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    SEATTLE, Wash. -- While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when.In Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter Neronha opened an inquiry after reports that two hospital systems offered their board members vaccinations. A Seattle-area hospital system was rebuked by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee after it offered COVID-19 vaccination appointments to major donors. And in Kansas, members of a hospital board received vaccinations during the first phase of the state's rollout, which was intended for people at greater risk for infection.Hospitals in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia also have faced questions about distributing vaccines, including to donors, trustees and relatives of executives.The disclosures could threaten public confidence in a national rollout already marked by vaccine shortages, appointment...
    More On: remote learning Las Vegas schools pushing to get students back quickly following rise in suicides NYC parents learning that the adults who run the system always put children’s needs last Chicago teachers defy school district after voting to teach from home Working from home while kids learn remote drives NYC mom near ‘breakdown’: lawsuit The frustration of millions of parents across America spills out in a video-gone-viral of an outraged father screaming at members of a northern Virginia school board that they “should all be fired” for forcing children to remain at home rather than return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The man can be seen and heard shouting that the Loudoun County School Board members are “a bunch of cowards” for forcing children to remain home. “Figure it out or get off the podium! Because you know what? There are people like me and a...
    Even though the 2020 election wasn't ruined by sabotage and we now have President Joe Biden, we still have a deeply broke and highly politicized U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Among all the other housecleaning Biden has to do, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell isn't going to let him forget about it. The Democrat has written to Biden, urging him to "fire the entire Postal Board of Governors for their silence and complicity in trump and dejoy’s [sic] attempts to subvert the election and destroy the Post Office." "Through the devastating arson of the Trump regime, the USPS Board of Governors sat silent," Pascrell argued in his letter. The Republican board of governors, the creation of Trump and Mitch McConnell, has to go, Pascrell argues, for their "refusal to oppose the worst destruction ever inflicted on the Postal Service" while Postmaster General Louise DeJoy was imposing his changes to cause mail delays...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While most districts across the region have been offering at least the choice of classroom learning, Pittsburgh Public Schools is considering again moving back the start day — this time until April 6. The teachers union says it’s the wise thing to do. “We’re just saying we’d like to wait for the vaccinations for the safety of our students and our members,” said union president Nina Esposito-Visgitis. In a letter to school board president Sylvia Wilson, the union executive committee said: “Overall, we find that our membership is anxious to get back to their students, but they want to do it safely, once they have been vaccinated with both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.” After hearing from parents Monday night, the board will vote on Wednesday whether to delay, but the watchdog group A-Plus Schools cites falling academic scores and more than 4,000...
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    Cobb County teacher Patrick Key, who was vocally adamant about the importance of mask wearing, died of the coronavirus on Christmas Day — yet several school board members still refused to wear masks to honor their colleague’s dying wish. “Patrick felt passionate about wearing masks during the pandemic,” read Key’s obituary. “In lieu of flowers, please buy and wear a mask to protect others and yourself in honor of him.” While all members honored Key with silence, and most were already wearing masks, at least three, including Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, refused to honor Key’s last request. While addressing the board, School district employee Jennifer Susko asked the members to put their masks on “as a tribute to this teacher who did everything you asked of him, even teaching through a pandemic.” WXIA’s Brendan Keefe took to Twitter to share the meeting’s central moment, while footage from the entire meeting is available in the...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – More than half of the Douglas County School Board has been targeted in a recall effort. A Castle Rock business man and group of parents announced plans for the recall last week, after the school board abruptly postponed the return to the classroom for middle and high school students. Nate Ormond, who is leading the charge, pledged $100,000 of his own money to get the effort started. (credit: CBS) “That inconsistency has really impacted teachers,” said Ormond. “They can’t plan for their lessons appropriately. They can’t plan how they’re even going to be engaging with their students appropriately. Obviously, it impacts the students and their learning tremendously.” Ormond tells CBS4 the group has been working on getting the effort going for weeks. It focuses on four members of the board: Susan Meek, Elizabeth Hanson, Christina Ciancio-Schor and David Ray. The long-term plan is to replace all...
              About five parents in Williamson County have asked members of that county’s school board to create a committee to stamp out what they said was chronic racism within the school district. These parents requested this at the school board’s regular meeting this week. One parent, Kate Keese of Brentwood, asked board members to create what she called a parent advisory committee for diversification and inclusion — and promptly. “Racism is so steeped in our culture that many of us are blind to its presence or effects. We cannot address what we do not acknowledge. We must see it to heal it. Racism is not just about using derogatory language. It is about failing to see the humanity of a people,” Keese told school board members. “The wounds of racism do not belong only to people of color. All of us are wounded by denying...
    SCIOTO — New Scioto County Commissioner Scottie Powell’s first meeting on the Board was an eventful one, marked by an executive session and the filling of the vacancies in the county Children Services Board of Directors. Sworn in officially Saturday, fellow Commissioner Bryan Davis welcomed Powell to the Board before getting into the 15 items on the agenda. “We are very excited about what Mr. Powell is going to be bringing and already brought to the Board,” said Davis, who has taken this week to get better acquainted with Powell. The transition period, where the Board has its full three members for the first time since Mike Crabtree’s passing, is one met with heavy hearts for Davis and Commissioner Cathy Coleman. “We know that we got a good man to fill his seat and he has big shoes to fill,” said Davis. “We are moving forward, and we look forward...
    Facebook is passing the buck by allowing its 'supreme court' oversight board to decide whether Donald Trump should be permanently banned from the social media platform in what will be a major test for the recently formed panel. Trump had his Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended in the wake of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol at the hands of MAGA mob rioters.  The social media giant said on Thursday that it stands by its decision to suspend Trump's accounts but will defer to the quasi-independent oversight board, which is known informally as the Facebook 'supreme court', to determine if it should be upheld permanently.    The board was created last year to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech, or - in this case - if the major decision to ban a world leader was the right one.  Its ruling on Trump,...
    WASHINGTON -- Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former President Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel.The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision to suspend Trump after he incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in a deadly assault on Jan. 6. But it said it's referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an "independent judgment" on upholding the decision.Facebook's panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech - or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one. It is empowered to make binding rulings - that is, ones that can't be overturned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg - on whether posts or ads violate the company's rules. Any other findings will be...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former president Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel. The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision to suspend Trump after he incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in a deadly assault on Jan. 6. But it said it’s referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an “independent judgment” on upholding the decision. Facebook’s panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech — or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one. It is empowered to make binding rulings — that is, ones that can’t be overturned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg — on whether posts or ads violate the company’s rules. Any...
