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    Some of the thousands of Afghan refugees who have been resettled in the UK since the Allied withdrawal pose a security risk. It could be a few of them or it could be a lot of them but we don’t know how many because, we learn from a Freedom of Information request made by Breitbart’s Jack Montgomery, the Home Office is apparently too embarrassed to tell us, claiming it would not be in “the public interest”. Wait. What? There are few things, you might imagine, that are more in the public interest than national security. The British, though generally tolerant, are increasingly exhausted by the wave on wave of immigrants arriving both legally and illegally. If Priti Patel’s Home Office is incapable of stopping them coming then at the very least it could try to weed out the ones hell-bent on killing us. Unfortunately, though, it would appear that even this job is beyond the Home Office’s capabilities. At least one of these evacuees, we know, had been on Britain’s ‘no-fly’ list — an indication that he was considered a...
    The British government has told Breitbart London it knows how many Afghans airlifted to the UK were on watch lists or had previously been deported from the country — but insists it is not in the public interest to reveal it. Germany and Sweden — countries with a less than stellar reputation for being forthright about public safety issues linked to immigration — have both admitted that some of the Afghans they evacuated from Kabul during its fall to the Taliban turned out to be people they had previously deported, with German interior minister Horst Seehofer revealing that his country had taken in Afghan evacuees who were “high-calibre criminals”, some “relevant to security” and regarded as a “serious threat”. Boris Johnson’s government has been less forthcoming about such issues, although reports have got out that at least one Afghan evacuee had been on Britain’s “no-fly” list and was seemingly airlifted in error. Another Afghan — a former special forces commando — was revealed to have been arrested in a dawn raid on the hotel he was hosted at not long after his arrival. In...
    Following new revelations on Monday about CNN host Chris Cuomo's role in his brother's scandal, the network announced on Tuesday that it has indefinitely suspended the primetime anchor. Chris Cuomo has faced significant public scrutiny for his efforts to help former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, his brother, as he dealt with the sexual misconduct and abuse of power allegations that forced him to resign from office. It had previously been reported that the CNN host played a role in helping his brother manage the matter as a public relations crisis, which many argued constituted a major breach of journalistic ethics. Chris Cuomo largely avoided the topic of his brother's scandal on his 9 p.m. show, an awkward attempt to navigate the conflict of interest. Gov. Cuomo had previously appeared on his brother's show, often in light-hearted segments. As allegations emerged against the governor, Chris Cuomo worked with his brother's staff to strategize a response. The newest revelations showed the Chris Cuomo's role in his brother's scandal was even deeper and more conflicted than was publicly known. New York...
    As his first year in office comes to a close, an ambitious new president is on the decline. His legislative agenda has stalled in a fractious Congress. Voters are angry over inflation and other economic concerns, and he is struggling to find his footing on the world stage. Allies and critics say the president and his party have made a major misstep, mistaking their successful defeat of an incumbent president for a decisive mandate in favor of their program. The results have been a flagging approval rating, a disenchanted public and an opposition party with the wind at its back. If elections for Congress were held today, there’s no question that the president would lose out to the mounting backlash against his administration. What year is this? Not 2021, but 1981, and the president is Ronald Reagan, who at the end of his first year in office was described in exactly these terms. “As the president heads into his second year,” Hedrick Smith wrote in The New York Times Magazine in January 1982, “a lot of the magic is gone...
    Share this: A 125th anniversary ceremony for the Brooklyn Public Library took place on Monday at the new Civic Commons of the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, and Borough President and Mayor-elect Eric Adams said he was looking forward to the next 125 years.  The Civic Commons, opened earlier this year, is a dedicated hub for organizations and services that facilitate participation in public life, with a new entrance on Flatbush Avenue. It is home to Central Library’s Passport Services Center, IDNYC office, a rotating community partner office and a computer lab. In the future, the space will host civic events such as local committee meetings, informational workshops and voter registration drives. Issuing a proclamation, BP Adams said, “For more than a century, the Brooklyn Public Library has been a hub of learning, enrichment, and civic participation serving Brooklynites of all backgrounds. As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of this institution this year, it is also worthwhile to reflect on what the next 125 years will look like, and how the library can deepen its commitment to equity. ...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Dr. Barbara Sampson, the first woman to lead the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in its 100 year history, announced her departure Monday for a job in the private sector.Sampson has been with the agency, the nation's largest medical examiner's office, 23 years, including nine as chief, and steered it through the grueling onset of the COVID-19 pandemic."We were so overwhelmed with the number of fatalities here in the city that we needed every OCME employee to be part of our COVID response," Sampson recalled in an interview with ABC News.ALSO READ | No confirmed cases of omicron variant in NYC, but new mask advisory issuedEMBED More News Videos New York City health officials issued a new mask advisory on Monday, strongly recommending all residents wear masks in all public indoor settings. Prior to the pandemic, Sampson oversaw the autopsies of Eric Garner, Joan Rivers and Jeffrey Epstein, each of which which generated a degree of public controversy."Keep with the truth and what is based in science and in medicine you...
