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    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than those it faced at its birth. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.” There is a “disconnect between leadership and power,” he said, warning that in the 21st century’s interconnected world, “solidarity is self-interest,” and “if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.” The first-ever virtual...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than those it faced at its birth. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week, “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed.” There is a “disconnect between leadership and power,” he said, warning that in the 21st century’s interconnected world, “solidarity is self-interest,” and “if we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses.” The first-ever virtual meeting of world leaders at the...
    Members of the Minneapolis City Council are backtracking and revealing they have regrets on their collapsed promise to dismantle the city's police department, saying the pledge was 'up for interpretation'.  On June 7 the council released a pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis police department and replace it with a new community support and outreach system following the May 25 death of George Floyd.  However, that effort was stalled in early August when the city’s Charter Commission voted to pause the amendment to dissolve and replace the police force and voted to take 90 more days to review it.  Council members have revealed that they didn't state their intentions clearly and it caused confusion among officials, activists and the public. Councilor...
    By ISABELLE ALTMAN, The Dispatch COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Over the summer, after Kalyn Fuller agreed to be the art teacher for all 1,600 elementary students at Columbus Municipal School District for the upcoming school year, she told her husband she was concerned about how the students would obtain art supplies -- or school supplies in general. Many of the students would be learning from home, and even those attending school in person were taking art classes online from their classrooms to minimize movement throughout the buildings and help curb the spread of COVID-19. In previous years, when Fuller taught art to just Joe Cook Elementary students, she had simply had students use supplies from her classroom. That was where...
    Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says the Security Council is failing to live up to its mission of making the world safer, more democratic, and more prosperous. Craft spoke with CBS News in an exclusive interview after a contentious week at the U.N. General Assembly, which is virtual this year. In pre-taped addresses, President Trump and the leaders of Russia and China traded sharp accusations over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, as well as global leadership on issues including climate change. Ambassador Craft, who was sworn in one year ago, defended U.S. leadership despite the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from global initiatives like the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health...
    Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says the Security Council is failing to live up to its mission of making the world safer, more democratic, and more prosperous. Craft spoke with CBS News in an exclusive interview after a contentious week at the U.N. General Assembly, which is virtual this year. In pre-taped addresses, President Trump and the leaders of Russia and China traded sharp accusations over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, as well as global leadership on issues including climate change. Ambassador Craft, who was sworn in one year ago, defended U.S. leadership despite the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from global initiatives like the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health...
    (CNN)China's Ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the US has "created enough troubles for the world already" as the two nations continued to spar over the coronavirus pandemic during a tense meeting of the UN Security Council.US Representative to the UN Kelly Craft criticized China over what she said was a "decision to hide the origins of this virus, minimize its danger, and suppress scientific cooperation." Craft claimed Beijing's actions "transformed a local epidemic into a global pandemic."China's Zhang Jun swiftly rejected Craft's characterization of events."I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already," Zhang said."Regrettably, we have once again heard noises from the US that are so at odds with the...
    The Seattle City Council overrode Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto Tuesday evening and forced through budget cuts that activists say are a “down payment” on an effort to defund the police in the city by 50%. In July, a veto-proof majority of council members backed a proposal to defund the police by 50%. Those cuts could not be implemented in one year, however, so the council settled on cutting 100 officers from the department this year as a “down payment.” Mayor Durkan, who had initially backed the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) or “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP) protest in the summer, vetoed the proposal, but her veto was ineffective. The Seattle Times reported: The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday to override...
    (CNN)The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto of a nearly $4 million cut from the police department's budget.The final vote was 7-2 in favor of the cuts. "We need a public safety that invests in harm reduction, and not the ongoing status quo of policing as we know it in America," City Council President Lorena González said as the cuts were approved.The mid-year changes go into effect right away, and will effectively cut $11 million each year. That's far less than the 50% budget cut that had been previously discussed.The City Council rebalanced the budget in light of the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and calls to redistribute funds from policing...
    The Seattle City Council voted to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's three vetos of bills to divert funds from the police department into social programs. The council voted 7-2 in a vote on Tuesday after three hours of discussion that included the consideration of a compromise bill that was ultimately rejected. Durkan vetoed the police budget bill in August but said in statement that she did so because the city council had not consulted with her office to arrive at a defunding bill they could agree on. "This veto was because the bills as passed did not have the type of collaboration that I think we will have going forward, and that I'm...
    Despite the number of individuals infected by the novel coronavirus and the increasing deaths as a result, individuals nationwide continue to dismiss the virus as a hoax. As the pandemic continues to spread across the U.S., stories of those who openly denied the virus only to be infected by it are increasing. While some of these stories come from individuals who survived the virus, many of them follow the deaths of those who did not. The virus is far from over and these stories shed light on the importance of abiding by COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing a mask. In the list of those who denied the virus only to be infected is Tony Tenpenny, a Republican former Nashville...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is postponing a leaders’ summit because the EU Council president is going into a COVID-19 quarantine. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock It has been billed as the world’s worst Zoom meeting, but the United Nation’s 75th general assembly could be even worse than that. It is called the “general debate” but, unlike a Zoom meeting, there will be no discussion – just a week-long procession of pre-recorded video messages from the world’s leaders, stating their positions, very much with their domestic audience in mind. They were supposed to have sent their videos at the end of last week. As of Monday, only half had been turned in. The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, is hoping to use the organisation’s 75th anniversary as an opportunity for member states to recommit to its founding principles, but the UN and multilateralism itself...
