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    BOSTON (AP) — Pandemic-weary workers at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts went on a one-day strike Wednesday over stalled contract negotiations with management, the latest strike amid an monthslong uptick in labor action nationwide. Members of the Museum of Fine Arts Union that represents about 200 workers picketed outside the museum starting at around 8:30 a.m. More than 100 people at one point were out holding signs saying “No curation without representation” and urging people not to cross the picket line to enter the museum. The union says workers are concerned about pay, safety, workplace diversity and job growth, and that more than 96% of its members had voted in favor of striking. The museum said it remained open during the one-day strike and officials said they’re committed to properly paying workers despite the financial challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The MFA Union represents public-facing staff, library workers, educators, curators, conservators, and administrative and professional workers. Museum employees voted overwhelmingly last November to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110, a New York-based union representing over 3,000 workers...
    WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Jonathan Conder, a corporate lawyer, Pictech critic and the country’s top hopeful leader, in a recent move to reduce the power of the Silicon Valley giants. With 68-29 votes, Mr Conder’s approval as head of the no-confidence division of the judiciary held a key position in the Biden administration. The White House has made it clear that it wants to restrict the integration of American companies, especially between powerful technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Its confirmation will go to President Biden for final approval. As a lawyer representing competitors such as Microsoft, Uber, Yelp and News Corp., Mr. Cantor has been battling with Google and other technology companies for years. He has joined Silicon Valley critics in government roles, including Lina Khan, the head of the Federal Trade Commission, who is best known for writing a law school essay advocating a hopeless doctrine against the Amazon. The two hopeless executives will jointly file historic lawsuits against Google and Facebook. Given his record of representing rival companies, it is...
    Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced Friday that he and his team are representing over 200 people in lawsuits over the deadly stampede that took place during Travis Scott’s performance at last week’s Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas. Crump’s team has filed 93 lawsuits over the festival as of Friday, attorney Alex Hilliard, who is working with Crump, said in a news conference. Hilliard said one lawsuit filed Friday morning represents 90 plaintiffs alone.  “This lawsuit is not just about getting justice for them,” Crump said. “But it’s about making sure the promoters and the organizers know that you cannot allow this to ever happen in the future, even if you have to immediately stop the concert.”   Eight people died last Saturday and dozens were injured after a crowd surge at Scott’s concert sparked a “panic.” A ninth person, a 22-year-old student at Texas A&M University who was caught in the crush of people, succumbed to her injuries after she was declared brain dead. Houston fire chief Samuel Peña has said that Scott should have stopped performing when the...
    JOE ROOT entered the Yorkshire race row and insisted: “There is no debate about racism, no one side or other. It is simply intolerable.” Test captain Root - currently in Australia preparing for the Ashes - has been horrified by the storm engulfing his home county. 1Joe Root said there is 'no debate about racism' and labelled it 'intolerable'Credit: PA He put out a statement on Thursday and then revealed he has never heard any of the incidents of racism that others such as former player Azeem Rafiq have experienced. Asked if he knew about racism at Yorkshire, Root said: “No, I can only speak from my personal experiences. “But it’s clear things have happened at the club and we have to make sure we eradicate it. "We look to find ways to make sure this never happens again in the sport and, as I said before, beyond that as well in society.” Root also believes players and coaches who have been involved in racist incidents in the past can be educated and rehabilitated - rather than driven out...
    Jurors are so tired of dealing with the Nazis in this case they're willing to forgo a federal holiday and keep court in session Thursday. Much can be said about the testimony of victims of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Women like Marissa Blair and Chelsea Alvarado, who were injured when James Fields plowed his car into protesters, bravely recounted arguably the worst weekend of their lives in front of the Nazis who had a direct hand in what is now considered a terror attack. Blair’s description during her testimony Monday of dropping to her knees upon hearing of friend Heather Heyer’s death at the hands of Fields is absolutely heart-wrenching, as is the sacrifice of her now-husband, Marcus Martin, who pushed her out of the way of Fields’ car and sustained life-altering injuries. A photo of Martin being violently struck ultimately won a Pulitzer Prize. Martin never stopped fighting for what’s right throughout his recovery after that horrible August day. He took the stand in 2018 during the trial against Fields, who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison, and is...
