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    General Mark Milley on Friday defended his calls to his Chinese counterpart during the final months of Donald Trump's presidency as 'perfectly within the duties and responsibilities' of his job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley made his first public comments on revelations he called Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army to reassure him the U.S. was not going to suddenly attack China.  The general was blasted by the former president and several conservatives for his conversations and accused of breaking the chain of command. Milley told reporters traveling with him the calls are 'routine' and were done 'to reassure both allies and adversaries in this case in order to ensure strategic stability.' He said he would discuss the matter in greater detail later, when he testifies before Congress later in September. Milley is traveling to Athens to participate in a NATO conference.  'I think it's best that I reserve my comments on the record until I do that in front of the lawmakers who have the lawful responsibility to oversee the U.S. military,' Milley said....
    MANSFIELD (CBS) – Help is wanted at police departments across Massachusetts, but chiefs say applicants are hard to find, especially during turbulent times. In Attleboro, six vacancies on the force have gone unfilled. “We certainly want to hire good, quality candidates,” said Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney. “But what is going on nationally is affecting us here in the Commonwealth.” READ MORE: Prosecution’s Thorough, Methodical Approach Credited For Unanimous Verdict In Chauvin Trial, Legal Analyst Says In the last several years, a series of questionable police shootings have led to sometimes violent protests and perhaps an eroding of public trust in local police. Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon said some critics don’t actually know how officers interact with the public. “The criticism that is going on nationally and quite frankly the criticism that is coming at us from the State House at times from people that don’t know how they do their job, that they don’t know how they interact, that they make a judgment based upon what they think as opposed to what they know, can at...
    (CNN)In the years after I prosecuted and secured convictions for two of the Klansmen responsible for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, I traversed the country giving presentations about the case and the contributing factors that led to that fateful day in 1963.That September, Ku Klux Klansmen planted a bomb in a prominent Black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and injuring at least 14 other churchgoers. It would take 14 years before one of the men responsible was tried and convicted, and 20 more before I became the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and took on the reopened case.As part of my prosecution, my team and I carefully studied the events leading up to the bombing -- which dated back nine years to 1954 -- and presented our findings to the jury. What Jim Crow looks like in 2021Perhaps one of the most important contributing factors was this: Words matter. That is, the rhetoric employed by our public officials and community leaders can have real-life consequences. In the case of my home state of...
    February 19, 2021 | 2:24 pm Claudia Sheinbaum, head of Government of Mexico City, announced new measures for restaurants within the framework of ‘Reactivate without risking’ this Friday, derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new measures allow: Indoor service at 20% capacity, until 7:00 p.m. Outdoor tables should be used up before occupying any indoors. Outdoor service will be maintained until 10:00 p.m. and after that time, only take away service. These measures will apply from Monday, February 22. At a press conference, the #Head Of Government, @Claudiashein, announced the new measures for restaurants ???? within the framework of #ReactivateWithout Risk. pic.twitter.com/hblweFH0yF – SEGOB CDMX (@SeGobCDMX) February 19, 2021 Cinemas, in their worst crisis in 40 years The announced measures take place while Mexico City remains on an orange traffic light, at least from February 22 to March 1. The new measures do not contemplate the reopening of casinos, cinemas, museums, cultural houses, convention and exhibition centers, amusement parks, traditional circuses, public sporting events, social events, canteens, public or private offices. Information in process
    (CNN)On Wednesday, I will testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Though I am no longer a public servant, it remains an honor to serve the public, and I am proud to heed the call of our Senate leaders to tell the public about the methodology of the agency I led, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to secure the 2020 presidential election.I joined the Department of Homeland Security in March of 2017. I believe, then and now, that the Russian Federation attempted to interfere in our 2016 election to disparage Hillary Clinton to the advantage of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, as laid out in the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment. Russia attempted to advance its candidate of choice and to corrode public faith in American democracy through cyberattacks and a coordinated disinformation campaign. Our democratic institutions are facing targeted, calculated threats from without, and from within. This is why we prioritized election security as the primary focus of CISA. I made that mission clear at my confirmation hearing when I took an oath to defend...