    You’ve been warned, New York — so you’ll only have yourselves to blame if the local branch of the Democratic Socialists of America pulls off its plan to gain working control of the City Council and state Legislature. And then slashes the NYPD’s budget another 50 percent, guaranteeing an even bigger crime wave. While actively working to bankrupt landlords across the city and have the government buy up homes, so that everyone gets to learn what NYCHA tenants have to put up with. Oh, and also “taxes the rich” statewide, accelerating the flight of New York’s tax base. see also Every tool at our disposal: AOC, Schumer urge unprecedented action over Supreme Court Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep....
    United Nations — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by The Associated Press that "there would appear to be uncertainty" on whether or not U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo triggered the "snapback" mechanism in the Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. The Trump administration declared Saturday that all U.N. sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and is likely to ignore. The U.S....
    DUBAI (Reuters) – The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on the unofficial market on Sunday, a day after the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration declared all United Nations sanctions on Tehran had been restored. The dollar was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials on Saturday, according to foreign exchange site Bonbast.com, which tracks the unofficial market. Iran has dismissed the U.S. move as “void and illegal” and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on the U.S. declaration because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. The three European parties to the nuclear deal – France, Britain and Germany...
    By Evan Perez | CNN A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials. Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House. A US law enforcement official told CNN that investigators are looking into the possibility the ricin package sent to Trump came from Canada. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the matter. Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form....
              Live from Music Row Friday 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 the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. (John Rich clip plays) It is a disaster. It is gutted. Mayor John Cooper has betrayed our town. He has betrayed Music City. He is a Judas of this town. He is now the DeBlasio of the South. That is what he is. He has lied to our town for months and months on end. And there are real casualties with this Laura. Forget some of the big companies that have...
    (CNN)One after another, disgruntled North Dakotans took the podium at a city council meeting in Minot to air their grievances.At issue: the mayor's decision to raise the Pride flag at city hall a week earlier.One person recalled having to "embarrassingly" answer an elderly neighbor's question about "what the flag was up on their city court." Another accused the mayor of starting a "war" in the city and said he had "never been so pissed off."Eventually, council member Carrie Evans appeared to have had enough.A colorful history of the rainbow flag"So Mr. Walker, if you're not aware and I think a lot of people in this room are not aware and have come here just because this is a gay issue,...
    Minneapolis doesn’t have city elections this year. But many of the suburban communities outside it do. And questions about “defunding” the police have spilled over into many of those elections.   Candidates for suburban city council seats generally get asked similar questions, often about infrastructure and development in their communities. Come this election cycle, however, the first since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the city council’s subsequent discussion about “dismantling” the Minneapolis Police Department, suburban voters are adding another frequent inquiry: what candidates think about the funding for their city’s police. In Maplewood, according to city council candidate Nikki Villavicencio, the idea of defunding the local department is “easily one of the most common issues people...
    The Trump administration Wants to announce UN sanctions Reviewed Iran In the coming days, a month after the Security Council resolution on Iran’s nuclear deal triggered a “snap-pack” mechanism – but the move is likely to be ignored by many, including US allies. “We will return to the United Nations to re-impose sanctions so that the arms embargo becomes permanent next week.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo The UK Foreign Secretary told a news conference on Wednesday. “We deeply believe that this is good for all nationalities.” Pompeo in Iran: UN US to do all we can to reconsider security Pompeo last month called on the UN to trigger a “snapback” mechanism in Security Council Resolution 2231. The 30-day countdown...
    On the first Sunday of September, a work crew showed up alongside the Cattaraugus Tunnel, a highway underpass in Los Angeles, and stacked 66 large boulders along its walls. The rocks appeared in the tunnel, which connects the L.A. neighborhoods of Reynier Village and the Culver City Arts District, without notice or forewarning, leaving residents to discover them on their own. The next day, a local organizer snapped a picture of the scene, writing: “What the absolute fuck is this shit?”  The answer was “hostile architecture,” or urban design features ostensibly deployed to deter crime, but which often serve only to limit where unhoused people can sleep. Before the boulders arrived, the tunnel had been home to at least three...
    The Minneapolis city council, which unanimously supported a pledge to abolish the police, is now asking, “Where are the police?” Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported that the city council met with Minneapolis’ head of police on Tuesday: “Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed Chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.” Newly elected council member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” Osman added, “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” Council President Lisa Bender suggested police are...
    Minneapolis City Council members, who just two months ago moved to eliminate the police department, sounded the alarm during a Wednesday meeting about a surge in crime seen by their constituents. Council members pressed police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the uptick in crimes that included daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents' calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. "That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” MULTIPLE WORKERS FIRED AFTER GEORGE FLOYD'S MEDICAL RECORDS 'IMPROPERLY ACCESSED' Council President Lisa Bender accused police...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned that the U.S. will “do all the things we need to do” to ensure the snapback of U.N. sanctions on Iran -- even as the move appears not to have the support of allies at the Security Council. “As for the actions that we will take, the U.N. will take the sanctions it always does, these will be valid U.N. Security Council resolutions and the United States will do what it always does, it will do its share as part of its responsibilities to enable peace, this time in the Middle East, we’ll do all the things we need to do to ensure that those sanctions are enforced,” Pompeo said at a  press...
    After the tragic death of George Floyd rocked the nation, the Minneapolis City Council — which is composed of nearly all Democrats — took the lead in the anti-police movement, voting to defund the city's police department. The council sought to replace traditional law enforcement with newer community-based, alternative forms of policing. But as violent crime has plagued the city for months, the city council is now asking: "Where are the police?"What's the background?As TheBlaze reported, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution in June to replace the city's police department with an alternative "community safety" model. The development came days after the council promised anti-police residents that they would completely dismantle the city's policing system.What is happening now?During...
