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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When faced with bias, world champion gymnast Wendy Hilliard used it to propel herself across the mat and to encourage the next generation to succeed. Hilliard fell in love with the sport of gymnastics at an early age, and it was simple. READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: Queens Resident Lewis Latimer, Son Of Fugitive Slaves, Helped Make Lighting More Affordable “I enjoyed going upside down. There’s something about being able to move your body and have such control that excited me,” Hilliard told CBS2’s Otis Livingston. Hilliard was able to satisfy that excitement for tumbling at the Y in inner-city Detroit, but to get access to the bars and beams, she’d have to venture out to the suburbs, which provided challenges. “I had to travel far and it cost a lot of money, and there weren’t a lot of Black people doing gymnastics, but...
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) railed against the “radical liberals” and the “largest corporations” of the world, proclaiming, “Our rights come from God and not Google.” “That’s been the fight of human history,” Hawley said. Hawley also touched on his objection to the certification of electoral votes and was given a standing ovation, adding that “corporations are telling people what to do; that’s the oligarchy and liberal elites” of Washington D.C. who are trying to “enforce their will” on America. “I’m not going anywhere”: Josh Hawley , who faced criticism for fist bumping the mob outside the Capitol, gets one of the largest standing ovations so far at #Cpac today pic.twitter.com/kOsFHXz0fk — Rozina Sabur (@RozinaSabur) February 26, 2021 Hawley then demanded, “Break up these large corporations, for the good of the people, break them up!” Hawley joins Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who last year advocated for Google to be broken up for...
    ABC7 is always on the lookout for real people working in their communities to Build a Better Bay Area... the advocates, the underdogs, the agents of change. We call them our ABC7 Allies in Action, and we hope you are as inspired as we are by their stories!EMBED More News VideosIn many communities across the Bay Area people are in need. Whether it be from impact from the COVID-19 pandemic or for other reasons, a need is felt. In East Oakland one community organization is stepping up to help. COMMUNITY BUILDER: In many communities across the Bay Area, people are in need. Whether it be from impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or for other reasons, a need is felt. In East Oakland, one community organization Trybe is stepping up to help. Watch Trybe's story here.EMBED More News VideosAntoine Hunter is a professional dancer and the artistic director of the Urban...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Continuing our celebration of Black History Month, tonight we profile the second-in-command of the largest police force in the nation. First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker is the highest-ranking Black police officer at the NYPD. READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: Southampton, Donors Set To Restore Home Of Philanthropist Pyrrhus Concer Raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Tucker is the youngest of four children and the only boy. He was sworn in as an NYPD trainee at 18 in 1969, the decade of the Civil Rights Movement when nation leaders were assassinated and tension between police and the Black community often erupted on the streets. Tucker told CBS2’s Kristine Johnson he spent his childhood at 528 Putnam Ave. between Sumner and Troupe. He lived in the brownstone with his grandparents, mother and three sisters in the 1950s. “My grandmother was always cooking, and we’d have formal dinners around...
    Joe Setyon, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott revealed his plan Friday to counter President Joe Biden’s agenda in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to cast the tie-breaking vote when the chamber is split 50-50. The key, he said, is making the public aware of what the Biden administration is seeking to do. “The most important thing is just [to] talk about what they’re doing,” Scott told The Western Journal in an interview Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. “We talk about what they believe in, and talk about what we believe in,” he added. The Florida Republican went on to highlight some of the Biden administration’s policies on illegal immigration, canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline, raising the minimum wage and ending the Mexico City Policy, which prevented foreign...
    THOUSANDS of The Sun’s Jabs Army are already following the Queen’s Covid battle cry. As we told you on yesterday’s front page, Her Majesty summed up the spirit needed to beat the virus by declaring we must: “Think of other people.” ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 9Hero Jabs Army volunteers in Southend, Essex, have been putting others firstCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk That selflessness has been on show by the Jabs Army at vaccination sites nationwide, and we witnessed it in action as we visited a site in Southend, Essex yesterday to see how some of our 50,000-strong force, working alongside the Royal Voluntary Service, are getting on. At the Cliffs Centre, reassuring words are given as a crying woman is helped into a wheelchair by a man wearing a bright yellow vest, who tells her everything will be OK with...
    Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that former President Donald Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party despite “a handful of people” in the GOP who want him gone. WATCH: “He is the leader of our party,” Jordan told Fox News’ “America’s Report.” “I don’t care what a handful of people have to say.” Trump is expected to address the influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 28 in what will be his first major public appearance since his presidential term ended. Jordan went on to say that Trump does not have to prove anything during his speech Sunday. “I don’t think he has to show that he has support, ’cause I think everybody knows that he does. I don’t think he has to show that he is in control of the party, because everyone knows he’s the leader of the party,” he said. (RELATED: ‘I...
    Orlando, Florida (CNN)Even as attendees were required to wear masks, the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off its 2021 meeting with a defiant stance toward Covid-19 restrictions."They restricted our freedoms," read the text on a video that played in the main ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando. "But they did not stop CPAC."More than a year into the global pandemic, CPAC is grappling with its first conference since multiple people, including several major Republican political figures, tested positive for Covid-19 around the time of the 2020 conference. For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, CPAC -- which this year takes place the weekend after the US surpassed 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 -- is being held outside of the Washington, DC, area, a move necessitated by restrictions on large events made by Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Matt Schlapp --...
    Over the course of the next decade humans will integrate more with technology to 'upgrade' our lives including brain chips and exoskeletons, a new report claims. Produced by dentsu, a Japanese advertising and PR firm, the report looks at ways the world could change over the next 10 years and the impact on global brands. 'As brands assess the impact of a seismic year and look to chart a new path to recovery, these trends provide them with a roadmap for the next decade,' the firm wrote in the executive summary to the report. One key area of change will be the continued rise of the 'synthetic society' as people increasingly incorporate the latest technology into their lives.  The study suggests people could even use brain chips to aid memory and exoskeletons to make us faster and stronger.  One key area of change will be the continued rise of...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee State Rep. Jeremy Faison to the studio to discuss what citizens can to do push back against the threat of losing our freedoms in America and urged all Tennesseans to come to the capitol and communicate with their everyday people legislators. Leahy: In the studio, our friend State Representative Jeremy Faison. I got that right Jeremy Faison. Faison: That’s it. Leahy: I got the pronunciation right? Faison: You did. The coffee is kicking in! (Laughter) Leahy: He’s the Republican caucus Chair in the House of Representatives. You know, we were talking a little bit during the break about what a tough time the next 18 months are...
    If we’re ever going to surmount this truly toxic period in our politics, each warring faction must realize that winning is not possible without help from the other. And by faction, I don’t mean Republican or Democrat. The real dividing line in our country today is not Republican and Democrat, left and right. That still exists, of course, and in certain areas, our partisan differences are still clearly defined. The true dividing line is between the corporatists in each party and the average Americans in each party — and despite what they think, neither the corporatist side nor the populist side can succeed in the long term without support from the other.  Both Republican and Democratic political power is in the hands of those with an agenda driven mostly by big business. This relatively small group holds the vast majority of American wealth. It also controls pretty much every other...
