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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Twins teammates Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat were among the six men elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and are the only living new members. Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, also joined the former Twins, along with Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges and Minnie Minoso. The 16-member Early Days and Golden Days committees met separately in Orlando, Florida. The election announcement was originally scheduled to coincide with the big league winter meetings, which were nixed because of the MLB lockout. Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva (credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images The six newcomers will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, on July 24, 2022, along with any new members elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. First-time candidates David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez join Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling on the ballot, with voting results on Jan. 25. Dick Allen, who died last December, fell one vote shy of election. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press....
    Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, joined Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso and three others in being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Former Minnesota Twins teammates Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat also were chosen along with Bud Fowler by a pair of veterans committees. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Oliva and Kaat are the only living new members. Dick Allen, who died last December, fell one vote shy of election. The 16-member Early Days and Golden Days committees met separately in Orlando, Florida. The election announcement was originally scheduled to coincide with the big league winter meetings, which were nixed because of the MLB lockout. The six newcomers will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, on July 24, 2022, along with any new members elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. First-time candidates David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez join Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling on the ballot, with voting results on Jan. 25.
    Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, joined Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso and three others in being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Former Minnesota Twins teammates Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat also were chosen along with Bud Fowler by a pair of veterans committees. Oliva and Kaat are the only living new members. Dick Allen, who died last December, fell one vote shy of election. The 16-member Early Days and Golden Days committees met separately in Orlando, Florida. The election announcement was originally scheduled to coincide with the big league winter meetings, which were nixed because of the MLB lockout. The six newcomers will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, on July 24, 2022, along with any new members elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. First-time candidates David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez join Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling on the ballot, with voting results on Jan. 25. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights...
    FRANKLIN, Wis. -- With linked arms and deep breaths, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies marched in a local Wisconsin parade Saturday, the group's first public appearance since an SUV plowed through a holiday event in Waukesha two weeks ago, killing four of its members."We really decided that we needed to do this for them," said Sharon Millard, who has been a member of the group for seven years.The Dancing Grannies, a holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, are a joyful twist on America's expectations that parades are supposed to feature mainly school-age dance troupes.The group grew out of an exercise class in 1984, with dozens of women, most ranging in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s, cycling in and out of the group over the years. They have only one requirement: You need to be a grandmother.MORE: 'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted at Christmas parade EMBED More News Videos At least six children injured when an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee are listed in critical condition. But tragedy struck the...
    FRANKLIN, Wis. -- With linked arms and deep breaths, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies marched in a local Wisconsin parade Saturday, the group's first public appearance since an SUV plowed through a holiday event in Waukesha two weeks ago, killing four of its members."We really decided that we needed to do this for them," said Sharon Millard, who has been a member of the group for seven years.The Dancing Grannies, a holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, are a joyful twist on America's expectations that parades are supposed to feature mainly school-age dance troupes.The group grew out of an exercise class in 1984, with dozens of women, most ranging in age from their mid-50s to mid-70s, cycling in and out of the group over the years. They have only one requirement: You need to be a grandmother.MORE: 'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted at Christmas parade EMBED More News Videos At least six children injured when an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee are listed in critical condition. But tragedy struck the...
    Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead. The yellow school bus had been hired to take a church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it came across a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water. But with people waiting on the other side of the river to guide the bus across, the vehicle decided to take its chances, and began to drive slowly across the murky water. In a matter of seconds, most of the bus was submerged Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next RNLI is hit by 'suspected hacking attack' that is being... Teenager, 17, drowns while trying to swim across a lake... Share this article Share However, the incident quickly took a turn when, about three-quarters of the way across the road,...
    Hearings on trustee area maps The Foothill-De Anza Community College District has taken the next step in changing the way it elects its board of trustees. The district is in the process of dividing into five trustee areas, and draft boundary maps prepared by consultant Redistricting Partners are now posted on the district’s website for review and comment by community members. A few draft maps that have been proposed by members of the public using the district’s mapping tool are also on view. All maps can be found at www.fhda.edu/trustee-areas. The draft maps show how local communities could be divided to create five trustee areas of roughly equal population size based on 2020 Census data and provide Census data on each proposed trustee area. This change in election system affects Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto and small portions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. These maps will provide the basis for upcoming discussions about establishing five trustee areas for elections starting next year, when voters will select one candidate from each area to serve...
