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    SEVERAL cities and states across the country are sending monthly payments through universal basic income (UBI) or guaranteed income. Eligible participants will get monthly payments worth up to $1,000 per month. 1Cities and states will be getting monthly payments to as far as 2025 Usually, the programs are government-sponsored or run by not-for-profits. In most cases, there are no strings attached to how the cash can be used and it doesn't have to be paid back. While there is growing support or these programs, those who oppose them say they discourage people from finding work. Here are some of the UBI programs across the country. 1. Birmingham, Alabama Program: Embrace Mothers Length: March 2022 to February 2023 Payments: $375 a month for one year Participants: 110 single mothers 2. Los Angeles, California Program: Big Leap Length: January 2022 to January 2023 Payments: $1,000 a month for one year Participants: 3,200 2. Los Angeles, California LA has a second UBI program as well. Most read in MoneyCHECKING IN Americans...
    A mom is issuing a star warning about sending your children to school sick after a recent respiratory syncytial virus outbreak left her children extremely ill and even saw them being hospitalized.  Carmen Bremiller, 27, from Barker, New York, begged parents to have caution when sending their sick kids to school as she has seen her daughters suffering from RSV for several weeks.  In an interview with Fox News Digital, the mom-of-five revealed that her children - Sophia, 10, Ashlynn, 6, Caroline, 4, Ava, 3, and Kinsley, 1 — all came home with a cold in early September after they returned in-person schooling for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic.  She added that she kept her children home for a one week until they were feeling better, but by October, her daughters began to experience cold-like symptoms again. Carmen Bremiller, 27, from New York, begged parents to have caution when sending their sick kids to school She issued a star warning as she revealed all five of her children fell ill, but her one-year-old daughter Kinsley was hospitalized with RSV...
    STIMULUS checks have given Americans a feel for universal basic income (UBI) – but folks in certain states and cities are getting used to this idea. UBI is a set of recurring payments that individuals get from the government. 1The Yang idea of UBI is being used in some states and cities These can be paid out every month, several times a year, or just once annually.  This is an idea that entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former Democrat who left the party in 2021, centered his 2020 Presidential campaign around.  Then, during his run for New York City mayor in 2021, Yang floated the idea of giving half a million of the lowest-income residents $2,000 payments each year.  And spoiler alert – he did not win.  Read More on Direct PaymentsPOT LUCK Direct payment update - 18 states handing out relief cash worth up to $1,500TAKE NOTE Policy expert reveals when Americans can expect more direct payments worth $1,000 Meanwhile, many cities are also giving guaranteed income. The concept is the same: recurring monthly payments for a set amount of time...
    LA real estate developer Robert Flaxman, who was charged in the college admissions scandal alongside Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, has killed himself. The 66-year-old from Los Angeles was found hanged in his Malibu home last week after his friends requested a welfare check. Authorities told TMZ no note was found but he had a history of depression and coroners marked the case as closed. In 2019, Flaxman was sentenced to one month in prison for paying $75,000 to help inflate his daughter's college entrance exam score, after pleading guilty to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.  He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to one month in prison, one year of supervised release and was also ordered to complete 250 hours of community service and to pay a fine of $50,000. He is one of 53 people charged in a widespread college bribery scheme known as the Varsity Blues scandal. Robert Flaxman, the real estate developer charged in the college admissions scandal alongside Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, has killed himself (pictured outside court in 2019) ...
    AMERICANS will be able to apply for $500 recurring payments that will last for a year.  One of the latest places across the country offering universal basic income is Long Beach, California. 1Whether you qualify or not will depend on where you live and income Applications have not opened yet but will be open “soon”, according to program officials. Those who are selected to participate will get $500 per month for a year. It is being funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act, which is allocating $1.6million towards the program. Who is eligible?  The guaranteed income pilot will provide the payments to those living within the 90813-zip code. READ MORE ON PAYMENTSCASH GRAB Three direct payments deadlines worth up to $3,000 coming up in weeks WHAT A RELIEF Millions of Americans to get payments of $270 this month – are you eligible? This includes residents in Cambodia Town, MacArthur Park and the lower Westside.  Also, families with children must live at or below the poverty line. According to a recent release by Mayor Robert Garcia’s office, the goal is to provide 500 single-parent families the payments....
    October isn’t just the start of playoff baseball in MLB, it’s a month that we remember, and stand up for those who can’t in cancer awareness month. Unfortunately, with all of the innovations in our society in the last 10, 20, and 50 years, there is one thing that has not been discovered — a complete and total cure for cancer. It has impacted all of our lives in one way or another. You may have family members or friends who have had cancer in some form or, perhaps, even yourself. Major League Baseball is no exception. Each year, MLB embarks upon a tradition to ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ during the World Series. This season, FanSided has spoken to a pair of players and a broadcaster about their battles with the disease and how they have triumphed over them. In some cases, they are not household names, but they ought to be. They have persevered through the biggest battle of their lives and serve as inspiration to others.Cancer awareness month: Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer and his storyDevin Smeltzer has spent parts...
