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Letters: My wife and I are small landlords. We oppose this referendum in St. Paul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Alison Flood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juban’s plans an early 2022 reopening with new updates

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

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

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

By Tahera Rahman
  • Austin Community College District says it's working with the company and community partners to launch an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
  • United Way of Greater Austin says an analysis of its calls for help indicate Meza's Dove Springs neighborhood is within the third top zip code of highest need in our region, with rent and electric being the top needs.
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From books to free food, Stillwater family builds on a legacy of sharing

By Matt McKinney
  • For more than two years now, Tony Bol and his wife Eden Penn have made wooden boxes for people who want to install them in their front yards to share something: books, food, seeds.
  • It was Tony's late brother, Todd, who hammered together a tiny library and planted it in his Hudson, Wis., front yard more than a decade ago, creating the Little Free Library movement.
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Celtics lose 2 OT thriller to Knicks in season opener, 138-134

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

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

By Cambrie Caldwell
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man armed with scissors was detained after he crashed his truck into a stranger’s home and fled Wednesday evening in Multnomah County, deputies said. Witnesses reported seeing a reckless driver crash a truck into a fence, then into the basement of a house on SE Bluff Road near Pleasant Home, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver then reportedly ran from the scene. Deputies found the suspected driver about a mile away near SE 302nd Avenue and Bluff Road. He was carrying scissors "in a threatening manner," the sheriff’s office said. Deputies said they convinced the man to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Donald Trump announces social media company, mobile app, merger deal

By Mark A. Kellner
  • The new firm said its “mission is to create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.”
  • Former President Donald Trump will helm a social media start-up apparently aimed at supplanting Facebook and Twitter, the new Trump Media & Technology Group announced Wednesday evening.
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Women’s Foundation expands across the state to help more women, girls

  • That’s why the newly named Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona has expanded its philanthropy from Southern Arizona to a statewide scope in hopes of reaching more women, young girls and those who identify with these communities.
  • With the new expansion, the organization is now able to invite other advocates from throughout the state to help assist in advancing progressive statewide policy, said Emma Fryer, chief strategy officer for the Women’s Foundation.
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Susan G. Komen organization announces 30 grants

By Special to
  • “This investment reinforces our commitment to funding innovative science from some of the leading minds in breast cancer research while also developing the next generation of scientists at a time when we have never needed them more.”
  • “We are extremely proud to be able to continue our legacy of leading investments in breast cancer research, especially in light of the challenges all nonprofits faced raising funds during this pandemic year,” said Paula Schneider, president and CEO of Susan G.
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Climate Change Threatens to Spread Viruses Through an Unprepared World

By Damian Shepherd / Bloomberg
  • Fewer than half of the 91 countries tracked in the study have a national health and climate change plan, leaving their medical sectors vulnerable to climate-induced shocks, the report said.
  • The medical journal’s sixth annual report, named The Lancet Countdown, tracks 44 indicators of health impacts that are directly linked to climate change and highlights worsening social inequalities.
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Vaccine-requiring Elvis Costello has abruptly switched his Mystic Lake gig into his First Ave debut

By Chris Riemenschneider
  • It took him 44 years and one worldwide pandemic to get around to it, but Elvis Costello will finally play First Avenue for the first time on Nov. 4 after canceling his concert that same night at Mystic Lake Casino.
  • The punk-era British songwriting hero and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been requiring proof of vaccine or negative test results at all his concerts on a fall U.S. tour with his band the Imposters.
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Nevada Ballet’s Theatre next dance partner: Music icon Judy Collins

By John Katsilometes
  • “Judy Collins is a bonafide superstar who has spanned the generations and continues to enlighten, entertain, and inspire with her music and humanitarian efforts,” NBT co-founder and co-chair Nancy Houssels said in a statement.
  • Damian Costa, longtime entertainment executive with Caesars Entertainment, is co-producing the show in his Pompey Entertainment company along with John and Shannon Bentham’s Ivory Star Productions.
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Trump Plans to Regain Social Media Presence With New Company

By Jennifer Jacobs, Mark Niquette
  • Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a deal that would enable him to regain a social media presence after he was kicked off Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. platforms.
  • Trump has been looking to recapture the ability to connect with supporters, raise money and drive news coverage that he lost with his access to social-media platforms, especially Twitter.
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Austin immigration attorney Jose ‘Chito’ Vella III says he plans to run for city council

