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    Republicans have argued for decades that what we used to call global warming and now call climate change is a hoax. And for all those decades, they’ve been, and still are, wrong. Climate change is real. Human-driven climate change is real. So far, humanity has failed in its custodial duty to the planet and the ecosystems that have provided us with existence for some six million years. In most of humanity’s defense, it’s really been the last 150 or so years that we’ve let the Earth down—since the Industrial Revolution began in earnest. The ironic twist, of course, is that in failing the planet we inhabit, we have also failed ourselves. But the end is not yet nigh. So what can be done, from right now forward, to mitigate and reverse some (some) of the ecosystem damage and climate change we are facing? The good news is that there are quite a few measures we know will work. The bad news is that many of those should have been implemented a long while ago. But there are options for us still....
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Our Lady Victory church will hold their last mass Sunday but hopes remain as parishioners want the historical building to stay in the neighborhood. Founded in 1906, the church located in Jefferson Park is home to Irish, Polish, and German congregations. The Closure is part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church plan — a restructuring planned for the Northwest Side that will group eight churches and schools into three new parishes. A campaign to bring attention to the closing was appealed to the Archdiocese but was denied. The group also appealed to the Vatican to not officially close the building but are still waiting on a response. The church announced their closing last year but didn’t express any plans for the building but mentioned selling the property as an option.
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that his state was forced to take action and develop its own border wall as President Biden continues to ignore the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border. "Texas is stepping up and we are building our own border wall. That process has already begun," Abbott told "Tucker Carlson Tonight." We are in the process of getting bids on it and I am told to expect part of the Texas wall to be completed before the end of this calendar year." FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, according to his office, who said he is in good health and experiencing no symptoms. Abbott, who was vaccinated in 2020, was isolating in the governor's mansion in Austin and receiving monoclonal antibody treatment, spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Abbott told  Carlson that he has also dispatched 6,500 National Guard and DPS [Department of Public Safety] troopers to the border to contain the...
    UPTOWN — A grocery store that started in suburban Plainfield has expanded into Uptown, bringing its health-conscious offerings to a prominent storefront. Peter Rubi opened Sept. 2 at 804 W. Montrose Ave., taking over a retail space in the 811 Uptown building that was to house a Treasure Island grocery store before the chain went out of business in 2018. On top of selling produce and grocery store staples, Peter Rubi also makes healthy versions of baked goods and ready-to-eat items. There are plant-based bakery items, homemade vegan chocolate, and no-dairy and no-preservative soups. They don’t sell booze but do stock alcohol-free versions of some drinks. “That’s what Peter Rubi is all about, making healthy food available to everyone,” said John Graves, who owns the stores with his wife, Maria. “We want to become a source of healthy products, that people can trust us. Every vendor gets checked out, and every vendor has a story.” Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club ChicagoBaked goods for sale at Peter Rubi, 804 W. Montrose Ave., in Uptown on Sept. 9,...
    The World Trade Center was not the only target of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago. American Airlines Flight 77 had departed from Dulles International Airport in Virginia on its way to Los Angeles when five hijackers took control of the plane and flew it into the western wall of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., killing all 64 people aboard and another 125 people who were in the building. Upon impact, a portion of the building collapsed, and a large fire was ignited. Some of the people who were in the Pentagon continue to work at that very site, and here are some of their stories. SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN KABUL SUICIDE BOMBING POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED PURPLE HEARTS Capt. Joseph Gradisher, a retired sailor who was the deputy chief of information for the Navy on 9/11 and currently works in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told the Washington Examiner that he was in his office at the time the plane made impact. “I felt the impact of the plane hitting the building,”...
