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    A retired appraiser has spoken for the first time of being offered what he believes to be art stolen in 1990 from the Gardner museum in Boston - the biggest art heist in U.S. history, which remains unsolved to this day. Paul Calantropo five years ago went to the FBI with his memories of the encounter with a man he suspects of being behind the brazen robbery, with the incident now revealed for the first time.  On March 18, 1990, two men dressed as policemen entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and walked out with a $500 million haul of art. The 13 stolen works included paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer, an ancient Chinese beaker, plus paintings by Degas and Manet. Calantropo on Tuesday told The Boston Globe that, one morning in the spring of 1990, a well-known thief with mob connections who he had known since they were teenagers arrived at his shop seeking appraisal of an item. Paul Calantropo, a now-retired art appraiser and valuer, has spoken out for the first time about a 1990 encounter with an...
              more   Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed official guest host and Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grassroots Engagement Director Grant Henry in the studio for another edition of Grant’s Rants. Henry continued… On occasion, you will hear me speak on behalf of a particular organization in this program. This is not one of those days. This is completely my opinion. And I’ll tell you all right now, for the first time in 30 years, the future of abortion in America will face its most consequential test when Supreme Court convenes tomorrow to hear a high stakes showdown taking aim in nearly five decades worth of precedent. Here’s the CBS headline. I’m sure you’ll hear more about it. Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Biggest Abortion Fight in Decades. So for several decades, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey has been the precedent that our Supreme Court turns to in regards to abortion in...
    A frat boy died after an unauthorized charity boxing match where no paramedic was present, with previous bouts also suffering poor safety protocols, a probe claims. The Nevada Athletic Commission has launched an investigation into University of Las Vegas student Nathan Valencia's death after witnesses alleged there was no professional medical help present at the November 19 event which saw the 20 year-old sustain deadly injuries.  Video from the event obtained by the KLAS investigative team showed the match referee apparently drinking alcohol while on the job. There were also reports that the referee was not licensed. Valencia's death was ruled a homicide Tuesday, although it does not mean that the man he fought with will be charged with any crime. The investigation into the deadly incident continues.  Commission Chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck told the TV station the investigation would look several allegations. 'We have confirmed from multiple sources that there were no paramedics or medical personnel of any kind at this event. We have also confirmed that participants in years past were knocked unconscious and so injured they required hospital...
    MALWARE masquerading as banking, fitness and document scanning apps has infiltrated the phones of over 300,000 Android users. The nefarious Trojan software can log keystrokes and remotely send personal data to offsite criminals, then hack messaging apps and spread the infection to other phones in the same network. 2The apps have reportedly been downloaded by 300,000 users 2Hackers log keystrokes to access sensitive information on the app users' phonesCredit: Getty A November report by ThreatFabric detailed the infected apps, which included QR code readers, crypto wallets and document scanners, and have been downloaded by a total of more than 300,000 users. The apps seem innocuous, and according to ThreatFabric, the malware can even be dormant when first downloaded, then activated remotely to harvest information. In some instances, the malware is introduced to the app via update, making it harder for users to detect. If you believe your phone is infected, the first thing to do is delete any of the suspicious apps as quickly as possible and run an anti-virus scan. Then, keep an eye out for other symptoms of malware....
    LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4) – From homes to golf courses to construction sites, the unseasonably warm and dry weather is helping projects get ahead. “We haven’t transitioned out of summer season really, we’ve been doing still a couple of Air Conditioners here and there,” said Jeff Johnson, the Lead HVAC Technician at Brother’s Plumbing and Heating. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: State Health Experts Using Wastewater To Detect Omicron Variant“Usually we just get furnace installs this time of year, but we’re actually managing to do both,” said Johnson. Coils inside air conditioning units can’t be charged unless the temperature is over 60 degrees, so normally during the winter work on air conditioning units is paused until the weather warms up.  On this last day of November, the installation team in Boulder had no problem finishing the job. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Helicopter Helps Repair Damaged I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon“To actually do pressures and temperatures it’s very rare just based on the temperature outside,” Johnson said. The normal calendar of calls has been completely thrown off at Brother’s. Sprinkler blowouts...
    As news broke Tuesday that CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had been suspended indefinitely, more details emerged about his unpopularity at the network. Multiple reports noted that Cuomo’s actions to help defend his brother, the scandal-plagued former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), had left some of his colleagues at CNN “infuriated” that the network had not taken action. The Daily Beast reported: The people with knowledge of the situation said CNN boss Jeff Zucker had felt serious heat from infuriated talent, including Jake Tapper, over the last 24 hours and acted to yank Cuomo off the air while the review is carried out. Earlier this year, Tapper told The New York Times that Cuomo’s actions had “put us in a bad spot.” CNN media reporters Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy also reported Tuesday night that staffers within the network “expressed dismay” over his actions. The Beast added “that Cuomo had become incredibly unpopular.” A CNN insider further said of staffers’ sentiments at the network, saying, “I don’t know anyone who likes him.” On Monday, transcripts of depositions and text messages were...