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—A group of white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, bearing American flags and mildly menacing plastic shields while marching to the beat of a snare drum down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But after chanting aggressively about their plans to “reclaim America,” their intended show of force stalled spectacularly when they lost their ride. While the group had marched through the city with threatening chants about their plan to “reclaim America,” by the end of the night it was not even clear how they intended to reclaim their U-Haul. The rally by more than 100 members of the “Patriot Front” group, held just blocks from the White House, sparked fear among many bystanders and immediately attracted the attention of law enforcement, who shadowed the group to apparently prevent any clashes from erupting. Members wore a uniform: white gators, sunglasses, blue jackets, khaki pants, and brown boots and hats. Some donned plastic shinguards, seeming to anticipate violence. As Patriot Front’s leader Thomas Rousseau spoke beside the Capitol reflecting pool, bystanders booed. Asked about...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A California family that attended a big wedding in Milwaukee says the joyous occasion turned into a hotbed for a superspreader. The family was in Milwaukee last weekend for the wedding. READ MORE: Parents Of Michigan School Shooter Arrested And Charged After ManhuntNow 12 of them are infected with COVID-19, and five of them have the Omicron variant. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Sunday, Flurries MondayThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services says everyone was vaccinated and most had boosters. None of the wedding attendees wore masks. MORE NEWS: University of Chicago To Host Public Memorial For Civil Rights Activist Timuel D. BlackAll of their symptoms are mild.
    GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — A 24-year-old member of a Baltimore gang pleaded guilty Friday to participating in U.S. District Court a racketeering conspiracy that included two homicides, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Erek Barron’s office. Bobby Cannon was a member of the NFL Criminal Enterprise. NFL stands for Normandy, Franklin and Loudon, which are streets that run through Edmonson Village; members have familial or social ties to the neighborhood, according to the statement. READ MORE: Baltimore Officials, Fire Department Holds Smoke Alarm Sweep Following Fire That Killed 3Cannon admitted to participating in illegal activities, including murder, narcotics trafficking and smuggling, illegal firearms possession, bribery, and witness intimidation and retaliation, with other NFL Criminal Enterprise members when he was a gang member from at least 2016 through March 2020, according to the statement. He admitted to committing two murders, an attempted murder and distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, according to the statement. In 2018, another gang member recruited Cannon to murder a man who was believed to be a federal witness cooperating with law enforcement regarding...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore officials and members of the city’s fire department canvassed communities throughout the city Saturday to assist residents in developing escape plans and installing smoke detectors after a fire killed a mother and two of her children last month. Mayor Brandon Scott, City Council President Nick Mosby and Councilman Antonio Glover joined Chief Niles Ford and other members of the fire department in the Smoke Alarm Sweep, which started in the 1500 block of North Patterson Park Avenue, where the fire broke out Nov. 22. From there, they spread out to other parts of the city. The funeral for victims Janice Williams and her children, 7-year-old Aubrey Branch and 12-year-old Antwan Branch, also was held Saturday. Five other people survived after a neighbor helped them to safety.  
    FOR OVER 15 years, Grey's Anatomy has remained a critically-acclaimed television show with its latest season premiering on September 30, 2021. Here's a look at the season 18 cast list, equipped with some familiar fan-favorites making their return to the screen. 9Grey's Anatomy has been on the air since 2005 Who is in the cast of Grey's Anatomy season 18? The main cast of Grey's Anatomy has changed drastically throughout the years, but a few of the original cast members remain. For season 18, the main cast includes: Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt Chris Carmack as Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln Richard Flood as Dr. Cormac Hayes Anthony Hill as Dr. Winston Ndugu Scott Speedman as Dr. Nick Marsh The cast list also features recurring members...
