number of people who wanted it,” said Carolyn Eichold, a volunteer at that day’s vaccine event.
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How Newspapers Deserted Their Civic Mission

By Chris Lehmann
  • In News for the Rich, White, and Blue, Nikki Usher traces the struggles of “those metropolitan and regional newspapers that are not quite local and not quite national” against the industry-wide conditions of “market failure” that have produced a wave of layoffs and bankruptcies throughout the sector.
  • And just as confusingly, Usher uncritically relies on the great culture-war fable of incorrigible liberal bias to reenvision a more locally anchored and responsive media ecosystem.
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From books to free food, Stillwater family builds on a legacy of sharing

By Matt McKinney
  • For more than two years now, Tony Bol and his wife Eden Penn have made wooden boxes for people who want to install them in their front yards to share something: books, food, seeds.
  • It was Tony's late brother, Todd, who hammered together a tiny library and planted it in his Hudson, Wis., front yard more than a decade ago, creating the Little Free Library movement.
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Op-Ed: As California redraws political lines, keep two Black congressional districts in L.A.

By Connie Malloy
  • Others came to the redistricting commission suggesting that the congressional districts held by Black members in Los Angeles be collapsed into one big Black majority seat, which would have had the effect of reducing Black representation to numbers that haven’t been seen in L.A. since the 1960s.
  • The commission should resist any efforts to reduce the political and representative power of the Black community in Los Angeles County, and this begins with a commitment to retain two congressional seats in which Black voters have enough numbers to affect the outcomes of elections.
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Letters: Install water system for Waikiki surfboard rack; Have Elon Musk turn guideway into roadway; Rail route should run between UH campuses

  • The second arson fire at the Waikiki surfboard rack could so easily have been prevented (“ Kalakaua reopens in Waikiki after surf racks burn for 2nd time in less than 2 years,” Star-Advertiser, Top News, Oct. 17).
  • Mayor Rick Blangiardi can give the project to Elon Musk, whose company can rip up the rail and run electric buses on the elevated guideway.
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Thrasio, Perch, and others are betting $9 billion that the consumer-goods conglomerate of the future will be built on Amazon

By Ainsley Harris
  • They saw strength in numbers: If an aggregator could acquire the best of these merchants across different categories—that is, ones making over $1 million a year, with profit margins greater than 20% and a customer rating of at least four stars—it could create a new kind of consumer packaged goods company, a sprawling, internet-era Unilever comprising a thousand niche brands, built off the back of a retail juggernaut.
  • Though Thrasio and Seifert declined to offer specifics on their deal, bids for a well-run Amazon brand typically start at more than three times adjusted annual revenue, meaning that sellers of Car Caché’s size are cashing eight-figure checks.
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How AWS CEO Adam Selipsky is keeping its $59 billion flywheel spinning

By Harry McCracken
  • Seven years ago, when pharmaceutical and biotech company Moderna was ramping up, managing its own data center “would have cost us a magnitude more than what we were paying AWS,” says chief digital officer Marcello Damiani.
  • In 2005, a new Amazon recruit named Adam Selipsky joined a small team working on a project that was seemingly far afield from the company’s core business of selling products such as books, laptops, and baby supplies over the internet.
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Carmakers rush to build batteries for electric vehicles

By Joann Muller
  • Driving the news: This week, Toyota and Stellantis (Chrysler and Jeep's parent) joined the chorus of automakers planning to build giant battery factories in North America.
  • Why it matters: Eyeing President Biden's climate agenda, carmakers are racing to create a domestic battery supply chain to support their aggressive rollout of electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
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There are no real climate leaders yet – who will step up at Cop26? | Greta Thunberg

By Greta Thunberg
  • In my own country, Sweden, a news investigation recently concluded that once you include all of Sweden’s actual emissions (territorial, biogenic, consumption of imported goods, burning of biomass, pension fund investments and so on), only one-third of the net total is accounted for in the country’s climate targets.
  • Being by far the biggest emitter in history, as well as the world’s number one oil producer, doesn’t seem to embarrass the US while it claims to be a climate leader.
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History Center and Fairfield residents at odds over Burr Homestead events

