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    An elected official in California threw her support behind the salon owner who shuttered her business over the Nancy Pelosi debacle — offering the hairstylist a chance to reopen in her neck of the woods. Bonnie Gore, the supervisor of Placer Counter, extended the offer to eSalon owner Erica Kious in a letter earlier this week. “As an elected official, I am disheartened to hear about your recent experience in San Francisco with the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, at your salon,” Gore wrote in the letter, which was posted on her Facebook page. “I cannot image the heartbreak you have experienced during Covid-19 especially since your business and livelihood have been completely upended in the past few weeks.” The letter was penned on Tuesday after Kious said in an interview with Fox & Friends that she planned on reopening her business but hadn’t decided on a location. “While...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises warned of financial issues related to the coronavirus pandemic in a letter to city schools staff Friday. Santelises said the abrupt closure of city schools in the spring due to Covid-19 led to unavoidable expenses to the district over the last six months. “Expenses included the purchase of approximately 55,000 laptops for students and teachers, 15,000 hotspots for student broadband access, and large quantities of cleaning supplies for our buildings – among many other items. While the district has received several COVID-related grants, a large gap remains between expenses incurred and grant funding,” she wrote. “While the district has received several COVID-related grants, a large gap remains between expenses incurred and grant funding. At the same time, we’re experiencing significant reductions in revenue usually generated by meals served through the school lunch program,” Santelises continued. “We must also consider the...
    Even Carrie Bradshaw has had it with Bill de Blasio! “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker, who started her own SJP shoe and accessories business in New York, joined the list of dozens of top business executives beseeching Gotham’s elected leaders to up their efforts to bolster the coronavirus recovery and tackle mounting qualify-of-life concerns. But this time, the boldface business names sent their letter on Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as well as Mayor de Blasio — after receiving the brushoff from Hizzoner last week. “As the first place in America to be struck hard by the coronavirus and the first to successfully manage its containment, New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter from the Partnership for New York City says. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative, which can call upon the broadest...
    A GRANDFATHER who enjoys decorating his front yard received a cruel letter from an anonymous neighbor slamming his "low class Mexican" decor. The letter, which many have decried as incredibly racist and misguided, was shared online by the Ohio man's granddaughter last week and has since been shared thousands of times. 3A cruel letter from an anonymous neighbor described the man's decorations as 'low class'Credit: Twitter 3Twitter users were shocked when the house's decor didn't seem 'excessive' at allCredit: Twitter The letter was typed on a typewriter and featured quite a few typos along with a series of insults and racist terms. "My wife and I exercise every so oftenby [sic] walking around the neighborhood, but each time we walk in front of your house we've noticed that you have put up yet another new decoration or ornament in front of your house," the letter begins. "Oh my...
    Steve Harvey is coming to the defense of fellow television host Ellen DeGeneres after allegations that there was a toxic atmosphere on the set of her show. In an interview this week, Harvey said that he has known DeGeneres for a long time — going back to their time coming up together in the world of stand-up comedy — and saw nothing but good from her. “I’m going to say this about it: Ellen DeGeneres, the person that I know, that I’ve known for a number of years, that I saw back in the comedy club days, when we used to split time with the same management, all of this and what’s happening now, Ellen, the person, is probably one of the coolest and kindest people I’ve met in this business,” Harvey said in an interview with People. DeGeneres has come under fire after several employees who worked on the...
    ABCDAIMIEL Updated: 09/13/2020 18: 00h Save The management team of the IES Juan D’Opazo, from Daimiel (Ciudad Real), has presented its resignation to the Provincial Delegation of Education, by ensuring that cannot guarantee all security measures to prevent Covid-19 infections before the start of the course. This was communicated to families, students and teachers of the educational community of the IES in a letter explaining that they have made their positions available to the Delegation of Education of Ciudad Real. In its letter, the management team explains that it has made this decision “after having tried to carry out an organization of the center through the Course Initiation Plan and during the months of summer and September to guarantee security and safety measures. educational-health protection and not having obtained the material and human resources necessary for this action. They also explain that “by forcing...
    The US Department of Education launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president's acknowledged that racism remained 'embedded' at the institution.   Officials with the Trump administration on Wednesday addressed a letter to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber over his recent comments about systematic racism.   The Department of Education (DOE) noted that Princeton University had received more than $75million in federal funding, despite potentially not adhering to the Title VI mandates.  'No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,' according to the DOE. Under such a statute, federal officials claimed that Eisgruber's acknowledgement has led them to question the university's commitment to non-discriminatory practices. The US Department of Education said this week that it launched an investigation into Princeton...
    A letter that was probably intended as an exercise in self-flagellation designed to placate angry protesters might soon have serious consequences for Princeton University, according to a report from the Washington Examiner. The genesis of the letter appears to have been a series of protests at and around Princeton University that occurred in early June in response to the May 2 death of George Floyd. The protests prompted Princeton to rename its public policy school to remove reference to former president Woodrow Wilson, who was a notorious racist. They also prompted Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber to promise that the University would undertake some soul searching with respect to how the university could help combat systemic racism. In its continuing effort to wear the hair shirt, Eisgruber released a letter on Sept. 2 that set forth the efforts that had been undertaken by the school thus far. During...
    The Department of Education launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president declared that “racist assumptions” are “embedded in the structures” of the school itself, according to a department letter. Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber’s acknowledgement of racism at the university raises concerns that its receipt of millions of dollars in federal funding violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the Sept. 16 letter, which was sent to the school president and first published by the Washington Examiner. (RELATED: Court Considers Whether Harvard Discriminates During Its Admissions Process) “Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education … is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances … from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” the letter stated. In response to the President of Princeton declaring the school to be racist, the Department of Education will investigate (educations that racially discriminate...
    Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, and 33 GOP House lawmakers,  have called on Attorney General William Barr to prosecute Netflix for the distribution of “child pornography” in a letter obtained by the Daily Caller. Recently, Netflix has found itself in a hotbed of controversy after releasing the film “Cuties” which, according to a DCNF review, includes many close up shots of underage girls’ crotches and buttocks. Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have released statements urging the Department of Justice to “investigate” Netflix for exploiting children. Democrat Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also labeled the movie “child pornography”, adding it would “whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade.” Representative Banks’ letter takes it a step further, calling on Barr to bring charges against the streaming service for distributing child pornography, citing “18 U.S.C § 2256.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: GOP Lawmakers Call On Justice Department To...
    Big brother 11& nbsp;Angel Muñoz has told of the delicate situation in which he is currently through a letter published in Kiko’s confessional, on the Telecinco website. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 17 “> The winner of Big Brother 11 Ángel Muñoz has told of the delicate situation in which he is currently through a letter published in Kiko’s confessional, in the Telecinco website. “I am writing this letter with the intention of being totally sincere and that you know my current situation. As you know, covid-19 forced our gyms to close and with them some of us lost our job, our whole life, in my case much more than my livelihood, my vital food, ”he begins. This lack of income led him to make decisions that “a priori are not easy, they can sound hard and that you have to be brave to make.” Specifically,...
    The company behind Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior is building its legal team as it fights claims that its trying to wiggle out of a $16 billion merger with Tiffany. LVMH has hired famed French lawyer Jean-Michel Darrois to help advise it on the battle, which threatens to raise the curtain on French governmental proceedings, two sources close to the situation said. Darrois, a commander of the French Legion of Honor, has been a public supporter of French President Emmanuel Macron. In 1999, he defended French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius in a suit that obtained a dismissal and is now a counselor to French CEOs and other wealthy people. The battle between the two retailers kicked off earlier this month when LVMH said it wouldn’t be able to complete its $16.2 billion merger of the New York jeweler featured in the 1961 flick “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” by the Nov....
