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    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) led a coalition of 20 state attorneys general last week in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to protect consumers from class action settlement abuse. “Class action settlements should benefit people who have been harmed and not just the attorneys,” Brnovich said in a press release. “That’s why we are asking the court to ensure consumer interests are being faithfully represented.” According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the brief asks SCOTUS to grant certiorari in Lowery v. Joffe. This case stems from the 2010 class-action lawsuit which alleged that Google’s Street View collected millions of consumers’ private data, including emails, passwords, usernames, and more, on their Wi-Fi network without the consumers’ knowledge. However, the issue came when the parties settled and created a $13 million cash fund, but the harmed consumers received none of the money. Instead, Google paid nearly four million in attorney fees, and the roughly 9 million that remained went to “select organizations” that were not involved with the lawsuit. Brnovich’s brief...
    STUBHUB, the largest online ticket marketplace in the world, agreed to pay settlements to customers over claims it violated state law. To claim their share of the cash, however, affected StubHub customers need to act quickly. 1Class members can get up to $133 in a suit settled by StubHub June 25 is the final day to submit a claim and be part of the class action lawsuit against the company. Class action lawsuits are some of the best ways for consumers to protect themselves when large companies act unethically.  While an individual would have a hard time putting together a lawsuit against a major brand, consumers can band together and take action to get compensated for faulty products, false advertising, or other bad practices.  In these types of suits, people called class representatives launch a lawsuit against a company on behalf of themselves and others with similar claims. READ MORE ON CASH PAYMENTSCASHING IN Millions to get $500 stimulus checks by September – see if you’re eligibleKEY TO IT Americans can get $17,500 in free cash to buy...
    Beyond pandemic-related classroom instability and virtual instruction, college and university graduates from the class of 2022 had to overcome many obstacles. This graduation season, thousands of Los Angeles-area graduates have proudly heard their names read aloud and walked the stage at commencement ceremonies that some universities have conducted for the first time since the onset of the pandemic more than two years ago. But while graduation season tends to be a hopeful time, members of the class of 2022 are marking their triumph over months or years of virtual classes, financial hardships, illness and emotional challenges and setbacks. Kelly Carland, who as UC Irvine’s special events coordinator has overseen many graduations, said this year’s commencement feels different. Students and faculty alike have looked toward in-person graduations with a mixture of hopefulness and anxiety that the next COVID surge or some other unforeseen event could upstage the ceremonies. “I know these students have dealt with so many challenges and had to overcome so much,” Carland said. For two particular graduates this year, earning a diploma was not just...
    The $174,000 congressional salary is difficult on “working and middle class” lawmakers, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) asserted this week on Instagram. “Only 10 women in the history of the United States have ever given birth while serving in Congress. 10,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a story posted to her Instagram, referring to the U.S. House of Representatives as a “hostile place to have a baby,” as vote schedules “pretty much” assume that no one has a family, as they change often and require frequent travel. Not only that, Ocasio-Cortez complained, but there are thousands of dollars worth of out-of-pocket expenses. “The job requires you to pay $25k+ in out of pocket work expenses that are NOT reimbursable or tax deductible, no housing allowance despite requiring you to pay for/rent 2 homes or else risk losing your job (hence the above huge work expenses), no included dental or vision insurance, no eligibility for PSLF, etc.,” she said, noting that her points are unpopular, citing “a lot of fake memes about Congress voting to give themselves pay increases.” “But I assure you this...
    Half a dozen members of the Infamous Ryders and La Familia motorcycle gangs have been arrested after they were found with illegal weapons during routine traffic stops on Sunday, Jun 12, authorities say.  New York State Troopers stopped the first group on Upper Front Street in the town of Chenango after observing vehicle and traffic violations.  During the trooper's investigation, they found two men from the La Familia Motorcycle Gang were in possession of several illegal guns and magazines not compliant with the NY SAFE Act, additionally, the men were also in possession of illegal metal knuckles and suspected illegal narcotics, NY state police say. Jeffrey A. Everetts, age 39 of Sayre, PA charged with four counts of the class “D” felony of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree. Nephrem W. Holt, age 32 of Albany, NY charged with two counts of the class “D” felony of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree and the misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of Weapon in the fourth degree. During a second traffic stop...
