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Brian Blad gets four more years in office following runoff election

By Nate Sunderland
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad POCATELLO — Incumbent Brian Blad secured a fourth term as Pocatello’s mayor following a runoff election Tuesday. Blad, who was competing against challenger David Worley, captured 56 percent of the vote, compared to Worley’s 44 percent. The Bannock County Elections Office shows that 11,083 people voted in the runoff election, which is up from 10,633 people who voted during the Nov. 2 general election. During the general election the votes were split between five candidates. None of them secured a 50 percent, plus one majority, which led to the runoff election between Blad and Worley, who received the most votes […]Read more >Similar articles >

Marc Carroll wins second term as Blackfoot mayor

By Nate Sunderland
Blackfoot Mayor Marc Carroll BLACKFOOT — Incumbent Mayor Marc Carroll will get a second term in office following a runoff election Tuesday night. Carroll, who was running against challenger Craig Stuart, secured 53 percent of the vote, compared with Stuart’s 47 percent. The Bingham County Elections Office shows 1,334 people voted in Tuesday’s runoff election, compared to the 1,566 people that voted during the general election on Nov. 2. During the general election the votes were split between four candidates. None of them secured a 50 percent, plus one majority, which led to the runoff election between Carroll and Stuart, who were the top […]Read more >Similar articles >
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RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.: Mexican president should keep his focus south of the border

By Ruben Navarrette Jr. Washington Post Writers Group
  • That boy was my grandfather, Roman, and everything he and my Texas-born grandmother, Esperanza, accomplished in the life they shared together in New Mexico and later California was thanks to their hard work and the generosity of the United States.
  • At the news conference in Mexico, AMLO also asked Congress to consider the contributions and influence of Mexicans in the United States.
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Boston Pops celebrate return to community in holiday concerts

By Jed Gottlieb
  • This year, with the Pops playing before a live audience in Symphony Hall for the first time since 2019, a little extra contemplation went into the set list chock with holiday staples.
  • “When we got past ‘A Soldier’s Carol,’ we thought a lot about what everyone in the arts should be thinking about, that what we present reflected as diverse a set of backgrounds as it could,” Lockhart said.
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LETTER: Hong Kong vs. New York

By Charles Parrish Las Vegas
  • In approximately April 2020, Hong Kong, a city of about 7 million persons, experienced the same COVID pandemic as the rest of the world and records on the internet show about 970 total cases of infection at that time.
  • By contrast, New York City, with a population of around 8 million, was experiencing a seven-day average of 9,350 infections.
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Lowry: LeBron James, king of hypocrisy when it comes to China

By Rich Lowry
  • The grotesque hypocrisy of the Nike-NBA industrial complex and its biggest star, LeBron James, has been underlined in recent weeks by Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter, who has been on a one-man crusade against the Chinese Communist Party and those too cowardly or greedy to call it out.
  • If China were to take Taiwan, would the NBA, Nike or LeBron James do anything more than offer vague expressions of concern and piffle about how the situation is complicated?
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What you need to know about COVID variants, Minnesota mask requirements, vaccines and more

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that even fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor spaces where community transmission of the virus is "substantial or high." Currently, roughly 85% of U.S. counties meet that threshold, which is defined as at least 50 new cases weekly per 100,000 residents.
  • Under the mandate, t ens of millions of Americans who work at companies with 100 or more employees would need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested for the virus weekly and wear a mask under government rules issued Thursday.
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Swift selling local media assets to Ogden Newspapers

  • The family-owned business has run magazines, newspapers, websites, book publishing and other digital products in several Western states, including Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and California.
  • Swift Communications, which owns a range of daily and weekly newspapers across the American West, announced Tuesday it is selling its local media and publishing businesses to West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers.
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CLARENCE PAGE: Another way to fight violent hate groups? Take ‘em to court

By Clarence Page Tribune Content Agency
  • A Charlottesville, Virginia, jury awarded millions of dollars in damages against white nationalist leaders for violence that erupted during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in that university town.
  • The case goes back to the lynching in 1981 of Michael Donald, 19, a Black youth who was abducted at random while walking to a store by members of the United Klans of America.
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LeBron-less Lakers flatten Kings with second-half surge

By Kyle Goon
  • With 12 points and 13 rebounds, veteran center Dwight Howard injected defensive energy: The Lakers outscored the Kings by 27 points in his 35 minutes.
  • It was a far cry from the triple-overtime letdown that the Lakers suffered on Friday night at Staples Center, when they blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, then frittered away possessions in overtime when they had a chance to close out a Kings team that has already fired its coach.
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Raisel Iglesias, Angels reportedly nearing 4-year deal

By Jeff Fletcher
The Angels are reportedly nearing a four-year deal with closer Raisel Iglesias. The Angels have not confirmed the deal, which was reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athleticon Tuesday night. Iglesias, 31, was one of the best relievers in baseball last season, recording 34 saves and posting a 2.57 ERA with the Angels. The Angels gave him an $18.4million qualifying offer, but he rejected it. The timing of the deal is tricky because a lockout is expected to begin on Wednesday at 8:59 p.m. PT. If the Angels can’t finish the deal, including a physical, before then, the deal would remain in limbo throughout a lockout. More to come on this story. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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BREAKING: Dickens wins runoff election, will become Atlanta’s 61st mayor