    Nearly 800 military family members — including Gold Star families — have signed an open letter to voice their support for President Donald Trump, in the face of attacks in the mainstream media on his patriotism and care for the military. The letter, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, states: Mr. President, there are hundreds of thousands of military spouses in this country who are forced into the silent majority. But we do support you. We do not believe the lies and rumors that others try hard to spread. We stand tall with you. The letter’s signatories include Gold Star families, military spouses, military mothers, military sons and daughters, and veterans, according to the authors. The letter garnered more than 700 signatures in just three days, and has continued to collected more after the signature deadline, they said. They said in a statement to Breitbart News accompanying the letter that they...
    A federal judge has ordered all federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York to read a ruling she issued Wednesday that blasts prosecutors for their handling of evidence in a criminal case involving alleged violations of sanctions against Iran. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Nathan also said she was unsatisfied with the completeness of the government’s account of why prosecutors failed to turn over one key piece of evidence to the defense until the middle of trial, with one government attorney discussing with colleagues a plan to “ bury” the previously undisclosed letter among other documents being emailed to defense lawyers. “No responsible Government lawyer should strategize how to ‘bury’ a document that was not, but should have been, previously disclosed to the defense. A responsible Government lawyer should—at a minimum—forthrightly and truthfully reveal late disclosures to the defense,” Nathan wrote, emphatically disagreeing with the conclusion from U.S....
    By any account, the Aug. 7 hearing convened in Los Angeles City Hall by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter was unusual. “This is a rather historic occasion that the federal court would gather in the City Council chamber,” Carter, who took the chair usually reserved for the council president, said. “I hope it’s very positive.” But Ground Game LA, a group that describes itself as a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement, contends the meeting was illegal. At the status conference, Los Angeles City Council members came forward one by one to brief the judge on the progress of their efforts to create more shelter for homeless people camped near freeways and underpasses. That, Ground Game LA contends in a letter to City Atty. Mike Feuer, was, in effect, a meeting held without an agenda, notice to the public or the required opportunity for public comment. Feuer’s office in...
    New York (CNN Business)The Travis Scott meal has been such a success that McDonald's is running out.McDonald's launched the limited-time meal based on the rapper's favorite childhood order earlier this month. Scott, a Grammy Award-nominee, is the first celebrity to have his name on McDonald's menu since Michael Jordan's "McJordan" nearly 30 years ago."Some of our restaurants have temporarily sold out of some of the ingredients in the meal," McDonald's USA said in a statement. "We're working closely with our suppliers, distributors and franchisees to resupply impacted restaurants as quickly as possible." The Travis Scott Meal. The unexpected rush on Travis Scott meals — which include Quarter Pound burgers with cheese, bacon and lettuce, a Sprite, a side of fries and BBQ dipping sauce — has strained the supply of key ingredients like Quarter Pounder beef, bacon, slivered onions and shredded lettuce, McDonald's noted in a system-wide message on...
    Steve Bullock wrote a letter that was used to solicit Chinese investment in a club for the megawealthy through the controversial EB-5 visa program. The letter from Bullock, Montana’s Democratic governor since 2013, is part of a Chinese document obtained by the Washington Examiner pitching an investment opportunity in the Yellowstone Club, a private ski resort for the megawealthy outside of Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana. Membership at the elite club reportedly requires owning property on the resort grounds (ranging from condos to ranches and custom homes anywhere from $3 million to more than $20 million) and an annual membership fee of around $36,000. High-profile members include Bill and Melinda Gates, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Justin Timberlake. CrossHarbor Capital Partners took ownership of the Yellowstone Club in 2009 and has since utilized EB-5 investment visas to expand the property. The EB-5 visa program,...
    More than 200 senior military officers backed President Donald Trump’s reelection in a letter warning that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden will lead to socialist and Marxist influences on American government. “It can be argued that this is the most important election since our country was founded,” the 235 retired senior military officers wrote in the letter open letter, which was released Monday by the Trump campaign, according to Military.com. “With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake,” the former officers wrote. The letter continued: “We believe that President Donald Trump is committed to a strong America. As president, he will continue to secure our borders, defeat our adversaries, and restore law and order domestically.” Dozens of Retired Generals, Admirals Sign Letter Backing Trump for Reelection https://t.co/dI3kgBCwRK — Military.com (@Militarydotcom) September 15, 2020 The letter is signed by at...
    At least a dozen New Jersey students tested positive for coronavirus after attending a party over Labor Day weekend. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chatham High School has turned to virtual classes for two weeks, according to a letter dated Sept. 11 from the superintendent of Chatham School District. AMID CORONAVIRUS, IS IT SAFE TO SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL? EXPERTS, PARENTS WEIGH IN “Based on its contact tracing process, the Department of Health believes there was likely active transmission of the virus at a non-school event over the weekend, though it is possible that there may have been other gatherings during or before the weekend where transmission could have occurred. Based on the ongoing nature of this turn of events, Chatham High School will remain on virtual instruction for the next two weeks. We will plan for in-person instruction to resume on Sept. 29," Michael LaSusa, the superintendent, stated in the...
    The Trump campaign released an open letter Monday signed by 235 retired military leaders expressing their support for President Trump’s reelection. “As senior leaders of America’s military, we took an oath to defend the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. At present, our country is now confronted with enemies here and abroad, as well as a once in a century pandemic,” the letter reads. The group, which includes three retired Air Force generals and five Navy admirals, contends that Trump “has been tested as few other presidents have and is the proven leader to confront these dangers.” "With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake,” the letter says. The letter adds that during President Barack Obama’s tenure, when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was vice president, U.S. forces faced “ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts." The...
    Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., sent a letter to the Department of Justice on Monday raising concerns about Netflix's new film "Cuties," which follows a group of scantily dressed young girls who do sexualized dances as a form of social rebellion. Buck and fellow GOP Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., called for an investigation into the movie to make certain all federal laws regarding the exploitation of minors were followed in full. "We write expressing our concerns regarding the potential exploitation of children in Netflix’s recently released film, Cuties," Buck and Biggs wrote. "We join our Congressional colleagues in urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation to ensure the film and its production uphold federal laws protecting children from exploitation." The film, centered on an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant living in Paris, is the debut of French director Maïmouna Doucouré. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last year and earned Doucouré a best...
    The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will send a letter Monday to Disney slamming them for filming its new film Mulan in parts of China where the government is accused of serious human rights abuses, the Daily Caller has learned. In the letter to Disney CEO Bob Iger, a number of Republicans on the committee asked for specific information about why the company chose to thank a government security agency in Xinjiang province during the final credits of the movie Mulan, where there are nearly 1 million Muslim Uighurs reportedly detained. House Committee on Oversight and Reform ranking member James Comer said Disney will have to explain it’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “Disney pays lip service to providing opportunities to children and families around the world but in reality it’s hurting children and families by its business practices. Disney threatened to boycott Georgia for its pro-life law...
    Sometimes it’s the small things that make crossword puzzle writers happy – and that challenge even the best solvers. I was happy to fit IMPROV into this Sunday's grid. Why? Because it's an interesting performance medium, perhaps, or because the show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" is so funny? Yes, in part – but also because it's so rare to have a word ending in V.  Part of the fun there is just using something different – very few usable crossword entries end in V (outside of Roman numerals), so mixing things up a bit is always good. But there's a more sinister reason, too: I want to trick solvers into thinking they've made a mistake! Hey, it's a Sunday puzzle, so it's supposed to be tough. If the two improv masters in the clue didn't register, then a solver might think that DAVIS at 31-Across was incorrect, because what could...