    4 SURPRISE surprise! Two weeks into an unprecedented and draconian second national lockdown within one calendar year, the government still has NO IDEA if it’s actually working or not. Surprise surprise! With just two weeks before said lockdown is lifted, the public still has NO IDEA what our lives are going to look like in the lead up to a depressingly depleted Christmas. 4The consensus over the lockdown in March – seen as necessary to protect the NHS – has been smashedCredit: AFP or licensors Once again, the divisions over lockdowns within the upper echelons of our leadership seem to have been publicly exposed. The eternally optimistic Prime Minister Boris Johnson – keeping a smile on his face despite a ridiculous two weeks of isolation within Downing Street – is reassuring backbenchers that current national measures will end on December 2, while providing no specifics of what system will replace it. But lockdown dove Matt Hancock, who would love us to stay locked in our homes in perpetuity, has expressed doubts about whether the restrictions can be replaced with...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The closeness of the election has raised the question for the public health field — where does it go from here? “We’re not trying to change political beliefs, we’re trying to keep people from dying,” says Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher of Allegheny Health Network Family Medicine. In the primary care office, doctors hear how weary people are of the messages to mask, distance and wash hands. “I’m finding that in my practice, people are so tired. They’re so tired and they’re so anxious. It’s not just the pandemic, but the other things going on in our world,” she says. Only 14 percent of Republican voters in exit polls said the pandemic was a deciding factor, whereas 82 percent of Democrats said the pandemic was the top issue. “This sort of disparate philosophies is not helping,” says Dr. Crawford-Faucher. “Those kinds of numbers also reflect that people have other concerns and other beliefs and other motivations.” What doesn’t work is harping at people. “What we know for sure doesn’t work is to say, why can’t you just be smarter...
    Longmont will soon allow medical marijuana delivery by approved dispensaries, and they don't even have to be located there. Approved unanimously by the Longmont City Council on October 13, the new ordinance allows medical dispensaries to start delivering within the town starting on October 26. But it may take longer before patients will actually see medication being dropped off at their doors. While marijuana stores don't need to be located within Longmont city limits to qualify for this new program, they must be licensed for delivery by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division as well as the City of Longmont. Although there are several medical dispensaries located nearby in unincorporated Boulder County, there is only one licensed medical dispensary, Twin Peaks, in Longmont. Neither Twin Peaks nor those other Boulder County dispensaries have their MED permits yet.Related Stories Debate Over Future of Denver Marijuana Licensing Continues Colorado Towns Considering New Marijuana Businesses Aurora Slowly Opening Up to Marijuana Delivery Marijuana Deals Near YouTwin Peaks co-owner Rita Tsalyuk says that she'll apply for state and local delivery licenses "very soon, within a week or so." Meanwhile, Native...
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Trader Joe's has set the bar for safety among grocery retailers in Colorado — but even the best practices can't guarantee that the novel coronavirus won't gain admittance. According to the latest report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the chain's Colorado Springs branch has suffered an outbreak. It's one in a wave of site-based infections that's set a new record for the third week in a row. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The CDPHE's October 14 update lists 897 total outbreaks in the state so far: 274 active, 623 resolved. That's an increase of 64 over the October 7 total of 833, which was 63 outbreaks higher than September 30's 53. And the current number would be higher if not for...
    From "I See What You Mean" (aka the Big Blue Bear) at the Colorado Convention Center to "Mustang" (Blucifer, Devil Horse, etc.) at Denver International Airport and "The Yearling," Donald Lipski's sculpture of a horse on a red chair in front of the Central Public Library, Denver is teeming with public art. Now Burns Family Artisan Ales, a craft brewery that's tired of the coronavirus putting a damper on activities this year, has launched the Art, Beer and Me Scavenger Hunt to encourage you to scrape yourself off of the couch, re-enter the world, and check out some of the greatest creative works the Mile High City has to offer. Register online at eventbrite.com and the brewery will send you a list of fourteen pieces of public art, all outdoors and all within the city of Denver. Marijuana Deals Near YouThere are four ways to participate. Level one: Go check out the art. The reward? You may lower your anxiety levels and learn more about the city’s neighborhoods. Level two: Take a selfie in front of each piece of art and...