By Josh LaBella
  • Kupchick said residents told her events were much less frequent before the town entered into an agreement with the History Center in 2016.
  • The town has lease agreements with many businesses that operate on town property, Kupchick said, and she told the neighbors she would be reviewing the Burr Homestead Lease agreement with the History Center in the coming months.
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Kokua Line: What are the Hawaii flight rules?

By Christine Donnelly
  • Safe Travels, a digital platform at travel.hawaii.gov, requires a Hawaii- bound airline passenger to register their flight, complete a health assessment online within 24 hours before boarding and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, unless they received a quarantine exception in advance.
  • Question: Does Gov. Ige’s welcoming back fully vaccinated tourists on Nov. 1 mean that the Safe Travels program is lifted as of that date?
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Our Turn: Protecting our forests

  • We were glad to see the pending Build Back Better reconciliation bill include a $1.25 billion investment in the Forest Legacy Program, which helps states and private forest owners maintain working forests, as well as $100 million for the Community Forest Program,which was the key to protecting Mink Brook.
  • We recently joined Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to celebrate the newly protected Mink Brook Community Forest in Hanover and to highlight the critical forest conservation investments she is fighting for now in Washington, D.C.
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What We Have Lost

By Kim Ghattas
  • P ervasive in all the stories out of Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Hong Kong is a deep sense of loss—of hope and freedom, but also of space for liberal values and ideas, and, more literally, loss of home and of talent.
  • Since prodemocracy protests erupted there in 2019, at the same time as anti-corruption demonstrations in Lebanon, I’ve witnessed my own country’s collapse under a plethora of crises: the implosion of its economy, the enormous blast at the Beirut port, and of course the pandemic, all of it wrapped up in endemically corrupt politics and meddling by foreign powers, notably Iran.
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Bannon only one of 19 not cooperating with Jan. 6 panel

By Jacqueline Alemany, Theodoric Meyer
  • Thompson (D-Miss.) made clear this week ahead of the Tuesday vote to hold former president Donald Trump ’s one-time adviser in contempt, saying in opening remarks that Bannon “stands alone in his complete defiance” of the panel’s subpoena.
  • Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon official Kash Patel have been “engaging” with the probe, according to the panel, and were granted an extension to testify as their legal teams negotiate with the select committee.
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Trudy Rubin: Colin Powell should be remembered for promoting honesty, civility and patriotism above divisive politics

By Trudy Rubin
  • As soon as I learned that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had died Monday, my mind flashed back to his infamous U.N. speech on Feb. 5, 2003, in which Powell pressed for a war to disarm Iraq.
  • He oversaw the first, successful Iraq War in 1991 and laid out the Powell Doctrine, calling for applying military might only with overwhelming and decisive troop strength.
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The Benefits of Cinnamon

By zaleska
  • In addition to helping desserts burst with flavor, the ancient spice is also used in savory dishes, such as baked cinnamon-thyme chicken or spicy lamb and veggie shepherd’s pie .
  • “When people stopped taking the cinnamon, they saw some continuation of benefits — namely, the blood sugar levels remained lower than at the start of the test,” O’Neill says.
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Letters: My wife and I are small landlords. We oppose this referendum in St. Paul

By Letter Writers
  • As people consider how to vote on the rent control referendum here in St. Paul, I hope my experience will be informative.
  • Although synthetic turf eliminates the use of some chemicals used to maintain grass and has a significant benefit in providing a surface that can be used continuously, it is not a sustainable product and poses a risk to our children’s health and to the environment.
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Revised revenue outlook raises tax-cutting hopes

