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    The company assured parents that there are already systems in place to protect underage users, including requiring them to mutually accept friend invitations before they can communicate, making their profiles and friend lists private, and limiting their discoverability on the app. The addition of Family Center will allow parents to see their child's existing and future friend list and which friends their child has recently messaged. In addition, children who choose to opt into the Family Center will be able to see a mirrored view of the information that Snapchat is showing their parents. In order to access the new Family Center features, parents will need to download the Snapchat app and link it to their teen's account through an invitation process. This announcement marks the first rollout of features to Snapchat's Family Center. The company plans to release additional reporting features for parents and teens in the fall. "Our goal is to help empower parents and teens in a way that still protects a teenager's autonomy and privacy," said Team Snap.
    by T.A. DeFeo   A state lawmaker is helping a private company find actors and actresses during an open casting call event for a trio of Savannah-based film projects. On Tuesday, the Georgia Media Services Office distributed a media advisory on behalf of Rep. Carl Gilliard, D-Savannah. Gilliard is partnering with Bill Marinella Casting to potentially cast actors and actresses in roles on “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Cave Dweller” and “Pax.” The casting call is open to those at least 10 years old. “The casting company will photograph individuals, and individuals are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’ or dress casual,” the media advisory said. When asked why a state lawmaker is promoting a casting call for a television project and how this is a state lawmaker’s responsibility, even one on the film commission, the Georgia Media Services Office forwarded the request to Gilliard, who told The Center Square he regularly works to connect residents with film opportunities. “I am constantly promoting film productions in the Savannah area that give local residents an opportunity to get involved with this robust,...
    by Bruce Walker   The U.S. Supreme Court’s Carson v. Makin ruling, announced Tuesday, may crack the door open more widely for Michigan families seeking tuition assistance for their children who attend private schools. SCOTUS voted 6-3 in favor of allowing state-provided tuition assistance for Maine parents who send their children to private religious schools. Michigan is another state with a so-called Blaine Amendment, which prohibits the use of public funds for all private schools, whether they’re religious or secular. “For the second time in two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the importance of neutrality when providing state funding for educational options,” Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said in a statement. “The Court has been willing to protect families’ First Amendment rights, even where modest programs and dollar amounts are involved,” Wright continued. “The nation’s highest court has continued to side with families who faced religious discrimination when choosing different educational options. We are hopeful that these principles will apply in...
    by Bruce Walker   A proposed ballot initiative to allow tax credits for families seeking to send their children to private schools in Michigan sparked a rebuke in the form of a resolution by the State Board of Education. Proponents are currently attempting to collect 340,047 signatures to place the Let MI Kids Learn program on the November ballot. The Board of Education resolution, issued Tuesday, characterizes the program as “a voucher proposal [that] would reduce state revenue by as much as $500 million in the first year, with the potential for revenue loss to increase 20% per year in later years.” The ballot initiative attempt began after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed last October a legislative bill to create the Student Opportunity Scholarship Program. Let MI Kids Learn program would circumvent what would most assuredly be once again vetoed by the governor. According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the SOSP would have featured: State-regulated and qualified nonprofit organizations would be eligible to receive donations from Michigan taxpayers to fund scholarship accounts for eligible families and...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Authorities in Ecuador arrested the leader of a national Indigenous group on Tuesday, alleging that he was responsible for violence during anti-government protests. Leónidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, was arrested in Pastocalle, in the Andean center of the country, according to police. The confederation had called for protests to demand a reduction in the price of gasoline, the setting of a minimum price for agricultural products and a moratorium on the extension of mining and oil projects. Suspected protesters recently destroyed police vehicles, attacked and damaged private vehicles, broke into private flower farms in the center of the country, and destroyed public property in the center of the capital, authorities said. Iza had also called on followers to topple the government of President Guillermo Lasso. “The arrests of the masterminds and perpetrators of these violent acts have begun,” Lasso said. “Now it’s up to the prosecution and the judiciary to act, because no one is above the law.” Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    Military members of Russian President Vladamir Putin's private army are reportedly sharing details about their comrades disturbing behavior toward new mothers on a maternity ward. According to The Daily Beast, Russian military officials have revealed mercenaries part of Putin's brutal Wagner group "allegedly raped women admitted to a maternity ward in a hospital in the Central African Republic (CAR)." Speaking to The Beast, under the condition that their identities would not be disclosed, three members of the militant group detailed the experiences they've witnessed. On April 10, members of the private army are said to have staged an attack targeting the Henri Izamo military camp stationed in the capital of Bangui. “[The military headquarters] received a report last month from the [hospital] center detailing how three Russian instructors stormed the maternity ward and began to sexually assault women on admission,” one of the officials told The Beast. “Among the victims, the military was informed, are two mothers who had just given birth to babies and health workers on duty,” said the official, who added that the military “is...