    Amanda Knox has opened up about why she can't just disappear from the public eye and live a normal life, saying she has limited career choices due to 'bad circumstances.'   The 34-year-old continues to face public backlash more than a decade after she was wrongfully convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy during a sensational trial that made international headlines.  In an interview with British newspaper The Times, Knox and her husband Christopher Robinson detailed how the media scrutiny left her no choice but to be a public figure because it was nearly impossible for her to find a normal job.   'I could go and work at the post office,' she said. 'And sometimes I have fantasies about doing that. But I want to do the best I can with what I have, and this is what I have.'     Candid: Amanda Knox and her husband Christopher Robinson opened up about why she can't just disappear from the public eye in an interview with the British newspaper The Times  Lost time: Knox was wrongfully convicted of murdering her British...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An elderly Mission District man was acquitted of hit-and-run after his attorney showed the accuser had “a longstanding and unfounded animus” against him and there was no evidence a hit-and-run happened, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office announced Tuesday. A jury found 76-year-old Carlos Olivares Herrera not guilty last week of hit-and-run after deliberating for two hours. READ MORE: Embattled District Attorney Chesa Boudin: 'We Want Everyone To Feel Safe' In San FranciscoOn August 6, Herrera was parked on Folsom St. near 22nd St. when he noticed a local community group giving away free bags of groceries. According to the public defender’s office, when Olivares inquired about the groceries, a volunteer first told him that he needed to get a ticket and wait, but then just gave him a bag. As Olivares walked back to his car with the groceries, one of the giveaway organizers allegedly became incensed and ran after him to retrieve the bag, and claimed his car hit her on the hip as Olivares pulled away from the curb. According to the...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado residents with COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe illness will no longer need a doctor’s referral before getting antibody treatments designed to keep them out of hospitals, starting next week. Gov. Jared Polis made the announcement expanding access to monoclonal antibodies on Friday. Colorado’s hospitals have been stressed by high COVID-19 caseloads, and two in every five hospitals reporting to the state expected to be short on intensive care beds within the next week. Roughly 45% of hospitals said they were experiencing staff shortages. READ MORE: Kruger Rock Fire Now Fully Contained Near Estes ParkAbout one out of every 62 Colorado residents is currently infected with COVID-19. (credit: UCHealth) Still, the governor has resisted reinstating public health measures such as mask mandates or capacity limits on businesses, despite calls from local public health officials to take more aggressive action. On Monday, the health departments representing Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe counties — which have lobbied Polis to issue a new mask mandate for public indoor spaces — will consider enacting their own. Public...
    NEW YORK -- Democrat Jumaane Williams, New York City's elected public advocate, is running for New York governor, making the self-described activist perhaps the most progressive candidate in next year's increasingly crowded race already featuring two formidable and potentially history-making candidates.Williams, a 45-year-old former New York City councilman who serves as a public ombudsman in his role as the city's public advocate, told The Associated Press he plans to formally roll out his campaign announcement Tuesday."I'm usually pushing and tugging at someone who has the levers to get it done," Williams said. "At some point, you have to stop looking to other folks and say, 'I'm going to do the best I can for the people of the state.' And for me, that's running for governor now."He faces Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who took office after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped down over allegations he sexually harassed 11 women, and Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, whose investigation of the allegations prompted Cuomo's resignation.Williams said what he offers in the Democratic primary next year - and Hochul and James don't...
    A governor’s kids beg him to go trick-or-treating with them on Halloween. So, he abruptly cancels his plan to lead a state delegation to a global summit on climate change, his obsession. Is that OK? Moreover, nearly two weeks pass before the governor publicly explains why he didn’t attend the conference of world leaders. He’d initially cited only “family obligations.” Was that all the public needed to know? Yes. But canceling was strange. No. His bosses — the voters — needed a fuller explanation. Sure, a dad who takes his kids trick-or-treating deserves admiration. His children will probably never forget it. It’s inspiring and wholesome. But a governor isn’t a normal father — or mother, if California ever elects one. A governor signs up for a public life with limited privacy when making the decision to run for the state’s highest elective office. Canceling a major trip on Thanksgiving or Christmas? Of course. A kid’s graduation? He’d better. But Halloween? All right, fine, if the governor truly had an unbearable “knot in the stomach,” as Gov. Gavin Newsom now describes...
    SACRAMENTO —  A governor’s kids beg him to go trick-or-treating with them on Halloween. So, he abruptly cancels his plan to lead a state delegation to a global summit on climate change, his obsession. Is that OK? Moreover, nearly two weeks pass before the governor publicly explains why he didn’t attend the conference of world leaders. He’d initially cited only “family obligations.” Was that all the public needed to know? My answers: Yes. But canceling was strange. No. His bosses — the voters — needed a fuller explanation. Sure, a dad who takes his kids trick-or-treating deserves admiration. His children will probably never forget it. It’s inspiring and wholesome. But a governor isn’t a normal father — or mother, if California ever elects one. A governor signs up for a public life with limited privacy when making the decision to run for the state’s highest elective office. California Gov. Newsom returns to public eye after sudden absence sparked social media speculation Gavin Newsom makes his first public appearance since Oct. 27, citing a “kind of an intervention” staged by...