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers screen passengers at O'Hare International Airport on November 08, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images A union that represents some 700,000 government employees on Tuesday asked the White House to give workers until Jan. 4 to comply with a Biden administration vaccine mandate instead of a deadline just before Thanksgiving. Most federal workers have until Nov. 22 to get immunized against Covid under the Biden administration's order. Federal contractors previously had until Dec. 8, but the White House last week delayed that deadline until Jan. 4. That gives those companies until after the holidays to comply with the deadline, which matches a new rule from the Labor Department requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or face weekly testing. The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents Transportation Security Administration officers, food inspectors and tens of thousands of others, called it unfair to have separate deadlines for federal contractors and federal employees. "This double standard has caused confusion and distress among federal employees due to disparate treatment and...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators Sunday worked to determine how eight people died in a crush of fans at a Houston music festival, as families mourned the dead and concertgoers recounted the horror and confusion of being trapped in the crowd. Authorities planned to use videos, witness interviews and a review of concert procedures to figure out what went wrong Friday night during a performance by rapper Travis Scott. The tragedy unfolded when the crowd rushed the stage, squeezing people so tightly they couldn’t breathe. Billy Nasser, 24, who had traveled from Indianapolis to attend the concert, said about 15 minutes into Scott’s set, things got “really crazy” and people began crushing one another. He said he “was picking people up and trying to drag them out.” Nasser said he found a concertgoer on the ground. “I picked him up. People were stepping on him. People were like stomping, and I picked his head up and I looked at his eyes, and his eyes were just white, rolled back to the back of his head,” he said. Over the weekend, a...
    Richard Spencer consistently undermined himself while on the witness stand during Thursday's courtroom proceedings. In a shock to absolutely no one, Richard Spencer serving as his own lawyer has proven pretty terrible for, well, Richard Spencer. The glass-jawed Nazi known for barely being able to take a punch (among other undesirable traits) was forced to represent himself in a civil lawsuit after his real lawyer dropped Spencer for failing to pay up and adhere to his legal advice. Spencer has spent a full week pretending he has any grasp of the law as one of 25 defendants who had a hand in the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Surprisingly, he is just one of two overconfident white dudes representing themselves in this case, the other being Christopher “Crying Nazi” Cantwell. Cantwell’s had his fair share of bafflingly stupid moments, including losing his own witness list and preparing for trial by watching Tucker Carlson, but Spencer’s idiocy outshone him on Thursday. Over the course of a full day in the witness stand, Spencer was endlessly smacked down by his own words as attorney...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nearly 600 Los Angeles County firefighters are suing over the county’s requirement that its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. A lawsuit filed on behalf of LA County Free Foundation, a nonprofit representing 574 firefighters and other employees, alleges that the county’s vaccine mandate violates the firefighters’ constitutionally-protected autonomous privacy rights. READ MORE: Wild Southland Pursuit With Stolen Big Rig Turns Into Standoff In Santa AnaThe lawsuit seeks a court order that would prohibit enforcement of the county vaccination order against any firefighter and also direct the county to offer reasonable accommodations to firefighters so they can continue working without being immunized. It also asks a judge to direct there be no discrimination or retaliation against firefighters who do not get vaccinated. A representative for the county could not be reached for comment. The county’s vaccine mandate went into effect on Oct. 1. The policy required non-vaccinated employees to receive a COVID shot within 45 days of written notification of the immunization requirement. Non-compliant employees could face disciplinary action, up to and including termination. READ MORE: US...
    (CNN)The Justice Department told attorneys representing families separated at the US southern border under the Trump administration that the reported settlement figures "are higher than anywhere that settlement can land," American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero told CNN."DOJ communicated Wednesday night that the numbers reported in the press are higher than anywhere that settlement can land. The parties continue to negotiate," Romero said.DOJ told attorneys by call that the reported settlement figures are too high, according to a source with knowledge of the matter, after President Joe Biden said Wednesday families separated at the border under the Trump administration's so-called "zero-tolerance policy" will not receive payments of $450,000, but did not get into details about any possible monetary settlements for those families. "That's not going to happen," he said.CNN has reached out to DOJ. Read MoreCNN previously reported that migrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration could receive significant financial compensation as part of settlement negotiations between the Justice Department and the families' lawyers, but negotiations are ongoing. This story is...
