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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — You’ll soon be able to weigh in on putting new bike lanes in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. READ MORE: Pet Healthcare On The Rise As Many Spend More Time At Home Amid Coronavirus Pandemic MoveForwardPgh will host tomorrow night’s meeting and will discuss how adding the lanes will create less stressful biking in those neighborhoods. READ MORE: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine: Up to 30% Of Fans Could Be Allowed In Crowds For Spring Pro Teams The virtual meeting will get underway at 6:00 p.m. MORE NEWS: Mother Accused Of Shooting And Killing Her Two Adult, Teen Children At Beaver County Home For more information, click here.
    Statesboro Blue Mile / Source: statesboroga.gov The City of Statesboro will be holding a public input meeting this Thursday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers. The topic of the meeting is the Blue Mile streetscape and drainage improvements, along the South Main Street(State Route 73/US 301) corridor from Tillman Road to the intersection of Fair Road(State Route 67). Feedback from the community is encouraged. City of Statesboro staff and project design professionals from EMC Engineering will be present at the meeting to address questions and concerns of citizens and property owners. Printed copies of the project plans and renderings will also be available to attendees. The City of Statesboro and Blue Mile Foundation have been working together since 2014 toward the implementation of a “streetscape” along the Blue Mile. Design work began in...
    (CNN)The president and three members of a school board in Northern California have resigned after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents in the school district during a virtual board meeting last Wednesday. Members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) Board of Trustees apparently believed they were speaking privately in the moments before the meeting started, CNN affiliate KPIX reported, when in fact, community members had already logged on to watch. In a recording of the meeting posted anonymously to YouTube, the superintendent and boardmembers are heard discussing the agenda for the meeting before then-board member Kim Beede says, "Are we alone?" Beede then goes on to tell other board members, apparently in reference to a social media post from a parent, "B*tch, if you're gonna call me out, I'm gonna f**k you up. Sorry! That's just me." CDCs Covid-19 school guidance leaves some reassured, others...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday announced the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has halted power disconnections due to non-payments and restricted electric companies from sending “skyrocketing” invoices at this time. Abbott said the PUCT issued the moratorium after holding an emergency meeting on Sunday regarding high energy costs that many residents are seeing following devastating winter storms last week. READ MORE: Dallas Police Urge Victims To Seek Help After 5 Murders This Month Related To Domestic Violence “The Texas Public Utility Commission called an emergency meeting today to issue a moratorium on customer disconnections for non-payment. They are also going to restrict electric providers from sending customer invoices at this time,” Abbott said during a news conference. “And this pause will give them time to address the electric and power billing challenges that Texans are seeing.” Winter storms wrecked havoc across the state and caused...
    California parents reacted on Saturday to the Oakley school board resigning after mocking the people who push to reopen classrooms after a long closure during the coronavirus pandemic. "One of my biggest concerns is we see this being dragged out longer and longer to where I have the concern of by the time my kids are ready to go in next year, is school going to be back to normal?" resident of Oakley, California Thomas Will, told "Fox & Friends," alongside Claudine Zambrana, another concerned parent in the city. Will said that the prolonging of the school closure is a "fear a lot of parents have." He also said that the school board has not been "listening" to the needs of parents. "I think we all need to take this step back and realize how shocking it is that there's been no real progress forward to get back to in-person learning because we...
    The entire board of trustees for a Northern California school district resigned after they made inappropriate remarks about parents during a Zoom call that was unknowingly being broadcast to the public.  Oakley Union Elementary School District Superintendent Greg Hetrick in a letter to the district’s families Friday announced the board members’ resignations following their Wednesday meeting, a portion of which was recorded and posted on YouTube.  The board for the Oakley Union school district, serving about 5,000 students just east of San Francisco, in a Zoom call initially thought the meeting was not yet open to the public, according to ABC News.  In the call, part of which was posted to Twitter by NBC News Bay Area reporter Bigad Shabad, trustee Kim Beede could be heard saying, “Are we alone?” before adding, “B---- if you're going to call me out, I'm going to f--- you up." 1) When officials...
    California parents reacted on Saturday to the Oakley school board resigning after mocking the people who push to reopen classrooms after a long closure during the coronavirus pandemic. "One of my biggest concerns is we see this being dragged out longer and longer to where I have the concern of by the time my kids are ready to go in next year, is school going to be back to normal?" resident of Oakley, California Thomas Will, told "Fox & Friends," alongside Claudine Zambrana, another concerned parent in the city. Will said that the prolonging of the school closure is a "fear a lot of parents have." He also said that the school board has not been "listening" to the needs of parents. "I think we all need to take this step back and realize how shocking it is that there's been no real progress forward to get back to in-person learning because we...
    AN entire school board has resigned after a video showed members mocking parents for allegedly wanting "to smoke pot" and claiming they use staff as "babysitters." The incident unfolded during a virtual public meeting on Wednesday night about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  6A Californnia school board quit after members made fun of parents for wanting "to smoke pot"Credit: Twitter / Laurel Principal 6They claimed parents used staff "as babysitters"Credit: Twitter / Laurel Principal The president and three other members of the northern California school board resigned after they were caught on a hot-mic incident mocking parents ahead of a public meeting about reopening schools during the pandemic. Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick confirmed Oakley Union Elementary School District President Lisa Brizendine resigned after the call. Brizendine was on the call with Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas - the three other members who constitute the school board - before the...
    Texas storms: A final round of freezing temperatures strikes as state struggles to rebound from winter storms Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm All members of a northern California school board have resigned after the leaders were caught making disparaging remarks about district parents during a Zoom meeting that was accidentally broadcast to the public, the superintendent said. "They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," President Lisa Brizendine said during the Wednesday Zoom meeting of the Oakley Union Elementary School District board of trustees, a recording of which was posted to Twitter by NBC News Bay Area reporter Bigad Shabad. The Oakley Union school district is located east of San Francisco and serves around 5,000 students. 1) When officials at the Oakley Union Elem. School district thought they were meeting privately, they used profanity to insult & threaten parents upset...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is going to hold a public meeting to discuss transportation improvements to Route 1A in the town of Hampton. The department says the initial study area will extend 3.5 miles from the Hampton Harbor Bridge to Route 27, with specific project types and locations to be determined during the early stages of the project. The meeting for public officials and citizens is scheduled for March 2 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Presentation materials and the link to the registration page will be located on the department's website: https://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/hampton40797/index.htm. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Hampshire, Associated Press
    OAKLEY — It started with profanity, jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their homes, and then, with the horrible realization by the elected officials making these comments that they were speaking on a live video stream being broadcast to the public. And now, the three-day saga that has garnered national attention and widespread condemnation has resulted in the resignation of the entire Oakley Union Elementary School District Board, according to a letter by the district’s superintendent. “We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week,” a joint statement by now ex-board members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, and Richie Masadas says. “As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in district leadership; our comments...
    By ANYA SCZERZENIE of Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate killed a House proposal to expand access to the commonwealth’s new redistricting commission and help make the process more transparent and democratic. House Bill 2082, patroned by Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, would have required the redistricting commission meetings to be advertised and accessible to the public. The commission will draw the commonwealth’s electoral districts every 10 years. The General Assembly previously drew the districts. The bill was passed by indefinitely in the Senate Privileges and Elections committee after passing the House with a 55-41 vote. “During the debates on the commission, I kept saying ‘There’s no transparency here, there’s no transparency,’” Levine said. “Well, there wasn’t, and there isn’t. Without my legislation, the commission can meet in a dark room.” The law already requires the commission to allow public comment at meetings, but Levine’s bill called...