    Few companies have gained more of an advantage during the pandemic than America’s warehouse club giants. During the early days of Covid, shoppers flooded into Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club — which were deemed “essential” businesses and stayed open through lockdowns — to load up on groceries and household staples such as toilet paper. Those customers are still coming 22 months later and many are buying even more stuff for their homes and families than they did before the crisis. Millions of customers signed up for club memberships for the first time and held onto them, pushing the chains’ member rolls to all-time highs. Warehouse clubs have “gained quite a bit of share during Covid and continue to,” said KK Davey, the president of strategic analytics at market research firm IRI. “Lots of members have signed up. Once you’re in the club, you continue to buy.” Club stores gained 0.5% of market share in 2020 and 0.5% in 2021, adding up to around $16 billion, according to IRI data. They have also had the fastest sales growth in 2021 from...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Alleging violations of First Amendment rights, six University of Florida professors on Friday asked a federal judge to issue an injunction against a policy at the center of a controversy about faculty members serving as expert witnesses. Attorneys for the professors filed a motion for a preliminary injunction as part of a lawsuit filed last month against the university. READ MORE: Flags To Be Lowered In Honor Of Former Congresswoman Carrie MeekThe controversy has drawn national attention since a disclosure that the university blocked political-science professors Sharon Austin, Michael McDonald and Daniel Smith from serving as expert witnesses for groups challenging a new state elections law. The university later walked back the decision to prevent the professors from testifying in the high-profile case, but the controversy has continued. Austin, McDonald and Smith filed the First Amendment lawsuit and were later joined by three other faculty members. The lawsuit focuses, at least in part, on a university conflict-of-interest policy, which Friday’s motion alleged “provides the university unbridled discretion to restrict faculty speech on...
    WASHINGTON -- More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don't get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday.Air Guard members who report for their monthly drill this weekend will be allowed to participate and will be paid - whether they are vaccinated or not, but those without shots will have the opportunity to get the vaccine when they report to their base, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.The Air Force said roughly 11,000 troops did not get the vaccine by the deadline Thursday. There are about 107,000 Air Guard members and 68,000 in the Reserves, and about 3,500 of the unvaccinated have received medical or administrative exemptions. The unvaccinated total, however, could be a bit lower than the data show so far. Officials have cautioned that the information for the Guard and Reserves may lag, as some of the citizen airmen could have gotten shots at local pharmacies and have not yet filed...
    Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor (R) has sued the Biden administration over its federal coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal employees and National Guard members. 2 News reports: The lawsuit asks the court to block the feds from withholding federal funding from the Oklahoma National Guard or its members over their vaccination status. […] Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sent a letter to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt earlier this week reinforcing the need for military members to be vaccinated following Stitt’s request to bypass the mandate. “Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate ensures that many Oklahoma National Guard members will simply quit instead of getting a vaccine, a situation that will irreparably harm Oklahomans’ safety and security,” O’Connor said in a statement. “These patriots, along with many federal employees, who serve their country and their state are now at risk of being terminated because they do not wish to take the vaccine.” This story is developing. 
    LOWELL (CBS) – The Massachusetts National Guard will help with the COVID testing program for students in Lowell, which has seen a surge of cases in schools. Earlier in the fall, guard members played a major role in driving school buses in districts with a dire shortage of drivers. Lowell was among the cities participating in the program. Starting this week, National Guard members will now be helping run the district’s “Test and Stay” program. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there were 240 COVID cases in students and 30 among staff members from Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 18 people died after a bus carrying choir members to a wedding plunged into a river in Kenya on Saturday, police said. Mwingi East Sub-County Police Commander Joseph Yakan said the driver tried to steer the bus past a flooded bridge, but the strong current swept the vehicle into the river. Ten people were rescued but “we have 18 bodies now,” he said. The choir members of Mwingi Catholic Church had been traveling for their male colleague’s wedding when the accident occurred in Kitui County. Officials said the incident is under investigation. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    New York (CNN Business)Few companies have gained more of an advantage during the pandemic than America's warehouse club giants.During the early days of Covid, shoppers flooded into Costco, BJ's and Sam's Club — which were deemed "essential" businesses and stayed open through lockdowns — to load up on groceries and household staples such as toilet paper. Those customers are still coming 22 months later and many are buying even more stuff for their homes and families than they did before the crisis.Millions of customers signed up for club memberships for the first time and held onto them, pushing the chains' member rolls to all-time highs.Warehouse clubs have "gained quite a bit of share during Covid and continue to," said KK Davey, the president of strategic analytics at market research firm IRI. "Lots of members have signed up. Once you're in the club, you continue to buy." BJ's has signed up 600,000 new members since the start of the pandemic and its stock has increased around 230% in that frame.Club stores gained 0.5% of market share in 2020 and 0.5% in...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — The family of slain retired police officer Kevin Nishita are speaking out as Oakland leaders try to address the rise in violent crimes and killings in the city where he was fatally shot while on duty. The Nishita family is concerned about the lack arrests connected to the killing of their loved one. “He’s still giving even though he’s not here,” said Virginia Nishita. Nine days have passed since Kevin Nishita was fatally shot on the streets of Oakland, while working as a guard protecting a KRON-TV news crew..   “He didn’t deserve this. We wish he could come home,” said his son Enrique Serrano. On Friday, Oakland’s homicide count reached 129 for the year. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf along with east Oakland council members Treva Reid and Loren Taylor are pushing hard to add more officers by spending $5.8 million, a move they say would help fill 60 vacant positions and get the total number of officers above 730, which the city council has already approved. “There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence,” Schaaf said....