    Ramsey County JailDerek ChauvinThe unprecedented rebellion following the heinous killing of George Floyd marks a watershed moment for Minneapolis like no other in its history. To date, however, the mayor and City Council’s actions fall far short of meeting this historic challenge. City officials dare not wait until the next police victim lies dead.  Council members’ pledge to reinvent policing via a vaguely worded charter amendment put the cart before the horse. A robust democratic debate depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for. Council members offered no details, no vision or models. About half the current council members were elected in 2017 on their commitments to tackle police reform and end police misconduct and brutality. Yet, following a...
    The Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council is reportedly panicking as violent crime is surging throughout the city after they called for defunding the police department following the death of George Floyd in late May. During a two-hour Minneapolis City Council meeting on police reform, “council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings,” MPR News reported. “The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes,...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday welcoming the start of negotiations between Afghan representatives and the Taliban, encouraging the warring parties to engage in good faith and aim for a permanent cease-fire and political settlement to their 19-year conflict. The resolution, which also extended the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan into next September, also strongly encourages the parties “to continue pursuing confidence-building measures including additional reductions in violence.” The Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan in 2001 by a U.S.-led coalition for harboring Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. The talks in Qatar were laid out in a peace deal that Washington brokered with the...
    Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson slammed the Dallas City Council for voting to cut $7 million from the city police department’s budget amid spiking crime rates in the city. The Dallas City Council voted on Wednesday to cut the money from the police department’s fund dedicated to overtime pay. The cut comprised 25% of the department’s overtime budget. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters called on elected officials to defund the police department. “The city of Dallas is facing a serious uptick in violent crime, and it’s not just a few days or weeks or months in the making. We’re talking about a couple of years now of steadily increasing aggravated assaults, steadily increasing homicide and steadily increasing domestic...
    Drug addiction impacts millions of lives. At some point, most of us will be affected by it, whether it’s a family member, a friend, or oneself that has the addiction. Although many people assume that the best way to fight back against addiction is through criminalizing drug-use, data shows otherwise. In 2001, Portugal decriminalized the possession of drugs for personal use and since then, many drug-related issues have significantly improved. There has been a decrease in HIV infections and drug-related deaths, past-year and past-month drug use among the general population, and rates of continued drug use. Portugal also started funding more addiction resources, such as prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and social reintegration programs. The decriminalization of drugs was also aided by other social reforms,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Prop. 16 story left out key UC enrollment data Your recent article “Affirmative action back on the ballot” (Sept. 9) didn’t mention that historically underrepresented groups have already achieved — under Prop. 209 strictures, without racial or national origin preferences — admission into the University of California overall nearly proportional to their shares of the state population (Latinos, 36%, Black, 5%). Instead, you focused on declining “admission rates” to Berkeley and UCLA. Everyone can’t get into those two schools to start. But California has many more great UCs and great state college and community college systems. What sense is there choosing students for the most...
    WOODLAWN — City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday to preserve affordable housing in Woodlawn, giving community organizers a major victory in their five-year effort to prevent displacement ahead of the Obama Presidential Center’s arrival. The Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance includes: A requirement that for each redevelopment of 52 vacant, city owned lots, at least 30 percent of new apartments be made affordable to “very low-income households.” This is defined as households making less than 50 percent of the area median income, or about $45,000 annually for a family of 4. An initial commitment of $1.52 million to a loan fund for acquiring and rehabilitating vacant buildings, followed by a $100,000 annual commitment. A commitment of $1.5 million to a...
    The whistleblower reportedly at the center of the Democrats’ impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump was apparently not the driving factor. A new book from Byron York, “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump,” details how it was the National Security Council’s Lt. Col. Alex Vindman behind the impeachment efforts, rather than the whistleblower, who is not identified in the book. As Mollie Hemingway wrote at The Federalist, the whistleblower was previously identified by Real Clear Investigations as Eric Ciaramella, who worked for the CIA. In fact, Hemingway wrote, Ciaramella “was a diversion from allowing the American people to understand who was the actual instigator of the failed effort to oust President Donald Trump from office.” “Rather than...
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files“—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current president—on October 17, 2016. If there’s one thing Donald Trump really doesn’t like, it’s being called out. British journalist Selina Scott found that out the hard way when she challenged his false claim that he wholly owned the Empire State Building. In 1995, Scott interviewed Trump for a British television documentary. Scott and her producer, Ted Brocklebank, used the song “It Ain’t Necessarily So” in the background of the film to...
    SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images MOSCOW—Men in civilian clothes with masks covering their faces grabbed the woman inspiring a revolution in Belarus on Monday. They pushed Maria Kolesnikova into a minivan at about 10am local time (3am ET)—the opposition leader hasn’t been seen since. Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’ brutal leader for the past 26 years, has been cracking down on protests and threatening to arrest members of the opposition Coordination Council for an alleged “attempt to seize power,” but this is not simply a case of heavy-handed policing. It was a classic abduction, a technique of repression favored by the likes of the KGB and its Russian successor the FSB for generations. The Belarusian KGB has been known for making...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he's considering legislation that would put Austin's police department under state funding as a way to protect it after the city council voted to defund it. 'This proposal for the state to takeover the Austin Police Department is one strategy I'm looking at,' Abbott, a Republican, tweeted from his personal Twitter account Thursday.  'We can't let Austin's defunding & disrespect for law enforcement to endanger the public & invite chaos like in Portland and Seattle.' On Saturday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed the sentiment behind Abbott's tweets, telling Fox News that the idea is a response to Austin's city council voting to defund $150million from the city's police department in August - a move that Austin...