    One month before the legislative elections, the government suddenly changed course, failing to convince those eligible to receive an injection, whether medical professionals, teachers or social workers. “Trust science!” Implored the Minister of Health, Kostadin Anguelov, desperate to see that only a third of those registered had come to their meeting. Bulgaria, the poorest country in the EU but beneficiary of doses as part of the pre-order strategy led by the European Commission, thus has the lowest vaccination rate of the 27. To date, 168,000 Bulgarians have received at least one dose, or 2.4% of the population, compared to a rate of 4.2% for the EU as a whole, according to data compiled by .. “Relieved and happy” Never mind, the impulsive Prime Minister Boïko Borissov opened wide the doors of the centers, when finally it was the turn of the over 65s and the chronically ill. Long queues...
    Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas warned late Wednesday the Equality Act is destructive legislation that would do untold damage to the country if passed. “The Equality Act being considered in Congress is a threat to people of faith in this nation,” Bishop Strickland said on Twitter. “I urge all who believe in God and the truth of His Divine Revelation to speak up and let their members of Congress and Senators know that this bill threatens the heart of our nation.” The bishop’s appeal dovetails with a recent summons by leaders of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB) for Congress to reject the proposed legislation, insisting it would demolish “precious rights to life and conscience.” Writing to members of the U.S. Congress, the bishops warned the Equality Act would “discriminate against people of faith” and “inflict numerous legal and social harms on Americans.” Bidens HUD is charting a new course,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The announcement that events are returning to the Colorado Convention Center is leading many to believe a rebirth of downtown Denver is near. “It was always busy. People here day and night. Even now there will be hours where people don’t come in and it’s sad,” said Angie Carrico, a bartender at the Tarantula Billiards Bar and Grille. READ MORE: Outdoor Retailer Announces August Summer Show At Colorado Convention Center (credit: CBS) The billiards hall is one block away from the convention center and the lack of events, convention goers and tourists alike is very noticeable. “We’re one of the first bars, and people come straight here, and it’s just full. That’s where all of our business is,” Carrico said. Around the central business district, there are signs of empty spaces. Proof the pandemic has taken a toll on businesses as people who work downtown, and tourists...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The announcement that events are returning to the Colorado Convention Center is leading many to believe a rebirth of downtown Denver is near. “It was always busy. People here day and night. Even now there will be hours where people don’t come in and it’s sad,” said Angie Carrico, a bartender at the Tarantula Billiards Bar and Grille. READ MORE: UCHealth Connects With Spanish-Speaking Patients To Promote COVID Vaccine Equity (credit: CBS) The billiards hall is one block away from the convention center and the lack of events, convention goers and tourists alike is very noticeable. “We’re one of the first bars, and people come straight here, and it’s just full. That’s where all of our business is,” Carrico said. Around the central business district, there are signs of empty spaces. Proof the pandemic has taken a toll on businesses as people who work downtown, and tourists...
    It’s happened before, and it will happen again. As we approach the first anniversary of a pandemic that has killed over 500,000 Americans, it’s hard to conceive the suffering and loss felt around the country and the world. But Americans are no stranger to adversity. Its in our DNA. Weve been overcoming obstacles and hardships since the very beginning, and this time will be no different. A year into this virus, we’re finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Real light. Despite the ridiculous projections still being lobbed out by medical professionals, including the indomitable Dr. Anthony Fauci, the vaccine will finally spell the end of the lockdowns, social distancing, and yes, the masks. And after that — in the not too distant future — it will be time to party. It’s happened before, and it will happen again. In the early 1920s, Prohibition coincided with one of the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we look back at the accomplishments of Americans for Black History Month, we are assessing where our nation is now.How much progress have we made and what does the future hold for Black America and race relations?The past year has shown us the divide is wide and the pain is real. But there is a reason for renewed hope and optimism.Eyewitness News is speaking with people who are helping to bridge our racial, educational and social justice divide, uniting what brings us together.Join us Tuesday at 4 p.m. for Black History Month Town Hall: United for Our Future. You can watch it on ABC7NY and our Connected TV apps.Panelists:Marvin Amazan: A 27-year-old community activist and schoolteacher. Encourages residents (particularly young people) to become more civically involved.Ronald Chaluisan: Executive Director of Newark Trust. He is committed to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources, and expertise that...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When COVID slammed into our lives last March, pandemic learning and it’s trickle down effect quickly became a hot-button issue enveloped in caution and controversy. As school districts across Maryland prepare for a return to the classroom or a hybrid learning model, our students still face the enormity and uncertainty of one assignment in particular: coping with their mental health. READ MORE: Baltimore Lifts 1-Hour Time Limit At Bars & Restaurants Monday, More COVID Restrictions Adjusted Classrooms, once brimming with laughter, lessons, birthday party invites and games were abruptly silenced last March when the pandemic forced students in front of computer screens. Mi’kel is one of them. “It is really stressful trying to learn all these things at once and not getting that personal connection between the work and the teacher together,” she said. Experts like Dr. Drew Pate, who is the Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral...
    Naomi Wolf has been a prominent person in this country and a prominent Democrat for more than 30 years. She's one of the founders of third-wave feminisim. She worked for Bill Clinton and famously advised Al Gore. Late last year, she voted for Joe Biden. You've almost certainly seen her books; she's written a lot of them. We didn't think we agreed on much with Wolf, to put it mildly. Yet less than a week after the last election, Wolf surprised a lot of people by tweeting this: Wow, where did that come from? More to the point, how did this faithful lifelong Democrat reach that conclusion? Maybe because whatever her preconceptions, Naomi Wolf has been paying attention. That's true for a lot of us, actually, regardless of who we voted for. People who have been watching events carefully may find they have very different views in the views they once had. The reason for that...
    EAST NORRITON, Pa. (CBS) — The 17-year-old wanted for murder in a shooting at an East Norriton bowling alley that left a Philadelphia man dead and four others injured has turned himself in, according to police. Officials say Jamel Barnwell, of Upper Darby, turned himself in around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. Barnwell is facing a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Frank Wade, of Philadelphia. Four others were also wounded in the shooting, READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Quick-Hitting Storm To Bring Up To 3 Inches Of Snow In Philly Suburbs, Coating In City Monday Credit: Montgomery County DA “He can’t have a gun and he did. You’ve seen it in the pictures,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a video news conference Sunday. “We saw it in the surveillance video last night. This is an ongoing problem. This is the mechanism of death. Far...