By Mayra Monroy
  • Though Casar hasn't announced he will run for Congress, Vela said he will run as a candidate if his seat becomes open.
  • On Tuesday, Casar announced he was launching an exploratory committee to figure out if he'll run for the open seat in the newly-drawn in Texas Congressional District 35, which encompasses most of Travis County east of Interstate 35 and stretches down to San Antonio.
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Tulsa City Council OK’s Afghan refugee welcome resolution

By Jacob Factor Tulsa World
  • Josh Starks, a former Army company commander who served in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, said he worked side by side with Afghans and watched many give their lives in support of the mission.
  • Craig Bryant, a retired state department foreign service officer who worked in Afghanistan in 2007, said Afghans in the area he worked were warm and welcoming to the members of his team.
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Robot hands, sky divers and Tiesto: Here are 10 of EDC’s most memorable moments

By Jason Bracelin
  • “All my friends there are all doing drugs — except me, because I’m the host of ‘The Price is Right,’ ” Carey remembers with a wink, followed by a hearty, knowing laugh, as he recounts his EDC adventures one year in a hilarious segment that aired on Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening” series — Google it.
  • And with that, the “Breaking Bad” star windmilled his arm down and hit play, launching British trance trio Above & Beyond’s 2015 EDC set with the song named after said character.
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Learn about traditional farming

  • Colin Cabot, founder of Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, will give a talk about the restoration and development of the farm as a nonprofit craft school on Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood.
  • Sanborn Mills Farm’s mission is to teach traditional crafts and farming methods while sustainably using its field and forest resources for its workshops and events.
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Feds hit brakes — again — on mining near Boundary Waters

By Jennifer Bjorhus
  • The U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture — which together regulate mining — said in a joint statement Wednesday that they want to protect Minnesota's Boundary Waters, which they called a "unique natural wonder."
  • As part of the action, the Forest Service will restart a previously canceled study of the environmental, cultural and economic impacts of mining near the Boundary Waters.
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Austin Public Health working with schools to gauge demand for COVID-19 vaccine for young kids

By Jennifer Sanders
  • Austin Public Health told KXAN it sent a message this week to superintendents of school districts in the area, as well as other public charter and private schools, asking to share a survey with parents and caregivers of kids in that age group in anticipation of the new pediatric vaccination guidelines coming soon.
  • DVISD says it is partnering with Travis County and the University of Texas at Austin's Children’s Wellness Center to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all students 5 to 11 years old when they are approved and available.
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Potential rail use conflicts with plans for bike trail between Portland and Auburn

By Scott Thistle
  • Woodbury said that based on advice from the Maine DOT his organization sought resolutions from municipal governments for the project and for the state to allow a previous abandonment agreement between the state and railway operator to remain into effect, essentially allowing the bike trail to move forward.
  • Richard Woodbury, a volunteer and leader with the Casco Bay Trail Alliance, said he was flabbergasted this week when he learned the state was again looking to extend an abandonment agreement it has with the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, which last ran freight on the state-owned rail line in 2015.
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Letter: Where have the Republicans been on climate change for 45 years?

By David Hart | The Public Forum
  • During the following Bush and Obama presidencies, the Republicans continued to scuttle efforts to pass laws to decrease carbon emissions.
  • When scientists presented research information in the 1970s that putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would warm the planet, the carbon dioxide producing industries enlisted Republicans in their campaign to stifle laws that would decrease carbon dioxide emissions.
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  • We run articles on politics, culture, economics, history, foreign policy, the great issues and controversies of the day in Los Angeles, California and around the world.
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CDOT threatens to withhold $34 million if RTD doesn’t restore Boulder and Longmont commuter bus routes

By Jon Murray
  • The Colorado Department of Transportation has delivered an ultimatum to RTD: Restore key Boulder and Longmont commuter bus routes that run along U.S. 36 — including two Flatiron Flyer lines — or lose out on a chunk of the federal pandemic relief money the agency is counting on.
  • But in an unusual move, CDOT executive director Shoshana Lew wrote in a letter sent Tuesday that she would sign off on the transfer only if the agency agreed to restore the bus routes, which have been among those suspended during the pandemic.
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Oil spill: Laguna and Huntington Beach both pass anti-drilling resolutions