    Security Staffing at Travis Scott Show Was Unclear, Says Houston Police Chief Debate over explicit memoir becomes a focus of GOP gov races Last week featured some huge upsets that undoubtedly wreaked havoc in NFL pick 'em pools. After a week like that, it's natural for those in pools to second-guess every pick they're making, whether they're trusting a favorite or trying to guess right on an underdog or two. Fortunately, the experts from TeamRankings are here to offer up tips and strategy advice for your Week 10 NFL picks. Picks that are being underrated by the public can yield weekly gains that make the difference between winning and losing a season-long NFL pool, while smart upset picks can drive success in weekly pools. TeamRankings is the only site that provides customized picks that maximize your edge in NFL pick 'em pools. Check out TeamRankings' Football Pick 'em Picks, NFL Survivor Picks, and NFL Betting Picks. For a limited time, you can also get a free three-day trial of all their premium football picks. FREE TRIAL: Survivor, pick 'em, betting...
    Living up to her promises of transparency, New York Attorney General Letitia James began releasing transcripts and exhibits from her office’s independent investigation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. James announced the beginning of a rolling release of transcripts and corresponding exhibits from the investigation into sexual harassment allegations that led to Cuomo’s downfall and subsequent resignation. According to James, following the release of the report, multiple district attorneys asked that her office refrain from publicly releasing transcripts and other evidence so that their offices could first investigate and determine whether to file criminal charges against Cuomo. However, after a criminal complaint was filed against Cuomo last month in Albany County, the District Attorney there announced it would begin releasing evidence to Cuomo to comply with New York state’s discovery laws. 
“These laws state that once someone is charged with a crime they must be furnished transcripts and other evidence in their case,” James stated. “As these materials are now being released by the Albany County District Attorney’s office — and in an effort to provide full transparency to the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, absent from public life for nearly two weeks with little word from his office on his whereabouts, defended his handling of the situation and said Wednesday he was puzzled by those who took to social media to criticize and spread falsehoods about him. To encourage others to get coronavirus booster shots, Newsom invited the media to watch him get one on Oct. 27, just a few days before he was scheduled to fly to Scotland for the United Nations’ climate conference. Two days later, Newsom abruptly canceled his trip, citing unspecified “family obligations.” He then held no public events for the next 11 days. For a week his office did not provide information when asked about where he was and what he was doing. With no official comment, people on social media began to fill the information vacuum with their own theories — including some who questioned the governor’s health following the booster shot. On Monday, Newsom’s office issued a brief statement saying he had spent the prior week working...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom visited a COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot clinic in Los Angeles County Wednesday to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to increase vaccination rates heading into the winter season. Newsom has a full schedule again after after receding from public view for nearly two weeks. He said Tuesday that he chose to take his children trick or treating on Halloween instead of discussing climate change with world leaders in Scotland, explaining the decision to abruptly cancel his trip was driven by the simple desire of a working parent to spend more time with his kids. READ MORE: Daly City Man Facing Murder Charges After Fatally Shooting Estranged WifeThe Democratic governor’s comments, delivered at an economic summit in Monterey, came after increasing media coverage and criticism from Republicans about his whereabouts and what he was doing. His last public event had been Oct. 27 when he got a coronavirus booster shot and then two days later his office issued a brief statement saying he was canceling his travel plans for unspecific “family obligations.” His...
    California governor Gavin Newsom had an adverse reaction to getting the Covid booster and a flu shot within days of each other, leaving him with muscle weakness and fatigue, claim sources in the family's inner circle. The governor was last seen in public on October 27, after receiving a COVID-19 booster shot in Oakland. He had gotten a flu shot on October 22. Newsom finally appeared in a photo attending Ivy Getty's star-studded wedding this past weekend after disappearing from the public eye for nearly two weeks.  Newsom is seen wearing a sharp tuxedo with a black mask as he looks on while Gordon Getty gives his granddaughter Ivy Love Getty a kiss at the end of the aisle at the lavish San Francisco wedding - officiated by top Democrat Nancy Pelosi - on Saturday.   Newsom is a long-time friend of the billionaire oil tycoon Getty family, who have financially backed his political campaigns.  The sighting comes as a surprise as questions had been swirling about the Democrat Governor's whereabouts and health. Newsom abruptly pulled out of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland...