    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers wants to know what role China played in Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan–” and to what degree the studio was aware of human rights violations at filming locations. According to the movie’s credits, parts of “Mulan” were filmed in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where China has detained Uighur Muslims in mass re-education camps. The backlash against Disney for cooperating with China in the midst of those camps has been growing. The new lawmakers’ letter urges Disney CEO Bob Chapek to clarify the Chinese government’s role in the film’s production, Entertainment Weekly reports. “Disney’s apparent cooperation with officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who are most responsible for committing atrocities — or for covering up those crimes — is profoundly disturbing,” lawmakers wrote in their letter to Disney.
    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers wants to know what role China played in Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan–” and to what degree the studio was aware of human rights violations at filming locations. According to the movie’s credits, parts of “Mulan” were filmed in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where China has detained Uighur Muslims in mass re-education camps. The backlash against Disney for cooperating with China in the midst of those camps has been growing. The new lawmakers’ letter urges Disney CEO Bob Chapek to clarify the Chinese government’s role in the film’s production, Entertainment Weekly reports. “Disney’s apparent cooperation with officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who are most responsible for committing atrocities — or for covering up those crimes — is profoundly disturbing,” lawmakers wrote in their letter to Disney. Chairs send bipartisan letter to @Disney inquiring about the filming of #Mulan in #Xinjiang...
    After witnessing 12,500 cases as the bailiff to TV’s Judge Judy, one in particular stands out for Petri Hawkins Byrd — one in a Manhattan courtroom 33 years ago. Byrd, then a real-life court officer working in family court shortly before Christmas, observed arguments over a 9-year-old boy named Harry, who tried to steal a bike on Staten Island and had nowhere to go. “The sun had gone down. It was after 5 o’clock, we’re trying to figure out what to do with this boy,” Byrd recalled to The Post. Byrd’s partner turned to him and said, “You know what that kid needs? You.” “He’s a little black kid. I’m the only other black person in the room,” said Byrd, who was married with a 1-year-old son at the time. After consultations among the judge, lawyers and his supervisor, Byrd became the child’s temporary guardian. He took Harry to his...
    After witnessing 12,500 circumstances because the bailiff to TV’s Decide Judy, one specifically stands out for Petri Hawkins Byrd — one in a Manhattan courtroom 33 years in the past. Byrd, then a real-life courtroom officer working in household courtroom shortly earlier than Christmas, noticed arguments over a 9-year-old boy named Harry, who tried to steal a motorbike on Staten Island and had nowhere to go. “The solar had gone down. It was after 5 o’clock, we’re attempting to determine what to do with this boy,” Byrd recalled to The Put up. Byrd’s companion turned to him and mentioned, “You already know what that child wants? You.” “He’s a bit black child. I’m the one different black individual within the room,” mentioned Byrd, who was married with a 1-year-old son on the time. After consultations among the many decide, legal professionals and his supervisor, Byrd grew to become the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A $50,000 reward is being offered for information after a postal worker was shot Thursday morning in Chicago's South Side Burnside neighborhood. ????????Official #USPIS reward poster below for today’s shooting of a #Chicago #USPS Letter Carrier. Requesting wide dissemination.????????@cbschicago @wttw @nbcchicago @fox32news @ABC7Chicago @WGNNews @SPOTNEWSonIG pic.twitter.com/o71KEk6RHP— USPIS - Chicago (@USPIS_CHI) September 11, 2020The 24-year-old woman, who works as a United States Postal Service mail carrier, was shot at 91st Street and Ellis Avenue just after 11:35 a.m. while on the job.Chicago Fire Department officials said she was critically hurt after being shot multiple times.RELATED: Chicago police respond to hostage situation in South LoopShe did not appear to be the intended target, Chicago police said. The alleged shooters were driving by at a high rate of speed when the shots were fired.Calls, texts and messages came in to the National Association of Letter Carriers union hall Friday.EMBED More...
    Osama bin Laden's niece, Noor bin Ladin (Noor's family has always spelled their name differently than her uncle) wrote an open letter to America, praising our country as "a beacon of democracy and hope for all subjugated peoples" across the world, and warning: "America, you are at the very edge of the precipice. Please wake up! Take hold! Fight for your country, and be proud of your roots! Uphold your values. Stand for your flag and your anthem. Defend your history. Don't relent in the face of those who seek to re-write it to serve their narrative and justify the destruction of your nation. You have much to cherish and protect for your sake, and ours." Noor never stood with or supported her uncle. In fact, she grew up with an American flag proudly displayed in her childhood bedroom. Now a resident of Switzerland, she describes...
    On September 9, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund — the nonprofit driving Proposition 114, which asks voters to approve bringing wolves back to Colorado — announced the support of over seventy conservation-oriented organizations, including local groups such as the Colorado chapter of the Sierra Club, Evergreen Audubon, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Wild and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, as well as notable national organizations including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity. They all signed on to a letter drafted by RMWAF president Rob Edward and several other boardmembers, which was sent to Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Natural Resources director Dan Gibbs. "We strongly support the reintroduction of wolves to the public lands of western Colorado," the letter reads. "Returning the missing howl of the wolf to the Colorado wild would greatly enhance the natural beauty and ecological health of...
    CEOs from more than 150 top companies have demanded that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to address public safety and fix 'quality of life issues' that have deteriorated the city.  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio and asserted that they were sure that the city would 'remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity.'  But despite New York having an infection rate below one per cent for more than 30 days, the CEOs said there was widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.'  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio, demanding him to fix fix 'quality of life issues' in NYC The CEOs called for...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won’t be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city’s Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof deck and an elevator tower. “It is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we could possibly approve it in this style,” board member Frank Katz said. Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents couldn’t “support having a castle in the neighborhood.” “With the notoriety of Mr. Martin and ‘Game of Thrones,’ we absolutely fear that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt, that his fans will be looking to find the castle that’s in...
    SANTA FE, N.M. – “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won't be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city's Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof deck and an elevator tower. “It is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we could possibly approve it in this style,” board member Frank Katz said. Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents couldn't “support having a castle in the neighborhood.” “With the notoriety of Mr. Martin and ‘Game of Thrones,' we absolutely fear that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt, that his fans will be looking to find the castle that’s in the...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won't be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city's Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof deck and an elevator tower. “It is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we could possibly approve it in this style,” board member Frank Katz said. Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents couldn't “support having a castle in the neighborhood.” “With the notoriety of Mr. Martin and ‘Game of Thrones,' we absolutely fear that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt, that his fans will be looking to find the castle that’s in...
    Ryan Day lets the Big Ten have it for a blatant lack of transparency.Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day is the latest Big Ten coach to rip its Power 5 conference for postponing their season. Day tweeted out a well-thought-out message about the Big Ten’s straight-up refusal to be transparent about why they can’t play college football this fall, yet other Power 5 conferences like the ACC, the Big 12 and the SEC sure can. His Ohio State Buckeyes could have won a national title this year, but instead will have to watch someone else play the Clemson Tigers in January. “While I understand the Big Ten Conference’s decision to postpone the football season because of health and safety considerations, the communication of information from the Big Ten following the decision has been disappointing and often unclear.” “However we still have an opportunity to give our young men what...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won’t be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city’s Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the building height limit in the historic district where he lives, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The project included a roof deck and an elevator tower. “It is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we could possibly approve it in this style,” board member Frank Katz said. Mark Graham lives south of the property and said residents couldn’t “support having a castle in the neighborhood.” “With the notoriety of Mr. Martin and ‘Game of Thrones,’ we absolutely fear that our neighborhood will become the next treasure hunt, that his fans will be looking to find the castle that’s in...