    The president of a California public school’s board has resigned following a petition launched by parents rebuking “disrespectful” comments about parents that some board members made during a meeting, numerous sources reported. Lisa Brizendine, the president of the Oakley Union Elementary School board, resigned and apologized for her “callous and uncalled for” remarks during a meeting that board members thought was private, but was actually available to the public, KTVU reported Friday. UPDATE: President of Oakley school board resigns, apologizes for ‘callous remarks’ https://t.co/M17PAcfIyy — KTVU (@KTVU) February 19, 2021 “I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress,” Brizendine said in a statement to KTVU. “I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression.” “My remark was...
    OAKLEY (CBS SF) — School trustees in Oakley found out that a “hot mic” can get public officials in hot water during open video meetings. During a live public meeting Wednesday night, members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees were caught on video making disparaging comments about parents during a discussion about public comments made during board meetings. An online petition seeking the resignations of the trustees was soon posted on social media sites. Superintendent Greg Hetrick was describing a proposal to limit public meeting comments to three-minute audio clips made in advance when trustee Richie Masadas noted, “It’s easy to hide behind a screen.” Apparently unaware that the public video feed was still live, trustee Kim Beede said “Are we alone? If you’re going to call me out. I’m going to f— you up.” Following her comments, board president Lisa Brizendine added, “People forget there’s...
    London (CNN)When members of an English town's local government committee met to discuss planning matters before Christmas, they had little idea that their Zoom call would become the cinematic event of the decade.But on Wednesday, still recovering from their reluctant brush with fame, members of Handforth Parish Council convened again to give the people what they wanted: A sequel.The group's first meeting went viral around the world earlier this month thanks to its enthralling dysfunction, petty disagreements and Machiavellian maneuvers, as councilors vied for power and senior officials were dramatically ousted to the virtual waiting room.Their follow-up meeting was widely anticipated. And, if possible, it unraveled into deeper chaos still, as members of the public butted in and the main characters reckoned with their newfound celebrity.Jackie Weaver, Britney Spears and a local coup détat: A breakdown of the worlds worst Zoom callBut it was notably missing the lead character from...
    OAKLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education held a meeting on Wednesday night, and during one part of the meeting, they thought it was closed to the public, but it wasn't.Some school board members for the Oakley Union Elementary School District were caught on video making inappropriate remarks during Wednesday night's meeting.RELATED: 'Missing all CA students' billboard sparks controversy as North Bay schools work to reopen safelyThe board members thought the portion of the meeting was closed to the public, but it wasn't. About seven minutes they realized parents were listening in and the video was abruptly stopped.In the video, board member Kim Beede use expletives in talking about parents. The board also talks about making parents call in and record their public comments rather than making them live in a meeting and the recording would cut them off at exactly three minutes.Board member...
    San Francisco’s school board on Tuesday delayed a meeting with labor unions to discuss a tentative agreement to resume in-person learning for the city’s 54,000 public school children and instead opted to review the renaming of 44 of the city’s public schools, NBC Bay Area reports. The city school board late last month voted to remove the names of Washington, Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, unworthy of the honor. San Francisco sued its own school district on Feb. 3 to force the reopening issue, saying school leaders “have no meaningful plan” to reopen classrooms. The suit won the support of Democratic Mayor London Breed. "I know this is a drastic step, but I feel we are out of options at this point," Breed said at a news conference alongside City Attorney Dennis Herrera. "...While I...
    Among the few silver linings of a devastating coronavirus pandemic has been the emergence of a new way for local governments and school districts to conduct their meetings, one that allows more people to watch and interact with their representatives. Through the convenience of Zoom and other internet-based video conferencing platforms, some people who otherwise might have been shut out of the public process because they couldn’t make it to a meeting now can participate. And to keep that system in place even after elected representatives return to their dais and people with stakes in their decisions fill the meeting chambers again, first-term Bay Area Assemblymember Alex Lee is pushing for a legislative mandate. Along with Southern California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Lee has introduced a bill, AB 339, that he hopes will level the playing field for all citizens who want to be part of the process. It would require...
              Judicial interviews with a joint meeting of the House Courts of Justice and Senate Judiciary Committee are normally calm formalities as legislators ask the judicial candidates perfunctory questions. But on Tuesday, a virtual meeting to interview 29 candidates for juvenile and domestic relations court, district court, and circuit court judges turned emotional. Each candidate is first vetted by the senators and delegates from their local jurisdiction before being facing the joint meeting for the interviews, a process that normally gets little public attention. Assistant Bar Council with the Virginia State Bar Kathleen Uston was first on the agenda as a candidate for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Alexandria. She faced about ten minutes of in-depth questioning on background and qualifications from Senator Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond.) Morrissey, a former prosecutor, told The Virginia Star that normally, “Most of the process is simple softball...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first bill signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt during the current legislative session allows public bodies to continue meeting virtually as a coronavirus safety precaution. The law signed Wednesday allows public bodies to meet virtually through February 2022 or until the expiration of the governor’s executive emergency order on COVID-19, whichever comes first. “We’ve all heard from constituents, state agencies, local school boards and other public bodies requesting this, and I’m pleased we were able to deliver so quickly,” Stitt said in a statement. The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat was passed by the state Senate on Feb. 3 and by the House five days later. “With the signing of this bill, public entities can continue to meet and do so safely until the pandemic is behind us, and the people of Oklahoma maintain access to public meetings at all...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to treat transgender youth with hormonal therapy, puberty blockers and surgery to help their transition. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday afternoon on the bill by Republican Rep. Wes Allen. The bill would prohibit the use of puberty blocking drugs, hormonal therapy and surgery to treat transgender minors. Violators could face up to 10 years in prison. Advocacy groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, are opposing the bill that they say will prevent doctors from providing the best medical care to transgender youth. Alabama is one of at least eight states where conservative lawmakers are pushing such measures, arguing such decisions should wait until adulthood. The bill calls the treatments a “public health risk.” The committee meeting begins at 1:45 p.m. The public hearing and meeting can be...
    In an online meeting Tuesday, Montgomery County, Maryland, elected leaders discussed the newly-released 2021 Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Recommendations Report. The report offers 87 recommendations aimed at changing current policing practices, which can lead to racial injustices. “Policing in (the) community has long been extremely problematic…I go back to a time when police were viewed more as an occupying army in many communities as they were guardians of the public safety,” said County Executive Marc Elrich, who called the report thoughtful and thorough. Elrich also said that many people in the county have been harmed by the practices of its police department. “We have longstanding practices in the police department that probably should have gotten people’s attention years ago. And they didn’t, they were just the normal way the policing was done, and I think all of us have suffered by just the normal acceptance of the way things...
    The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League may have violated California public disclosure laws when it finalized its three-season spring sports schedule, according to a new complaint filed by an aggrieved baseball parent. Even as some sports have begun to prepare for their first competitions since last spring, Charles Goldberg, the father of a Palo Alto High School baseball player, is seeking to invalidate the season schedule by legal recourse through the Ralph M. Brown Act, which under California law requires public bodies to post meeting notices and agenda items, as well as allow for public comment. On Monday, Goldberg delivered a “Cure and Correct” letter addressed to the league’s Board of Managers that demands action within 30 days or he will be left with “no recourse but to seek a judicial invalidation of the challenged action,” according to the complaint. The SCVAL, which operates within the California...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The public is going to hear more about planned improvements to Interstate 89 in Concord. The project involves intersections of the highway's Exit 2 ramps with Route 13. A New Hampshire Department of Transportation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb.11 at 6 p.m. and will be held virtually. The purpose of the meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding the proposed project and to get input to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs and community goals, and protect and enhance the environment. Presentation materials and the meeting link can be found on the New Hampshire Department of Transportation website at https://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/concord29601/index.htm. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Hampshire, Associated Press
    MELROSE PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Melrose Park Mayor Ronald M. Serpico was recorded using profanity and a racial slur as he raised his voice at a resident at a village meeting last week. Late Thursday, Mayor Serpico said he was sorry. But the man who was the target of that tirade was not buying it. Inside the Melrose Park Civic Center, audio recordings captured Serpico on the profane rant. “You’re really reaching me, so do me a f***ing favor and sit down and shut the f**k up,” Serpico tells the man. “How’s that, you little f***ing prick?” Serpico goes on to call the man a “jagoff.” Mike Cozzi was the man to whom the mayor was talking. “I just recorded it,” Cozzi said. “I just started recording.” Cozzi captured the recording during the public meeting after he said he came to speak out against the tickets his family keeps getting...