    AVONDALE — An Avondale property owner is looking to bring more condos to the neighborhood, but some neighbors are trying to stop the project. Daniel Chelariu wants to tear down the brick three-flat he owns at 3339 N. Ridgeway Ave. and build a six-unit condo building in its place. The four-story building would have six parking spaces in back, according to the community meeting notice. Of the six apartments, four would be three-bedroom duplexes and two would be two-bedroom units. Chelariu needs a zoning change from Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) to go forward. Chelariu’s project is the latest small development in gentrifying Avondale to face pushback from neighbors. After a recent community meeting, neighbors said they’re worried the Ridgeway Avenue condo building will create a “domino effect” and accelerate gentrification. Some are gathering signatures for a petition and delivering letters to Reboyras, urging the alderman to reject the zoning change. Attempts to reach Chelariu were unsuccessful. Chelariu has owned the property since 2010, according to Cook County property records. “We’re not seeing any new commerce come to our neighborhood,” neighbor Warren Williams said....
    Detroit, MI (CBS Detroit) – In 1969, Detroit’s Police Athletic League was founded. Led by many of the biggest names in Detroit sports, it gave children an opportunity to learn through athletics and develop the confidence and motivation to go far in life. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming This Year? In 1996, two young lawyers, Mike Tenbusch, and Dan Varner founded Think Detroit. Designed as an alternative to Detroit’s existing youth sports leagues, Think Detroit quickly drew children to its leagues. Realizing that together they could best serve Detroit’s youth population, the two leagues merged in 2006 to create Detroit PAL. With year-round programs that star more than 14,000 young athletes and thousands of coaches, Detroit PAL helps its athletes learn the skills needed to succeed both on and off the field. “Detroit PAL has been around for 50 years and what we do is we connect the community to the resources,” explains Robert Jamerson, Interim CEO, Detroit PAL.  ‘We help kids find their greatness through sports, but underneath all that is the...
    First responders recovered the body of a family member for one of their own while conducting search and rescue operations at the site of the collapsed condo building in Surfside, Fla., on Thursday night. The body of the 7-year-old girl — the daughter of a Miami city firefighter — was discovered by the Urban Search and Rescue Team in Florida Task Force 2, Miami Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezSunday shows preview: Moderates, Biden reach deal on infrastructure; Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison New York's wealthy could face 51.8 percent tax rate: report Bipartisan Biden to America's rescue MORE and Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky confirmed at a press conference on Friday. The identities of the child and family have not yet been made public. Suarez urged the public to "respect the privacy of the immediate family and the fire department," which he said was "understandably grieving tremendously." "I'm the father of two children. I have a 7-year-old son, and the thought of losing him in this way is unimaginable for me, my family," Suarez said. "I think this tragedy has...
    An emergency town commission meeting has been held after residents of the sister apartment building of the Champlain Towers South unit that collapsed killing at least ten on Thursday, noticed huge cracks in their own building. 'I am afraid that there could be some issue in our building that will result in what we saw in Champlain Towers South,' said Champlain Towers East resident Robert Lisman at a meeting in Surfside, Florida on Friday night,  Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett pledged to a building review for the remaining East and North Champlain Towers, saying it was 'imprudent not to take some types of steps to address that issue with the sister building.' Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer added that Surfside must expand and increase building recertification requirements and called for additional studies to help prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. The emergency meeting was held just one day after the formerly 12-story Champlain Towers South collapsed. As of Monday, at least ten have been confirmed as dead and 156 are still missing. Authorities in Miami-Dade County are continuing to search for survivors who...
    Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said on Thursday that the "worst has yet to come" after the devastating collapse of the Champlain Towers in South Florida. "We got the call at about 2:00 this morning and we came out and we've got a modern building that just collapsed. A large modern building, 12 stories, 130-unit condominium on the ocean just collapsed, it looks like there was an earthquake, it's inexplicable and we are all scratching our heads trying to figure out what the problem is," Burkett told Harris Faulkner on "Outnumbered." "We've got a tragedy here that's beyond any of our imagination. We've got 15 families out this morning in the middle of the night, we've got a third or more of the building that collapsed like a pancake that I don't even want to think about what we'd find in that area." Furthermore, Burkett said that families who lived on the upper floors were able to "walk out on their own."  "Apparently they couldn't get out to the lobby because it was blocked but they were able to get out....