    Winsome Sears, GOP candidate to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor, blasted the left for sowing division among Americans in order to become the token "political savior." Sears appeared on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday to discuss the contentious race, saying if elected to serve she will represent voters from all parties in order to form "one Virginia." WINSOME SEARS, VIRGINIA GOP LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: WHAT TO KNOW SEARS WINSOME: I think what has happened with the progressives is that they have pitted all of us against each other so that they can swoop in and be our political savior. And we are saying that, you know, we have to be one Virginia. I have won my race as lieutenant governor and I'm not going to be representing Republicans solely. No. I'm representing Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party, Reform Party, Democrats, everybody. We've got to learn to live together to get along so that we can have a peace. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW: Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    Mediaite founder Dan Abrams expressed shock and amazement at the performance of Lisa Torraco Monday, the attorney for David Halls, Assistant Director on the set of the now-infamous set of Rust where the Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was killed. Fox News’ Martha MacCallum repeatedly confronted the attorney for Halls, the Rust AD who is under serious scrutiny for his role in the deadly incident. Halls said in a statement to the New York Post, “It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.” Halls reportedly was the one on set who handed the gun to Alec Baldwin before the tragic shooting of Hutchins. MacCallum went through the timeline of what happened on set and the chain of custody of the prop gun. Since Torraco insisted that her client didn’t hand Baldwin the gun after grabbing it off of a prop cart, MacCallum pressed for where did Halls get the gun from, and Torraco refused to give a straight answer. Abrams called it a “terrific interview” on MacCallum’s part, adding...
    Princess Eugenie joined modern slavery survivors for an art therapy class in West London this week. The royal, 33, who founded The Anti-Slavery Collective charity foundation, was seen visiting an Salvation Army outreach hub dressed in a pretty £139 blue Whistles dress.  The mother-of-one proved her artistic flair with an impressive landscape picture featuring a serence mountain scene after participants were asked to paint murals themed around 'what freedom meant to each survivor'. The Duke of York Prince Andrew's youngest daughter inscribed the artwork with her initials 'EY', for Eugenie York.  Scroll down for video  Princess Eugenie joined modern slavery survivors for an art therapy class in West London this week The Duke of York Prince Andrew's youngest daughter inscribed the artwork with her initials 'EY', for Eugenie York (her artwork is seen in the centre) Princess Eugenie was seen posing alongside the director for Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Kathy Betteridge, and Service Manager for The Salvation Army’s London Outreach service, Jenny Gibson.  The royal was later pictured taking part in the class, sitting at a roundtable in front of...
    Attorneys representing 40 former Washington Football Team employees, who say they were sexually harassed during their time employed by the team, are again insisting that the findings of an investigation into the team be made public. Attorney Lisa Banks said in a Tweet that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments at a news conference following an owners’ meeting Tuesday were “disingenuous” after stating that the league will not issue a report on its 10-month investigation into Washington’s workplace culture due to privacy concerns. In a new release, Banks said her clients spoke out against the team in 2020, wanting the report to be public, and it’s possible to ensure confidentiality and release the report. Banks and attorney Debra Katz have sent Goodell a letter responding to his comments, accusing the commissioner of hiding behind the “incredibly brave women” who came forward. The letter also says that their clients do not “wish any further protection from you by withholding this report.” “You have misrepresented the wishes of our clients, and likely those of the other women and men who came forward, to...
    When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed his lawsuit in hopes of overturning the 2020 presidential election, appellate attorneys in Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's office reportedly wasted no time mocking the frivolous legal effort. According to The Tampa Bay Times, multiple lawyers had critical reactions to the lawsuit as they believed it likely would not go far. The publication reports that one lawyer described it as "bats--t insane" while another lawyer simply said it was "weird." "Bats--t insane, which is why (Texas' solicitor general) is not on it," said Christopher Baum, senior deputy solicitor general. "Must be the only guy in the Texas AG's front office who didn't quit/wasn't fired for alleging that Paxton committed crimes." The attorneys also criticized the reasoning behind Paxton's actions considering he was inserting himself into a legal issue outside of his state. "What's the theory for how one state has standing to allege Bush v. Gore violations against another state …," Chief Deputy Solicitor General James Percival pondered as he referenced the lawsuit filed amid Florida's recount for the 2000...
    PHILADELPHIA -- A New York woman is suing Kellogg's over the fruit filling in its pop-tarts.Elizabeth Russett, of Dutchess County, New York, filed the lawsuit against the company in New York last week.According to the lawsuit, the advertising on boxes for their strawberry Pop-Tarts are misleading because the filling uses less strawberries than expected.The complainant says the pastry contains more pears and apples than strawberries.The lawsuit calls for a jury trial and asks for over $5 million in damages.The lawyers representing this case are also representing an Illinois woman who sued Kellogg's in August, making similar allegations.Kellogg's has not commented on the lawsuits.