    Fewer police on streets and eliminating funding for officers in schools are among the key recommendations of a task force on public safety in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force says a change in law enforcement culture needs to happen soon. “I think social justice has been a long time coming. And telling people that it could be a long time before we deal with this would just be kind of insult to injury,” County Executive Marc Elrich said. A group of 45 volunteer community members started meeting in August. The group’s report was released on Thursday. They focused on several different public safety areas including 911 and 311 call responses, the police department budget, police programming, and best practices for responding to crises in the county. Elrich said some of the recommendations can be implemented now, including changes to police stops for minor offenses. “We have...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s coronavirus vaccine equity group is meeting in secret Thursday after a different closed-door session in which some members questioned how health officials will put the group’s recommendations into practice. State health officials created the Vaccine Advisory Committee to help decide who should be inoculated next against the coronavirus after health care workers, senior care residents and workers, teachers and seniors. The group’s meetings were public until this week, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. State officials say the committee finished its official work last Thursday, sending recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority, and the latest sessions are not subject to public meetings law. State officials said Tuesday’s meeting would be to “discuss implementation issues” but later changed the agenda to list only “debrief and evaluation.” The group on Tuesday discussed vaccine access, information access and the need to combat disinformation, according to a summary provided by the Oregon...
    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved an extension of 2020 legislation that allows state lawmakers and other public bodies to meet virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some amendments. The amendments extend the exemptions of the state's Open Meetings Act until Feb. 15, 2022, or until Gov. Kevin Stitt ends the state of emergency he declared at the beginning of the pandemic in March of last year. It also requires governing bodies "to not modify the method of meeting described in the [public] notice prior to the meeting and to include the code or password to access the meeting in the public notice when applicable," so the general public can watch and participate in the meeting. And it requires any documents prepared for public officials prior to the meeting to be posted online and available for public viewing. The vote was 45-0 in the Senate,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union still have not agreed to a deal Thursday, but both sides appear closer to an agreement.Thursday morning, thousands of CPS students will once again study by remote while the negotiations continue.In a document obtained by ABC 7 from sources close to the bargaining table, it appears CPS and the CTU have reached a tentative deal on testing and are close to an agreement on vaccines.The district has agreed to vaccinate 1,500 CTU members a week. But the CTU is asking that number increase as more vaccine becomes available.The two sides have*not reached an agreement on health metrics that would trigger closing classroom and accommodations for those who care for people with underlying health conditions.The update comes after the Black Community Collective held a Zoom meeting together to discuss the impact of remote learning on Black children and solutions."Black education...
    An Indian official accidentally drank hand sanitizer after mistaking it for a bottle of water during a public meeting.  Ramesh Pawar was at a budget committee hearing in Mumbai on Wednesday when he sat down and took a gulp from a nearby bottle. He thought it was water and took a swig but an onlooker rushed to warn him it was hand gel. An Indian official accidentally drank hand sanitiser after mistaking it for a bottle of water during a public meeting To add to his embarrassment, the unfortunate moment was captured on video.  The footage shows Pawar showing documents to the audience at the public meeting before sitting down. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Fall like an Egyptian... Stunning video footage shows... Poseidon rises! Crashing wave appears to show the face of... Share this article Share He then grabbed a...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 1,733 new COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths on Monday.Overall, 9,613 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 628,391 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 8.3%. Health officials say there have been more than seven million tests administered.Indiana Republicans differ over governor's COVID-19 powersIndiana is nearing a year under the coronavirus public health emergency issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb as some of his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature aren't letting up on attempts to rein in the authority he's used to impose restrictions on businesses and crowds.Holcomb this past week extended the state's health emergency and mask mandate until March, an action that followed a Republican House committee chairman acting on a bill to broadly limit such public health orders and questioning the effectiveness of...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 1,750 new COVID-19 cases and 5 additional deaths on Sunday.Overall, 9,598 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 626,682 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 8.5%. Health officials say there have been more than seven million tests administered.Indiana Republicans differ over governor's COVID-19 powersIndiana is nearing a year under the coronavirus public health emergency issued by Gov. Eric Holcomb as some of his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature aren't letting up on attempts to rein in the authority he's used to impose restrictions on businesses and crowds.Holcomb this past week extended the state's health emergency and mask mandate until March, an action that followed a Republican House committee chairman acting on a bill to broadly limit such public health orders and questioning the effectiveness of...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 2,389 new COVID-19 cases and 43 additional deaths on Saturday.Overall, 9,592 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 624,959 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 8.6%. Health officials say there have been more than 6.9 million tests administered.Virtual government meetings could be extended in IndianaIndiana legislators are considering a bill that would let members of state and local government boards participate in meetings virtually even after exemptions allowed by the governor's coronavirus executive orders come to an end.The proposal would permit boards to adopt policies allowing members to attend - and vote - virtually as long as they can be seen and heard. It would require meetings with virtual participation also to allow the public to observe the meeting online.Bill sponsor Sen. Linda Rogers, a Republican...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 2,647 new COVID-19 cases and 46 additional deaths on Friday.Overall, 9,549 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 622,625 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 8.7%. Health officials say there have been more than 6.9 million tests administered.Virtual government meetings could be extended in IndianaIndiana legislators are considering a bill that would let members of state and local government boards participate in meetings virtually even after exemptions allowed by the governor's coronavirus executive orders come to an end.The proposal would permit boards to adopt policies allowing members to attend - and vote - virtually as long as they can be seen and heard. It would require meetings with virtual participation also to allow the public to observe the meeting online.Bill sponsor Sen. Linda Rogers, a Republican...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A city council in Maryland is seeking public input on a resolution that condemns former President Donald Trump for the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol. The Annapolis City Council is encouraging the public to weigh in by submitting written or video testimony on the city’s website before their meeting on Monday. The Capital Gazette reports some council members wanted to hear from the public before passing the measure. One council member had questioned whether they should pass a resolution about a national matter, but others are pushing for it. The resolution’s sponsor says he plans to get the resolution passed at Monday’s meeting. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders are set to host a public hearing where talks about students returning to in-person learning are expected to occur ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Parents and students in the district will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns to the school board tonight. The concern here is whether or not to send kids back to school for in person learning before or after spring break. A resolution was presented during last week’s agenda review meeting and would postpone students’ return to the classroom until after April 6. Related story: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Considers Pushing Back In-Person Learning To April There are a few reasons why these talks happened. The school board says COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County remain high. Plus, some teachers, bus drivers, and staff are concerned about coming back to the classroom before they get the...
    A liberal activist was demanding a northern Michigan county commission denounce the Proud Boys when a commissioner held a gun during a Wednesday virtual meeting. Keli MacIntosh was calling on the Grand Traverse County Commission to be critical of the group, which does not have a presence in the area. “Welcoming such a group and having that message go out has changed the environment of northern Michigan from a hunting culture to a gun culture,” MacIntosh said during the virtual meeting, ABC 7 reported. During MacIntosh’s brief remarks, which were made during a public comment period, commission vice chairman Ron Clous left his seat and moments later returned with a rifle. He sat down with it across his lap for about four seconds, before setting it near his feet. MacIntosh, who did not initially respond, told the news station, “I am asking for a statement and his response was...