    PORTSMOUTH- After a successful Autism Awareness month, one area non-profit is asking for help to keep its operation running. The Autism Project of Southern Ohio took to Facebook in April to share its financial situation. President Mike Bell and Treasurer Michele King said donations are needed to save their building. “The pandemic has really hit us hard,” King said in the April 8 video. “We’ve not been able to fundraise, so we need to reach out to the public. We’ve always got so much support from the community.” Donations of any amount, currently being collected through Venmo, PayPal, Facebook, and physical checks would go to the APSO building on 1018 Waller St. in Portsmouth. Since 2018, the former location of the Haugland Autism Learning Center has served as the 23-year-old project’s home. As further explained in the clip, the facility includes an enclosed playground and activity rooms such as a library, media room, and playroom. “The kids just love this place, and you just see the smiles on their faces,” said Bell, APSO president since 2010. “We’re looking for donations...
    By BO EMERSON and J.D. CAPELOUTO, Atlanta Journal-Constitutions ATLANTA (AP) — Carole Cash Stemley had waited a long time for this moment, the dramatic peak in “Imitation of Life,” when Annie (played by Juanita Moore) is given a lavish funeral and Mahalia Jackson sings the wrenching lament, “Trouble of the World.” At that very instant some joker opened the front door of the Ashby Theater, erasing the screen with a wash of light. “Close the door!” hollered the teenaged Carole from her seat in the audience, thinking to herself, “you have ruined my life!” Yes, she was a teenager, and a little histrionic. But that experience, in 1959, stays with Stemley, along with many other memories from a childhood in Washington Park. It was a different world. An ice cream parlor, schools, restaurants, a park, all were full of family and friends and people that looked like her. African Americans on the Westside had their own swimming pool, their own playground, and, when the Ashby was built in 1934, their own movie theater. You could, if you wanted, travel to...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A now-former employee of the Texas Republican Party was fired after the organization found out he was among the pro-Donald Trump mob outside the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection last month. Less than three months on the job, ex-staffer Kevin Whitt was fired Monday, Feb. 1, by the Texas GOP after The Texas Tribune reported asking the party about Whitt’s social media posts regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. “Information has come to light of some troubling video of one of our former employees,” party spokesperson Luke Twombly said in a statement to the newspaper. “Due to this footage, we terminated our relationship.” Whitt, who was hired in late November as a field organizer, told the paper after his firing that the GOP was “canceling conservatives, obviously.” On the day after the Capitol siege, Whitt posted a video on his Instagram account showing people near a Capitol entrance with alarms going off in the background. And although Whitt was not seen in the video, his voice could be heard from behind the camera. “This is the...
    Bloomberg NYC Apartment Landlords Getting Burned in Gentrification Crash (Bloomberg) — New York’s apartment investors are suddenly waist-deep in distress.By December, they were behind on $395 million of debt backed by mortgage bonds, almost 150 times the level a year earlier, according to Trepp data on commercial mortgage-backed securities. Tenants in rent-stabilized units owe at least $1 billion in rent and wealthier ones are fleeing the city, leaving behind vacancies and pushing newly-built luxury towers into foreclosure.For years, as crime dwindled and rent climbed in New York, investors gobbled up apartment buildings. But with the city’s economy and culture crushed by Covid-19, mounting job losses have derailed the gentrification boom and put financial pressure on landlords.“The people who specialize in mortgage workouts are the busiest people in New York real estate,” said Barry Hersh, a clinical associate professor of real estate at New York University.The developers who are in the most trouble pushed hard into Harlem and the Brooklyn hipster hubs of Crown Heights, Flatbush and Bushwick, squeezing out working-class residents by building new expensive units. Now, they’re grappling with...
