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    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A free health initiative is kicking off Tuesday. Eyewitness News was at Sanctuary Farm in North Philadelphia. A number of organizations including the American Heart Association are providing free health services there. READ MORE: At Least 2 Buildings Evacuated Due To Gas Smell During Barricade Situation In West Oak Lane: PoliceThat includes blood pressure screenings and education. READ MORE: Woman In Critical Condition After Struck By Police Vehicle In South PhiladelphiaThe groups are also giving out free locally grown produce. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sanctuary Farm (@sanctuaryfarmphila) MORE NEWS: Airbnb Sees Success In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Party Ban, Places Permanent Party Ban At Listings Across GlobeCommunity members are encouraged to participate in the free community health initiative every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, under the leadership of Rev Dr. Steve Bland Jr., is celebrating its year-long “Take the Shot” initiative, which was aimed at increasing the number of individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Metro Detroit. This was in partnership with the National Guard, HONU Management Group, and the city of Detroit. READ MORE: Consumers Energy Foundation Awards $250K Grant To Macomb CountyThrough this initiative, 66 churches throughout the Metro Detroit area became COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing sites. READ MORE: Michigan Supreme Court Says Indictments Invalid In Flint Water ScandalBecause the churches acted as a safe place for community members, almost 7,000 people who were hesitant got vaccinated and also got tested at these sites. Council Of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity says that because of how impactful this campaign was on the community, they are closing it out by “celebrating successes and giving thanks.” MORE NEWS: Catalytic Converter Thefts In Shiawassee County Shut Down Buses© 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published,...
    (CBS DETROIT) – It’s going to take 425,059 valid signatures to get a reproductive rights ballot initiative before Michigan voters in November. “We knew that this was going to happen,” said ACLU Michigan Legislative Director Merissa Kovach. READ MORE: Michigan State Police Announce Freeway Closures Ahead Of Ford Fireworks Show In Detroit“We knew a year ago when the Supreme Court decided to take the Dobbs decision that the writing was on the wall and that Roe was likely going to be overturned.” The Reproductive Freedom For All initiative ensure access to reproductive health care, including abortion. It also protects health care workers from prison for providing termination services. “We have been collecting for months now,” said Kovach. “We’re feeling very confident that we’re on track. We just have to keep up the momentum.”Supporters organized drives over the weekend in Grand Rapids and Saginaw.Opponents of abortion rights  also spoke out.READ MORE: Whitmer Asks Michigan Supreme Court To End 'Confusion' Of Abortion Ban In State“I don’t believe in abortion,” said RIGHT TO LIFE OF MICHIGAN MEMBER BRAD MORSE Right To Life Member Brad Morse. “I don’t...
    (CBS DETROIT) — Michigan abortion rights activists are collecting signatures to get a proposal enshrining the right to an abortion on the ballot this November. Supporters have until July 11 to collect 425,000 signatures from Michigan voters in support of the Reproductive Freedom for All ballot initiative. READ MORE: AG Nessel Says Abortions Are Still Legal In MichiganOn Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, marking a shift in abortion law with multiple states expected to limit or ban the procedure. A month prior, a leaked court draft opinion suggested the high court would overturn the decision. READ MORE: 2022 Ford Fireworks: City Of Detroit Provides Information On Closures, Restrictions, & ParkingShortly after the ruling, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion, urging the state Supreme Court to consider her lawsuit on abortion rights. In April, Whitmer filed a lawsuit, asking the court to recognize a right to abortion under the state constitution and to overturn a 176-year-old ban in the state that may take effect if the ruling was vacated. MORE NEWS: City Of Inkster...
    The founder of a charity initiative to end extreme poverty was found shot to death inside his Fairfax home Friday morning, July 24, police said.  Gret Glyer, 32, died just before 3 a.m. at a home in the 9800 block of Bolton Village Court, City of Fairfax Police Lt. Matthew Lasowitz said. Two children were inside the house when officers arrived. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.  Lasowitz said police are investigating if anyone broke into the home.   Glyler is the founder of DonorSee, a charity crowdsourcing initiative that has raised nearly $5 million to fund projects in some of the poorest countries in the world, the company's website says. His family confirmed his death to WUSA.  According to his bio, Glyer lived in Malawi for three years, where he built homes for orphans and widows and later helped found a school for young girls.  In his final tweet on Thursday night, Glyer dreamed of ending extreme poverty.  Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact detective Matthew Green at 703-385-7959 or Matthew.Green@Fairfaxva.gov. They also ask homeowners in the area...