    On February 21, ‘The objective’ dedicated its program to discuss the draft of the Trans Law, proposed by the Ministry of Equality and of which part of the PSOE has come to disengage. For this, Ana Pastor’s program included Soledad Murillo, former Secretary of Equality, the lawyer Cristina Almeida, the lawyer Marina Sáenz and the activist and socialist deputy Carla Antonelli. Soledad Murillo and Carla Antonelli in ‘The Objective’ The debate featured Antonelli and Sáenz as representatives of the trans collective and voices defending the draft. For their part, Murillo and Almeida represented a more critical position, even ensuring that the law would be too « complex » for society to understand. Ending the program, Antonelli spoke his words of defense towards the draft. « I want to make it clear that when many speak of the ‘feminist movement’, it is not the feminist movement; they are some people with names and surnames, »...
    EAST NORRITON, Pa. (CBS) — A manhunt is on for a 17-year-old boy who Montgomery County authorities say shot five people, killing one, inside of an East Norriton Township bowling alley. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office identified Jamel Barnwell of Upper Darby, Delaware County, as the suspect in Saturday night’s shooting at Our Town Alley. Authorities said Barnwell fatally shot 29-year-old Frank Wade of Philadelphia and wounded four others in the incident. An arrest warrant has been issued for the teen, who is facing a first-degree murder charge. READ MORE: Overnight Truck Fire Shuts Down Portion Of I-95 North In Philadelphia Credit: Montgomery County DA “He can’t have a gun and he did. You’ve seen it in the pictures,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a video news conference Sunday. “We saw it in the surveillance video last night. This is an ongoing problem. This is the...
    Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have dedicated their careers to, as they put it, taking on “very powerful institutions in an aggressive, truth-to-power, no-stone-unturned way.” In recent years, the documentarians have exposed the sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military (The Invisible War), the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses (The Hunting Ground), and the numerous allegations of sexual assault levied against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in last year’s On the Record. But nothing could have prepared them for the story of Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow—a decades-long saga involving incest, child sexual abuse, misogyny, media and Hollywood complicity, and government corruption. “It never really was told,” explains Dick. “We thought it was told, but we’d only heard one version told over and over and over again, and that version never really told the truth.” And that version was Woody Allen’s, who has long claimed that his then-partner...
    The Burmese people paid a moving tribute on Sunday to the first victim of military repression, a young grocer who has become an icon of resistance to the junta, while crowds were still large to demonstrate against the coup despite the murderous violence of the day before. The funeral of Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, shot in the head and died on Friday, took place on the outskirts of the capital, Naypyidaw, in the presence of several thousand people. Three fingers raised in sign of resistance to the passage of the coffin, the crowd chanted “Down with dictatorship! “,” We will fight until we win ! “, before dispersing in silence. Almost three weeks after the putsch of February 1, the mobilization for democracy does not weaken with tens of thousands of people in the streets, Sunday, in the major cities of the country, but also in remote villages. “We...
    EAST NORRITON, Pa. (CBS) — One person is dead and at least three other victims were rushed to the hospital after a shooting at a Montgomery County bowling alley. East Norriton Township Police say the shooting happened around shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday inside Our Town Alley, formerly Facenda Whitaker Bowling Lanes, on the 2900 block of Swede Road. At least four people were shot in the incident, according to East Norriton Township Police Chief Brandon Pasquale. One person was found dead at the scene while three other victims were rushed to area hospitals. READ MORE: Cody Anderson, Legendary Philadelphia Radio Pioneer, Dies Just spoke to Police Chief. At least 4 people were shot, 1 fatally. Others self-transported to the hospital. No official tally on the number of people shot. Shooter fled the scene. Chief says this is a first for his town. PD will be on scene all night....
    PALATINE, Ill. (WLS) -- It's a decades-old family recipe."We bake three times a day," said Suzy Cambell with Spunky Dunkers. "Our donuts are always fresh and we want them warm for our customers."For Campbell, it's a family tradition."We have been here since 1964," she added.Each handmade donut, along with the smell of hot and fresh coffee, is a staple in the Palatine community."Double chocolate is a hit [and] choc cream puff is a hit," Campbell said.For the past few days, business has been spotty at Spunky Dunkers."We were so dead. We had the storms and then obviously the pandemic," she explained.That's when the team took to social media, asking customers to please come in - and now those donuts are flying off the shelves."We were not even prepared for it," Campbell said. "So, we were calling like, 'Hey! Can you come in? Can you come in?' Everyone that can work...
    Kissing is one of the main ways to show affection for more than 2,500 years in most cultures that coexist on our planet. But do we really know what happens in our body when we kiss someone? To begin with, there are many theories that try to explain why we kiss. According to Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The science of kissing, receive kisses from our parents when we are little makes what let’s associate with very positive emotions, such as love, affection or trust, through neural pathways, which means that as we grow up we express these feelings with our mouths, as reported by the BBC. If we go back to the first scriptures on kisses, between 2,500 and 3,000 years ago, we find an explanation in the Vedic texts of ancient India: the area under the eyes contains sebaceous glands that secrete a different smell in each person....
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political tactics are "to bully" and to "be filled with revenge and spite and backstabbing," Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., told "Hannity" Friday during a discussion of the nursing home scandal that has battered Cuomo's administration. "You know you’re in trouble when you’re Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat governor of New York, and you got AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and Alec Baldwin and members of your own party who smell the blood in the water and they’re coming after him," chimed in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who joined Zeldin, Fox News contributor Charles Hurt and host Jason Chaffetz. "His bullying has finally caught up with him and people are no longer pretending they’re afraid of him, and they’re speaking out," Huckabee added. "I think his time is limited, he may finish his term, but I think this is the last thing he’ll do politically." CNN and the governor's brother, Chris...
    Kiera Butler Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Less than a day after I’d reported about a Georgia town where the state took away the largest medical provider’s vaccines as punishment for vaccinating teachers, my story’s main source, Dr. Jonathan Poon, emailed with encouraging news: He’d received word from the state that the sanctions will be lifted. His clinic will be allowed to order vaccines and resume vaccinating shortly. “I believe your piece was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he wrote me. “We did hear from the state [Department of Public Health] today and they have eased our sanction to be 6 weeks rather than 6 months. We’ll be able to reorder…and start vaccinating” again soon.  I’d written about his county’s ordeal: In late December, the county had finished vaccinating...
    Texas was hit with a deadly winter storm this week and millions of residents were left without power in freezing temperatures. Hollywood has banded together -- along with politicians -- to help raises funds and provide relief as communities struggle to find food, water, and shelter. Houston-native Beyonce is providing financial assistance. Her foundation, BeyGOOD, and sports clothing brand Adidas have teamed up with Houston's Bread of Life to help feed people in need. "We send our prayers to those impacted by the winter storm," a tweet posted by the BeyGOOD organization said.  LIVE UPDATES: TEXAS WATER ISSUES CONTINUE DESPITE ELECTRICITY BEING RESTORED Austin resident Matthew McConaughey tweeted, "I am sending prayers of resilience and the humanity of the helping hand out to all Texans that are struggling with the freeze." "I have reached out to help @mealsonwheels, @AAULTX, @BGCAustin," the actor added. " For more information on resources, how you can help or to donate tap the...