    Texas man charged with murder after shooting someone in a car outside his home. He told police it was self-defense Boris Johnson says chances of Cop26 success are ‘touch and go’ Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft $300K Refi in this Economy? 2.01% APR 15 year Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/13 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Television // Getty Images Best and worst roles of the 'Friends' cast On May 27, 2021, the long-awaited “Friends” reunion made its debut on HBO Max. Seventeen years after Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe turned in the keys to their luxurious West Village pad (there’s no way they could afford it) the gang was finally reunited on the soundstage where it all began. The reunion was no small feat. Fans had been clamoring for a reboot for years— essentially since the series wrapped in 2004—but the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- On Wednesday, a judge could decide whether Chicago's police union gets a temporary restraining order on the city's COVID vaccine mandate.But Chicago police officials are ramping up their efforts to get CPD officers to obey the city mandate, saying safety is their top priority.CPD Superintendent David Brown said less than two dozen officers have been sent home without pay for refusing. He also said the number of officers in compliance has gone up from 64% on Monday to more than 67% Tuesday, and, of those, 82% are fully vaccinated.Officers who have not complied with the mandate by either refusing to upload vaccine status to the city's online portal or who have not gotten vaccinated and won't submit to testing are being taken off the streets and put on no-pay status, as the mandate requires.For a second day in a row, CPD officers who have defied the reporting mandate were told to report to police headquarters, where they are given orders to comply and then given a chance to change their minds."So of the several hundred we've talked...
    (CNN)A threatened strike on major TV and film production was averted Saturday night, just hours before a midnight deadline.The association representing producers made a tentative deal with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employee (IATSE), a union representing roughly 60,000 film and television workers, including technicians and craftspeople, IATSE announced Saturday."I can confirm we reached an agreement that will keep the industry working," Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), said in a statement to CNN. "At this time, we are not sharing details of the agreement."AMPTP is the group representing producers. Members of TV and film workers union authorize strikeIATSE said its strike authorization was the first in its history to threaten a nationwide walkout. Negotiations involved a number of disagreements, including demands for higher pay, improvements to on-set conditions (such as longer rest and meal breaks) and larger contributions to health and pension benefits.Read MoreAn eleventh-hour deal between producers and a union representing technicians and set workers to avoid a West Coast strike is like something out of a movie, union leadership...
                        Senator Bill Stanley’s (R-Franklin) legal practice is representing the Smith family in their lawsuit against Loudoun County Public Schools over the school’s failures in an alleged sexual assault. “The facts are that a male student claiming to be ‘gender fluid’ was permitted to enter the girls’ bathroom on May 28 and sexually assault our daughter. Making matters worse, the school system repeatedly failed to protect her thereafter. Then, they concealed the sexual assault from the public while considering formalizing a bathroom access policy that would have – and now has – increased the likelihood of sexual assaults like these. As a result, our daughter and our family has suffered, and continue to suffer, from the very real consequences of a policy that endangers the safety of every student,” the victim’s parents said in a Thursday press release. A second assault of another victim has also been alleged. In the press release, Stanley said, “What happened to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their daughter in Loudoun County is absolutely...
    I WAS selected as candidate for Brentwood and Ongar in 1991 and David was the first local MP to offer assistance. There was nothing in it for him, he just wanted to help. 2David Amess was a helpful MP who was still in his prime, says Lord Eric PicklesCredit: AFP He loved representing Southend. Proud of his constituents, he would represent them to the fullest of his ability. Sir David understood Westminster. He was a very canny operator. If you received a letter or question from David you paid close attention. New advice, following this tragedy, will go out to MPs from the police and Parliamentary officials. But ultimately the role of an MP is about connecting with people. That cannot be done through the grille of security. I last saw David at the Party Conference. He had an idea. I suggested meeting up. Alas, the meeting will not take place. I am so grateful that my last memory of David was a man in his prime, full of enthusiasm. Most read in The US SunSHOCK...
    A rioter from New York who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol got himself in hotter water after representing himself in court and will now face fresh charges. Brandon Fellows, a 27-year-old former high school wrestling standout who attended Hudson Valley Community College, accidentally admitted to two more felonies. Original story - Ex-NY HS Wrestling Standout Who Smoked Pot In Senator's Office Says He Has No Regrets For Riot According to reports, Fellows admitted that he prepared for an evidentiary hearing, not a bond hearing as he appeared before the court “pro se.” Fellows, who rioted at the Capitol and smoked marijuana in Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office, had been out on pretrial release until he was ordered back into custody after allegedly leaving obscene voicemails for his pretrial service officer and calling the officer’s mother. He also allegedly missed a court-ordered mental health evaluation. “I’m at a loss as to how to advise Mr. Fellows,” US District Judge Trevor McFadden stated after the appearance. “I’ve never seen a defendant take a stand in a bond review...