    3 National Guard members dead after helicopter crash on training mission in upstate New York The state of the US Covid outbreak as Biden gets to work Facebook is referring Trump ban to its Supreme Court which cannot be overruled by Zuckerberg or execs Facebook on Thursday announced that it will refer its decision to indefinitely suspend the account of former President Donald Trump to its newly instituted Oversight Board. The independent body will review the decision to suspend Trump and make a binding decision on whether the account will be reinstated. The board will have up to 90 days to make its decision, but the board's members have committed to move as quickly on this case as possible, a spokesman for the board told CNBC. © Provided by CNBC President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the...
    RYE, N.H. (AP) – Board members at a Rye nursing home “cut in line” for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to New Hampshire health officials. Thomas Argue, CEO at Webster at Rye, said it was his decision to invite board members to participate at the end of the clinic “so every employee could receive their vaccine first.” The board has a fiduciary responsibility to oversee the facility, he said. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services criticized the decision. “The department condemns the facility’s decision to allow its board members to ‘cut in line’ to get the vaccine by prioritizing board members alongside their direct caregivers,” Jake Leon, spokesperson for the state health department, in a statement to New Hampshire Public Radio. The state health department hasn’t said whether the state will take any actions against the facility. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may...
    On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, B.J. Montgomery, recently elected member of the Chattooga County Board of Education was sworn in by Chattooga County Associate Probate Judge, Becky Duke. B.J. Montgomery was elected to represent District 5 replacing John Agnew. Montgomery, who has children in Chattooga Schools, says he was encouraged to run when the board of education members were unwilling to listen. “I was spurred to run for the board when I saw some of the board members completely unwilling to listen and address concerns of the students and parents. Having worked inside this system as the SRO, I personally saw the shift in student pride and involvement in student activities. Kids were proud to be from Chattooga, and with the increase not only did parents become more involved but the entire community. With the support of everyone these students...
    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have indicted MS-13’s “Board of Directors” with terrorism charges, officials announced Thursday. The US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday that the notorious gang’s leaders are charged with conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to terrorists and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Prosecutors say they’re charging the 14 highest-ranking members of the transnational gang — 11 of whom are already behind bars, mostly in El Salvador. Three others are the subject of a federal manhunt by the FBI, the sources said. Among the suspects is Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, who is known as “Diablito de Hollywood,” considered one of the gang’s most powerful members, prosecutors said. The suspects make up the “Ranfla Nacional,” the gang’s ruling body, they said. “The FBI is committed to combatting all forms of terrorism that threaten the American people as...
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    GameStop’s stock is on a multi-day winning streak. After surging 58 percent to close at $31.45 on Wednesday, shares of the video-game retailer are up by more than 8 percent in early trading on Thursday after the company reported strong holiday sales and added three activist investors to its board. Changes have been coming fast at the Grapevine, Texas-based company, which had shaken up the board earlier last year after the company reported one of the worst holiday seasons in a decade, with sales declining by 25 percent. Since then, Chewy.com founder Ryan Cohen took a 9-percent stake in GameStop in August buoying investors’ confidence in the 37-year-old retail chain.  This week, Cohen’s investment firm RC Ventures struck an agreement with GameStop to add three new members — Cohen and two other former Chewy.com executives — to the 10-member board. The new directors bring “deep expertise in e-commerce, online...
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    On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, two members of the Chattooga County Board of Education were sworn in by Chattooga County Associate Probate Judge Becky Duke. Eddie Elsberry: elected to represent District 1, currently serves as board chair B.J. Montgomery: elected to represent District 5 Elsberry was appointed in June 2019 to fill the unexpired term left by John Turner who resigned. Elsberry was unopposed in the primary and general election. Montgomery defeated Chad Dodd  in the republican primary, Montgomery was unopposed in the general election. The District 5 seat was held by John Agnew, who did not seek reelection. Elsberry has spent the last two decades with Berry College where he is currently the Director of Environmental Compliance & Sustainability and the Director of Agricultural Operations. Previously, he served two terms on Chattooga County Board of...
    Madonna Enjoys ‘Special’ Trip to Kenya With Boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams Why Permanent Life Insurance Isn’t Right for Most People Juli Inkster, Alena Sharp on search committee to replace LPGA commish; Michelle Wie West added to board Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors, sent out a letter to LPGA staff, tour players and teaching professionals on Wednesday regarding next steps in the process to replace LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, who last week surprised the golf world with his decision to leave the tour in 2021. © Provided by Golfweek The LPGA Board of Directors, which is made up eight LPGA members and six independent directors, will select the next commissioner. Notably, Michelle Wie West joined the Board of Directors as a player member in 2021. A search committee has been formed that will bring top candidates to the board. That committee is comprised of four LPGA members...
    The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has moved to direct both the professional and private speech of its members with a ban on what the board considers to be “hate speech and harassing speech.” John Murawski of RealClearInvestigations reported the story on the wide-ranging new policy, announced a little over a week after Election Day, and reactions to it. Based in Chicago, the board of directors of the NAR – which claims to be the world’s largest trade organization, with 1.4 million members – declared in a press statement it would be “making it a violation for Realtors to use harassing or hate speech toward any of the protected classes under Article 10 of NAR’s Code of Ethics.” The “protected classes” include “race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity.” “NAR’s Advisory Board recommended that its Code of Ethics...
    On Thursday, January 7, 2021, five members of the Harris County Board of Education were sworn in by Harris County Probate Judge Thomas Lakes. The board members were joined by family members for the event. Participating board members included: Shane Lipp: re-elected to represent District 1 and voted in as board chair Garnett Ray: re-elected to represent District 3 and voted in as board vice chair Scott Greene: re-elected to represent District 4 Harry Proctor: elected to represent District 5 after serving in the vacant position left when Bethany Lucas resigned Steve Goodnoe: re-elected to represent District 6 Super District Other board members include Bridgett Oliver (District 2) and Dr. Monica Sparks (District 7 Super District).
    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy defended the rapid response of a limited D.C. National Guard active force while dodging blame for intelligence failures that allowed rioters to enter the Capitol building Wednesday. “Getting back to the pure intelligence, it was all over the board,” McCarthy told defense reporters during a Pentagon phone briefing Thursday, citing protest size estimates that ranged from 2,000 to 80,000. “It was very hard to make that determination of what we were dealing with,” McCarthy said, noting that the Army relies on intelligence gathered by local law enforcement to assess an adequate force posture. Crowd profiles were expected to be similar to peaceful demonstrations that took place in the capital on Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. In the 50 states, governors authorize the use of their National Guard. Due to the District of Columbia’s unique status, local authorities must ask the Army to authorize the use of...