By Michael R. Wickline
  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson and some lawmakers believe that Arkansas can afford to cut individual income taxes by more than $300 million over the next two years without negatively affecting critical state services in light of new revenue projections released this week.
  • The state Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday boosted its forecast for total general revenue tax collections by $350.2 million, to $7.3 billion, in the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and by $444.8 million, to $7.7 billion, in fiscal 2023, which starts July 1.
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Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

  • Those changes could help the virus survive, becoming new variants.But that doesn’t mean the virus will keep evolving in the same way since it emerged in late 2019.When a virus infects a new species, it needs to adapt to the new host to spread more widely, says Andrew Read, a virus expert at Pennsylvania State University.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the delta variant is twice as contagious as earlier versions of the virus.
  • But that doesn’t mean new variants will keep emerging as regularly, or that they’ll be more dangerous.With more than half the world still not vaccinated, the virus will likely keep finding people to infect and replicating inside them for several months or years to come.
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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

By Felix Salmon
  • Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."
  • It then went public at the end of 2020, and is now worth more than $100 billion.
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Five lawmakers join call for U.S. vote audit

By Rachel Herzog
  • Five Arkansas lawmakers have signed on to a letter calling for a 50-state audit of the 2020 presidential election and making unsubstantiated claims about corruption.
  • Since then, nearly 150 lawmakers from 38 states have signed on, according to Rogers' website, including Arkansas GOP members Sen. Trent Garner of El Dorado, Rep. Mary Bentley of Perryville, Rep. Mark Lowery of Maumelle, Rep. Marcus Richmond of Harvey and Rep. Brandt Smith of Jonesboro.
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Best Mariachi Band

Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School Officially known as Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, these musicians and students have traveled all over Arizona and even to other states to perform their art. Individual performers of Mariachi Aztlán have even ranked in mariachi festivals. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The harsh truths of partition in Ireland can’t be avoided in the name of reconciliation | Brian Hanley

By Brian Hanley
  • But trying to avoid contentious political questions was always problematic, since central to the current idea of commemoration was the very politically driven view that it must reflect the existence of “two traditions” in Ireland as well as a “shared history” with Britain.
  • For the past decade Ireland has been engaged in a commemorative process around the years that led to the birth not just of the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland but the modern United Kingdom.
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State hospitals log 3-month covid low

By Andy Davis
  • The number of covid-19 patients in Arkansas hospitals fell Wednesday by 10, to 451, its lowest level since July 7.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom said his state would mandate the shots for students in grades seven through 12 starting in July, assuming the Pfizer vaccine for children age 12-15 is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that age group by then.
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This Minnesota father of two shifts focus from golf course to classrooms, encouraging kids to be nice

  • While Be The Nice Kid launched about 10 years ago, Skavnak said his message is more urgent than ever, due to the pandemic and the isolation it’s created.
  • He shares stories of his own childhood as a quiet kid who got picked on occasionally and of his realization after decades of playing golf that there will always be people who are better, smarter, cooler.
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Miss Manners: I was hurt when they left me out of the takeout order

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin
  • I’ve always felt that, particularly in small groups, only one person should talk at a time while others listen, and that to start another conversation while someone is speaking is a rude interruption.
  • DEAR MISS MANNERS: I occasionally dine with a small group of friends, and we engage in conversation both during dinner and after.
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UA receives $500,000 from Florida couple

By Jaime Adame
  • Kim and Chris Fowler, of Key West, Fla., are providing support for what's considered the second phase of the Mullins Library project.
  • "Mullins Library has needed some aesthetic updates, and we really wanted to support the overall vision of having a more lively, bright, accommodating environment for students and other visitors," Kim Fowler said in a statement released by the university.
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UAPB names Bailey to post

By Special to The Commercial
  • Prior to her current position, Bailey served in several other positions at UAPB including interim assistant dean of academics for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, associate professor in the Department of Human Sciences and director of the Child Development Center.
  • Bailey will provide leadership to the department that includes food service/restaurant management; human development and family studies; merchandising, textiles and design; and hospitality and tourism management, according to a news release.
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Little Rock city manager to review mayor’s draft ward maps following board decision handing him redistricting authority