    The NFL Players Association and attorneys representing 40 former Washington Football Team employees are now pushing the league to release the 650,000 emails reviewed as part of an investigation into the club’s workplace conduct as a result of the Jon Gruden email scandal.  Gruden resigned from the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night following a bombshell report that uncovered troves of racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments he made in emails to former Washington president Bruce Allen between 2010 and 2018. DEMAURICE SMITH: JON GRUDEN EMAIL SCANDAL CONFIRMS ‘FIGHT AGAINST RACISM’ NOT OVER  NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, who was the subject of one of those emails sent by Gruden, told USA Today that the NFLPA plans to file a petition to get the rest of the emails released.  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders talks to his players as they stretch before a game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bears defeated the Raiders 20-9.  (Photo by Ethan...
    Net tax revenue in Georgia was $2.8 billion in September, representing a $655 million increase – or 30.3% – compared with September 2020, Gov. Brian Kemp's office said. Individual income tax collections for September totaled about $1.4 billion, representing an increase of about $166 million (13.2%) compared with last year. Individual income tax refunds decreased by $15 million (17%). Net sales and use tax collection increased by $334.6 million (104.8%) compared with last year. The adjusted sales tax distribution to local governments was $768.3 million, a 16.9% decrease compared with fiscal year 2020. Corporate income tax collections were $264.9 million for the month, representing about a $133.5 million increase (50.4%) compared with fiscal year 2021. News State Georgia
    EX-PREMIER LEAGUE star Steven Caulker has received a shock call-up to Sierra Leone's squad for this month's international fixtures. The defender, 29, has one senior cap for England and starred for Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012. 1Steven Caulker currently plays for Turkish side GaziantepCredit: Getty Caulker has been called into the squad for Sierra Leone's October friendlies against South Sudan, The Gambia and Morocco. The player is allowed to change his allegiance from England as he's yet to play a competitive game at international level. Caulker qualifies for Sierra Leone through his paternal grandfather, who was born in the African country. The ex-Prem ace is also hoping to play for Sierra Leone at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January. Caulker played for Team GB at the London Games, one of nine players to feature in all five games before the side was ditched. And he picked up his solitary England cap in November 2012, scoring in a 4-2 defeat to Sweden. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogCHELSEA 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1 Ward-Prowse EQUALISES from the...
    NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A group of veterans from across the country were chosen to represent their states and tour the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in the Hudson Valley on Wednesday. Oliver Hickok is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. He was injured twice in the Vietnam War. READ MORE: Wreath-Laying Ceremony At NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honors Purple Heart Recipients“We just went through the night, and I survived,” he told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge. Hickok was one of 50 veterans invited to tour the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor. He was chosen to represent New York. “It’s good to be here, but I don’t like thinking back to those moments,” he said. Purple Hearts are awarded to servicemen and women who are wounded or killed. The site in New Windsor is the first in the nation dedicated to commemorating them. Edward Gerasimowicz is representing New Jersey. “I was hit with shrapnel in both legs, and I shot in the back of my right leg. I’m here today. I’m not strong, but I’m here,” he said....
    NBC's newest drama La Brea arrived with a dramatic premiere Tuesday that saw a family separated by a massive sinkhole emerging in Los Angeles, resulting in some residents dropping below the surface into a strange realm. And not only does the series promise a trove of twists and turns, it also serves as an introduction to actress Zyra Gorecki. © Provided by People Ben King/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank Hailing from Michigan, the 19-year-old plays Izzy Harris, a teen whose mom and brother fall through the sinkhole. Like her character, Gorecki is an amputee: She lost her foot in a logging accident when she was 14. (She received her prosthetic from Amputee Blade Runners.) Gorecki's casting in La Brea makes her one of the first limb-different actors to land a series regular role on television. Asked how she feels about representing her community in such a major way, Gorecki says, "Phenomenal." "To be a person that other amputees [and] other limb-different people can look up to and say, 'I can do that. I can do this. I can achieve my dreams,' is...
