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Letter: Romney adresses cost of impeachment vote in accepting Profiles in Courage award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Jonathan Bernstein
  • The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake isn’t wrong when he argues that the key to the whole thing is that Democrats aren’t anywhere close to having the votes to implement a court-packing scheme.
  • Nor is it likely that Biden could’ve used the threat of adding justices to the court — a perfectly constitutional option — to intimidate the current majority of Republican-selected justices to return more moderate decisions.
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Drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled hippos into Colombia. Officials are now sterilizing the invasive species.

By Jonathan Edwards
  • “It was logistically difficult to move them around, so the authorities just left them there, probably thinking the animals would die,” Nataly Castelblanco-Martínez, a Colombian ecologist working at the University of Quintana Roo in Mexico, told the BBC earlier this year.
  • Authorities this year have intervened, using a chemical contraceptive to sterilize the animals without the blowback that would come from exterminating what has grown to become “the town pet.”
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At 57, Rennie Harris continues to confound dance expectations

By Tresca Weinstein

Back in the early 1990s, when Rennie Harris and his dance company first began performing, audience members would regularly walk out mid-show. They were there to see hip hop as they knew it, not hip hop as concert dance, exploring difficult issues like racism, incarceration and religion.
Thirty years a later, Harris is still working, still confronting old ideas about hip hop and still making dance that confounds them.Harris' troupe has a performance at the Egg on Friday, Oct. 22.

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What If mRNA Vaccines Could Cure Cancer?

By Derek Thompson
  • Synthetic-mRNA technology, which powers the COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, sends specialized instructions to our cells to manufacture specific proteins: in this case, the spike protein that encircles the coronavirus.
  • It is working on other personalized cancer vaccines and exploring possible therapies for malaria using a version of the mRNA technology that had its breakout moment in 2020.
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Cybersecurity legislation is waiting in the wings

By Aaron Schaffer
  • Clarke (D-N.Y.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity subcommittee, introduced a more flexible bill that would set up a Cyber Incident Review Board at CISA for critical infrastructure operators to report incidents.
  • In the months since the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in May, they’ve introduced three bipartisan bills to require critical infrastructure entities to report cyberattacks to CISA so the agency can have more insight into the hacking ecosystem.
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Pete Buttigieg speaks out … on climate

By Maxine Joselow
  • Buttigieg said he is confident the United States will have a strong showing at the summit, even as the White House seeks to scale back a central climate provision in the tax-and-spending package — and as climate envoy John F.
  • The Climate 202 spoke with Buttigieg on Thursday afternoon, just hours before Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked the transportation secretary for going on paternity leave during massive supply chain disruptions, The Post's Ian Duncan and Mariana Alfaro reported .
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Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info

By Jaclyn Peiser
  • The email from Centner Academy leadership, first reported by WSVN, repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.
  • About a week later, a math and science teacher told students they should not hug their vaccinated parents for more than five seconds, the New York Times reported, referencing the same falsehoods the school communicated in its email about vaccine components “shedding” onto others.
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Saw-whet owl migration gives researchers in Washington County a chance to study them

By Mary Divine
  • “Fourth time’s the charm,” said Sonia Martinez, a volunteer bander with Project Owlnet, a nationwide grassroots banding project to determine the timing, intensity and pace of migration of saw-whet owls.
  • Project Owlnet volunteers and researchers annually catch thousands of migrating owls and take various measurements assessing each owl’s weight, size, age and gender.
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The Many Wars of Pat Barker

By Daniel Mendelsohn
  • Like its predecessor, “The Women of Troy” is narrated by Briseis, who, we learn, was once intimate with the Trojan royals, giving her a special perspective on the characters whose stories she will now tell.
  • The brutal tale that her new novel relates, about the horrific aftermath of the sack of the city, including the enslavement and degradation of its women, was re-narrated from a female point of view in 415 B.C.—the year that Euripides’ “Troades” (“The Trojan Women”) premièred.
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Hawaii employers looking for help as coronavirus pandemic’s impact lingers

By Allison Schaefers
  • It’s a sign of the times that Katelyn Prak, a 17-year-old without prior work experience, is making $14 an hour as an entry-level hire at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.
  • Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara said there are more than 32,000 jobs available on Hawaiiishiring.com, a hiring and workforce development site created during the pandemic by the chamber and other community collaborators.
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A retired top FBI official saw that there was a shortage of school bus drivers. He stepped up to the wheel.