    EX-ENGLAND footie star Jermain Defoe messaged a nurse begging for sex just days after marrying Donna Tierney. Defoe, 39, now a TV pundit, tried to lure the woman for a romp in his Range Rover. 6Jermain Defoe is accused of attempting to arrange a hook-up weeks after getting married to Donna TierneyCredit: instagram 6Former England striker Defoe contacted the woman via InstagramCredit: Getty 6Jermain asked the 40-year-old mum for a romp in his Range RoverCredit: instagram Now a youth academy coach and ambassador for Spurs, the former Three Lions ace began contacting the 40-year-old mum in July. On June 4, Spurs hero Defoe, 39, wed Donna Tierney, 40, at stately home Cliveden House, Berks, in a £200,000 ceremony ­featured on the front page of OK! magazine. In the glossy magazine, he said: “This is my future, this is forever, this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.” The event, attended by a clutch of former England stars including Ledley King and Shaun Wright-Phillips, was featured across 14 pages of the June 27 issue. But...
    More than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexico border in a year for the first time in history. The record, revealed in Customs and Border Patrol records compiled at the border, comes amid a continued flow of migrants in Texas, Arizona, and California. The figures show a spike this spring, with 241,000 law enforcement encounters, with numbers staying above 200,000 each month since even after a drop. The total was 203,000  in August.  The figures cover an 11-month period, so the grand total won't be revealed until after the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30th.  Border agents have had more than 2 million encounters with migrants at the Souther Border during the fiscal year – a new record – with another month of border apprehensions to add to the data The number of arrests spike in the spring, but remained elevated through the summer The migrants came from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua stopped by law enforcement hi 56,000 last month, up from 50,000 in July, and spiking from 23,000 in August, administration officials said. That includes...
    The January 6 select committee is no longer looking to compel the Republican National Committee (RNC) to hand over fundraising data. Counsel for the RNC and Salesforce, a software vendor, were notified this week, people familiar with the development told The Washington Post, that the panel is formally withdrawing their subpoena. The subpoena issued earlier this year sought records from Salesforce on the performance metrics and analytics related to email campaigns from Donald Trump, his reelection campaign and the RNC. It comes as the panel prepares for at least one more hearing this month. The committee announced at the conclusion of its series of primetime, televised hearings this summer that there would be more to come in the fall. The January 6 select committee formally withdrew its subpoena for fundraising information from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and former President Donald Trump One of the two GOP panel members, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, said in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press last week that fundraising conducted by the former president and his campaign after the 2020 election was...
    One month celebrating the LGBTQIA2S+ community “felt so short this year,” says Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter. She suggested making both June and July Pride Month. “Pride felt so short this year… Surely you can have another, as a treat? July = Pride 2,” Carter wrote, a curious suggestion perhaps for many Americans who were a captive audience, witnessing a seemingly never-ending stream of rainbow colors, drag queen performances in their city streets, and more. Pride felt so short this year… Surely you can have another, as a treat? July = Pride 2. ????️‍???? — Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 1, 2022 Last week, children younger than ten watched fully nude bikers at the Seattle Pride Parade, which was kicked off by the Boy Scouts of America. Seattle: A group of nude adults was part of the @OurSeattlePride event today attended by families and young children. Video by @TPostMillennial reporter @KatieDaviscourt: pic.twitter.com/51l0TDb99d — Andy Ngô ????️‍???? (@MrAndyNgo) June 26, 2022 At the all-ages Los Angeles Pride music festival, pop star Christina Aguilera was seen wearing a green, bejeweled phallus which she pretended...
    (CNN)The NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) has given the green light to allow landlords in New York City to hike rents on more than one million rent stabilized apartments.The RGB, which regulates rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan, voted 5 to 4 on Tuesday to approve raising rates on one-year leases by 3.25% and by 5% on two-year leases.The move comes as rents in New York City hit a record high in May for the fourth consecutive month. Median rent for an apartment in Manhattan climbed to $4,000 a month in May, surging 25% from a year ago, according to a monthly report from brokerage firm Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants.The Legal Aid Society condemned Tuesday's vote, calling it "a shameful vote, one which was likely predetermined, to increase rents on our most vulnerable neighbors," the group said in a statement.The non-profit legal aid provider said the decision mostly impacts renters are from communities of color who have been affected by the pandemic and inflation and "barely scraping by."Read MoreThe lease increases on rent stabilized apartments...