By Joseph Flaherty
  • A day after Little Rock elected officials voted to hand him the task of redrawing ward boundaries in light of 2020 census results, City Manager Bruce Moore declined to say Wednesday whether he will pursue either of the draft maps that Mayor Frank Scott Jr. recently distributed to the city board.
  • When reached via email Wednesday and asked about the mayor's "New Wards" proposal that would effectively merge her and Peck's wards, Webb wrote that she has supported -- and expects to continue to support -- many of Scott's initiatives, "from community schools to the citizen review board to the emergency response on COVID and more."
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City Week: Weekly Picks

By Emily Dieckman
Editor’s Note: While we are delighted to see Tucsonans once again gathering for fun events, we are also aware that the Delta variant is in widespread circulation. Please consider getting vaccinated against COVID if you haven’t yet and following CDC guidance, which includes wearing masks at crowded indoor events. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Unvaccinated patients and employees driving COVID outbreaks in Maine hospitals

By Colin Woodard
  • Outbreaks have an even larger impact on hospital staffing than the numbers suggest because staffers who come into contact with infected colleagues have to quarantine, and unvaccinated staffers often have to quarantine longer than their vaccinated colleagues, notes Dr. James Jarvis, physician incident commander for Northern Light Healthcare, parent entity to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
  • There have been 13 outbreaks within Maine’s hospitals since March 1 resulting in 45 patients and 142 staff members becoming infected, according to data obtained from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Letters

  • I submit the following as also common sense: (1) vaccinations stop pandemics; (2) global warming is causing climate change on Earth; and (3) people who stormed the American Capitol should not be treated as heroes but as people who were trying to subvert democracy.
  • He gets off to a good start summarizing the fact that climate change is a part of Earth history through geologic time, and reminding us that global warming obviously occurred during the end of the latest Ice Age. The northern half of North America and much of Europe and Asia were covered with ice during the Pleistocene Epoch; now it's mostly gone.
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Arkansas Supreme Court justice bows out of mask mandate suit

By Lara Farrar
  • An Arkansas Supreme Court justice has recused herself from a case that seeks to block the enforcement of a law that prohibits state and local governments, including public school districts, from mandating individuals to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • At the end of September, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the state's request to end an injunction by a lower court that barred the enforcement of the ban on government mask mandates.
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Opinion: Making clinicians worthy of medical AI: Lessons from Tesla and self-driving cars

By Arjun K. Manrai and Isaac S. Kohane
  • As with self-driving cars, medical AI will not stop physicians who lack common sense from making out-of-context mistakes.
  • T esla is in the midst of conducting an unprecedented social experiment: testing drivers of its cars to see if they are safe enough operators to receive the company’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software update, which expands the car’s autonomous capabilities, most notably on city streets.
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Half doses, third doses, kids’ doses: Covid vaccine delivery goes next-level difficult

By Andrew Joseph and Helen Branswell
  • The FDA also authorized, and CDC is expected to recommend second doses of the Johnson & Johnson shot as soon as later today for everyone who received that shot — not just the narrower populations given the OK for the boosters of the Moderna or Pfizer shots.
  • They’re educating vaccine administrators and building out systems to ensure that people get the right dose when they come in for their shots — whether the primary series or a booster.
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Farmers don’t have to contribute to the environmental crisis – we can solve it | Jyoti Fernandes

By Jyoti Fernandes
  • The industry must convert to an agroecological farming system where we feed ourselves without destroying the land for future generations, while, at the same time, protecting and improving the livelihoods of millions of food producers worldwide.
  • Agroecological farming means we nurture the soil, insects, grassland, plants, animals and trees on our land to provide healthy affordable food for our local community.
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Duggar sisters’ lawsuit presents different issues, lawyers argue