    (CNN)The American Library Association says it has provided legal guidance and support to a number of libraries impacted by the "dramatic uptick" of attempts to remove books concerning LGBTQ issues and people of color. Since June 1, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has tracked 155 incidents across the country and has provided support and consultation in 120 of those cases, the association said. "We're seeing an unprecedented volume of challenges in the fall of 2021," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. "In my twenty years with ALA, I can't recall a time when we had multiple challenges coming in on a daily basis." A Florida school board member filed a criminal complaint over a Black queer memoir In a statement, the group's executive board said a few organizations have pushed the idea that "the voices of the marginalized have no place on library shelves" by falsely claiming some books are subversive, immoral and induce people to "to abandon constitutional principles, ignore the rule of law, and disregard individual rights." "Some of these groups even resort...
    Elizabeth Holmes tried to appeal to Rupert Murdoch to ask him to stop the Wall Street Journal from publishing its expose revealing Theranos' alleged fraud, prosecutors told the court on Tuesday. Her trial also heard how the former CEO's lavish lifestyle and hunger for fame fueled the fraud. The 37-year-old's reputation as a high flying successful tech CEO began to unravel, as did her luxury lifestyle of private jets, high end hotels and a team of assistants to serve her every whim, after the WSJ began investigating Theranos in 2015. Seemingly panicked, Holmes turned directly to newspaper's owner Murdoch. In a 2015 email, she appeals to the News Corp's chairman to ask him to squash the articles suggesting Theranos' devices were flawed and inaccurate, and reminding him that he had recently invested $125 million in her company.   Court sketch of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes during cross examination on Tuesday  Prosecutors also argued that the hunger for fame and fortune were behind Holmes' decision to commit fraud Holmes' email included an attachment of a briefing document sent by her attorney David Boies...
    Over the last year, Americans have been dealing with more than just the supply chain when it comes to receiving packages. They’ve also been losing packages to thieves. According to a survey from SafeWise and Cove Home Security, an estimated 210 million packages were stolen over the last 12 months in the U.S. The survey, which was published earlier this month, found that 64.1% of respondents have had at least one package stolen from their porch in the last year. Meanwhile, 53.5% of respondents have had multiple packages stolen over the same period of time, SafeWise and Cove reported.  The survey also found that more than half of the stolen packages cost between $50 and $200.  AMAZON DELIVERY DRIVER HILARIOUSLY HONORS REQUEST TO ‘HIDE PACKAGES FROM HUSBAND’ During the holidays, porch thefts are going to be even more of a concern as people order their gifts online and have busier holiday schedules, according to one criminal justice and package theft expert.  "Package theft is a crime of opportunity," Dr. Ben Stickle, a member of the SafeWise advisory group, said in...
    US has tools to combat omicron variant; Dutch found 2 cases before South Africa raised an alarm: Latest COVID-19 updates School shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan leaves 3 dead, several injured $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Experts Urge Americans to Refi Before 2022 Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/48 SLIDES © Getty / J. Lee We're...
    There were both supply chain and labor shortages under former President Donald Trump. On Monday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) claimed there were no supply chain or labor shortages in 2020 when former President Donald Trump was in office. But this is not true. Cotton made his comments during an appearance on Fox News' "Ingraham Angle" hosted by Laura Ingraham. "We've had this pandemic for two years, Laura, I don't remember inflation or supply chain shortages or labor shortages that we've seen this year in the first year of the pandemic," Cotton said. "What changed? Joe Biden and the Democrats took power in January." But in a report his own office released in February, Cotton acknowledged supply chain problems that disrupted the distribution of personal protective equipment to doctors and hospitals. Cotton's report, "Beat China: Targeted Decoupling and the Economic Long War," discusses actions taken by China to manufacture equipment for its virus response, which led to shortages elsewhere in the world. "This move imperiled America's ability to procure personal protective equipment...
    Police union leaders are blaming the ACLU for the recent smash-and-grab robberies that have plagued California ahead of holiday shopping season.  "When society removes accountability for bad behavior, criminals get emboldened to commit more crimes, drug addicts thumb their noses at mandatory treatment and vandalism and petty theft turn into riotous looting and murder," President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally, told Fox News.  SMASH-AND-GRAB THIEVES ATTACK STORES AROUND THE COUNTRY, CALIFORNIA SECURITY GUARD SHOT DEAD AS CRIME RAGES "One does not need to be clairvoyant to have predicted that in California the ACLU’s Proposition 47 would turn a family trip to the mall or a Home Depot into a dangerous gamble for our residents." The Los Angeles Police Protective League is among a list of police unions that are sponsoring a website called ACLU Watch, which is "dedicated to fighting for victim’s rights, accountability for criminals, and exposing those that defend the indefensible."  Security footage of a smash-and-grab robbery:  City of Concord PD (City of Concord PD) The website launched this week and includes data...