    A Connecticut woman has died after testing positive for the rare tick-borne Powassan virus a month on from being bitten by the insect.  The unnamed woman was in her 90s and lived in New London county, which borders Rhode Island. Health officials said she was admitted to hospital with a fever, headache, chest pain and 'altered mental state' two weeks after being bitten by a tick in early May. The patient died 14 days later after becoming 'unresponsive'. It is the second death linked to the tick-borne disease this year, after a man from Maine died from the virus in April.  Powassan virus is rare — with about 28 people test positive for it every year — but about one in ten people who are infected die, and half are left with life-long disabilities. There are no vaccines or medicines against the disease, with treatment instead focusing on easing symptoms, including trouble breathing and swelling of the brain. The woman was in her 90s and in New London county, which borders Rhode Island. Doctors said she died two weeks after being...
    High, higher, highest. Georgia achieved a new state level today for highest recorded average price for gas and diesel. After reaching an all time high of $4.293 a few months ago in March before dropping and rising again, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has surpassed that high. The average price today is $4.330, 19 cents more than one week ago and up 51 cents from one month ago. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying an average of $2.909. Nationally, the average today is $4.919, a 62 cent jump in a month. Diesel reached a highest recorded average price in Georgia on March 21 at $5.266. That average was replaced today with a new high of $5.446. Georgia’s average price per gallon for diesel was $5.259 one week ago, $5.119 one month ago, and this time last year was $3.070. The average nationally as of today is $5.684, one month ago was $5.531, and $3.199 one year ago. Obviously, supply is strained and demand...
    HUNDREDS have days left to apply for $850 guaranteed income payments. The universal basic income (UBI) initiative has been kicked off in Georgia. 1More than 650 women are set to benefit The In Her Hands program is being run in collaboration with nonprofit organizations GiveDirectly and the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund. The program will give more than 650 women in the state an $850 stipend every month for two years. Who qualifies? To be eligible for the program, there are a few requirements you must meet. Firstly, you must live in Old Fourth Ward, or parts of Sweet Auburn, according to the details of the program. READ MORE ON PAYMENTS SHOW ME THE MONEY Stimulus money and rebates worth up to $850 available in 10 statesPAYDAY TIME Exact dates Social Security, SSI, and SSDI are paid in May The rest of the eligibility requirements are as follows: Must be a woman that’s at least 18 years old Suffered negative impact from Covid-19, which includes health problems or loss of employment Income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ...
    THOUSANFS of Americans have days left to act and claim their payments. These are being offered by a couple of cities and states through two separate universal basic income (UBI) programs. 1These payments are being offered to thousands in form of UBICredit: Getty Instead of one-off payments such as stimulus checks, UBI recurs typically on a monthly basis. For example, those who qualify for UBI may get $450 per month for a year, as opposed to one lump sum payment worth $1,400. But for UBI, there are two key deadlines approaching in the coming days. It comes as the deadline to apply for Baltimore, Maryland's $1,000 per month program passed on Monday. READ MORE ON PAYMENTSMONTHLY CHECKS Five stimulus checks and payments going out automatically in the next monthCASHING IN Working Americans could be set to get up to $1,000 in payments as bill passes See the places below where you need to fill out an application within the next week and what the eligibility requirements are. 1. Chicago, Illinois In Chicago, Illinois 5,000 residents are eligible to get $500 monthly payments for a year. To be eligible, those in the windy city must:...
    WE all dream of that sunny summer's day when we can sit outside in the back garden with a cup of tea, surrounded by beautiful blooms and a freshly cut lawn. However despite our best intentions, the reality of our overgrown, bedraggled yard can often be disappointing as it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to gardening. 5If broken down into stages, tackling the garden doesn't have to feel like a huge missionCredit: Getty Thankfully, it doesn't have to be a huge, overwhelming job, and there is a way to keep your grounds looking fabulous all year round - by just doing one job a month. Here, the experts reveal exactly what you need to do to get that year-round glow for your garden... January Rated People gardening expert Hayden at Crossways Gardening and Supplies says: "With it being the middle of winter, January is one of the coldest and windiest months of the year. "Most things are pretty dormant in the garden so gardeners should use this time to trim back shrubs...