    Washington (CNN)The US Navy can no longer separate service members who are unvaccinated and have sought a religious exemption from getting a Covid-19 vaccine, a federal judge in Texas ruled on Monday.A group of Navy SEALs brought the original suit against the US government last fall after the US military implemented a Covid-19 vaccine mandate. The group of SEALs asked that they not be reprimanded or denied deployments because they had requested a religious exemption to not be inoculated against the coronavirus, and it had not been granted yet. In January, the lawyers representing the Navy SEALs filed a class action request, asking that all US Navy service members who have requested religious exemptions, over 4,000 of them, not be reprimanded or separated from service for requesting a religious exemption. The federal judge from the Northern District of Texas, Reed O'Connor, granted the class action request in a court filing on Monday. Supreme Court temporarily blocks order requiring Navy to deploy unvaccinated forcesThe Supreme Court last week agreed to temporarily freeze part of the lower Northern District of Texas court's...
    CLASS action lawsuits are some of the best ways for consumers to protect themselves when large companies act unethically.  While an individual would have a hard time putting together a lawsuit against a major brand, consumers can band together and take action to get compensated for faulty products, false advertising, or other bad practices.  1Get hundreds in compensation from companies through class action suits Below are some popular brands that recently settled class action suits and how much you can make if you were impacted.  It doesn't cost anything to join a class action suit nor to claim. 1. McCormick  Known for spices and seasoning, McCormick agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the company falsely advertised a dozen products as “natural” or “all-natural.”  READ MORE ON MAKING MONEYEASY CASH How to earn money for shopping online - and you could get $1,000s'PERFECT SIDE JOB' I’m a gardening expert - more than half of our lawn mowers earn $100k Class members who submit a claim can receive $1 per affected product purchased, up to...
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are moving from prime time to Saturday afternoon in August. The enshrinement on Saturday, Aug. 6 will begin at noon EDT at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Those ceremonies have been held at night since 2007. Being inducted this year are modern-era players Tony Boselli, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler, Richard Seymour and Bryant Young, coach Dick Vermiel, contributor Art McNally and senior candidate Cliff Branch. NFL Network and ESPN will continue to broadcast the proceedings. “Moving the time of the enshrinement to noon on Saturday – along with some other changes to the overall weekend schedule for the new class members – will lighten their overall load on a long, busy weekend,” Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said. “We think it will improve the experience for the new class members and the many returning Hall of Famers who come back to Canton each year. We also think it will improve the guest experience as well, with other activities planned on the Hall of Fame’s campus.” (Copyright...
    A flight from Newark to Tel Aviv was diverted back to New Jersey after two passengers "self-upgraded" themselves on a half-empty plane. The Israeli pair plopped down in business class and refused to move for members of the Flight 90 cabin crew, according to United Airlines. The Times of Israel broke the news of the confrontation, which reportedly occurred near the Canada border about an hour and a half into the flight and sent the plane back to Newark International Airport. “Law enforcement officials met the aircraft upon landing,” United Airlines said in a statement. “The flight was subsequently cancelled. "Our team at New York/Newark have provided our customers with meal vouchers and hotel accommodation and have made arrangements for customers to complete their journeys,” the airline added. Although Port Authority police said no charges were brought, the FAA could impose civil penalties if it chooses to do so. The incident occurred a day after a woman in first class who refused to wear a mask forced a Miami-to-London flight to turn around. The Boeing 787-10 that returned to...
    Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) are political polar opposites, but in one of those “only happens in Washington” situations, the two men formed a friendly bond after serving for nearly a decade together, working on policy and in committee. “We've found some bills to get to do together. Got along pretty well,” Huffman told The Daily Beast. “You know, we’re respectful of each other." Adding that sort of camaraderie between members “adds a lot” to the job. But as time went on, Gosar went into an “irreversible downward spiral,” Huffman said. And that’s made the California congressman reevaluate their relationship. On Jan. 6, 2021, Gosar was one of 147 Republicans to vote against certifying the 2020 election results, citing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. In the months since, he’s been censured and removed from his committee assignments for sharing an anime video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Now, Huffman wants nothing to do with him. “He’s totally toxic, and honestly, he’s just not someone that I or any of my other colleagues even can...