    Political polarization is seeping into every aspect of U.S. life, dictating how Americans choose their friends, jobs and product brands, and making life worse in the process, a new study finds. 'Political polarization is having far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for people,' the recent study from the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing said. The partisan rancor is making Americans poorer by limiting their job choices, lonelier and more isolated by cutting off friendships, and even less physically healthy, the authors found. And as consumers increasingly demand that the products they buy reflect their political ideology, companies are under more pressure than ever to issue pronouncements on social issues, potentially deepening the infiltration of politics into daily life, the study argues. Two men argue alongside the 'Black Lives Matter' mural in front of Trump Tower in New York last July. A new study...
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke placed partial blame for a deadly snowstorm in Texas at the feet of America’s “emissions and our excesses and our inaction.” “There is no incentive or mandate to have on hand additional generating capacity for extreme weather events like this one,” O’Rourke said about Texas’s electrical grid on MSNBC Wednesday night. “Which, as you know Nicolle, are only going to become more likely, more frequent, and more intense and more deadly as the climate continues to change thanks to our emissions and our excesses and our inaction.” .@BetoORourke blames Americans’ “emissions and our excesses and our inaction” for cold weather in Texas pic.twitter.com/VRdZky7m7A— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 17, 2021 O’Rourke also placed blame on Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, saying that the snowstorm, which has killed at least 20 people, is the result of “people who don’t believe in government running your government.” "This...
    When young people ask my advice — and when you’re 80 that happens — I always tell them no experience is wasted. Can that really be true, when the experience is as devastating, as terrifying, as tragic, as this pandemic? ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Esther Rantzen's new documentary Living With Grief sees her meet people who have suffered the loss of loved onesCredit: ViacomCBS / Photographer Dave King I believe it is, and that there are valuable lessons to learn from the grief this illness has created. Covid has caused more than 100,000 deaths in the UK. It’s such a huge statistic we can’t really take it in. But it’s not just a number. It means that a million, maybe even more, of those left behind will never be the same again, having lost someone in devastating circumstances, unable to hold...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we look back at the accomplishments of Americans for Black History Month, we are assessing where our nation is now.How much progress have we made and what does the future hold for Black America and race relations?The past year has shown us the divide is wide and the pain is real. But there is reason for renewed hope and optimism.Eyewitness News is speaking with people who are helping to bridge our racial, educational and social justice divide, uniting what brings us together.Join us Tuesday at 4 p.m. for Black History Month Town Hall: United for Our Future. You can watch it on ABC7NY and our Connected TV apps.Panelists:Marvin Amazon: 27-year-old community activist and schoolteacher. Encourages residents (particularly young people) to become more civically involved.Ronald Chaluisan: Executive Director of Newark Trust. He is committed to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise that expand opportunity...
    Texas winter storm: Searching for heat as plunging temperatures knock out utilities and cell service White House press secretary says Biden backs a Congressional commission investigating the Capitol siege Where Do Our Biases Come From — And How Can Parents Teach Kids to Fight Them? © Provided by Fatherly © Provided by Fatherly This story is part of From The Start: A Parent’s Guide to Talking About Racial Bias, a series created in partnership with Johnson’s®, Aveeno® Baby, and Desitin®. We’re here to help parents tackle the difficult task of talking to their kids about race. With a topic this big, it can be hard to even know where to start — so we’ve teamed up with experts who have real answers to parents’ questions. Any parent doing the hard work to teach their kids about the dangers of racism must also look inward. All of us have internal...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s well known that New York was a main hub for the Underground Railroad. But what was life like for a freedom seeker? CBS2’s Steve Overmyer takes us inside a historic safe haven. A spot underneath Plymouth Church in Brooklyn was part of the path to freedom — a station on the Underground Railroad — 170 years ago. “The fear, the hope. The uncertainty and the sense of safety are all part of this story,” said Melissa Collom, the historian at Plymouth Church. “As you walk forward, watch your head because the ceilings get lower and lower,” Collom said as she showed Overmyer around. CONTINUING COVERAGE: Black History Month Long before actual trains coursed through the city, Brooklyn was open farmland and the home to many anti-slavery churches. “So, people were coming across the East River from Manhattan on ferries. And in winter, the river would...
    Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) said on WISN’s “The Jay Weber Show” that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) speech saying former President Donald Trump was responsible for the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol dose not reflect the majority of Republican lawmakers. The Johnson interview starts at the 53:00 timestamp. Johnson said, “You got Leader McConnell voting not guilty, not to convict but then just providing a scathing speech on the floor of the Senate that does not reflect, I think, the majority of our conference. I haven’t done a whip check to find out what exactly how everybody thinks but you kinda put two and two together by their votes. So you’ve got our leader out there really representing himself and that is his right to do. But at the same time, he has to realize as our leader, what he says reflects on us. I didn’t particularly like...
    Jab tidings TOO often over the past year we have been glued to the TV for the Prime Minister’s doom-laden special broadcasts, dreading the announcement of new restrictions. Not today. Today Boris Johnson is all smiles and we can celebrate smashing the target for vaccinating 15million of the most vulnerable, thanks to our wonderful scientists, health workers and military, not to mention The Sun’s Jabs Army of volunteers. 4Boris Johnson was all smiles announcing that Britain has hit the 15 million vaccinations targetCredit: Twitter Today we can see Covid cases down 80 per cent since the New Year. These are massive steps towards a brighter future, but we are hungry for more. What we crave now are details of how we will get our lives back; how our children will go back to school; how shops, pubs and restaurants will reopen; how we will be able to meet up...
    These disenfranchisement rates from The Sentencing Project help explain why certain states are so safely red. I’m pretty obsessed with and worried about voting rights these days. For the most part, I’ve been looking at Republican-held swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Texas, and Ohio, because each state government is looking to enact powerful voter suppression laws this year. That those states may soon become lost to Democrats for a generation is a terrifying notion.  The true nightmare scenario would have these states become lost causes in the same way that Deep Southern states are lost causes for Democrats. We think of the Deep South as fire-red Republican, but that’s only because so many people who might belong to the Democratic Party are disenfranchised in those states. In Tennessee, a number of formerly incarcerated citizens are suing the state for making it functionally impossible for them to register to vote after they’ve paid all their dues...
    WHEN I heard the news that there is a new solution to obesity, I raised a quizzical brow. Apparently, a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes also acts as an appetite suppressant. 9Many people feel they have no control over their bodyCredit: Getty - Contributor The majority of patients who were given semaglutide in a trial lost at least one tenth of their body weight. While I am sure there are many people out there who on hearing this would like to try the drug, I find myself wondering whether this is really what we need in the battle against obesity. I should say here that I realise how lucky I am to not have had to battle with addiction. I also realise that makes it harder for me to really understand what it must feel like to truly crave something so badly you have no control. I...
    President Trump is reacting to his being cleared in the Senate in his second impeachment trial, thanking his lawyers and the Republicans who voted to acquit but calling the entire affair “a sad commentary on our times.” “I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth,” Trump said in an email blast after the Senate voted 57-43, far short of the tally needed to convict. “My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country. “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into...