By Ron Wood
  • Lawyers for the remaining defendants, former Maj. Rick Hoyt of the Washington County sheriff's office; Ernest Cate, Springdale city attorney; and former Police Chief Kathy O'Kelley, filed a joint motion asking the judge for a ruling dismissing the case.
  • Josh Duggar's case was dismissed by an Arkansas circuit judge on a motion by the defendants for judgment based on arguments made in filings, according to the motion.
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An inch away

By JON TAYLOR SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
  • This year, we are honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a statewide disability inclusion survey open to all Arkansas-based employers.
  • The Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into communities across the state.
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Lawsuit filed to repo Little Rock’s historic Pike-Fletcher-Terry house, force forensic accounting for endowment

By Bill Bowden
  • Ownership of one of the oldest homes in Little Rock -- the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House -- should revert to the descendants of the sisters who donated it to the city and the "Arkansas Arts Center" in 1964, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
  • Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter said the city considered taking over operation of the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House from the museum foundation if the endowment came with it.
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Stanford deepens long history of supporting local students’ mental health and well-being

By Chelcey Adami
  • “We need to ensure we have early intervention models for youth to be really productive and vibrant young adults, to continue to take on these challenging times,” said Dr. Steven Adelsheim, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.
  • For Michelle Griffith, having Stanford University’s support in developing a new mental health counselor program for the Redwood City School District feels like a “net underneath me,” she said.
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Don’t Celebrate the Defeat of Austria’s Conservative Star

By Leonid Bershidsky
  • As recently as mid-September, Manfred Weber, the leader of the center-right European People’s Party faction in the European Parliament (the EPP is moderate European conservatives’ umbrella organization) called on like-minded politicians to “go Sebastian’s way everywhere in Europe” to modernize their parties; early this month, Tilman Kuban, head of the German Christian Democrats youth wing, said his party needed its own Sebastian Kurz.
  • And yet Kurz has been forced to resign as Austria’s chancellor since his People’s Party coalition partner, the Greens, refused to work with him following a corruption scandal.
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‘No more time to waste,’ chair of House climate panel warns ahead of Cop26

By Lauren Gambino in Washington
  • If enacted, Castor said the plan to slash planet-heating emissions by accelerating America’s transition away from fossil fuels would be “the most important and far-reaching clean energy and climate bill ever passed by the US Congress”.
  • With no less than the future of the planet at stake, Kathy Castor, chair of the select committee on the climate crisis, has warned Democrats that there is precious little time left to enact the US president’s aggressive climate agenda and avert the most catastrophic impacts of global warming.
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Tesla Made a Smart Bet in China. It’s Paying Off

By Anjani Trivedi
  • At its third quarter earnings call, Tesla said it’s switching to a less expensive type of battery – the central part of the vehicle – for the company’s standard-range cars globally.
  • That means even if they aren’t going to take Teslas several hundreds of miles away on one charge, they will drive the company toward greater sales and, ultimately, wider adoption of greener vehicles.
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OPINION | TAKEOUT TASTINGS: Hitting the bricks and the food trucks

By Eric E. Harrison
  • Our pepperoni, beef and mozzarella combo pie from GoldFingers Woodfired Pizza was larger than we could handle for lunch.
  • HOW IT WENT: Our order of the combo pie was fortuitous, as the pizza maker had already popped one into the oven — don't know if he heard us coming, or what, but it took a couple of minutes off the delivery time, which came to about eight minutes.
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Gwen Rockwood: Three tips for the best non-expert writing

By Gwen Rockwood
  • My 17-year-old son is writing an essay for his college application this month, and he, too, is feeling the weight of words.
  • • Be smart, but don't try to "sound smart." One of the best things I learned as a freshman in college was from a professor who held a contest to see who could write the most bloated, pretentious essay that sounded important but had almost zero meaning.
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German Bild Tabloid Scandal Is More Than a Local Affair