By J.D. Capelouto - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Wilborn Nobles - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Atlanta mayoral candidate Felicia Moore speaks to members of the press during a runoff election watch party held at W Atlanta hotel on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
  • Atlanta mayoral candidate Felicia Moore speaks to members of the press during a runoff election watch party held at W Atlanta hotel on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
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City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayor’s race

By Tim Craig
  • Considered a long-shot candidate just a few months ago, Dickens cobbled together a coalition of support from Black voters as well as younger, White residents who continue to move into neighborhoods near the city’s downtown.
  • On the campaign trail, Dickens defended his vote on the council last year to shift resources away from the police department to bolster spending on mental health services.
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VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, December 3

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote. Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor. Readers are allowed to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Woof! It’s Lights and Leashes at PIR for Sunshine Division

By Tim Steele
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Even the pooches like the holidays. The annual Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway is underway with thousands of lights making a dazzling display. On Tuesday night the dogs got to go, too. The one-night-only Lights and Leashes Dog Walk brought lots of furry friends to PIR to enjoy the festive feelings. People took a casual stroll around the track with their pets on a leash — and some even walked around without a dog. The event is also a fundraiser for the Sunshine Division. The one-night-only Lights and Leashes Dog Walk brought lots of furry friends to PIR, November 30, 2021 (KOIN)The […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Eanes ISD makes face coverings optional for students, staff and visitors

By Jaclyn Ramkissoon
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Masks are now optional for all students, staff and visitors in the Eanes Independent School District, according to an announcement on the district’s website Tuesday. The district said masks are still "strongly encouraged" for those in elementary and middle schools, until the vaccine is more readily available for younger children. Eanes ISD said it will still be keeping an eye on local COVID-19 data and guidance from health officials to determine if the mask mandate will need to be reimplemented in the future. This comes as concerns are being raised about the newly-discovered omicron variant of the virus. UT […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Massachusetts lawmakers agree to $4 billion ARPA spending bill, but likely too late to see it pass this year

By Erin Tiernan
  • House and Senate lawmakers have reached deal on a $4 billion coronavirus relief spending bill, breaking gridlock over how the two chambers sought to spend billions in federal aid and surplus state tax revenue dollars, but leaving little hope the bill will inch over the finish line this year.
  • While the House and Senate chambers could take a vote during informal sessions over the coming weeks, it’s unlikely the massive spending proposal will pass since a single lawmaker can derail a vote.
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Michael J. Fox shares update on Parkinson’s disease: ‘It’s weird that I’ve done as well as I have’

  • Fox know him as the lighthearted, funny and talented actor behind beloved characters like Marty McFly and Mike Flaherty.Now, in a new interview with AARP Magazine, the actor opens up about how his Parkinson’s diagnosis has forced him to end acting for good, how he stays positive, and the impact the diagnosis has had on his everyday life.The Back to the Future star was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 30 years ago but has fought hard to continue his acting career.
  • I mean, I’m sailing a ship on stormy seas on the brightest of days."His family and friends have even commented on his unimaginable positivity despite the disease's trying side effects."I sometimes underestimate the power of his optimism," Fox’s wife Tracy Pollan said in the AARP interview.
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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

By DAVID BAUDER
  • CNN said Tuesday it was suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after details emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he faced charges of sexual harassment.
  • The CNN anchor had pressed sources for information on his brother's accusers and reported back to the governor's staff, and was active helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for New York's attorney general.
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Feds seeking volunteers to host America’s nuclear waste

By Teri Sforza
  • “The longer it takes the federal government to resolve the current impasse and develop a solution for the permanent disposal of commercial spent nuclear fuel, the greater the potential risk to the environment and public health, or of security incidents associated with temporary on-site storage,” the report said.
  • “Hearing from and then working with communities interested in hosting one of these facilities is the best way to finally solve the nation’s spent nuclear fuel management issues,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer M.
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Omar cites increase in threats since Republican lawmaker’s anti-Muslim remarks

By Hunter Woodall
  • Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar publicly shared a violent and threatening voicemail from an unnamed person that she received after Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert's anti-Muslim remarks about the Minnesota Democrat.
  • Omar said Tuesday that she has "reported hundreds of threats on my life often triggered by Republican attacks on my faith," and added that she's seen an increase this week.
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Former Marshall principal filed civil rights lawsuit against district

By Reid Forgrave
  • The rainbow flag, representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, caused an uproar among a group of staff, parents, students and local clergy, according to the civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
  • A longtime middle school principal in Marshall, Minn., is suing the local district alleging she was ousted from her position after she included a rainbow pride flag as part of a larger flag display.
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At Sen. Durbin event for Mayor Lightfoot, GOP Rep. Rodney Davis swings by and makes bold prediction

By Lynn Sweet
  • WASHINGTON – Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in DC through Friday, kicking off her visit on Tuesday night with a dinner Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., hosted for the delegation in his Capitol office, and – to my surprise – since usually only Democrats show up at this sort of thing – in walked GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.
  • Republican Davis doubts the new congressional maps Illinois state Dems created will actually yield 14 Democratic districts.
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Rep. Omar urges House GOP to address ‘anti-Muslim hatred’