    Former President Donald Trump hinted at a comeback as he cheered on being acquitted, for a second time, in an impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate.   'Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,' Trump said. 'In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people.' The former president sent out a statement within minutes of being acquitted Saturday by the Senate, in a vote that saw seven Republicans join with the Democrats, but 10 short of the total needed to convict Trump of inciting the January 6 insurrection.   Former President Donald Trump sent out a statement directly after the Senate voted Saturday to acquit, hinting at a political comeback   In his statement, Trump first thanked his 'dedicated lawyers,' as well as...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As we celebrate Black History Month, we continue to share inspirational stories of survival. CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock took a look at the role New York played in the Underground Railroad. RELATED: Black History Is Our History: 14-Year-Old Art Sensation Tyler Gordon Says He Dreams Of Inspiring Others New York Harbor in the 19th century hosted ships billowing with goods harvested on the backs of enslaved people. “It is a city that is founded upon capitalism, and it’s specifically that cotton and sugar industry,” said Prithi Kanakamedala, associate professor of history at Bronx Community College CUNY. Kanakamedala says even after slavery formally ended in New York State in 1827, the economy in the city remained rooted in the practice. At the same time, a small number of abolitionists organized and helped enslaved people find their way to freedom. “This was Black and white people cooperating with...
    It’s sort of shocking that a series of left-wing riots around the nation followed by a right-wing riot at our Capitol building haven’t caused much self-reflection among the policymakers in Washington. It’s convenient to think this is just some tiny group of crazies or this is all going to blow over. We have been thinking that way for years now. It’s not true. Our once-great country is in a huge slide. Too many fellow citizens are hurting. Too many communities around the country are shells of their former vibrant selves. All this is a screaming wake-up call for change, yet we don’t have any serious efforts underway to reform our system. The most telling data point on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots was published this week by The Washington Post. Nearly 60% of the people charged with crimes in the riots had a history of serious financial troubles, including bad...
    The New York Times Why Idris Elba chose comedy to tell his most personal story “In the Long Run,” which has just finished its third season on Starz, is a comedy based on the childhood of actor Idris Elba in Holly Street Estate, a racially diverse public housing community in the London borough of Hackney. Set on the fictional Eastbridge Estate in the early 1980s, Elba, creator of the series for British network Sky One, plays Walter Easmon, who, like Elba’s real father Winston, migrated to England from the Sierra. Leona and worked in an American auto parts factory. However, this story of immigration and integration is not told exclusively from the perspective of Walter or his 13-year-old UK-born son, Kobna (Sammy Kamara), based on Elba. Instead, the show is a broad and upbeat portrait of a community, a story about interracial working-class Britons and West African immigrant families coexisting...
    Fellow “March for Our Lives” founder Cameron Kasky reacted to David Hogg’s launch of a pillow company as “embarrassing.” The Daily Mail reports that Hogg launched the pillow company as “a ‘progressive’ rival to right-winger Mike Lindell’s MyPillow.” Hogg said, “Mike isn’t going to know what hit him — this pillow fight is just getting started.” Kasky responded to the launch by tweeting: To those of you who marched, donated, lobbied, and called for change… I’m so sorry this is what it turned into. This is embarrassing. — Cam (@cameron_kasky) February 10, 2021 Kasky also noted, “To those of you claiming I’m ‘jealous’ about the pillow grift, I was actually offered free shares as soon as I started tweeting about it. I just declined because while I’m kind of a grifter, I’m not that much of a grifter.” The Daily Mail suggested Kasky was not alone in criticizing Hogg’s move,...
    (CBSMiami) – COVID tests aren’t fun for anyone. But as more animals are found to be coronavirus-positive, testing is expanding to include our four-legged friends. Canines and cats with COVID isn’t new, with a handful of pets across the United States coming down with the disease. Health experts say there’s no evidence people can catch the virus from their furry friends. However, the Food and Drug Administration has reported infected people can give it to their pets. In a YouTube video, the FDA said that cats and ferrets are the pets most susceptible to COVID-19, but dogs can catch it too. Winston the pug was apparently the first dog in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus. Like their owners, animals that test positive should be kept isolation for 14 days. After a kitten in South Korea tested positive in January, officials in Seoul are testing all pets...
    PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Our coverage of Black History Month continues, and we are introducing you to a group of New Jersey firefighters breaking barriers and bridging gaps not just on the front lines but every day in their community. As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports, without hesitation firefighters Roshawn Davis and Janice Miller gear up for whatever the emergency. They’ve both been part of the Paterson Fire Department for around 15 years. RELATED: New Jersey Residents Eligible For Vaccination Exasperated With Inability To Get Appointments They are now part of the roughly 20% of firefighters of color that make up the Paterson Fire Department, a number that has climbed from 1980 when Larry Franklin joined and was just one of four Black firefighters in the department. “It was daunting in the fact that it was in a city where the city of Paterson, where the population was approximately 180,000 people, and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As we celebrate Black History Month, CBS2 has learned only 2% of businesses in New York are Black-owned, according to the New York City Black Chamber of Commerce. CBS2’s Cory James spoke with local Black entrepreneurs about their experience of owning a business. RELATED: Black History Is Our History: Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Also Known As The ‘Father Of Black History Month’ If the lights don’t take you back in time, the disco dance floor will. Eddie Freeman, 80, walked James through his Bed-Stuy nightclub that he opened more than 40 years ago. It was a small space he grew into a two-story event hall and southern cuisine restaurant known as Sugarhill on Nostrand Avenue. The tour was just a glimpse into Freeman’s journey. It all started back in 1940, when Freeman, now a father of two, was born into a North Carolina family of sharecroppers...
    THE highly infectious Kent variant is the country's "main challenge" in the fight against Covid, but vaccines do work against it, a minister said this morning. Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News the Kent variant is dominating at the moment and is spreading more quickly than other variants. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 16Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Kent variant is the UK's biggest challenge in its Covid fightCredit: PA:Press Association 16 However, he added that vaccines are "fully efficacious" against it. He told Sky News that the variant remains "our main challenge at the moment". "(It is) highly infectious, spreads more quickly than some of the other variants, and dominates at the moment and is our primary challenge. "And the vaccines are fully efficacious against that particular strain." It comes after Jonathan Van Tam said last night that the South...
    This is not a feel-good story. Of course, it’s easy to see why it has been positioned as one. Certainly, it contains all the elements: vulnerable people, heart-rending need, someone going above and beyond. But this is not a feel-good story. Not to mock or cast aspersions on the noble thing that has brought Henry Darby to national attention in the past few days. For those who missed it, he is the principal of North Charleston High School in North Charleston, South Carolina, where the median household income is $45,000 against a national average of $68,000, and it is said that 90% of the student body lives below the poverty line. As might be expected from those numbers, life is a struggle for many of Darby’s students. “I get a little emotional,” he told NBC’s “Today” show, “because when you’ve got children you’ve heard sleep under a bridge or a...
