DAVY RUSSELL Naas Saturday

first_imgThe much needed rain has arrived at last. I can certainly vouch for that having got soaked riding work this morning! The rain was torrential but a bright spot was that Paloma Blue jumped well when I schooled him over fences.Also news in the last 24 hours that Presenting Percy is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown on 9th December. He’s well in himself and it looks the perfect comeback race for him over two and half miles as he bids to step up in trip further on in the season. It’s always a great race and I’m already looking forward to it.The jumps season really warms up this weekend in Ireland with excellent cards at Naas on Saturday and Navan on Sunday. I’ll be back with a new blog on Saturday evening with my thoughts on Sunday’s rides which include Dortmund Park in the Lismullen Hurdle and Doctor Phoenix in the Fortria Chase.Despite the downpour on Friday and more rain forecast I can’t see the ground at Naas being any worse than yielding, which just goes to show had badly it’s been needed.I’ve got four booked rides on the card. I’m not involved in the Grade 3 Poplar Chase at 12.30 but it looks a race to savour with Footpad and Saint Calvados set to renew rivalry. They last met in the Arkle when it went firmly the way of the Willie Mullins trained runner.SATURDAYNAASMASTERMIND (1.05pm Fishery Lane Hurdle)A tough ask for my fella here in a race deep in quality if not quantity. Saldier, Espoir D’Allen and Mr Adjudicator are hard to split and a lot will simply come down to the one that’s the most forward. Mastermind does enjoy a fitness edge, given he ran really well in Galway when a close up fourth 12 days ago but the balance of his hurdles form would suggest he’s in at the deep end and would probably need a career best.DALLAS DES PICTONS (1.40pm)Looks a lovely prospect but a lot of Gordon’s (Elliott) have been needing the run as we have struggled to get work into them on the faster ground. Dallas Des Pictons joins the stable from France where he won a couple of races and hopefully he’ll run a big race for us in a race that doesn’t look too deep a contest on paper at least.NICOLE’S MILAN (2.15pm)Has had a wind op since his last flight fall in Cork and often they can need a run after that procedure. He’s been working well at home but does carry a bit of condition. He’s got some solid form but we need everything to be be sound in the jumping department. This looks an open race.BURREN LIFE (3.25pm)21 runners in a beginners chase so we’ll need our fair share of luck! It’s a very competitive one too with classy hurdlers Bacardys and Any Second Now in opposition. Burren Life gave me a good spin the last day at Tipperary when he finished second over 2m 7f and drops back in trip today. That should have blown the cobwebs off him but this is much tougher.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering

first_imgShare Contact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 831-4792 Rice Professor Named to National Academy of Engineering The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Riki Kobayashi, a Rice University professor of chemicalengineering, as a member of the academy. He was one of 77 engineers in the United States elected to the NAE during the annual February induction. The NAE is a national advisory body of the federal government. Election to the body isconsidered one of the highest honors conferred on engineers. The letter announcing the elections said the academy elects members based upon their “important contributions to engineering theory and practice including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice and those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new anddeveloping fields of technology.”“I am delighted that Riki has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a well deserved honor,” said ClarenceMiller, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rice. “For many years, he has been a central figure in the department’s research program in thermodynamics, which is widely recognized for its excellence. Riki and his coworkers have designed and built many novel types of equipment to allow improved measurements of properties of a wide range of fluids over a wide range oftemperatures and pressures.” George Hirasaki, a Rice professor of chemical engineering and a member of the NAE, said, “Perhaps more than any other living individual, Professor Kobayashi has provided the engineering database for the natural gas industry. The Gas Processors Association recognized this outstanding lifetime accomplishment in their first Donald L. Katz Award. His work was characterized in a 1987 AIChE symposium in his honor as `one of the century’s most prolific and lasting efforts in thermodynamic and transportproperties.’” Hirasaki said Kobayashi had the vision to pioneer the measurement of hydrocarbon vapor-water-gas hydrate equilibrium; the use of gas chromatography to measure vapor-liquid and vapor-solid equilibria, phase transitions and molecular diffusivity; and the useof laser light scatter to measure properties in the critical region. Some recent industrial applications of Kobayashi’s work include the design of CO2 processing facilities for enhanced oil recovery and design criteria for dehydrating natural gas in North Slope andNorth Sea production to prevent hydrate formation. Most recently, Kobayashi along with two research associates, Fouad Fleyfel and Kyoo Song, have submitted a paper for publication announcing their discovery of the mechanism that allows gas and water to form an icy mixture called hydrates. Hydrates plague the natural gas industry by forming icy plugs that prevent thetransmission of gas through pipelines. Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,584, a graduate and professional student population of 1,489 and a full-time faculty of 448. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img
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Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Breakthrough method in growing replacement cartilage Rice bioengineers pioneer techniques for knee repair A breakthrough self-assembly technique for growing replacement cartilage offers the first hope of replacing the entire articular surface of knees damaged by arthritis. The technique, developed at Rice University’s Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory, is described in this month’s issue of the journal Tissue Engineering. “This has significant ramifications because we are now beginning to talk, for the first time, about the potential treatment of entire arthritic joints and not just small defects,” said lead researcher and lab director Kyriacos Athanasiou , the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering . Athanasiou’s new self-assembly method involves a break from conventional wisdom in bioengineering; almost all previous attempts to grow replacement transplant tissues involved the use of biodegradable implants that are seeded with donor cells and growth factors. These implants, which engineers refer to as scaffolds, foster the tissue growth process by acting as a template for new growth, but they always present a risk of toxicity due to the fact that they are made of materials that aren’t naturally found in the body. In the newly reported findings, Athanasiou and postdoctoral researcher Jerry Hu, using nothing but donor cells, grew dime-sized disks of cartilage with properties approaching those of native tissue. In a follow-up study due for publication soon, graduate student Christopher Revell refined the process to produce disks that are virtually identical to native tissue in terms of both mechanical and biochemical makeup. In a third, and perhaps most impressive breakthrough, Athanasiou and Hu used the self-assembly approach to grow the entire articular surface of the distal femur. Each of these unbroken samples were tailored three-dimensionally to fit a specific rabbit femur. “If you told me 10 years ago that we would be making entire articular end caps via self assembly I would have said you were crazy,” said Athanasiou. “The fact that we can do this is an indication of how far the discipline of tissue engineering has progressed.” Unlike cartilage, most tissues in our bodies – including skin, blood vessels and bone – regenerate themselves constantly. Tissue engineers try to capitalize on the body’s own regenerative powers to grow replacement tissues that can be transplanted without risk of rejection. Donor cells from the patient are used as a starting place to eliminate rejection risks. Most tissue engineering involves honeycombed plastic templates or hydrogels called scaffolds that are used to guide colonies of donor cells. Donor cells can be either adult stem cells or other immature cells. Athanasiou’s latest work was done using chondrocytes, or cartilage cells. Athanasiou, a former president of the international Biomedical Engineering Society, helped pioneer the development of coin-sized scaffolds in the early 1990s that are now the state-of-the-art clinical option for repairing small defects in articular knee cartilage. His lab is also working on techniques to grow replacement knee menisci, the kidney shaped wedges of cartilage that sit between the femur and tibia and absorb the compressive shock that the bones undergo during walking and running. Over the past 18 months, he and his students Adam Aufderheide and Gwen Hoben have perfected methods of growing meniscus-shaped pieces of cartilage, but they are still trying to perfect the mechanical strength of the engineered meniscus tissue, which must be able to withstand up to an astounding 2,400 pounds per square inch of compressive pressure. Athanasiou’s research is funded by Rice University and the National Institutes of Health. High-resolution images are available at http://www.rice.edu/media/cartilage.html . last_img read more