    Prince Harry could face a scolding by the Queen amid concerns over his public comments about US politics as royal staff prepare for him to return to the UK, according to reports. It is thought that Palace staff have been told to ready Frogmore Cottage for the imminent return of the duke - without mention of Meghan Markle. The Queen, 94, is likely to meet with Harry at her 'HMS Bubble' at Windsor after she returned in order to resume audiences and small engagements.  But his alleged visit comes after royal experts warned that Harry had been 'burnt significant bridges beyond repair' after he spoke out about the upcoming American election. Prince Harry could face a scolding by the Queen amid concerns over his public comments about US politics as royal staff prepare for him to return to the UK without mention of Meghan Markle, according to reports A source told The Sun: 'Staff at Windsor have been told to prepare for the possibility Harry could come back. 'They are told that it could be within weeks but Meghan's name was...
    More than six months after the last Denver fire chief resigned, Mayor Michael Hancock has chosen a new head of the Denver Fire Department, which is responsible not just for fighting fires but also responding to medical emergencies and other duties. At a press conference on October 8, Hancock introduced Desmond Fulton, a longtime member of the DFD who had been serving as deputy chief, as the person who will lead that department going forward. Fulton has "shown his commitment to our community and equity and to working to build a more inclusive department that reflects the community it serves," Hancock said before handing over the mic. Fulton noted that he's proud of the men and women with whom he's served, but said he also recognizes that there are certain cultural challenges within the department. "We’re in a different environment and different times. And we need to do a better job of appreciating each other and appreciating each other’s differences. It’s these differences that gives us our strength and makes us who we are as a department," said Fulton, who began...
    Hours after we called out major Denver-area grocery stores, among others, for slacking on COVID-19 safety even as hospitalizations from the novel coronavirus are on the rise, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released its weekly outbreaks report; a record number of new entries include the first appearances in months by King Soopers and Costco outposts. Two King Soopers stores make the list, including King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The Costco is at 6400 West 92nd Avenue in Westminster. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis.Related Stories Denver Stores Dropping Many COVID-19 Safety Procedures Polis Rips Trump as Terrible COVID-19 Example CSU Kicking CU Boulder's A$$ on COVID-19 Safety The CDPHE's October 7 update lists 833 outbreaks: 236 active, 597 considered resolved. It adds 63 new outbreaks...
    In the past week or so, four states — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Mexico — have categorized Colorado as a high-risk location because of rising COVID-19 rates, and mandated that visitors from Colorado quarantine prior to moving freely within their borders. While some of the numbers that led to Colorado's recent undesirable status have started to moderate, the latest figures from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show that current hospitalizations have risen to a level not seen for months. Here are the COVID-19 stats in major categories as updated by the CDPHE at 4 p.m. October 4, juxtaposed with those from one week earlier. 73,076 cases (up 3,367 from September 27) 7,673 hospitalizations (up 150 from September 27) 64 counties (unchanged) 2,068 deaths among cases (up 27 from September 27) 1,968 deaths due to COVID-19 (up 28 from September 27) 798 outbreaks (up 62 from September 27) Related Stories Polis: White House COVID-19 Safety Protocols Weren't Good Enough Jared Polis's Mom on Trump Racism and New Hate Groups Film COVID-19: Greek House Sh*t Show...
    The latest weekly COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has the most entries since the start of the pandemic, a stunning 53. A large chunk of the sites included in this batch is associated with educational institutions, paced by Greek houses at major colleges and universities: seven, bringing the total to fourteen over just two weeks. And that's not counting the positive or probable novel coronavirus cases at the University of Colorado Boulder, currently nearly 1,700. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The department's new update, released September 30, lists 770 outbreaks: 195 active, 575 considered resolved. When the CDPHE launched its outbreak analyses on April 15, it included just 83 sites. The forty sites added on April 22 stood as the weekly record until yesterday, although...
                Here are Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s exact words, delivered at his July 2, 2020 press conference, beginning at 3:01 mark in the video of that press conference. It’s worth noting the Nashville rate of confirmed cases did decline while bars and restaurants operated at 50 percent capacity in May. The Metro Parks facilities opened in phase three will remain open including dog parks, skate parks, basketball courts, and playgrounds. And recreational leagues and pools will still be permitted as outbreaks have not been traced back to these venues or activities. Now, of course, we urge you to practice safe social distancing around swimming pools this weekend. Additionally, all bars in Davidson County known as limited-service restaurants that derive the majority of their revenue from alcohol sales will close for a minimum of 14 days beginning tomorrow which is equal to one incubation cycle of the coronavirus. Our public health investigators have found a record number of clusters originating from bars within the past week which affected employees, patrons, and musicians. Multiple...