    By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. It took a while for the world to catch up with him. A decade after he introduced a crew of flawed secret agents caught between sinister plotters and cynical spymasters in the novel “Slow Horses,” Herron is a best-selling, award-winning writer who has been called the heir to master of espionage John le Carré. A seventh novel in his spy series, “Slough House,” is out this week, and a TV adaptation is in production with an A-list cast led by Gary Oldman. But initially, few took notice. “Maybe it just wasn’t the right time,” the soft-spoken Herron recalled recently. “There were voices in my publishing company at the time that were saying the politics of the book were pretty ridiculous because it’s all about the far right and references...
    LONDON (AP) — Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. It took a while for the world to catch up with him. A decade after he introduced a crew of flawed secret agents caught between sinister plotters and cynical spymasters in the novel “Slow Horses,” Herron is a best-selling, award-winning writer who has been called the heir to master of espionage John le Carré. A seventh novel in his spy series, “Slough House,” is out this week, and a TV adaptation is in production with an A-list cast led by Gary Oldman. But initially, few took notice. “Maybe it just wasn’t the right time,” the soft-spoken Herron recalled recently. “There were voices in my publishing company at the time that were saying the politics of the book were pretty ridiculous because it’s all about the far right and references to (Britain) possibly leaving...
    HAVE you ever noticed that teeny-tiny hole in the corner of your eyelid? No? Well go take a look (carefully) because a Reddit user has revealed what they’re really for, and it will blow your mind. 2People have freaked out after learning what the tiny holes in their eyelids are forCredit: Wikimedia Commons Taking to the Subreddit, Today I Learned, the user revealed the what the mysterious holes are for. They wrote: “Today I learned that the reason we get a runny nose after crying is because the leftover fluid that wasn’t shed through tears gets drained into the nose through the ‘lacrimal point’ (that weird mysterious hole on your lower eyelid).” Essentially the miniscule opening helps to drain away any excess fluid left by your tears which will eventually make its way out of your nose. Officially known as the lacrimal puntum, the hole “is the anatomical site through...
    Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists. For context, other “top” nations were Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, India, and Yemen. This was the same year that Trump first called the press “the enemy of the people.” Though 2020 and the Trump administration are in our rearview mirror, the situation has gotten even more dire. Disturbingly, the number of journalists killed worldwide in 2020 doubled from 2019. We have to remember that a free press was viewed as so important to our foundational democracy, it was the only profession the Founding Fathers named in our Constitution. It’s the best, last hope against tyranny, which is exactly why authoritarians hate...
    Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called out the mainstream media for “addicting our nation to hate” in a press conference on Friday, one day after the U.S. House voted to remove her from her committee assignments. Greene has recently come under fire for controversial past remarks she made on social media, which included the discussion of Q-anon conspiracy theories and a photo she shared holding an AR-15 next to a collage photo of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), most of which she attempted to provide context for in a speech on the House floor yesterday as she apologized for her past statements. Green said as she welcomed members of the media outside of the U.S. Capitol: I truly support freedom of press. I think it’s one of the things that makes our country so great. I really hope that you’ll be able to tell my story a little...
    Mention the word “shark” to most people, and they will most likely think of a cruel, bloodthirsty monster along the lines of those portrayed in “Jaws” or the “Sharknado” series. When the word “shark” is used to describe a human, it carries negative connotations of deceitfulness and cunning. We seem to have developed an idea of the shark as a ruthless predator who will stop at nothing to procure some human flesh … but the reality is that sharks have good reason to be far more afraid of us than we are of them. Between 1998 and 2013, shark populations plummeted by 60 to 90 percent because of the shark fin soup industry. The practice of shark finning – which involves slicing off a shark’s fins while the animal is still fully conscious, then throwing the shark back into the sea, to die a slow and agonizing death – is...
    Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) gave a blistering speech on the House floor Thursday evening, featuring a blown-up photo of an old Facebook post sent out by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), which depicted Greene holding up an AR-15 next to photoshopped images of “The Squad.” The text on the image read: “The Squad’s Worst Nightmare.” “Speaker, I urge my colleagues to look at this image,” Hoyer said, before walking up to the front of the House floor with a jumbo printout of Greene’s social media post. “I heard about motherhood today; two of those women between them have six children, they’re mothers,” Hoyer stated upon returning to his podium. “One of them does not have children, and she has come to this body asking for more housing for people, more healthcare for people, for more income for people, how awful,” he stated. “And they’re not ‘The Squad!’ They’re Ilhan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States, and many African Americans consider June 19 Independence Day. As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reports, the fight continues as strongly as ever to make it a national holiday. Juneteenth is marked with parades and celebrations, and the holiday received its name by combining June and 19th. The first observance was back in the 1800s and they have continued, even through the pandemic. “I’ve always attended the Juneteenth parades, but they’ve never been as large as this one, so I’m just excited to be a part of this,” one person said at a 2020 event. It marks June 19th, 1865 — the day word of freedom finally reached enslaved people in Texas. “Slaves in Texas didn’t know they were free until a General Gordon Granger made his way to Galveston with troops to tell slaves...
    CORONAVIRUS infection rates and hospital admissions have fallen in all regions in England, official data has revealed. Despite a fall in cases experts have warned that "we must not drop our guard" in the fight against the virus. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7 7Data from PHE shows that cases of Covid-19 are dropping in every region across the countryCredit: Gov.uk Public Health England's weekly Covid-19 surveillance report states that cases per 100,000 have fallen across all regions and are now highest in the West Midlands with a rate of 319.9. As of 9am on February 2 there have been 3,373,085 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in England. Figures from the previous surveillance report stated that there had been 3,225,301 confirmed cases. Data also shows that cases are falling in all age groups. The report also states that hospital admissions have declined in the...
    Every elected official in Washington should be held to the same standard when it comes to their rhetoric, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News’ "Hannity" on Wednesday. "I certainly hope ... we point out the hypocrisy and the double standard because it is eating away at our voters and the country," he told host Sean Hannity. After House Republicans voted to keep Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. as House Republican Conference chair amid controversy over her vote to impeach then-President Trump, the House will vote Thursday on a Democratic resolution to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her committee assignments. Gaetz argued both of these decisions "reinforce the power of Washington," and are disrespectful if the nearly 75% of Georgians who voted Greene into office. HOUSE TAKES STEP TOWARD REMOVING MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE FROM COMMITTEES "That’s more than almost every member of Congress," he said. "It is a dangerous precedent when we disrespect the voters....