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Scholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Howe received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.The event is sponsored by the Rice Department of History.Members of the news media who want to attend should contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduScholar to discuss rise of the United States in the 19th century at April 15 lecture at RiceDaniel Walker Howe, professor of history emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” will speak at Rice University April 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.Howe’s presentation begins at 4 p.m. in Sewall Hall’s room 309 on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.The lecture is titled “What Hath God Wrought: The Communications Revolution of the 1840s.” It will reflect Howe’s argument that improvement in transportation and communications technologies like the railroad and telegraph drove the major social, political and economic changes that took place in the United States during the period.“What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2007 as part of the prestigious series the Oxford History of the United States.In addition to his position at UCLA, Howe is also the Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University. He is also the 2011 Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford College.last_img read more

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Racial makeup of labor markets affects who gets job leads

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRacial makeup of labor markets affects who gets job leadsHOUSTON – (Jan. 13, 2016) – The racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker, according to new research from Rice University and North Carolina State University (N.C. State).The study found that in a job market that was 20 percent white, there was a 25 percent probability that a respondent had gotten an unsolicited job lead in the past year. But in a market that was 80 percent white, there was a 60 percent probability of a respondent having gotten such a lead.“We wanted to understand how the racial composition of job markets affected the availability of job leads for workers,” said Steve McDonald, an associate professor of sociology at N.C. State and lead author of the study published in the journal Social Currents. “We found that race matters and that race-related bias in recruiting can adversely impact job opportunities for workers in minority-dominated occupations.”The results held true for workers of all races, even when researchers controlled for things like gender, age and the size of each worker’s social network.The findings indicate that employers in white labor markets are more likely to use social networks and informal approaches to recruit workers.James Elliott, an associate professor of sociology at Rice University and co-author of the study, noted that the findings also indicate that when minority workers do receive unsolicited job information, it tends to lead to employment where that type of unsolicited information then dries up.“In other words, the flow of job leads changes based not on you as an individual but on the race of people doing your job,” Elliott said.“Presumably, this is due to a preference — conscious or subconscious — for white workers,” McDonald said. “One of the things this drives home is that, if businesses take diversity seriously and want to diversify their workforce, they need to look beyond their social networks for job candidates.”The researchers evaluated data from a survey of 642 workers from the 23 largest U.S. cities in 11 broad occupation groups, such as management, sales and the service sector. Specifically, the researchers looked at information that survey respondents provided in each city on their job and the number of unsolicited job leads they received in casual conversation over the previous year. The researchers then used census data to determine the racial composition of the labor market in each respondent’s city and occupation group.The researchers are now building on this work by examining larger samples of workers, more specific occupation categories and smaller geographic areas within cities.The paper, “Race, Place and Unsolicited Job Leads: How the Ethnoracial Structure of Local Labor Markets Shapes Employment Opportunities,” was published online Dec. 22.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials: James Elliott bio: https://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483801Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/0118_ELLIOT-b1-2j9eska.jpgPhoto credit: ThinkStockPhotos.comlast_img read more

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Rice U study Safety has many meanings for parents with children in

first_imgShareJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: Safety has many meanings for parents with children in schoolsHOUSTON – (Feb. 5, 2018) – Safety, just behind family and community engagement, is one of the most import drivers of parents’ satisfaction with their child’s school. “In traditional public schools, safety is just as important in driving overall satisfaction as teachers, and even more important than academics and learning,” according to a study by scholars at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityIn contrast, safety is slightly less important than teachers among charter-school parents.The inaugural 2017 Collaborative for Customer-Based Execution and Strategy (C-CUBES) Benchmark K-12 School Study is based on a nationally representative online survey of 7,259 parents conducted during October through November. The goal of the ongoing study is to provide an evidence-based approach to incorporate the stakeholder input in strategic planning and execution for public schools. The margin of error was plus or minus 1 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.The meaning of safety may not be well understood by many school leaders and district administrators, the study’s authors said. A multivariate analysis conducted by the research team identified five components that represent 77 percent of the overall concept of safety:Children are physically safe (22 percent).Children are mentally safe (20 percent).Students are free of violence (14 percent).Schools use adequate disciplinary measures in dealing with disruptive students (12 percent).Schools are consistent and fair in enforcing disciplinary policies (9 percent).“Safety in schools is not an elusive concept,” said study leader Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice. “By focusing on these five concrete areas, public schools can improve parent satisfaction with safety, which should help them to attract and retain families.”“We now have evidence, using the voice of the customer, that safety includes both physical and mental safety of children. More importantly, it has a component of consistency and fairness in developing and enforcing school policies. Our study shows the three biggest drivers of overall satisfaction are safety along with teachers and family and community engagement.”According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 65 percent of public schools reported that one or more violent incidents had taken place, which amounts to an estimated 757,000 incidents during the 2013-14 school year. “School safety is a real issue for children enrolled in our schools,” Mittal said.Additional members of the research team include Jihye Jung at Rice and Shrihari Sridhar and Yixing Chen at Texas A&M University.C-CUBES released its inaugural 2017 study on public schools and parent satisfaction, which focused on family and community engagement, Nov. 29. A summary can be viewed here. A second study, released Dec. 5, found that traditional public schools are less likely to earn an A or A-plus from parents than private or charter schools are. A third study, released Dec. 14, found that traditional public-school parents who are “very dissatisfied” with their child’s school are 2.5 times more likely to switch to a charter school than parents who are “very satisfied.”For more information about and insights from Jones School faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