                        The Star News Network, acting on a tip from a source who attended Ivy Getty’s Saturday wedding in San Francisco, spoke to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office about his recent disappearance from public life, rumored to be connected to an adverse effect of his COVID-19 booster shot. According to The Star’s tipster, Newsom, who confirmed that he was in attendance at Getty’s wedding, told another wedding attendee that he had a negative health reaction to his booster shot. Tuesday, Newsom’s office denied that the governor experienced any problems from his booster shot. “The Governor had no adverse reaction to his booster shot,” Press Secretary Daniel Lopez told The Star by email. Other news sites speculated that Newsom suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) after the booster shot, a claim which Newsom’s office also denied. GBS is an autoimmune disorder where a person’s immune system damages their own nerves, which can cause muscle weakness, according to the CDC. This condition can last between a few weeks or a few years. Last week, Newsom...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will visit a COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot clinic in Los Angeles County on Wednesday to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to increase vaccination rates heading into the winter season. Governor Newsom is back in the spotlight tonight attending his first public event in nearly two weeks, and he addressed the reason for his atypical absence. The governor finally put 12 days of speculation to rest today, saying trick or treating and spending time with his four kids, trumped a climate conference overseas. READ MORE: CA Pushes To Vaccinate Or Give Boosters Ahead Of Potential Winter SurgeThe Democratic governor’s comments, delivered at an economic summit in Monterey, came after increasing media coverage and criticism from Republicans about his whereabouts and what he was doing. His last public event had been Oct. 27 when he got a coronavirus booster shot and then two days later his office issued a brief statement saying he was canceling his travel plans for unspecific “family obligations.” His staff would not answer questions about where he was or...
    MONTEREY, Calif. -- Trick or treating with his four children on Halloween trumped an international stage devoted to climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday in explaining why he abruptly canceled plans to attend the United Nations gathering in Scotland.Newsom, a Democrat, has had a frenetic three years in office, dealing with an unprecedented pandemic, record-breaking destruction from wildfires, a drought and fighting for his political life in only the second gubernatorial recall election in state history. Newsom beat back the recall in September and then spent the next several weeks considering hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature.His plan to travel with his wife to Glasgow just ahead of Halloween was the last straw for his young kids, aged 5 to 12."I've been on this damn treadmill, we've gone from crisis to crisis," Newsom said at the start of a "fireside chat" during an economic summit in Monterey, his first public appearance in nearly two weeks. "The kids, literally, they kind of had an intervention. They said they couldn't believe that I was going to miss Halloween."Newsom said at...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Twenty months since it was closed because of the pandemic, the Massachusetts State House is still closed to the public, but the building is open to lawmakers. More than 95% of whom are vaccinated, and they’re welcome to return. But are they actually going into the office? READ MORE: Curley School In Jamaica Plain Closing For 10 Days Because Of COVID OutbreakWBZ-TV’s David Wade decided to walk the hallways of the State House to see. What he saw was a ghost town without the interest of tumbleweeds blowing through. The hallways were empty. Almost every office was locked. Social distancing signs dotted the empty hallways. We did see the Governor, House Speaker and Senate President. House Speaker Ron Mariano said legislators are working just as hard from home. They’re able to vote, talk to constituents and hold public hearings remotely. “We’ve adapted to a very difficult situation and continue to do our work,” Mariano said. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,397 New COVID Cases, 24 Additional DeathsWe did find one State Senator in his...
    SACRAMENTO —  For the past two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom has done something that’s very out of character: he’s stayed out of the public eye. That is expected to end Tuesday when he takes part in an economic summit in Monterey, the first official event he’s attended since Oct. 27 and marking the end of an absence that sparked several days of social media chatter and criticism but little explanation from his staff. After a taxing 20 months leading the state through a global pandemic and a victorious — though some of his confidants say discomfiting — recall election layered on top of a busy legislative session and bill-signing period, a break in public events might go unnoticed for other California public officials. But not for a governor who often appears to crave the spotlight and incited speculation by remaining silent after abruptly canceling an opportunity to tout his and the state’s environmental achievements on the world stage last week. The questions about his absence rose to such a crest that the governor’s office finally had to make...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With pressure mounting following a nearly two-week absence from public life, California Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to speak at an economic conference on Tuesday – his first public appearance since abruptly canceling a trip to an international climate conference for unspecified family obligations. Newsom has been out of public sight since receiving a coronavirus vaccine booster shot on Oct. 27. Two days later he canceled a trip to the United Nations’ climate conference in Scotland. His office cited unspecified family obligations as the reason. Newsom often holds several or more public events a week and his absence and his office’s prolonged silence about what he was doing prompted speculation about his health, mostly from conservative political opponents on social media who rallied around the hashtag #wheresgavin. Photos over the weekend published in Vogue showed Newsom at the wedding of Ivy Love Getty, a model and great-granddaughter of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. The Getty and Newsom families have long been friends, with Newsom’s father once managing the Getty family trust. Gordon Getty, the son...