    The founder of a charity initiative to end extreme poverty was found shot to death inside his Fairfax home Friday morning, July 24, police said.  Gret Glyer, 32, died just before 3 a.m. at a home in the 9800 block of Bolton Village Court, City of Fairfax Police Lt. Matthew Lasowitz said. His two children were inside the house when officers arrived. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.  Lasowitz said police are investigating if anyone broke into the home.   Glyler is the founder of DonorSee, a charity crowdsourcing initiative that has raised nearly $5 million to fund projects in some of the poorest countries in the world, the company's website says.  According to his bio, Glyer lived in Malawi for three years, where he built homes for orphans and widows and later helped found a school for young girls.  In his final tweet on Thursday night, Glyer dreamed of ending extreme poverty.  Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact detective Matthew Green at 703-385-7959 or Matthew.Green@Fairfaxva.gov. They also ask homeowners in the area to check their security cameras for...
    TRUMP fans have slammed Jill Biden after she waved at protesters carrying "Fake First Lady" signs during a demonstration. Protesters lined up along a road as Mrs Biden arrived in Florida to speak on the Biden Administration's Cancer Moonshot initiative. 13This protester held up a sign that says 'Fake 1st Lady' as Mrs. Biden arrived to Palm BeachCredit: Reportajes El Molinon for The US Sun 13Jill Biden is seen waving while Florida residents lined up to protestCredit: Reportajes El Molinon for The US Sun 13Trump supporters amassed to show their allegiance to the former presidentCredit: Reportajes El Molinon for The US Sun 13This protester held a 'TRUMP WON' flag, likely alluding to the conversation surrounding election fraudCredit: Reportajes El Molinon for The US Sun 13Another protester holds a sign that proclaims 'take America back'Credit: Reportajes El Molinon for The US Sun The Florida residents awaited the First Lady's arrival as she traveled to discuss an initiative that sets a goal to reduce 50 percent of cancer-caused deaths each year. In the photos exclusively obtained by The Sun, protesters are proudly...
    Florida first lady Casey DeSantis announced a new initiative giving her state’s parents a place to make their voices heard. The launch of “Mamas for DeSantis” Tuesday was touted as a historic movement of parents seeking to protect their freedoms for their families. “Through the First Lady’s leadership, Mamas for DeSantis will work to support Gov. Ron DeSantis's re-election campaign as a movement for Florida moms, grandmas, abuelas, nanas, and more to get involved in the re-election campaign,” the governor’s office said. “With the goal of signing up a million mamas across the state of Florida, this initiative will be the largest movement of parents in Florida history.” PARENTS’ SOCIAL MEDIA USE HAS MAJOR IMPACT ON TEENAGE MENTAL HEALTH: STUDY The effort will feature paid media, direct mail, digital advertising, and events across the state, according to the announcement. “I am proud to have Casey by my side, and I am grateful for the example she sets for our three children. And now, I am excited to work alongside her,” Ron DeSantis said. “We are...
    Ghislaine Maxwell used her connections to Bill Clinton in an effort to get herself a lower sentence for trafficking underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein. The disgraced socialite pointed to her work for the former President’s philanthropic endeavors three times as she argued she should serve just four years in jail at her sentencing on June 28th. Maxwell claimed that helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) demonstrated she has a ‘desire to do good in the world’. Maxwell, 60, will be sentenced next Monday after she was found guilty of trafficking and sexually abusing underage girls last December. She has asked to serve just four years and three months in jail when she is sentenced later this month - and claimed she is getting death threats in prison. A photo from 2002 on the Africa trip shows Clinton standing on the steps of Epstein's plane with his arm on the shoulder of a smiling Maxwell. Clinton flew on Epstein's jet dozens of times including trips to Africa and Asia after he left office DailyMail.com has obtained a photograph of a signed...
    Rubbish bins in Sweden have started groaning in pleasure and making sexually suggestive comments when trash is inserted as part of a new initiative to prevent littering.  Footage shows the bins saying 'thank you', 'aaah that was crazy nice', 'oh, right there, yes' and 'mmm more', seductively in Swedish as the opening is swung back and forth.  Eighteen high-tech bins were installed in Malmö in 2017, with two able to talk. During the pandemic, the bins thanked residents for steering clear.  Now city authorities have added both a female and male voice to the bins so depositors have a chance of hearing a seductive comment after throwing away their trash. 