    Joy over jabs TEN million jabs. A magnificent milestone. A triumph for Britain. How is the EU responding? With further attempts to undermine our Oxford vaccine with falsehoods about its safety. 4The Oxford vaccine may prove the key to our economy reopening fully before many of those abroadCredit: AP:Associated Press But its panicking leaders look more reckless and self-serving by the day. Early evidence indicates the AstraZeneca jab slashes transmission of Covid as well as the numbers hospitalised or dying. That is vital for a rapid end to our lockdown and the return of more normal life. It will mean the virus finding fewer and fewer people to infect. If our rollout continues at its current stellar pace, the daily death toll is soon likely to begin falling. Cases and hospitalisations should drop like a stone once those below 70 start getting jabs. The Oxford vaccine may prove the key...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Beginning Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires people traveling on planes, trains, buses or other forms of public transit to wear masks. The requirement follows the recommendation made by doctors last month that people start wearing two masks. Some of the transit rules worth noting: Bandanas and scarves do not qualify. A neck gaiter must be two layers or folded to make two layers. A face shield can be used if it’s worn with a mask. Travelers two years or younger don’t have to wear one. As routine as grabbing your daily cup of coffee, masking up is almost second nature. Pamela Elliot was well prepared during her coffee run Tuesday in Bloomington. “I have little bag full of them [laughs]!” Elliot said. But for how many we own and how often we wear them, doctors remain concerned....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The change in coronavirus vaccine tiers in California is moving some people with disabilities farther back in the line because they don’t meet the immediate age requirements despite their health vulnerabilities, and that is causing some backlash. 32-year-old Adam Byers has spinal muscular atrophy, and since last March, he’s only left his house once for non-medical reasons because he doesn’t want to take the chance of contracting coronavirus due to his weak lungs and potential to deteriorate quickly. “The prioritization here, it really matters. It’s really going to matter with people’s lives,” Byers said. Byers is one of many people with disabilities in California who are outraged after Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would be switching to an age-based vaccination plan, which critics argue will de-prioritize high-risk people under 65. “Right now, there’s a limited supply and when you have a limited supply, the...
    Unity requires civility. Kathleen Doler  President Biden spoke eloquently at his inauguration of fostering unity among the American people. In that vein, we should all put a large bar of soap on our desktop, right next to our computer or tablet. I’m old enough that my mother threatened us with washing our mouths out with soap if we cursed, called names or spoke disrespectfully to our parents, elders or others. We all need to be mindful of the soap — we must work to relearn polite discourse. Civility was abandoned by the previous presidential administration. In fact, bullying, name-calling and mockery were how Donald Trump and many of his advisors chose to make their points and counter their critics. Sadly, I feel many Americans, both on the right and the left, adopted this hate speech, choosing to personally demean opponents, instead of listening to and analyzing their adversaries’ positions. Even...
    Care home resident Joan Potts, aged 102 speaks to Dr. Jane Allen before receiving her first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine – Matt Dunham/AP A significant British vaccine milestone has been hit. The UK has offered Covid vaccines to all care home residents and nine in 10 people over 80 have had their first jab. For the EU, however, recent days have seen the bloc engage in ongoing rows with suppliers and threaten to block exports of the Pfizer vaccine. As the vaccine blame game continues to escalate, Ursula von der Leyen has claimed that Boris Johnson previously assured her that the EU could get vaccines from UK factories. With Britain expected to give Ireland priority in any vaccine sharing, the row over supplies shows no sign of abating. Should the UK do more to support Europe in the race to vaccinate against Covid? Read on for the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach police and city leaders say they are cracking down on crime and beefing up enforcement. In a news conference Monday, Mayor Dan Gelber says this past weekend was the latest in an unfortunate trend in violence in the city. “Our city is outraged,” he says. “What we saw this weekend and, frankly, what we’ve been seeing for a while now is well beyond unacceptable.” The weekend began with several tourists being held up at gunpoint Friday, in broad daylight. It ended with a separate incident Sunday night, when shots were fired on a busy Washington Avenue. Two men and a woman were injured in the shooting. TRENDING ON CBSMIAMI.COM State’s New COVID Vaccine Website Allows Residents To Join Virtual Queue Miami Beach PD: Man Shot In Leg At Ocean Drive Restaurant Refuses To Cooperate Miami Mayor Says He’s Being Held Back By State...
    I realize the faddish thing to say these days is that we live in the worst, most broken and backward country in the world and maybe in the history of civilization. It’s utter nonsense. I have a few basic litmus tests in my own life: Can I wear a tank top in public? Can I walk down the street holding the hand of my partner, a (beautiful) woman, in many places in America without getting a second glance? Can I wear a Jewish star without fear? I do not take those things for granted. I know very well that in many other places, the answers would be different, and my life wouldn’t be possible at all. America is imperfect. (Does it even need to be said?) There is bigotry toward Blacks and gays and Jews and immigrants; there is intense polarization; political violence is becoming more regular; elected representatives believe...
    West Virginia’s GOP Gov. Jim Justice said Sunday the state’s smooth rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program for state residents made use of “practical smarts” — and declared the operation “could work anywhere.” In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Justice said the state didn’t have the advantage of pharmacy chains to act as distribution points. “We had to take the vaccines to the people rather than bring the people to the vaccine,” he said. “Theres been a lot of work. Its just practical smarts, thats all there is to it.” And, Justice asserted, “if we had an unlimited supply of vaccine, we would have every single breathing 65-year-old-plus vaccinated by Valentines Day.” But Justice encouraged other states to have a look at how West Virginia handled its distribution. “This operation could work anywhere, it could be upscaled and down-sized,” he said, urging other governors that if their own plans aren’t working, “quit running the same play.” “Call us up on...
    Imagine a future when a single document determines whether you work, play or travel. That scenario – a system of “immunity certification” that grants privileges to those vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus – is now being deliberated by a growing number of global businesses and governments, anxious to control the disease and also restore the economy. The debate comes at a time when millions of people, slowly but surely, are getting vaccinated and are restless to return to their pre-pandemic lives. Yet many millions of others are forced to wait. “People are starting to ask: ‘Why should I be subject to restrictions if I don’t actually pose a risk to other people?'” said David Studdert, a professor of medicine and law at Stanford University.  “One way or another, it seems like ‘immunity certification’ is coming our way.” While the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
    IT'S often criticised as a platform packed with unrealistic images, but scratch the surface of Instagram and you’ll find a growing number of posts promoting the reality of women’s bodies. One account is @Behindthescars_– a campaign by photographer Sophie Mayanne. 6Laura Lambert said: 'Waking from surgery, groggy and sore, I stared at the bandaged stump where my lower left leg had been'Credit: Sophie Mayanne Since 2017, Sophie has photographed 400 subjects and amassed more than 58,000 followers. Here, we meet two women who posed for her inspirational project and find out about their journeys to self-acceptance.  ‘Life Is Too Short To Worry About Looking Different’ Laura Lambert, 29, is a graphic designer and lives in Widnes, Cheshire, with her husband Charlie, 29. “Waking from surgery, groggy and sore, I stared at the bandaged stump where my lower left leg had been. 6Laura learned to walk again after being transferred to...