    QAnon conspiracy theorist and right-wing attorney Lin Wood is facing a lawsuit from his former legal associates who claim he tried to rob them of payments he owes them. For about a year, Wood has been facing a lawsuit from ex-colleagues Nicole Wade, Jonathan Grunberg, and Taylor Wilson over settlement money from when their office represented Nick Sandmann. Sandmann was the Covington Catholic High School whose encounter with a Native American activist turned into a media fiasco that resulted in settlements between Sandmann, CNN, and Washington Post. A report from The Daily Beast says Wade, Grunberg, and Wilson quit Wood’s “after a series of bizarre incidents involving Wood, including an alleged assault on one of the lawyers.” However, their legal dispute appears to primarily revolve around an alleged scheme by Wood to defraud the others of the settlement money they were supposed to get from the Sandmann case. From the article: Around 3 a.m. one day in February 2020, the ex-partners allege, Wood sent two emails to Todd McMurtry, his co-counsel on the Sandmann cases. In the emails, entitled...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Pupusas, arepas and gorditas -- while these three Latin American favorites share a common core ingredient, each represents the unique flavors and cultures of the countries where the foods were birthed.Each of the dishes, distinct in flavor and presentation, is bound together by a corn flour dough called masa.Victor Aguilera, a San Francisco-based chef and founder of Arepas en Bici , has been slinging the Venezuelan favorite out of his Nob Hill apartment since he was forced out of a restaurant job in March 2020 at the outset of the pandemic."In Venezuela, we call it the poor people's food, unfortunately," Aguilera said.But there's nothing poor in taste or quality in his signature dish: the Arepa de Pabellon.This arepa starts with a base of grilled masa and is topped with shredded beef, shredded cheese, beans and deep-fried plantains.It's a combination Aguilera called a taste of Venezuela.At the core of the dish are ingredients found in his native country, most notably the corn flour dough masa used in many Latin American cuisines.EMBED More News Videos Hispanic Heritage Month begins...
    DOVER, Delaware (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – One of the primary insurers of the Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday, Sept. 14, that it has reached a tentative settlement agreement with the organization and with attorneys representing tens of thousands of men who say they were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters and others. Under the agreement, insurance company The Hartford will pay $787 million into a fund to be established for child sexual abuse claimants in the Boy Scouts bankruptcy case, the company said in a news release. The agreement was negotiated after the Boy Scouts unsuccessfully sought court permission to withdraw from a previously announced $650 million settlement with the company. In exchange for the payment, the BSA and its local councils would release The Hartford from any further liability for sexual abuse claims. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will Another Relief Payment Happen This Year? The proposed settlement is part of an ongoing effort by the Boy Scouts and other parties in the bankruptcy to forge a reorganization plan that must win approval by a majority of abuse claimants,...
    Share this:Photo courtesy of DeSales Media/Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. FDNY BATTALION 57 SALUTES FALLEN BRETHREN: Members of the FDNY’s Battalion 57 in Brooklyn led a procession over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The marchers, pictured on Pacific St. near the Co-Cathedral, carried 25 flags: 23 representing the 23 members of Battalion 57 who were lost at the World Trade Center, one representing the brother of a member of the Battalion who also died that day, and one American flag. A noon Mass followed the procession, with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as the main celebrant. ✰✰✰ REMOTE LEARNING OPTION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: St. Thomas Aquinas Online Catholic Academy is offering a fully online K-8 program as an option for families who want or need to continue in a remote learning environment. The school offers the same Catholic education students are receiving in the classroom, with registration and financial aid information for the 2021-2022 academic year remaining open via http://stacoa.org/ . Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of...
    The union representing nearly 30,000 federal law enforcement officers is slamming President Joe Biden's new COVID-19 vaccine mandate, calling the move an act of coercion that 'villainizes employees' for their concerns about the shot.  'This executive order villianizes employees for reasonable concerns and hesitancies and inserts the federal government into individual medical decisions,' Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), said in a statement. 'People should not be made to feel uncomfortable for making a reasonable medical choice.'  Biden unveiled the mandate Thursday. It requires workers at companies with more than 100 employees to get vaccinated or tested weekly, and orders federal employees and healthcare workers to get the shots, with no testing alternative.  Larry Cosme (left), president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, is slamming President Joe Biden (right) over his new vaccine mandate. Cosme says Biden's mandate is an act of coercion that 'villainizes employees' for their concerns about the shot Cosme, who has routinely said the FLEOA believes Americans should have the freedom to make their own decisions about the vaccine, argued that...