    Recently released dashcam footage from a North Carolina state patrol vehicle shows the moment Rep. Madison Cawthorn is pulled over for speeding - his second of three citations over the past five months. The 26-year-old speedster was ultimately cited for driving 87 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone during the January 8 stop. The footage also shows the officer letting Cawthorn off the hook for not having his license. The freshman representative has been ticketed at least three times for speeding in recent months - including additional stops on October 18, 2021 and March 3, 2022, according to Fox 46.  In all three incidents, he was driving a white 2009 Dodge Challenger registered to his father. It's just the latest incident that's drawn public scrutiny for the beleaguered North Carolina representative, who's drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent months for a series of eyebrow-raising statements.  Last month, Cawthorn declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a 'thug' during a constituent meeting just days before he addressed a joint session of Congress, sparking fierce backlash from those within his own party. "Madison is wrong. If...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – You’re hearing a lot right now about interest rates. That’s because inflation has hit a 40 year high, and now the Federal Reserve has approved the first interest rate hike in more than three years. With that in mind, the two big-ticket items many people deal with are mortgages and car payments. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Housing Help On The HorizonCBS4 looked up the latest median price for a home in Miami-Dade. According to Realtor.com, it’s $485,000. With good credit, 700-10, 20% down ($97,000), securing a 30-year loan with 4.8% interest rate, the mortgage is over $2,000 a month. Now raise the interest a quarter percent, so now, 5.05%. The monthly payment may go up by $60. That’s the cost of about two meals at restaurant a month. No big deal? There’s supposed to be six more increments by year’s end to 1.9% total. Now a new mortgage payment goes up to over $2,500, a difference of over $6,000 a year. READ MORE: Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Kicks Off Thursday, Celebrating 70th AnniversarySo it’s expected even more people...
    WHILE she was expecting her daughter, teen mum Kayla says her petite frame hardly changed at all. So naturally, the 18-year-old thought it safe to assume that her little girl would inherit her slim genes. 3Kayla's video racked up over nine MILLION viewsCredit: Tik Tok 3Kayla says she's spoken to several doctors about her daughter's weightCredit: Tik Tok When she gave birth in 2020, Kayla's daughter weighed 7lbs 5.5oz - which is a little under the average in the US. But 14 months on, the little girl is already wearing clothes fit for a three-year-old - however, Kayla is adamant that her daughter's isn't overweight. In a viral TikTok video that's racked up over 9.7 m views, Kayla wrote: "Me thinking my baby will always be super tiny like I was while I was pregnant." The mum - who is only 5ft 2in and 110lbs - then filmed herself holding her baby, who is almost half Kayla's size. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED She added: "Her dad's side is tall and big so...
    A woman has captured hearts on social media after sharing the adventures of her pet 'house cow,' who she says is like her 'son.'  Faith O'Shields Allen, 22, who works an office job in Arkansas, has shot to viral fame on TikTok with her unique pet, Ferdinand, a 16-month-old cow who spent the first month of his life living inside her home. Faith dresses Ferdinand in clothes, bottle feeds him, and even potty trained to go on a schedule. 'Ferdinand truly sees me as his mother and always will be my son,' she told Jam Press. 'He follows me everywhere and always wants to be right with me — usually licking my face.' A woman has captured hearts on social media after sharing the adventures of her pet 'house cow,' who she says is like her 'son' Faith O'Shields Allen, 22, an office worker from Arkansas, has shot to viral fame on TikTok with her unique pet, Ferdinand, a 16-month-old cow who lives inside her home Faith dresses Ferdinand in clothes, bottle feeds him, and even potty trained to go...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city’s first ever guaranteed basic income program will launch in April, with a lottery to determine which 5,000 low-income families in Chicago will get monthly $500 checks for one year. “Today’s announcement is all about supporting our residents who are still struggling to make ends meet,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “Our innovative, monthly cash assistance program will help to stabilize and ensure the wellbeing of residents that have been struggling both before and during the pandemic. I am dedicated to continuing to bring relief to our city’s hardest-hit communities and look forward to rolling out this new initiative as soon as possible alongside our newest fines and fees reforms and other Chicago Recovery Plan priorities. READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Steady Snow Starts At 4:00 P.M.The City Council approved a $31.5 million basic income pilot program as part of Lightfoot’s $16.7 million budget plan for 2022, and the mayor announced Thursday the city will begin accepting applications for the program in April at chicago.gov/cashpilot. More information is available now at that website, including...
    A CASH boost is coming for young people in Kentucky - and the payments are worth $500 a month. The mayor of Louisville said a new program will provide much needed money to those struggling to get by. 1Participants must be between the ages of 18 to 24 The program is being called YALift!, which stands for Young Adult Louisville Income for Transformation. The hope is the guaranteed income will provide a financial foundation for young people. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement: "It seems almost too simple to say, but the answer to poverty is money, “Poverty is a lack of resources, often a systemic lack of resources, not a personal failing.” The money can be used for expenses such as rent, food, school, home expenses, or childcare. Mr Fischer added: “Whatever allows them more flexibility in planning and building their futures.” Most read in moneyCHECK CALENDARS Deadline for ‘$1,100 stim check’ DAYS away as ‘$12,000’ payments offeredHERE COMES THE MONEY Surprise $1,200 check may be coming as extra $1,000 boosts availableMEAL DEAL $870 extra one-time...