    MENLO PARK — After Las Lomitas school board member Cynthia Solis Yi heard about the racism scandal in her daughters’ school district, her first thought was to return to New York City. Surely, the former Wall Street trader thought, the home she’d made in Menlo Park was not the inclusive community she had expected after vulgar social media comments directed at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made by the wife of the then school board president surfaced and made headlines. “The first thing I thought was I wanted to move out of the district,” Solis Yi said. Then co-president of the La Entrada Middle School PTA, Solis Yi, like many other parents in the small two-campus Las Lomitas school district, was enraged when back in November Mehridith Philips Venverloh — wife of board president Jon Venverloh — posted racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments about Harris. In one tweet Mehridith Philips Venverloh...
    By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous sexual misconduct scandal involving the man who founded, in his own name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global Christian organization in a wrenching predicament. It faces calls from within its own ranks to change its name, pay reparations to any victims and oust some top leaders, including Zacharias family members. Zacharias, a widely popular author and speaker, died of cancer in May at age 74. One measure of his stature in Christian circles: Vice President Mike Pence spoke at his memorial service, lauding him as a great evangelist “armed with intellect, girded with truth and love.” Zacharias founded his international ministry, known as RZIM, in 1984, with a mission to engage in “Christian apologetics” — defending Christianity with powerful intellectual arguments. Based in suburban Atlanta, RZIM has operations in about 20 countries and a roster of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous sexual misconduct scandal involving the man who founded, in his own name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has placed the global Christian organization in a wrenching predicament. It faces calls from within its own ranks to change its name, pay reparations to any victims and oust some top leaders, including Zacharias family members. Zacharias, a widely popular author and speaker, died of cancer in May at age 74. One measure of his stature in Christian circles: Vice President Mike Pence spoke at his memorial service, lauding him as a great evangelist “armed with intellect, girded with truth and love.” Zacharias founded his international ministry, known as RZIM, in 1984, with a mission to engage in “Christian apologetics” — defending Christianity with powerful intellectual arguments. Based in suburban Atlanta, RZIM has operations in about 20 countries and a roster of scores of traveling speakers. In recent...
    BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is among five new members of the board of trustees at the New England Aquarium, one of Boston's most popular attractions. In addition to Weld, the board at a recent meeting voted to add Steve Curwood, Pam Holding, Alexander Leventhal and Vikki Spruill. “We’re thrilled to welcome these new trustees, who bring a wealth of world-class expertise in areas including business, finance, and the environment,” board chair Thomas Burton III said in a statement. The board now has 23 members, who each serve a three-year term. Curwood is an environmental journalist; Holding is the co-head of Fidelity Investments’ equity division; Leventhal is managing partner of real estate investment firm Faros Properties; and Spruill is the president and CEO of the aquarium. Weld served as Republican governor from 1991 until 1997, and is now with a private law firm. He mounted a campaign...
    (CNN)When biotech company Moderna announced Tuesday that it planned to offer its workforce a chance to get vaccinated with its recently authorized Covid-19 vaccine, their decision raised some eyebrows. In addition to employees, the company said it would offer shots to its board members and the "adult household members of our team." Moderna's decision calls into question whether there are loopholes that will allow some people to cut the proverbial line to get their shot."What it appears to be is, privilege and power gaining priority access to the vaccine," said Dr. William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Nancy Berlinger, a research scholar at The Hastings Center, a nonprofit think tank, agreed. "It's a rather problematic example that [the vaccine] is going to go to the VIPs first rather than to rank and file. You can imagine people...
    By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s largest electric utility, its reputation battered by scandal, has been besieged by more than a dozen lawsuits filed by angry shareholders who include some of the country’s biggest institutional investors. And, if history is a guide, FirstEnergy Corp. and its insurers could find themselves paying millions to settle those complaints, as the company did more than 15 years ago when confronted by lawsuits for lying about a dangerous hole in a reactor head at a nuclear power plant and for contributing to the largest blackout in U.S. history. FirstEnergy and insurers for its corporate officers and board of directors paid out more than $100 million to settle lawsuits in 2004. It is far too early to estimate what settlements of the new lawsuits might total, but the potential payouts could far exceed those from 2004, given the losses shareholders claim to...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s largest electric utility, its reputation battered by scandal, has been besieged by more than a dozen lawsuits filed by angry shareholders who include some of the country’s biggest institutional investors. And, if history is a guide, FirstEnergy Corp. and its insurers could find themselves paying millions to settle those complaints, as the company did more than 15 years ago when confronted by lawsuits for lying about a dangerous hole in a reactor head at a nuclear power plant and for contributing to the largest blackout in U.S. history. FirstEnergy and insurers for its corporate officers and board of directors paid out more than $100 million to settle lawsuits in 2004. It is far too early to estimate what settlements of the new lawsuits might total, but the potential payouts could far exceed those from 2004, given the losses shareholders claim to have suffered. The latest lawsuits...
    Several Democratic members of the House are calling for a review of policies after several lawmakers inquired about carrying guns into the Capitol building when they are sworn in. Democratic members of the House have asked for a review of gun policies after several representative-elect Republicans quietly made inquiries about carrying firearms on the floor of the House and Senate, according to Axios. The matter is expected to be reviewed by the Capitol Police Board, according to Axios, which is made up of the sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate, as well as the Architect of the Capitol. As some incoming Republican freshman have talked/asked about bringing guns into the Capitol, a board overseeing congressional security is rethinking at a regulation banning members from carrying in the building. full SCOOP from @kadiagoba https://t.co/yJvzvssgwN — Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) December 23, 2020 Several incoming Republicans, notably Colorado Representative-elect Lauren Boebert, have...
    The chair of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said the recent decision to reduce doping punishments against Russia “really angered and disappointed many people, including ourselves.” The statement Monday from Susanne Lyons was part of a newly concentrated effort by the federation to speak up about what it deems a global anti-doping system that it says is not fully protecting clean athletes. The USOPC board of directors approved a policy at its meeting last week to become a more involved voice in the anti-doping debate. “We hold concerns that the current status quo deeply threatens the short and long-term prospects of athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements as a whole,” the statement read. Last Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport released its decision on the latest chapter of the Russian doping scandal, imposing a two-year sanction that will still allow the country’s athletes, leaders and even its...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A group of civic organizations is asking Birmingham-area leaders to appoint new board members to the city's water utility who will stop shutting off water for customers behind on their bills. The organizations are asking for Birmingham Water Works Board members who will resume a moratorium on shutoffs for overdue bills and set up 12-month income-driven repayment plans instead of shorter repayment plans over three to six months. The board resumed water shutoffs in October after an earlier pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. There were more 12,000 overdue accounts owing more than $7 million at that time, WBMA-TV reports, although some customers have since caught up. Rob Burton, executive director of SWEET Alabama, said charity groups can't afford to cover the overdue bills. The group promotes sustainable use of energy, land and water. “A lot of our children are taking school virtually and people are...