    Huma Abedin has opened up about why she stood by her husband Anthony Weiner's side in a press conference following his 2013 sexting scandal, saying she felt like she 'owed it' to him because she had 'encouraged him to run for office' again. Hillary Clinton's top aide, who is promoting her new memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds, explained on Monday's episode of the Tamron Hall Show that she doesn't regret publicly supporting him amid his failed bid for New York City mayor.   'I just want to put a little bit in context because I think a lot of people look at my relationship with Anthony from a 2021 perspective,' Abedin, 45, said, noting they were just a year into their marriage when Weiner's first sexting scandal broke in 2011.  Candid: Huma Abedin opened up about standing by her husband Anthony Weiner's side after his 2013 sexting scandal during her appearance on Monday's episode of the Tamron Hall Show  United front: Weiner was running for New York City mayor when Abedin told reporters she forgave him for sending explicit photos and messages...
    The wife of Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom took to social media over the weekend to tweet then delete a message urging people to “stop hating” her husband, who has disappeared from public view after canceling his trip to the United Nation’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Jennifer Siebel Newsom did not further explain the report from Newsom’s office that he was dealing with “family obligations” but said, “It’s funny how certain folks can’t handle truth.” Before she could delete the tweet a reporter at the Sacramento Bee took a screenshot and posted it on her Twitter account. “When someone cancels something, maybe they’re just in the office working; maybe in their free time they’re at home with their family, at their kids’ sports matches, or dining out with their wife,” Siebel Newsom tweeted. “Please stop hating and get a life.” Gavin Newsom’s office has refused to say what “family obligations” caused him to cancel his trip to the big UN climate change conference in Scotland. Seems like that’s what his wife, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is referencing...
    The wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom took to social media to defend her husband and call out 'haters without a life' who criticized Newsom's 12-day disappearance from public view in a since-deleted tweet.  'It's funny how certain folks can't handle truth,' California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom wrote. 'When someone cancels something, maybe they're just in the office working; maybe in their free time they're at home with their family, at their kids' sports matches, or dining out with their wife. Please stop hating and get a life.'    The governor's wife recently reflected on the need to regard 'domestic work' as important in the light of the pandemic, after announcing she will direct a documentary about three couples who try to juggle their family and professional lives.  'If the COVID-19 pandemic has not made it clear how damaging it is to society when we render care and domestic work invisible, I am not sure what else will,' Newsom said about the documentary, based on the book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (And More...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom has disappeared from public view for 10 days and abruptly canceled plans to attend the COP26 climate summit in Scotland, raising questions about what is impacting his schedule. Newsom was last seen in public on October 27, receiving a COVID-19 booster shot in Oakland. He said it was painless and then flexed in celebration, urging others to get boosters as well. Two days later, his office issued a statement citing unspecified family obligations, abruptly cancelling his plans to attend the global climate conference, a huge gathering of international leaders on a subject that is among his highest priorities. The statement claimed that Newsom would attend the summit virtually, though he still has not made a video appearance. California's lieutenant governor led the delegation in his place. Since then, Newsom has been seen only in prerecorded video statements, and in family Halloween photos posted on Monday, in costume as a pirate with his wife and four young children. October 27: Governor Newsom was last seen in public receiving a COVID-19 booster shot in Oakland from Dr. Mark Ghaly,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California Gov. Gavin remains receded from public view to deal with unspecific family obligations a week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland. Newsom made the surprising announcement on Oct. 29, and a spokesperson for the governor said he planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But the California delegation’s schedule at the meeting this week, released by the governor’s office, did not include Newsom. READ MORE: ‘Behind The Apron’ Production At B Street Theatre Puts Spotlight On Mental Health In Restaurant IndustryInstead, the schedule included in-person appearances by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who Newsom tapped to lead the state delegation in his absence; Sam Aseffa, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot. After the federal government late Tuesday authorized Pfzier’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for kids 5 to 11, California implemented what state officials deemed a “robust vaccination program.” It’s the kind of announcement that Newsom typically makes...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has receded from public view to deal with unspecific family obligations.When the surprising announcement was made Oct. 29, a spokesperson said Newsom planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But the California delegation's schedule at the meeting this week, released by the governor's office, did not include Newsom.Instead, the schedule included in-person appearances by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who Newsom tapped to lead the state delegation in his absence; Sam Aseffa, director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research; David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot.After the federal government late Tuesday authorized Pfzier's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for kids 5 to 11, California implemented what state officials deemed a "robust vaccination program." It's the kind of announcement that Newsom typically makes in-person in front of TV cameras.But the governor's office announced the plan with an emailed news release. His last public appearance was Oct. 27,...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A week after abruptly canceling plans to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland, California Gov. Gavin has receded from public view to deal with with unspecific family obligations. When the surprising announcement was made Oct. 29, a spokesperson said Newsom planned to participate virtually in the conference this week. But the California delegation’s schedule at the meeting this week, released by the governor’s office, did not include Newsom. READ MORE: Injury Accident Involving 2 Big Rigs Shuts Down Highway 37 in Sonoma CountyInstead, the schedule included in-person appearances by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who Newsom tapped to lead the state delegation in his absence; Sam Aseffa, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot. After the federal government late Tuesday authorized Pfzier’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use for kids 5 to 11, California implemented what state officials deemed a “robust vaccination program.” It’s the kind of announcement that Newsom typically makes in-person in front of TV cameras. But...