    Polarizing Fox News host Tucker Carlson has compared Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, to Italian fascist World War II dictator Benito Mussolini - just hours after his colleague Lara Logan likened the scientist to Auschwitz death camp doctor Josef Mengele.  During Monday's installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the presenter argued that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has gone from being a sober public servant at the outset of the pandemic to a megalomaniac accountable to no one. 'After two years of being nonstop media adulation, Tony Fauci has morphed into an even shorter version of Benito Mussolini,' Carlson said. The talk show host's claim as relating to the size of the two men fell a bit short. Fauci is 5-foot-7, the same exact height as the former Italian dictator. Scroll down for video  Fox News' Tucker Carlson argued that Dr Anthony Fauci thinks 'he's a deity accountable to no one' after two years of 'nonstop media adulation' Carlson drew a comparison between Fauci (left) and Benito Mussolini (right), saying he...
    Two children, ages 12 and 13, were arrested over the weekend in connection with a San Leandro carjacking, police said. The case started the day after Thanksgiving, when the victim of the carjacking was delivering a pizza. Four suspects, one of whom was armed, “forcefully removed” him from his vehicle, took his keys and sped away, according to the San Leandro Police Department. At 9 a.m. Sunday, a patrol officer spotted several occupants inside the stolen vehicle near a Walmart a few miles away in the city south of Oakland. When the occupants entered the store, the patrol officer summoned additional officers to the scene. Moments later, the group exited the store and police arrested two juveniles in connection with the carjacking. The others in the group, all juveniles, were released to their families, authorities said. Lt. Matt Barajas with the San Leandro Police Department said Tuesday that similar cases involving young people have been increasing. “Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common these days,” he said. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 15 years, and I’ve started to see more...
    BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s highest court on Tuesday rejected complaints against curfews and other restrictions imposed by federal legislation earlier this year in areas where the coronavirus was spreading quickly – a decision that could help the country’s leaders as they struggle to tackle a sharp rise in infections. The ruling from the Federal Constitutional Court came hours before outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her designated successor, Olaf Scholz, planned to hold talks on the situation with the country’s 16 state governors. There has been a string of calls from experts and politicians for tougher restrictions, but Germany’s federal structure and the transition from Merkel’s national government to a new one under Scholz have slowed decision-making. The court found that the most controversial measures contained in the federal “emergency brake” legislation that was in place from April until the end of June were in line with the constitution. Those included a 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew and school closures in areas with high coronavirus infection rates. The legislation to apply measures consistently in areas with high infection rates during Germany’s last...
    MAURICIO POCHETTINO would have reportedly been given the green light to leave PSG in the summer if two specific conditions had been met. If Manchester United had paid £17million for Pochettino, and Zinedine Zidane replaced him, PSG bosses were willing to let the Argentine depart. 2Pochettino joined PSG as boss at the start of the yearCredit: Getty 2Zidane has been out of management since leaving Real Madrid in the summerCredit: AP Pochettino was linked with the Old Trafford job before Ralf Rangnick was appointed as six-month interim boss on Monday. And PSG would have sanctioned a deal had their terms been met, according to French outlet Telefoot. The ex-Spurs manager is still being linked with a Premier League return in the summer, but he could have been back this month. That's if United has bought Pochettino out of his contract at the Parc des Princes which runs until June 2023. From there he still would have only been allowed to leave if Zidane was waiting in the wings to replace him. Most read in SportLive...
    TOTTENHAM'S game at Burnley was called off on Sunday after thick snow made play impossible at Turf Moor. Very few Premier League games get postponed these days but SunSport has explored seven of the most famous cancellations from history. 9Burnley vs Tottenham was called off at Turf Moor on Sunday because of heavy snowfallCredit: Getty There have been some funny and scary reasons matches have had to be pushed back and some down right weird ones. And here are the top seven... BURNLEY BLIZZARD Pictures from the ground showed blizzard like conditions, but in typically Sean Dyche fashion he stood chatting to referee Peter Bankes WITHOUT a jacket on. Kick off was originally scheduled for 2pm, with frantic shovelling taking place in an attempt to clear the snow from the pitch. According to Sky Sports, Antonio Conte and Co arrived at the ground and went straight into a meeting with officials on whether the game would go ahead. And they quickly came to a conclusion that the match would be postponed. 9Thick snow covered the pitch and officials called it off despite players...