    Two members of the wealthy Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP offered apologies on Thursday for the role the prescription painkiller has played in the deadly US opioid epidemic but sought to deflect personal responsibility in response to withering criticism from lawmakers. Testifying remotely during a hearing before the House Oversight Committee, David and Kathe Sackler, both of whom previously served on Purdue’s board, insisted they were assured by management that the company was meeting regulatory and legal requirements as the opioid crisis unfolded. The two, among several Sackler family members with ownership interests in Purdue, agreed to testify only after the committee’s chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, threatened subpoenas. “Watching you testify makes my blood boil,” Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper told David Sackler. “I’m not sure that I’m aware of any family in America that’s more evil than yours.” Cooper was among the committee members...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck orthodontist Dr. John Warford has been appointed to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Thursday. Warford will serve out the term of Joseph Wetch Jr., who resigned from the board in August. The term expires in June 2024. Warford served as mayor of Bismarck from 2002 to 2014. He was dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary in Bismarck from 2014 to 2017. “Dr. Warford’s deep knowledge of public policy, leadership experience within higher education and business background will help the board navigate the changes to higher education accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Burgum said in a statement. The higher ed board has eight voting members appointed by the governor, including one student member and two non-voting members who represent faculty and staff. The group oversees the state's 11 public colleges and universities. Copyright...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed public health order that would have included a mask mandate for Idaho’s most populated region was voted down on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters again gathered outside the Central District Health building in Boise. A previous attempt to vote on the order — which would have mandated masks in public and required businesses to practice social distancing or face a misdemeanor — was abruptly halted last week at the request of Boise officials and police amid fears that protests were becoming too “intense.” One board member had to rush out after rowdy protesters at her residence loudly played a gunfire-ridden clip from the movie “Scarface” while her child was alone inside. About 200 people gathered to protest at Central District Health on Tuesday, and Boise Police “were not involved in any events of significance,” department spokeswoman Haley Williams wrote in an email...
    stpetecollege/Facebook St. Petersburg College faculty leaders with the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) met with St. Petersburg College (SPC) President Dr. Tonjua Williams last Friday to notify the college administration of their plans to unionize and to seek voluntary recognition of their full-time faculty union, which faculty leaders say would give them a legally recognized voice at the bargaining table. “We bring a lot of valuable knowledge and experience,” Dr. Jessica Magnani, an English professor and UFF-SPC faculty leader told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Friday afternoon. “Including us in a formal way through a union, I think, would improve the college overall and the experience of our students.” Unionizing efforts by full-time faculty members at SPC began in earnest earlier this year, after the college administration announced plans to cut the salaries of faculty and staff, and to amend annual and continuing contracts for all employees who make over $26,000...
    President Donald Trump on Monday named former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and several others to the Defense Policy Board just weeks after pushing out several of the panels top members, Politico reports. Trump appointed Gingrich, Thomas Carter, Thomas Stewart, Scott OGrady, Edward Luttwak, former Rep. Randy Forbes, former Sen. Robert Smith and Charles Glazer, all of whom are close allies of the president. Trump nominated OGrady to serve as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in November, but the Senate has yet to act on this, and former House Republican Forbes was an early candidate for Trumps secretary of the Navy. Almost a dozen board members were removed by the Pentagon last November, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, as well as former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Nine more board members were fired this month, paving the way for Trump allies David...
    Protesters chanted "We will not comply" and waved flags to an amplified version of the national anthem Tuesday outside the offices of the Central Health District Board in Boise, Idaho. Idaho broke its daily record of new COVID-19 cases this week, its moving average of new cases is at an all-time high, and its healthcare system is edging up to a crisis as hospitals reach their limits and doctors contemplate rationing out care on the basis of who’s most likely to survive. Which means, of course, that the hyper-patriotic followers of “Ammon’s Army”—the “resistance” to the state’s public-health measures led by far-right provocateur Ammon Bundy—turned out in force Tuesday to protest, and ultimately shut down, a state health board’s meeting to discuss stronger steps to rein in the pandemic. Armed fanatics even turned up at the homes of board members, shouting and frightening their children, which spurred the board to...
    The school board of Falls Church, Virginia this week decided to rename Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George Mason High School, which were both named after prominent Virginians who owned slaves during their lives. The board said in a press release on Tuesday that the board voted unanimously following “a six-month-long process, which included hours of public hearings, hundreds of submitted written public comments, and a survey of the community to inform the Board’s decision.” “The Board took seriously the viewpoints and concerns raised by many students, parents, staff, and community members,” said School Board Chair Greg Anderson, in a statement.  “We thank everyone who shared their perspectives with us and will be mindful of your comments as we now begin selecting names that reflect the diversity of opinions in our community. Our schools must be places where all students, staff, and community members feel safe, supported, and inspired.” The board estimates...
    Loading the player... A Pentagon advisory board member isn’t sticking around for President Donald Trump’s abrupt firings. On Friday, the White House gave nine members of Defense Business Board the boot and replaced them with Trump allies. Now one Defense Business Board member has decided to resign. Read More: Biden seeks to counter doubters on pick for Pentagon chief (Photo by U.S. Air Force/Getty Images) “The abrupt termination of more than half of the Defense Business Board and their replacement with political partisans has now put the nation’s safety and security at risk,” wrote Steve Blank in his resignation letter per CNN. “My service to the Department of Defense was a service to the country, not to a party. I hereby tender my resignation,” added Blank in the letter to Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. Members of the advisory board are nonpartisan and usually remain as presidential administrations turnover....
    At least three Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) members have tested positive for COVID-19 after an in-person meeting last month, the chair of the board told The Hill on Wednesday. SBOE Chair Keven Ellis said three board members have tested positive for COVID-19 in the two-week period after the Nov. 20 in-person meeting. It is unclear if any of these members contracted the virus at the meeting. The Texas Tribune first reported the story on Tuesday. SBOE Member Georgina Pérez of El Paso confirmed to the Tribune that she was one of the three members to test positive for the virus.  Board support staff sent emails last Monday and Tuesday informing the board that two members have tested positive. The emails were confirmed to the newspaper by three SBOE members. The Tribune declined to name the board members before they respond to a request for comment.  Most of...
    Idaho's Central District Health Board postponed a virtual meeting Tuesday night over "safety concerns" when demonstrators protesting proposed coronavirus restrictions gathered at Central District Health's Boise headquarters and two board members' homes, Central District Health said in a press release. The board would have voted on a districtwide public health order that would, among other provisions, require residents of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties to wear masks when they are unable to keep a six-foot distance from people who are not members of their households. TRUMP TO SIGN CORONAVIRUS EXECUTIVE ORDER PRIORITIZING AMERICANS OVER FOREIGN NATIONS Boise Police were already present at Central District Health headquarters "in anticipation of a large-scale protest" after the order received more than 3,000 written public comments between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, Central District Health said in a press release. next Image 1 of 3Anti-masker demonstrators converge on Central District Health offices, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020...