    Tiffany & Co. desires to grill LVMH chief Bernard Arnault in courtroom about his reported makes an attempt to wriggle out of the $16.2 billion marriage of the luxurious giants, The Submit has discovered. The New York-based jeweler — which sued LVMH on Wednesday to forestall the French luxurious conglomerate from backing out of the November 2019 deal — desires to pressure the French billionaire to testify on the stand whether or not he requested French officers for assist to scuttle the merger, which has soured for the reason that Covid-19 disaster tanked Tiffany’s enterprise. Particularly, Tiffany plans to ask Arnault — who’s Europe’s richest man with a internet value of $86.5 billion — about allegations that he solicited a letter from France’s international affairs workplace that requested LVMH to delay the tie-up, sources mentioned. That letter arrived solely as a result of Arnault approached the French authorities for...
    Tiffany & Co. wants to grill LVMH chief Bernard Arnault in court about his reported attempts to wriggle out of the $16.2 billion marriage of the luxury giants, The Post has learned. The New York-based jeweler — which sued LVMH on Wednesday to prevent the French luxury conglomerate from backing out of the November 2019 deal — wants to force the French billionaire to testify on the stand whether he asked French officials for help to scuttle the merger, which has soured since the Covid-19 crisis tanked Tiffany’s business. Specifically, Tiffany plans to ask Arnault — who is Europe’s richest man with a net worth of $86.5 billion — about allegations that he solicited a letter from France’s foreign affairs office that asked LVMH to delay the tie-up, sources said. That letter arrived only because Arnault approached the French government for assistance in getting out of the deal, Bloomberg News...
    The backlash around Disney’s “Mulan” is escalating, with a US senator accusing the Mouse House of “whitewashing genocide” as it cooperated with the Chinese government to get the movie made. As the film nears its theatrical debut in China on Friday, critics have pointed to a line in the movie’s credits that thanks the Xinjiang authorities, including one entity on the US-sanctions list, for their cooperation. Xinjiang province, where part of the movie was shot, is an area in China where Uighur Muslims have been detained in mass internment camps. On Wednesday, US Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek, condemning the company for “whitewashing the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities during the production of ‘Mulan.’” Hawley’s letter asks whether the company will pull “Mulan” from Disney+ “to avoid further glorifying CCP officials and agencies responsible for the atrocities in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will release a new rock album that he recorded in his New Jersey home studio with the E Street Band. The Boss said Thursday the album is called “Letter To You” and he and the band recorded it in just five days. It will be released on Oct. 23. “Letter To You” will have nine new songs and include new recordings of three unreleased songs that predate Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” The songs are: “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest” and “Song for Orphans.” Springsteen’s last album was the orchestral-pop “Western Stars.” “Letter To You” is Springsteen’s first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour. Springsteen is joined on “Letter To You” by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and...
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo, sent a scathing letter to Disney demanding answers for its decision to film parts of “Mulan” in China’s controversial Xinjiang province. Many were quick to notice that the closing credits of “Mulan,” which was released on Sept. 4 on the Disney+ streaming platform, include a special thanks to eight government entities including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, where more than a dozen “re-education camps” are said to be holding Uighur Muslim people in extrajudicial detention. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing genocide in Xinjiang—and not just cultural genocide either,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek. “There was a time when Beijing might have been satisfied with enslaving Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities, even as it tortured them into abandoning their beliefs and swearing loyalty to the Party. But that is no longer the case. Now Beijing appears...
    Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Woodward's bombshells l Biden clobbers Trump in fundraising l Democrats swamp the airwaves Hawley says 'no interest' in serving on Supreme Court after Trump floats his name Tom Cotton after Trump names him potential Supreme Court nominee: 'It's time for Roe v. Wade to go' MORE (R-Mo.) slammed Disney for its filming of parts of its new movie, "Mulan," in a Chinese province allegedly home to “concentration camps” holding Uighurs and other prominent Muslims. “There was a time when Beijing might have been satisfied with enslaving Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities, even as it tortured them into abandoning their beliefs and swearing loyalty to the party,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Disney CEO Robert Chapek. “But that is no longer the case. Now Beijing appears intent on destroying the Uighur people. And it has rolled out a sophisticated campaign...
    Hong Kong (CNN)More than 160 human rights groups around the world have signed a letter calling for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reverse its decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing allegations of widespread rights abuses by the Chinese government.The letter, which is addressed to IOC president Thomas Bach, and signed by human rights organizations on every continent, said that the actions of the Chinese central government in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia showed the country was unworthy to host the Winter Olympics."The IOC's reputation was indelibly tarnished by its mistaken belief that the 2008 (Beijing Summer) Olympics would work to improve China's human rights record. In reality the prestige of hosting the Olympic Games merely emboldened the Chinese government's actions," the letter said."We implore the Committee to reverse its past mistakes and to urgently demonstrate that it has the political will to abide...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hennepin Healthcare staff members have been accused of improperly viewing George Floyd’s medical records. Floyd’s family and legal team were sent a letter about a data breach of George Floyd’s confidential information at Hennepin Healthcare. The letter did not specify what information was accessed. Floyd’s family says the letter from the hospital stated a breach of data happened over multiple dates, and that the employees involved are “no longer with the organization.” The letter provided few details on how many employees were involved, and if they were terminated or voluntarily left the organization. Hennepin Healthcare issued the following statement: It is the practice of the Hennepin Healthcare Information Privacy Department to conduct privacy access audits. Access to the Hennepin Healthcare electronic medical record by our workforce is tracked and logged, which supports our auditing efforts. Any breach of patient confidentiality is taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. If it...
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un gushed to President Trump in a private letter that meeting him was 'reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film,' it was revealed Wednesday. Kim referred to Trump in letters as 'your excellency' – an exalted term usually favored by royalty,' according to Bob Woodward's new book, 'Rage,' which includes portions of what Kim wrote to Trump.  Trump has referred to writings exchanged by the two men as 'love letters,' but has refused to disclose them, even while teasing their contents to the press. North Korean dictator King Jong-un refers in a letter to Trump to 'another historic meeting between myself and Your Excellency reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film,' in a letter quoted by Bob Woodward in his book In one letter excerpted in the book, King refers after a summit to 'another historic meeting between myself and Your Excellency reminiscent of...
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A virtual trial pitting billionaire coal magnate and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and two of his family-owned coal companies against a Pennsylvania coal exporter is set to resume in Delaware next week after being interrupted by an anonymous letter containing purported whistleblower allegations against the Pennsylvania company. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the bench trial to resume Sept. 15 and denied a request by attorneys for Gov. Justice to reopen information gathering in the case so attorneys could investigate allegations contained in the letter. The judge ordered attorneys to file short written submissions by Thursday on the admissibility of the letter if it is offered into evidence, and on any other use of the letter he should permit. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based Xcoal Energy & Resources. The company claimed Justice and two of his companies, Roanoke, Virginia-based Bluestone Energy...
    Actor Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney to the microphones after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This morning in court it was announced that all charges were dropped against the actor. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) We, the undersigned, appeal to you to join us as we stand in solidarity with artist and activist Jussie Smollett.   As we focus on keeping our loved ones and those most socially vulnerable safe and healthy during these times of COVID-19 and of White nationalism in the White House, we remain painfully aware of the police crimes that continue to plague our communities, having claimed precious lives in the last months.  Read More: Black Lives Matter protesters beaten by pro-police group at ‘Blue’ rally At a time when the people of Chicago are demanding community control of the police and when our movement...