By Susan Christian Goulding, Erika I. Ritchie
  • Still reeling from the oil spill that fouled local waters and coated wildlife, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach city councils each passed resolutions Tuesday, Oct. 19, calling for limits on off-shore drilling.
  • The Huntington Beach declaration advocates for “a permanent ban on new offshore oil, gas drilling and similar exploration activities off our coasts.”
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Pioneering surgery to attach pig kidney to a human made possible through gene targeting techniques of Utah Nobel Prize winner Mario Cappechi.

By Marjorie Cortez
  • Capecchi pioneered a technology known as “knockout mice” which revolutionized genetic and biomedical research, said Dr. Jeff Campsen, adult and pediatric kidney transplant specialist for University of Utah Health and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.
  • Groundbreaking surgery at a New York City hospital that attached a kidney from a genetically altered pig to a human was made possible by the Nobel Prize-winning gene targeting discoveries of University of Utah researcher Mario Capecchi.
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Parents in Michigan and Virginia sue attorney general over action on school board threats

By Rebecca Falconer
  • Details: The lawsuit is seeking a "preliminary and permanent injunction," claims that the policy is causing "irreparable harm" to the parents in the Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and Saline Area Schools district of Michigan, "including the loss of their rights to free speech and expressive association."
  • Why it matters: The lawsuit, filed by the conservative American Freedom Law Center on behalf of the parents in two school districts, accuses Garland of seeking to suppress free speech in his memorandum directing federal authorities to counter the threats spike.
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Vaccination rates climb among EMS workers in Maine as mandate looms

By Dennis Hoey and Eric Russell
  • COVID-19 vaccination rates among the state’s emergency medical service providers has been soaring recently, according to a survey conducted for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
  • Emergency responder departments and municipalities had expressed grave concerns that a state-imposed vaccination mandate might result in the loss of staff, but those concerns should be lessened by the fact that nearly 97 percent of workers have been vaccinated, Maine EMS said.
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Why Democrats are trying to fit every wish into a shrinking bill 

By Li Zhou
  • In a meeting with progressive lawmakers on Tuesday, Biden floated some cuts including eliminating a proposal for tuition-free community college, but didn’t get into more policy specifics around issues like means testing.
  • While they’re weighing some big cuts to the $3.5 trillion package, the general approach — which isn’t yet finalized — skews toward funding more programs for a shorter period of time, rather than fewer programs for longer.
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U.S. Attorney continues investigation involving Violence In Boston, a group tied to many politicians

By Sean Philip Cotter, Rick Sobey
  • But Violence In Boston’s Facebook page also lists mayoral contender Annissa Essaibi-George, a multi-term at-large city councilor like Wu, as a donor for a couple of different events, mostly focused on providing food.
  • The feds are continuing their investigation into a leader of Violence In Boston, the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed a day after a director of the politically connected nonprofit was arrested.
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MDH adds new data on breakthrough cases, but questions remain

By Christopher Magan
  • The Minnesota Department of Health released new data Wednesday aimed at providing more clarity about breakthrough COVID-19 infections in the fully vaccinated, but many questions remain unanswered.
  • “These additions provide another way to look at vaccine breakthrough data, and again, to quantify, that the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota are in those who are not fully vaccinated,” Malcolm said.
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Gen. David Thompson, Space Force commander, warns of China’s growing threat to U.S. in space

By Joseph Clark
  • The good news, according to Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson, is that the Pentagon’s newest branch is showing early promise in speeding up the deployment of key assets to counter China ‘s own rapidly advancing capacities — including Beijing ‘s growing capability to attack U.S. satellites.
  • But Gen. Thompson said he and others now heading the service are laser-focused not on politics, but the mission at hand — and he emphasized that the coming decade will be critical, as China and other potential adversaries continue to field increasingly effective space capabilities.
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Calls to audit Utah’s 2020 election fall flat as legislative committee takes no action