    It’s no secret that Los Angeles needs pitchers. Mike Trudeau, the best player of his generation, was also involved recently. The latter began to cry from the heart to the senior management At the end of the most recent campaign, in an attempt to do everything possible to attract the prosperous Max Scherzer to his teams. Even if this wish is not fulfilled, the center fielder can at least be relaxed. In fact, it looks like his team was really in the race for the services of the finalist for the Cy Young Cup, losing to Corbin Burns. In fact, the Angels were even closer to signing the right hand than his former teammate and LA rival Dodgers. The idea of ​​playing with two of the best players in baseball at Mike Trout and Shoaib Ohtani is fascinating! In the end, the Mets’ money was the last word. Well-informed source said Max Scherzer negotiated # Angels Were “closer” than #Dodgers Scherzer agreed that to acquire RHP, but neither team would be too close to matching the three-year, $ 130-million...
    Center for Vaccine Development director Dr. Peter Hotez said Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that since COVID-19 vaccines have been available, “150,000 unvaccinated Americans needlessly lost their lives because they were defiant.” Hotez said, “The problem is, Chris, right now, the major component of fighting the battle against Omicron in the United States is the same as fighting the battle against Delta. By getting boosted, you’ll not only have a 30 to 40 fold rise in virus-neutralizing antibody to prevent you from getting the Delta variant or going to the hospital, but there’s likely, as Tony said, Dr. Fauci said, you’re going to get a spillover against the Omicron variant. I think that was a major message. The second component is vaccinating the kids.” He continued, “The third component, which he didn’t say but was implied if you’ve been infected and recovered, you’re still susceptible to reinfection, so you need to get immunized. You need to get vaccinated on top of that. That will actually — there are studies to show will build in greater resilience against variants, not...
    IT is the gentle BBC drama packed with charm and child­birth – and there’s an abundance of both in this year’s Christmas special. Call The Midwife’s festive show will feature a record number of new arrivals, with five pregnant women giving birth within minutes of each other on Christmas Day. 7This year's Call the Midwife Christmas special will be packed with childbirthCredit: BBC 7The BBC drama is set to feature a record number of new arrivals with five pregnant women going into labour on Christmas Day, pictured Fred BuckleCredit: BBC Helen George, who has played midwife Trixie since the period drama’s 2012 inception, said with a laugh: “That’s the most babies ever born in one episode. I’ve never seen that.” Based on former nurse Jennifer Worth’s best-selling memoirs, Call The Midwife follows the work of the midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House, a fictional convent in London’s deprived Poplar district of the 1950s. Ten seasons of the much-loved show — which still pulls in eight million viewers — have been aired, and two new series are on the way....
    Share this: Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” who made the sexual abuse of teenage girls since at least 1994 seem normal and casual, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at the opening of Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz said that Epstein and Maxwell, a British socialite, enticed girls as young as age 14 to engage in “so-called massages” by showering them with money and gifts before they were sexually abused. The prosecutor sought to make clear to a jury of 12 that there was no confusion about whether Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion, was his puppet or accomplice.
    More On: prince charles Book: Prince Charles questioned complexion of Harry and Meghan’s baby Book: Prince Charles is the one who asked about baby Archie’s skin tone Meghan’s texts about Harry being ‘constantly berated’ by dad revealed in court Best star snaps of the week: Bodacious bromances and bestie beauties Prince Charles was acting like any grandparent when he pondered the likely appearance of his future grandkids — but it was “weaponized” as part of a long “toxic” royal feud, according to the author who outed him. In an interview on the “Today” show Monday, Christopher Andersen stood by his new book’s claim that Charles made the controversial skin-color comments that were at the heart of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s most explosive complaints about life in the royal household. But Andersen insisted that the UK’s heir to the throne only mused about “what [his] future grandchildren might look like” in a “very benign way.” “I mean, here’s this beautiful biracial American woman and the world’s most famous redhead,” Andersen said of then-actress Markle and Charles’ youngest son, Harry,...
    (CBS4) – Denver District Attorney announced Monday Westminster Police officers were legally justified when they shot and killed suspect Drew Lucero, 37, during a response back in September. On Sept. 3, officers responded to Lucero at a home in the 5300 block of Billings Street in the Montebello neighborhood of Denver. Lucero was wanted for attempted homicide and was also involved in a domestic violence situation. (credit: CBS) On 9/3/21 three @WestminsterPD officers fatally shot Mr. Drew Lucero in Denver while executing an arrest warrant. Today, Denver DA McCann announced that the officers were legally justified and that no criminal charges are warranted. https://t.co/UKzL2I06Oh pic.twitter.com/TQ6FM2Mxon — Denver DAs Office (@DenverDAsOffice) November 29, 2021 Lucero exited the home when police responded and exchanged gunfire with responding officers, and he was shot and killed. “Once Mr. Lucero exited the house, produced a weapon and fired it, it was impossible for these officers to apply nonviolent means prior to resorting to physical force,” DA Beth McCann said in the press release. “Nonviolent means would have been ineffective in preventing an imminent threat...