    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...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Arizona has launched a new initiative to mitigate what has become a pattern of migrants dying in the extreme heat as they attempt to illegally enter the United States. “In collaboration with Tucson Border Patrol Sector, Three Points Station and Casa Grande Station personnel will be supporting the deployment of new Heat Stress Kits/Go-Bags that will be distributed to 500 agents,” said a CBP press release. “CBP has launched a feasibility study to enhance heat stress awareness among the workforce and minimize the impact of heat exposure along the southwest border for migrants attempting to make the dangerous journey.” “The Heat Stress Kits will contain helpful items to mitigate potential heat stress injuries and illnesses for agents and migrants alike,” according to the release. “This feasibility study will also provide valuable insights into the usability of the Go-Bags and how best to scale up across all other sectors along the southwest border.” Last year, migrant deaths in the Arizona desert skyrocketed, as reported by The Arizona Sun Times. Humane Borders, a humanitarian group, has...
    Live from Music Row, Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Human Events magazine’s news editor Brent Hamachek to the newsmaker line to talk about Common Ground Campus, his new initiative to inspire communication and dialogue among college students. Leahy: We welcome to our microphones good friend Brent Hamachek, with the Human Events Group. Good morning, Brent. Thanks for joining us. Hamachek: It is a pleasure to be here, Mike. Thanks for having me back. Leahy: So what’s with this Common Ground initiative? I mean, we don’t have common ground anymore, do we? Tell us about it. Hamachek: Well, we might not have it, but we sure as heck need to try to find some. The Common Ground program you just referred to for your listeners is something that my partner and I, Felicia Blodgett (I CANNOT CONFIRM THIS PERSON/SPELLING — I CROSS-REFERENCED NAMES, ORGANIZATIONS, ETC. ), put together going back into last year. We had an...
    Share this: ASSISTANCE FOR UKRAINIANS MOVING TO NY: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro has launched New York City’s Ukrainian Response Initiative, announcing the nonprofit organizations that will be contracted to help currently residing and newly arrived Ukrainian New Yorkers access immigration legal assistance, translation services, social services, and other resources. Initially announced in April, the Ukrainian Response Initiative will include community outreach, immigration legal assistance, comprehensive case management, direct emergency cash assistance, language access, benefits navigation and community-based organization capacity building. Legal services will include comprehensive immigration legal screenings, and application assistance for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).  ✰✰✰
    It appears increasingly likely Californians will get a chance to vote on a single-use plastics ban in November after efforts to craft compromise legislation came under fire this week from groups supporting the ballot measure. Led by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), lawmakers submitted a bill Thursday they hoped would preempt the initiative and head off a costly initiative battle and possibly years of litigation. Some environmental groups support the legislation, but key backers of the ballot measure say it gives away too much to the plastics industry, which has fought off numerous previous attempts to restrict single-use containers, including those made of polystyrene. Polystyrene — the lightweight foamy plastic found in disposable coffee cups and some food containers — is a dividing line in the debate. Allen’s bill does not ban polystyrene, as the ballot measure would. Instead, it calls for a 20% polystyrene recycling rate by 2025. According to the EPA, just 3.6% of polystyrene in packaging is recycled. “We need to get the most problematic material out of the system,” said Linda Escalante, Southern California legislative...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City launched a $2 million initiative to support Ukrainians newly arriving in the city.The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and community groups made the announcement on Thursday morning."As a city of immigrants, New York City is home to the largest Ukrainian population in America, and that is why we stand ready, with open arms, to provide all the support we can to Ukrainian New Yorkers," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. "These non-profit organizations will ensure critical resources are available to both currently residing and newly arrived Ukrainians, and we are eager to help.""From accessing immigration legal services to connecting families to health services and school enrollment, we will continue to respond to the immediate needs of New York City's Ukrainian community," said Manuel Castro, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). "As more Ukrainians continue to arrive, we look to achieve this critical work by working hand in hand with community groups that have a demonstrated ability to connect immigrants and refugees to legal resources and city services in...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers behind two high-profile proposed laws in Michigan skipped a deadline to potentially appear on November’s ballot and will instead look to get the initiatives approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Of the 10 ballot committees attempting to change state law, Michiganders for Fair Lending’s proposal to cap payday loan rates was the lone group to submit signatures by June 1. The petition’s signatures will be reviewed by the Bureau of Elections before the Board of Canvassers, a four-member panel, decides whether to certify them. If certified, the proposed law would first be sent to the Legislature before the possibility of it appearing on the November ballot. READ MORE: Missing Pontiac Man Found After Walking 19 Miles In Oppressive HeatLet MI Kids Learn, an initiative backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, failed to file by the deadline, although organizers say the petition exceeded the required number of signatures. The initiative would give tax breaks for donations to a private education fund that parents and students could use to pay for private school tuition and other education expenses. Fred Wszolek,...