    "Protestors chained together at the wrist block traffic from passing on the road to the Otay Mesa Detention Center during a demonstration against US immigration policy that separates children from parents, in San Diego, California June 23, 2018." The chairs of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations are the latest to call for the closure of the New Mexico immigration detention facility at the center of a recent, blistering watchdog report.  While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in that report urged that detained immigrants be removed from the CoreCivic-operated Torrance County Detention Facility (TCDF), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) instead accused the watchdog of faking evidence. “The Department has stated that it ‘will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention,’” Representatives Bennie Thompson and Nanette Barragán write. “We urge you to follow through on that commitment by immediately removing detainees from TCDF and ending the contractual agreement with the facility.” “DHS OIG found that TCDF is severely understaffed, including significant shortages in medical...
    "An undocumented Mexican immigrant waits to be in-processed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), center on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona." The privately operated immigration prison at the center of a blistering Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog report has a history of targeted violence against detained people, including using chemical agents to squash peaceful demonstrations protesting inhumane conditions. Litigation launched against New Mexico’s Torrance County Detention Facility nearly a year ago said that private prison profiteer CoreCivic deployed 18 guards in riot gear on asylum-seekers who were peaceful protesting unsafe conditions. A number of them would test positive for COVID-19 within days of the violent attack, proving their point. “Defendants responded to the individual Plaintiffs’ peaceful hunger strike by terrorizing them and attacking them with several canisters and grenades of oleoresin capsicum (‘OC’ ) spray, or pepper spray, a harmful chemical agent that irritates the eyes, skin, and respiratory passages,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants deployed the chemical agent in a poorly ventilated space and confined the individual Plaintiffs by blocking the exits while they screamed and choked.” “Many of the individual plaintiffs...
              moreby Dan McCaleb   The U.S. Senate Wednesday night sent the Biden administration a message: Congress’ upper chamber does not support the president’s vaccine mandate on private businesses. With two Democratic senators joining all 50 Republicans, the Senate voted 52-48 to repeal President Joe Biden’s executive mandate requiring that private-sector employers with 100 or more workers ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. Businesses that didn’t follow the directive were to face stiff fines. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Jon Tester, D-Montana, joined Republicans in rebuking the mandate. While the measure, introduced by Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled U.S. House, federal courts already have halted Biden’s private-sector and other vaccine mandates, saying they amount to executive overreach. “We’ve seen two consistent patterns in the past few months: the Biden Administration announcing extraordinarily aggressive new mandates intruding into the private decisions of businesses and citizens, and courts striking them down as illegal,” Daniel Suhr, managing attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, which has represented clients challenging Biden’s...
                      by Natalie Kapustik  Legislative Republicans excoriated Gov. Tom Wolf for “playing favorites” after a report concluded his administration helped only Democratic counties secure $21 million in private grants ahead of the 2020 election. Broad + Liberty reported the Pennsylvania Department of State and various left-wing groups worked together to funnel private grant funding to Democratic-leaning counties without offering the same assistance to Republican-leaning counties. “This latest report indicates the administration and the Department of State played favorites when they connected certain counties to large sums of grant funding while ignoring other counties,” Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, said. “Not only did this create unequal access to voters, but it also essentially disenfranchised voters in counties that did not receive equal funding.” About half of the money – procured through the Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) – went to Philadelphia County, Grove said, representing about $10 spent per voter there. Other counties received around $1 per voter, he said. The Center Square previously reported 13 counties across Pennsylvania and the...