    A man from upstate New York has been charged with storming the US Capitol after videos have emerged on social media showing him smoking a joint inside the government building and bragging about it. James Bonet, from Glen Falls, was arrested this week on federal counts of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or ground without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds stemming from his suspected role in the deadly January 6 siege. According to a criminal complaint, a week after the insurrection, a witness contacted the FBI and shared links to two videos on Bonet's Facebook page, which were said to show him smoking a marijuana cigarette inside the Capitol. Accused rioter James Bonet, from Glen Falls, New York, was arrested this week for allegedly taking part in the US Capitol siege after videos emerged showing him smoking what looks like a marijuana cigarette inside  Bonet's co-workers alerted the FBI after seeing multiple videos depicting the man entering the Capitol and bragging about 'taking it back'  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A BLACK Lives Matter activist has been arrested after a video revealed he shouted "it's our house" and "we got to get this s**t burned." John Sullivan, who was charged by the FBI, can allegedly be heard egging the pro-Donald Trump rioters on in footage he filmed of the attack. 5John Sullivan has been arrested for his involvement in the Capitol riots 5Sullivan said that he was only in the Capitol building to 'document' Trump supporters He claimed to only be inside the Capitol on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the building, to document the riots, and posted videos to his YouTube and Twitter accounts. He also said the same to CNN, according to the Daily Mail. Sullivan claimed to be a video journalist, but after his arrest, he apparently admitted to the FBI that he does not have press credentials, according to an arrest affidavit. He's now facing federal charges of civil disorder, entering a restricted building and violent entry or disorderly conduct. He allegedly told rioters, "We gotta get this s**t burned," and "it's our...
    The lawyer for 'QAnon shaman' Jacob Chansley, who stormed the Capitol building during last week’s riot wearing horns, wants Donald Trump to pardon him because he felt he was 'answering the call of our President.'  Albert Watkins spoke on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday evening defending his client Chansley, 33, a well-known supporter of the QAnon conspiracy in Arizona who was arrested Saturday for his role in the violet Capitol siege on January 6. This week Chansley, who also goes by Jake Angeli, was indicted by a federal grand jury on six counts including violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol.  'Trump needs to stand up and own these people. He owes them – he has an obligation to them,' Watkins said to host Chris Cuomo. 'And do what?' Cuomo asked. 'Give a pardon, give a pardon,' Watkins replied. Albert Watkins (right), the lawyer for 'QAnon shaman' Jacob Chansley, said on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday night he wants President Trump to pardon his client, claiming he was 'answering the call of our President' Prosecutors say Chansley, who calls himself the...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol shortly after the Capitol was cleared. In a speech Wednesday night on the Senate floor, McConnell went after the rioters who entered the Capitol to interrupt Congress’s counting of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6 and a vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win against President Donald Trump. McConnell said the Senate will move forward to get their job done “tonight.” “The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution for our nation. And we are going to do it tonight,” McConnell said. “This afternoon, Congress began the process of honoring the will of the American people and counting the Electoral College votes. We have fulfilled this solemn duty every four years for more than two centuries. Whether our nation has been at war or at peace, under...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As police in Washington DC continue to try and clear supporters of President Donald Trump from the US Capitol after storming the building and engulfing the nation’s capital in chaos, law enforcement officials here are carefully keeping a close watch on the pulse of South Florida and so far, so good. In a tweet by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, she wrote “MDPD Director assured me that MDPD is monitoring the situation in D.C., all is calm in our county & they are prepared for any public safety issues if they arise. Praying for the safety of all Americans and a quick resolution to the unrest and violence in our nation’s capital.” MDPD Director Freddy Ramirez also tweeted, “Your safety will always be our priority. Together, we will work with our community to protect the residents and visitors of Miami-Dade County. We are proud to protect and serve our diverse community. At this time our county remains calm. We will continue to monitor the situation.” The Capitol building was locked down Wednesday as violent clashes broke out between...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday called the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump “an outright assault on our democracy.” Newsom cancelled a 2 p.m. news conference he had scheduled to update the state on the COVID pandemic. “Peaceful protest is an important mechanism of our democracy but what we are witnessing in our nation’s Capitol building is reprehensible and an outright assault to our democracy and Democratic institutions,” Newsom said. Newsom’s statement said he had cancelled the COVID update “out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of Governor’s Office staff.” There are some protests by Trump supporters in Sacramento today. They have so far been much smaller and more restrained than the historic incidents in Washington D.C., in which thousands of Trump supporters pushed past police lines, broke windows in the Capitol building, stormed into the Senate chamber and vandalized offices, including the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The national guard, FBI an other agencies were sending authorities to clear the building Wednesday afternoon. “The people of California have spoken,...