    As the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend comes to a close, Connecticut State Police announced how many arrests they made for DUI, along with the number of accidents investigated and fatalities. As of 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28, the department arrested 50 drivers for driving under the influence, the department said. They also responded to 543 accidents with 46 reported injuries and one fatality on state roads. The one fatality, which took the life of a 20-year-old East Hartford man, occurred in Hartford County on Route 2 early on Thanksgiving Day.
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    POLICE were reportedly forced to intervene to stop Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez and Villarreal’s Unai Emery from rowing. Barca defeated their rivals 3-1 on Saturday night in controversial fashion. 2Barcelona boss Xavi was allegedly involved a major tunnel bust-up on SaturdayCredit: Rex 2The Spaniard and Unai Emery reportedly had to be separated by policeCredit: Rex Villarreal were fuming after they were denied several penalty claims. Gerard Pique firstly appeared to block a shot with his hand, only for the officials to deem it not worthy enough of being reviewed by VAR. Eric Garcia then wrestled Raul Albiol to the ground while defending a corner, another incident that went without a review. Sport now claims that Emery was furious after the final whistle and he became embroiled in an ‘intense argument’ in the tunnel with Xavi. Things got that heated that cops had to allegedly get between the two before the row boiled over. The report states that both coaches then had to ‘cool down’ in their respective team’s dressing rooms. Most read in SoccerINNOCENCE OF YOUTH England U21 keeper Etienne...
    Selling Sunset has returned to Netflix for a fourth series, with its cast of glamourous realtors turning heads more than ever with bold and highly polished looks.  But before they hit the spotlight thanks to the streaming platform's hit show, LA's hottest real estate agents were struggling to carve out a name for themselves, with several trying their hand at acting.  Christine Quinn made her big screen debut in 2011 in the horror flick Shark Night and she's since then gone from blonde girl next door to, in her own words, 'dominatrix, gothic Barbie'.  The new mother will be the first to admit that she looks rather different nowadays, previously telling Vogue: 'I got my boobs done, I get my lips done, tons of Botox, tons of makeup.'  Meanwhile, Chrishell Stause also started out as a fresh-faced soap star in sitcoms such as Days of Our Lives and All Our Children, but she really upped the glamour stakes since joining Selling Sunset, vamping it up in the show in skimpy outfits.  Heather Rae Young also has an acting background, appearing in...
    TWO teen brothers were among three people killed following a mass shooting in Tennessee. Zacquez Sherrell, 18, and his 15-year-old brother Tavarius died, while their mom, 40, sisters, and younger sibling, 13, were injured after gunfire erupted at an apartment in Nashville on Friday. 3Zacquez Sherrell, 18, was killed following a mass shooting in Tennessee on FridayCredit: Facebook 3Zacquez's younger brother Tavarius, 15, also diedCredit: Facebook Two armed suspects entered the property, according to a statement issued by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Christian Akail Johnson, 29, believed to be one of the suspects who entered the home, was shot to death. Cops did not provide any extra information about the second suspect. The suspects apparently gained entry after knocking on the front door and neighbors said they heard rapid gunfire, according to WKRN. Witness Marie Cheek told the outlet: “You hear pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. "It was so many people hurt that the ambulance had to try to find a way to turn around and get off the street. It was sad. Most read...
    JENNY Marr will have her hands full this Christmas - after giving birth to surprise QUADRUPLETS. She only thought she was pregnant with one baby, and got the shock of her life when she went for a scan and docs told her she was pregnant with four babies. 5Jenny Marr was originally told she was expecting triplets - but then she found out she was carrying another baby too 5Jenny's identical quadruplets are one in 15 million It has thrown life into a whirl for Jenny and her hubby Chris, who changes 24 nappies a day and spends a massive $300 [ £225] a week on grocery shopping. Jenny said: "Life has completely changed for Chris and I now that we suddenly have four babies to look after.  "We go through 1.5 gallons of milk every couple of days, and I do try and cook homemade food, but sometimes I’m so exhausted that I just heat up something that’s frozen for Chis and I to eat.’ The foursome were a massive shock for Jenny and Chris who had been  trying...
              more   Three Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) employees have come forward to say they will not take the COVID-19 shot, and, subsequently, their employer has forced them into unpaid leave. The ORNL employees have taken the matter to federal court. Jordan Lefebvre, Ron Lefebvre, and Stephanie Bruffey discussed the matter in a video this week with Tennessee Stands founder Gary Humble. ORNL officials initially said they would offer medical and religious exemptions to their employees, said Jordan Lefebvre. “We had a deadline to submit our medical and religious exemptions on September 15. On the morning of September 16, Dr. Thomas Zacharia, the lab director at ORNL, said there were too many religious exemptions,” Jordan Lefebvre said. “He [Zacharia] said religious exemptions needed to be prepared to be on unpaid leave through the end of the pandemic. That was the first we heard of that accommodation, and it was a little startling.” Humble said he imagined the Tennessee General Assembly would have protected the federal employees — but, ultimately, they did not. Bruffey said she realized she was going through...
    Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz snapped back at Anthony Fauci for remarks he made in a TV interview Sunday responding to GOP criticism of the infectious disease expert. In an interview with CBS News' Face The Nation, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser also dismissed Republican criticism of his work as 'lies' and agreed with the notion that GOP lawmakers were using him as a scapegoat. 'Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Paul's and all that other nonsense, that's noise... I know what my job is,' Fauci told host Margaret Brennan.  Paul responded in a tweet Sunday: 'The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It's astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.'   Texas Senator Ted Cruz also had harsh words in response to Fauci's criticism.   Brennan told Fauci, 'Senator Cruz told the attorney general...
    Charlie Vasquez, 23, from Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm after allegedly opening fire and wounding two NYPD officers  A 'career criminal' with more than half-dozen of prior arrests has been charged after he allegedly opened fire and wounded two NYPD officers on Thanksgiving eve.  Charlie Vasquez, 23, from Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing, police said.  Vasquez was arrested in The Bronx, near the 48th Precinct, on Wednesday, after he reportedly opened fire on NYPD officers Alejandra Jacobs and Robert Holmes - an incident caught in surveillance video.     Jacobs, a military veteran, was shot twice in the right arm, while Holmes, who has been in the department for eight years, was shot in his right armpit area.   Jacobs and Holmes were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were cheered and escorted to an NYPD vehicle taking them home by fellow officers after their discharges on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They are both...
    Odell Beckham Jr. was between the Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay Packers before ultimately deciding to head west, with one report saying the Packers made that decision easier by not budging on a price.  Sources told ESPN that Beckham was interested in signing with the Packers but Green Bay had only offered a veteran's minimum contract worth $1.075 million, plus incentives. KELLY STAFFORD HAS BANNED HERSELF FROM ATTENDING RAMS ROAD GAMES, EXPLAINS PRETZEL-THROWING DRAMA According to the report, Beckham’s camp asked the Packers to increase their offer several times but the team declined, ultimately leading to Beckham’s decision to sign with the Rams. Odell Beckham Jr. of the Los Angeles Rams lines up on Josh Norman of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 15, 2021 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Sources told the outlet that Los Angeles was the leading choice for Beckham.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "He wasn't going to take the same or less money to go to Green Bay [over Los Angeles]," one...
    ROY KEANE admitted he would have accepted a managerial role at Manchester United, but said: 'They were never going to call me'. Keane's former United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Old Trafford boss, with Michael Carrick taking temporary charge. 1Roy Keane admitted he would have accepted a managerial role at Manchester UnitedCredit: PA:Press Association The club are set to appoint German Ralf Rangnick until the end of the season. But Keane revealed he would have answered the call if his old side had come knocking. He said on Sky Sports: "They were never gonna call me, that was never gonna happen. "I'd have no problem going into any dressing room trying to take control of a dressing room, I've managed in the Premier League and I don't think it would be a problem to me, but it was never going to happen. "People tend to forget that I have managed before and I did okay in the Premier League with Sunderland." Keane, 50, has made a name for himself in recent years for his...
    Chief White House medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist NY governor declares state of emergency to prepare for omicron US to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns MORE said in an interview aired on Sunday that he believes people will have to begin "living with COVID," expressing doubts that the virus will be eradicated. Speaking to host Margaret Brennan on CBS's "Face the Nation," Fauci touched on previous remarks in which he said he would like to see daily infections fall below 10,000 in order for the U.S. to be able to "live with COVID." Brennan noted that current COVID-19 infection rates are now approaching 80,000 per day. Fauci said this current infection level is "unacceptable." "I mean, we've heard people say, understandably, they're trying to look for a metric to give to the public that we're going to have to start living with COVID. I believe that's the case because I don't think we're going to eradicate it. We've only eradicated one infection of...
    TWO blokes who both tragically lost babies found a way to let dads express their grief - through pink socks. Lewis Keywood met James Fryer at the gym and they unexpectedly opened up to each other after never talking to anyone about their grief. 6Lewis wearing his pink socks proudly, after coming up with the idea to support grieving dads 6The pair have sold thousands of pairs to raise money and awareness They decided to club together to create something so that dads who have lost a baby can easily spot each other. Lewis, a 34-year-old fitness enthusiast from Paignton, Devon, and online clothing director James set up Together Socks. It makes bright pink socks that can be worn by anyone who has gone through the tragedy, or those wanting to support the charity Tommy's. To date they have sold over 1,200 pairs, raising over £5,600 for the charity, with a backlog of orders for thousands more. Lewis, who is married to Vicky, 34, said: “I’m a proud father to our daughter Ruby who recently turned nine years old; I...