    Seattle's top cop has said she quit her job last month after cuts to the budget left her 'destined to fail.' Carmen Best was the Seattle Police Department's first Black female police chief and officers lined the streets to bid her farewell Wednesday during her last day on the job. In an interview published the same day, Best - who previously said her decision to leave 'certainly isn't about the demonstrators' following the death of George Floyd – blasted the city council's decision to drop 100 officers out of 1,400. 'I believe 100% that they were putting me in a position destined to fail,' Best told NPR All Things Considered regarding a revamp in response to calls to defund the...
    For immigrant rights activist Hairo Cortes, the Santa Ana jail stood as a monument to oppression. In a city with a large Latino population, elected leaders had turned it into a detention center for immigrants in the country illegally. The jail became a rallying cry for a political reform movement that eventually led the Santa Ana City Council to phase out immigrant detention at the facility, improve police accountability and spend more money on badly needed community services. In many ways, the effort foreshadowed what is happening in Los Angeles and other cities around the country as protesters call for an end to police brutality and sweeping social reforms. But Santa Ana offers a cautionary tale for the...
    The City Council’s passage (and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s July 15th signing) of a Queens Councilman Rory Lancman’s “diaphragm compression bill” is an understandable, but unfortunately misguided, City Council approach to continue micromanaging the police arrest process when arrestees forcibly resist. Rather than focus on already-banned NYPD chokeholds and diaphragm compression, Lancman’s Law also prohibits police officers from sitting, standing or kneeling on an arrestee’s back and chest, even as they undertake to effectuate an arrest of a suspect unwilling to cooperate, or acquiesce in standard arrest protocols. The Council acted after the State Legislature only recently enacted legislation essentially codifying a targeted ban on diaphragm compression like that which killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The City Council has...
    State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking high school students to serve on his 2020-21 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools. Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public high school for the 2020-21 school year (virtual learning students are still considered enrolled). The Student Advisory Council’s first meeting will be held virtually on November 5, 2020. Other meeting dates will be set and announced to participants at a later time. “Now more than ever, it...
    Taking strong objection to the coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput case by many media outlets, the Press Council of India on Friday said the media should adhere to the norms of journalistic conduct in covering cases under investigation and is advised not to carry out its own “parallel trial”. The media should not narrate the story in a manner so as to induce the general public to believe in the complicity of the person indicted, the Press Council of India (PCI) said in its advisory. The Council said it has noted with “distress that coverage of the alleged suicide by a film actor by many media outlets is in violation of the norms of journalistic conduct” and, therefore, advises...
    ABCTOLEDO Updated: 08/25/2020 7:57 PM Save The Municipal Group Izquierda Unida-Podemos in the Toledo City Council has urged the local government to close the premises, apartments, chalets or any building in the city in which prostitution is practiced and to help women who suffer from this “sexual violence” with 1 percent of the municipal budget that is used to make equality policies in the Toledo City Council. This has been explained by the councilor of the United Left-Podemos of Toledo, Olga Ávalos, after registering in writing in the municipal offices the request to close these premises, as reported by the IU in a press release. Ávalos has indicated that the Toledo City Council allocates 1...
    By Edith M. Lederer and Matthew Lee | Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The United States and most of the rest of the U.N. Security Council dug in their heels Thursday on diametrically opposed positions over the restoration of international sanctions on Iran. In increasingly intense rhetorical terms, U.S. officials insisted they had acted legitimately in triggering a so-called “snapback” mechanism that would re-impose all U.N. sanctions Iran next month. They said the re-imposition of sanctions is a done deal and nothing can stop it. “Last week, the U.S. triggered the 30-day process to restore virtually all UN sanctions on Iran after the Security Council failed to uphold its mission to maintain international peace and security,” Secretary of State...
    Brad Pitt’s new girlfriend Nicole Poturalski dreamed of being a catwalk model when she was just eight years old to escape her poor upbringing, MailOnline can reveal. As a youngster, she would draw a line in the sandpit next to her rundown council flat and practice strutting along an imaginary fashion runway, according to a classmate. Now 27 and cover girl of the German edition of Elle, she grew up in the depressed former coal mining town of Bergkamen, near Dusseldorf in western Germany. Blessed with a tall, athletic figure and striking features, she was always interested in her appearance, her friend and former neighbour claimed.  ‘Nicole always wanted to be a fashion model, even as a young girl,' the...
    MVToledo Updated: 08/25/2020 18: 53h Save Related news The owner of a hotel establishment in YuncosHe died last Saturday, August 22, from coronavirus at 37 years old. This was said by the mayor of the town last Monday, María José Gallego, who recommended, at the request of the health authorities, that clients and workers who were closer and without protection with the deceased contact the epidemiology service of the Board Communities if they consider that a Covid-19 PCR should be done. Gallego expressed encouragement to the relatives of the deceased in a press conference in which he detailed the health situation of the municipality by the 41 cases detected of Covid-19. And he asked “prudence and a lot of...
    A GOVERNMENT official in the Philippines is to be removed from his post after being caught having sex with his secretary during a Zoom call. Captain Jesus Estil, of the Fatima Dos village council in the province of Cavite, appeared not to know his camera was on at the time of the incident, witnessed by numerous members of the council's staff. 4Jesus Estil, a local government official in the Philippines, was caught having sex with his secretary during a Zoom call 4Estil appears to try to turn the camera off before beginning to have sex 4Multiple other people were on the call at the time Footage shows Estil and a woman stood a distance back from the camera...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Many people are having a hard time making ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, Aurora City Council member Alison Coombs says people making minimum wage in her city were struggling. Minimum wage in Aurora is currently $12 an hour. Coombs says, with soaring housing costs, it’s impossible to make ends meet working a 40-hour week at that rate. “A lot of folks are working two and three jobs and then what we also know from the data is that 29% of people in Aurora are paying more than 50% of their income for housing,” says Coombs. Alison Coombs (credit: CBS) That’s why Coombs is proposing to raise the...