By BRIAN SLODYSKO
  • Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday played a harrowing death threat recently left for her by voicemail, while imploring House Republican leaders to do more to tamp down "anti-Muslim hatred" in their ranks and "hold those who perpetuate it accountable."
  • The most recent instance came after a video of first-term Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert calling Omar a member of the "jihad squad" and likening her to a bomb-carrying terrorist went viral.
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Court upholds California ban on high-capacity magazines

By DON THOMPSON
  • The 11-member panel of the San Francisco-based court acted after two of three judges on a smaller 9th Circuit panel last year ruled the state's ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms.
  • Gun rights groups hope the Supreme Court will select a lower legal standard for Second Amendment cases in an upcoming decision on a New York law restricting concealed weapons.
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A woman is ending her terminal — yet ‘joyful’ — cancer journey with a special mark on Utah’s Festival of Trees

By Francisco Kjolseth, Sean P. Means
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Patti Peterson is joined by her grandson Blake Petty, 5, outside the elf emporium storefront, built by her family, donated in her honor to the Festival of Trees, which is virtual again this year at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
  • Though she’s been contributing to Utah’s Festival of Trees for the last five years, Patti Peterson had never been there to see it in person until this week — knowing her first time would also likely be her last.
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Redistricting: Orange County residents press for changes to state, federal political maps

By Brooke Staggs
  • These are a few of the hundreds of written comments sent by Orange County residents to the California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission since Nov. 10, when the commission went public with drafts of proposed new maps for state and federal political districts.
  • Dozens of county residents also have called in to meetings held in recent weeks for the commission to gather public feedback as it ponders final changes to the boundaries before the Dec. 27 deadline to present maps that will shape political power in California for the next decade.
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Recall effort targets two board members in Kennebunk-area school district

By Rachel Ohm
  • A group of Kennebunk residents has started the process to recall two school board members in Regional School Unit 21, blaming them for the loss of several teachers, increases in human resources spending and the absence of a school board curriculum committee.
  • The affidavit seeking LeBlanc’s recall says his “role in negotiating the most recent teachers contract and its impact on staff attrition, the failure to seat a curriculum committee and a failure in executive leadership by allowing teachers, parents and community members to be bullied and admonished in public meetings, has caused a loss of confidence in his ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the office.”
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“There Was a Lot of Bragging About How They Were Friends With Essentially Everyone”: The First Accuser in the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Takes the Stand

By Dan Adler
  • On the second day of the proceedings, Jane (a pseudonym used in the courtroom) testified through tears that Epstein began sexually abusing her over the course of several years when she was 14, and that Maxwell was present for the abuse in some instances.
  • Jane recalled Maxwell and Epstein giggling during one encounter when they allegedly sexually abused her.
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Elizabeth Holmes trial: Theranos founder gruff, and emotional, under cross-examination

By Ethan Baron
  • Separated by 10 feet and a see-through anti-COVID barrier, Elizabeth Holmes faced off against federal prosecutor Robert Leach for six hours Tuesday, as Leach sought to highlight her alleged lies about the failed blood testing startup, and emphasize her decision-making role at the firm — while also showcasing the apparent affection between Holmes and the former company president she yesterday accused of sexually abusing and controlling her.
  • Under cross-examination, Holmes became emotional when reading loving messages she exchanged with Balwani, who is also charged with fraud in relation to his work at Theranos and will be tried next year.
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Battenfeld: Charlie Baker quickly drills down on vaccine passport idea

By Joe Battenfeld
  • The Republican governor “is not and has never been in favor of a statewide so-called vaccine passport mandate and does not support requiring that businesses or other organizations restrict access based on vaccination status,” a spokeswoman said.
  • Maybe he was just trying to please his liberal radio hosts, but Baker surely gave the impression that Massachusetts was joining other states in some kind of universal passport that would allow businesses to refuse entry to unvaccinated customers.
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WA nurse staffing shortages ‘could be more of a crisis than COVID’

By Amanda Arden
  • Obbard, the administrator for the Clark College nursing school, said the level of interest in pursuing nursing degrees hasn’t diminished, but colleges and universities are facing their own staffing issues that limit the number of students they can enroll.
  • Hospitals in Washington state have more than 6,000 vacant nursing positions and no immediate way to fill them, according to a recent survey.
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Four jurors chosen in first day of Kimberly Potter trial

By Chao Xiong, Paul Walsh and Rochelle Olson
  • Four jurors were selected Tuesday on the first day of trial for former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, who will testify about the day she fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.
  • Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Matthew Frank attempted to counter Engh's assertion to the juror that Potter's interaction with Wright lasted 12 seconds.
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US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh latest official to swing through ports of LA, Long Beach

By Donna Littlejohn
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking at a press conference as U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited the Port of Los Angeles and discussed efforts to ease supply chain issues with port leaders and local unions from LA and Long Beach in San Pedro on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaking at a press conference as U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited the Port of Los Angeles and discussed efforts to ease supply chain issues with port leaders and local unions from LA and Long Beach in San Pedro on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
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Marc Thielman to Newberg? Search is on for new interim superintendent