    A Michigan county commissioner whipped out a rifle at a virtual public meeting while a woman was criticizing the Proud Boys — prompting calls for his resignation, according to a report. Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous flashed the gun as resident Keli MacIntosh expressed fear that members of the extremist group had spoken about gun rights at a meeting back in March, according to the Record Eagle. MacIntosh had just asked commissioners to denounce the Proud Boys during a public comment period when Clous stepped away from his webcam and returned with the weapon. He held the rifle up briefly, then set it down without a word, causing Commission Chair Rob Hentschel to laugh. But MacIntosh — who had just expressed concern about a potential uptick in gun violence after the US Capitol breach — said she was frightened by the move. “This guy is in the middle of...
    More On: mta Brooklyn man organizes safe walks home following subway attacks Suit: MTA attorney alleges she was attacked by supervisor, agency did nothing Mitch McConnell’s betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin Survey finds 3 out of 4 riders say MTA cleaning for COVID makes them feel safer A kid stole the show with his testimony at Thursday’s MTA board meeting — Zooming in to complain about LIRR station parking fees, chiding the agency for releasing its board documents late and giving leaders kudos for delaying fare hikes. “Good day, MTA board members,” youngster Lucas Wolpiuk began during the public comment section. “On Monday night I heard that the fares may not be increasing [and] the bridges and tunnels tolls would be increased. I hope that this means that unlimited-ride MetroCards are staying,” he continued. “Anyways, I think they have made the right move. People will switch from driving...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen’s comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing outrage from some local residents. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, was at home during the livestreamed meeting Wednesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. During a public comment period, a local woman, Kelli MacIntash, criticized the board for allowing self-described members of the Proud Boys to speak at a commission meeting last year and urged commission Chairman Rob Hentschel to denounce them. The neo-fascist group is known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies and some of its members took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. At that point, Clous stepped away from his webcam and returned with a rifle. MacIntosh told the Record-Eagle she felt threatened. “This...
    The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public meeting early next month to determine the probable cause of a helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, the federal agency announced Wednesday, Jan. 13. The decision at a Feb. 9 NTSB meeting will come more than a year after a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed into the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas and caught fire. Those killed were the Lakers legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, their daughter Alyssa, Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser, and mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester. Under federal law, the NTBS is tasked with investigating and determining the probable cause of all civil aviation accidents in the United States. According to the agency, such investigations routinely take a year...
    CALABASAS (CBSLA) — The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 9 to determine the probable cause of the helicopter crash that killed Laker superstar Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. The Feb. 9 virtual hearing will take place just over two weeks after the first anniversary of the crash that stunned Los Angeles and the sports world. (credit: NTSB) The NTSB says the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by the impact and the subsequent fire. The pilot, 50-year-old Ara Zobayan, and the eight passengers on board were all killed. Bryant, his daughter, two of her teammates and their parents were on the way to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a youth basketball game. They included 56-year-old John Altobelli, the longtime coach of Orange Coast College’s baseball team, his 46-year-old wife Keri and their 13-year-old...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Public speaking rules at the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ meetings will change due to a settlement approved Tuesday with the American Civil Liberties Union. The A.C.L.U. filed the lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force O.C. The lawsuit alleged that the board’s rules that speakers must provide their names and direct their comments to the chair of the board and not individual supervisors violated the state’s law on public meetings, known as the Brown Act, as well as the state and federal constitutions. “Orange County’s supervisors were treating their meetings like something out of a monarchy,” said A.C.L.U. attorney Peter J. Eliasberg. “It was a royal court where criticism directed at individual supervisors could not be heard. This was clearly unlawful.” The A.C.L.U. said requiring speakers to provide their name had a “chilling effect on political speech.” Michael Robbins, president of the...
    The City of Statesboro will hold a second public information meeting regarding the adoption of a new property maintenance code on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to address questions and solicit feedback from local property owners. The City of Statesboro’s planning and development department plans to propose the adoption of a new property maintenance code to Statesboro’s Mayor and City Council at the February 1 City Council meeting. The proposed code would replace the city’s “Nuisances” ordinance which the city’s code compliance team currently uses to issue code violations around the city. “The city’s current code lacks specificity,” said Kathleen Field, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Statesboro. “The proposed maintenance code would provide much more detailed guidance...
    The Statesboro City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, January 5th at 9:00 a.m. Mayor Jonathan McCollar joined council via Zoom and the Mayor Pro Tem Paulette Chavers led the meeting. Among the official business: Council approved a Resolution to Fix and Publish Qualifying fees for the City of Statesboro November 2, 2021 General Election. The qualifying fee for mayoral candidates was set at $560 The qualifying fee for city council candidates in Districts 1 and 4 was set at $227.00. The resolution was approved 4-0. Council held a public hearing for alcohol license applications for: Vandy’s on W. Vine Street – seeking an on-premises permit and a Sunday sales permit Kade LLC, DBA G8 Stop 2 on Northside Drive – seeking a package sales permit and a Sunday sales permit. No one was present...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas regulators on Monday kicked off a public hearing on proposed rules for managing venting and flaring by the industry, as environmentalists, residents and some religious leaders said the practices are affecting the environment and resulting in lost royalties and revenues for the state. Oil and gas revenues underpin the state’s budget, but Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised that her administration would adopt some of the toughest rules in the U.S. for cracking down on methane and other emissions. Under the proposal, operators would need to reduce their waste by a fixed amount every year to achieve an ultimate gas capture rate of 98% by December 2026. Environmentalists are concerned about loopholes, saying the state should prohibit all venting and flaring. Nicholas King, pastor of a Mennonite church in Carlsbad — one of the...
    The City of Statesboro will hold two public input meetings next week regarding the creation of revitalization area strategies (RAS) and housing improvement programs within its newly established Urban Redevelopment Area. The city has identified potential areas in need of revitalization, including the Johnson Street community, and hopes to solicit input from citizens regarding how to best implement area improvements. The first meeting will take place on Monday, January 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers located at 50 East Main Street, Statesboro. The second meeting will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the Jones-Love Cultural Center at Luetta Moore Park located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Statesboro. The public can also attend both meetings virtually via Zoom. The virtual meeting info is included at the bottom of the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday met with Anjanette Young, the woman who was handcuffed naked during a botched raid by Chicago Police, according to Young’s attorney. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported exclusively that the meeting took place Thursday morning. Details were developing. Breaking Exclusive: Anjanette Youngs attorney tells me Ms Young met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot this morning about the wrong police raid on her home More information to come. @cbschicago @davesavinicbs2 — Dana Kozlov (@DanaCBS2) December 31, 2020 This comes days after a planned meeting between Young and the mayor was canceled – resulting in a backlash directed at the mayor. On Sunday, Young’s attorney, Keenan Saulter, sent a letter to Lightfoot, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, and seven aldermen, proposing a private meeting with the mayor at Young’s church, Progressive Baptist in Armour Square, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday – followed by a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There was backlash at City Hall on Tuesday after a meeting between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Anjanette Young was suddenly canceled. Young is the woman who was handcuffed naked and terrified when her home was wrongly raided by Chicago Police coming up on two years ago. As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported Tuesday, Young’s attorney was blaming the mayor for the fact that the planned meeting fell through. Attorney Keenan Saulter said the mayor did not agree to Young’s terms. A representative for Mayor Lightfoot said the mayor still hopes to meet with Young. But many aldermen – especially members of the Progressive Caucus – were skeptical, and feared that when it comes to transparency, this is all a step backward. The botched Chicago Police raid on Young’s home led to a public apology from Mayor Lightfoot, and a request from the mayor to meet...