    Hilda Cabrales, who was left unconscious outside a hospital in Los Angeles two hours after her friend and model Christy Giles' dead body was dumped outside a different hospital in the area, has been declared brain dead.  Her father confirmed the news to The Sun; it is just days before her 27th birthday.  She was an interior designer who had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico in July to take a job as project manager for a design company. She graduated cum laude as an architect from Monterrey University two years ago.  Cabrales, 26, and Giles, 24, went out on Friday, November 13, for a 'very normal' night with a third friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  Hilda Marcela Cabrales has been pronounced brain dead two weeks after being left unconscious outside a Los Angeles with heroin in her system  The 26-year-old interior designer was left by the same men who had dumped her friend Christy Giles' dead body outside a different hospital two hours before Giles (left) and Cabrales (right) were last seen leaving a warehouse party in LA with...
    New York State has declared a state of emergency over the Omicron coronavirus variant, despite the fact that 100 percent of New York’s sampled cases in the last two weeks were the Delta variant of the virus. “We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said in a tweet on Friday. “Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes,” she announced:  We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, its coming. Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes. — Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 26, 2021 According to the Hill, “the executive order, in effect until at least Jan. 15, allows nonessential procedures to be postponed in hospitals in order to increase hospital capacity.” Hochul is also urging New Yorkers to “use the tools that we know help prevent the spread of this...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Velshi,” Rep. Troy Carter (D-LA) argued that if the races in the Ahmaud Arbery case were reversed, “there wouldn’t have even been media about it. There would have been a conviction in the media and a conviction in the court and it probably would not have had the level of deliberation.” Carter said, “[T]he reality is, if you had reversed the roles and that had been three African Americans chasing a white gentleman in a neighborhood and shot him because they thought he was doing something, even though he was unarmed, had no items that suggested that he’d stolen something, there wouldn’t have even been media about it. There would have been a conviction in the media and a conviction in the court and it probably would not have had the level of deliberation. Therein lies the real issue of why the racism and criminal justice reform needs to be fixed. There’s no question — and when I say outlandish, outlandish because this should have been something that was very easy. Yet, for many people, it...
    In a Friday appearance on Hannity, former White House senior adviser Stephen Miller absurdly claimed that if former President Donald Trump were still president, “we would already have modified vaccines” to deal with the new Omicron Covid-19 variant. Yes, to be clear, Miller is talking about the Omicron (B.1.1.529) SARS-CoV-2 variant that was first reported to the World Health Organization by South Africa on Wednesday, and designated as a “variant of concern” (VOC) by WHO earlier on Friday, mere hours before he decided to make this absolutely ridiculous claim on a nationally televised program. “The first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on 9 November 2021,” wrote WHO in their statement. Guest host Tammy Bruce said that the current vaccine boosters were “for the alpha version,” and “weren’t adjusted,” like flu shots were for the annual strains of the influenza virus. “So it seems like we’re rushing when we don’t even know what this new variant is going to do,” said Bruce. “But really, a lot of this, we can’t deny, has been so political. Do you see...
    VANDERPUMP Rules alum Beau Clark is now kicking it back in his Florida vacation home which comes in at $290K, however, it's a far cry from his $1.7million Hollywood Hills mansion. This comes more than a year after Beau and his wife, Stassi Schroeder, were booted from the reality series. 13Vanderpump Rules alum Beau Clark and Stassi Schroeder now have a vacation home in Tarpon Springs FloridaCredit: Realtor.com 13The fired reality stars also welcomed a daughter named Hartford in January 2021Credit: Stassi Schroeder/Instagram The home, which is listed as an intrafamily transfer after it was switched from his mother, Louisa, to him on Sept 27th, 2019, sits at Tarpon Springs. The 1,238 square-feet property comes with two bedrooms and one bath and also has an open floor plan, which includes original hardwood floors. However, the home has plenty of more features that would turn anyone's head, including numerous large windows to allow the sun to creep in for natural light. For those that enjoy spending time cooking, the kitchen comes with stainless appliances, wood cabinets, and opens up to a separate...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated we shouldn’t look at case numbers to analyze the newest coronavirus variant and predicted that “I don’t think we’re ever going to go back to where we were in March of 2020.” Brooks stated, “[T]he thing to look at, I’ve read from better experts than me, is not how many cases, but how many deaths. We just have so many more tools to deal with anything that comes along. So, I think it would be tending toward a normal in which we’re just constantly struggling against this thing, but we’re not — I don’t think we’re ever going to go back to where we were in March of 2020.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that we are “probably overheating” the economy and causing inflation, but he has “high tolerance for inflation in this kind of economy. Because I think we need it as a society to heal.” Brooks said, “I want a white-hot economy that will raise wages at the bottom, which is happening, that will bring people back into the labor force, which is happening, which is spreading wealth around the country, not concentrating it in a few cities, which is happening. The cost of that is that, since we can’t really fine-tune an economy, we’re probably overheating. And we’re getting inflation. And the question — the crucial question becomes, what kind of inflation? Is it post-COVID inflation, we’ve got a lot of supply chain problems and it’ll get ironed out in a year, or is it 1970s inflation, which builds on itself? And so, I have high tolerance for inflation in this kind of economy. Because I think we need it as a society to heal. But if it turns out...