    By RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — A virtual trial pitting billionaire coal magnate and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and two of his family-owned coal companies against a Pennsylvania coal exporter is set to resume in Delaware next week after being interrupted by an anonymous letter containing purported whistleblower allegations against the Pennsylvania company. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the bench trial to resume Sept. 15 and denied a request by attorneys for Gov. Justice to reopen information gathering in the case so attorneys could investigate allegations contained in the letter. The judge ordered attorneys to file short written submissions by Thursday on the admissibility of the letter if it is offered into evidence, and on any other use of the letter he should permit. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by Latrobe, Pennsylvania-based Xcoal Energy & Resources. The company claimed Justice and two of...
    By Polina Ivanova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twenty-six scientists, most of them working at universities in Italy, have signed an open letter questioning the reliability of the data presented in the early-stage trial results of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, named "Sputnik-V". Addressing the editor of The Lancet, the international peer-reviewed medical journal in which Moscow's Gamaleya Institute published its early-stage trial results, the scientists said they saw patterns in the data that looked "highly unlikely". The letter, published on the personal blog page of one of the signatories, said the Phase I/II trial results data showed multiple participants reporting identical antibody levels. "On the ground of simple probabilistic evaluations the fact of observing so many data points preserved among different experiments is highly unlikely," the open letter said. However, the scientists said they were basing their conclusions on summaries of the Russian trial result data, published in the journal, rather than...
    Joe Exotic, one of the stars of Netflix’s Tiger King, is reportedly appealing directly to President Donald Trump in an effort to get a pardon, in the form of a handwritten letter. Hide Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his role in the attempted murder plot of rival zoo owner Carole Baskin. According to TMZ, the documents also include a letter to Donald Trump Jr., in which he claims he’s been sexually and physically abused by prison staff, though a source told TMZ that “no such assault” took place. In the letter, he asks President Trump to “Allow me to make you proud, to make America proud,” and alleges federal prosecutors lied under oath during his trial. Hide In early April, as the newly quarantined binged Tiger King, a New York Post reporter asked Trump at one of his daily briefings if he’d...
    Tiger King's Joe Exotic has shown off the prison injuries he says were sustained after he was 'sexually assaulted by a guard and beat the f*** up' in an Oklahoma prison.   The reality TV star, 57, has written to Donald Trump to ask him to 'grant me a miracle - a pardon' for his 'unjust and mishandled conviction', insisting that the Netflix series that brought him fame is not an accurate representation of his character. Former zoo owner Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January over a plot to kill his rival, Carol Baskin, and for killing five tigers in his care. In an email he claimed: 'I was tied in a chair (for) so long the skin came off my arms … and then locked in a room naked for eight days sleeping on a cold metal shelf on the floor with dried feces...
    The four unnamed funds were opposed for a number of reasons. The publication of their letter would be unreasonably harmful. They argued that the public interest was satisfied with the correct disclosures and that information released after the ASIC underscored the risks. Documents reveal that the ASIC unit responsible for controlling investment managers carried out a scheme that was “like unnamed funds” and “actively engaged in advertisements that could mislead and mislead and prevent this behavior.” ASIC examined ads using search Terms such as “term deposit conversion”, “bank transfer”, “term deposit” and “high yield account” Found on Google or Nielsen’s ad search sites. This led to the identification of 10 REs, of which ASIC wrote a letter to seven to raise concerns about the funding they promoted. No worries were identified with the three funds even though search terms appeared in the marketing materials. Of the three funds named in...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –  Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has accepted Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall’s letter of resignation effective November 10, 2020. City Manager Broadnax has alerted members of the Dallas City Council and Chief Hall has notified her Command Staff. Chief Hall has been Dallas Police Chief since September 2017. Her tenure has been plagued by a rising rate of violent crime. In her letter to Broadnax, Chief said, “These past three years have been saturated with a series of unimaginable events that Individually and collectively have never happened In the City of Dallas. I am proud that this department has not only coped with an unthinkable series of events, but we have also managed to Implement critical reforms that were clearly needed for the Dallas Police Department to meet our 21° Century Policing goals.” Read Chief Hall’s resignation letter View this document on Scribd  
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) –  Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax has accepted Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall’s letter of resignation effective November 10, 2020. City Manager Broadnax has alerted members of the Dallas City Council and Chief Hall has notified her Command Staff. Read Chief Hall’s resignation letter View this document on Scribd  
    A MURDERED mom-of-three, 38, who was found stuffed in the freezer had written a letter to Jeremy Kyle begging for help before she was killed. Mihrican "Jan" Mustafa was murdered by Zahid Younis, and her body was then padlocked in the freezer of his East London apartment. 6 Mihrican Mustafa, 38, had written a letter to Jeremy Kyle begging for help before she was killed by Zahid YounisCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) 6 Her family found 60 of her diaries, including the unsent letter to Jeremy KyleCredit: PA:Press Association Mihrican's devastated sister Mel Mustafa and cousin Ayse Hussein say she was preyed upon by Younis after spiralling into drug addiction, reports the Mirror. After her disappearance in May 2018, her family found 60 of her diaries, including a letter former ITV star Jeremy Kyle, that never got sent. Mel said: "All she writes in her diary is she wants...
    A MURDERED mum-of-three, 38, who was found stuffed in the freezer had written a letter to Jeremy Kyle begging for help before she was killed. Mihrican 'Jan' Mustafa was murdered by Zahid Younis, and her body was then padlocked in the freezer of his East London flat. 6Mihrican Mustafa, 38, had written a letter to Jeremy Kyle begging for help before she was killed by Zahid YounisCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) 6Her family found 60 of her diaries, including the unsent letter to Jeremy KyleCredit: PA:Press Association Mihrican's devastated sister Mel Mustafa and cousin Ayse Hussein say she was preyed upon by Younis after spiralling into drug addiction, reports the Mirror. After her disappearance in May 2018, her family found 60 of her diaries, including a letter former ITV star Jeremy Kyle, that never got sent. Mel said: "All she writes in her diary is she wants rehab. ...
    Eyeing her own bid for Gracie Mansion, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio over massive cuts to her department that she said endanger public health and safety as she quit the administration Tuesday. “At a time when protecting public health is of the essence, cutting basic Sanitation services is unconscionable,” Garcia wrote in her resignation letter, which was obtained by The Post. “This budget crisis is incredibly severe, but I am disappointed to see so much of the work we have done over the last six years being walked back,” she added later. “If, as is often said, budgets are a statement of values, my values require me to resign in the face of these cuts, which will harm New Yorkers.” The cuts contained in the 2021 budget passed this summer forced the Sanitation Department to slash litter basket pickups by 60 percent in order to maintain...
    AUSTIN, Texas – Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leadership’s response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year, two subcommittee leaders announced Tuesday. Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Jackie Speier of California sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy requesting documents and information on the deaths. Lynch chairs the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, and Speier leads the Committee on Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel. According to the letter, the subcommittees will jointly investigate if recent deaths "may be symptomatic of underlying leadership, discipline, and morale deficiencies throughout the chain-of-command.” The letter said that according to Army data there were an average of 129 felonies committed annually at Fort Hood between 2014 and 2019, including cases of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and aggravated assault....
    Eyeing her own bid for Gracie Mansion, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio over massive cuts to her department that she said endanger public health and safety as she quit the administration Tuesday. “At a time when protecting public health is of the essence, cutting basic Sanitation services is unconscionable,” Garcia wrote in her resignation letter, which was obtained by The Post. “This budget crisis is incredibly severe, but I am disappointed to see so much of the work we have done over the last six years being walked back,” she added later. “If, as is often said, budgets are a statement of values, my values require me to resign in the face of these cuts, which will harm New Yorkers.” The cuts contained in the 2021 budget passed this summer forced the Sanitation Department to slash litter basket pickups by 60 percent in order to maintain...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season. The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. “Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships. “This is even more frustrating when we think...