    Vice President Mike Pence condemned the "Stop the Steal" protesters-turned-mob that stormed the Capitol building amid the House and Senate debating an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona. "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building," Pence said. "Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." President Trump had for days falsely insisted that Pence, who presided over the joint session of Congress that convened to count Electoral College votes, had the authority to unilaterally reject certain states' Electoral College votes and overturn the results of the presidential election in favor of Trump rather than Biden. Pence defied Trump in a statement released just before the joint session began on Wednesday, saying: “It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me...
    About 300 anti-lockdown protesters, some of them armed, gathered outside the Oregon State Capitol building and forced their way in on Monday as lawmakers convened for a special session. Governor Kate Brown called for the special session closed to the public where lawmakers discussed pandemic relief and vaccination distribution funding, as protesters gathered to oppose COVID-19 restrictions.  The protest started around 9am comprised of members of the Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and other far-right groups, some seen carrying rifles and pistols and waving American flags and Trump banners.  They were heard chanting 'We just want our rights back! and USA!'  About 100 demonstrators forced their way into the building from two entrances and once inside they shouted obscenities and yelled 'Let them eat cake!' as dozens of armed state troopers blocked a door into a hallway.  Shortly before 9.30am police declared unlawful assembly and said protesters would be arrested if they did not disperse.   About 300 armed protesters gathered outside the Oregon State Capitol building and forced their way in on Monday as lawmakers convened for a special session...
    Dear Moneyist, I am an Upper East Side wife and mother with two children. The residents of our building have agreed to tip our doormen, super and two gardeners who tend to our common areas 25% more this holiday season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We usually give $200 to our favorite doorman, $200 to our super who never complains and always has a smile on his face even though he deals with everyone else’s complaints, and $100 to the other two full-time staff, and $100 to the two gardeners. The Moneyist: My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful My husband says we should continue to give 25% more in 2021. I disagree. We have been giving the same amount to the people who work in the building for the past five years because it doesn’t create increased expectations year after year. It’s simpler that way. We have been working from home this year, and have not had any pay...
    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I own a condo in a building with 22 units. Because of COVID, one of the HOA board members has posted signs stating “rules” throughout the building. Jeanne Phillips  The rules are typical for these trying times, but the number of signs is obsessive. Many of the residents dislike the signs, but my husband was the one who wrote a nasty letter to the HOA about how many are posted. The board member who was responsible for posting the signs was a friend of mine. Her feelings were hurt, and she has made some snide remarks about the letter. Related Articles Dear Abby: I asked him about the family secret, and he revealed something distressing Dear Abby: Karl’s callousness toward my emergency shook me. Am I overreacting? Dear Abby: I tell him how to be a good boyfriend, but he doesn’t learn Dear Abby: Everyone says he’s a stalker, but now I believe he really loves me Dear Abby: My husband fixed my best friend’s...