By Gabby Urenda
  • Marc Thielman, who is the superintendent for the Alsea School District, which is located 30 minutes southwest of Corvallis, confirmed to KOIN 6 News that he was asked by Newberg School Board Chair David Brown if he would be interested in the position.
  • “(David Brown) asked me if I would be interested, assuming they had an opening or they were able to post an opening,” said Thielman.
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COVID outbreak persists at Cumberland County Jail

By Matt Byrne
  • In a Nov. 22 email, Joyce said the waiver, which was printed on Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office letterhead, was “a document that a well-intentioned corrections officer and a midlevel commander thought was appropriate for inmates who refused to move to another cell or pod when we experienced a COVID outbreak that occurred in a particular pod.”
  • The waiver asked inmates to sign that they voluntarily chose to be housed among COVID-positive inmates and voluntarily accepted the associated risks, releasing the county from responsibility for “any issues, past, present or future that may result from this decision.”
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Dripping Springs PTA Council hosts meeting to educate parents on common legal issues in schools

By Jala Washington
  • Dripping Spring ISD's PTA Council hosted a virtual meeting for parents, educating them on maneuvering through common legal issues in public schools.
  • Amanda Miyamoto, president of the Dripping Springs Council PTA, said feedback from parents gave them the idea to connect their community with resources to answer some common questions.
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Michelle Wu reappoints Rafaela Polanco Garcia and Lorena Lopera to Boston School Committee

By Alexi Cohan
  • Boston School Committee Chair Jeri Robinson said Lopera and Garcia “have each added great depth to our conversations as a Committee and I look forward to their continued engagement as we advance important policy issues.”
  • Boston School Committee members Lorena Lopera and Rafaela Polanco Garcia have been reappointed to their positions by Mayor Michelle Wu and will now serve on the board until 2024.
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US expected to toughen testing requirement for travelers amid spread of new omicron variant

By Zeke Miller
  • Washington • The Biden administration is expected to take steps in the coming days to toughen testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., including both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, amid the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.
  • “CDC is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing closer to the time of flight and considerations around additional post-arrival testing and self-quarantines,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday.
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Food Bank of Iowa tackling the challenges of rural food insecurity this holiday season

  • From big cities to small towns, 300,000 Iowans suffer from food insecurity.Places like Helping Hand in Indianola are working hard to make sure everybody has food on their plate for the holidays."There is so much hope that we can provide for the community," said Sue Wilson, executive director of Helping Hand.Over the holidays, everybody who comes to Helping Hand can get a whole turkey, turkey breast, whole chicken, or ham.
  • They also get all the sides that come with a delicious holiday meal."How do we make sure every family has a way to celebrate?" Wilson said.That's the question Wilson is looking to answer this holiday season.Feeding those in need is a little more challenging in Rural Iowa.
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Marine Academy official removed after sending anti-vax email to families

By Nader Issa
  • A retired Marine Colonel and former GOP candidate for Congress has been removed from a high-ranking position at Chicago Public Schools’ Marine Leadership Academy, a Logan Square school already immersed in scandal, after he emailed families about the “dangers of vaccinating children,” schools chief Pedro Martinez said Tuesday.
  • Larry Kaifesh, the commandant at the Logan Square military academy, encouraged parents not to vaccinate their children as he cited a fringe website that he said showed “very concerning” vaccine information that he incorrectly claimed was a government database.
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Biden’s visit spotlights technical colleges, a key to infrastructure building

By Dave Orrick
  • Even before the coronavirus pandemic, community and technical colleges faced a bevy of challenges, from troubled for-profit institutions that left students debt-ridden to the decades-long American narrative that held up four-year liberal arts degrees but seemed unimpressed with vocational programs.
  • The massive investment in infrastructure he was touting comes at a crucial time for the institutions that are critical to training the workers who will actually be tasked with pouring the pavement, welding the girders, replacing the lead water pipes, and installing the electric-vehicle charging stations that the plan promises to bring to fruition.
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Food delivery “ghost kitchens” face major obstacles

By Erica Pandey
The growing popularity of food delivery has given rise to startups that open "ghost kitchens" — kitchens in warehouses or trailers that prepare food solely for delivery and have no option to dine in. But they can come with a whole host of problems.The big picture: The concept of "ghost kitchens" has been dubbed the next big thing in the future of services, with high profile backers like Uber founder Travis Kalanick. But these kitchens can be hard to run or unsafe.The Wall Street Journal’s Eliot Brown looked into Reef Global, a ghost kitchen company that has been dealing with a variety of issues.They include three […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Letters: Curfew vote | Drivers punished | Coyote Valley | Urgent cuts | Lost principles | Jury trials

By Letters To The Editor
  • Your article about the Santa Clara City Council voting to ease the curfew at Levi’s Stadium quotes District 6 Councilman Anthony Becker as saying when he was campaigning for his seat, he rarely heard complaints about stadium-related noise.
  • San Jose City Council members deserve applause for their historic, unanimous vote on Nov. 16 in favor of preserving over 3,000 acres of Coyote Valley for open space and agriculture (“ North Coyote Valley will be preserved as open space,” Page B1, Nov. 18).
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Cheetos dust exhibition on mega-yacht for Art Basel mocked online