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International Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform “King Lear” at Hamman Hall.The international touring theater troupe based in London and at the University of Notre Dame will be in residency at Rice from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2019. They will perform “King Lear” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at the university’s Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St.Tickets are $15 for Rice students, alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens; $20 for general admission; and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 713-348-4005 or emailing hamman@rice.edu.Founded by famed actor Patrick Stewart, Actors From The London Stage is now in its 38th year. Beginning as an educational program developed by Homer Swander at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the troupe tours up to 20 universities each year to provide communities, students and faculty the opportunity to experience dynamic and enriching performing arts.All roles will be played by five veterans of classical theatre: Richard James-Neale, Tricia Kelly, Ffion Jolly, Fred Lancaster and Jonathan Dryden Taylor. The performers all hail from prestigious theater companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and have made numerous appearances in film and television.The troupe’s residency is underwritten by the Alan and Shirley Grob Endowment for Shakespeare and the Grob Fund for Shakespeare in Performance, with additional support from Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Department of English.For more information on the performances, visit http://vada.rice.edu. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit http://rice.edu/parking.-30-For more information, contact Katharine Shilcutt, media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6760 or kshilcutt@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.For a Rice University map and parking information, visit http://parking.rice.edu.Related information:Actors from the London Stage: https://baylinartists.com/actors-from-the-london-stage-biography/Rice Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts: https://vada.rice.edu/Rice Department of English: https://english.rice.edu/High-resolution images for download:https://news.rice.edu/files/2018/12/KL-011-RETOUCHED-PRINT-1sm85mg.jpghttps://news.rice.edu/files/2018/12/KL-029-RETOUCHED-PRINT-1tkz7f0.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYKatharine Shilcutt713-348-6760kshilcutt@rice.eduInternational Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice Actors From The London Stage will perform ‘King Lear’ at Hamman HallHOUSTON — (Dec. 10, 2018) — “Nothing can come of nothing,” utters Lear as he begins his slow descent into madness in William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear.” The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage are set to bring the tragic tale of Lear, his three daughters and the many warring noblemen to life at Rice University. The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage will perform “King Lear” at Hamman Hall.center_img AddThislast_img read more

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UST Students Inspired by Business Professionals at Cameron Career Day

first_img Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Houston About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer A recent Career Day event at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business gave students the opportunity to hear from and meet directly with industry leaders and UST alumni, showcasing just how far a Cameron degree can take you.This year’s Career Day was hosted by Cameron and the University’s Career Services, offering students access to a number of professional speakers and panelists. The event was opened with remarks from keynote speaker Alex Howard, current Managing Director in the Valuation & Financial Opinions Group at Stout, Risius and Ross. In his address, Howard emphasized the importance of confidence and practicality as students enter the career force. He encouraged students to build support networks and take advantage of mentorship opportunities. Following the keynote address, students at the opportunity to attend a variety of panels representing a number of business professionals and UST Alumni. The panels covered industries ranging from accounting and finance to marketing, economics and international business.Following the event, a reception was held to give students an opportunity for networking.According to Cameron Dean, Dr. Beena George, the event is meant to provide students with a highly important opportunity to engage with industry leaders. Career Day is also meant to allow students to see what it looks like to obtain success within their chosen fields, helping them to set realistic career goals.MBA student Tiffany Burton commented on her experience attending the Human Resources panel session, where she said she gained a deeper appreciation of the opportunities available to her in the field. “I … got good information about useful certificates that could help accelerate my career,” she said. “I would love to attend next year’s event, either as a panelist or as a spectator,” she added. “It would be good if current and future UST graduates could help support and promote such an incredibly beneficial event like Career Day.”center_img UST Students Inspired by Business Professionals at Cameron Career Day RelatedCameron Career Day Connects Students with Industry LeadersBusiness students at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business had the opportunity to connect with business leaders in various industries at the inaugural CSB Career Day this March. The Cameron school already offers students a rigorous curriculum and several networking and mentorship opportunities with professionals. Nevertheless,…March 30, 2016In “Featured Region”Cameron Alum Kelly Bosworth Honored as Rising StarKelly Bosworth, MBA ’08 at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business, was recently awarded the Rising Star Award during the fourth annual Rock the Block party at CSB. More than 200 guests were present at the Rock the Block party, a CSB alumni social event, to witness Ms.…March 8, 2017In “Featured Region”Cameron Symposium Celebrates Innovation at St. ThomasThe second annual Cameron Business Symposium recently took place at the University of St. Thomas- Cameron School of Business, celebrating the leadership and innovation of Cameron faculty, students and alumni. The symposium included a wide arrange of events and honors, beginning with the induction of the Cullen Trust for Higher…January 4, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

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Trump Says Madonna Is Disgusting for Rally Comments