    Today was supposed to be the start of the new school year for many Hartford students. But a ransomware attack has delayed the beginning of the academic year. In a letter home to parents, Hartford Public School District administrators said that there would be no in-person or online learning today, Tuesday, Sept. 8. The ransomware “caused an outage of critical system and restoration of those systems are not complete,” the letter said. It is unclear when classes will resume.
    Today was supposed to be the start of the new school year for many Hartford students. But a ransomware attack has delayed the beginning of the academic year. In a letter home to parents, Hartford Public School District administrators said that there would be no in-person or online learning today, Tuesday, Sept. 8. The ransomware “caused an outage of critical system and restoration of those systems are not complete,” the letter said. It is unclear when classes will resume.
    PRESIDENT Trump said soldiers are "in love" with him, but that Pentagon leaders "probably aren't because they only want to fight wars." Trump's comments came at a White House press conference on Labor Day, after nearly 700 US veterans signed a letter in support of him following claims that he called dead soldiers "losers." ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 10President Trump said soldiers 'love' him – but the Pentagon may notCredit: Reuters 10Trump's comments came after nearly 700 soldiers signed a letter in support of himCredit: AFP or licensors Trump criticized Democratic opponent Joe Biden, as he launched into his comments that US soldiers "love" him. "I'm not saying the military's in love with me. The soldiers are," Trump said during the Monday press conference. "The top people in the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but...
    Nearly 700 American veterans have issued an open letter affirming their support of President Trump against establishment media attacks weeks before the 2020 presidential election. This week, The Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg published a story citing anonymous sources, claiming that Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at the site of Battle of Belleau Wood in 2018. The story, citing those anonymous sources, claims Trump called the cemetery “filled with losers” and referred to fallen soldiers who died at Belleau Wood as “suckers.” In an open letter obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, about 674 veterans wrote that their support for Trump, against attacks by the establishment media, remains unwavering because of his record of supporting the United States military and ending foreign wars. “Recent baseless media attacks against President Trump from anonymous sources are just another example of the depths to which the President’s opponents are willing to descend to divide the nation...
    THE daughter of a woman murdered by a killer who stashed her body in a freezer begged her mum "please come home" when she missed her 11th birthday party. Zahid Younis was today found guilty of murdering Henriett Szucs, 34, and Mihrican 'Jan' Mustafa, 38, before stuffing their bodies in a freezer. 17The daughter of Mihrican 'Jan' Mustafa, 38, wrote a heartbreaking letter when her mum didn't arrive for her 11th birthday partyCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 17Zahid Younis killed two women and stuffed their bodies in a freezerCredit: PA:Press Association 17Jan's grief-stricken family spoke outside court todayCredit: PA:Press Association He battered Henriett to death in 2016 before stuffing Jan's strangled body in the same freezer two years later. In a letter to her mum, Jan's devastated daughter said she cried her eyes out when she didn't return for her birthday celebrations. In a heart-rending statement, Jan's grief-stricken family said...
    The Trump administration’s war on the free press is threatening to take down Stars and Stripes, the editorially independent military newspaper, after Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposed ending federal funding for the publication and Pentagon officials notified it to stop publishing on Sept. 30. But Congress has the right to appropriate money, and the House has already passed a bill including Stars and Stripes funding. It’s up to the Senate now, and a bipartisan group of senators is urging Esper to keep Stars and Stripes going. “Stars and Stripes is an essential part of our nation’s freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom,” 15 senators—four Republicans and 11 Democrats—wrote to Esper. “Therefore, we respectfully request that you rescind your decision to discontinue support for Stars and Stripes and that you reinstate the funding necessary for it to continue operations.” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote a letter of his own, while the...
    It wouldn’t be a Minnesota political argument without open letters. The Star Tribune’s Briana Bierschbach reports: “Gov. Tim Walz’s chief of staff blasted Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s absence in coronavirus-related meetings Wednesday evening as tensions escalate between the two parties over the state’s pandemic response. … An open letter from Walz aide Chris Schmitter said Gazelka has been ‘shockingly absent’ at a number of ‘critical informational and decisionmaking meetings,’ including the recent visit from Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House’s coronavirus response task force.” Minneapolis parks superintendent on homeless encampments. WCCO’s Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield reports: “With limited shelter space, Minneapolis’ nationally renowned parks have become a refuge for those with nowhere to turn. There are now 347 tents in 29 parks. … At first, this Midtown hotel became a place of refuge. Then those without homes poured into parks. By July, there were tents in more...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Classes at Temple University will be virtual for the remainder of the fall semester following a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. The university says they believed in-person classes could be possible for the fall semester after students made it “loud and clear” they wanted to be together again on campus. But, a recent COVID-19 outbreak is causing Temple to switch course and move to a virtual semester. Temple has reported over 100 COVID-19 cases over the last week due to an outbreak that officials believe is linked to students living in off-campus housing. Temple announced classes will be virtual-only in a letter to students, faculty and community members Thursday morning. “That is why we are announcing that the current suspension of all but essential in-person teaching on Temple University’s domestic campuses will continue for the remainder of the fall semester,” the letter read. “Essentials-only courses are those for which...
    Top House Republicans have launched an investigation into ongoing violent unrest in the Democrat-run city of Washington, D.C., demanding its mayor turn over information regarding her administration’s response to protests and riots. Newsweek first reported: The ranking Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees—Jim Jordan (Ohio) and James Comer (Ky.), respectively—want D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to produce documents pertaining to how the city has handled what the Republicans described as “left-wing agitators,” according to a letter the GOP duo sent to the Democratic mayor on Wednesday that was obtained by Newsweek. […] Jordan and Comer requested copies of all documents and communications related to the city’s response to any unrest that has occurred since June 1, and information about whether any “perpetrators” of violent confrontations were “paid or otherwise induced to commit these acts” by a third party. The letter reads: Like other Democrat-run cities, the District of Columbia (D.C.)...
    Entertainment : Photo file The Nicolás Maduro regime reiterated on Wednesday its invitation to the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to participate as observers in the legislative elections scheduled for December 6. This was announced on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza, Nicolás Maduro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who reported that he had proposed it in a letter sent to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell. « I report that yesterday we sent Guterres and Borrell a letter on the broad electoral guarantees agreed for the upcoming parliamentary election, as well as reiterating the invitation for the United Nations and the European Union to participate as observers, » he explained. The legislative elections of December 6 have generated a wide rejection in many sectors of the opposition due to the lack of...
    Democratic lawmakers are pushing for questions about climate change to be included in the upcoming presidential debate, renewing a frequent complaint from environmentalists that the topic has been overlooked in previous debates. “In 2016, there was not a single question on climate change in any of the four presidential and vice-presidential debates. This cannot happen again,” according to a letter signed by 70 lawmakers that was spearheaded by Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.). “The Commission on Presidential Debates must make climate change a centerpiece of the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates," it adds. "Given the dire nature of the crisis, we ask that you break precedent and publicly call on the moderators to include climate in the topics that will be addressed during the debates.” The letter was first reported by HuffPost.  The push to ensure a focus on climate change during the debates comes after the topic was frequently overshadowed by questions about...