    Madrid, Aug 25 . .- The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will make an “institutional appearance” this Tuesday followed by a press conference after presiding over the first Council of Ministers after the holidays. Government sources have advanced the intention of the chief executive to appear publicly at the end of the cabinet meeting in which, predictably, he will take stock of the growing outbreaks of coronavirus and the latest measures adopted by some autonomous communities to stop their rise. Since last Friday, more than 19,000 new cases have been registered throughout Spain, according to the latest data offered by the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, who has recognized that...
    LOGAN SQUARE — From the coronavirus pandemic to surging gun violence, and a deepening budget deficit to civil unrest, the last several months have demanded quick, authoritative and sometimes spontaneous decision-making from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. But the blunt style that initially made the mayor a popular meme is wearing thin for local aldermen. Some say Lightfoot is opting to go it alone on major decisions, shutting out aldermen when the city is in crisis and needs collaborative leadership the most. “We get the info about these decisions in the ninth inning and then are forced to respond very quickly, often with little info. That doesn’t work for me on the North Side,” said Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th), a freshman alderman and...
    By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Monday detained two leading opposition activists who have helped spearhead a wave of protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian ruler of 26 years. The opposition’s Coordination Council said its members Sergei Dylevsky and Olga Kovalkova were detained by police in the capital, Minsk. City police confirmed their detention. The move signals President Alexander Lukashenko’s determination to stifle the massive demonstrations that have entered their third week. It comes a day after the 65-year-old Belarusian leader toted an assault rifle in a show of force as he arrived at his residence by helicopter as protesters rallied nearby. Last week, Lukashenko's warned the council created to negotiate a...
    SAN ANTONIO – Numerous people had a hand in developing the resolution San Antonio’s City Council passed on Thursday, declaring racism as a public health crisis. While the Office of Equity was the main city department involved, the lesser-known Office of Health Equity also played a role and helped provide some of the data on health outcomes here in Bexar County. We took a closer look at what specifically it is they do for the city. The full story can be watched above in the video player. RELATED: City Council passes resolution that declares racism as a public health crisis Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she would veto budget changes passed by the Seattle City Council to defund the police. The proposals could have cut up to 100 officer positions. The proposals follow upon demands from Black Lives Matter protesters to "defund the police" and reroute the funds to social services, the lack of which is said to be the root cause of crime and violence. Durkan indicated that she was open to something similar to what the council had passed, but that they had not collaborated enough with her office before passing he measure. "This veto was because the bills as passed did not have the type of collaboration that I think we will...
    President Donald Trump on Friday will deliver remarks at the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting. The Council for National Policy is a conservative networking and activist organization in Washington, DC. The speech is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. EST.
    One of Donald Trump's most senior officials has launched a furious attack on Britain accusing it of 'siding with ayatollahs' after it helped block tough new sanctions against Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attacked the UK along with Germany and France after they all refused to back an indefinite extension of an arms embargo against Tehran. And last night the Trump administration ran into opposition after Mr Pompeo officially informed the UN it is demanding the restoration of all sanctions on Iran, with allies and opponents declaring the US action illegal and doomed to failure.  He insisted that the United States has the legal right to 'snap back' UN sanctions even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear...
    United Nations, Aug 20 . .- The United States began a process at the UN on Thursday to reestablish international sanctions against Iran, in a movement with a questioned legal basis and with the opposition of the rest of the Security Council powers. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to New York to formally present to the Security Council the activation of a clause designed to automatically restore punishments in the event that Tehran breaches its commitments under the nuclear deal sealed in 2015. It did so after the Council last week rejected its proposal to extend the arms embargo against Iran, which expires next October as foreseen in the nuclear pact, and which Washington wants to maintain at...
    (Adds details on snapback procedure) By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday triggered a process aimed at restoring all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected a U.S. bid to extend a conventional arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that seeks to prevent Tehran...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen at United Nations Headquarters in a March 6, 2020, file photo in New York City.  David Dee Delgado/Getty United Nations — The U.N. was set for a tough conversation on Thursday. The United States was expected to face stiff resistance to a bid to use the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned to get harsh international sanctions on Tehran re-imposed. The administration has made a flagship issue of scrapping the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Since withdrawing from the deal two years ago, the White House has put the Islamic Republic under "maximum pressure" with a raft of unilateral sanctions, aimed at forcing it to halt its nuclear program and support...
    Outlasting a field of 11 candidates, Jamal Osman won the August 11 special election for the Ward 6 seat on the Minneapolis City Council. He replaces Abdi Warsame, who resigned in March to become executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.  That move left residents of Ward 6 — which includes the Seward, Cedar-Riverside, Philips West, Elliot Park, Stevens Square, and Ventura Village neighborhoods — without council representation for months, at a time when the city was dealing with several issues directly affecting ward residents: a lack of affordable housing and growing homelessness; the unrest and damage to Ward 6 businesses following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers; the future of the policing in the city. ...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration plans to try this week to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend an arms embargo on the country. Here is a look at the events leading to this showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic sanctions...