By Chris Hughes
  • German journalist Julian Reichelt was relieved of his duties on Monday, with Axel Springer saying he failed to maintain a boundary between professional and private matters and had not been truthful with the executive board about this.
  • But on Monday Axel Springer ended Reichelt’s employment, having learned through media investigations that he was still in a relationship with a Bild employee.
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Helpful Hints

By Heloise
  • DEAR READERS: When you bring groceries home from the supermarket, be certain your freezer is working properly to keep frozen food frozen.
  • DEAR READERS: Stainless steel looks great and has such a durable finish, but it does need a special kind of cleaning to prevent the surface from being scratched.
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Jim Curtin and Dániel Gazdag rue Union’s defensive mishaps as big clash with with Nashville looms

  • Dániel Gazdag should have been celebrating his first two Union goals from open play, the kind of game-defining attacking performance for which everyone (including him) has been waiting all season.
  • Not only have the Union conceded goals in consecutive regular season games for the first time since the first two games of last year, but they blew second-half leads in both games.
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Realists of a larger reality wanted: Ursula K Le Guin prize for fiction to launch in 2022

By Alison Flood

Award aims to honour imaginative fiction that champions ‘hope and freedom, alternatives to conflict and a holistic view of humanity’s place in the natural world’

Winning the National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters in 2014, the late Ursula K Le Guin spoke of how how “hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope”. Seven years later, a new literary award is being launched by her estate to honour those authors.

The Ursula K Le Guin prize for fiction will be awarded for the first time next year, on 21 October, which would have been the Earthsea author’s 93rd birthday. Worth $25,000 (£18,000), it will go to a work of “imaginative fiction”, with the intention of recognising the writers Le Guin spoke of in her 2014 acceptance speech. She said at the time that she was sharing the medal with “all the writers who’ve been excluded from literature for so long – my fellow authors of fantasy and science fiction, writers of the imagination, who for 50 years have watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists”. When the hard times arrive, Le Guin said, “we’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality”.

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Whicker: Insults, injuries push Dodgers to end of very thin rope in NLCS

By Mark Whicker
  • But it was also a misnomer because Drew Smyly started 23 times for the Braves this year and has pitched in seven postseason games.
  • No other Dodger reached base, and Eddie Rosario continued to demonstrate the little-known fact that he is the Greatest Player In The Game Today, with a home run on top of his home run and his triple and his single.
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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority warns patients after harmful substance found in quality testing

By Anna Codutti Tulsa World
  • THC-O-acetate is not included in any testing regulations under OMMA, Pagonis said, so the agency was unable to issue a recall because the product technically did not fail required testing.
  • An investigation remains ongoing, according to OMMA spokeswoman Kelsey Pagonis, with the agency close to being able to identify where in the supply chain the THC analogue was added.
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Aquarium chiefs: Taking a stand for marine life & our fragile ocean

By Stephen M. Coan and Vikki N. Spruill
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) submitted a proposal with large support across the New England congressional delegation to President Obama, urging him to protect the area from harmful activities such as offshore oil and gas drilling, deep seabed mining and commercial-scale fishing.
  • This month, President Biden took such action by restoring protections to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean.
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Flynn: America’s melting pot filled with veterans’ stories

By Ray Flynn
  • But many stories of military heroism came to life last weekend at the New England Chinese American World War II Congressional Gold Medal Awards ceremony at Faneuil Hall.
  • Although my uncle Bill Kirby saw considerable combat action serving in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II, during the Korean War and even the beginning of the Vietnam War, he would rarely talk about it, just as my two decorated combat veteran brothers of the Korean and Vietnam wars only talked about their experiences when they were having a couple of beers with their “combat buddies” who they worked with in the Police or Boston Fire departments.
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Happy Mood Music in Markets Is Ignoring China Troubles