    IT is hard to believe it was only a few weeks ago that we saw images of the first people receiving their Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and just a few weeks earlier we became the first country to start administering the Pfizer jab. Those symbolic pictures have now played out millions of times over — with nearly eight million of us having had their first jabs. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Margaret Keenan is applauded after having the Pfizer vaccine in DecemberCredit: PA:Press Association 5Nadhim Zahawi is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine DeploymentCredit: AFP - Getty Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk These are our friends, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles that we are determined to protect. And I can’t stress enough the heroic national effort that is allowing this rollout to proceed so effectively. It is amazing to think that we...
    VENEZUELA — Fire: A firefighter rested after helping put out a fire at the Ministry of Education, where a fire broke out in the early morning before the offices opened, in Caracas on Thursday. The cause has not yet been disclosed. No injuries were reported.Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP   CANADA — Rideau Canal: People made their way along the Rideau Canal Skateway on its opening day in Ottawa, Ontario on Thursday, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Photo: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP   POLAND — Protests continue: People gathered for a protest against a new anti-abortion law in Warsaw on Thursday. A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional. Led by a women’s rights group, people poured onto the streets of Warsaw...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: My boyfriend and I are pregnant with our first child and ready to get married. Harriette Cole  My boyfriend has had trouble with the law growing up and has a record that affects his ability to get a job and to be approved for housing. Most of the time I have to apply for a home on my own and leave him off of the application, but when the landlord finds out that my boyfriend will be living there, they require that he be screened to get on the lease. When they find out his background, we are back to square one. I am hopeful that we will figure things out, but the stress and rejection are taking a toll on him. Now he’s telling me that he can’t be a father because no one is going to give him a fair chance to take care of his...
    THE removal of the bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office at the request of President Biden inspired me to reread some of the greatest speeches Britain’s most famous Prime Minister had ever given. That exercise soon called to mind the highly acclaimed box-office hit, “The King’s Speech.”  A movie based on real-life events in which Churchill played an integral part. 8A young Princess Elizabeth made a poignant speech from South Africa on her 21st birthday While highly praised and awarded, I had purposely chosen not to watch the film since its release in 2010. My main reason for avoiding it had been instinctual.  Like the United States, the film and entertainment industry in the United Kingdom is dominated by the left. As one who has long been a fan of Queen Elizabeth II, and the image and often reality of what the Royal Family represents to millions...
    THIS team of plucky Jabs Army recruits were out on the front line yesterday. Wrapped up against the biting wind, yellow-vested volunteers waited outside The Lodge vaccination centre in Wickford, Essex. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Nick Obank - The Sun 8 Wrapped up against the biting wind, yellow-vested Jabs Army volunteers waited outside The Lodge vaccination centre in Wickford, Essex Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk It may not have looked dramatic – but this handful of Jabs Army recruits were going into battle against Covid-19. The team of seven Sun readers were there to assist elderly patients as they arrived to get their vaccine at the NHS office building, which has temporarily been turned into a vaccine centre. For many older people, a trip to the vaccine centre was the first time they’ve left the house in almost a year –...
    Moscow — A Russian court upheld the 30-day arrest order for opposition leader Alexey Navalny on Thursday. The court denied an appeal for Navalny's immediate release, ensuring that President Vladimir Putin's highest-profile critic will remain behind bars as his allies — those who haven't been taken into custody themselves — plan a new series of mass-protests across the country for this weekend. Thursday's hearing followed a wave of police raids at dozens of locations across Moscow that saw many of Navalny's allies, and his brother, detained. Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny appears on a TV screen during a live session with the court during a hearing of his appeal in a court in Moscow, Russia, January 28, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Navalny, 44, was detained earlier this month at a Moscow airport immediately upon his return from Germany, where he spent the previous five months recovering from poisoning with the deadly...
    “Trump got 5.7 million votes to win Florida, but do you know what got 6.4 million?” The question was directed at me by a man shortly after the November election, and I couldn’t answer. He said, “Changing minimum wage to $15 per hour.” The conversation had started on the subject of inequality and the growing belief of young people — his generation — that the economy is rigged against them no matter who is in the White House. Indeed, as numbers for the last four decades show, they’re probably right. Measuring changes since 1975 A study out last fall from the RAND Corporation points up the dramatic rise of income inequality in the U.S. by looking at how incomes have changed since 1975. (Note: RAND is a nonpartisan research organization.) The primary measuring stick for the study was gross domestic product (GDP). It was chosen because in the first three...
    On nights leading up to a full moon, people go to bed later and sleep for shorter periods of time, a new study reveals. US researchers observed the same variations in both the time of sleep onset and the duration of sleep among indigenous people living in rural settings and college students in urban settings. Sleep cycles generally oscillated during the 29.5-day lunar cycle, during which time the moon gradually goes from being effectively invisible (a new moon), to a full bright, gleaming sphere (full moon), and back again.  Nights leading up to the full moon resulted in less sleep and going to sleep later, the experts found, while nights leading to the new moon led to longer sleeps and earlier turn-ins.   The experts say evenings leading up to the full moon have more natural moonlight available after dusk, acting as something of a surrogate for sunlight – but this can be...
    I’m a junior at Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. I have noticed that some of my peers aren’t aware of or don’t have the correct facts about climate change. This is an extremely important topic to our generation because it will affect us in our lifetimes and long after that. Our actions can greatly impact the speed of the changes that are happening, and it is crucial that we are educating youth with facts that are correct. I am passionate about this topic because I want my children and generations long after me to live in a world of beauty and biodiversity for as long as possible. In my 12 years of being in the Fergus Falls school district, I have only learned the very basics of climate change. In my freshman year English class, we were to give a presentation about a social issue of our choice....
    Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate approved a resolution that rolls back Evers’ latest emergency order extension on a largely party line vote. The resolution prompted Democrats at the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday to paint a dark picture of what will happen in the state without Gov. Tony Evers’ latest emergency order and mask requirement Gov. Evers has issued several emergency orders since last March dealing with the coronavirus. State law limits his emergency powers to just 60 days, though the Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering that question right now. Last week, Evers issued another extension that would carry the state’s emergency coronavirus restrictions and mask requirement into mid-March. Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, said Wisconsin has been under one emergency order or another since last March. “There is no such thing as a perpetual emergency,” Stroebel told senators. “Reissuing emergencies every 61 days is transparently attempting...
    Worries that Americans have about retirement 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander: What You Need to Know Pet adoptions, flu upside, delivery service laws: News from around our 50 states Alabama Montgomery: The Alabama Education Association is urging the state to give teachers COVID-19 vaccinations following the deaths of at least 39 public school employees from the contagious illness. The group sent a letter Friday to State Health Officer Scott Harris asking the state to direct county health departments to begin vaccinating such workers “as soon as possible.” “Education employees are dying on an almost-daily basis because of COVID-19 and complications therefrom. Other than the closure of schools, the only way to prevent this or slow this is to provide for the widespread vaccination of employees,” wrote Theron Stokes, AEA associate executive director. Alabama is currently giving vaccinations only to health care workers, nursing home residents, people 75 and older, and first...