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Farmers to Families Food box Program" was created to deliver fresh vegetables, fruit, milk and meat to food-insecure families during the pandemic. But the boxes now have another ingredient: A letter on White House letterhead signed by President Donald Trump. The anti-hunger nonprofit Feeding America said that some of its food banks have reported getting the letter in food boxes, which has prompted concerns from its members given that nonprofits aren't permitted to make political endorsements. Democratic lawmakers are taking issue with the letter, which they claim is "self-promoting" and "inappropriate" given the timing before the November 3 presidential election, according to an August 14 letter to the USDA.  The lawmakers also said Mr. Trump's letter appears to violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits government officials from using their official authority to affect the result of an election. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a letter to U.S. governors alerting them to the need to prepare their states for distributing a coronavirus vaccine this fall. Several vaccine candidates have been in Phase Three clinical trials, with production ramping up in the event any of them are ultimately approved for use. FDA WILLING TO FAST-TRACK CORONAVIRUS VACCINE, AGENCY CHIEF SAYS "The U.S. Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the fall of 2020," the letter from CDC Director Robert Redfield, dated Aug. 27, said. "This vaccine distribution is expected to be a public health effort of significant scale, potentially involving hundreds of millions of vaccine doses to be distributed across the U.S." The CDC said they will be using the McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccines to state and local agencies, medical facilities and vaccine...
    PHIL MICKELSON thanked Tiger Woods for his legendary impact on the game of golf in a heartfelt tweet. The American duo have been two bastions of golf for decades and recently went head-to-head in The Match 2. 2Phil Mickelson paid tribute to Tiger Woods' service to golfCredit: Getty Images - Getty Dear Tiger,Thank you for all that you’ve done for this great game of golf. No one has benefited more than me and I just wanted you to know I appreciate you and all you’ve done. That’s all. Thank you.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) September 2, 2020 And Mickelson, 50, dedicated a late night tweet to Woods on Tuesday evening. He wrote online: "Dear Tiger, Thank you for all that you’ve done for this great game of golf. "No one has benefited more than me and I just wanted you to know I appreciate you and all you’ve done. "That’s...
    “I’ve been thinking: Don’t think poor,” Denver musician Claire Heywood sings in her new folksy song, "Letter Day," released on August 28. In the single, Heywood captures the familiar feeling of waiting for a note to come in the mail or to your inbox that might bring good news. It might be an acceptance letter, a response on a job you’re hoping to get, or, in the case of many Americans this year, a stimulus check. In the tune, Heywood sneers at the idea that the power of positive thinking can bring financial reward. “It’s one thing to say if you’ve never experienced paycheck-to-paycheck,” Heywood says. “If you’ve never been in that position, you don’t understand how hard it is to think positively. It’s degrading to your being.”Related Stories White Rose Motor Oil Takes Country Music Into the Garage Eldren's Latest Pays Tribute to Bandmate Steve Holloway, Who Died...
    Isaac Arnsdorf September 2, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table may discover a new item in government-funded relief packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat: a letter signed by President Donald Trump. The message, printed on White House letterhead in both English and Spanish, touts the administration's response to the coronavirus, including aid provided through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative to buy fresh food and ship it to needy families. : The letter is reminiscent of Trump's effort to put his signature on stimulus checks and send a signed letter to millions of recipients. It's the latest example of the president blurring his official duties with his reelection campaign, most prominently by hosting Trump's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination last week on the...
    TEXAS – Officers with the Irving Police Department investigate who was behind an anti-immigrant letter that a resident received. So far only one report of this type has reached them, but they still take these types of incidents very seriously as well as harassment and hate crimes, police said. The shared letter reads: “Return to your country. American citizens in the technology industry and other professionals have lost their jobs due to many Indians and Chinese. We ask that you return to your country as soon as possible. We will not have another option but shoot at your workplace, in your community, pool or playground. “ If you receive a similar letter or have information about the case, you are asked to immediately contact Detective Cunningham by email at ccunningham@cityofirving.org.
    Bradley Cortright September 1, 2020 0 Comments Congressional Democrats are demanding that Director National Intelligence John Ratcliffe reinstate in-person election-related briefings to lawmakers.  In a letter to Ratcliffe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.)—Chairman Subcommittee on Defense House Committee on Appropriations — called for the resumption of election-related briefings. The letter read, “Your abrupt decision to cancel previously scheduled election-related briefings, contrary to repeated private and public commitments by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is an abdication of your responsibility to keep the American people and their elected representatives informed of foreign threats to the 2020 election.” “It is all the more troubling as it comes only weeks before the American people begin casting votes and within weeks of the Intelligence Community (IC) affirming publicly that our elections and American voters are once again...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table may discover a new item in government-funded relief packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat: a letter signed by President Donald Trump. The message, printed on White House letterhead in both English and Spanish, touts the administration’s response to the coronavirus, including aid provided through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative to buy fresh food and ship it to needy families. The letter is reminiscent of Trump’s effort to put his signature on stimulus checks and send a signed letter to millions of recipients. It’s the latest example of the president blurring his official duties with his reelection campaign, most prominently by hosting Trump’s acceptance speech...
    Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, sent a letter Monday to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, suggesting the Democrat accept federal help in suppressing the violence that has plagued his city for months. “I urge you to prioritize public safety and to request federal assistance to restore law and order in Portland,” Wolf wrote in the letter. “We are standing by to support Portland. At the same time, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there will come a point when state and local officials fail to protect its citizens from violence, the federal government will have no choice but to protect our American citizens.” Wolf was responding to the letter sent by Wheeler to President Donald Trump late last week, refusing federal assistance to stop the riots. “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are on to you. We have already seen your...
            by Bruce Walker  Saginaw County will not enforce the prevailing wage requirements in its purchasing policy, according to a letter signed by an attorney representing the county. The updated policy is considered a victory for non-union contractors for government projects, as well as for taxpayers who won’t have to foot the bill for higher union labor costs. Up until last Friday, Saginaw County still enforced prevailing wages for government construction jobs, which forced contractors to bid any job over $50,000 at union-established wages whether the contractor employed union labor or not, forcing the government to pay above market rates for labor. Michigan voters rescinded its statewide prevailing wage laws in 2018. The letter, dated Aug. 27, was sent by David M. Gilbert, a principal at Gilbert & Smith, P.C. The letter was in response to a March 4 letter from Kraig Schutter, a Masud Labor...
    Muriel Bowser, the Democrat mayor from Washington, D.C., sent an open letter to the U.S. attorney in the district, urging him to advance the “prosecutions of those responsible for assaulting police officers, destroying property and undermining the safety” of peaceful protesters. The letter to U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin comes after violent protests that seemed to reignite on Thursday—the final night of the Republican National Convention where six officers were reportedly hospitalized after violent clashes. The unrest continued and police said they made 14 arrests between Sunday afternoon and early Monday. Bowser, who has publicly clashed with President Trump over protests in the city, said in the letter that “it is critical that when these violent offenders are taken into custody, their cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” She said she was “dismayed” that the office declined to prosecute “41 of the 42 rioting arrests” made...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Players and staff members from the Baltimore Ravens have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to bring police reform legislation up for a vote. The players said McConnell should allow senators to vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would limit qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, lower the criminal intent standard used to convict officers of misconduct and create a national registry that would compile data on officer misconduct. The bill passed the House in late June. RELATED COVERAGE: Ravens Didn’t Practice Friday; Harbaugh Said Schedule Was Changed For Meeting, Walk-Through ‘Enough Is Enough’ | Ravens Say The Team Will Use Platform To ‘Drive Change Now’ Ravens players and staff signed a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell urging him to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor...