    A meeting scheduled between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a woman handcuffed naked during a botched police raid was canceled after the parties failed to agree on terms of the gathering, a spokesperson for the woman said. Anjanette Young, who is Black, invited Lightfoot, and other city officials and police for a closed-door meeting and public forum Wednesday to discuss "transparency, accountability and justice," a spokesperson for her attorney said in a press release. But her attorney, Keenan Saulter, opted Monday to cancel the event altogether after Chicago’s acting corporation counsel, Celia Meza, told him Lightfoot "accepted the invitation to meet with Ms. Young privately but declined to participate in the public forum," the release states. Young, a social worker, was seen in a video released earlier this month naked, being handcuffed by police after officers raided the wrong home in February 2019. First reported by Chicago’s WBBM-TV, the video shows Young telling officers multiple...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday she hopes to meet soon with Anjanette Young, the social worker who was handcuffed while naked when Chicago police officers wrongly raided her home last year, although the details of a private meeting and then a public forum on the case have yet to be worked out. “I am anxious to meet directly with Ms. Young, and I’m hoping that the details can be worked out so that will happen,” Lightfoot said Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Young’s attorney, Keenan Saulter, sent a letter to Lightfoot, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, and seven aldermen, proposing a private meeting with the mayor at Young’s church, Progressive Baptist in Armour Square, on Wednesday morning, followed by a public forum with the mayor, seven aldermen, Brown. Saulter has since invited all 50 aldermen to attend the public forum, but Lightfoot said the proposed public forum raises...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Coronavirus restrictions that have significantly limited his public appearances. Warning signals for an economy battered by pandemic-related border closings and natural disasters. The impending departure of a U.S. president who said he “fell in love” with him. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule, he’s set to open a massive ruling Workers’ Party congress next month to try to muster stronger public loyalty to him and lay out new economic and foreign policies. While few question Kim’s grip on power, there is still room for things to get worse, especially if the world fails to find a quick way out of the COVID-19 crisis. That would prolong North Korea’s self-imposed lockdown and could possibly set conditions for an economic perfect storm that destabilizes food and exchange markets and triggers panic among the public. The congress, the...
    By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Coronavirus restrictions that have limited his public appearances. Warning signals for his country's fragile economy, which has been battered by pandemic-related border closings and natural disasters. The impending departure of a U.S. president who said he “fell in love” with him. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule, he’s set to open a massive ruling Workers’ Party congress next month to try to muster stronger public loyalty to him and lay out new economic and foreign policies. While few question Kim’s grip on power, there is still room for things to get worse, especially if the world fails to find a quick way out of the COVID-19 crisis. That would prolong North Korea’s self-imposed lockdown and could possibly set conditions for an economic perfect storm that destabilizes food...
    HAYWARD — Luis Reynoso got good news as votes were tallied in November. Not only did he get re-elected as a trustee of the Hayward Unified Unified School District, Reynoso secured a seat on the board of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. And he was sworn in to both offices. But that’s also a problem, according to the Hayward district. State law prohibits a public official from serving on a school board and a community college board with overlapping boundaries, officials note. Reynoso now needs to pick where he wants to serve, they say. Trustees of the Hayward school district met in closed session Dec. 17 to discuss the situation. April Oquenda, the board president, said in a statement afterward that Reynoso “has been presented with the full legal analysis, so he may himself determine how he would like to proceed.” Reynoso did not take part in the closed proceedings,...
    THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been accused of breaking coronavirus 'rule of six' guidelines. Prince William and Kate, along with their three children are said to have ‘”mingled” with Prince Edward and his family at Sandringham. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The Cambridge's have been accused of inadvertently breaking Covid guidelinesCredit: AP:Associated Press The royal catch up saw William, Kate, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, attend a public attraction - which was also visited by the Earl of Wessex, his wife Sophie, and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and 13-year-old James Viscount Severn. The extended family were visiting Luminate, a Christmas-themed woodland walk at the Queen's Norfolk residence, along with members of the public on Sunday evening. Both parties arrived separately, with royal sources adamant there was no intention of meeting up as a...
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Schools’ in-house watchdog is reviewing a $1.6 million deal to buy used computers from a campaign donor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who personally vouched for the company’s CEO as he sought to provide devices to the district last spring.  The district’s Office of Inspector General opened the investigation after a report by Chalkbeat Chicago and the Better Government Association this week raised questions about the purchase.  The district bought laptops and older-model tablets from Meeting Tomorrow last spring as part of a larger push to quickly get devices into the hands of students who needed them for remote learning amid national computer shortages. The company’s CEO, who had contributed $30,000 to Lightfoot’s 2019 election bid, reached out to her office, which forwarded his email to the district. Lightfoot also wrote schools chief Janice Jackson to put in a good word.  Some of the computers did not...
    LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa has cancelled official trips and is in self-isolation, his office said on Thursday, less than 24 hours after he met French President Emmanuel Macron, who tested positive for the coronavirus. It said Costa displayed no symptoms and was awaiting the result of a coronavirus test he got earlier on Thursday, which had already been scheduled before his official trip to Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea Bissau between Dec. 18 and Dec. 20. "The prime minister decided to cancel the trip, as well as any public agenda that implies his physical presence," the statement said. "He will keep all executive activities and work schedule, which will be carried out remotely." Reuters images from Wednesday showed Macron warmly welcoming Costa to the Elysee Palace, with both leaders wearing masks as they stood shoulder to shoulder outside the building's entrance. Macron and Costa had...
    Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson (R) informed Gov. Ron DeSantos (R) that he will not attend Monday's presidential Electoral College vote in Tallahassee, Fla., after he tested positive for the coronavirus.  Simpson wrote in a letter to DeSantis he was "honored" to have been selected as an elector, and that he was looking forward to casting his vote for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump decries Cleveland baseball team's reported name change: 'Cancel culture at work' Trump says White House staffers shouldn't be among first to get coronavirus vaccine Michigan to close legislative office buildings Monday due to 'credible threats of violence' MORE and Vice President Pence, who won the state in last month's presidential election.  The state senate president did not publicly note how he was feeling or whether he was symptomatic.  Simpson is one of the Sunshine State's presidential electors. It is not known yet who will serve in his place...
    Loading the player... A U.S. government advisory panel has endorsed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, in a major step toward an epic vaccination campaign that could finally conquer the outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. The advisory group, in 17-4 vote with one abstention, concluded that the shot appears safe and effective against the coronavirus in people 16 and older. A final FDA decision is expected within days. Millions of shots would then ship to begin vaccinating health care workers and nursing home residents. Widespread access to the general public is not expected until the spring. Read More: Fauci: Time for Black community ‘to put skepticism aside’ about vaccine A U.S. government advisory panel convened on Thursday to decide whether to endorse large-scale use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to help conquer the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000...
    More On: vaccines FDA committee meeting to review Pfizer vaccine, emergency authorization FDA likely to weigh allergic reactions of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Trouble afoot: Vaccine trial participant is being used to spread misinformation US sets single-day COVID-19 death toll record NAIROBI, Kenya — “It will be extremely terrible to see” rich countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines while African countries go without, especially as a new surge in cases begins on the continent of 1.3 billion people, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday. As the world watches mass vaccinations begin in Britain, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director John Nkengasong has warned that Africa might not see vaccines until after the second quarter of 2021. Nkengasong urged the United Nations to summon a special session to discuss the ethical, fair distribution of vaccines to avoid “this North-South distrust in respect to vaccines, which is a common good.” COVID-19 will not...