    A school board in Falls Church, Virginia, voted unanimously Tuesday to rename Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George Mason High School over concerns that the names were harmful to members of the community. Despite an October survey that found 56% of the parents, staff members, students, and community members who were polled were in opposition to the name change, the school board voted 7 – 0 in favor of changing the names. School Board Chair Greg Anderson said that the board listened to members of the community when making their decision. (RELATED: San Francisco To Rename Schools Whose Names May Be ‘Inappropriate,’ Including Schools Named After Washington, Jefferson And Lincoln) “The Board took seriously the viewpoints and concerns raised by many students, parents, staff, and community members,” Anderson said in a press release.  “We thank everyone who shared their perspectives with us and will be mindful of your comments as...
    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (CBS4) – President Donald Trump has appointed his former aide and advisor Kellyanne Conway to the Board of Visitors for the United States Air Force Academy. The president’s appointment is his second to the board in the last week. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) The Air Force Times reported the appointment. It comes as President Trump’s term comes to a close. Conway was a Republican pollster and operative for years before joining the Trump campaign in 2016. She worked closely with the president in the west wing during his term, leading the administration’s efforts to combat opioid abuse. (credit: CBS) The Air Force Times reports that the president chooses six of the 15 members. Two of those members must be graduates of the Academy. The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees also serve on the board. The president also nominated Heidi Stirrup, a...
    An Idaho county commissioner said Tuesday she had to leave a virtual board of health meeting due to anti-mask protesters surrounding her house. “My 12-year-old son is home by himself right now, and there are protesters banging outside the door,” Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo said as she excused herself from a meeting of Idaho’s Central District Health’s Board of Health, according to The Washington Post. Protesters separately gathered outside the home of board member Ted Epperly, who said the demonstration totaled about 15 people. “It is not under control at my house and it’s not under control at Diana’s house,” he told board members. Lachiondo later tweeted that she and her family were safe. Update: We are fine. Thanks all for your concern and especially @BoisePD for your help.— Diana Lachiondo (@LachiondoD) December 9, 2020 The board was set to vote on an order requiring masks to be worn...
    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. "My 12-year-old son is home by himself right now and there are protesters banging outside the door," she said, according to CBS Boise affiliate KBOI-TV.  "I'm going to go home and make sure he's OK." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The board had been expected to vote on a four-county mask mandate in Idaho's most populated region. "My...
    (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...
    MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities-area high school will no longer be named after Minnesota’s first governor, following complaints by community members and alumni about his treatment of the state’s Dakota people. The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board voted Monday evening to drop Henry Sibley’s name from the school. Sibley, who commanded troops in the U.S.-Dakota War, established the military commission that in 1862 sentenced 303 Dakota men to death. Thirty-eight of them were victims of a mass hanging. Board member Stephanie Levine, who moved approval of the resolution to rename the school, said she has been uncomfortable with the name for several years. “I want to be clear that a name change in no way erases history, and students should continue to learn about the complex legacy of Henry Sibley and the Native inhabitants on whose land we now live,” Levine said. “His legacy should...
    By The Associated Press Omaha World-Herald. Dec. 6, 2020 Let’s work to maximize the benefits from Omaha’s recycling program Omaha’s launch of new trash and recycling carts opens up a promising new possibility — an opportunity to greatly boost the volume of material we recycle. Let’s make the most of this chance for progress for our community. Raleigh, North Carolina — a city of Omaha’s same general size — increased its recycling volume by 56% over four years after making a similar switch, The World-Herald reported. The increase achieved in Sarasota, Florida: some 70%. Omaha surely can join such cities in lifting its recycling efforts to a higher level. With the new bins and collection contract, our city ought to be able to save nearly 10,000 tons of materials for recycling instead of sending, the nonprofit Recycling Partnership estimates. That’s a worthy goal for our community. Some Omahans are taking...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — England cricket board: 2 members of touring party in South Africa have ‘unconfirmed positive tests’ for COVID-19. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has appointed two close allies of President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a defense advisory board, continuing a post-election purge in the final weeks of the administration. The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, who was installed by Trump on Nov. 9 after Trump fired then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said in a written statement Friday that nine members of the Defense Business Board had been replaced with the appointment of 11 new members. Lewandowski and Bossie are among Trump's most vocal supporters. The nine other appointees are Henry Dreifus, Robert McMahon, Cory Mills, Bill Bruner, Christopher Shank, Joseph Schmidt, Keary Miller, Alan Weh and Earl Matthews. "These individuals have a proven record of achievement within their respective fields and have demonstrated leadership that will serve our department and our nation well," Miller said. The Miller statement initially said the nine individuals removed...
    The White House fired several members of a Pentagon advisory board and has, in their place, hired Corey Lewandowski and others. The Department of Defense announced Friday that nine members of the Defense Business Board were being terminated. Eleven appointments were announced to be taking their slots. Among those replacements were President Trump's former campaign and deputy campaign managers, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. "These individuals have a proven record of achievement within their respective fields and have demonstrated leadership that will serve our Department, and our nation well," said Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller in a statement. The Defense Business Board is a group of industry leaders and academics that helps provide advice to leadership within the Pentagon. The department noted that some of those who would be leaving the board had expired terms, while others had their terms ended. It is unclear how...
    The acting defense secretary installed by President Donald Trump days after last month's election fired the members of a board tasked with providing Pentagon leaders with business advice on Friday and replaced them with a new group that includes staunch Trump loyalists. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, among Trump's most outspoken advocates, will be among the new members of the Defense Business Board, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced in a statement late Friday. Other members include Cory Mills, a columnist for the far-right news outlet Newsmax, as well as other veterans of the Trump administration, such as retired Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, who appears to be the same person who stepped down from one of the top civilian spots in the Pentagon last year. Cartoons on President Donald TrumpView All 1057 ImagesThe Pentagon declined to respond to follow-up questions. The move is the latest in what has...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has appointed two close allies of President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a defense advisory board, continuing a post-election purge in the final weeks of the administration. The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, who was installed by Trump on Nov. 9 after he fired then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said in a written statement Friday that nine members of the Defense Business Board had been replaced with the appointment of 11 new members. Lewandowski and Bossie are among Trump’s most vocal supporters. The nine other appointees are Henry Dreifus, Robert McMahon, Cory Mills, Bill Bruner, Christopher Shank, Joseph Schmidt, Keary Miller, Alan Weh and Earl Matthews. “These individuals have a proven record of achievement within their respective fields and have demonstrated leadership that will serve our department and our nation well,” Miller said. He also said the nine individuals removed from the...