              moreby Eric Lendrum   On Thursday, the state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit to exempt members of the state’s National Guard from the nationwide coronavirus vaccine mandate, The Hill reports. The suit, filed in federal court by Governor Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) and Attorney General John O’Connor (R-Okla.), names Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as defendants. The suit requests that the courts declare the national vaccine mandate for all members of the armed services to be unconstitutional, and thus enjoin the federal government from enforcing it on the Oklahoma National Guard; the suit also seeks to prevent the federal government from imposing its penalty for refusal to comply, which would include withholding federal funds from the state’s National Guard. “This mandate ensures that many Oklahoma National Guard members will simply quit instead of getting a vaccine,” the suit reads in part, “a situation that will irreparably harm Oklahomans’ safety and security.” Austin, a former Raytheon executive, ordered the entirety of the military to get vaccinated back in August. Among the various deadlines for individual branches was December 2nd, the final...
              more   COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Republican Party chairman gaveled shut the December 3 meeting of the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee held at the Nationwide Conference and Hotel Center here roughly 90 minutes in, leaving two resolutions unaddressed on the agenda. “We are taking a recess until the hall is cleared,” said Robert A. Paduchik, who took over leadership of the state party from Jane E. Timken in February, shortly after 11:30 a.m., after members of the committee complained that individuals in the public gallery participated in voice votes. The public gallery had two dozen chairs in a roped-off section in the back of the room for the roughly 100 people who showed up for the open to the public meeting. A handful of protesters held signs and during the meeting and burst into applause or cheers. Central Committeeman James S. “Jim” Simon first called for the gallery to be cleared at or around 11:20 a.m. Simon was a loyalist of former chairman Matthew Borges. During the 2016 presidential campaign, when Borges was feuding with candidate Donald J....
    Members of a Bay Area theft ring believed to have stolen merchandise worth millions of dollars from retailers have pleaded guilty in the case and its leader is expected to be sentenced to several years in prison, California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced Friday. The admissions by Danny Louis Drago, the purported head of the ring, and four others came two years after authorities opened an investigation into the operation, in which the group resold products stolen from Target, CVS and other stores, officials said. “Today’s announcement should be a warning shot to anyone who is thinking about participating in organized retail theft and committing brazen crimes with no regard for the safety of workers, our businesses and our community. You will be held accountable,” Bonta said. Bonta’s warning came amid growing concern over a recent surge in thefts and robberies involving large groups of people who mobbed luxury stores in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. A team of investigators from the state Department of Justice, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol broke open...
    Getty NASCAR has indefinitely suspended three crew members. The sanctioning body has announced penalties impacting three national series teams. NASCAR has indefinitely suspended three crew members working in the Xfinity Series and Cup Series. According to a press release on December 3, Johnny Roten has received an indefinite suspension for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and sections 4.1; 4.1.10.4; 4.3; 4.4, and 4.4.e of the NASCAR rulebook. Roten served as the crew chief of the No. 13 Motorsports Business Management Cup Series car for 14 races in 2021 and worked with five different drivers. Timmy Hill made five starts while David Starr made six. James Davison, JJ Yeley, and Chad Finchum all made one start each. John Byrd Jr. and Austin Zivich both received indefinite suspensions for violating NASCAR’s behavioral policy and sections 4.3; 4.4; 4.4.e of the NASCAR rulebook. Byrd served as the hauler driver of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Cup Series team during the 2021 season while working with Anthony Alfredo. Zivich served as the car chief for the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports...