                        Delegate Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) is representing plaintiffs in another lawsuit seeking an end to a ban on skill games in Virginia. On September 1, Roanoke-area convenience store operator Falu Patel filed suit claiming that the recently-enact ban violates his constitutional rights; Patel is represented by Heretick and Virginia Beach attorney Mike Joynes. “It is appalling to me that here in the year 2021, we are still seeing affirmative acts of discrimination through the legislative process. It is clear from the statements made by the legislators who pushed the skill games ban agenda that SB 971 had one purpose – to discriminate against Asian American and African American convenience store owners who had these legal gaming devices in their establishments,” Joynes and Heretick said in a press release. In 2020, the Virginia General Assembly outlawed skill games. However, Governor Ralph Northam and the legislature amended the ban to allow the state to tax the games to provide revenue for the COVID Relief fund, with the ban postponed until July...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order to begin the process of declassifying documents related to Sept. 11, 2001. Friday’s move came as we approach the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks and amid the persistence of families who filed a lawsuit alleging Saudi Arabia bears some responsibility. READ MORE: Smells Like Ribs Everywhere: Pittsburghers Celebrate Labor Day Weekend At Heinz Field Kickoff And Rib Fest KDKA’s Andy Sheehan spoke with a local attorney representing two of those families. This development is significant. For several administrations, the U.S. Justice Department has kept much of the investigation classified. Now, President Biden — stating the need for transparency — says some of those documents should be disclosed. Twenty years after planes hit the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, and the in-flight heroes brought Flight 93 down in Shanksville, families of those who died have gnawing questions about just who was behind the attacks. Why were 15 of the 19 hijackers — like Osama bin Laden himself — Saudi Arabian? Who supplied them support, training and flying...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A big surprise for some special local athletes.Special Olympics of Southern California athletes were meeting on Zoom when Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee gave them some exciting newsThe local athletes will be headed to Orlando, Florida to represent Southern California in the 2022 Special Olympic USA Games next June.The athletes were very excited especially after the pandemic lockdowns. Many have been eager to return to in-person practice, and ultimately the games.Special Olympics keeps athletes engaged with virtual workout programs #SpecialOlympics SoCal athletes got exciting news from #LARams tight end, Tyler Higbee, & Scott Gregory, SOSC Board Member & Regional President at Gallagher, an official Special Olympics International partner.https://t.co/HN9j2al1Ql@RamsNFL @Ty_Higs19 #WeAreSOSC #ShineAsOne— Special Olympics Southern California (@SOSoCal) August 31, 2021
    Nam Y. Huh/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.John Pierce, the right-wing lawyer representing 17 defendants accused of storming the Capitol, has failed to appear at several court appearances over the past week, sparking the Justice Department to issue a rare warning that Pierce’s sudden disappearance could jeopardize his clients’ cases.  The notice also pointed to reports, as well as an explanation from Pierce’s colleague Ryan Marshall, indicating that Pierce, an outspoken anti-vaxxer, is seriously ill from COVID-19 and possibly unresponsive on a ventilator. “The US. Attorney’s Office has had no contact with Mr. Pierce—by phone, email, or otherwise—since Monday, August 23, 2021, when he appeared for a hearing before the Honorable Paul L. Friedman in United States v. Jeremiah Caplinger,” the filing on Monday read. “Since that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has heard conflicting information about Mr. Pierce’s health and whereabouts.” That conflicting information includes pushback from another one of Pierce’s associates who claimed last week that dehydration and exhaustion—not COVID-19—are to blame for Pierce’s...
    Attorney John Pierce in court defending the indefensible John Pierce is the attorney tasked with defending 17 suspected Jan. 6 insurrectionists. Pierce was already working on alleged murderer Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense when he added the 17 defendants facing federal charges for storming the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to his client roster. Before that, Pierce was a staunch MAGA supporter who had previously represented Rudolph Giuliani and Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  Pierce’s Twitter account, which was very active up until Aug. 20, is filled with the kinds of right-wing retweets from Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump Jr., and Mike Cernovich one would expect in this day and age. It also includes a lot of anti-vaxx, anti-mask retweets. After missing a series of court appearances, news has leaked out that the attorney may have tested positive for COVID-19, and may be intubated in an ICU somewhere right now. In this guy’s defense, he’s not wearing a mask when there wasn’t even a vaccine available yet ... Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler reported on her emptywheel blog that the question of Pierce’s whereabouts came up during a status hearing for Jan. 6 defendant Shane Jenkins. Jenkins would...