By Sydney Page
  • Since late April, Mason has been working for Chesterfield County Public Schools as a bus driver.
  • To attract prospective drivers, school bus companies have started proposing free training and sign-on bonuses, while numerous districts, including Baltimore City Public Schools, are offering to pay parents to transport their own children to school.
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‘This is our last chance’: Biden urged to act as climate agenda hangs by a thread

By Oliver Milman in New York and Lauren Gambino in Washington
  • With furious environmental activists at the gates of the White House, and congressional Democrats fretting that a priceless opportunity to tackle catastrophic global heating may be slipping away, Joe Biden is facing mounting pressure over a climate agenda that appears to be hanging by a thread.
  • But the 31 October deadline for passing the spending package and a smaller companion infrastructure bill appears increasingly ambitious as negotiations drag on between the White House, Democratic leaders and a pair of centrist holdouts in the Senate.
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Op-Ed: Why didn’t I learn about disordered eating? My schools failed me

By Juliet Fang
  • I first heard the term “ hypothalamic amenorrhea ” — a condition in which people stop menstruating from excessive exercise, stress, weight loss, or a combination of these factors — from my pediatrician in February.
  • But despite public recognition of certain habits as “disorders,” I didn’t learn anything about disordered eating habits or period loss in school.
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Biden’s budget could transform life for working women. Don’t let Manchin gut it | Moira Donegan

By Moira Donegan
  • At issue for Manchin is the BBBA’s funding for programs designed to help working women and their families.
  • Conceived of as a way to ease the economic burden of childrearing on private households and to support working mothers, the bill offers an array of options that would put money in families’ pockets and help the parents of young children to remain in the workforce while their kids are small.
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New political ad strategy in Virginia: promoting news articles in Google search results

By Karina Elwood
  • Democratic Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign is using Google ads to promote articles from news organizations, but swapping the original headlines on the search results page with ones they wrote themselves — a novel political advertising method.
  • The Google ads purchased by McAuliffe’s campaign feature links to news and opinion articles about his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin from Axios and The Washington Post .
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The Magnificent Jumble of Donald Barthelme’s Stories

By Scott Bradfield
  • For Barthelme, they were words to live by both inside and outside the realm of his fiction, for he seemed like a man whose heart was broken many times.
  • These were all hallmarks of the Barthelme “method”—one that served him well enough to produce more than a hundred short stories, five novels, several failed marriages, and countless failed relationships, and a career-long ability to charm readers even when those readers had no idea what he was doing.
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Allison Williams to leave ESPN over coronavirus vaccine mandate: ‘I cannot put a paycheck over principle’

By Andrea Salcedo
  • “I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals — ultimately I need to put them first,” Williams, who joined ESPN in 2011, said in a video posted to her Instagram account on Friday.
  • A week before ESPN’s vaccine mandate goes into effect, veteran reporter Allison Williams announced she is parting ways with the network over her decision not to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
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Public sector workers could benefit from student loan overhaul

By Baylor Spears, Mikayla Denault
  • Roughly 1.2 percent of New York PSLF participants have had their debts forgiven, with the remaining participants in the state still owing more than $8 billion in student loans, according to a report citing U.S. Department of Education data by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
  • Established in 2007, the federal program was intended to ensure public service employees — teachers, firefighters, health care employees and others — would have their student debts removed after 10 years in public service if they had fulfilled at least 120 payments.
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Manchinema become K Street darlings