    Brentwood moved forward Tuesday with a plan to draft a ballot initiative that would protect its open space, parks and golf courses from future development. Although the measure still must still come back to the City Council for a final vote, council members provided staff with direction and recommendations regarding the proposed amendment. Modeled in part after Martinez’s recent citizen initiative to establish an open space and parks overlay district in the city’s general plan, the Brentwood initiative would also require voter approval to make changes to such lands. Assistant City Manager Darin Gale outlined the goals, which include protecting the lands from future state mandates, protecting open space and parks, ensuring Deer Ridge and Shadow Lake golf courses are not redeveloped into residential or other commercial uses, hiring outside counsel with environmental and election law experience, and ensuring the initiative is placed on the November ballot. Though land-use initiatives fell out of favor when some were found to violate state housing laws, especially in the 1970s, decades later the California State Supreme Court upheld a Napa County general plan...
    EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 AM ET 6/14 “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, pop star Ricky Martin and award-winning actress/singer Michaela Jae Rodriguez will join the Hispanic Federation on Tuesday to launch an advocacy initiative to serve Latinx LGBTQ+ communities. The Advance Change Together initiative will provide 20 Latinx nonprofits grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to support their efforts and infrastructure in those communities. The Hispanic Federation, the national nonprofit dedicated to Latino empowerment, will fund the initiative with a $1 million grant for the first two years. But it hopes to encourage other donors to support and expand the program, which will also convene a summit to set a national agenda for LGBTQ+ groups. Frankie Miranda, president and CEO of the Hispanic Federation said the initiative, which will be announced Tuesday in Florida, is a necessary expansion of the group’s existing work with the LGBTQ+ community. “We have been identifying all this anti-LGBTQ legislation popping up around the country,” he said. “It’s an indication that once certain groups that have been focusing on abortion get the result they want from the Supreme...
    JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is partnering with several local Cure Violence groups to launch an initiative to combat gun violence, the parties announced Monday.As part of the collaboration with King of Kings, Life Camp, and Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services-Rock Safe Streets, the hospital will designate employees who will support the provision of anti-violence and violence interruption services by responding to referrals of traumas associated with gun violence.These designated employees will also assist in coordinating the visitation of responders (individuals appointed by Cure Violence groups) with patients and loved ones, with their consent and as authorized by the law."We're in the hospital connecting with family who are angry, connecting with friends who are in pain," said Erica Ford, with Life Camp. "A lot of this is retaliation, interpersonal retaliation, so if we can stop the next shooting, we're able to saves lives."The collaboration between the hospital and the organizations was made official at a formal signing ceremony Monday, during Gun Violence Awareness Month."This agreement is an important step in the right direction to address the...
    LOS ANGELES -- With over a billion streams to date, Sofia Carson has carved out her own distinct path in music, film, television and philanthropy.Known for her starring roles in "Descendants," "Feel the Beat," "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" and Michael Bay's "Songbird," she's earned a number of award nominations including Teen Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards. Carson has performed at high-profile events like the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and launched her own makeup collection with Revlon, where she's a global brand ambassador.A devoted philanthropist, she is a U.S. Ambassador for UNICEF, the first global ambassador of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, a member of the first-ever Ambassadors Council for The Music Forward Foundation and an honorary board member of We Do it Together, a nonprofit production company dedicated to the empowerment of women.Carson has always had a love for storytelling through music and film and hopes that every song and role she plays has the power to impact audiences, especially young girls. Her song "Loud" was released in early 2022 and has already had a massive...