    Candace Owens says the owner of a COVID-19 testing center canceled her appointment and accused her of 'politicizing' the virus and 'discouraging' people from protecting themselves with masks and vaccines. The conservative host posted an email exchange with Suzanna Lee of Aspen COVID Testing on her Twitter Wednesday. 'I've just learned of this testing request and as the owner of this business am going to refuse this booking and deny service,' Lee wrote her on Tuesday, according to Owens' screenshots. 'My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected. It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you.'  Candace Owens, 32, says the owner of a COVID-19 testing center cancelled her appointment She posted the email from Suzanna Lee, owner of Aspen COVID Testing, on Twitter RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Florida radio host Marc Bernier, 65, who called himself 'Mr... Republican candidate slaps Candace...
    HONOLULU (AP) — An elderly man and woman with gunshot wounds died Tuesday at a Honolulu assisted living center in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Honolulu Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the elderly man and woman with gunshot wounds were pronounced dead at the Plaza at Waikiki. The police’s Criminal Investigation Division was responding to the scene, spokesperson Michelle Yu said in an email. Television footage showed a police presence at the Plaza at Waikiki, with yellow crime tape blocking the driveway. A woman who answered the phone at the Plaza at Waikiki told an AP reporter: “Due to the ongoing investigation, you will have to contact the police department. Thank you.” And hung up. The Plaza at Waikiki is an assisted living facility on the edge of Waikiki. Its website says it has room for up to 170 residents, offering month-to-month senior rentals in private studio, private one-bedroom and shared suites. The same company that operates the facility also runs similar senior homes in five other locations in and around Honolulu. ___ Associated Press journalists...
    Chicagoans mostly support the Obamas' decision to build the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on the south side of Chicago. But few of us are aware of the controversy over the Obamas' decision to site their private center on historic public parkland on the shores of Lake Michigan, as these important issues have not been widely covered in the mainstream press, including in any of Chicago's major newspapers. Initially the Obama Foundation considered several potential sites for the OPC. These sites were evaluated based on certain factors, including accessibility, enhancements to the physical environment, and potential for economic development. The site receiving the highest score was a site near Washington Park, just west of the University of Chicago campus, which the university described in its literature as pairing "the greatest need with the greatest opportunity." Nevertheless, in 2016, the foundation decided to build on 19.3 acres of wooded public parkland in the heart of historic Jackson Park, east of the U of C campus and about a half-mile from the shores of Lake Michigan. The city of Chicago quickly approved the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A teacher accused in April of inappropriately touching a student at a North Miami Beach school has been cleared of all charges. Yosef Benita, a teacher at Lubavitch Educational Center, was arrested after a student said that the rabbi touched him inappropriately three times. READ MORE: Teens Death Investigation Continues After No Hazardous Materials Found In West Park Home The state attorney has decided to take no action on the allegations. READ MORE: Lobster Mini Season Gets Off To Tragic Start Benita, who has declared his innocence since day one, is happy that he can put these allegations behind him. MORE NEWS: Firefighter Who Worked On Surfside Collapse Arrested For Domestic Violence Rabbi Benita, who has been teaching for more than a decade, will be welcomed back to Lubavitch Educational Center this fall.
    Shares of Geo Group, Inc. shot up Wednesday as meme stock traders turned their attention to the private prison company whose shares have languished after President Biden signed an executive order instructing the Federal Bureau of Prisons not to renew private prison contracts. Shares were up by nearly 75 percent at one point on Wednesday. They hit the close up over 38 percent. Users of the WallStreetBets message board were celebrating the rise on Wednesday. Another private prison stock, CoreCivic, which was formerly known the Corrections Corporation of America, saw its shares jump nearly 18 percent. Michael Burry, the Big Short investor whose stake in GameStop helped fuel hopes for the video game seller, is reportedly an investor in CoreCivic. Despite the Biden executive order on Bureau of Prisons contracts, the Biden administration on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down a  California law that bans privately run immigration facilities. The executive order does not cover the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration detainment facilities. The GEO Group, one of the country’s largest private prison companies,...