first_img Trump Says Madonna Is ‘Disgusting’ for Rally Comments By Epoch Newsroom January 27, 2017 Updated: January 27, 2017 Share President Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News, commented on Madonna’s recent speech at a women’s march rally last week.Speaking with Sean Hannity on Thursday night, the president described the 58-year-old singer as “disgusting” for her remarks. Madonna had said at the rally that she’d been thinking “an awful lot about blowing up the White House” after Trump’s inauguration.“Honestly, she’s disgusting. I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause,” he said, referring to her speech. He was responding to a question from Hannity about the singer.“I thought her and a couple of others. But I thought she was in particular, I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country.”TRUMP on MADONNA: What She Said Was Disgusting – I Think She Hurt Herself Very Badly #MarchForLife pic.twitter.com/VZKUDFgsVU—(@ThePatriot143) January 27, 2017It’s not the first time Trump publicly criticized Madonna. In 2012, he tweeted about Madonna’s asking concert-goers to vote for President Barack Obama.“Many people walked out on Madonna’s concert when she told them to vote for Obama. Years ago I walked out because the concert was terrible!” he wrote at the time.Many people walked out on Madonna’s concert when she told them to vote for Obama. Years ago I walked out because the concert was terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2012Madonna performs on stage during the Women's March rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington. Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer, Jake Gyllenhaal and feminist leader Gloria Steinem were some of the Hollywood A-list celebrities in attendance at the march in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Madonna performs on stage during the Women’s March rally, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)After the comments on Saturday, Madonna later issued a comment to try and explain herself.“I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” she wrote on her Instagram page.Related CoverageMadonna Criticized for White House Comments During Women’s MarchMadonna: Trump Presidency Like ‘Being Stuck in a Nightmare’ Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US President Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon at the Congress of Tomorrow Republican Member Retreat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Jan. 26, 2017. Republican Congressional members gathered in Philadelphia to participate in the retreat. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Rachael Maddows Ratings Drop After Trump Tax Form Scoop

first_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Share Rachel Maddow Visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at the Rockefeller Center in New York City on March 15, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC) center_img MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had the “story of the century” when she reported on President Donald Trump’s tax returns.It turned out to be two pages of his tax returns from 2005, showing he paid $38 million in taxes on a 25 percent tax rate. The lead-in to her program was akin to a complex form of clickbait, a bait-and-switch tactic to gain more viewers and audience. Fellow journalists and viewers were unhappy at Maddow for promoting the story in the manner that she did. Maddow, speaking on NBC’s “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, seemingly agreed with Fallon that the report was a letdown.And the tactic worked—for a day.Over 4 million people watched the episode, making it by far the most popular cable TV show on Tuesday night, according to Deadline.Related CoverageRachael Maddow’s Trump ‘Tax Returns’ Story May Be the Biggest Clickbait of the YearRevealed: Trump Didn’t Avoid Paying Taxes for 18 Years, as NY Times Suggested After that? A nosedive.Her ratings on Wednesday night dropped about 36 percent, and among the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic, the ratings fell 54 percent, Fox News reported.In the wake of Trump’s win, cable news outlets—conservative and liberal—and their respective talk shows have experienced a sharp ratings increase.Maddow’s show, which struggled during the Obama years, saw its highest ratings since 2008 in February, The Boston Globe reported. The show is frequently in the Top 10 of all shows on cable.Related CoverageWhite House: Trump Paid $38 Million in Taxes in 2005 Share this article Rachael Maddow’s Ratings Drop After Trump Tax Form Scoop By Jack Phillips March 20, 2017 Updated: March 20, 2017last_img read more

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Man Gets Into Argument With 3 Friends Police Then Find Their Bodies

first_img Arkansas police arrested a man on Wednesday morning in connection with a triple homicide, KATV reported.Garland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from a man who said he had information about a murder. The deputies spoke to a man in Hot Springs, Arkansas who said that 34-year-old Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski visited his home on Monday with three friends.Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski (Facebook)Lewondowski got into an argument with the three friends about some stolen property, the deputies learned. Lewondowski lost his cool and left the home with his friends to go to another location, according to the arrest affidavit. Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski (Garland County Sheriff’s Office)Lewondowski then returned to the man’s home the next day, the affidavit states, and told him that he had killed the three friends. Lewondowski asked for help in covering up the murders.Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski (Facebook)The man then went to help Lewondowski move vehicles near a home on Nevada Street. Lewondowski told the man that “they would probably just burn the residence down.” After hearing the man’s report, the officers went to 208 Nevada St. in Hot Springs and found three bodies inside the unlocked house. The home at 208 Nevada St. in Hot Springs, Arkansas where the bodies of three men were found on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Screenshot/Google Maps) (Screenshot/Google Maps/Infographic/NTD)Lewondowski was charged with three counts of capital murder, according to the Garland County Sheriff’s inmate roster. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 19. (Garland County Sheriff’s Office)From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov US News Man Gets Into Argument With 3 Friends, Police Then Find Their Bodies By Ivan Pentchoukov December 7, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Nicholas Matthew Lewondowski (Garland County Detention Center) Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

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Toddler Caught in Middle of Florida Mall Brawl

first_imgUS News Toddler Caught in Middle of Florida Mall Brawl By Jack Phillips December 20, 2017 Updated: December 20, 2017 According to the KPRC2 report, the fight was apparently motivated by the killing of Samuel Jones, who was shot in Lehigh Acres on Saturday, Dec. 16.“The girl was down and she pulled the baby over and kicked her in her face and took off running — left the baby,” Milburn said of the child. “The baby was there all by itself, you know, so he stood there to try and kind of make sure I guess nothing happened to the child,” Milburn added.Milburn said the mall needs to increase security ahead of Christmas.“They need to step up their game. It’s a big mall; a lot of stuff can happen,” Milburn said. Police responded to the incident.“Upon arrival, the incident had already dissipated and police did not find a confrontation going on,” Fort Myers Police Department, Capt. Jay Rodriguez told the News-Press publication. “Approximately two hours later police were called back to the mall in reference to apparent injuries that occurred previously and spoke to complainants.”Rodriguez added that the victims filed a police report of simple battery.Linda Deverso-Pakulis, the wife of Lt. Chip Pakulis, of Lee County, also allegedly posted a racist message in connection to the video. The post included a slur and said they should be sent “back to Africa.” The post said, “And they wonder why everyone picks on them? Watch the video! Send them back to Africa! World peace with then begin!”The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the post containing “racially inappropriate and hateful remarks” was the result of a hack. “The hacking was immediately reported to Facebook by the account holder and the account was subsequently deleted so as to avoid any additional postings,” Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told Fox News.Deverso-Pakulis later wrote: “Late last night someone posted under my name comments regarding an altercation that took place at the Edison Mall,” Dailymail reported. “As a result I notified Facebook that my account was compromised and I deactivated the account at that time.”Police said that an investigation into the brawl remains open. The police report stated that six suspects assaulted two women, the station reported. Florida’s Department of Children and Families is investigating.The footage can be viewed below (Warning: Contains potentially upsetting content): So much for holiday spirit.Video footage shows the moment six women brawl in front of Victoria’s Secret in a mall in Fort Myers, Florida, as a toddler gets caught in the center of it all.The clip, posted by David Milburn, shows the women stomping on another as she tries to cower and protect herself. A boy who was being pushed in a toy car stroller could be seen nearby, reported the Miami Herald.“There was a lot of yelling,” Milburn told KPRC2. “I couldn’t understand what they were saying though. I mean, there (were) just so many of them.”“No one really intervened no one tried to break it up,” Milburn said of the incident. VIDEO: Florida mall fight includes woman pushing toddler in stroller. https://t.co/YO8QwYKZYr pic.twitter.com/7h57lZGJOO— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) December 18, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   This totally breaks my heart! https://t.co/C2TUAlMwDJ— Headline Politics (@HeadlinePolitic) December 20, 2017 Show Discussion Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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Utah Teen Killed by Target Shooters While Out With Family