    The United Nations Security Council last week rejected a U.S. effort to extend a 13-year-old embargo on Iran imports and exports of conventional weapons, including aircraft and tanks in and out of the Middle Eastern country. Permanent members China and Russia - who have veto power - verbally rejected the endeavor in advance, while of the 15 countries in the UN Security Council, only the Dominican Republic joined the U.S. in backing the overture. Prominent U.S. allies Britain, Germany and France abstained from the vote. The years-long embargo is set to expire Oct. 18, so what exactly does the failure to extend it mean? It was seemingly a doomed effort from the beginning. The U.S. proposition to extend the arms embargo would...
    Luka Doncic calls historic 42-point playoff debut terrible after Game 1 loss to Clippers Designer Deluged With Orders for Michelle Obama’s ‘VOTE’ Necklace Indias gold market plunged in the first half. Heres how the second half looks Recovery in India's gold demand remains uncertain in the second half of the year, the World Gold Council told CNBC.  India is one of the world's largest markets for gold. The precious metal plays an important role in India's culture — it is considered auspicious to buy gold during festive occasions. Indian jewelry demand fell 74% on-year in the three months that ended in June. © Provided by CNBC A woman tries a gold earring at a jewellery showroom in...
    A woman tries a gold earring at a jewellery showroom in Mumbai, India on October 28, 2016.Danish Siddiqui | Reuters Recovery in India's gold market remains uncertain in the second half of the year, dampened by factors including record high prices for the metal, the World Gold Council told CNBC.  India is one of the largest markets for gold. The precious metal plays an important role in India's culture — it's considered auspicious to buy gold during festive occasions or to give it as a gift at weddings. It is also seen as a symbol of affluence and a safe investment.  Demand for gold typically increases in the second half of the year, when important festivals are held including...
    A Seattle Police Officer appeared to announce his resignation from the department because of ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in a viral video, telling an activist ‘I’m leaving, you guys won’. While the circumstances surrounding the video remain unclear, the officer, who is not named in the clip, is seen pulling up in a patrol vehicle next to a protester, winding down his window and appearing to sarcastically ask, ‘how’s your day going today bud?’ When the activist responds ‘not really, because you’re around,’ the officer tells him he has some good news for him. ‘I’m sorry for that. But just don’t worry man, 'cause guess what?’ he says. ‘I’m leaving. You guys won. F***ing two months baby and I’m...
    The Trump administration said late Friday that it will act “in the coming days” to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on Iran -- after a U.S. resolution to extend it failed in the U.N. Security Council. “The United States has acted in good faith throughout this process and made clear to all parties that failure was simply not an option,” U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft said in a statement to the Council on Friday. UN SECURITY COUNCIL REJECTS US RESOLUTION TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO  The U.S. resolution, which would have extended the 13-years-old embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” picked up only two votes in the chamber. Russia and China voted no, while the rest of the Council members...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Friday failed in its attempt to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, and Washington could now act on a threat to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Tehran. Here is a look at the events leading to the showdown and an explanation of what could happen next. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for economic...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — US says the UN Security Council has rejected an American resolution to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran indefinitely. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    During the 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature, anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state lawmakers who were elected with the support of New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg rammed legislation through which criminalized the private sale of firearms, over the strong objections of law-abiding citizens and law enforcement.  Opponents warned that the measure would be intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable. KRQE recently reported that in the year since that law went into effect on July 1, 2019, court records show no one has been charged with violating it.  This should come as no surprise to those who fought against this legislation, warning that it would be ineffective and unenforceable.  It certainly hasn’t stopped or even slowed crime in the Duke City. Yet amidst the reporting on the state’s...
    Cities and towns across the country are supporting the police by increasing spending for law enforcement next year, despite a national drive from the Left to "defund" the police. In both small and large cities and red states and blue, some police departments are getting more money in 2021, even as budgets take a hit amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fort Worth and Dallas, TexasForth Worth, on Tuesday, unveiled a fiscal 2021 budget that increases public safety spending and expands the police department's mental health crisis intervention team. Dallas also has boosted its proposed police funding to $542 million. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said her focus is countering and responding to violent crime, but she supports "reimagining public safety."...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a 2015 Security...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put an already fragile nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk. WHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. The embargo is due to expire in mid-October, as agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. That accord is enshrined in a...
    New and bigger billboards in San Jose? Really? Well, that’s what the City Council is proposing by gutting the 1985 ban on new billboards. The city Planning Department explains that by allowing new, large, digital billboards, four times as many “old” existing billboards will be removed. Plus, they say new billboards will be “vibrant quality signs.” Is that a deal you can’t refuse? Planners think so, asserting billboards will “facilitate economic development” and are “an … aesthetic asset” that will be responsible for a “vibrant urban landscape.” City Councilman Raul Peralez and other City Council members agree, declaring billboards to be, of all things, “progressive.” Judge for yourself, for as many as 90 new digital billboards are on their way...
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on Tuesday announced her resignation, saying that she was not leaving because of pay cuts to her department, but because of the “lack of respect” towards her fellow officers. Best’s resignation comes amid the City Council’s decision to reduce the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. In response to a reporter who asked if her decision was motivated by protesters who appeared at her home earlier this month, or the City Council’s decision, Best said it "is not about the money, and it certainly isn’t about the demonstrators." “I mean, be real, I have a lot thicker skin than that," Best said. "It really is about the over-arching lack of...