    (CNN)Bringing a child into the world should be the happiest day of any parent's life. But Abbas Karimi said that when his mother gave birth to him in Afghanistan, his parents were riddled with anxiety. Karimi was born without arms, diagnosed with congenital limb deficiency. "They cried so much [...] and they got really upset that I was born this way. And they were really worried that what's going to happen to my future and how I'm going to take care of myself when I grow [up]," the 24-year-old refugee Paralympic swimmer told CNN Sport in July from Fort Lauderdale, before the fall of his birth country to the Taliban. Despite their initial worries, Karimi said his family decided to raise him like the rest of his siblings, pouring as much love and support into their child as possible. Read More"That was his expectation from all my family, and that's what they did. They raised me and I was just like a normal child," Karimi added. But Karimi's parents couldn't protect him from the relentless abuse he received from kids...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Six Kentucky football players charged with first-degree burglary pleaded not guilty on Friday, with a judge scheduling a preliminary hearing for Wednesday in a case stemming from a March 6 incident at a private party. Fayette County District Judge Joseph T. Bouvier also ordered the players to stay away from the victims and the site where the incident took place. Wildcat players Reuben Adams, Robert McClain, Andru Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Devito Tisdale and Joel Williams are charged with burglary. Tisdale also faces a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly pointing a gun at one of the victims. Dressed in khaki slacks, white shirts and navy blue blazers, the players sat silently near the back of the courtroom as three attorneys representing them entered the pleas before leaving without comment. Braxton Crenshaw, one of the attorneys representing the players in the hearing, had no comment as he left with the players. Coach Mark Stoops said Thursday the program had been aware of the matter since March. The program withheld players from team activities while...
    Tamyra Mensah-Stock’s career as a professional wrestler has taken her all over the world, but for her, there’s no country she’d rather represent on the world stage than the United States. Mensah-Stock, 28, spoke to Fox News on Thursday to discuss her gold medal win in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle at the 2020 Games earlier this month and the viral moment after her match where she proudly said, "I love representing the U.S., I freaking love living there."  ARMY VETERAN TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES: ‘IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE’  "This is where I was born and raised," Mesah-Stock said when asked what makes her a proud American. "I don’t know any other country that I could have grown up in. God put me here in America and by the grace of God, I got to represent America in the Olympics. So it was a huge honor because I didn’t get to do that in 2016." Going into her final match against Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria, Tamyra Mensah-Stock said the only thing...
    DOVER, Del. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A year and a half after the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America sought bankruptcy protection amid an onslaught of child sex abuse lawsuits, a judge is poised to issue a ruling that could determine whether the organization might emerge from bankruptcy later this year. Following a three-day hearing that ended Monday, the judge is mulling whether the Boy Scouts can pursue an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing a majority of the 82,500 abuse claimants in the case. Failure to win approval of the agreement could throw the case into chaos. READ MORE: Dallas Police Investigating Shooting On Vantage Point Drive That Left 22-Year-Old Daylan Burns Dead The agreement involves the national Boy Scouts organization, the roughly 250 local Boy Scout councils, the official victims committee, and law firms representing some 70,000 men who say they were molested as youngsters by Scoutmasters and others. The Boy Scouts have proposed contributing up to $250 million in cash and property to a fund for abuse victims. Local councils, which run day-to-day operations for Boy Scout troops, would contribute...
                        Minnesota activist and parent groups that allegedly represent over 30,000 Minnesota parents have signed on to a letter opposing mandatory masking of children. The letter, which has also been used in Wisconsin to protest mandatory masking, was addressed to Governor Tim Walz and President Joe Biden. The letter was written and released under the group Open Schools USA. For Immediate Release MN pic.twitter.com/Uls8iNZ6gH — Sarah Ronchak (@SarahRonchak) August 14, 2021 The letter reads, “These are not your children. They are ours and they too, are Americans with rights… We applaud and support the school boards, businesses, and localities that have respected our parental choice.” The signees also said that they will not mask their children in school, allow the governor to enforce masks on children at stores or community activities, or let their children be subjected to lockdowns or movement restrictions. The last sentence of the letter says, “We have never and will never co-parent with the government.” Sarah Ronchak, the vice president of Open Schools USA...
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A year and a half after the Boy Scouts of America sought bankruptcy protection amid an onslaught of child sex abuse lawsuits, a Delaware judge is poised to issue a ruling that could determine whether the organization might emerge from bankruptcy later this year. Following a three-day hearing that ended Monday, the judge is mulling whether the Boy Scouts can pursue an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing a majority of the 82,500 abuse claimants in the case. Failure to win approval of the agreement could throw the case into chaos. The agreement involves the national Boy Scouts organization, the roughly 250 local Boy Scout councils, the official victims committee, and law firms representing some 70,000 men who say they were molested as youngsters by Scoutmasters and others. The Texas-based Boy Scouts have proposed contributing up to $250 million in cash and property to a fund for abuse victims. Local councils, which run day-to-day operations for Boy Scout troops, would contribute $600 million. The national organization and councils also would transfer their rights to Boy Scout...