    CBS 'Survivor' Winners at War logo A “Survivor” winner has decided to turn his attention to politics — “David vs. Goliath” winner Nick Wilson is running for office. Here’s what you need to know about his background and what office he is seeking.Nick Is A Republican Running For a Kentucky State House Seat View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nick Wilson (@nickwilson11) After Kentucky state representative Regina Huff announced she will not pursue re-election in the 82nd State House District in 2022, Nick told local news station WYMT that he is going to run for the seat because he “feels led to public service.” Nick said in a statement: I am running for State Representative of the 82nd District because I feel led to public service and I love Whitley County. Since I became an attorney, I have served the community as a Public Defender in McCreary County and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Whitley and McCreary Counties. Being away from our area during college, law school and Survivor cemented in me how lucky and...
    Florida law enforcement officials are being slammed for making demeaning social media posts mocking crime suspects and members of the public in an effort to build their social media following.  Sheriff's offices have become prolific social media content creators lately, but the posts, critics say, are now digital pillories for suspects who may never be found guilty.  A DailyMail.com investigation found that these desperate attempts to garner hundreds of thousands of followers - and potential voters - have exposed racist, sexist and humiliating content where suspects are made to look guilty even before the first court hearing, and some even display evidence not yet brought to court. Just last week in Palm Beach County, a man charged with aggravated assault and improper display of a firearm in July 2020, sued Sheriff Ric Bradshaw after he posted tweets mocking him and refused to delete them when the charges were dismissed.  The man claimed the posts caused 'mental anguish and hurt feelings' and is seeking punitive damages.  And while many of the posts began as public service announcements, the lure of huge...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights groups asked the Philippine Commission on Elections to disqualify the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from running for president in next year’s elections, saying he was convicted of tax evasion, could no longer hold public office and kept the damaging details from the public. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s spokesman, Victor Rodriguez, on Wednesday called the petition “propaganda” and said they would address “this predictable nuisance” when they receive a formal copy of it. The issue, which should be resolved by elections commissioners before the May 9 vote, could spark a legal battle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. Marcos Jr. registered his candidacy early last month, angering activists who recalled the widespread human rights atrocities and plunder that marked the martial law era under his father, who was toppled in an army-backed “people power” revolt in 1986. The ousted president died in exile in Hawaii three years later without admitting any wrongdoing, including accusations that he and his family amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion...
    SUNNYVALE – Mason Fong is resigning from the Sunnyvale City Council for a job in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, according to a letter obtained by this news organization. Fong, who was elected in 2018, has been appointed by Newsom to serve as the governor’s deputy director of external affairs for northern California. His final day as a council member will be Nov. 14. In a Nov. 1 letter sent to the council, Fong called the news “bittersweet” and said he was resigning to “avoid any potential and perceived conflict of interest.” In his new role, he’ll serve as a “liaison” between Northern California communities and the governor’s office. “I’m very much looking forward to elevating my public service to a large portion of the state [and] to be able to serve the community and see how to translate what their priorities are into action,” Fong told The Mercury News. In a statement, Mayor Larry Klein said that “serving in the governor’s office is a terrific opportunity” and wished Fong “well in his new role.” Outside of his role on the council,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The public defender’s office and a nonprofit group are crying foul over Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to release only a partial list of troubled officers on her ‘Do Not Call’ list. Public Defender’s office calls on Marilyn Mosby to release more names of Baltimore City officers with credibility issues. 91 names already released are involved in 800 open cases and 300 plea bargains. @wjz #Maryland pic.twitter.com/cdBhxR88gl — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 1, 2021 These are officers prosecutors will not call to testify in court because they said the officers have credibility problems. READ MORE: Former Students, Advocates Hope To Preserve Havre De Grace Colored SchoolHere is the list.  Here is the state’s attorney’s methodology for releasing names of officers. But that list includes only 91 names, despite Mosby previously stating her office has identified 305 troubled officers. Deborah Katz Levi with the public defender’s office told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren there are about 800 active cases involving just the officers whose names have been released. “That’s where our concern is: How many...