    (CNN)The weekly board meeting for the Central District Health, one of seven district health agencies in Idaho, was halted abruptly due to protests outside of their headquarters in Boise and at a few of the board members' homes Tuesday evening. During the virtual meeting, which was broadcast live on the board's YouTube page, District Director Russ Duke said he was contacted by Mayor Lauren McLean asking them to stop the meeting due to an "intense level of protesters in the parking lot and the concern for police safety and staff safety, as well as the protesters that are at some of our board members' homes right now."Christine Myron, a spokeswoman for Central District Health, told CNN that the board was set to discuss a districtwide public health order about Covid-19 restrictions across its four counties -- Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley -- that they have been discussing for a number...
    By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public health officials abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday after the Boise mayor and chief of police said intense protests outside the health department building — as well as outside some health officials' homes — were threatening public safety. The request from Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise Police Department came just a few minutes after one health board member, Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, tearfully interrupted the online meeting to say she had to rush home from work to be with her son. The board had been expected to vote on a four-county mask mandate in Idaho's most populated region. “My 12-year-old son is home alone right now and there are protestors banging outside the door,” Lachiondo said. Another board member, family physician Dr. Ted Epperly, said protests were “not under control at my house,” as well. Hundreds of...
              The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council on Wednesday backed legislation that revises state laws on electronic meetings and gives members of public bodies more freedom to participate virtually instead of in-person. The council recommended approval of the changes to the Virginia General Assembly, where the final decision will happen, by a 10-2 vote. Specifically, there were two changes within the proposal. The first change adds language for members of public bodies to attend meetings electronically if they have a family member whose medical condition requires that member to provide care and therefore preventing in-person attendance. The second change deals with the number of times a member can attend meetings virtually because of personal reasons, which has to be specified to the body. Under current Virginia Law, members can only cite personal reasons for participating electronically two times, but the revision allows for...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Republican state lawmaker from Pennsylvania revealed Monday that he has COVID-19, confirming the positive test five days after he went to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and went maskless at a packed public meeting to discuss efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. State Sen. Doug Mastriano first revealed the diagnosis in a Facebook live video Monday night, one day after The Associated Press reported that Mastriano was informed of the positive test while at a West Wing meeting with Trump. On Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck asked Mastriano about his diagnosis. “I'm feeling fantastic,” Mastriano said, then changed the topic. Meanwhile, a Republican lawmaker who attended Wednesday's public meeting in Gettysburg with Mastriano, Sen. Judy Ward, revealed that she also has tested positive. The public meeting was held, despite state Department of Health and internal Senate pandemic directives limiting...
    By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker from Pennsylvania revealed Monday that he has COVID-19, confirming the positive test five days after he went to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and went maskless at a packed public meeting to discuss efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. State Sen. Doug Mastriano first revealed the diagnosis in a Facebook live video Monday night, one day after The Associated Press reported that Mastriano was informed of the positive test while at a West Wing meeting with Trump. On Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck asked Mastriano about his diagnosis. “I'm feeling fantastic,” Mastriano said, then changed the topic. Meanwhile, a Republican lawmaker who attended Wednesday's public meeting in Gettysburg with Mastriano, Sen. Judy Ward, revealed that she also has tested positive. The public meeting was held, despite state...
    Here he is fighting public health On Wednesday, Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano “abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.” This, according to a new Associated Press report, uncovers what seems to be another example of the White House and its literal unhealthy interactions with the world writ large. In fact, the White House and the Trump Cabinet might be the single most-dangerous public health threat in the country. Mastriano has been a outspoken critic of the PA governor, jumping on the “anti-lockdown” movement and frequently showing his brain damage by refusing to wear a mask during a global pandemic. According to AP, the PA state senator, his son, and “his son’s friend,” were given a test before meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, but were allowed in before the results came through. The positive results came in and the three men were reportedly taken to...
    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Council will consider a mask mandate for the city at a special session meeting on Monday. The Rapid City Journal reports the council will consider choosing between two ordinances and a resolution requiring face coverings. One ordinance specifies masks to be required in public indoor spaces. Officials said details of a second ordinance will be posted before the meeting on Monday. The resolution would require face coverings in certain situations but would have no enforcement and no penalties. The resolution also includes exemptions, including young children, law enforcement and those attending religious services. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem opposes mask mandates or other government interventions aimed at slowing the spread of infections. Cities across the state have moved to pass their own mask requirements. Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, approved a mask mandate earlier this month. The mandate applies to...
    A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss who should first receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s been approved. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices wants to vote on who should receive the first batches of the vaccine prior to the Food and Drug Administration deciding on an emergency-use authorization, the committee’s chair, Dr. Jose Romero told CNN. Medical experts have suggested health workers should receive the vaccine first, followed by essential workers, and then people with high-risk medical conditions and those 65 and older. “There are not going to be sufficient vaccines for everybody in the first allotment,” Romero told CNN. “It is important for the public to understand that we are dealing with select groups of individuals — not the general public.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has said the U.S. expects to...
    A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss who should first receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s been approved. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices wants to vote on who should receive the first batches of the vaccine prior to the Food and Drug Administration deciding on an emergency-use authorization, the committee’s chair, Dr. Jose Romero told CNN. Medical experts have suggested health workers should receive the vaccine first, followed by essential workers, and then people with high-risk medical conditions and those 65 and older. “There are not going to be sufficient vaccines for everybody in the first allotment,” Romero told CNN. “It is important for the public to understand that we are dealing with select groups of individuals — not the general public.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has said the U.S. expects to see...
    A trustee on the board of education in Hackensack, New Jersey, has resigned after she accidentally left her laptop camera on while relieving herself in the bathroom during a Zoom meeting attended by 150 people, including students. The mishap took place on Monday evening, when Frances Cogelja took a bathroom break during a board meeting that was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Several of those in attendance on the Zoom call were shocked to see Cogelja sitting on the toilet while her camera was activated, according to the Daily Voice. The Hackensack Board of Education recorded the Zoom meeting and posted a link online, though the incident in question is never seen since it took place during the public comments portion of the evening. The main Zoom screen was largely covered by a stopwatch. Frances Cogelja resigned from her position as trustee of the Hackensack,...
    The Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee plans to meet Wednesday in Gettysburg to air complaints of voter fraud to the public. “Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system, and concerns whether their vote was counted,” State Sen. David Argall, R-Mahanoy City said in a statement. “We need to correct these issues to restore faith in our republic.” The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg. Election fraud expert Eric Eggers says Michigan and Pennsylvania, with their "weird anomalies" this election, are raising "tough questions" about voter fraud. https://t.co/Wg8dKw0wlY — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 11, 2020 President Donald Trump has been rumored to make an appearance at the meeting, but the White House would not confirm those reports, and no changes were made to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Wednesday, the Allegheny County Board of Elections will meet to amend its election certification. The subject of the meeting will center on ballots that are tied up in legal battles. It will be a virtual meeting that begins at 2:00 p.m. and the public will be able to tune into the meeting. Public comment was open for submission until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and those comments will be read into the record during the meeting. The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the public can tune in by clicking this link.
    The Conversation China beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China. People in China are able to move around freely right now. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st century. How China flattened its curveBarely less than a year ago, a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, with 80,000 cases identified within three months, killing 3,000 people....
    The Statesboro City Council will weigh whether or not it will approve COVID-19 related hazard pay for city employees during the next council meeting. $150,000 of $1.7 million in funds awarded to the City under the CARES Act passed by Congress earlier this year is available for allocation for pandemic hazard pay. City Manager Charles Penny wrote in a memo to the mayor and council that other cities have approved similar hazard pay provisions but limited the award to public safety employees and those in public works. Penny, however, articulated his recommendation that officials issue the hazard pay to every city employee. If approved by council, each employee would receive a one-time payment of $500.     The resolution and corresponding budget amendment is available here. You can read the agenda for the workshop here. You can...
