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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a blue-ribbon commission to investigate state Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his handling of nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday, de Blasio said he supported the idea of forming an independent ‘Moreland Commission’ - using the Moreland Act - to probe claims Cuomo purposely under-reported the death toll in state nursing homes.   ‘The whole thing has to be examined,’ de Blasio insisted. ‘We need the full truth. ‘It’s extraordinarily troubling on a human level because we don’t even know what it would’ve meant — how many lives might’ve been saved if things had been done differently.’ Cuomo is already being investigated by the FBI and the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn over the alleged cover-up.  If enacted, the Moreland Act allows the governor, in person or through those appointed by the governor, to investigate the...
    State health officials lifted the regional stay-at-home order Monday morning, easing a winter hibernation that had been focused on hospital capacity amid a COVID-19 surge. The Bay Area was one of three regions that had still been under the order, along with San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. According to state health officials, the stay-at-home ban was lifted in accordance with four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions reaching above 15 percent. “Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health officer. “Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner.” Counties now...
    UPS places shipping limits on some retailers as holiday shopping heats up, report says Tested: 2020 Kia Niro Hybrid Trades Power for Efficiency Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images News via Getty Images With the coronavirus pandemic shattering case records, local government officials are rolling out a patchwork of restrictions on social distancing and gatherings. Public health experts advise us to stay...
    Banging drums and chanting “Block Garcetti,” activists with Black Lives Matter-L.A. and other groups rallied outside Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home to protest the mayor’s possible appointment to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Monday’s demonstration marked the seventh day in a row that protesters have gathered outside Getty House, the official residence of L.A.'s mayor. Protesters slammed Garcetti’s record on transportation, homelessness and policing and said he shouldn’t be in charge of those policies at a federal level. Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles participate in a demonstration Friday outside Mayor Eric Garcetti’s official residence.(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times) “It’s been a rough seven years with Garcetti,” said Channing Martinez, director of organizing for the Bus Riders Union, a civil rights and climate justice group. “The fare increases, the bus service cuts. His policies have targeted Black people.” Garcetti, who served as a co-chair of Biden’s election campaign, has been mentioned by various publications as...
    When I saw the newsflash about the vaccine yesterday, I was immediately reminded of another – and admittedly very different – scientific achievement. The Manhattan Project in World War II led to the development of the atomic bomb. Now whatever your view of the destructive use of nuclear weapons – and tragically more than 200,000 people died at Nagasaki and Hiroshima – it is widely accepted that without their deployment that conflict would have continued. Hundreds of thousands of service personnel and civilians would have died, with more misery and suffering for millions worldwide.  When I saw the newsflash about the vaccine yesterday, I was immediately reminded of another scientific achievement (pictured, someone receiving an injection during clinical trials) I believe that the global potential of this vaccine – to save lives and reduce suffering – is on a similar scale. In both cases, researchers understood the basic science...
    Maybe you don't like politics with your beer. Or maybe you think small businesses should stay above the ideological fray so that they don't alienate one group of potential customers while catering to another. It's an understandable take, but one that really isn't possible anymore in a country that is now truly divided. Even the simplest choices — such as what organization to donate money to or whether or not to support the Black Lives Matter movement or enforce mask rules — can have repercussions. So, with that "damned if you do, damned if you don't" environment as the background, a few breweries are putting politics on tap. Others are simply encouraging people to vote, including Arvada's Luki Brewery, which is offering people the chance to vote on the style characteristics for its yet-to-be-brewed Democracy IPA, which will be released on November 3 — election day. (Hurry, though, because voting on...
    Dozens of recovering addicts are sharing their harrowing but hopeful stories of overcoming addiction in a growing online support community. The Addict's Diary was founded by Kevin Alter, 31, himself an ex-heroin user who went to rehab 29 times and was homeless for 12 years during his twenties — and went on to become a motivational speaker who started the community to help others with their recovery. His blog and social media channels — which also offer resources to those in need — have become a place where other recovering addicts can inspire others, and where many have shared stunning before and after photos that document the physical transformation of getting clean and sober. Hopeful stories: Former addicts are sharing their stories on the Facebook page for The Addict's Diary, including Amber Hoffman (pictured), who said 'it's cool to be back to living' Before and after: A man shared a 613-day-old photo of himself when...
    The tense scene on Tuesday afternoon was a spectacular accident. A driver was trapped and had to be removed from the vehicle. “Get the person out as quickly as possible. But as safe as possible ”. And you wonder how this victim is. It’s okay because everything has been a drill ”. The drill was part of a training by the Miami Dade Fire and Rescue Department’s extraction team in conjunction with the Gordon Center at the University of Miami. “When there is a very complicated accident and what do we do to get the patient out.” At National Health Care Simulation Week, the event showcased how skills, training and technology come together to save lives. “If you imagine being in a car and not knowing what is happening, all the sounds around you are because there are many pieces of equipment that we are...