    Former campaign senior adviser Of U.S. president Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski speaks to media to demand a fair count of the votes of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 5, 2020.Eduardo Munoz | Reuters WASHINGTON — Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller dismissed nine Defense Business Board members and replaced them with 11 new appointments on Friday, the latest shakeup in the Pentagon aimed at installing Trump loyalists. Former Trump 2016 campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are among the 11 new members. Bossie was tapped in November to lead President Donald Trump's efforts to contest President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 election victory. Lewandowski has also helped with those efforts. Members of the Defense Business Board provide the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense as well as other senior leaders within the Pentagon with independent advice from a private sector perspective. The organization,...
    Donald Trump removed and replaced nine members of the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board on Friday and replaced them with loyalists like Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Politico reported. The move comes ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration in January as speculation continues to swirl around a possible coup. According to the publication, members of the board were notified by Joshua Whitehouse — the White House liaison to the Department of Defense — of the removals. Michael Bayer, former board chair, claimed that several board members received a form letter notifying them of their termination. “In my experience, I was very surprised that the White House would, at the eleventh hour, adjust an advisory board that for 19 years has had a record of nonpartisan support with the department,” he said. According to Politico, the removals are a continuation of the Trump administration’s plan to “clean out the Defense Department” as his...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has purged a Pentagon business advisory board and replaced its members with his former campaign manager and deputy campaign manager, neither of whom have served in the military or have any apparent experience with the defense industry. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced Friday that Trump loyalists Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie would be appointed to the Defense Business Board to partly replace nine members who were ousted earlier, according to a statement from the Pentagon. Politico was first to report on the departure of the nine members.Trump has jettisoned much of the Pentagon's civilian leadership in recent weeks, replacing officials with a slew of political loyalists in a wave of disruption as his administration winds to a close. Since firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper by tweet November 9, the President has ousted at least three other top officials and replaced them with perceived loyalists and targeted...
    You may remember last month that several Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, were fired in what was being described as a purge. Well, something similar appears to be happening at a DOD advisory board. News broke Friday that members of the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board were fired in a surprise move. Per Politico: Members of the board received a brief email from Joshua Whitehouse, the White House liaison to the Department of Defense, that simply said, “if you are receiving this e-mail, your membership on the Defense Business Board has expired or is coming to an end.” The three board members who spoke to POLITICO said their tours were not close to ending. “A number of board members have been terminated with a form letter. In my experience, I was very surprised that the White House would, at the eleventh hour, adjust an advisory board that for...
    Coronavirus vaccine, Georgia recount, Rockefeller Center Christmas tree: 5 things to know Wednesday Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb Pinterest shareholders are suing the company over allegations of discrimination against women and employees of color © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Pinterest shareholders sued the company, top executives, and board of directors on Tuesday, accusing them of harming investors by creating and perpetuating a culture of racial and sex discrimination. The lawsuit, filed Thursday by a Rhode Island pension fund, claimed Pinterest executives and board members "personally engaged in, facilitated or knowingly ignored" discrimination and retaliation against those who spoke out about the company's "white, male leadership clique." Pinterest is already facing a gender discrimination lawsuit and came in for intense criticism in recent months from current and former employees, starting in June when two Black women quit and publicly spoke out about negative...
    The Defense Department on Friday said that a number of members of its Defense Policy Board -- including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright -- had been removed. “As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” a U.S. Defense official told Fox News. PENTAGON'S TOP POLICY OFFICIAL RESIGNS A DAY AFTER ESPER FIRED  Foreign Policy, which first reported the removals, said 11 high-profile advisers were ousted from the board, including Kissinger and Albright, as well as former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The purge was done quietly earlier this week, on the eve of Thanksgiving. Also removed include former Treasury undersecretary David McCormick, who served during the George W. Bush administration, and Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon. “I am grateful to the departing board members, many of whom have...
    Eleven members of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board have been abruptly booted by the outgoing Trump administration, according to a new report. Pentagon liaison Joshua Whitehouse sent the directive Wednesday afternoon, multiple sources told Foreign Policy. Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright; retired Adm. Gary Roughead; onetime ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Jane Harman; and Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon were all removed, effective immediately. Also ousted were former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and former Treasury Department undersecretary David McCormick, former deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick; chief US nuclear negotiator Robert Joseph; former Deputy National Security Advisor JD Crouch II; and former top defense official Franklin Miller. The status of the other two members on the board was unclear. The Defense Policy Board provides top-ranking Pentagon officials with independent, informed advice and and opinion on matters of defense...
    (CNN)Several high profile members of the Defense Policy Board were removed on Wednesday by the Trump administration, in yet another purge of longstanding foreign policy experts and national security establishment figures in the final days of the Trump era, according to three defense officials. Members who were suddenly removed include former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, former ranking member of the House Intelligence committee Jane Harman and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, two of the officials said.The Defense Policy Board is an outside advisory group of former high profile national security officials who "provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense," according to their website."As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department's...
    Cattle walk across a pasture near Point Reyes Station, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal)  Marin County’s legal office has denied a request to take legal action against the Marin Agricultural Land Trust for the alleged misuse of tax funds. Ross resident Ken Slayen sought the litigation, claiming the trust used Measure A funds to enrich current and former board members at the public’s expense. MALT denies wrongdoing. “Based on our review, we are comfortable that the county appropriately, and in compliance with industry standards, reviewed appraisals for the Farmland Preservation Program grants and received appropriate value for the grants that the county issued,” Marin County Counsel Brian Washington wrote in a letter to Slayen’s attorney. Ray Fort, MALT’s acting executive director, said, “We feel that our position on these issues is clearly vindicated by the county’s response.” Slayen’s attorney, Thomas Brown, wrote that his client disagrees...
    (CNN)Certification is usually a formality, but President Donald Trump is trying to block or delay the process in key states as part of a long-shot effort to overturn the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.All eyes have been on Michigan this week after Trump called two Republican canvass board members from Wayne County to offer his support, after they went back and forth on voting to certify the election results from the state's largest county, which includes Detroit. The board members filed affidavits Wednesday seeking to "rescind" their votes to certify the election result.On Friday, leaders from the state's GOP legislature met with Trump at the White House, but contrary to the baseless claims of fraud the President and his allies have been peddling, they said they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan." Biden leads...
    Republican Senate candidate John James called on the Michigan Board of Canvassers to hold off certifying the election results during its meeting Monday, and recommended that the investigation of fraud allegations be extended for two weeks “to provide a more complete review before certification.” James challenged Democrat incumbent Sen. Gary Peters. Unofficial results show Peters leading James by about 85,000 votes, or 1.5 percent, according to the Associated Press. The Republican asked to take until December 7 to investigate claims by dozens of observers who have filed affidavits alleging fraud, ballots being counted multiple times, and procedures not being followed during the counting process in Detroit. “I submit this request because I am interested in the truth and protecting the integrity of our elections,” James said in his letter, calling for the group to “fully audit” the results. “Sometimes the truth takes time to surface, and it’s rarely easy to...