    Moms for America launched its new initiative, MomVote, during a press conference in Nashville Saturday. The group’s newest initiative “empowers moms around the country to find voter information quickly and easily.” Moms for America, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit educational corporation with a mission to “empower moms to raise patriots and promote liberty for the healing of America.” “There has never been a more critical time for mothers to speak up, act, and protect their families,” Kimberly Fletcher, president of Moms for America, said in a statement. “Moms are suffering in this country. Our country’s leadership has failed us, and we moms have had enough. We are excited to roll out and demonstrate MomVote, as well as a letter-writing campaign to our elected leaders. These resources will arm our mothers with the information they need to act.” Deb Kraulidis, vice president of Moms for America, also released a statement on the initiative, saying, “We want to give our momma bears the tools and resources they need to take action. It’s time that our leaders hear our voices loud and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Increased gun violence, carjackings and assaults on Minneapolis streets are the focus of a Safe Summer initiative led by the Minneapolis Police Department. Operation Safe Summer Greater Minneapolis Violent Crime Initiative began on May. But for the past week, a number of law enforcement agencies collaborated to get some of the most violent criminals, as well as their guns and drugs, off the street. READ MORE: Mosquitoes Return In Force To The Twin CitiesWCCO’s Reg Chapman has exclusive access to the detail. MPD Sgt. Andrew Schroeder leads roll call, making sure officers and deputies from multiple departments know what they are up against. “In 2021, you see 47 percent of our gunshot victims are in north Minneapolis, followed by the 3rd Precinct with 28 percent,” Schroeder said. An increasing number of victims are being killed by automatic gunfire, created by a switch or auto sears, illegally sold to alter semi-automatic weapons — like the one used in a homicide on North 18th and Sheridan avenues. “It’s unbelievable, and unacceptable,” Schroeder said. Committed to stopping this...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Raevahnna Richardson spotted a woman standing outside a library in Salem, Oregon, gathering signatures for a gun-safety initiative, she made a beeline to her and added her name. “I signed it to keep our kids safe, because something needs to change. I have a kid that’s going to be in first grade this upcoming season, and I don’t want her to have to be scared at school,” Richardson said. “To keep our kids safe.” It’s something that so many parents across the United States are worried about after the horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. That mass shooting has given the Oregon ballot initiative huge momentum, with the number of volunteers doubling to 1,200 and signatures increasing exponentially, organizers said. With the U.S. Senate unlikely to pass a “red flag” bill and the majority of state legislatures having taken no action on gun safety in recent years, or moving in the opposite direction, activists see voter-driven initiatives as a viable alternative. “To get really strong action at this moment in...
    It’s been a while since Medicaid expansion in a red state made news, but South Dakota voters made it happen this week, rejecting an effort by the state’s Republican legislature to block them from passing a ballot initiative to bring the issue to a statewide vote in November. They are following in the footsteps of Maine, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Missouri, where voters succeeded in getting the matter on statewide ballots and getting Medicaid approved. As in those states, the Republican government in South Dakota are fighting the people’s will every step of the way. In Tuesday’s balloting, the state tried to pass a constitutional amendment requiring any ballot initiative that raises taxes in the state to pass with more than 60% of the vote. The amendment was clearly intended to stop the citizens’ initiative; just one state achieved expansion with more than 60% approval: Idaho. South Dakota is par for the course, because in all those states Republican legislatures went to great lengths to try to subvert the voters and find ways to disqualify—or in the case of former Republican Gov. Paul LePage...
    Jennifer Lopez has opened up about her romance with fiance Ben Affleck and their plans to 'build a family' together in an emotional interview that saw her gushing about the couple's 'deep love'.  The 52-year-old singer couldn't take the smile off her face as she spoke about her relationship with the actor during an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday, six weeks after confirming that they are engaged for a second time.  J.Lo, who first started dating Affleck, 49, in 2002, admitted that she has been having 'the best time of her life' since reuniting with the on-screen star in May 2021 - 17 years after they broke up and ended their first engagement.  'This is the best time of my life,' the popstar said when asked about her fiance. 'I love my career but nothing is more fulfilling to me than being able to build a family with someone I love deeply and who is just as dedicated to family and to each other as we can be.' Jennifer Lopez made an emotional appearance on Good Morning America...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's a busy schedule for President Biden Thursday, kicking off his first full day at the Summit of the Americas by announcing a wide range of climate change initiatives.According to a senior administration official, the climate change announcement is part of a new framework to elevate U.S. cooperation with Caribbean nations.This includes improving access to development financing, facilitating clean energy development and investment, enhancing local capacity building and deepening collaboration with Caribbean partners.The Biden administration says these announcements are an effort to promote climate adaptation and energy security.In addition, five new countries are planning to join 15 nations that currently make up a renewable energy initiative. All nations in that initiative are committed to achieving a collective goal of 70% installed capacity for renewable energy by 2030.Additionally, President Biden is meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday to discuss various topics, including economic development and the COVID-19 pandemic.President Biden is also meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.And after he delivers remarks this afternoon, he will join First Lady Jill Biden and other state and...