first_img Show Discussion Utah Teen Killed by Target Shooters While Out With Family By Chris Jasurek September 26, 2018 Updated: September 26, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A Utah teen was killed when a round fired by people target-shooting in their back yard went past the target and into the road.Zackary Kempke, 14, of North Ogden, Utah, was out for a drive with his parents and a family friend on the afternoon of Sept. 23, according to the Rich County Sheriff’s Office. The family was out driving after church to take photos of changing fall foliage to send to Zachary’s older brother, who is in Oregon on a missionary assignment.The family was heading down a dirt road in a rural area of the Monte Cristo mountain range around 3 p.m. when Zachary, sitting in the back seat, was struck in the head.The teenager died instantly, the Deseret News reported.The fatal bullet was fired by one of a group of people target-shooting several hundred feet from the road on private property. Share this article US News According to the Sheriff’s Department, the shooter and several witnesses said “they did not know there was a road downrange and could not see the vehicle as it traveled on the road due to thick brush and trees.”There was no solid backstop behind the targets, which is an extremely unsafe practice when firing towards a public road.The Sheriff’s Office worked with other law enforcement agencies to reconstruct the scene and figure out exactly how the boy was shot. The initial understanding is that the shooting was unintentional.Once the various law enforcement agencies have collected all the available evidence, the case will be turned over to the Rich County Prosecutor to take to court or dismiss.‘Very Spiritual’According to his uncle, Cory Hopkins, Zachary Kempke was “very family-oriented.”“He was like the center of attention. He was a comic. He liked to make people laugh. You know, but he had a serious side, he was very spiritual,” Hopkins told the Deseret News.He recalled that Zachary liked video games, and listening to the rock band KISS. He also suffered from Type 1 diabetes.Hopkins said that the whole extended family was “going to miss his lively spirit.“And we all just can’t believe that he’s not going to be around.”Let Go of AngerCory Hopkins said that at first, the family’s pain turned to anger at the family which fired the fatal shot. The family was outraged that the other family had been shooting with no backstop between the target and the road.Hopkins said that the family completely let go of the anger after the initial outrage.He says the rest of the teen’s family initially felt some anger. They questioned why the group hadn’t been shooting at a backstop.Hopkins says they have “completely” let go those feelings.“It was a reaction to the situation, and it was done,” he told the Deseret News.“We’ve all had time to think, and you know—that family’s going to live with this for the rest of their life,” Hopkins said, “and I think that’s tragic on that point too.”The Kempkes also said they didn’t want this incident to get used by people looking for ammunition in the ongoing argument about gun safety and gun-owners’ rights, according to an AP article quoted by US News.com.From NTD.tvWatch Next:Falun Gong Practitioners Are Being Killed for Organs in ChinaBefore the year 2000, organ transplantation in China was a relatively niche medical treatment.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Mother dies trying to save children from rip current, Good Samaritans help rescue kids https://t.co/zGI1BMeLIc pic.twitter.com/JPQMlKMy9b— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) October 15, 2018 Share Share this article Awful: Polk County mother dies after trying to rescue children from rip current: https://t.co/rTdyq6ObHB pic.twitter.com/qr9SsUUYPC— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) October 15, 2018 Florida Mom Dies While Trying to Save Children From Rip Current By Zachary Stieber October 16, 2018 Updated: October 16, 2018 US News A Florida mother died on Saturday, Oct. 13, trying to save her children from a rip current.Samar Aboukhdair, 36, was watching eight children—six of her own and two others—when a rip current caught some of them, prompting the mother to rush into the ocean at St. Pete Beach in Pinellas County.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said that firefighters eventually saved the children and Aboukhdair, but she passed away at a nearby hospital.Four witnesses helped officials with the rescue, the office said.“The children were reported to have been swimming north of the Pass-A-Grill Southwest Jetty when a witness heard the children scream from the water. The witnesses reported four children in the water and pulled two of the children out of the water to safety after it appeared they were caught in a strong tidal current,” the office stated.“Witnesses say Aboukhdair went after the third child and became caught in the strong tidal current herself. One of the older children also went in the water with Aboukhdair and also became caught in the strong tidal current.” Rush to HelpOne of the rescuers, Laura Grande, said that her husband, Richard Grande, first noticed the children were in trouble.“You could just see the current pulling them out, the kids were screaming and crying,” she told Fox 13.“He looked up and he told me, he says oh my god, Laura there’s some children drowning out there,” she told WFLA.“And we were yelling out to turn around and float on your backs and let the current take you in. Cuz I was going to try to follow them along the inlet.”Richard Grande said he was able to rescue two of the children, and the couple stayed with them until a family friend of their’s came to pick them up.“They were very grateful, hugging us and crying on us for the past three hours,” he said.Officials said that the children’s father was traveling outside the country but had scheduled the next flight back to the United States after hearing the news.While signs in the area warn of strong rip currents, the Grandes believe lifeguards should be on duty or some other measure should be implemented.“There’s not one line to throw out, not safety jackets, not lifeguards,” Richard Grande told Fox 13. “I am going to think of this family and these children for the rest of my life, it’s something that will never leave.”From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img Share Cesar Sayoc was identified as the suspect who allegedly mailed suspicious packages to a dozen prominent figures, including George Soros, former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Robert de Niro.DNA evidence played a role in his arrest, said officials, NBC News reported.The man was taken into custody in the parking lot of an AutoZone store in Plantation, near Fort Lauderdale, where two witnesses told Reuters they heard a loud blast at the time of the arrest. Local television stations showed investigators using a large blue tarp to cover a white van that was plastered with decals and stickers, before removing it on a truck. Police closed roads around the AutoZone parking lot, and helicopters flew overhead.A man named Dre, a manager at a used car dealership next door to the AutoZone, said he heard a loud noise that sounded like an explosion shortly after 11 a.m. “I heard like a bomb,” Dre, who declined to give his full name, said in a telephone interview. “I opened the door and saw the FBI there.” Dre said they were told by FBI agents to stay inside as the area was on lockdown.A White House official told the Wall Street Journal that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the matter. The Department of Justice is planning to hold a briefing on Oct. 25.“The #FBI can confirm we have one person in custody. There will be a press conference in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Justice at 2:30 p.m. ET,” the FBI tweeted.Two more packages were reportedly sent to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Oct. 25.Of the 12 packages that were sent, none have exploded. No injuries have been reported, and expert analysis suggests that there were designed to create fear.Officials have said the suspicious packages contained PVC pipes stuffed with what appeared to be fireworks powder and glass. Some had electrical wires and a timer.The FBI also warned people that there might be more packages yet to be delivered, and they urged people not to touch any suspicious parcels.Time Warner Center Evacuated A member of the New York Police Department bomb squad outside the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, on Oct. 24, 2018. (Reuters/Kevin Coombs)“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in a statement on Oct. 24. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI. Do not hesitate to call; no piece of information is too small to help us in this investigation.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated on Oct. 25 that local, state, federal officials are “working tirelessly to follow every lead” in the case, the Washington Post reported. “I can tell you this, we will find the person or persons responsible and we’re going to bring them to justice,” Sessions said.Reuters contributed to this report. FLASH: Cesar Sayoc, 56, pictured in this booking photo from an arrest, via @browardsheriff pic.twitter.com/zUSXxPlOyZ— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) October 26, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this articlecenter_img US News Cesar Sayoc ID’d as Suspect Who Sent Suspicious Packages to Obama, Soros By Jack Phillips October 26, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share this article US News The Trump administration is poised to propose maintaining Obama-era restrictions on mercury pollution from power plants, responding to opposition from electric utilities that have already spent billions of dollars to meet the requirements.At the same time, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose changes that may make it harder to toughen mercury emissions standards in the future by disavowing the legal justification for the regulation and altering the way its health benefits are measured.The proposal reflects a balancing act for the Trump administration, which has struggled to address a rule loathed by coal producers, viewed warily by EPA officials who object to how it was justified, and yet has already been complied with by power companies.“We’ve been in compliance for a number of years now, the equipment is operating and it is effective. We really see no reason at all to roll back the requirements,” said John McManus, senior vice president of environmental services at American Electric Power Company Inc. “Retired plants aren’t coming back, and we see no reason to turn back the controls that are running on our existing plants.”The 2012 rule prompted a wave of coal-fired power plant closures and drew the ire of a powerful foe: coal magnate Robert E. Murray, who has spent years crusading against the regulation in court. His coal company, Murray Energy Corp., argues its domestic sales have suffered as a result of the standards.But power companies such as Duke Energy Corp. have implored the EPA and White House to leave the mercury standards intact. Utilities have already spent some $18 billion installing required technology to fulfill the requirements and satisfy April 2015 compliance deadlines that have long since passed, industry trade groups told the EPA this summer. For instance, AEP has invested nearly $8.8 billion on environmental equipment retrofits at its coal-fired power plants since 2000, with much of that equipment contributing to its compliance with the mercury rule. The utility-owner has retired 7,200 megawatts of coal-fired generation from 2011 through 2016 as part of its effort to meet the more stringent mercury rules. Mercury emissions from its plants have dropped 95 percent since 2001.Mercury and Co-BenefitsCoal-fired power plants are the largest U.S. source of mercury, a metal that is converted in soil and water into a neurotoxin that can lower IQ, cause motor function deficits, damage the nervous system and lead to more heart attacks.“More mercury in the air means more mercury in the water, which means more mercury in the fish, which means more mercury in people who eat the fish,” said Janet McCabe, an acting assistant administrator of the EPA’s air office in the Obama administration. “That is especially problematic for young children, pregnant women and the babies they are carrying.”The EPA is set to propose keeping the mercury limits in place while simultaneously withdrawing an assertion the requirements are “appropriate and necessary”—a legal benchmark under the Clean Air Act.The change would arm the rule’s opponents with ammunition for another lawsuit challenging the mercury standards in an effort to win a court-ordered repeal. It’s not clear any such litigation would prevail; a 2008 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on another mercury rule sets a high bar.Although the EPA is ensnared by the partial government shutdown, it has enough leftover funding to continue operating, at least this week. The agency is expected to issue the proposal as soon as Wednesday.The EPA also is set to recalculate the cost and benefits of the mercury rule in a way that dramatically shrinks its estimated potential health gains—a change that could prevent the EPA from making the mercury pollution requirements more stringent in the future.At issue are the broad health benefits that spring from regulations—not just those that directly flow from reducing a pollutant explicitly targeted by individual rules. In the case of the mercury rule, for example, the technology utilities employed to curtail mercury emissions also pared the amount of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide belched out of their power plants, which the EPA said would reduce asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature deaths.Those “co-benefits” of the mercury rule were an essential figure in the Obama administration’s calculation of its ultimate price tag. Although the EPA estimated it would cost the industry $9.6 billion annually to install the necessary technology, it said the health benefits from reducing mercury and other non-targeted pollutants were worth nearly 10 times more.As much as 89 percent of the 2012 rule’s health benefits came from reducing fine particulate matter—beyond the toxic air pollutants the measure actually targeted, according to the EPA.Disregarding C0-benefitsNow, under President Donald Trump, the EPA is set to assert that because it is leaning on its Clean Air Act authority to regulate hazardous air pollutants, it is improper to consider the health benefits of paring other pollution.The EPA may argue that pollutants regulated under other programs can’t be used to “justify a regulation that is only supposed to be about hazardous air pollutants,” said Jeff Holmstead, an assistant EPA administrator under former President George W. Bush.By disregarding co-benefits, the new proposal is set to conclude that the rule’s costs exceed its benefits. Environmentalists say the change could preclude the agency from counting these benefits to justify the cost of toughening requirements in the future.The Trump administration approach would limit “the EPA’s ability to recognize the full range of benefits that result from pollution control,” said Joe Goffman, a former senior counsel in agency’s air office. The result is “to limit the reach of the Clean Air Act as a tool for regulating air pollution and protecting public health.”The mercury standards have been the subject of litigation for years. After they were imposed in 2012, the coal industry sued, ultimately forcing the EPA to revisit its conclusions. The Obama administration reinstated the regulation in 2016 and Murray Energy sued to block it, but a federal appeals court delayed the case so the Trump administration could reconsider the rule.By by Jennifer A. Dlouhy. From Bloomberg. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img AEP’s Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, W.Va., on Oct. 30, 2009. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Trump’s EPA to Maintain Obama-Era Coal Plant Curbs, With a Twist By Bloomberg December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Supreme Court Skeptical That Public Access TV Is the ‘Public Square’ By Matthew Vadum February 25, 2019 Updated: February 26, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Share A lawyer for two content providers banned by a New York City public-access television network for alleged threatening behavior received a cool reception from Supreme Court justices Feb. 25, when he contended the network was legally required to broadcast content his clients generate because the city government licensed the channel.At issue is whether a public TV channel operator designated by a government is a “state actor,” meaning a person acting on behalf of a governmental authority. State actors are subject to regulation under the First Amendment, in some cases even if they have an indirect relationship with a government.An appeals court previously ruled in favor of the content-makers, finding the channel on which they appeared was “the electronic version of the public square.”The case is Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. The nonprofit corporation runs the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), which says its “vision is to empower local voices and diverse views.”It runs “two state-of-the-art media production and education facilities in Manhattan,” as well as public-access TV channels, which reach about 600,000 cable subscribers.Although the case doesn’t arise from the world of social media, it’s of keen interest to many observers because they believe if the court rules in favor of the content providers, it might spur copycat lawsuits aimed to declare social-media platforms public forums, subject to the speech protections of the First Amendment. This would limit social-media companies’ ability to decide which content to allow. The case comes as oligopolistic social-media providers such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google come under increasing attack for viewpoint-based discrimination against users and, in particular, conservatives.Critics say the long-running, aggressive crackdown on political expression intensified dramatically after Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom the social-media giants strongly favored, was unexpectedly defeated by Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.Facebook and Twitter have leveraged claims of Russian meddling in U.S. elections to justify clamping down on free expression, and have purged and undermined the pages and accounts of those who support the president.Trump himself has spoken out on the growing problem of social-media censorship.“Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good[,]” Trump wrote in a tweet Aug. 28, 2018. “They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”During oral arguments, Paul W. Hughes, the lawyer for the content creators, radical academic DeeDee Halleck and poet Jesus Melendez, told justices that MNN “is a public forum because New York has generally opened property that it controls for speech. New York has a general access policy. That’s … its first-come, first-served policy. And I think the critical feature here, which petitioners cannot dispute, is that MNN lacks discretion not to—that they cannot decline to run content that is protected by the First Amendment.”Chief Justice John Roberts challenged this assertion, pointing out the two parties don’t agree on all the facts of the case. Importantly, they don’t agree on the key issue of whether the company has the right to curate content, he said.Hughes said the city government reserved for itself a property interest in the public access channels, when it gave the cable operator access to public rights-of-way that are “critical to them constructing their system.”“In exchange, the city obtained the rights to have control over a select number of 18 channels,” he said.Responding to Justice Elena Kagan, Hughes said it was the franchise agreement specifically that gave the government a property right.“In many cities in New York, like Buffalo and Scarsdale and others, the cities have retained that property interest and operate, administer that property interest themselves.”Justice Brett Kavanaugh asked, “If a utility gets rights-of-way from the local government, does that … make the utility a state actor?”Hughes said it would not because a utility doesn’t take on “delegated sovereign authority in exercise of something that is carefully tied to a constitutional obligation.”Justice Samuel Alito said Hughes’s theory of the case seemed farfetched.“It seems strange to me to say that if the policy is first-come, first-served, no editorial discretion, therefore, no viewpoint discrimination, the First Amendment applies. But if there’s discretion and the administrator has the authority to engage in viewpoint discrimination, the First Amendment doesn’t apply. It seems exactly backwards.”Halleck and Melendez said MNN suspended them for criticizing the network, but MNN said the duo appeared in a video that contained “harassing and threatening language directed toward MNN staff during a long diatribe.”Halleck is a retired academic and activist.“In 1981, Halleck co-founded the Paper Tiger TV Collective in New York City, as a way to encourage left-wing alternatives to America’s capitalist media,” according to Discover The Networks. “In 1986, Halleck and others who were involved with Paper Tiger created Deep Dish TV, a collective of left-wing activists and videographers who aimed to use satellite technology, which was becoming increasingly popular, as a radicalizing, organizing, and mobilizing tool.”center_img The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington on June 30, 2018. 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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article The Kansas side of the Missouri River is seen in Atchison, Kansas, U.S., March 22, 2019. (Shawn Rizza/via REUTERS Share US News center_img Flooding Impairs Drinking Water Treatment for Kansas City, Missouri By Reuters March 26, 2019 Updated: March 26, 2019 Show Discussion KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Record flooding along the Missouri River has impaired treatment of drinking supplies in Kansas City, raising health risks for infants, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems, the municipal water service warned on March 23.The public health advisory came as utility crews struggled to replace broken pumps at a wastewater treatment plant submerged by floodwater about 30 miles upstream in Leavenworth, Kansas, a historic town of 35,000 on the river’s west bank.The crest of the flood-swollen Missouri, America’s longest river, rolled through Leavenworth on March 23. Miles of farmland and wooded areas along both banks were inundated in murky brown water. It was expected to reach Kansas City, Missouri, the state’s largest municipality, early on March 24.By March 23, high water was creeping to the edge of the scenic commercial district in Parkville, Missouri, a riverfront suburb of 6,700 residents just upstream from Kansas City known for its antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants.Nevertheless, flooding in the immediate days ahead was not expected to reach the catastrophic scale seen in Nebraska and Iowa to the north, as excess flow continued to dissipate along the length of the river.Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, situated on a river bend behind a tall levee in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, expected no flood-related disruptions, an airport official said. Drinking water in the city became an issue even before the flood crest arrived. The KC Water utility, which serves 170,000 mostly residential customers with water drawn from the river, said it had failed to meet “enhanced treatment technique standards.”Tainted Drinking Water?Testing showed excessive levels of turbidity, fine particles in the water that can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites including Cryptosporidium, which can cause diarrhea.KC Water spokeswoman Brooke Givens said Cryptosporidium itself has not been detected, but “the state requires us to notify customers” whenever testing shows the treatment system’s filters are failing to control turbidity.The high volume of rain and snowmelt runoff flowing through the Missouri has carried excessive silt and other material, changing the taste of the water in recent weeks, Givens said.“With all that runoff, we’re seeing river conditions like we haven’t seen in more than a decade,” she told Reuters.KC Water said the diminished water quality was not considered an emergency but advised customers with compromised immune systems, the elderly and those with infants to seek medical advice before drinking tap water.Floods were unleashed when mid-March’s “bomb cyclone” storm dumped torrential rains atop hundreds of square miles of the snow-covered Plains.Record flows cascaded into the Missouri River watershed, and flooding killed at least four people, drowned livestock and closed dozens of roads across a wide swath of Nebraska and Iowa. Property losses were estimated at more than $3 billion in those two states.President Donald Trump declared a major disaster on March 23 for 56 Iowa counties, making federal recovery assistance immediately available. He issued a similar declaration on March 21 for Nebraska.The engorged river crested higher at a record level of over 32 feet on March 22 at the waterfront city of St. Joseph, Missouri, forcing some 7,500 people to flee from low-lying areas.By Karen DillonFrom Reuters last_img read more