By Hannah Frishberg
  • The five-four trash food-dusted extravaganza will not only feature eight new, original, Cheetle-based pieces by street artist Lefty Out There but five DJs, “Cheetos-inspired activations,” onboard activities, and an open bar, all aboard the 220-foot, four-story yacht, according to the oddly normal-looking Eventbrite page .
  • LL Cool J’s lifestyle brand Rock the Bells is co-presenting the event alongside Cheetos, and the collaborators are promoting it as “one of the most anticipated events at Art Basel 2021 on the Seafair Mega Yacht.”
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Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

By Jane Norman
  • A federal judge in Louisiana issued a ruling Tuesday blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Doughty, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said that “this Court believes the balance of equities and the public interest favors the issuance of a preliminary injunction.”
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Disney’s China Program Is No Laughing Matter

By Matthew Brooker
  • Walt Disney Co.’s newly introduced streaming service in Hong Kong has an episode missing from “The Simpsons” that satirizes China’s suppression of information about the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.
  • The missing episode also has the potential to set an unfortunate precedent that helps to normalize restrictions common in mainland China but that were unknown in Hong Kong until the passing of a national security law last year.
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Need for faster mental health care is focus of Augusta summit addressing ‘cracks in the system’

By Keith Edwards
  • Betsy Sweet, facilitator of the day-long summit at the Augusta Civic Center, said thousands of Mainers are seeking mental health treatment and substance use is on the rise, with more people dying every day.
  • Chuck Ingoglia, CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, keynote speaker of the event who spoke via Zoom to the roomful of about 70 people, said a model that seems to be working elsewhere are Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics that provide access to mental health and substance use disorder care.
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Colorado hunts for omicron variant as health officials caution that much is still unknown about new COVID strain

By Jessica Seaman
  • Colorado public health officials are expanding their search for the new omicron variant of the coronavirus — including by monitoring communities’ wastewater — and said Tuesday that it’s just a matter of time before the new strain is detected in the state.
  • Public health officials are concerned that mutations found in the omicron variant could make it more transmissible or that immune response may not be as effective, which could raise the possibility of reinfections, said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist, during the briefing.
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Federal judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for health workers nationwide

By Shawna Chen
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally funded facilities nationwide. The big picture: The order comes one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.What he’s saying: Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana wrote in Tuesday’s opinion that the Biden administration does not have the authority to bypass Congress in this case."If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of […]Read more >Similar articles >

‘I know 1000%. You and your brother did nothing wrong’ Jussie Smollett texted to Abimbola Osundairo: Detective

By Matthew Hendrickson
  • Before and after Jussie Smollett told Chicago police he was attacked near his Streeterville apartment in 2019, he exchanged damning texts with the two brothers authorities said the former “Empire” actor recruited to stage the assault, a CPD detective testified Tuesday.
  • Smollett also picked up Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo at their home two days before the Jan. 29, 2019 incident and the three drove by the location of the purported attack multiple times in what Detective Michael Theis described as a “dry run.”
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Plan a road trip with the new Oregon Scenic Byways Story Map

By Kelly Doyle
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There’s now a new way to plan your next trip on Oregon’s scenic roadways. The Oregon Scenic Byways Story Map is an interactive online map with text, photos and links to audio and video.Users can pan, zoom and explore the map for a more in-depth look into the many options each route offers. You can explore ideas for weekend getaways, extended road trips, visits to historic sites and cultural stops. Check it out below! Oregon Scenic Byways Map To visit the full site and find even more information, click here. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo ‘indefinitely’

By Brendan J. Lyons
  • CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was suspended "indefinitely" by the cable news network on Tuesday, a day after the New York attorney general's office released a trove of text messages and transcripts of interviews that revealed his deep involvement in helping his brother, former Gov. Andrew M.
  • In a statement, the network said the transcripts, text messages and other exhibits released in connection with the attorney general's investigation of the former governor "shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense."
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Why the CIA is so worried about Russia and Ukraine

By David Ignatius
  • Blinken is likely to warn NATO allies Wednesday that Putin may be preparing a ploy in which he falsely claims that Russian-backed forces have been attacked by Ukraine, as a pretext for taking action.
  • The CIA discovered something scary in October: Russia was moving troops toward the Ukrainian border — and, unlike in previous border thrusts, was making secret plans about how to use them.
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Disneyland launches pun-filled Marvel holiday stunt show at Avengers Campus

By Brady MacDonald
  • Hawkeye battles the Tracksuit Mafia in a new comedic fight scene employing candy canes, silver garland, pine wreaths and Christmas presents used as weapons during an updated holiday stunt show in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.
  • The new “Avengers Assemble” holiday stunt show typically plays half a dozen times a day in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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Senator: Schools should use pandemic money for lead-free water