    PHILADELPHIA is the latest city to join the efforts to help millions of Americans get by each month. The city will soon be offering a guaranteed income program. 1A guaranteed income program will be starting in Philadelphia Up to 60 people in Philadelphia will receive $500 a month. There are no strings attached. People can use the income however they see fit. The program will begin in March 2022. There is no need to apply because people will be chosen from a pool of 1,100 people who have been receiving federal support for the past five years. The money will be distributed through a prepaid bank card or direct deposit. Most read in moneyBIG BUCKS Disability SSI check to be sent in DAYS as payment schedule revealedCHECK YOUR CALENDAR Exact date '$1,657 automatic checks' will be sent out for FebruaryCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $1,400 payment to be sent in days after huge $660 boost depositedMEAL DEAL How to apply for EBT and SNAP food stamp payments as emergency $1,504 boost sent The people selected receive federal aid through TANF...
    FORGET Christmas Eve boxes, mums are now making special gifts for their kids to open on New Year’s Eve - and they can entertain your kids for the whole of 2021.  The thoughtful "gift of time" boxes can be made without spending a penny if you are on a budget, and seem like a sweet way to start the year.  3A mum shared how she made a New Year's Eve box for her kids a few years ago - and parents are wanting to make their own version for 2021Credit: Family Days Tried And Tested Inside the boxes are envelopes labelled up with each month of the year, from January to December.  The pouches contain a piece of paper, which includes a poem about a fun activity the family will enjoy that month.  In pictures shared to the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, one mum had done vouchers for day trips like to a penny arcade machines, a mountain walk and a movie night.  The caption read: “Start a new tradition with the ‘Gift of Time New Year’s...
    The country music singe Jimmie Allen is setting his sights on a group of 'lazy doctors' that he alleges did not provide his daughter Zara with the medical care she needed. The 36-year-old singer–songwriter claimed Tuesday on social media that his one-month-old child was discharged by doctors after she was 'having a hard time breathing,' and she subsequently 'stopped breathing' during a medical emergency. Luckily, the daughter he shares with his wife Alexis Gale was revived by EMTs, though he worried about the 'rough night' ahead for the family. Country singer Jimmie Allen, 36, blasted 'lazy doctors' at a Tennessee hospital on Tuesday whom he said sent his one-month-old daughter Zara home while she was having breathing difficulty; seen October 24 in Beverly Hills 'Attention Doctors, if the parent of your one month old patient tells you the child having a hard time breathing and the only thing your lazy self wants to do is check heart rate and temperature send them home, find another career,' he wrote in his Instagram Stories and on Twitter. 'Your jobs is to save...
    VIDEO1:1601:16National Securities' Art Hogan: 'September gives us a chance to reboot'Trading Nation September may historically be a rough month for stocks, but it didn't stop National Securities' Art Hogan from hiking his S&P 500 year-end target by 7%. He made the bullish move based on a strong second quarter earnings season and the notion Covid-19 delta variant cases are likely peaking. "September gives us a chance to reboot," the firm's chief market strategist told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. "I actually think we see a pick-up in economic activity in September, and I think that will ward off some of that negative sentiment that we typically get at or about the September month." Hogan, who oversees $34 billion in assets, hiked his S&P 500 target to 4,700 from 4,400 on the month's first trading day. On Tuesday, the index fell 15 points to close at 4,520. It's still just a fraction of a percent away from its all-time high. "This has been one of those years where earnings and earnings expectations continue to grow, and that's where we're getting that higher...
    A SAVVY 24-year-old decided to take the plunge and quit her social media marketing job to become a full-time influencer - and now she's earning £100k a year. Vi Luong, from California, joined TikTok in 2019 and now has 1.1million followers, with each of her videos gaining hundreds of thousands of views. 4Vi Luong quit her marketing job to become a full time influencer and now she's earning bigCredit: Instagram/@_viluong/ Vi quickly found her niche, sharing advice for people starting a career in social media. She then went on to upload a variety of lifestyle-related content, particularly how-to videos, get ready with me videos and behind-the-scenes footage of her modelling jobs and influencer events. One of the videos that has performed the best for her so far is a video on about how to take Instagram photos on an iPhone, which is currently sitting at 2.9million views. FABULOUS BINGO: WIN A SHARE OF £250K Another topic that has proven to be even more successful is do-it-yourself clothing hacks, with one video having received 11million views. She told Business Insider: "I...
    A dry irrigation ditch and failing corn field in Fresno, California, July 24, 2021. It’s easy to break records when you just keep going faster. Put the foot on the accelerator and now you’re going faster, and now you’re going faster, and now you’re going faster. Every moment is a new “record” until something gives out. This works whether you’re headed down the highway, or directly off a cliff. When it comes to the climate crisis, the regularity of “the hottest [insert time period here] ever” has become almost monotonous. That’s not hard when last year tied for the hottest year on record. And when the year it tied with came just four years earlier. Or when, as NASA reports, the last seven years are the seven hottest years. For seven years in a row, every July has been both the hottest July on record, and also the coolest July going forward. It. Just. Keeps. Getting. Hotter. So, NPR’s reporting of the latest data from NOAA should hit no one as a great surprise—this July set records again. But this July...