    The Quad's MDA program may further militarize the Indo-Pacific region, where U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is seen here in a file photo leading a formation.Stocktrek Images | Stocktrek Images | Getty Images The Quad countries want to jointly monitor movements of ships and submarines in the Indo-Pacific using satellites, a move analysts warn could potentially lead to militarization of the region. "While the Quad as of now is not a security organization, it has the potential to quickly metamorphose into one," retired Maj. Gen. Dhruv Katoch of the Indian Army told CNBC. "If Chinese belligerence threatens ASEAN countries, then perhaps Southeast Asian countries too would be inclined to join such a grouping." The initiative's military nature is also underlined by the fact that the program is driven by the respective navies of the four participating countries — the U.S., Australia, Japan and India. Already a scene of intensifying geopolitical tussle for influence between the U.S. and China, the Indo-Pacific region has seen "freedom of navigation" patrols by U.S., Australian, German, French and British naval ships in waters and maritime...
    An estimated 27,800 uninsured adults would gain health care coverage through Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. Voters in South Dakota on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a Republican-led attempt to make it more difficult to pass ballot initiatives in the state. In an effort to block an expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income residents, Republican lawmakers had put an initiative on the ballot that, if approved, would have required that future ballot initiatives earn 60% of the vote to pass rather than a simple majority. The measure came ahead of a November ballot initiative to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. Republican state Senate President Pro Tempore Lee Schoenbeck said in April that putting the measure on a primary ballot, an unusual approach to such initiatives, was intended to increase the vote threshold before the vote on the Medicaid expansion: "You know what, it doesn't matter what ballot it's on. It's on the primary so we can get it in place as soon as possible, because those same people are pushing a welfare program on the November ballot. And you want this to...
    LOS ANGELES -- Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Networks and Hollywood Records announced the release of the new song "Finish Line" Friday, performed by global superstar Rita Ora and written by award-winning songwriter Diane Warren."Finish Line" will serve as the soundtrack for ESPN's upcoming four-part Title IX docuseries, "37 Words."CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "FINISH LINE."A true passion project across the company, ABC Owned Television Stations' race and culture team played a pivotal role in securing the song and was part of a majority-women-led team responsible for the creative vision of the "Finish Line" music video."When [Warren] brought this song to me, I was so moved by the lyrics and the passion they evoked and knew instantly that I had to be involved with the project. The fight for women's equality is a global issue," Ora said in a statement. "Every day, women around the world are fighting to be seen, heard and respected. We must continue to work to empower one another as we strive to make equality a reality for women in every part of the world.""This powerful...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced $7.5 million in funding for more body cameras, de-escalation training and other accountability resources for the state’s law enforcement agencies. The funding is available under the Police Accountability, Community, and Transparency (PACT) grant, which is now accepting applications and is due by June 29. READ MORE: Fleet Week Returns As In-Person Event This September“Funds are intended to increase safety and training for law enforcement, and promote safe communities and encourage community engagement between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” a description of the grant says. READ MORE: CDC's Travel Advisory On Monkeypox: 'Practice Enhanced Precautions'The funding is part of the governor’s “Re-Fund the Police” initiative announced last October, which is Hogan’s response to the “defund the police” movement and includes over $500 million to police departments over the next three years. “This critical investment in public safety supports officers and law enforcement agencies by offering protection and increasing capacity to build trust in the communities they serve,” Hogan said in a statement. “We will continue to provide this much-needed support...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Law enforcement officials at the federal and local levels announced an initiative to reduce gun violence in Detroit neighborhoods with the highest crime. United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison, along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Kym Worthy, and Detroit Police Chief James E. White announced the summer initiative, which will focus on the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. READ MORE: Michigan's Gas Prices Reach $5, Hitting New Record MondayThe neighborhoods included in these efforts are in the 8th and 9th Precincts and lead the city in fatal and non-fatal shootings, robberies, and aggravated assaults with a gun in 2022. READ MORE: 53-Pound Catfish Caught In Michigan River Sets New State RecordUnder the strategy, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, all felons arrested in these neighborhoods will be prosecuted federally and anyone who uses a firearm to commit a crime of violence or drug crime will also be considered for federal prosecution. “Through this partnership, we will focus strategically on the drivers of violence in our most dangerous communities. This strategy is designed to significantly...