    The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) raked in massive profits in 2020, mostly from royalties on branded health insurance policies, not memberships, according to company financial documents. AARP’s 2020 Form 990 shows that the company recorded $1.6 billion in revenue with roughly $1 billion, or over 60%, coming from royalty revenue. Meanwhile, membership dues contributed under 20% of overall revenue. “It charges so little for membership because it makes most of its money selling products to its members and taking a percentage of the cut — starting with insurance products sold by UnitedHealth,” Juniper Research Group Founder and Chief Executive Chris Jacobs told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The House Ways and Means Committee investigated AARP in 2011, which was submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The report highlighted key issues with AARP’s structure, specifically its royalty fee.  The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) raked in massive profits in 2020, mostly from royalties on branded health insurance policies, not memberships, according to company financial documents. AARP’s 2020 Form 990 shows that the organization reported $1.6 billion...
    PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — A court imposed Panama’s maximum sentence of 50 years in prison Friday on seven members of a cult who killed a woman and six children in a religious rite in a remote part of the Central American nation. The court in Bocas del Toro province sentenced two other members of the New Light of God cult to 47 years in prison each. The cult had operated for about three years in the Ngabe Bugle hamlet of El Terron on Panama’s Caribbean coast, but villagers said it had changed after one member had a vision telling the lay preachers they had been “annointed” to exterminate unbelievers. On Jan. 13, 2020, the group summoned a number of villagers to its improvised church in a long wooden shed. One of the 14 people rescued from the church the next day, Dina Blanco, said she had gone with her 9-year-old daughter, who had epilepsy, her 15-year-old son and her father. When they arrived, they were told not to open their eyes, and to grab each others’ hands and pray....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 11,000 members of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet Thursday’s deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don’t get the mandated shots or receive an exemption. Air Guard members who report for their monthly drill this weekend will be allowed to participate and will be paid — whether they are vaccinated or not, but those without shots will have the opportunity to get the vaccine when they report to their base, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek. There are about 107,000 Air Guard members and 68,000 in the Reserves, and about 3,500 have received medical or administrative exemptions. The unvaccinated total, however, could be a bit lower than the data show so far. Officials have cautioned that the information for the Guard and Reserves may lag, as some of the citizen airmen could have gotten shots at local pharmacies and have not yet filed their data with the service. “Unvaccinated Air National Guard members will report to duty for the drill weekend as usual,”...
    (CNN)It is never a good idea to campaign too openly for a future congressional leadership post which assumes an outcome in an upcoming election. Experience dictates members of Congress demonstrate prudence and humility before voters cast their ballots, sometimes in unpredictable ways. House Democrats learned this hard lesson in 2020 as they underperformed unexpectedly and nearly lost their majority, while Joe Biden won the presidency by a comfortable margin.House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy knows all this but is under pressure to marshal support for his likely run for House Speaker after the 2022 midterm in the event the GOP captures the majority in the House, as most pundits and pollsters are predicting. Still, it's not a good idea to be very public about any of these internal deliberations based on the recent history and the plight of former GOP House speakers.The last time House Republicans elected a speaker it was a messy affair. Let's recall history, what led up to that fight and how it impacted McCarthy. There are some moments on the floor of the US House of Representatives...
    Oklahoma's governor and attorney general have filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Defense’s coronavirus vaccination requirement for their state's National Guard . Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O’Connor filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Thursday on behalf of 16 Oklahoma Air National Guard members. MAJORITY BELIEVE CHINA IS US'S BIGGEST THREAT, WHILE CONFIDENCE IN MILITARY HAS PLUMMETED: POLL The two sides have argued for weeks about whether Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin overstepped his constitutional authority by subjecting the National Guard to the mandate. “The concerns raised in your letter do not negate the need for this important military readiness requirement,” the secretary wrote to Stitt earlier this week, saying the decision to deny the request “stems directly from my responsibility as the Secretary of Defense to promote the health, safety, and readiness of our military personnel.” In a separate memo to the military services, Austin announced National Guardsmen who refuse the vaccine will not be paid. “No Department of Defense funding may be allocated for payment of...