    The first prison mugshots were released Saturday of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd.  Chauvin, 45, is currently being held at Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility, which is about 30 miles east of the scene where he kneeled on Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes on May 25 of last year.  DEREK CHAUVIN CLOSING IN ON PLEA DEAL FOR FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES: REPORT Derek Chauvin, 45, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison on June 25 for the murder of George Floyd.  (Minnesota Department of Corrections) Chauvin showed little emotion when he was sentenced on June 25 as his face was obscured by a mask, but he did briefly say he wants to give his "condolences to the Floyd family." His 22 1/2 year sentenced fell short of the 30 years requested by the state, but was more than the 12 1/2 years recommended under state guidelines. He could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence with good behavior,...
    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's ex-girlfriend and baby mama Jenn Harley has checked herself into a Las Vegas rehab for alcohol dependency.  The Jersey Shore vet's former flame has reportedly entered a 28-day program of her own volition in an effort to be a better parent to their 3-year-old daughter Ariana, per a statement issued by her rep to TMZ.  The decision comes less than one month after Harley was charged with domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon following an altercation with her new boyfriend Joseph Ambrosole, whom she allegedly pointed a gun at while threatening 'I'll shoot you n****' and 'I'll kill you right f****** now.' Seeking help: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's ex and baby mama Jenn Harley has checked herself into a Las Vegas rehab for alcohol dependency 'because she wants to be the best parent she can be for her children' per her rep Gina Rodriguez Harley's rep Gina Rodriguez issued a statement to TMZ upon her rehab check-in on Saturday July 17.  'Jenn Harley has decided to check into a Las Vegas rehab facility to seek treatment for her alcohol dependency....
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Simone Biles looks ready for Tokyo. So it seems, are the leading contenders vying to join the reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion in Japan next month.The 24-year-old Biles claimed her seventh U.S. title Sunday night, delivering another stunning - and stunningly easy - performance that served little doubt the pressure surrounding her bid to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic all-around gold in more than 50 years is only pushing her to even greater heights.Shaking off a somewhat sloppy start Friday, at least by her impeccable standards, Biles put on a four-rotation showcase on what separates her from every other gymnast on the planet. Her score of 119.650 was nearly five points better than runner-up Sunisa Lee and good friend and teammate Jordan Chiles.While Biles' victory was never in doubt - it rarely has been during her nearly eight-year reign atop the sport - she remains in no mood to coast. Visibly annoyed after stepping out of bounds three times during her floor routine on Friday, Biles responded the way she almost always...
    A former parent at the $57,000-a-year New York City school that fired a math teacher who spoke out against its woke curriculum has claimed pupils spend a week every month learning Critical Race Theory. Grace Church School teacher Paul Rossi was ousted from the classroom Monday after he accused the school of 'indoctrinating' students with antiracist lessons 'at the cost of students’ psychological and intellectual development'. In an essay shared on former New York Times editor Bari Weiss's Substack, Rossi said he could no longer stay silent while 'witnessing the harmful impact' that the curriculum has on children. A former parent of the school, who identified himself as C Bell, commented on his essay that students are being forced to undertake controversial lessons focused on 'antiracism, equity and belonging'. He said: 'I'm a former parent. My son had Paul Rossi. Sadly, Mr. Rossi's account is not hyperbole.  'One week out of the month is now fully devoted to CRT (not academics).  'Grace was in the news earlier this year as well for it's language guide, which suggested (among other things) that students...
    A California winery is hiring one lucky wine lover to live rent-free in Sonoma County for a year — and take home thirty cases of vino and a $10,000-per-month salary. Murphy-Goode Winery posted the year-long job opening online this month, calling on those who 'take life one sip at a time' to upload a video application for a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For an impressive $10,000-a-month plus wine and rent in the town of Healdsburg, the new employee will learn about wine and vineyards, shadow a winemaker, assist in operations, and promote the winery at events and on social media. Murphy-Goode Winery posted a year-long job opening online this month. US-based hopefuls 21 and older must upload a video application (stock photo) The lucky person selected will shadow winemaker Dave Ready Jr. (pictured) during harvest 'Calling all wine lovers!' says the winery's website. 'This is the dream job for you. We have a job that will instantaneously catapult you into the wine stratosphere.  'Have you always wanted to live in breathtaking Sonoma Wine Country…with a $10,000 per month...