    (CNN)Authorities in northern Virginia announced an increased police presence Friday amid warnings about a possible terror plot. Officials are determining the validity of the threat, according to a law enforcement source. As a precaution, federal and local law enforcement departments are investigating and moving to protect potential targets, the source said. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security briefed state and local law enforcement officials in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia on a possible terror plot in the region in the coming days, according to the source. In Virginia's Fairfax County, adjacent to Washington, police received information concerning "potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region," Chief Kevin Davis said at a news briefing Friday.Police patrols will be increased at major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas and malls in Fairfax County, Davis said. He also encouraged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.Read MoreDavis declined to provide specifics on the threat but called it a "regional matter." To his knowledge, no one has been identified in connection to the threat, Davis said. "Because...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Days before the final votes are cast in an election likely to make him Manhattan’s first Black district attorney, Alvin Bragg is showing just how different a prosecutor he might be. Instead of stumping for votes all day, the Democrat is spending the last week of his campaign questioning New York City police officials in a rare judicial inquiry into the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner, whose pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement. Bragg, a civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor, is representing Garner’s mother as she presses the city for more public accountability for officers and commanders who were involved in Garner’s death, none of whom were criminally charged. “I can’t think of a case that’s been more emotionally significant to me as a lawyer,” Bragg told The Associated Press in an interview before testimony in the judicial inquiry began. “The fact that we sit here, seven years after Mr. Garner was killed and don’t know basic facts, that’s an embarrassment.” Bragg, 48,...
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The attorney general’s office has determined that the office of Delaware’s embattled state auditor violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act over a period of several years by failing to properly maintain logs of public records requests. The Department of Justice issued its opinion Monday in response to a petition from The Associated Press. It found that the auditor’s office failed to maintain its FOIA logs as required by law. State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. McGuiness was indicted two weeks ago on public corruption charges. She has denied those allegations. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY (KABC) -- Four employees of the San Bernardino County Public Defender's Office have filed a class action claim alleging sexual assault, battery, harassment, discrimination and retaliation.The alleged victims describe a culture of widespread harassment inside the public defender's office carried out by those at the very top of the organization."I've been reporting instances of sexual harassment and violence against women since 2011," said Laura Alvarez, one of the claimants. "Nothing has ever been done until today."Alvarez, along with three other women named in the claim, spoke out at a news conference on Thursday hosted by attorney Brad Gage at his Woodland Hills office. He said the claim filed against San Bernardino County is a precursor to a lawsuit."No woman should ever feel their job is on the line where the only way they can keep the job is to have sex with the boss," said Gage.The claimants described the alleged actions of former public defender Christopher Gardner, who led the organization until resigning in December 2020.According to the claim, Gardner used his position "as a subterfuge to...
    In this article Two people wearing masks holding Shake Shack bags walk past a WeWork office building amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 12, 2020 in New York City.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty ImagesWeWork is finally making its public market debut as the world of work goes through an upheaval. In 2019, WeWork pulled its attempt to go public after its IPO documents were heavily scrutinized regarding its finances and corporate governance, leading co-founder Adam Neumann to resign as its chief executive. The company had been valued at as much as $47 billion during private funding rounds. On Thursday, the company will go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "WE" through a SPAC, or a special purpose acquisition company, that was formed by venture capital firm Bow Capital. The deal will provide WeWork with cash proceeds of about $1.3 billion, according to an SEC filing. The move comes as what the future of work will look like has never been less clear, as the coronavirus pandemic has forced both employers and employees to reassess and reimagine the workplace and...
    London (CNN Business)When WeWork's plans for a blockbuster initial public offering imploded in 2019, the company became a poster child for the excesses of venture capital and startup culture in the post-2008 era."What happened to WeWork is not just a failure of this particular set of individuals," wrote Shira Ovide, a New York Times columnist who was at Bloomberg at the time. "It's a consequence of the last decade of easy money that has made investors throw money at assets promising to grow fast. It has been peak silly times, and they won't last forever."Now, after a tumultuous two years that's included changes to the company's top leadership and a historic pandemic, WeWork is ready to try again. What's happening: Shares in the flexible office space provider are set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday under the ticker "WE."But it's a different deal, a different world — and a very different WeWork.Read MoreThen: Initially, WeWork pursued a traditional IPO. Bankers were expected to assign the company an eye-popping valuation. At its peak, private investors believed WeWork...
    Daniel Chung, a Santa Clara County prosecutor who is suing District Attorney Jeff Rosen for political retaliation amid a public falling out with that office, has escalated his opposition by adding himself as a challenger to Rosen’s 2022 re-election bid. Prosecutor Daniel Chung is running for Santa Clara County District Attorney to unseat his boss, who he says began retaliating against him following an op-ed piece he wrote in The Mercury News. (Courtesy of Christopher Lim)  Chung, a 32-year-old San Jose resident, filed candidate papers last week to begin his bid to unseat his boss, who he claims demoted and sidelined him after Chung published a February opinion piece in this newspaper criticizing criminal-justice reforms. Now Chung is positioning himself as a whistleblower and nascent reform advocate in calling for new leadership in an office whose mission he was espousing as recently as eight months ago. “It has been an extraordinary year of reflection, change and even evolution on my part,” Chung said in an interview. The district attorney’s office has not formally commented on Chung’s retaliation claims. Chung is...