    Patrick Stock, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 105, wasn’t going to let anyone stop him from supporting the United Auto Workers’ strike against Deere & Co. When a court issued an injunction limiting the number of picketers at a Deere facility in Davenport, Iowa, Stock gathered about 30 members of his local and other unions and organized a rally along a four-lane highway within sight of the plant gate. He and the others gave up their afternoon—and risked injury from the vehicles whizzing past—because Deere’s attack on the Auto Workers was an attack on them, too. Union contracts provide decent wages and benefits along with safe working conditions, retirement security and a means for workers to stand up for themselves. One company’s efforts to gut a contract and trample on workers emboldens others to follow suit. That’s why workers from across the labor movement band together to protect one another. They walk each other’s picket lines. They fire off letters of support to the local newspapers. They attend rallies and stick signs in their yards. They also boycott offending...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police celebrated the promotion of 57 of their own Wednesday morning, but the ceremony had extra special meaning. The group honored is not only making history but likely inspiring those who will serve tomorrow. Philadelphia police say this group — now carrying the ranks and responsibilities of inspector, staff inspector, captain, and lieutenant — is the most diverse promotion in recent history. READ MORE: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Neighbors Step In To Stop Attempted Carjacking In Philadelphia's Francisville SectionOf the seven inspectors promoted, four represent people of color. These promotions also mean 25% of patrol districts will be commanded by Black women. CBS3 spoke to one of the captains receiving this honor, along with Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, about history being made. “I’m second generation, my dad was a police officer,” Margo Allen Parker, promoted to captain, said. “Growing up in Southwest, I realized I wanted to be part of the change.” READ MORE: New Jersey Urging Residents To Get COVID-19 Vaccines With Boost NJ DayCommissioner Outlaw concluded her remarks Wednesday saying that if it had not...
    NASA inaugurated its 23rd class of new astronauts on Monday, which includes 10 individuals who are set to walk on the moon and maybe even Mars. Deemed the 'Artemis Generation,' this group consists of several former US military, an ex-SpaceX medical director and a bioengineer who also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a track cyclist. The name is a reference to NASA's Artemis program, which aims to send the first woman and the first person of color to moon as early as 2025. The astronaut candidates for 2021 are: Nichole Ayers, Marcos Berríos, Guaynabo, Christina Birch, Deniz Burnham, Luke Delaney, Andre Douglas, Jack Hathaway, Anil Menon, Christopher Williams and Jessica Wittner.  This is NASA first new class in four years and the group is set to begin the two-year training process in January 2022. Their training includes operating and maintaining the International Space Station's (ISS) complex systems, training for spacewalks, developing complex robotics skills, safely operating a T-38 training jet and Russian language skills. Scroll down for video  The 10 candidates, pictured here at NASA's Johnson Space Center...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities native is among the 10 members of NASA’s 2021 astronaut class. Dr. Anil Menon, 45, of Minneapolis, is part of the space agency’s first astronaut class in four years. He and the other nine members were named at an event Monday near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Menon, a lieutenant colonel in U.S. Air Force, will report to duty in January, beginning two years of training at the Johnson Space Center. He’ll learn about operating and maintaining the International Space Station, develop skills in robotics, learn to fly a supersonic training jet, and prepare for space walks. (credit: NASA)_ Menon is no stranger to space flight. He was SpaceX’s flight surgeon on the company’s first flight with humans into space. Before that, he served NASA as the crew flight surgeon on various expeditions taking astronauts to the International Space Station. The citizen-airman currently lives and works in Houston as an emergency room doctor and flight surgeon for NASA. In the last two years, he’s lived extensively in...
    An American Airlines flight from New York City to Orange County, California, was diverted to Denver on Wednesday following an alleged assault on a flight attendant by a passenger.  American Airlines flight 976 diverted from its original destination of John Wayne Airport to Denver International after a male passenger, thought to be traveling in first class, allegedly punched a female flight attendant twice in the face in a dispute over masks according to witnesses. Mackenzie Rose, a passenger on the flight, said she saw the flight attendant walk by after the incident 'with blood on her mask', while a photo posted on Twitter appeared to show crew members and passengers duct-taping the man to his seat.  American Airlines released a statement following the plane's arrival in Denver, expressing their 'outrage' at the incident and promising to ban the individual, who has not yet been named, from all future American Airlines services. Police met the plane at the gate and immediately apprehended the individual, who was snapped sitting in the airport in handcuffs by Rose. The flight took off from JFK...