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Friday it will present “Awards of Excellence” after the Super Bowl in February to honor longtime assistant coaches, athletic trainers, equipment managers and public relations personnel. Winners of the awards will have their names placed on a display inside the Hall of Fame Museum next year. The Hall of Fame said in a release it is creating the awards to “honor individuals who affect professional football in a positive manner.” The four groups being recognized are “vital to the game’s growth, safety, popularity and its overall success both on the field and behind the scenes.” Each group will have five inaugural members chosen by selection committee members designated for each category. Among those on the assistant coaches committee are Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher, former NFL coach and general manager Mike Holmgren, and former offensive coordinators Jimmy Raye and Terry Robiskie. “We are very excited to put a spotlight on these important professions within the game,” said Saleem Choudhry, Vice President of...
    Over the last 70 years, the United States military academies criteria have undergone drastic policy changes to improve diversity. Now, many military academies are opening their doors to both men and women of different ethnicities, creeds, and sexual orientations. However, racism remains an issue within the United States services’ officer corps — the academies of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine, according to The Associated Press. In short, all military academy cadets wearing the same uniforms still do not receive equal treatment. Speaking to the AP, multiple service members have recounted their experiences at military academies across the United States. Carlton Shelley II, a football recruit who entered West Point Academy in 2009, detailed the stark difference in his treatment on and off the field. "On the field, he described the team as 'a brotherhood,' where his skin color never impacted how he was treated," AP News reports. "But off the field, he said, he and other Black classmates too often were treated like the stereotype...
    House GOP members were briefed on Wednesday at their annual monthly conference meeting on polling data that proves the majority of Americans view House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 Committee as a “partisan” sham, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. “The data shows this is not working for the Democrats,” a senior House GOP aide present for the briefing told Breitbart News. “We are unified and confident the American people know this is yet another partisan gimmick orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi to distract from the Democrats’ disastrous record on the issues voters actually care about: jobs, inflation, safety,” the senior GOP aide added. The briefing on polling data comes at the House GOP conference’s monthly meeting of all House Republicans, most of whom attend—except Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), whom sources familiar with the matter confirm to Breitbart News have not appeared at a GOP conference meeting since Cheney was replaced earlier this year in May by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-WY) as conference chair. The polling, conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as part of its...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that controversies surrounding Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia are distractions that will cause problems for Republicans as the party focuses on winning back the House in next year’s midterm elections. “It's things we would not want to deal with,” McCarthy said at a press conference on Friday when asked if the three members are distractions for Republicans heading into 2022. "It is things that the American people want to focus on, stopping inflation, gas prices, and others. And anything that deviates from that causes problems, yes,” McCarthy said. HOUSE GOP TRIES TO REFOCUS AFTER MACE AND GREENE BLOWUP HIGHLIGHTS BATTLE OVER PARTY IDENTITY Are Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene distractions for GOP winning the House in 2022?McCarthy: "It is things that the American people want to focus on — stopping inflation, gas prices and others. And anything that deviates from that causes problems, yes." pic.twitter.com/7b6Lji5DsU— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 3, 2021 Democrats have voted...
    Prosecutors file charges against parents of 15-year-old suspect in Michigan school shooting NASA is about to launch a laser demo that could revolutionize space communication Lock In Refi Savings Before Rates Get Too High Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Kevin Winter // Getty Images 10 iconic bands that have reunited in the past 5 years They come together, rock the world, break up or take a break, and then, if fans are lucky, they reunite. In the era of coronavirus, more bands than ever are coming back together. Is it nostalgia and a longing for the good old days, or do these groups simply want to perform again? Though some bands have had to push tour dates out to 2022, their fans are just happy to be able to see them back on stage eventually. To honor the...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R-Calif.) said Friday that recent political distractions caused by a trio of conservative rabble rousers — Reps. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.), Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal War of words escalates in House Mace chief of staff steps down during turbulent week MORE (Colo.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarWar of words escalates in House McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Pelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand MORE (Ariz.) — are things that Republicans “would not want to deal with” and result in “problems” as his party tries to win back the majority in 2022. A pair of related incidents consumed House Republicans this week,...
    DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union have overwhelmingly approved picking their leaders by direct ballot elections, rejecting a system that many blamed for a bribery and embezzlement scandal in the union’s top ranks. The “one member, one vote” measure received about 64% of 140,586 valid ballots that were received by Monday’s mail-in deadline. READ MORE: 9 Lawyers Allied With Trump Ordered To Pay Detroit, Michigan $175K In SanctionsOnly about 36% favored the current system of leadership picked by delegates to a convention, according to results released Thursday. The results are not official until approved by the Labor Department and a federal judge. A court-appointed monitor will develop rules and oversee the election of the union’s 13-member International Executive Board, which includes the president, three vice presidents, secretary-treasurer and regional directors. All current board members including President Ray Curry are expected to run. The monitor, Neil Barofsky, said Thursday in a statement that the election is likely to take place in the summer or fall of next year. The change is a dramatic one for the 86-year-old...
    London (CNN)Earlier this week, we wrote to you from Barbados during Prince Charles' whirlwind tour as the Caribbean island took its first steps as a republic. We were one of several media outlets invited to join the heir to the throne's flight to Bridgetown to cover the celebrations marking the Queen's removal as head of state.For the journey, the Prince of Wales flew on RAF Voyager -- an Airbus A330 owned by the UK for use on official overseas visits by members of the royal family and government ministers. Charles most recently hopped on board with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for their four-day trip to Jordan and Egypt. The UK owns several Voyager planes, which are normally used for air-to-air refueling and strategic air transport. However, one plane in the fleet was converted in 2016 for VIP transportation -- and this was our ride. Sometimes jokingly referred to as "Heir Force One," last year it received a £900,000 (nearly $1.2 million) makeover -- to repaint the plane from military gray to the colors of the Union flag (red, white...
    THREE 6 Mafia is one of the most prolific rap groups in the industry. They were formed in 1991 before catapulting into mainstream success with their debut album four years later. 2Juicy J and DJ Paul are members of Three 6 MafiaCredit: Getty Who are the members of Three 6 Mafia? Three 6 Mafia is composed of members DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, Lord Infamous, Juicy J, and Gangsta Boo. The squad formed in Memphis, Tennessee as a horror-themed underground hip hop group under various aliases prior to becoming the official Three 6 Mafia.  Three 6 Mafia went adding other members through the years and in 1994, the group added its fourth official member, rapper Koopsta Knicca, whose real name is Robert Cooper Phillips. Following the addition, the group released their first unified release with the mixtape Smoked Out, Loced Out. 2Juicy J also has a solo career as a rapperCredit: Getty Most read in CelebrityPicturedWORRY FOR WENDY Wendy CLINGS to bodyguard & 'struggles' walking after her ‘hospitalization''KILLER' CAUGHT 'Burglar' arrested after 'killing' music icon's wife and shooting HIMSELFSTAR...
    Having a BA or masters in journalism, broadcasting or mass communication isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of applicants to the Oath Keepers — a far-right militia group that, according to law enforcement, played a role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building along with members of the Proud Boys and QAnon. But in an intriguing article published by Rolling Stone on December 2, journalist Tim Dickinson explains why having media or public relations experience is considered a big plus in joining the Oath Keepers. “When joining a right-wing militia,” Dickinson explains, “most members brag about their military credentials, tactical training, or prowess with firearms. But a select group of members in the hacked Oath Keeper rolls touted a very different skillset: pledging to be information warriors for the extremist group.” Presumably, the type of media experience would play a role in how valuable the Oath Keepers would consider an applicant to be. A resumé that included One America News (OAN), World Net Daily, Newsmax, the Gateway Pundit and Alex Jones’...