    The City of Statesboro will hold a public information meeting regarding the adoption of a new property maintenance code on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to address questions and solicit feedback from local property owners. The City of Statesboro’s planning and development department plans to propose the adoption of a new property maintenance code to Statesboro’s Mayor and City Council in January 2021. The proposed code would replace the city’s “Nuisances” ordinance which the city’s code compliance team currently uses to issue code violations around the city. “The city’s current code lacks specificity,” said Kathleen Field, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Statesboro. “The proposed maintenance code would provide much more detailed guidance for our code compliance officers...
    Taylor Swift has long tried to keep her private life and public life separate. The 30-year-old musician spoke candidly with Sir Paul McCartney about how she balances fame and a relationship with her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn. Swift revealed her song "Peace" from her latest album "Folklore" is about keeping her personal life private.  “‘Peace’ is actually more rooted in my personal life," she said in Rolling Stone. "I know you have done a really excellent job of this in your personal life: carving out a human life within a public life, and how scary that can be when you do fall in love and you meet someone, especially if you’ve met someone who has a very grounded, normal way of living." HOWARD STERN APPLAUDS TAYLOR SWIFT FOR VOICING HER POLITICAL BELIEFS "I, oftentimes, in my anxieties, can control how I am as a person and how normal I act and rationalize...
    PROVO, Utah (AP) — School district officials in northern Utah have said a public meeting in American Fork was disrupted by protesters who characterized the use of masks and facial coverings in schools “child abuse.” Alpine School District Superintendent Assistant Kimberly Bird said the protesters were welcomed to participate in the public board meeting Tuesday, but many refused to wear masks inside school office buildings, The Daily Herald reported Wednesday. “There were a few that decided to wear a mask, and they were allowed to come in,” District spokesperson David Stephenson said. “One of them gave a comment during the public comment section. We just tried to keep it as orderly as possible, but it was difficult to the point where the noise and disruption forced us to stop the meeting.” Stephenson said the disturbance happened about an hour into the meeting. Board President Scott Carlson then called a session...
    PORTSMOUTH- Interviews will be conducted for the open 4th Ward position in Portsmouth City Council during tonight’s meeting with the goal of filing that seat. Former Councilman Andrew McManus announced his resignation during the Oct. 12 meeting, citing public tensions over the mask mandate and the decriminalization of marijuana possession as his reasons. There are five candidates for the position, who will be interviewed during executive session before Council reads any legislation. Those five are as followed: Lyvette Mosley Jerry Huffstetler Jamie Colley James Kalb Philip W. Cox, IV While the interviews will take place behind closed doors, the vote for the new councilperson will be visible for the public on the Council Facebook livestream. The Portsmouth Daily Times will be tuning-in and announce whom Council has chosen as the new councilperson.
    The Ralph M. Brown Act represented major progress for transparency in California government when it was enacted in 1953. The law has ensured that generations of Californians have access to their local officials, that the public’s business be conducted in public and that decision-makers hear from their constituents before they take action. Shawn Landres  After nearly 70 years, the Brown Act is showing its age. Not only has the internet transformed access to public information as well as public expression and debate, but it also has transformed officials’ capacity to interact with one another and the residents they serve. Given the brewing legal uncertainty around emergency executive orders and the increasing likelihood that Californians will not return to in-person public meetings before 2022, we must bring the Brown Act — and the Greene Act, for school district advisory committees — into the post-pandemic 21st century. We can enhance transparency and public access,...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A plan to pull Puerto Rico out of a type of bankruptcy by 2021 hit a major obstacle Friday when a new member that U.S. President Donald Trump appointed to a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances rejected the immediate filing of a debt restructuring proposal. Justin Peterson, who once advised creditors in financial disputes involving Puerto Rico and Argentina, abruptly dropped out of the board’s public meeting after clashing with them several times, leaving members without a quorum to approve the proposal. The other board members said they would continue negotiations with creditors as Puerto Rico restructures a portion of its more than $70B public debt load in an ongoing bankruptcy-like proceeding in federal court. However, the board members acknowledged they could not move forward with the plan without Peterson’s vote or unless new members are appointed to fill the three remaining...
    By DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A plan to pull Puerto Rico out of a type of bankruptcy by 2021 hit a major obstacle Friday when a new member that U.S. President Donald Trump appointed to a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances rejected the immediate filing of a debt restructuring proposal. Justin Peterson, who once advised creditors in financial disputes involving Puerto Rico and Argentina, abruptly dropped out of the board’s public meeting after clashing with them several times, leaving members without a quorum to approve the proposal. The other board members said they would continue negotiations with creditors as Puerto Rico restructures a portion of its more than $70B public debt load in an ongoing bankruptcy-like proceeding in federal court. However, the board members acknowledged they could not move forward with the plan without Peterson’s vote or unless new members are appointed...
    (CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx emerged from a meeting at the White House one day in late summer with a new resolution: Never again would she sit in a meeting with Dr. Scott Atlas and listen to him pontificate on the pandemic. That's when she went all-in on a plan to essentially abandon the White House and avoid the growing influence of Atlas, a radiologist with no expertise in epidemiology who was nevertheless rising in influence with President Donald Trump.Birx, a physician with decades of experience in global health, told a friend that she would take her message directly to the people and simply sidestep the kind of misleading messages she'd just heard from Atlas in that meeting. The friend requested anonymity to discuss the exchange with CNN.Now Atlas is Trump's single go-to adviser on the coronavirus. And Birx, one of the most prominent figures of the early pandemic, is in North...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Coronavirus protocols more important than ever The Connecticut Post Oct. 19 With cases of the coronavirus on the rise and state officials trying to limit its spread, Connecticut in recent days faced the embarrassing prospect of having to put itself on its own quarantine list. As Gov. Ned Lamont noted on Thursday, the list of states with travel restrictions has fluctuated over the months of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting at nine and rising to include more than three-quarters of states at its highest levels. With a cutoff of a seven-day average positivity rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, and Connecticut approaching that double-digit level, the state was nearly at its own designated breaking point. The list isn’t just for bookkeeping. Travelers arriving from highly infected states are supposed to quarantine for 14 days...
    A moment caught on a hot Zoom mic has resulted in the resignation of one of Boston's highest education officials. Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto submitted his resignation Thursday morning, which was accepted by Mayor Marty Walsh. During the Zoom meeting late Wednesday night, Executive Secretary Elizabeth Sullivan was listing the coming speakers when Loconto chimed in on a mic he didn't know was on. 'So that was like Shinya Shan Shan Na and Boo Boo,' Loconto appeared to say.  Scroll down for video Boston Schools Committee Chairperson Michael Locanto was caught on a hot mic Wednesday During the Zoom meeting, he appeared to make disparaging and racist remarks On Thursday morning, Locanto tendered his resignation from the school committee Many believe his comments were disparaging and racist, as the names Sullivan listed were primarily of Asian origin. The comment was heard on the hot...
    Legislation that would expand the use of virtual participation in public meetings received a thumbs up Tuesday from a Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council subcommittee. House Bill 321, sponsored by Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, would allow a person to conduct public business virtually if that person cannot attend the meeting in person because of a serious medical condition or a serious medical condition of an immediate family member. There would be no limit on how many meetings a person could miss in this instance. The bill also would expand the ability to excuse oneself from a meeting because of a personal matter. A person would be allowed to miss two meetings or up to 10% of meetings, whichever is greater. The 10% would be rounded up to the next whole number. A public body still would require a physical quorum except when the governor has...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A number of city leaders are proposing a 30% tax on electronic smoking devices sold in Baltimore. The legislation, introduced at Monday’s city council meeting, would see distributors who sell electronic smoking devices to dealers in Baltimore pay a tax of 30% of the devices’ wholesale values. Those who don’t comply could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year behind bars. The bill is being sponsored by council president and Democratic mayoral nominee Brandon Scott as well as council members Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, John T. Bullock, Ed Reisinger, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Leon Pinkett III and Kristerfer Burnett. It has since been referred to the city’s Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee. During Monday’s council meeting, Scott said the bill is about “looking out for the public health of the community.” It would also bring in more revenue to...