    Nearly a month after he went missing, law enforcement personnel and emergency responders have resumed searching for an 11-year-old boy last whereabouts were by a Connecticut River boat ramp. On Wednesday, March 3, a large search and rescue mission was conducted on the Chicopee and Connecticut rivers by the Medina Boat Ramp in Chicopee. People were asked to avoid the area so as not to inhibit the search for Aiden Blanchard. Aiden, 11, of Chicopee, was last seen Friday, Feb. 5, at approximately 11:30 a.m. as he was walking in the Willamansett area of Chicopee, near Old Field Road, and was believed to be heading in the direction of the Medina Street boat launch along the Connecticut River. Aiden is 5’ tall, 100 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a red ski jacket and black ski pants. All evidence suggests Aiden was alone near the river at the time of the disappearance. Police have said that foul play is not suspected. Among the units searching for Aiden are Chicopee Police, Chicopee and South...
    HOUSE Democrats are looking to introduce a bill that would offer at least $3,000 a month for each child a family - but President Biden would only support the bill for one year. Democratic Representatives Suzan Delbene of Washington and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut want to introduce the American Family Act (AFA), which would be a large increase from the federal aid that families receive under the child tax credit. 4Washington Representative Suzan Delbene is looking to introduce legislation that would give families $3,000 a year per childCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Delbene is joined by Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauroCredit: Getty Images - Getty The AFA would give families $3,000 per child per year and $3,600 per year for children under six-years-old. The credit would be paid monthly, with families receiving $250 per month for children six to 17 and $300 per month with those who have children under six. It would then phase out over time for high-earning families, and they can receive the credits before filing for taxes. The AFA was introduced in the last Congress, receiving...
    New York : Currently, the IRS and the Treasury Department distribute the second stimulus check. Photo: William Thomas Cain / . Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced through his account Twitter which will reintroduce the measure known as “ABC Act” for an initial stimulus check per person of $ 2,000 and subsequent monthly payments of $ 1,000 until the end of the pandemic crisis coronavirus. “The ABC Act will be reintroduced in Legislative Assembly 117. Recurring payments and the ‘BOOST Act’ is critical to address the damage caused by this pandemic (for many before COVID-19)”, reads the tweet from the representative of the most progressive wing of the Democratic Party. The #ABCAct will be re-introduced in the 117th Congress. Recurring and the #BOOSTAct is critical to addressing the harm caused by this pandemic (for many prior to COVID-19). https://t.co/gX684UQG6R – Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 15, 2021 “Automatic Boost to Communities (ABC) Act”, Tlaib (D-MI) had been presented with his colleague Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), last May. However, the measure – like others to grant checks of...
    This year is already the deadliest in US history with overall deaths expected to top 3 million for the first time - as COVID-19 fatalities continue to surge to record highs with one American dying every 33 seconds in the last week alone.   Preliminary numbers from the CDC suggest that the US is on track to see more than 3.2 million total deaths this year, which is a 15 percent jump from 2019 when 2.8 million deaths were recorded.   It would mark the largest single-year percentage leap since 1918, when 116,516 US soldiers died in World War I and 675,000 Americans died in the Spanish Flu pandemic. Deaths rose 46 percent that year, compared with 1917. Deaths could potentially go even higher for 2020 once all fatalities from this month are counted.  COVID-19 has so far killed more than 319,000 Americans this year and the death toll is only increasing. Deaths from coronavirus have been surging this month to record highs with the nationwide seven-day average now at more than 2,600.  COVID-19 has so far killed more than 319,000 Americans this...
    For astrologers, the next few days mark an event of almost unique significance and rarity. The last time it happened Henry IV was on the English throne and we were half way through the Hundred Years War. Up above in the skies, the great giants Jupiter and Saturn are moving from one zodiac sign (an area in the night sky) to another almost simultaneously. To have one of these planets switch signs is itself a big deal; to have two shift within days of each other is momentous. On Friday, Saturn moves from Capricorn into Aquarius and Jupiter follows two days later. Their 'Great Conjunction' — when both planets 'meet' in the sky — takes place on December 21, the longest night of the year, when the two will look like one conjoined star, dubbed the Christmas Star by some astronomers and the Solstice Star by others. The last Great Conjunction in Aquarius happened in 1405, and the last time Jupiter and Saturn lined up in this same part of the sky, in exactly this way, was 800 years ago....
    Colorado marijuana sales have topped $1 billion since the pandemic began, according to figures released this week by the state Department of Revenue. Legal marijuana sales topped $200 million in August for the second month in a row. Counting back to March of this year, when Colorado and the rest of the nation began shutting down over the pandemic, dispensaries have sold over $1.1 billion in marijuana products — and that's not counting sales in September and October, or back in February and January. And that's with prices at a three-year high. Readers had plenty to say about this record-breaking run in their Facebook comments on our story. Says Felicia: Good to see unemployment checks so well used. Adds Ed: No money to pay rent but plenty to purchase pot. Counters Josh: Is this the '50s? The MJ industry supports thousands of jobs and adds millions in tax revenue. And landlords charging 1,200 bucks a month for a studio apartment that adds nothing to the local economy want sympathy for evicting people unemployed...