By Bryan Schott
  • (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Activists pushing for a forensic audit of the 2020 election in Utah, rally at the Capitol on Oct. 20, 2021, prior to the 1pm Judiciary Interim Committee's meeting on election integrity, to Òhear presentations on perspectives regarding election integrity" according to the agenda.
  • A copy of Christiansen’s request shared with The Salt Lake Tribune shows he asked for a copy of the entire Utah voter database, as well as information on whether registered voters cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential primary, the 2020 Utah primary election and the general election in November.
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San Antonio’s Ocho at Hotel Havana to hold Día de Los Muertos dinner Nov. 2

By Nina Rangel
In celebration of Día de los Muertos, local boutique hotel eatery Ocho will hold a five-course feast featuring tequila cocktails and dishes from award-winning Executive Chef Jesse Kuykendall. In the wake of their father's recent death, Kuykendall — or "Chef Kirk" as they are known their colleagues — found this dinner the perfect catalyst to celebrate a loved one's life, one plate at a time. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Biden’s pick for China ambassador says ‘we cannot trust the Chinese’ on Taiwan

  • US president Joe Biden’s nominee to be ambassador to Beijing on Wednesday said China was aggressive and untrustworthy, insisting that boosting Taiwan’s defences against the threat of Chinese invasion should be a US priority.
  • Speaking to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which is due to confirm his appointment, Nicholas Burns denounced recent Chinese warplane incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone, calling them “especially objectionable”.
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Republicans release redistricting map that maintains their decisive control of Assembly districts, most congressional seats

  • Under the plans Republicans released Wednesday, 61 of the Assembly's 99 districts would lean Republican, according to recent voting patterns analyzed by Dave's Redistricting, an online platform that allows the public to review maps.
  • The new maps would include 62 Assembly districts that are more Republican than the state as a whole.
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Senate Republicans Kick Democracy in the Balls While It’s Doubled Over Coughing Up Blood

By Bess Levin
  • When it comes to the former, at least 19 states across the country have passed laws this year restricting voting rights, according to a recent tally by the Brennan Center for Justice.
  • Republicans on Wednesday blocked action for the third time this year on legislation to bolster voting rights, leaving Democrats few options to advance the bill outside of changing the Senate filibuster rule and passing it over GOP opposition.
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Metro board hires safety advisers to review transit agency’s practices amid federal investigation

By Justin George, Ian Duncan
  • The board’s announcement Wednesday came as National Transportation Safety Board investigators spent a third day trying to determine why wheels on nearly two dozen 7000-series rail cars had shifted, putting the trains at greater risk for derailments and other incidents.
  • Metro’s board will hire outside experts to scrutinize practices and procedures at the transit agency as leaders try to restore public confidence shaken by the discovery of wheel assembly failures and the suspension of more than half its fleet.
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Call the midwife? State Senate passes measure to license midwives without nursing degrees to ‘give folks options and choices’

By Rachel Hinton
  • Midwifery moved a step closer to becoming a licensed profession in Illinois on Wednesday thanks to a measure advanced by state senators during the second day of the fall veto session.
  • State Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, said the bill creating a licensing process for midwives is a “historic measure,” one that has been in the works since 1986.
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Prince Rainer eyed Marilyn Monroe to be wife before Grace Kelly, doc claims

By Samantha Ibrahim
  • The new Curiosity Stream docuseries “Royals: Keeping the Crown,” dives into how the Hollywood starlet was reportedly eyed by Prince Rainer to be his wife and princess before Grace Kelly took her place.
  • University of St. Andrews historian Chandrika Kaul explained that the prince was 32-years-old and “the idea that he might lose his principality if he doesn’t marry well and produce a male heir is uppermost in his mind.”
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John Dougherty was ‘cordial,’ an ex-Comcast VP testified. But wiretaps reveal his harsh words for the ‘greedy’ cable giant.

  • A day after a former City Council aide told a federal jury about a tense meeting in which labor leader John Dougherty pressured Comcast executives into a secret side deal amid the city’s 2015 franchise renegotiation with the cable giant, a former vice president for the company offered a vastly different account of those talks.
  • And while she agreed the meeting had occurred outside of the public legislative process and that she left under the impression City Council wouldn’t approve the franchise bill until Dougherty’s requests for more union work had been resolved, she said she did not feel as if she had been delivered an ultimatum.
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