    CBS Detroit – Farmington School Board  Superintendant Robert Herrera resigned along with School board Vice President Terri Johnson and President Pamela Green, citing online, public, and school board staff harassment. In a report by Hometown Life, Herrera announced his resignation citing harassment from Board Secretary Angie Smith. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Police Seek Suspect Wanted In Fatal Hit-And-Run On Detroit’s East Side Credit: Farmington Public Schools – Robert Herrera Herrera was appointed in May of 2019, will continue as Superintendent through January 22, 2021. Then he will take a work leave and remain on as an advisor until June 30, 2021. His resignation agreement bars him from pursuing legal action against the district. In the agreement, it is alleged Smith claimed he was prejudiced against black staff and students. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Michigan Department Of Natural Resources Says Tiny, Invasive Insects From Asia Found In Michigan State Park According...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — State standardized tests won't count toward public high school students' grades in Georgia this year, after members of the state Board of Education reversed themselves and agreed Thursday with state Superintendent Richard Woods. The board voted 10-3 Thursday to make end-of-course exams in algebra, American literature and composition, biology and U.S. history count for 0.01% of a student's overall course grades. That's down from the normal 20% and the 10% that board members had proposed last month. Districts still can choose to count tests at a higher value. Woods argued that because some districts started late and some students have received only online instruction, it would be unfair to students to possibly decrease their grades with a state test. Because Georgia awards HOPE Scholarships to college based on high school grades, some students who see grades go down could lose scholarship money....
    A Michigan Republican canvassing board member on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump called her after she was threatened for refusing to certify the election results in Wayne County. “He was checking in to make sure I was safe after hearing the threats and doxing that had occurred,” Monica Palmer said to the Washington Post. Palmer was one of two Republican members of the four-member Wayne County canvassing board who initially refused to certify the votes before changing their minds later in the evening and choosing to certify. A source familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that Trump called Palmer and William Hartmann, the second Wayne County Republican canvasser. On Wednesday, both Republican canvassers signed an affidavit citing “intense bullying and coercion” for their decision and rescinded their votes. Palmer said that Trump did not pressure her to rescind their vote. “It was not pressure. It was genuine concern...
    (CNN)The two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers want to "rescind" their votes to certify the presidential results from the county, the largest in Michigan and home to the city of Detroit, even though the board has already certified the results.They both sent sworn affidavits to the county's attorney disavowing their previous votes to certify. But given that the deadline for county certification has already passed, it is unclear what legal remedy or legitimate argument these two Republican officials can make to formally rescind their votes and undo the certification.Republican Chair Monica Palmer and Republican board member William Hartmann had initially voted against certification during their Tuesday night meeting, leaving the board in a 2-2 deadlock. After hours of public pressure and complaints that they were brazenly disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters from the majority-Black city of Detroit, the Republicans changed their votes and the certification...
              The Confederate soldier statue outside the Franklin County courthouse in the small town of Rocky Mount will not be moved after the county’s board of supervisors unanimously voted to keep the monument in its current location during a monthly meeting Tuesday. The motion was put forth by Boone District Supervisor Ronnie Thompson and seconded by Tommy Cundiff, Union Hall District Supervisor. “Now, if we take the statue down we’re disrespecting the past and we’re actually disrespecting the future because with what we have here, society is judged on the past and the future,” Cundiff said during the meeting. “So, we’ve got to have a past for how to judge our future [by].” During the time for public comment, before the vote, a local Rocky Mount resident said not removing the statue would be a stumbling block for people of color and their allies,...
    By Annie Grayer and Marshall Cohen | CNN In an unprecedented move, the Detroit-based Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked along partisan lines on a critical vote Tuesday and was unable to certify the county’s presidential results before the deadline. The two Democrats on the panel voted to certify the results, while the two Republicans voted against it. President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, a win made possible by a strong showing in Wayne County. If those votes aren’t eventually certified, it could jeopardize Biden’s claim to Michigan’s electoral votes. President Donald Trump has mounted a longshot attempt to overturn the election results through lawsuits and with the Electoral College, though GOP lawmakers in Michigan have said they’ll respect the statewide popular vote. Biden won 587,074 votes in Wayne County, compared to Trump’s 264,149. According to Michigan law, the Board of State Canvassers is now required...
    BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Two people connected to one of the darkest days in Broward School District history are now sitting on the Broward School Board. At a swearing in ceremony Tuesday, they promised safety will be a top priority. “We’re broken and but you have to learn how to move forward,” said Debbie Hixon. With her two sons at her side, Hixon was sworn in as a Broward School Board member. She’s the second board member connected to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre nearly three years ago that took 17 lives. Her husband Chris, the school’s athletic director, died trying to disarm the gunman. But Hixon said the tragedy does not define her. She’s been a teacher for 32 years and has a purpose. “I want to see is a written emergency operation plan in the time of COVID. We would add that so it isn’t just about active shooters,...
              A gathering of parked cars blared their horns as dusk fell over the parking lot. Parents arrived once more on a Tuesday evening to protest against distance learning at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting. After parents finished honking, they joined the meeting so that they can speak to the board directly. November 10th marked the fourth “Honk for Back-to-School” that parents and community members have attended. These individuals continue to protest the total distance learning at LCPS. Once LCPS announced that fall semester would consist of distance learning only, most parents turned to social media groups to advocate the reopening of schools. One private Facebook page, “LCPS Can Do Better,” boasts nearly 1,000 members. Several of these activist families put up $1,400 to place an ad in the local paper imploring the board to open up schools. One mother, Debbie Edsall, shared...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The South Bay’s largest chamber of commerce has released the preliminary findings of an internal investigation, to determine how a racist political attack ad was published to the main website of the Silicon Valley Organization. At a press conference at San Jose City Hall, board member Kevin Surace outlined four key findings from the third party investigator. The investigator had access to SVO’s “full records with no interference”, and found: No evidence of intent to post racist material or stoke racial divisions Lack of communication, and breakdown in process Ad published without proper review/approval Not approved by management “Saying we are sorry will never be enough. But it is a small start in a long process ahead,” said Surace. The ad was posted to the SVO’s main site on October 26 – a photo of black protestors on a tear-gas filled street, and the...