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Black-owned kids' boutique has been in the South Loop since 2018. The owner of Kido is a fourth-generation entrepreneur.From the books, to the toys, to the clothing, inclusivity is the common thread at Kido. And owner Keewa Nurullah said that's by design."With Kido, I really want to reflect children of color, children with disabilities, children who live in non-traditional home situations, foster kids, incarcerated parents, you know, kids who feel otherwise out in the world," Nurullah said.In a time when some books about race and sexual orientation are being kept out of reach of children, Kido is a place where those stories are out in the open."We have books on everything, and we try to encourage those hard conversations," Nurullah said.History isn't something Nurullah shies away from.RELATED: 'You can do big things': West Side career fair hopes to change narrative for young Black lifeHer great grandfather survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. But his tailor shop in the area of Tulsa known as Black Wall Street burned down, so was his home."They escaped to Chicago. So...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S.-based non-government organization devoted to promoting Muslim-Jewish relations on Friday urged Pakistan’s state-run television to hire back one of its anchors, fired over visiting Israel with an interfaith group last month. The plea from the Mukhayriq Initiative, which has both Muslim and Jewish members living in the United States and around the world, comes days after journalist Ahmed Quraishi was taken off the air and fired by Pakistan Television following his visit to Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Quraishi was part of a 15-member delegation of mostly Pakistani expatriates living in America that travelled to Israel. The visit came under severe criticism in Pakistan, an overwhelmingly Muslim nation with no diplomatic relations with Israel because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Monday, Pakistan’s state-run TV tweeted that it laid off Qureshi who visited Israel in a “personal capacity.” Among those who assailed the visit was Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former cricket star turned Islamist politician who was voted out of office in April. Khan claimed the visit to...
    A man who was shot and killed was found during a warrant initiative in Baltimore, authorities say. The 34-year-old victim was located after officers heard gunshots around 1:20 p.m. on the 2800 block of Edmondson Avenue, Wednesday, June 1, according to Baltimore Police. Homicide detectives are investigating this incident and are currently interviewing a possible person of interest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Homicide detectives at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP. You can also anonymously text a tip by visiting the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland website.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  PennDOT, the Phillie Phanatic, and officials from Pennsylvania, and New Jersey will join each other Wednesday to urge motorists to buckle up as part of the National “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization running through June 5. The briefing will take place at approximately 10:30 a.m. and be streamed on CBS News Philly above. What: PennDOT, the Phillie Phanatic, and officials from Pennsylvania, and New Jersey will join each other Wednesday to urge motorists to buckle up as part of the National “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization running through June 5. When: Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Time: 10:30 a.m. Online stream: Live in the player above and your mobile streaming device. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.
    (CNN)After being excluded from the US Indo-Pacific economic initiative that President Joe Biden formally unveiled in Asia last week, US officials are negotiating with Taiwan to develop a new trade initiative between the two countries, the Biden administration said Tuesday. However, the negotiations don't mean the door is closed to Taiwan joining the larger deal, an administration official said.On Wednesday, Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi will meet with Taiwan Minister Without Portfolio John Deng "to announce the United States Taiwan initiative on 21st century trade," a senior administration official said.In a call with reporters, the official said through the initiative, "we intend to explore ways we can deepen our bilateral economic and trade relationships and deliver concrete outcomes for our people.""In the days and weeks ahead, we will move we will move quickly to develop a roadmap for possible negotiations, followed by in person meetings in Washington DC next month," the official said. "Key areas for our negotiations include trade facilitation, regulatory practices, agriculture, anti-corruption, supporting our small and medium sized enterprises, outcome on digital trade, labor rights,...
    MIAMI (AP) — On this first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, federal officials are launching a new initiative to modernize building codes so that communities can be more resilient to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events that are intensifying due to climate change. Deanne Criswell, the administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Gina McCarthy, national climate advisor to President Joe Biden, planned to discuss the initiative Wednesday during a briefing at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, where Hurricane Andrew caused $26 billion in damage in 1992, and recovering from a similar hit could cost hundreds of billions today. Updated building codes provide a range of smart design and construction methods “that save lives, reduce property damage, and lower utility bills,” according to a news release announcing the National Initiative to Advance Building Codes. It applies to new construction and to homes and buildings that are rebuilt due to damage. “The adoption of hazard resistant building codes saves communities $11 per every $1 invested,” Criswell said, citing a finding by the National Institute of Building...