    Local school councils across Chicago have until Aug. 14 to vote on whether to keep or remove school police officers. The meetings so far have raised long-standing issues around the transparency of the groups, how much they are supported and trained, and lackluster participation. The district recently announced it would post a list of campuses with police officers and a centralized list of upcoming votes on the issue. But as the district’s list doesn’t include links to participate in meetings, Chalkbeat and Block Club are continuing to track the upcoming meetings and links to participate. More than 70 schools will vote on the issue by August 14, per a mandate from the district. Chicago has 144 resource officers at schools, 48 mobile school officers, and...
    ALAMEDA — A park that honors a mayor who asked for a review of the “problem” of Black people moving into Alameda during World II might get a new name, the latest city site to have its name questioned amid the national debate about race and who should be honored in public. Milton Godfrey was mayor of Alameda from 1941 to 1945, a time when the city’s population jumped more than 50,000, as Blacks and others arrived seeking jobs. During a City Council meeting in 1943, at Godfrey’s request, the city manager “reported on the problem of the increased negro population” and the housing shortage it was causing, according to meeting minutes that supporters of renaming the park are circulating....
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best pictured in January 2020. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation on Monday, effective September 2.  Best, who is the city's first Black female police chief, decided to quit hours after the City Council passed cuts to her department's budget. The Seattle Police Department's $409 million budget was reduced by $3.5 million for the rest of the year, which will likely result in about 100 officers being laid off. The cuts amount to far less than the 50% sought by Black Lives Matter protesters.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The police chief of Seattle resigned on Monday, hours after the City Council reduced her department's budget...
    (CNN)Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement Monday night, shortly after a city council vote to cut nearly $4 million from the department's budget."I want to thank Mayor (Jenny) Durkan for her continuous support through good times and tough times," Best said in a letter to members of the Seattle Police Department obtained by CNN. "I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times."She said her retirement will be effective September 2.Durkan said the city is losing an unmatched leader."Her grit, grace and integrity have inspired me and made our city better," Durkan said in a statement. "These last months, I knew Chief Best was the person to lead our city through this challenging time, to...
    The Seattle City Council voted ‘yes’ to sweeping budget cuts for the police department following weeks of protests.  In the 7-1 vote, the city council approved more than $1,000,000 in cuts to the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) budget as the city moves to ‘defund’-and not abolish- the police, according to MyNorthWest. The package includes: Capping staff pay at $150,000 (not including the police chief) Slashing $50,000 from SPD travel and training activities Cutting $800,000 from SPD’s Retention and Recruitment budget As many as 100 layoffs for officers A defund Seattle Police Department (SPD)  (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images) The new law will also redirect more than $1,000,000 away from the Navigation Team in the Human Services Department...
    A federal judge warned the Seattle City Council to “remain mindful of its Consent Decree obligations,” which require any large-scale changes to their police policy to be approved by a federal monitor and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, ahead of a Monday vote to defund the police. “Legislation passed by the City Council may impact the City of Seattle’s obligations under the Consent Decree,” U.S. District Judge James Robart wrote in his ruling extending the restraining order he placed on a crowd control weapons ban. “The court encourages the City of Seattle to remain mindful of its Consent Decree obligations and to work in tandem with the court, the Monitor, the Government, and other...
    Black and Hispanic members of the New York City council are firing back at colleagues who support the movement to “Defund the Police,” calling the effort “white-led,” and an example of “political gentrification” and “colonization” — a ‘”‘bourgeois liberal’ solution for addressing systemic racism,” per a report in the New York Times. Councilmembers who represent minority districts say they aren’t supportive of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to strip $1 billion from the New York Police Department (NYPD), even if they are supportive of efforts to reform the police, restrict their use of force, and even reduce the number of law enforcement officers overall. “Black and Latino council members representing both poor and middle-class communities of color, including Brownsville, Brooklyn,...
    (CNN)Before deciding on whether to hold the 80th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, the local city council turned to its residents to get their take. "There was a significant amount of discussion that the council had with residents, businesses and state health officials as well as local health officials," Daniel Ainslie, the city manager, told CNN Sunday. The city, home to fewer than 7,000, sent a survey to all households asking if they wanted the rally to proceed on its scheduled date. The massive event usually brings in crowds of about 500,000 over 10 days of drag races, contests and concerts. On its 75th anniversary, nearly three quarters of a million people showed. A little more than 60%...
    The Minneapolis Charter Commission wisely, if unpredictably, told the Minneapolis City Council that its plan to reimagine public safety was not ready to go on the ballot this November. Predictably, this was met with outrage from the activist class who insisted the delay was an example of democracy denied. Jeremiah Ellison, for example, a council member in favor of abolishing the police department to be replaced by a Department of Happy Thoughts and Good Wishes, said of the commission’s decision, “this is not democracy. In a democracy the people decide. But I guess today the Charter Commission decided otherwise.” Ellison is wrong. The way it works is that the charter is the city’s constitution. To amend it requires adult thinking,...
    (CBS DETROIT) – On Wednesday, Governor Whitmer announced a series of new initiatives to prevent racial inequity and discrimination in Michigan. One initiative declares racism as a public health crisis in the state. “This pandemic has confirmed and highlighted the deadly nature of these pre-existing inequities caused by systemic racism,” said Whitmer. The governor says COVID-19 is more than 4-times as likely to take the life of a black Michigander than a white one. “Though black people make up 14 percent of the population of the state of Michigan, but thus far we have made up 40 percent of the people who have died of Covid-19,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchirst. The executive order states people of color...