By Jared Strong
  • In a state Department of Education survey this year, about 80% of school districts said they have some level of need for touchless water bottle fillers.
  • There’s a looming new federal requirement to test school drinking water for lead — a dangerous toxin for children that can damage their brains — that has the potential to cost Iowa districts millions of dollars to mitigate contaminations.
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Abandoned rail line to be converted into 32-mile recreational trail through central Maine

By Taylor Abbott
  • An abandoned railroad line extending through Kennebec and Somerset counties will be converted into a 32-mile trail offering an array of recreational opportunities, particularly for snowmobilers and ATV riders, while serving as an economic catalyst for several towns along the corridor, state and local officials said Tuesday.
  • State officials announced that a 32-mile stretch of the line, including the portion through Norridgewock, will be converted into a recreational trail that will appeal to snowmobilers, ATV riders and other outdoor enthusiasts.
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Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom relishes his citizenship

By Mark Murphy
  • I’ll be the first one to follow.’ And he said, ‘No, you’re not violating any rules.’ And I was like, ‘Adam — you’re guys are the ones that are telling us and encouraging players to stand up for what’s right, not just the problems in America, but all over the world.
  • Not many people know this but whenever I sit down with an NBA player, they are telling me that they want to talk about many of the issues that are happening but they are scared because of the challenges they will face,” said Freedom.
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Newest candidate for the competitive 8th Congressional District joins a crowded field

By John Aguilar
Johnny Humphrey, a Northglenn Democrat and gay rights advocate, will become the seventh candidate to launch a campaign to represent the 8th Congressional District — Colorado’s newest and most politically competitive. The Center on ColfaxJohnny Humphrey Humphrey, who has served as director of inclusivity services at The Center on Colfax for three years, touts his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on his new campaign website. He is scheduled to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday. The California native, who grew up in Kansas, will have to do battle with two better known Democrats in next year’s primary — state Rep. Yadira […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Whittier’s Oceanic Arts, delight of Tiki lovers around the world, is closing

By Mike Sprague
  • Co-owners LeRoy Schmaltz, left, and Bob Van Oosting of Oceanic Arts sell tiki art, statues, imported decorations, signs, glass ball lights, outrigger canoes, thatchings and mattings, currently from a warehouse to hotels, resorts, homes and Disneyland in a business founded in 1956 and is closing soon in Whittier, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
  • Co-owners LeRoy Schmaltz, left, and Bob Van Oosting of Oceanic Arts sell tiki art, statues, imported decorations, signs, glass ball lights, outrigger canoes, thatchings and mattings, currently from a warehouse to hotels, resorts, homes and Disneyland in a business founded in 1956 and is closing soon in Whittier, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely

By Axios
CNN announced Tuesday evening that it has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely following new revelations about his involvement in the management of his brother’s sexual harassment scandal.Driving the news: New documents released Monday showed that Cuomo used his contacts to garner information about the women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, as well as of emerging media coverage relating to the scandal. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 concerns drive continued interest in testing in Cincinnati

  • We didn't let it, you know, scare us from having our family time.""It was pretty great," Tammy Hammond said.The demand for COVID-19 testing is expected to remain high through at least the end of December.
  • Carving time out of their Tuesday to get tested for COVID-19 was not high on Jim and Tammy Hammond's agenda until they got a call shortly after the sun came up."They let us know this morning," Tammy Hammond said.
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City cancels public meeting on health impact of proposed metal shredder on Southeast Side

By Brett Chase
  • City officials acknowledged in an email Tuesday that some people complained that residents weren’t part of the process and their input was not sought following an initial meeting Nov. 4 to discuss the health and environmental impacts of the proposed Southside Recycling at East 116th Street along the Calumet River.
  • Another meeting over the rebranded General Iron will be scheduled after complaints that officials aren’t doing enough to involve residents in its health analysis.
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Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

  • The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers.
  • Nearly 3.4 billion parcels are expected to crisscross the country this holiday season, representing an estimated increase of about 400 million compared to last year, said Satish Jindel, from Pennsylvania-based ShipMatrix, which analyzes shipping package data.
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Second Holness lawsuit asks judge to invalidate Cherfilus-McCormick congressional primary win

By Anthony Man
Dale Holness has filed a second lawsuit asking a judge to rule that Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick isn’t the rightful winner of the 20th Congressional District Democratic Primary. He’s repeating his claim that the winner’s campaign proposal for universal basic income is tantamount to a bribe, a notion dismissed by an election-law expert. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Creepy Metaverse spoof depicts Mark Zuckerberg as BBQ fiend

By Hannah Sparks
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s “metaverse” — a virtual world for Facebook users to gather via digital avatars — is far from its official launch, but that didn’t stop one animator from sharing their own nightmarish vision of the augmented reality space .
  • Created by 3D animation studio Surreal Entertainment, the parody video purports to invite the viewer into the metaverse virtual reality [VR] “demo experience” as an “Alpha Tester,” where Meta (formerly Facebook) CEO Zuckerberg awaits to show you around.
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Twitter’s challenge after Dorsey: Misery may love company, but it’s tough to monetize