    Black Lives Matter protesters succeeded in disrupting and shutting down a local school board meeting in Wisconsin after they angrily confronted board members over an anti-racist curriculum. The chaos unfolded at a meeting of the Burlington Area School District Board of Education in Burlington. The protesters were angry about racist comments made on social media against a fourth-grade teacher in the school district that had taught a lesson many thought was political propaganda related to the Black Lives Matter protests. "I'm sick of each and every one of you being silent!" said one mother to the board after speaking about racism against her son. Protesters were allowed to publicly comment for about an hour but when board members tried to move on to other topics, they began chanting, "Black Lives Matter!" and "Shut it down!" Image Source: YouTube screenshot In a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — President-elect Joe Biden’s newly established coronavirus advisory board includes three faculty members at the University of California at San Francisco, the university said Monday. Professor of pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics Dr. David Kessler, professor of medicine Dr. Eric Goosby and emergency medicine professor Dr. Robert Rodriguez will serve on the 13-member board and offer public health and scientific counsel to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as they transition into the White House. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” Biden said in a statement. In joining the advisory board, Kessler and Goosby will both be returning to the federal government after having served under multiple presidents over the last 25 years. Kessler served as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner...
    President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced on Monday members of his advisory board to address the coronavirus pandemic, signaling that he is pushing forward with transition efforts despite President Donald Trump refusing to concede the election. [ READ: Stocks Soar on Biden, COVID-19 Vaccine News ]"Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts," Biden said in a statement. "The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations." During his campaign, Biden strongly criticized Trump for lacking a federal plan to control the pandemic. The advisory board announcement – one of the transition team's first moves – sends a strong signal that Biden will quickly move forward on an issue that he made a...
    Fact check: False claim that thousands of dead people voted in Michigan How Pfizer vaccine could help lift economy out of COVID-19 pandemic rut SoftBank removes board members including Rajeev Misra and Marcelo Claure to improve perception of independence SoftBank COO Marcelo Claure and Vision Fund Chief Rajeev Misra are among four directors that announced their resignation from SoftBank's board on Monday. SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son said the moves were made to ensure "a greater proportion of External Board Directors, and further highlight SoftBank's commitment to corporate governance." © Provided by CNBC WeWork Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure during an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at WeWork headquarters in New York City on February 10, 2020. SoftBank, the Japanese technology holding company, announced Monday that Vision Fund chief Rajeev Misra and Chief Operating Officer Marcelo Claure are among four directors resigning immediately from the company's board....
    President-elect Joe Biden announced the formation of a new 13-member coronavirus task force Monday as part of his transition team process. Biden had teased the move in a number of campaign appearances throughout the fall. It will be chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. The Washington Post noted that Murthy and Kessler — respective alumnus of the Obama and George H. W. Bush administrations — have led Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ coronavirus briefings over the past several months. WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – NOVEMBER 07: President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden wave to the crowd after Biden’s address to the nation from the Chase Center November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. After four days of counting the high volume of mail-in ballots in key battleground...
    President-elect Joe Biden plans to meet Monday with his new coronavirus taskforce and give remarks about his plans for tackling the pandemic, as well as rebuilding the economy. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement Monday. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” he added. The board will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University Associate Professor Marcella Nunez-Smith. Among the panel’s 10 members will be Rick Bright, who was removed as head of a federal agency called the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority earlier this year. In April,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – President-elect Joe Biden has named his coronavirus advisory board for his transition team and several have ties to Boston. The three co-chairs all have connections to Massachusetts. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith did her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as did former Surgeon Genera Dr. Vivek Murthy, who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. David Kessler graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Atul Gawande is also on the board. He’s a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School. You can see the full list of members here: NEW: President-elect Biden has named his transition COVID-19 advisory board. Drs. David Kessler, Vivek Murthy & Marcella Nunez-Smith will serve as co-chairs. Full list of other members: pic.twitter.com/XZoEmj3WwQ — Stephen Sanchez (@SSanchezTV) November 9, 2020
    Rome City Schools’ Board of Education members had a chance to tour the new College and Career Academy (CCA). The building is currently under construction on Rome High School’s campus. During the tour, led by Rome High School Associate Principal, Misty Tucker, RCS Board members had the opportunity to walk the site and ask Superintendent Louis Byars about what curriculum will be offered when the building opens in 2021. From the mock court room, to the commercial kitchen and automotive repair garage, the Board got their first look at the spaces that will serve as an extension of what Rome City Schools currently offers in their classrooms. With the goal of making sure every student will graduate from Rome High School prepared for college or work, Rome City Schools’ leadership seemed excited about the opportunities that will soon be available...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for two New Orleans musicians facing criminal charges arising from their time as board members on a charitable board. Federal court records show the hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10 for trumpet player Irvin Mayfield and pianist Ronald Markham. Markham is a longtime friend and business partner of Mayfield and the two perform together. They are former board members of the charitable New Orleans Public Library Foundation. They face money laundering and fraud charges stemming from accusations that they spent money raised for public libraries on themselves. They were indicted in 2017. Both have pleaded not guilty. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Louisiana, Associated Press
    MinnPost photo by Jessica LeeThe approval of the first ballot measure means the City Council election in 2023 will also be for a second 2-year term — following the one decided in the 2021 election. A large majority of Minneapolis voters approved two ballot measures Tuesday. One question asked residents to change City Charter language to mirror state law, which requires all cities to hold special elections for council and mayoral vacancies on already state-approved election days. That measure, with 136 of 136 precincts reporting, passed with 75 percent of the vote. The other question on the ballot was far more consequential, determining whether City Council elections will be decoupled from mayor elections after 2021, when a state law requiring Minneapolis to hold City Council and Park Board elections soon after city redistricting will force council members to run for two-year terms. That question was approved with 86 percent of...
    The outcome of an election that will determine a majority of seats on the governing board of the nation’s largest community college district, which serves some of the most vulnerable students in the state, remained uncertain Tuesday night, with three incumbents and one newcomer holding a preliminary edge in early returns. Four seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees were in contest this year, with 33 candidates vying for the at-large seats. Check this page for live L.A. County election results Check this page for live L.A. County election results Incumbents Andra Hoffman, David Vela and Mike Fong were endorsed by the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, the union that represents community college teachers and wields substantial influence over election outcomes. For the fourth seat, the guild endorsed a newcomer, Nichelle Henderson, who is a teacher at Cal State...
    Less than five days after posting a racist political attack ad,  Silicon Valley’s chamber of commerce has been hit with a growing exodus of influential and well-known board members. As of Friday, more than a dozen of its 80 board members confirmed to The Mercury News they have resigned and a broad coalition of many nonprofits and businesses reportedly have withdrawn their membership from the Silicon Valley Organization, a business advocacy group that represents more than 1,200 businesses across the region. Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, the San Jose Sharks, San Jose State University, Sand Hill Property Co., Team San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center became the latest organizations Friday to confirm that cut ties with the SVO and that their employees were stepping down from their seats on the board in protest of an image posted on the organization’s website earlier this week. “Comcast, like so many others, was...