    More On: dmx How to watch DMX’s private service today DMX’s final ‘Ryde’: A look at the monster truck that took his coffin to memorial DMX’s children offer touching tributes at rap icon’s memorial Star-studded ‘Celebration of Life’ for rapper DMX kicks off in Brooklyn DMX’s children shared moving and emotional memories of their famous father Sunday, speaking to hundreds of mourners during a private funeral service for the late rap icon. “It makes me sad that my dad will never be able to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ ever to me again,” the rapper’s 9-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, said during the ceremony at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, which was streamed online. “I was excited to come to New York and spend a week with him and meet some of my brothers and sisters. But God had other plans.” She added, “I know my dad is in heaven. Even though he can’t talk back, I know I can still talk to him. I think it’s good that I get to call my dad a legend. Rest easy, dad.” DMX funeral procession on...
    Linn County and the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) are among the local and state entities spreading awareness of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The “forever chemicals” can be found in items ranging from food packaging to drinking water to firefighting foam. The Environmental Protective Agency has set a health advisory level at 70 parts per trillion for PFAS. “We didn’t think that we were going to be immune to [PFAS] in Iowa because these things are used very broadly,” Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination Director David Cwiertny told The Center Square. Examining PFAS events in other areas, he said he has learned that while it’s “really difficult to identify a true source” of the chemicals, there are certain areas that tend to be more “high risk areas,” such as near airports, landfills and industrial sites that use PFAS. Linn County and CHEEC tested 18 privately owned wells within 2 miles of the midfield of the Eastern Iowa Airport and one had PFAS levels that exceeded the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The public will have a chance to say farewell to the late Rev. Dr. Frederick K.C. Price early next month after his death last week at the age of 89.An "open to the public lying in repose closed casket viewing'' is scheduled for March 4 and March 5 at Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days -- with strict adherence to all COVID-19 safety protocols enforced, church officials said.On Saturday, March 6, a private, family-only service will occur followed by a private burial. Those services are not open to the public, but a livestream may be viewed at 11 a.m. that day on Ever Increasing Faith Ministries' YouTube channel and Facebook page.Price died on Feb. 12 from COVID-19 complications.MORE: Frederick K.C. Price, Crenshaw Christian Center founder, dies at 89 from COVID-19EMBED More News Videos Frederick K.C. Price, one of L.A.'s most prominent religious leaders and founder of the Crenshaw Christian Center, has died from COVID-19 at the age of 89. Price and his wife of 67 years, Dr....
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A pharaonic landmark in central Tirana built as a posthumous museum for Albania’s communist-era strongman, Enver Hoxha, is being transformed into a youth training and art center. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attended Thursday’s symbolic start of work to radically transform the largely abandoned, 17,000-square-meter (180,000-square-foot) structure. Under a blueprint by Rotterdam-based design firm MVRDV, it will acquire 18 halls for teaching and promoting IT, robotics and design in an after-school program for teenagers. A third of the building will be offered for lease to secure the revenue for its maintenance. Known to Albanians as the Pyramid, the concrete-and-glass marble-sheathed building looks more like a squashed cone. Located next to Tirana’s main government complex, it was built in 1988 as a museum to Hoxha, who headed the paranoid, isolationist communist regime that ruled Albania with an iron fist after the end of World War II until his death in 1985. It was designed by Hoxha’s daughter and her husband, both architects. After Albanian communism collapsed in December 1990, the building served as a cultural center, and...
    Outdoor ice skating at Prospect Park The Prospect Park Alliance and Upsilon Ventures have announced that the 2020 outdoor ice skating season has begun at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. The LeFrak Center sponsors year-round activities such as ice skating in the winter; boating, biking and roller skating in the spring through fall; and water play in the summer. In addition to timed, open skating sessions, starting in December the LeFrak Center at Lakeside will open its Skate School, offering private, semi-private and group lessons in figure skating and hockey as well as modified league play for hockey and curling. Lakeside is also available for birthday parties and other events. Pizzeria closed after COVID outbreak
    Even after conservative groups sued to stop a project bankrolled by Mark Zuckerberg to fund government election processes across the country, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan put more money into the effort, in what the tech group behind it called a “rejection of the legal challenges.” Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and Chan first contributed $250 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life in early September to boost resources for local election officials, such as additional polling places and ballot drop boxes. Critics contended the money primarily went to heavily Democratic areas in battleground states in an effort to tilt the balance. Further, they also noted the political leanings of the tech group. Thus far, the tech group has won in court. MARK ZUCKERBERG, PRISCILLA CHAN TO DONATE ADDITIONAL $100M TO SUPPORT ELECTION OFFICIALS, INFRASTRUCTURE Aside from Zuckerberg and his spouse, key donors to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) have been mostly left-of-center funders such as the Skoll Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, according to...