    (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has added extra time to a daylong meeting Thursday of its vaccine advisers, who are gathering to discuss a potential coronavirus vaccine.The meeting will now include at least an hour and a half for public input, according to an agenda posted online. The agency has been working to boost faith in the regulatory process after President Donald Trump pushed for a vaccine by Election Day, feeding fears that the federal government was cutting corners to rush a vaccine to market for political reasons.The meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will also stream live on YouTube -- an unusual social media performance for an typically obscure gathering of experts on immunology, molecular biology, infectious diseases and biostatistics. Pfizer may file for early Covid-19 vaccine use -- but not until after the electionWhile vaccines can be controversial -- thanks to an increasingly...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s official public schedule shows several gaps during which he could have met with a Burisma adviser in 2015, despite claims by the Biden campaign that the meeting could not have happened because it was not on Biden’s “official schedules.” On Wednesday morning, the New York Post reported that Biden had met with an official from Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian energy company on whose board Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, served in a highly-paid position. The Post cited an email it obtained from an abandoned hard drive that appeared connected to Hunter Biden. The former vice president had previously denied ever speaking to his son about his overseas business interests. The campaign pushed back against the Post report, saying there was no such meeting on Biden’s “official schedules.” But Breitbart News contribute Peter Schweizer told conservative radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday evening that Biden’s schedule had enough gaps in...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force said in Cambridge on Friday that she’s seeing signs of a “silent spread” of the coronavirus in the northeast. She said it’s critical that people in the region keep their guard up and take action on a personal level despite pandemic fatigue. Massachusetts has seen a recent uptick in coronavirus cases. Forty communities are considered at “high risk” for coronavirus in the state. “We do see some of those early signs that we saw across the south after Memorial Day, a sense that there’s early, asymptomatic silent spread occurring in communities,” Brix said. She said the spread does not appear to be happening in public places like businesses and schools where precautions are mandated, but rather in smaller private gatherings. Birx said spending the upcoming holidays with friends and relatives at home may not be a safe...
    A Prince William County, Virginia, Circuit Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming Democratic members of the Board of Supervisors violated the state’s open meeting laws by meeting in secret without inviting the board’s three GOP supervisors the day after riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death. After a day-long hearing, in which all five Democratic supervisors on the board — Chair-at-Large Ann Wheeler, Victor Angry, Margaret Franklin, Kenny Boddye, and Andrea Bailey — took the stand, Judge Dennis J. Smith said, “I don’t have any credible evidence of that happening,” and granted the respondents’ motion to throw out the case. The allegations — filed by Judicial Watch, a self-described conservative foundation, on behalf of three county residents — said after protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death turned into riots in the Gainesville section of the county, and Manassas, near Interstate 66,  five of the eight...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians will have an opportunity to voice their views on who the state should honor after a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is replaced at the U.S. Capitol. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Commission for Historical Statues in the U.S. Capitol will meet remotely on Thursday. The panel will discuss a process for selecting a statue to replace Virginia’s statue of Lee in the Statuary Hall Collection. People who want to speak at the virtual meeting must register by noon Wednesday at www.dhr.virginia.gov/uscapitolcommission. They can also submit written comments by Wednesday at noon to USCapitolCommission@dhr.virginia.gov. The panel will also hold at least one public hearing before making a recommendation to the General Assembly. The panel had voted in July to take down the Lee statue and replace it with a to-be-determined Virginian. The Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond will take...
    Wrap it up! Dazed by a series of marathon meetings in recent months, the city’s powerful Panel for Education Policy plans to curb speaking times for public officials and members of parental boards. Comprised mainly of mayoral and borough president appointees, the PEP has run late into the evening and early morning during recent Zoom meetings during the coronavirus crisis – including one session that ended around 4 a.m. Public officials and members of official parental councils have long enjoyed the privilege of unlimited speaking times during public comment sessions while members of the public only had a few minutes to have their say. But the board is expected to push for a new resolution Thursday that will limit politicos to 5 minutes and Community Education Council members to two. PEP members said the measure will allow more input for rank and file New Yorkers at reasonable hours. Recent...
    An Orthodox Jewish man shut down a press conference in Brooklyn on Friday as New York City health officials attempted to address the community about a troubling spike in coronavirus cases.  Radio host Heshy Tischler heckled the event, branding the officials liars and comparing them to Nazis, as he claimed that he needed to interrupt the event to tell the real truth about the alarming clusters.  Tischler was repeatedly asked to wear a mask but refused as he interrupted the conference until it was eventually called off.  He was joined by a man The Gothamist identified as Borough Park resident Heshy Brach who also shouted at city officials and told them to go back to their own neighborhoods.  Scroll down for video  Radio host Heshy Tischler heckled the event in Borough Park, Brooklyn, on Friday 'All you have is your violent Nazi storm troopers coming in here,' Tischler said...
    (CNN)A sign memorializing the hundreds of thousands of people who have died in the United States from Covid-19 has become a target for vandalism in a suburban Chicago town.The "Covid death scoreboard," as its been dubbed, has been vandalized five times since it was installed Friday in Northbrook, Illinois, organizers said."We've had vandalism before when we've put up displays, but I was shocked because we're all in this virus situation together," Lee Goodman told CNN. "Frankly when we put it up, I didn't think anyone would pay any attention at all."The sign was made to evoke emotion that the United States is leading the world in Covid-19 deaths, but it stirred a different kind of outrage. Spray paint mostly covered President Trump's name, which is painted on the bottom of the sign. Goodman said the President's name was included as an accountability measure for the US government's role in handling...
    A Medgar Evers College student has filed a lawsuit claiming the school colluded with Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo to punish the student for publicly criticizing the lawmaker during a community board meeting last year. On April 30, 2019, Sakia Fletcher, 37, attended a meeting on the campus of the school, which is predominantly attended by Black students, intending to criticize Cumbo for her stance on the redevelopment of the Bedford Union Armory. because Fletcher believed the project should include amenities for Medgar Evers students, according to the New York Daily News. She claims in the lawsuit that the board did not let her speak. Fletcher, who was president-elect of the student body at the time, got into a heated exchange with the councilwoman. A YouTube video of their encounter shows Fletcher confronting Cumbo after the meeting. “This is why we fail as a people,” Cumbo tells Fletcher in the video. ...
    One of the greatest issues with our country’s public health policy right now is how splintered and erratic the information being disseminated is. The lack of federal consistency in guidance and financial support, along with the intense politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has led to incredibly inconsistent applications of public health mandates and suggestions. It has also pitted public health policies and mandates up against the frequently amorphous political understandings of civil liberties. One such place facing issues like this is South Dakota, where a video recently went viral that shows a very large man, Reed Bender, being escorted out of a school board meeting by two police officers for refusing to wear a mask. Bender, a white man, is the only person not wearing a mask (though there is also an angry woman with her mask around her chin like a true silly billy). According to reports,...
    "Defiant Anti-masker" Reed Bender. One of the greatest issues with our country’s public health policy right now is how splintered and erratic the information being disseminated is. The lack of federal consistency in guidance and financial support, along with the intense politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has led to incredibly inconsistent applications of public health mandates and suggestions. It has also pitted public health policies and mandates up against the frequently amorphous political understandings of civil liberties. One such place facing issues like this is South Dakota, where a video recently went viral that shows a very large man, Reed Bender, being escorted out of a school board meeting by two police officers for refusing to wear a mask. Bender, a white man, is the only person not wearing a mask (though there is also an angry woman with her mask around her chin like a true silly...
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