By Megan McArdle
  • My social media feeds overflowed with suggestions of how Twitter’s new leader, Parag Agrawal, could fix all the problems users complain about.
  • New York University business school professor Scott Galloway argues that moving to a subscription model, at least for accounts with lots of followers, could fix much of what ails both the company and its users: give Twitter a stable source of recurring revenue, and relieve the need to drive engagement and ad impressions with polarizing negative content.
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Overturning Roe will worsen racial, economic health gaps

By Sarah Stoesz
  • It would be more apt to describe these policies as an assault on people who are already banned from other health care they need.Restricting abortion access will result in forced pregnancy for many people and will worsen existing race- and income-based health disparities by driving up maternal and infant mortality rates, according to a brief from 550 public-health and reproductive-health researchers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the dangerous Mississippi abortion law.
  • That's why respected organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have also filed amicus briefs opposing the Mississippi abortion law .Locally, the Minnesota chapters of the AMA and ACOG recently joined Planned Parenthood and hundreds of other clinicians to speak out on this pivotal health justice issue in a full-page Star Tribune ad.
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Green Bay Packers’, Za’Darius Smith, Gives Back to Greenville Students

By Mattie Davis
Today is “Giving Tuesday”, a worldwide movement of generosity, and a professional athlete decided he wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community who raised him. Za’Darius Smith grew up playing football in Greenville, Alabama. Now he’s on to the big leagues, playing for the Green Bay Packers. He has decided to use his platform to start a non-profit called the GOoD Life Foundation to give back. His foundation partnered with Dicks Sporting Goods to give 1000 pairs of shoes to Butler County students, as well as $15,000 dollars to athletics at Greenville High School and Middle School. Categories: News Tags: butler county, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Accountability for Epstein — finally

By the Miami Herald Editorial Board
  • Ghislaine Maxwell, a 59-year-old former British socialite who was Epstein's top associate, is facing federal charges in a case that has shown just how different justice can look when you're rich and all your friends are, too.
  • And it's been more than two years since Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell, his mysterious suicide coming a month after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges.
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Elizabeth Holmes trial: Spectators line around the block for first day of cross-examination

By Summer Lin
  • They were hoping to get a coveted seat on the wooden benches inside the federal courthouse in San Jose to see the now-disgraced former rock star of the Tech World, Elizabeth Holmes, be cross-examined by prosecutors in her criminal trial.
  • People have been lining early throughout the trial, but interest grew when Holmes — a Stanford drop-out who Forbes magazine once said was worth $4.5 billion — took the stand last week.
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Omicron on the horizon: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit nearly 10-month high as latest variant looms: ‘We need to be serious’

By Mitchell Armentrout
  • It’s only a matter of time before Omicron surfaces in Chicago, but COVID-19 is already surging across Illinois — and the strategy won’t change much whenever the latest variant does show up, the city’s top doctor said Tuesday.
  • With Illinois facing its fifth surge of the pandemic even before the arrival of the Omicron variant, officials say it’s time to take extra precautions — but not yet shutter businesses or schools.
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Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

By Laura Olson
  • Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for All, a national advocacy group, during a virtual event with reporters on Tuesday.
  • Huckelbridge and other advocates and Democratic pollsters who spoke to reporters on Tuesday said a failure to take action on a national paid leave program could have significant political consequences for Democrats in 2022.
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Figuring out MultCo homeless services ‘sort of like sudoku’

By Dan Tilkin
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The current structure of addressing homeless issues is too fragmented with 15 separate groups or levels, the Joint Office of Homeless Services told Multnomah County commissioners. That’s why they are proposing to reorganize to cut the number of committees in half to focus more efficiently on housing, care, equity, East county concerns, along with being able to act more quickly on the advice of professionals in the field. Homeless in Portland: ‘Ain’t never seen such a bad deal’ "Figuring out how they all talk to one another has been an ongoing puzzle, sort of like sudoku sometimes," said Joshua […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Charlie Baker attends groundbreaking at Norwood Hospital, damaged by 2020 flood

By Amy Sokolow
Gov. Charlie Baker attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Norwood to mark the start of construction on a new hospital in the town after the old one was damaged in a June 2020 flood. “There will be a beautiful new hospital here and this hospital will continue to provide care and service to this community for at least another 100 years,” Baker said. “But that wipeout that took place that day, that was another profound example of how you can’t always predict what every day is going to be like.” Norwood Town Manager Tony Mazzucco said emergency rescuers evacuated over 100 people from the hospital that night during the pandemic and the storm […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Tim Steller’s column: UA scientist rebuts ‘lab leak’ theory in new research on pandemic origins

  • Worobey: In terms of people who have no direct link, you would expect more at a market because you could have people who didn't go there, but someone close to them did and then gave it to them.
  • And so if it did start there, you would expect people with direct links to it, people who worked there to have the early cases, and we don't see that at all.
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BC OL’s Alec Lindstrom, Zion Johnson named All-ACC first team

By Rich Thompson
Boston College center Alec Lindstrom and guard Zion Johnson were named All-ACC first team selections the league announced on Tuesday. Lindstrom and Johnson are projected to go near the top of the 2022 NFL Draft at their positions. BC had 12 players receive recognition including the entire offensive line. Guard Christian Mahogany was selected to the second team, right tackle Ben Petrula made the third team and left tackle Tyler Vrabel was honorable mention. Sophomore running back Pat Garwo, who became the 19th BC player to rush for 1.000-yards in season, and junior nickel back Josh DeBerry were second team selections. Wide receiver Zay […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Ticker: Woburn firm in battery deal with Mercedes, Stellantis; Maine groups take aim at fed permits for hydro lines