    Two senior Louisville officials have walked out of Metro Council meeting after refusing to answer questions about the mayor's handling of protests in the wake of Breonna Taylor's death. Louisville Metro Police acting Chief Robert Schroeder and Public Safety Chief Amy Hess were appearing at the Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee on Monday but left on the advice of their counsel. Their lawyers said that testifying publicly before the committee would jeopardize a federal civil rights lawsuit which was filed last week against Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Government, Schroeder and several LMPD officers. The attorneys said that their clients could give evidence behind closed doors, WDRB reported, but this proposal was rejected by Democrat Councillor Brent Ackerson.  Public Safety...
            by George Rasley  If you want a look at the dystopian Hell that Democrats will create in your city or town should they win the 2020 election look no further than what has happened in Minneapolis since the city council and Mayor gave the city over to the Far Left BLM revolutionaries. After the city leaders allowed days of violent insurrection, that burned over three miles of city storefronts, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to abolish the city police department. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, homicides, shootings and robberies in Minneapolis have all increased by double digits from last year. So far this year 288 people have been shot — a total that...
    He was the consummate behind the scenes player, advising and influencing the Los Angeles City Council on its most urgent issues while staying out of the public eye. Ronald F. Deaton, the city’s chief legislative analyst from 1993 to 2004, offered his expertise as the council responded to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, dealt with the aftermath of major civil unrest and battled a years-long campaign to break up the city. When the mayor and council were at odds, or council members weren’t speaking to each other, Deaton served as a valuable go-between, said Zev Yaroslavsky, who served on the council and later the county Board of Supervisors. “People trusted him, because at the end of the day, he loved the...
    For the first time in half a century, the exclusive Foothills Park will be open for non-residents after the city council approved a pilot program that allows such visitors to buy passes to the preserve. The move comes a month after activists resurrected the decades-long conflict over the 1,400-acre Foothills Park, a massive nature preserve believed to be the only publicly owned park in California that excludes non-residents unless they’re guests accompanied by Palo Altans. In settling on a compromise between those who believe the restrictions are discriminatory and others who think opening it up to more visitors threatens the park’s ecosystem, the city council this week also set out plans to put the issue to voters in 2022 —...
    BRIT tourists are on alert after coronavirus ripped through a popular Spanish party resort. As many as 32 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the seaside town of Mojacar, in the southern Spanish province of Almeria, where 80 per cent of the foreign population is British. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 10Three nighclubs have shut in Majocar as the town gears up for a spike in infectionsCredit: Alamy 10Tourists flocked to Spain after lockdown ended but cases are on the up againCredit: Getty Images - Getty 10Three nightclubs have had to close in MajorcaCredit: Solarpix It was announced three nightclubs have closed as the town attempts to get to grips with the outbreak, amid...
    Seattle's police chief has pleaded with city officials to 'stop mob rule and do the right thing' after 'aggressive' protesters marched on her home Saturday.  Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council Monday two days after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best, who opposes a 50 per cent cut in police funding, said council members need to 'forcefully call for the end of these tactics.'   Protesters recently also appeared outside the homes of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Best last month spoke out against a plan proposed by advocates to cut the police department budget by 50 per cent and...
    CHICAGO — Local school councils across Chicago have less than a month to vote on whether to keep or remove school police officers. The meetings so far have raised long-standing issues around the transparency of the groups, how much they are supported and trained, and lackluster participation. Last week, the district announced it would post a list of campuses with police officers and a centralized list of upcoming votes on the issue. But as the district’s list doesn’t include links to participate in meetings, Chalkbeat and Block Club are continuing to track the upcoming meetings and links to participate. So far, three local school councils, representative bodies made up of parents, teachers and community members, have voted to remove school resource officers, and 18 others to...
    Seattle’s Chief of Police called on Seattle’s City Council to stand up against “mob rule” after “aggressive” activists reportedly targeted her home over the weekend, which scared her neighbors. “I wanted to update you on recent events, particularly those that occurred late last night,” Best wrote in a letter addressed to City Council President Lorena González and Public Safety Chair Lisa Herbold. “A residence of mine in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protestors late last night. My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so. Currently, the...
    ABC’s hit medical drama The Good Doctor was preparing to get back into production with the hopes of filming resuming by mid-August at the latest, but according to sources for The Hollywood Reporter, the pre-production plans have been halted due to issues with COVID-19 testing. A spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television told the outlet that “there is an issue with COVID-19 testing, which we are working to resolve with the BC Council.” Additional sources have revealed that the issue revolves around “how often individuals on set are tested.” Reports suggest there are certain members of the cast or crew who want to be tested more often than the BC Council allows. The Council itself is an amalgamation of “three different...
    Alaska plane crash kills 7, including state lawmaker These Two Whole Foods Products are Being Recalled Due to Allergy Fears The Good Doctor Halts Production Ramp Up in Vancouver Due to Testing Issues © Courtesy of Eike Schroter/ABC Figuring out how to get production up and running safely during the pandemic continues to be a tricky issue to navigate. Sources say that The Good Doctor has halted its production ramp up in Vancouver, British Columbia due to concerns about COVID-19 testing for cast and crew. "There is an issue with COVID-19 testing, which we are working to resolve with the BC Council," confirmed a Sony Pictures Television spokesperson on Friday. The ABC drama starring Freddie Highmore had been in pre-production...
    ALAMEDA — The City Council has rejected a proposal that called for cutting up to 42 percent of the Alameda Police Department’s budget and shifting the money into social service programs. The council’s decision Tuesday followed public push-back, including from those who said such a deep cut in police resources would make residents vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. “I think there is some reason for us to change the culture of the police force,” Councilman Tony Daysog said. “But I think having those budget reductions was putting the cart before the horse.” Multiple people wrote emails to the council about defunding the police, which had been proposed by Vice Mayor John Knox White and Councilman Jim Oddie. “Yes, the...