    New Delhi (CNN)Rescue workers in western India are hopeful that they can save 19 people still trapped under the rubble of a five-story apartment building that collapsed Monday evening in the state of Maharashtra.State and federal first responders are using specially trained dogs to help dig through the remains of the structure, which is located in Raigad district's Mahad city, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Mumbai, and believe that it's possible survivors still remain. The building collapsed at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The third, fourth and fifth floors were all "completely collapsed," according to Anupam Srivastava of India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), but officials are hopeful that air pockets in the parking lot and on the first floor have allowed people to survive. Residents told emergency workers that when they ran out of the building, the pillars in the parking lot were "still vibrating," meaning they...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Wednesday after an apparent prank call brought armed officers to the home of Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.  Melina Abdullah participates in the Hollywood talent agencies march to support Black Lives Matter protests on June 6 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) Abdullah began streaming live video via Instagram at about 9 a.m. from her home showing armed officers staged outside the residence. “I don’t know why they are here,” said said in the video. “They have guns pointed at my house. There’s a helicopter overhead. Nobody’s knocked at the door, but apparently they’ve made announcements for people to come out with our hands up. My children are in this house. My children are in this house. I don’t know what this is.” An officer on a loudspeaker could then be heard specifically...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An investigation is underway after Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to Black Lives Matter activist Melina Abdullah's home.The LAPD says they received a call saying someone was holding three people hostage, and demanding $1 million in ransom.Police believe it might have been a swatting call.Abdullah said she and her family are fine.Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson is calling for an immediate investigation into the incident.RELATED: Melina Abdullah speaks about changes needed after George Floyd deathEMBED More News Videos The Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles wants to let the community know what they want to see change after the death of George Floyd.
    The Los Angeles police are investigating a possible prank call that led to the department’s heavily armed SWAT team descending on the block of one of the city’s leading Black Lives Matter activists, according to a LAPD spokesman. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM-L.A. and a Cal State Los Angeles professor who has been at the forefront of recent protests decrying police violence, began streaming live video from her home on Instagram on Wednesday morning, showing armed officers staging outside. “I don’t know why they are here,” she says. No one was injured, though Abdullah repeatedly expressed fear that officers would escalate the situation. She said she was concerned about the safety of her children, who were in her home at the time. Abdullah could not immediately be reached for comment after the incident. Josh Rubenstein, a LAPD spokesman, said the department’s Major Crimes Division is now investigating...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Several thousand people are expected to gather in downtown Martinez Sunday afternoon for a peaceful protest march to the waterfront.It's in response to several recent racist incidents in the East Bay city.The Martinez police chief warned they've got "intelligence that counter-protesters are going to show up to protest the protesters."WATCH: Video shows confrontation between artists, pair painting over BLM muralEMBED More News Videos A Black Lives Matter mural was defaced in Martinez Saturday and now police are investigating.This video shows a confrontation between the artists and the pair painting over the mural Martinez is at the center of the controversy after racist flyers were circulated in the downtown area according to Together We Stand Revolution. That group has been involved in other large protests in Minneapolis and Charlottesville.Founder Sevgi Fernandez said it's intended to be peaceful and to call attention to the couple that painted over...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Several thousand people are expected to gather in downtown Martinez Sunday afternoon for a peaceful protest march to the waterfront.It's in response to several recent racist incidents in the east bay city.The Martinez police chief warned they've got "intelligence that counter-protesters are going to show up to protest the protesters."WATCH: Video shows confrontation between artists, pair painting over BLM muralEMBED More News Videos A Black Lives Matter mural was defaced in Martinez Saturday and now police are investigating.This video shows a confrontation between the artists and the pair painting over the mural Martinez is at the center of the controversy after racist flyers were circulated in the downtown area according to Together We Stand Revolution. That group has been involved in other large protests in Minneapolis and Charlottesville.Founder Sevgi Fernandez said it's intended to be peaceful and to call attention to the couple that painted over...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY BEATRIX LOCKWOOD Protests and marches for the rights of Black trans people drew thousands to the streets under the banner of “Black Trans Lives Matter” in recent weeks amid a global demonstrations against racism. Reuters digital editors Ben Kellerman and Arlene Washington hosted a conversation featuring the Black trans community as part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series during the close of Pride month in June, which commemorates the Stonewall uprising. Below are edited highlights. In what ways have Black trans people been disproportionately affected by the pandemic? “The pandemic has highlighted the disparities in access to healthcare that Black people have always faced. Trans people, in particular, face discrimination when it comes to accessing care and have relied on clinics and community centers many of which closed during the...
    By Beatrix Lockwood NEW YORK (Reuters) - Protests and marches for the rights of Black trans people drew thousands to the streets under the banner of “Black Trans Lives Matter” in recent weeks amid a global demonstrations against racism. Reuters digital editors Ben Kellerman and Arlene Washington hosted a conversation featuring the Black trans community as part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series during the close of Pride month in June, which commemorates the Stonewall uprising. Below are edited highlights. In what ways have Black trans people been disproportionately affected by the pandemic? “The pandemic has highlighted the disparities in access to healthcare that Black people have always faced. Trans people, in particular, face discrimination when it comes to accessing care and have relied on clinics and community centers many of which closed during the lockdowns. Many Black trans people are dealing with housing insecurity and employment discrimination that increase...
    Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive pick for their 2020 presidential contender, is already on thin ice with anti-racism activists after resisting the push to embrace calls to “defund” and disband police departments, but now Black Lives Matter is concerned Biden may be about to select an ex-cop as his running mate. Among Biden’s top picks is Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), a two-term Florida Congresswoman best known for being one of several legislators selected to lead the House team prosecuting President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, and she has reportedly made it to the second round of vetting, per the New York Post. “But Demings’ 27 years in the Orlando Police Department, where she rose from beat cop to first female chief, are complicating things,” the outlet reports. Demings rose from beat cop to chief of police in Orlando, Florida, over the course of two decades, but in the four years...
    The far-right is extremely mad about the Black Lives Matter protests. Two weeks ago, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ignoring his pleas for his life and warnings by observers. The officer has been charged with murder. Since Floyd’s death, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have taken to the streets to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The far-right can’t stand it. People on the far-right have attempted various tactics to obfuscate or counteract the message: counter-protesting, colluding with cops, and hashtags. None have worked. So now people on Gab, one of the more insidious corners of the internet, are calling for boycotts of companies and organizations that allegedly support Black Lives Matter and, they say, antifa, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Getting on the list appears to...
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