By Boston Herald Wire Services
  • Automakers Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis announced agreements with Woburn-based Factorial Energy on Tuesday to help develop solid-state battery technology that they hope could make electric cars more attractive to a mass market.
  • Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG, said it is joining forces with Factorial to jointly develop batteries with the aim of testing prototype cells as early as next year.
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FDA panel narrowly recommends authorization of first antiviral pill to treat COVID

By Matthew Herper
  • A panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration voted by a slim margin on Tuesday to recommend the agency authorize the Covid treatment developed by Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, after a vigorous debate about the risks and benefits of the first oral drug to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Both Merck and FDA scientists said such outcomes were unlikely for a medicine that would only be taken for only five days, although they faced tough questions from panelists about the specific animal studies that indicated the treatment was safe.
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For Rob Azevedo of Pembroke, showcasing musical talent is his latest project in a long line of them 

  • Speaking about Thompson, whose book, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” put him on the literary map, Azevedo said, “There’s so much about his personality that I admired, his writing and the way he lived his life and the friendships he had.”
  • Fast forward to today, three months after Azevedo moved to Pembroke, and now he believes the Suncook Valley will enjoy coming to his barn this spring to hear music played by Granite State bands.
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Hopkinton schools to host two free vax clinics

  • Both Harold Martin School and Maple Street School will hold clinics on Dec. 8, with a second clinic four weeks later on Jan. 5, 2022, where vaccines will be administered by Granite United Way, according to Maple Street principal Amy Doyle.
  • O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Twin Cities Black women carry burden of social justice activism

By Christina Saint Louis, Libor Jany
  • Bates is just one of the many Black women that have been at the helm of the social justice movement in the Twin Cities for years — whether through protesting police brutality, launching violence prevention initiatives or changing policy.
  • The director of Minneapolis' Office of Violence Prevention, Sasha Cotton, said her identity as a mother, Black woman and Latina born and raised in the Twin Cities is what compels her to do her work.
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Former Minneapolis officers should be tried together in federal case, says magistrate judge

By Andy Mannix
  • Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao asked the court to sever Derek Chauvin from their upcoming trial, arguing Chauvin, who was convicted of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in state court in April, would prejudice them to a jury.
  • A magistrate judge ruled Monday that four former Minneapolis police officers should stand trial together on federal civil rights charges related to the killing of George Floyd.
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COVID cases are down in Colorado, but the new omicron variant could change that

By Olivia Prentzel
  • While the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has seen a slight decline, public health officials fear the new omicron variant could change that.
  • The omicron variant was first identified overseas last week and there’s still a lot experts don’t know about the new variant, including how easily it spreads between people or the severity of symptoms, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state’s epidemiologist, said during a news conference Tuesday.
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The perverse incentives behind the ‘smash and grab’ wave

By Charles Lane
  • It has been two weeks since hammer- and crowbar-wielding thieves descended en masse upon retail stores in San Francisco’s Union Square, opening a surge of attacks, caught on video, that has frightened shoppers and employees across the country — and made “smash and grab” a household expression.
  • The concern remains that, in addition to potential loss of life, smash-and-grab robbery could deter many people from shopping, or working, in retail stores, causing long-term damage to business climates and tax bases.
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Former Bridgeport man takes plea in Shelton home invasion case

By Ethan Fry
  • The city’s first criminal trial since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic ended four hours after it began Tuesday when a former Bridgeport man took a plea deal to reduced charges in connection to an alleged 2018 Shelton home invasion.
  • Owen Mason, 34, faced a total of 17 charges in connection to the incident, during which police said he choked and threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend.
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Long-term care insurer in Maine seeks triple-digit rate increases

By Edward D. Murphy
  • Cioppa said there are nearly 4,100 Genworth policyholders in Maine who will be affected by the increases, which are being sought on eight blocks of long-term care policies offered by the company.
  • Cioppa said in a news release Tuesday that the state Bureau of Insurance will hold a public forum Thursday to discuss proposed premium increases of 56 percent to 178 percent being sought by one insurer, Genworth Life Insurance Co.
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Saratoga BLM protester refuses plea deal, opts for trial

By Wendy Liberatore
  • While many of the city’s Black Lives Matter activists arrested for a July 14 rally agreed to future dismissal of charges, one protester in city court on Tuesday morning refused the plea deal and is headed for trial.
  • The plea deal refusal comes at the same time as that state Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau is investigating Saratoga Springs police for its treatment of BLM protesters, including a dozen who were arrested in September for their participation in the July march.
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Abortion access in Texas hangs in the balance as Supreme Court considers overturning Roe v. Wade

By Eleanor Klibanoff, The Texas Tribune
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a Mississippi abortion case that has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade. While the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a challenge to a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the high court’s ruling could have seismic impacts for Texas. […]Read more >Similar articles >