    A senior Irish medical official has claimed that he never called schools safe environments with regards to COVID-19, despite previously saying they were. Ireland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn stated on Wednesday that he and his colleagues never called schools a “safe environment”, despite Glynn personally calling schools just that in an interview last year. Regarding the risk of transmission in schools, Dr Glynn stated that schools are not as safe as they were previously. He went on to apparently falsely claim that he and the government never referred to schools as being a safe environment from the Chinese coronavirus. “We’ve never said that schools are a safe environment,” Dr Glynn declared in an interview with radio station Newstalk, claiming: “We’ve said they’re a lower risk environment.” However, video evidence soon emerged pointing to the contrary. In an interview with the Irish Second Level Student’s Union posted on the official Youtube channel of the Irish Department of Education, the Deputy CMO refers to schools as being “safe”. “What we’ve seen from September to date is that in general, schools...
    GABBY Petito chillingly shared an Astroworld Instagram post with the caption "wish you were here" before her deadly road trip with Brian Laundrie. The 22-year-old shared a snap of her posing in a grey hoodie in a car alongside the hashtag '#Astroworld' in the same year the concert was first held. 2Gabby Petito chillingly shared an Instagram post dedicated to Astroworld before her deathCredit: Instagram 2Internet sleuths have suggested an eerie link between the festival tragedy and Gabby's doomed road trip with Brian LaundrieCredit: Social Media Internet sleuths have suggested Gabby could have eerily predicted the disaster at Travis Scott's musical festival years before her doomed road trip with Laundrie. It is the latest online conspiracy theory regarding Astroworld, after videos on social media wildly claimed what happened was actually a large-scale "satanic blood sacrifice." During the festival in November 5 this year, 10 people died and hundreds were injured while Travis was performing. Gabby shared the post on Instagram on November 8, 2018, as Scott had launched Astroworld to "make his childhood dream come true". He has often spoke of...
    A PAIR of best pals have made themselves a mint by launching a skincare line that gives users glowing skin and it's an influencer favourite. Manny Barbas and James Hachem, both 25, managed to rake in £150k in just one day when they launched their new "Pore Perfecting Elixir", part of their Alya, range, that promises to reduce redness and prevent breakouts. 4Best friends turned business partners James and Manny struck gold with their skin care companyCredit: Instagram/jameshachem 4The duo's products are favourites with Instagram influencersCredit: instagram/alyaskinaus The product is causing a stir on social media as the £24.95 potion is designed to brighten and rejuvenate skin by "dissolving excess oils". But the lads weren't always as successful as they are now. They used to work in a chip shop - which is how they saved to set up the business which launched in 2018. Speaking to Dynamic Business they revealed how they used savings from the fish chip shop and a cafe, as well as a credit card to launch their business.  “James is like my brother,”...
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    The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles has cancelled the production of a play mid-run, with the writer claiming she pulled her own play after “Black womxn” artists were “verbally abused and diminished.” Paradise Blue, by Tony Award-nominated playwright Dominique Morisseau, began performances at the Geffen Playhouse on November 9 and was supposed to run through December 12. But the theater abruptly announced the play’s closure this week, acknowledging it failed to respond “decisively” to an “incident between members of the production.” “As a result of these missteps, some members of the production felt unsafe and not fully supported,” the theater said in a statement. Geffen Playhouses statement regarding the cancellation of Paradise Blue. pic.twitter.com/znQ4FyOdNw — Geffen Playhouse (@GeffenPlayhouse) November 25, 2021 The playwright provided her own version of the story in a lengthy Facebook post, alleging that “Black womxn” artists and “BIPOC” individuals experienced “harm.” She also accused the larger theater industry of a fostering a culture of “anti-blackness, anti-womxness, and anti-black-womxness.” “We are not to be treated so insignificantly that when we are harmed, we are ignored. Asked to...
    DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized Friday for using anti-Muslim language in describing a recent encounter she had with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. In her apology, Boebert didn’t address Omar’s criticism that Boebert made up her story about the encounter at the U.S. Capitol. READ MORE: President Biden To Discuss Infrastructure Package In Rosemount Next WeekBoebert tweeted that “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.” According to a video clip posted by a Twitter account called PatriotTakes, Boebert made the remarks this holiday break. In it, she says she and a staffer were taking a Capitol elevator when she saw an alarmed Capitol police officer running toward them. She said she turned to her left and spotted Omar standing beside them. ““Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert recalled saying, drawing laughs from her audience. “And I...