    CHILE — Snapping a photo: A visitor was reflected as he took a picture of a replica of the head of Michelangelo’s sculpture “David” at the National Museum of Fine Arts on the museum’s opening day in Santiago on Thursday. Photo: Esteban Felix/AP   SPAIN — Sprayed off: A medical team member was disinfected before leaving the COVID-19 ward at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes on Friday. Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP   SOUTH KOREA — Up in flames: An apartment building was engulfed in flames in Ulsan on Friday. The fire spread through the high-rise building, causing minor injuries to scores of people, officials said. Photo: Kim Yong-tae/Yonhap via AP  
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A new set of sprinklers was unveiled Wednesday at the site of the Our Lady of Angels School fire, where 92 students and three nuns were killed in 1958.The tragedy occurred on December 1, 1958. It changed protocol nationwide and new fire codes were enacted across the country.Since then, the school was rebuilt and used until 2016, when it closed. The building is now part of the Our Lady of the Angels Mission, serving as a food pantry, daycare center and after school help.WATCH: Fire victims remembered at Holy Family ChurchEMBED More News Videos Although much time has passed since 1958, the memories and the pain are still fresh. The mission has gotten a major upgrade in the form of a new fully automatic sprinkler system, all donated, for the entire four-story building."We cannot think of a better way to memorialize the 92 children and three sisters who died here on December 1, 1958. We are extremely grateful for those who made it possible and have this active memorial for those who perished here," said Sister Stephanie...
    St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) revealed this week that she and husband have relocated over repeated protests outside of their residence. In a Wednesday statement to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Krewson said “we have not lived at home for 2 months” due to demonstrations in July and August. “We did it to deescalate the situation, to save police resources, and, importantly, because our neighbors were being disturbed and threatened.” “I ran for this job — my neighbors did not,” she told the newspaper. The revelation comes as ongoing protests and violent unrest in downtown Portland and outside Mayor Ted Wheeler’s (D) upscale condo building have forced him to move. The demonstrations that began late Monday and extended into Tuesday fell on Wheeler’s 58th birthday and featured shiny golden alphabet balloons that protesters used to spell out an expletive. They sang on the street outside the mayor’s building, some wearing party hats, and the fire was set with a bundle of newspapers in a store housed on the ground floor of Wheeler’s building. There were no reports of major damage or injuries. Wheeler, who is also...
    First-graders in Rachel Bachman’s class, at Kennedy Elementary School in Hastings, got to meet their teacher earlier this week — in person.  Everyone had a face mask on, but that part didn’t feel particularly odd or uncomfortable, since many students had been wearing them in places like day care or the grocery store all summer, Bachman said. Even her quick segue into new COVID-19 protocol — “I’m excited to meet you. And I’ll tell you how we’re going to use hand sanitizer coming in and out of our room” — didn’t seem to dampen the mood.  From there, they got to check out their classroom, locate their spaced-out desk and see where they’ll be allowed to put their belongings. “I don’t feel like there was any apprehension,” Bachman said. “They just all wanted to be in the building. And they were excited to see their teachers and be back.” It’s the sort of back-to-school experience that many more Minnesota students and families had been anticipating. But a growing number of metro-area districts using a hybrid format — with part in-person...
    As a graduate social work student, advocacy is a big part of my work. I recently read a MinnPost article, “The fence restricting access to the Minnesota State Capitol isn’t coming down anytime soon after all,” written by Peter Callaghan, and it raised some concerns for me. The fence around the Capitol is an impediment to the people and it is keeping us out of our own house. I understand that precautions are necessary at this time due to the global pandemic to reduce risk for personnel who work in the Capitol building and the public visitors. However, I find the fence to be a very literal barrier for the citizens of this city to feel that they are involved in their government. This is a time of civil unrest since the killing of George Floyd, and to be honest, it has been for quite a few years. The continuation of this blockade against the public, though not intended to separate us from the officials, is very harmful to the trust that the citizens place in their elected officials. I...