    Masks are the brand new condoms. Within the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, when so little was identified about this lethal, incurable, extremely transmissible illness, none aside from a younger Dr. Anthony Fauci was on the forefront of analysis and public training. In the present day, he advocates masks. Then, he advocated condoms. His purpose was to calm a panicked nation and to persuade deniers — those that believed condoms have been an infringement on private freedoms — that he was working within the curiosity of public well being. He at all times cited the science — not his beliefs, simply the details. In a 1993 column referred to as “No Thrill is Definitely worth the Odds,” nationally syndicated recommendation columnist Ann Landers answered a feminine letter author who was satisfied that condoms weren’t ample prevention towards HIV an infection. Landers referred to as Dr. Fauci and printed his reply. “Latex condoms,” he mentioned partly, “present a wonderful barrier towards fluid and are efficient towards HIV passage within the laboratory.” If there’s one factor Fauci and the Nationwide...
            by Jake Dima  Businesses, workers and residents sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday, saying local leadership enabled and endorsed the occupied zone at the detriment of “basic public safety.” At least a dozen businesses filed the class-action lawsuit, which came as a result of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)’s continued proliferation in the city. “Rather than seeking to restore order and protect the residents and property owners within CHOP, the City instead chose to actively endorse, enable, and participate in the occupation of CHOP,” page three of the 56-page lawsuit said, courtesy of The Seattle Times. The lawsuit added: “The City’s conduct has also resulted in the elimination of basic public safety within CHOP and nearby areas. For example, the City has enacted a policy under which police will not enter the CHOP area except during life or death emergencies, and, even in those situations, the response is at best muted and late.” DEVELOPING: More than a dozen businesses inside CHOP zone, on Seattles Capitol Hill, file 56-page class action lawsuit against the City of...
    Businesses, workers and residents sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday, saying local leadership enabled and endorsed the occupied zone at the detriment of “basic public safety.” At least a dozen businesses filed the class-action lawsuit, which came as a result of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP)’s continued proliferation in the city. “Rather than seeking to restore order and protect the residents and property owners within CHOP, the City instead chose to actively endorse, enable, and participate in the occupation of CHOP,” page three of the 56-page lawsuit said, courtesy of The Seattle Times. The lawsuit added: “The City’s conduct has also resulted in the elimination of basic public safety within CHOP and nearby areas. For example, the City has enacted a policy under which police will not enter the CHOP area except during life or death emergencies, and, even in those situations, the response is at best muted and late.” DEVELOPING: More than a dozen businesses inside CHOP zone, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, file 56-page class action lawsuit against the City of Seattle. They’re seeking unspecified damages, to...
    We’re within the daybreak of a high-tech, cold Cultural Revolution, one which depends on intimidation, public shaming and financial damage to dictate what phrases and concepts are permissible within the public sq.. “Phrases are violence” is an intolerant notion meant to stifle speech. Popularized by a era of coddled school children, it now guides the editorial pages of main newspapers. New York Instances staffers, for instance, had a meltdown over a Sen. Cotton op-ed calling for deploying the navy into cities. The column, they stated, put black lives in “hazard.” Not one of the Instances’ editors, who routinely run fabulist apologias for Communist tyrannies, pushed again in opposition to the caustic notion that partaking in debate was an act of violence. They bowed to the inner mob and pleaded for forgiveness. What editor at a significant newspaper goes to face up for beliefs of open and free debate if doing so means placing “black lives at risk” and ends his profession? Few, if any. The Instances has been cleansed of reactionary components. The paper is within the fingers of The...
    Hundreds of looters and rioters arrested by the New York Police Department over the past several days have been immediately released due to the state's new bail-reform law that some say is turning the criminal justice process into a mockery and threatening public safety. New York City police chief Terrance Monahan said "just about all" of the looters arrested will be released without bail. Frustrated law enforcement officials across the state say repeat offenders are getting bolder by the day and claim the state's policy gives lawbreakers the green light to commit crimes without consequences. FEDS INVESTIGATING WHETHER CRIMINAL ACTORS EXERTING 'COMMAND AND CONTROL' OVER UNREST AS BRICKS THROWN AT COPS Louis Turco, head of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, said the violence seen during the demonstrations in New York is the byproduct of the new law that requires defendants to be released without cash bail on a long list of misdemeanors and some felonies including arson and burglary. "This has been put in motion by our politicians that have allowed the criminal element to feel as if there's no consequences for...
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