    A group of smug liberals allegedly wrote a letter to a first-generation Mexican-American immigrant neighbor of theirs ostracizing her for displaying a sign supporting President Donald Trump in her yard. Conservative Fox News contributor and Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson posted the letter on Twitter Saturday, which was reportedly sent to him by a friend. "A friend texts me this letter," Benson wrote in the tweet. "It was left on their neighbor's home because they have a Trump sign in their yard. The bad people here are those who wrote/approved this trash. The author(s) should look at themselves." In the letter, the liberals, who referred to themselves as "your neighbors who dare to be different," sarcastically "thanked" the woman for displaying the Trump sign because it "[made] it impossible for us to ignore how you truly feel about us as your neighbors." "They make abundantly clear to those of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The full price tag of COVID-19 on the state of New York is taking shape, much like every other state in the union, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking for the full amount of $59 billion from the federal government to keep transit moving alongside government operations. In a recent letter to the New York Congressional Delegation, Cuomo signed his name next to labor leaders such as Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen in calling for immediate support, though similar calls since April have fallen on deaf ears. But now Cuomo is touching on the point that the state itself need $30 billion, while the city has a $9 billion shortfall. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will require $12 billion to support operations over the next few years and Port Authority of...
    A WOMAN accused of bludgeoning her 11-year-old stepson to death in his bedroom has begged for mercy because she's allegedly "fighting for (her) life" in jail. Letecia Stauch, 37, was arrested on March 2  in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and charged with murder in connection to Gannon Stauch's death. The young boy's remains were found in Florida later that month. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 5Letecia Stauch is currently being held without a bondCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Gannon Stauch, 11, was murdered in his room on January 27, 2020, according to policeCredit: El Paso County Sheriff's Office In a four-page letter addressed to the judge presiding over her case and dated August 12, Stauch claimed her "life was on the line" because she is "subjected to the cruel punishment" behind bars. “Over 15 plus times I have been abused in transport ranging from injured ribs, knot on my head, several...
    President Trump has our back, said Babbitt, Minn., Mayor Andrea Zupancich, who is one of six Democratic mayors in the North Star State to endorse the commander in chief. “We need to protect our way of life, we need to protect the way we sustain our living up here and the Democrats now are trying to put forth a moratorium against mining and President Trump has been supporting mining the last four years of his term and he has proved that he is behind us and he is looking out for our way of life,” Zupancich told "America's Newsroom." MEDICAL EXAMINER: GEORGE FLOYD HAD 'FATAL LEVEL OF FENTANYL' IN HIS SYSTEM, BUT IS 'NOT SAYING THIS KILLED HIM' Zupancich's comments came in the wake of six Minnesota Democratic mayors endorsing Trump for reelection after writing in a letter that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden hasn't done anything to help working-class people. The letter coincided with a visit...
    Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "hates President Trump more than he loves people in Portland," acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said on Monday in the wake of almost 100 days of ongoing protests and violence in that city. “[Wheeler] doesn’t care about peace if he thinks he can score cheap political points on the president while he is up for reelection,” Cuccinelli told “America’s Newsroom.” PORTLAND MAYOR SENDS OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP: 'NO THANKS' Cuccinelli's comments came after Trump blasted Wheeler Sunday morning with a string of tweets and retweets regarding the ongoing protests and violence in the city. In the aftermath of a clash between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters that left one person dead, Trump railed against Wheeler for openly refusing help from the National Guard. Cuccinelli claimed Trump wants peace, which he says is made evident by the commander in chief’s deployment of federal resources to combat the rioting in Kenosha, Wis....
    A POLICE officer was killed in a standoff over the weekend – and he’s since been remembered as a “great man” by his heartbroken family. St Louis Officer Tamarris L Bohannon, 29, was shot in the head on Saturday while responding to a call about a barricaded gunman. 3Tamarris L Bohannon, of the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department, died on Sunday at 29 years oldCredit: Twitter On Sunday, he died from his injuries after spending more than three years with the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department in Missouri. “We will be deeply missed,” the department tweeted following his death. In a letter shared by officers, Bohannon was described as a “hero” by his loved ones, who referred to Bohannon as “Bo.” “He is a hero to many but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children. “The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 40 professional athletes signed a letter in solidarity with the Invest In Us coalition, demanding accountability for the Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake. The athletes — including former boxer Laila Ali, New Orleans linebacker Demario Davis, soccer star Megan Rapinoe, the WNBA’s Diana Taurasi and Elena Delle Donne, and former NFL players Doug Baldwin and Michael Bennett — also called for real investments to end police violence and gun violence in Black and brown communities. Invest In Us is a coalition of Wisconsin-based and national advocacy organizations, including: 50 miles More, Wisconsin Urban League, Wisconsin Black Caucus, Brady: United Against Gun Violence, Color of Change, Community Justice Action Fund and March For Our Lives. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Washington (CNN)Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday urging him to reconsider his planned visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week as the city continues to grapple with racial unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake."I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state. I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together," Evers wrote to the President. "It is our job as elected officials to lead by example and to be a calming presence for the people we know are hurting, mourning, and trying to cope with trauma. Now is not the time for divisiveness," he continued. "Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and...
    Colin Kaepernick has sent a handwritten letter to LeBron James thanking him for speaking out against racial injustice following the NBA walkoffs earlier this week.   James has been vocal supporter of NBA teams deciding to boycott their games as a way to protest the police shooting of unarmed black man Jacob Blake. The Los Angeles Lakers star was even said to be in favor of cancelling the rest of the 2019 - 2020 season.  On Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers star shared a photo of a letter he received from Kaepernick -  another African-American athlete who has been outspoken on issues of race.  Kaepernick's letter read: 'Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice.  'Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true.' James captioned his photo of the...
    DAVENPORT, Calif. (KGO) -- A Santa Cruz County man whose family lost everything in the CZU Complex Fire decided to write a touching letter to his daughter, letting her know her childhood home had burned down.It was hard to ask Wallace J. Nichols to read his letter out loud. To read it on your own is enough to feel his deep love and sadness for the home he built for his family, just north of Davenport.RELATED: Check if your home was damaged by CZU, LNU Complex Fires in Santa Cruz, Napa, Solano, Lake countiesBut, he obliged, fighting through tears. He said he hopes his words might inspire others who lost their homes to cherish their memories and remind them that despite the ruins, a home can be carried with you, forever.VIDEO: Wallace J. Nichols reads letter he wrote, letting daughter know their home burned downEMBED More News Videos Nichols hopes...
    SAN ANTONIO – Making a friend during the pandemic might not be as complicated as one may imagine. A local teen is proving you can make a meaningful connection without screens. In a time when most are still taking precautions at home and nursing homes can’t have any visitors, making a pen pal seems like the perfect solution. Joven Tapiador launched a community service project through Summer of Service, or SOS, San Antonio’s Make it Happen initiative that will benefit two local nursing homes. SOS is an organization that educates youth in San Antonio through service-learning and opportunities to study abroad. Tapiador’s letter project idea came about during quarantine. “I got inspired by my grandmother,” Tapiador said. “She lives in Ecuador, and I’ve been (on) FaceTime with her since the beginning of quarantine. I was thinking about all the other seniors who don’t have anyone to talk to...
    Nine Senate Democrats are expressing their concerns about the Pentagon’s response to the spread of the coronavirus in the military. The senators made their comments in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday. Fox News said the senators had called reports of a rise in COVID-19 cases among military members “concerning.” CNN noted that the military saw a 60% jump in coronavirus cases in the first few weeks of July. And The Hill pointed out the Pentagon reported 36,600 COVID-19 cases in the military. “We are pleased to see that the department is taking some precautionary measures to address the spread of the virus, but are concerned that the department is still not properly prioritizing the health and well-being of our service members,” the senators wrote in the letter. Signing the letter were Sens, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Patty Murray of Washington, Richard Blumenthal...