    Despite continued demand for new construction and remodeling projects, San Jose is issuing only a fraction of building permits it did before the pandemic hit the region and now many home builders and contractors fear their livelihood is at stake. To avoid financial ruin, some have laid off staff and pivoted to smaller projects that don’t require permits — alternatives they initially turned to when the county banned construction for six weeks at the beginning of the region’s shelter-in-place order to stop the spread of the virus. “I’ve maintained a skeleton crew and tried to move forward, but if they don’t issue us permits then people that don’t have the means will go out of business,” said Mehdi Vatani, CEO of Santa Clara-based Valley Home Builders. “It’s a clear and present danger to our existence right now.” During the first full three months of the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders — April, May and June, the city of San Jose issued about half of the number of building permits given out during the same time frame last year. Permits issued for...
    A COUPLE have built an amazing home gym during lockdown - saving £11,000 by picking up bargains from B&Q and their local scrapyard. Mum-of-one Jodie Foulger, 34, and partner Andy, 32, from London, were due to be getting married this summer - and were determined coronavirus wouldn't scupper their fitness regime. 9These parents built an amazing home gym in their garden during lockdown 9It cost £900 to build - but could have cost up to £12,000 to buy Andy and Jodie, who works in scientific and medical research, built the garden gym for £900 - a huge saving on the £12,000 they were quoted. Jodie, who's mum to Ariana, six, told LatestDeals.co.uk: “We decided to build the gym because my partner Andy is a huge gym fanatic. “When lockdown hit and the gyms were closed he was not pleased. So I said ‘let’s build one!’ "I also wanted to use the gym for our pre-wedding build up. We were meant to be getting married in Greece on the July 2, but unfortunately our wedding is postponed until next year now due...
    Since the Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the nation, singer John Legend has been a leading voice in calls to defund the police. Now, he says that paying cops and building prisons are “destructive for our society.” Speaking with Los Angeles Times, Legend said that more money should be spent on the “front end,” which would, in turn, generate more success in poorer communities, which would, in turn, create less need for policing. “If we spend the money on the front end, so that folks have a chance to succeed, then we don’t have to spend it on the back end, paying a bunch of cops and building a bunch of prisons and all these other things that are really expensive and destructive for our society,” he said. Legend even accused the police of lying about incidents of wrongdoing, noting that cameras and modern technology have made police brutality more transparent. “We’ve come to the realization that these accounts from the police are almost never to be believed, particularly when they don’t admit any wrongdoing, because almost every single time...
    Grammy Award-winning pop star John Legend is doubling down on his calls to defund the police, saying that paying cops and building prisons are “destructive for our society.” Legend is one of Hollywood’s most vocal supporters of the Defund the Police movement, which is demanding that police departments around the country be stripped of taxpayer dollars in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. John Legend said that paying police officer’s salaries is “expensive” and “destructive.” “If we spend the money on the front end, so that folks have a chance to succeed, then we don’t have to spend it on the back end, paying a bunch of cops and building a bunch of prisons and all these other things that are really expensive and destructive for our society,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Monday. The “All of Me” singer also said that the public should be wary of the police because their accounts of incidents are almost always untrue. “We’ve come to the realization that these accounts from the police are almost never...
    Unity to «renovate the building of our economy». The president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has asked the rest of the political forces to undertake what he calls the reconstruction of the national economy. In his last Saturday speech from Moncloa before the end of the state of alarm this Sunday, Sánchez has also requested support to defend the interests of Spain in Brussels, which is currently negotiating the conditions of aid for the countries that have suffered the most from the impact. of the coronavirus. “Europe has to save Europe,” he said. For the reconstruction, the chief executive has demanded the same type of unity that has been achieved among political groups -except Vox- to approve the minimum vital income, an inclusive measure not to leave behind the most disadvantaged. “Now it’s time to rebuild, it has to be as fast as possible, but it’s not about restoring a building to return it to its previous state, but in renovating the building of our economy », has exemplified. In this regard, he pointed out that the pillars on which...
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