    Aside from a freak snowstorm on September 8, September turned out to be a great month for Denver restaurants, as the weather mostly cooperated to keep patios full and diners out at their favorite restaurants. And many newcomers decided to make the leap into the business, whether lured by vacant real estate or committed from months of planning and construction. Regardless of the reasons, last month's openings and closings looked more like the past few years during a booming economy than what we were expecting from a difficult year of stay-at-home orders and COVID-related restaurant restrictions. One notable loss was Acorn, which drew nearly instant acclaim when it was opened in 2013 at The Source by restaurateur Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski. The closure of what had been a very successful eatery is evidence that high-end restaurants rely on operating at full capacity to cover the high costs of food, labor and real estate that come with equally high customer expectations. The Michelin Guide, one of the most thorough trackers of the world's best restaurants, shines a light on...
    A vegan couple's decision to ignore health advice resulted in their baby developing cerebral palsy because it lacked sufficient nutrients, a court has heard. The one-year-old girl was subjected to a strict plant-based diet which eventually landed her in the intensive care unit at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.  The child was in such bad shape, doctor's likened her condition to newborns in developing countries experiencing famine. Her parents pleaded guilty to negligently causing serious injury to the child at Victoria's County Court on Friday. A vegan couple's decision to ignore health advice resulted in their baby developing cerebral palsy because it lacked sufficient nutrients, a court has heard The child suffered widespread bruising, discoloured skin, rashes covering her body and had multiple open wounds as a result of the parent's vegan diet.  Upon closer inspection doctors discovered she had internal bleeding and bloody stools, reported the Age.    After the health check at Geelong Hospital she was taken the to Royal Children's Hospital and spent a month in the intensive care unit.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next ...
    While year-over-year rents have dipped 3 to 7 percent in Minneapolis, the news in St. Paul is a lot more mixed. In July, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul was $949, or about $65 lower than it was a year ago at that time. That’s a 6 percent decrease. Median rent for a two-bedroom St. Paul apartment was $1,210, or $84 cheaper than a year ago. Again, a 6 percent decrease. Three-bedroom rentals were a different story. They climbed from $1,425 to $1,502, a 5 percent year-over-year increase. That’s according to HousingLink, which publishes a periodic rental housing brief for St. Paul and another specific to Minneapolis. Assuming a family needs to earn 2.5 times the monthly rent to lease a housing unit, the average monthly income needed to rent a two-bedroom apartment in St. Paul last month was $3,025. For its reports, the Minneapolis-based affordable housing data and listing service combs through listings of both market-rate and subsidized units. Curiously, subsidized one-bedroom units in St. Paul are now pricier than the median one-bedroom property in the...
    Americas wealthiest Black man suggests companies should consider slavery reparations Beloved grocery stores that are gone forever Final offers for Mets due at end of month The timeline for a prospective sale of the Mets has gained clarity. Final bids are due by the end of August, according to Scott Soshnick of Sportico. © Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Is the protracted sale of the Mets finally nearing an end? There’s more to it than scratching out a number on a piece of paper, of course. As Soshnick explains, Aug. 31 will also represent the point by which a bidding group must be firmed up with verifiable financial resources. We haven’t seen much chatter on the Mets sale process in recent weeks. There was more gossip than news when last we checked in, including a strongly disputed report about the involvement of Sheldon Adelson and further sports celebrity support for the bidding group fronted by Alex Rodriguez. While it remains unclear now who’ll come away with the New York club, the process is now set to reach a critical stage....
    IN CELEBRATION of National Orgasm Day 2020, prepare to have the sexiest year of your life. Fabulous has teamed up with the nation’s favourite lingerie, swimwear and adult toys retailer Ann Summers, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a year’s supply worth of goodies. 1Ann Summers is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a voucher worth £1,200Credit: Ann Summers By entering, you could have the chance to win a gift card with a prize value of £1,200 - the equivalent to £100 per month for a whole year - to spend in store or online. For the chance to win, simply enter using the form below by 11.59pm on August 31, 2020. For full terms and conditions, click here. Most read in FabulousEYE'LL SAYModel who went blind after eyeball tattoos shares throwback pic totally ink-freeLive BlogSUSSEX UPDATEMeghan and Harry latest: Duchess was warned not to 'show off' at ChristmasDOUBLE TROUBLE‘World’s most identical twins’ plan to get pregnant together with same manPORN PANICThousands of naked selfies and videos from OnlyFans site leaked onlineBARGAIN BRONZERWoman reveals hack on...
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