    The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) released new resources on the “Grow Your Own” educator initiative on Tuesday. New resources released include a new webpage, one-sheets, and videos to support anyone interested in participating in an initiative. “Tennessee was the first state in the country to sponsor Teacher Occupation Apprenticeship programs between school districts and Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs), and Tennessee’s Teacher Apprenticeship model aligns leading practices in teacher preparation and development with the rigors of the nationally registered apprenticeship process,” TDOE said in a statement. “As a part of the department’s Best for All strategic plan, the Grow Your Own initiative aims to provide all Tennessee students with access to a high-quality education and an effective teacher to support learning in every classroom,” continued the statement. “Tennessee’s Grow Your Own work is a game-changer – and a lasting one, for educators, students, and our nation,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This investment in quality of programming will pay off for years and ultimately ensure a permanent, sustainable source of effective teachers that our students need and deserve. We hope this...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tuesday is the final day of Mental Health Awareness Month. A new initiative with the city is providing information and resources for the public. Eyewitness News anchor Janelle Burrell talked with health program analyst Malik Gray about the program. READ MORE: Union Representing Atlantic City Casino Workers Warning Families Summer Plans Could Be Affected By Labor DisputeBurrell: These courses that people are able to take, what will they be learning and how will they then be able to apply what they’ve learned? READ MORE: Electric Bills In Philadelphia Area Increasing Between 8% And 38% Beginning WednesdayGray: So it’s understanding, what are the most prevalent mental health issues we’re dealing with here in America. So talking about depression and anxiety. What does it look like? What are the signs and symptoms? That’s one of the crucial pieces that you learn, recognizing those symptoms. So then, ‘Hey, you know what, I learned in class that anxiety you maybe have sweaty palms you may feel heart palpitations or whatever.’ I need to encourage this person or myself to go see...
    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Colin Farrell, 46; Brooke Shields, 57; Tom Berenger, 73; Clint Eastwood, 92. Colin Farrell (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, file)  Happy Birthday: Put a plan in place and set off on an adventure. Take the initiative, set high standards and keep the momentum going until you are happy with your progress. Don’t let anything come between you and what you want. Take care of the paperwork, and get approval first to avoid setbacks. Expand your vision by participating in events that encourage you to be unique. Your numbers are 7, 18, 20, 29, 32, 38, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Think big, but pay attention to detail, be precise and finish what you start. Don’t let anyone stand in your way or disrupt your plans. Carry on alone, and don’t think twice about what others pursue. Separate your emotions from your responsibilities. 4 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep your plans to yourself until you are sure you will execute your intentions successfully. If you say you will do one thing and then do another, you...
    LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (WCCO) – A mental health initiative is making a difference for students and workers in the finishing trades industry. In 2017, the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest (FTIUM) launched the Helping Hand initiative. The goal is to normalize conversation about mental health and create an environment where people feel comfortable asking for help. READ MORE: New Programs Aim To Address Stress, Depression AAPI Community Faces“Anybody who works in this building knows how to respond to a crisis,” FTIUM Director of Academic Education John Burcaw said. “The most important thing is that we have to live the words that we speak. We’ve made the decision to do that here. “ The Helping Hand initiative focuses on stigma, changing the words used to discuss mental health and ending discrimination against people with mental health and substance use disorders. All staff members for the apprenticeship college and their district council have taken Mental Health First Aid and a course called “Changing the Culture of Construction.” Both courses will be offered to students and union members beginning...
    PARIS (AP) — Mohamed Benhalima looks as wary and frightened as he is led off a plane at Algiers airport, handcuffed with a security officer’s arm wrapped around him. A team from Algeria’s Rapid Intervention Force then puts him in their vehicle and whisks him to an unknown destination. The video was posted online on March 24. Three days later, Algerians watched on television as the 32-year-old confessed to involvement with an organization that authorities have listed as an Islamist terrorist group plotting against the Algerian government. Once a faithful servant of his homeland as a non-commissioned army officer, Benhalima became a supporter of Algeria’s pro-democracy movement, then a deserter who fled to Europe. Spain expelled him after Algeria issued a warrant for his arrest. The confession scene was made public by Algeria’s General Directorate of National Security, in what could be seen as a warning to other soldiers or citizens. Hundreds of Algerian citizens have been jailed for trying to keep alive the Hirak movement that held weekly pro-democracy protests starting in 2019, leading to the downfall of longtime...