By John Authers
  • There are any number of discordant notes as growth dwindles in the U.S., inflation in Europe rises to the kind of level that might force the European Central Bank to action — and, most importantly, China appears to be lapsing into its most significant economic slowdown not driven by pandemic disease in a generation.
  • If we look at annualized two-year changes, to try to get around the base effects created by the Covid shutdown, the pattern of declining growth grows clearer, for both the consumer and manufacturing sectors.
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EDITORIAL: Proposed jobless fund tax hike on employers a bad idea

By Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday concluded his two-month “listening tour,” a multi-city road show designed to allow Nevadans to voice their thoughts on how the state should spend the windfall it has reaped from Washington under the guise of pandemic relief.
  • While state and national politicians have developed an increasing disconnect when it comes to recognizing where the cash they spend so freely actually comes from, American taxpayers — including those in Nevada — bear ultimately responsibility for the bill.
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Montgomery Public Schools Hosts Town Hall Meeting

By Ja Nai Wright
Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore along with members of the board of education shared news about the advancements that have been made so far this school year at their first town hall meeting. Each department from Finances to Human Resources shared details about improvements MPS schools have made so far this school year. The topic on a lot of parents minds; the school buildings themselves. Parents asked about progress and development being made towards renovating and fixing a lot of the schools in the district. MPS has hired a project management firm called Volkert. The firm will evaluate the schools in the district to determine the need for […]Read more >Similar articles >

Juban’s plans an early 2022 reopening with new updates

By Falon Brown
  • "So you'll come in, you'll still feel familiar that you'll know some of the dishes but we also have a lot of new things that we're going to bring to you," said Peter Sclafani, executive chef. 
  • "One of the things we're gonna do post-COVID is eating outside so we're going to expand the courtyard and make it even bigger since people love to eat outside now," said Sclafani. 
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Gwyneth Paltrow tackles bedroom taboos in Netflix series

By BROOKE LEFFERTS
  • The Oscar-winner and entrepreneur behind the goop beauty and wellness brand opens up in the six-episode series, aimed at improving the relationships and sex lives of six courageous couples.
  • Michaela Boehm, an intimacy expert on the series who has worked with Paltrow personally, says she is excited about "Sex, Love & goop" because it will make her advice more accessible to people who might otherwise be reluctant about sex therapy.
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Des Moines City Council Candidate Forums: Ward 1

  • All right, I'm going to start with you Mr CAin in for the first question since you went last on the opening statements, many people in our audience tonight are AARP members concerned about livable communities.
  • And that actually leads into my next question, which goes to Mr Gray World, one has some of the most economically prosperous neighborhoods in the city, but also sort of the other end of that with maybe more need for economic opportunity.
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Tesla starts new ESL program after Austin group raises language barrier concerns

By Tahera Rahman
  • Austin Community College District says it's working with the company and community partners to launch an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
  • United Way of Greater Austin says an analysis of its calls for help indicate Meza's Dove Springs neighborhood is within the third top zip code of highest need in our region, with rent and electric being the top needs.
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Celtics lose 2 OT thriller to Knicks in season opener, 138-134

By Mark Murphy
  • Brown opened the second overtime with his eighth 3-pointer, but Dennis Schroder, with a chance to stretch the lead, missed an open layup attempt off the break.
  • Brown defied quarantine with his career-high 46-point, 46-minute performance, but with old friend Evan Fournier matching his Celtics’ best with a 32-point, six-trey performance, and Julius Randle steamrolling the C’s with 35 points, the Celtics fell apart down the stretch of the second overtime period.
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Loons comeback for 3-2 win over Philadelphia Union

By Andy Greder
  • It was fitting Adrien Hunou, Robin Lod and Franco Fragapane each scored for Minnesota United in its 3-2 win over Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night; that trio was the topic of conversations after the MLS Players Association released its latest salary information in the morning.
  • Hunou scored first to give the Loons the first-half lead, Lod brought them back to a tie in the 63rd minute and Fragapane provided the winner in the 67th.
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