    A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday, saying he was “concerned with a lack of candor and honesty,” ordered the federal government to reduce its prisoner population at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center by more than 38 percent beginning Monday. Judge Terry J. Hatter ordered ICE to release 50 prisoners a day beginning Monday until the private prison’s population whittles down from 772 to 475. “The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Now, the Court is concerned with straight up dishonesty on the part of the Government’s counsel,” Hatter wrote in his 15-page order. Hatter’s order is the latest in a lawsuit filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union against the private prison, the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over alleged overcrowded conditions at the facility that fail to address proper social distancing and sanitation guidelines amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that bunk beds are placed only 2 1/2  to 3 feet apart, four to...
    Veena IyerReports of hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries, performed without consent on immigrant women detained by ICE, echo dark moments in our history when women of color, incarcerated women, and women with disabilities were targeted for involuntary sterilization.  In a complaint filed with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, Nurse Dawn Wooten describes serious and ongoing medical abuses at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. Horrific as they are, nonconsensual gynecological procedures are not the only egregious abuses reported. The denial of medical treatment and abuse of immigrants detained by ICE are unfortunately not isolated occurrences.  Inadequate medical care reports Faulty and inadequate medical care is pervasive in ICE detention, whether detainees are held in county jails or in private, for-profit detention centers. During the pandemic, there have been credible reports of inadequate medical care from: Yuba County Jail in California, where detainees staged a hunger strike in protest of conditions described by an attorney as “awful under normal circumstances, and now they’re outrageously abysmal and dangerous for people.” Otay Mesa Detention...
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), left, and Brian Kolfage, the head of We Build the Wall, overlook the privately funded fence along the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico, last year.Joel Angel Juarez/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In January 2019, Kris Kobach told the New York Times that President Trump had given his blessing to an effort to build a private wall along the border with Mexico. The organizers of the project are now facing federal fraud charges. Kobach, a former Kansas secretary of state and prominent Trump supporter, was serving as an adviser to “We Build the Wall,” the group that raised more than $25 million to build the wall. “I talked with the president, and the ‘We Build the Wall Effort’ came up,” Kobach told the Times. “The president said ‘the project has my blessing, and you can tell the media that.’” On Thursday, federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and three others involved with “We Build the Wall” with conspiracy to commit fraud and...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — Upscale mall South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, which is the largest shopping center on the West Coast, has made a drastic shift to keep business up and running during the pandemic, and it seems to be working. “Very busy, even busier than before the pandemic,” one employee said. A parking garage has been repurposed and decorated to serve as the shopping center pavilion. With services now offered outside, customers can make appointments to come shop. “I did not expect any of this to be here at all. They did a really good job. It’s really pretty,” said shopper Sara Mansoor. Wearing masks, sales associates bring Rolex watches, purses and high-end clothing to guests in their own private open-air suites. “Clients, they love to come and sit at the lounge and it’s very comfortable bc there are security guards. I think this is great. My clients, they love it,” said Rolex sales clerk Sara Parast. The pavilion opened on Friday and was all booked up shortly after. Officials said it is likely to be a permanent...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The White House Coronavirus Task Force sees troubling coronavirus numbers in 10 local areas across the country, including Baltimore, the group’s leader said Wednesday in a private call obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. The private call was between task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx and state and local officials, according to the Center for Public Integrity. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “We are seeing encouraging signs across the South,” Birx said on a recording of the call obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. “We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level — [also] Kansas City, Portland, Omaha [and] of course what we talked about in the Central Valley [of California]. ”Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia are also ‘concerning,’” Birx said. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
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