By Theodoric Meyer, Jacqueline Alemany
  • The two moderates, whose votes Democrats need to pass the $3.7 trillion reconciliation bill, together raised more than more $400,000 from lobbyists, others in the influence industry and corporate and trade group PACs in the third quarter of this year, according to an Early analysis of new Federal Election Commission reports.
  • Neither senator is up for reelection until 2024, but both posted strong fundraising numbers — with cash from K Street and corporate and trade group PACs making up a significant chunk of the money.
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Fix food insecurity to help first-year undergrads, prof says

By Morgan Sharp
  • Howard said that more funding for campus food banks would help those in the most acute need, but that many students won’t go to them.
  • While some 40 per cent of all undergrads are thought to deal with food insecurity (as do 12 per cent of all households), Howard said those just coming into university have not been the focus of prior research despite the transition to university likely already heightening the risk of poor mental health for these students.
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Facebook’s internal documents show how to make social media safer for teens

By Jean Twenge
  • Facebook’s own research strongly suggests that social media should be subject to more stringent regulation and include more guardrails to protect the mental health of its users.
  • Just six months later, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had been doing its own research for years on the negative effects of Instagram, the company’s photo-sharing app popular with teens and young adults.
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The Miracle of Stephen Crane

By Adam Gopnik
  • Fate having its way, Crane’s nemesis, Charles Becker, was executed in that chair two decades after his run-in with Crane, for helping to arrange the murder of a gambler.
  • The literary Amy, to the end of her life, was left strenuously protesting that she hadn’t been involved in the Tenderloin affair, to the smug skepticism of Crane scholars.
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The story of the historic COVID vaccine trial for kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado

By Jennifer Brown
  • Children’s did not apply to oversee a trial of the Moderna vaccine for kids because the hospital wanted to give its “beautiful all” to the Pfizer trial, Sandene said.
  • To pull off the trial, the hospital needed about 20 nurses who worked with kids and their parents, talking them through the process, teaching them to use the diary app and handling blood draws, nasal swabs and the injections.
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Popular student monitoring software could have exposed thousands to hacks

By Mark Keierleber
  • The research, conducted by the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team, discovered the bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software, which is used by some 3 million teachers and students across 9,000 school systems globally, including in the U.S. The software allows teachers to monitor and control how students use school-issued computers in real time, block websites, and freeze their computer screens if they’re found to be off task.
  • This is the second time in less than a year that McAfee researchers have found vulnerabilities in Netop’s education software—glitches that hackers could exploit to gain control over students’ computers, including their webcams and microphones.
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China’s American Surveillance State

By Jonathan Hillman
  • Because of the company’s growing challenges in the U.S., I expected that the course would include some suggested answers to frequently asked questions: What is the relationship between Hikvision and the Chinese government?
  • The first, Hikvision’s sales training for North America, promised to cover “the key topics crucial to effectively positioning and selling Hikvision products.”
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Fairfield, Bridgeport unveil plan to protect Ash Creek and prevent worsening flooding

By Katrina Koerting
  • Fairfield and Bridgeport officials agreed to plant more than 30,000 plugs of native beach grass and other appropriate vegetation as an immediate remedy to stabilize the spit and reduce erosion as they work to create a long-term solution.
  • “Based on these recent meetings, both municipalities are in agreement that the lower Ash Creek area, where the sand spit is located, is a highly valuable natural resource that contributes tremendous ecological value to the natural environment for both Fairfield and Bridgeport alike,” said Bishop.
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The New Lost Cause

By David A. Graham
  • Just as neo-Confederate revisionism shaped racial violence and oppression after the war, Trump’s New Lost Cause poses a continuing peril to the hope of “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
  • Most of all, the New Lost Cause, like the old one, seeks to convert a shameful catastrophe into a celebration of the valor and honor of the culprits and portray those who attacked the country as the true patriots.
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China calls missile launch ‘routine test’ of new technology

China said Monday its launch of a new spacecraft was merely a test to see whether the vehicle could be re-used. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the launch involved a spacecraft rather than a missile and was of “great significance for reducing the use-cost of spacecraft and could provide a convenient and affordable way to make a round trip for mankind’s peaceful use of space. […]Read more >Similar articles >