    THREE 6 Mafia is one of the most prolific rap groups in the industry. They were formed in 1991 before catapulting into mainstream success with their debut album four years later. 2Juicy J and DJ Paul are members of Three 6 MafiaCredit: Getty Who is in the rap group Three 6 Mafia? Three 6 Mafia is composed of members DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, Lord Infamous, Juicy J, and Gangsta Boo. The squad formed in Memphis, Tennessee as a horror-themed underground hip hop group under various aliases prior to becoming the official Three 6 Mafia.  Three 6 Mafia went adding other members through the years and in 1994, the group added its fourth official member, rapper Koopsta Knicca, whose real name is Robert Cooper Phillips. Following the addition, the group released their first unified release with the mixtape Smoked Out, Loced Out. 2Juicy J also has a solo career as a rapperCredit: Getty Most read in CelebrityPicturedWORRY FOR WENDY Wendy CLINGS to bodyguard & 'struggles' walking after her ‘hospitalization''KILLER' CAUGHT 'Burglar' arrested after 'killing' music icon's wife and shooting...
    If California’s local school board members won’t accept unfair criticism, questionable recall votes, or verbal abuse, then California should do away with school boards entirely. Why? Because taking Californians’ crap has become the essential role of local board members in our crazy educational system. Columnist Joe Mathews writes for Zócalo Public Square. (Courtesy Joe Mathews)  They don’t have all that much else to do. Real power over California schools is centralized in Sacramento — and kept far away from the 5,000-plus luckless souls who serve on the boards of California’s 1,000-plus school districts. The governor and legislative leaders draw up education budgets. Powerful statewide teachers’ unions control personnel and most educational policy. State bureaucrats approve curriculum. At the local level, school board members usually have less power than popular teachers, principals, professional staffers, and teachers’ associations. School board members are left to serve as lightning rods, absorbing much of the righteous anger that otherwise might be directed at the people actually in charge of our failing system. And while the media often describe pandemic-era verbal attacks against school boards as...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisHaley hits the stump in South Carolina Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills A sad reality: In a season of giving, most will ignore America's poor MORE (R) on Thursday proposed reestablishing a World War II-era civilian-military force that he would control. DeSantis pitched the idea of creating the Florida State Guard, which would be independent of federal control, while speaking about his military budget proposal. The Guard would consist of 200 volunteer civilians "trained in the best emergency response techniques" that would aid in the event of natural disasters or other state emergencies, according to a press release. The Florida State Guard was initially created in 1941 to fill in for National Guard members deployed during World War II. It was later disbanded in 1947. DeSantis said the proposed unit would "not be encumbered by the federal government," adding that this force would give him "the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible." DeSantis is asking for $3.5 million from the state legislature to...
              more   Members of the Rutherford County School (RCS) Board recently turned down an application for a new charter school. Officials with the Nashville-based ReThink Forward first sought to open a school in the Smyrna-La Vergne area in February, according to The Murfreesboro Post. The Tennessee Star reached out to all seven RCS School Board members this week for comment to ask why they rejected ReThink Forward’s application. None of the school board members responded. One or more RCS School Board members, however, deferred our questions to school system spokesman James Evans. “Our School Board voted on the charter school application at its October 14, 2021, meeting after an extensive review and report by our instruction department,” Evans said. According to the minutes of the October 14 meeting, board members voted unanimously to reject the charter school. According to the Nashville-based FOX 17, The Noble Education Initiative manages operations for schools governed by ReThink Forward. Noble Education Initiative President Richard Page told The Star on Thursday that the charter school that his organization wants to build would cater to kindergarteners...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- More than a dozen Chicago City Council members filed a petition Thursday that sets the stage for voters to determine the map that will decide aldermanic boundaries for the next 10 years. The move could force a compromise, or lead to a costly referendum. A new Chicago ward map was introduced to city council on Dec. 1, 2021. Armed with their 500-page petition, a group of aldermen representing the Latino Caucus and two other members marched into the city clerk's office Thursday morning filing for a referendum."It seems like it's time for the voters of the city of Chicago to decide," said Ald. Silvana Tabares 23rd Ward, Vice Chair, Latino Caucus. "And that is what we did today."READ MORE: Black, Latino caucuses battle over new Chicago wards mapThe group, which has support from 15 city council members, wants voters to be able to choose the map which will establish the balance of power for the next decade.They say their proposed map was done fairly and with transparency, based on census data. They are highly critical of...