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first_img Share this article Share NEW YORK—New York City declared a public health emergency on April 9 over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September. Officials blamed the outbreak on “anti-vaxxers” spreading false information.The order applies to anyone living, working, or going to school in four ZIP codes in the neighborhood and requires all unvaccinated people at risk of exposure to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old.The city can’t legally physically force someone to get a vaccination, but officials said people who ignore the order could be fined $1,000. The city said it would help everyone covered by the order get the vaccine if they can’t get it quickly through their regular medical provider.“If people will simply cooperate quickly, nobody will have to pay a fine,” de Blasio said.Officials say 285 measles cases have been confirmed in New York City since the beginning of the outbreak, the largest in the city since 1991. New York City accounted for about two-thirds of all U.S. measles cases reported last week.The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said that the majority of religious leaders in Brooklyn’s large Orthodox communities support vaccination efforts, but that rates have remained low in some areas because of resistance from some groups that believe the inoculations are dangerous.The commissioner is empowered by law to issue such orders in cases when they might be necessary to protect against a serious public health threat.Earlier this week, the city ordered religious schools and day care programs serving that community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being closed down.Another Jewish religious community, north of the city but with close ties to Brooklyn, has also seen a surge, with at least 166 cases since October. Last week, a state judge blocked an attempt by Rockland County officials to halt the spread of measles by banning unvaccinated children from public places.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine. It says the vaccine is 97 percent effective. NYC Orders Mandatory Vaccines Amid Measles Outbreak By The Associated Press April 10, 2019 Updated: April 10, 2019 Show Discussioncenter_img A woman passes a group of boys in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York on April 9, 2019. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img Nancy Pelosi Claims Barr Lied to Congress, DOJ Slams Her Comments as ‘Reckless’ By Allen Zhong May 2, 2019 Updated: May 3, 2019 Right before Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had written a letter to Barr raising concerns about his 4-page summary on the Russia investigation report, saying it did not “fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the probe.However, the Washington Post report did include that Mueller said in a subsequent phone call with Barr that his concern is not about the accuracy of Barr’s letter to Congress. It’s unclear which part of the exchange from the April 9 hearing Pelosi was referring to, but likely it’s the one between Barr and Crist about Barr’s letter to Congress.“Reports have emerged recently, General, that members of the special counsel’s team are frustrated at some level with the limited information included in your March 24 letter, that does not adequately or accurately necessarily portrayed the report’s finding,” Crist asked. “Do you know what they’re referencing with that?”Barr said he didn’t.“No, I don’t. I suspected that they probably want it more put out. But in my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of being underinclusive of overinclusive but also would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis. That really should wait everything coming out,” he answered. Tune in as I speak with reporters following Attorney General Barr’s testimony in the Senate and as we look ahead to the House’s vote today on H.R. 9, the ClimateActionNow Act. https://t.co/2VBFEvrboJ— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 2, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share “On Thursday morning I received a letter from Bob, the letter that’s just put into the record, and I called Bob and said, ‘What’s the issue here?’ and I asked him if he was suggesting the March 24 letter was inaccurate? And he said ‘no,’ but that the press reporting had been inaccurate, and that the press was reading too much into it,” he testified.Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan contributed to this report. Minutes later, the Department of Justice (DOJ) slammed Pelosi’s comments as “baseless.”“Speaker Pelosi’s baseless attack on the Attorney General is reckless, irresponsible and false,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told Fox News. Politics BREAKING: Here is the full Barr-Crist exchange from April 9th in full context. Barr answers the question and goes on to summarize the Mueller letter. Pelosi is accusing Barr of lying by editing his comments pic.twitter.com/UlLvdA6ZnM— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 2, 2019 BREAKING: Letter from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to Attorney General Barr. pic.twitter.com/oDJm6coP8G— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) May 1, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) alleged that Attorney General William Barr had lied to the Congress and committed a “crime” on Thursday, May 2.Pelosi made the comments first during a closed-door meeting and repeated them during a press conference afterward.According to Politico, she told Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) during the private caucus meeting: “We saw [Barr] commit a crime when he answered your question.”“He lied to Congress. He lied to Congress,” Pelosi told reporters during the press conference. “If anybody else did that, it would be considered a crime.”“Nobody is above the law. Not the president of the United States, and not the attorney general,” she added. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during her weekly news conference on the Capitol on May 2, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Share this article Barr confirmed the existence of the letter and phone call and clarified that Mueller didn’t think his letter to Congress is inaccurate. AG Barr on his phone call with special counsel Robert Mueller after he released four-page summary: “I asked him if he was suggesting that the March 24 letter was inaccurate, and he said, no, but that the press reporting had been inaccurate.” https://t.co/EwrguiboDK pic.twitter.com/YPwrOrcpfU— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 1, 2019 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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