                        Wisconsin Speaker of the House Robin Vos said on Tuesday documents pertaining to the ongoing election investigation will not be released yet. An open records lawsuit was filed by American Oversight, a liberal group that disagrees with the investigation. Vos said in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio that handing over the documents for public perusal right now would be like police sharing details of a murder investigation. Vos said, “They do not put out for public display, for everyone to read, who they’re talking to and who they’re investigating, giving an advantage to people who actually committed the crime to avoid prosecution.” Vos continued, “That’s exactly what would happen if we decided to put all the documents out and that’s why liberals are asking for them. They want to try to torpedo our investigation.” The head investigator of the election in Wisconsin, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman released a statement following the lawsuit saying, “It is important to keep in mind that this Office is...
    Princess Diana’s brother has told a senior police commander that he is considering mounting private criminal prosecutions over the Martin Bashir scandal – a move that will send shockwaves through the BBC. Earl Spencer was angered by Scotland Yard’s decision last month to drop its probe into events surrounding disgraced Corporation reporter Martin Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with Diana. Bashir showed Earl Spencer forged bank statements to gain access to the Princess and then tricked her by peddling a string of smears and lies, including that Prince William’s watch had been bugged to record her conversations.  William said the BBC’s failures contributed to his mother’s ‘fear, paranoia and isolation’ and hastened his parents’ divorce. Following a devastating report into the scandal by former Supreme Court Judge Lord Dyson, the Metropolitan Police considered whether to launch an investigation into a range of potential offences, including forgery, misconduct in public office and blackmail. Princess Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer has told a senior police commander that he is considering mounting private criminal prosecutions over the Martin Bashir scandal – a move that will...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s “do-not-call” list of 305 police officers with “integrity issues” is not exempt from public records laws, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled on Thursday. The three-judge panel determined the document could not be classified as a personnel record which might be exempt from public records requests because the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office does not have the ability to hire, fire or directly discipline Baltimore City Police officers. READ MORE: Columbia Community Collects Winter Coats For Afghan Refugees Settling In Maryland AreaThe court also ruled the list does not get an exemption for “attorney work-product,” because such documents are prepared for a specific trial. Additionally, the court found Mosby’s office’s refusal to waive $18,000 in fees to for two public records requests was “arbitrary and capricious.” Following news of the ruling, Mosby released a statement saying she planned to release the list “in short order,” but did not specify a timeline. “We were told by the Attorney General’s Office earlier this year that we were legally prohibited from releasing...
    D.C. Council member Charles Allen said he is considering rewriting the legislation that formed the District’s independent crime lab, and the D.C. Attorney General’s Office and federal prosecutors are making plans to launch reviews of past convictions in D.C. Superior Court after a series of serious missteps at the lab over the past year. It’s more fallout from the loss of the lab’s accreditation and an ongoing criminal investigation by the D.C. Office of the Inspector General that comes as D.C. Superior Court begins to dig out from coronavirus-related delays in the court system. The D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) had been responsible for analyzing evidence from nearly all major crime scenes in the District, including firearms, DNA and fingerprints. But after reports emerged that it mishandled ballistic evidence in several cases, DFS lost its accreditation earlier this year. Shortly afterward, its director, Jenifer Smith, resigned and the city announced it was hiring a consulting firm to conduct a “top-to-bottom” review aimed at regaining accreditation and probing the “root cause” of the lab’s troubles. Testifying at an oversight roundtable...
    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office responded to "misinformation" regarding claims of a cover-up in response to a pair of alleged sexual assaults in local Virginia high schools. According to the statement from the sheriff's office, one of its school resource officers was notified by Stone Bridge High School staff of a possible sexual assault on May 28. Following a "thorough" investigation by its Special Victims Unit over the course of several weeks, a 14-year-old male was arrested on July 8 on two counts of forcible sodomy, the office said. "Following the arrest on July 8, 2021, the judicial process was turned over to the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to determine bail, or in the case of a juvenile, the continuance of detention or other legal restrictions set forth as part of court proceedings in the Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court," the statement said. "As stated in both the current and former Memorandum of Understanding between the LCSO and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is not involved in school...
    Egyptian authorities said Sunday they arrested three people for allegedly discarding 18,400 doses of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine in a water drain in the southern city of Minya in recent days. “An investigative committee … found a shortage of 18,400 vaccine doses in the Minya health directorate storage inventory worth 5,023,200 pounds ($319,000),” Egypt’s public prosecution office announced in a statement posted to its official social media accounts on October 10. Local villagers in Upper Egypt have found a large number of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccine dumped on a small wastewater canal in a village of Bani Mazar city, Minya governorate. Details at: https://t.co/VupfLRUeEl#EgyptToday #Egypt| #مصر #فيروس #كورونا #المنيا pic.twitter.com/SdY7VCHLDd — Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) October 8, 2021 Egyptian government authorities found 13,412 doses dumped in or near the drainage ditch deemed “unfit for use due to poor storage conditions and insufficient cooling. Another 4,988 doses had also been lost,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) relayed, citing the statement. Egypt’s public prosecution office did not specify the brand of coronavirus vaccine in question, “but an earlier official statement said...