    Maskless members of the Essex County Education Association (ECEA) celebrated at a gala with Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy over the weekend. The ECEA posted a now-deleted tweet showing attendees at the Equality Ball, hosted by Garden State Equality in Asbury Park, enjoying the event without masks. (RELATED: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Caught Saying She Only Wears Mask Outdoors Because Of ‘Republican Tracker’) deleted tweet pic.twitter.com/3kA7iMS1pJ — Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) October 12, 2021 “Our 2nd VP Chris Cannella along with our LGBTQ+ Committee Chair Micah Gary-Fryer enjoyed the Garden State Equality Ball last night along with members of the NJEA,” the deleted tweet read. Others who attended the event also shared photos of attendees, mostly maskless, enjoying the gala. Tonight, I was honored to join @GovMurphy along with LGBTQ+ advocates, community members, and public officials from across New Jersey for @GSEquality‘s annual Equality Ball. Proud to be part of a community committed to equal justice for every resident of this state. pic.twitter.com/mrLbcjCv8M — Acting AG Andrew Bruck (@NewJerseyOAG) October 8, 2021 Joined the @VNACJCHC LGBTQ Health Center...
    DETROIT (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber were inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night. Johnson, known as Megatron, starred at receiver for the Detroit Lions for nine seasons before retiring in 2016. Wieber won Olympic gold in 2012, a year after she was world all-around champion. She is from DeWitt, Michigan. Former Central Michigan softball coach Margo Jonker and photographer Mary Schroeder were also inducted in a ceremony at the MotorCity Hotel Casino Sound Board theater. Former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr., former Albion College and Okemos High School football coach Pete Schmidt and longtime Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski were honored posthumously as members of the class. Former Pistons point guard and NBA MVP Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and two-time NBA champion Shane Battier were selected for induction, but were unable to attend the ceremony. Billups and Battier, who attended Detroit Country Day High School, are expected to be inducted at next year’s ceremony. The class was selected by current and former journalists, former...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools teachers returned to the classroom Monday to prepare for the coming school year as their union calls for more COVID protections.Students will join teachers back in classrooms next week.In a morning news conference, Chicago Teachers Union members said it's still not safe to go back to the classroom with students and staff as the delta variant continues to spread."We're excited to be returning to our schools," said Erica Johnson, teacher at Fulton Middle School. "At the same time, we've landed only about 25% of the safety agreement we had in place last spring when we reopened, including keeping our critically important safety committees. But we have a long way to go."Some CTU members said with the variant effecting so many young children that cannot be vaccinated yet, bringing everyone back inside buildings creates an unsafe working and learning environment."We had a commitment that if transmission got to dangerous levels, the schools would be put on pause," said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. "The state mandate allows that to happen, but we have no commitment on...
    More On: post offices NYC postal worker swiped more than 3K money orders from office: feds Beloved mailman plays daily tic-tac-toe with tots on his route Pandemic porch thieves stoop to new lows, swiping goods and emptying boxes Trump planning election night party at his Washington, DC hotel Two new members of the US Postal Service’s Board of Governors slammed the agency for its plan to slow delivery of first-class mail. Ronald Stroman, one of President Biden’s three new appointees to the board, called the plan “strategically ill-conceived” Friday, according to a report. Another new member, Anton Hajjar, worried about a proposed plan to end air mail delivery, saying that potential savings were not “quantified.” Stroman, a former deputy Postmaster General, said at the board of governors’ meeting that the country was only now beginning to emerge from a global pandemic and that first-class mail delivery was far below pre-pandemic levels. The changes, he added, “disproportionally impact our seniors, middle- and low-income Americans, [and] small businesses, who are our most loyal customers and most dependent on us.”...
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) this week revealed several instances where service members were forced to classify themselves by race and socio-economic status during diversity and inclusion training. In one instance, Crenshaw said soldiers were forced to wear personal identification badges that listed their race, ethnicity, social class, and other things, during at training at Fort Bliss in Texas. Crenshaw said the badges reduced soldiers to a list of characteristics that have “nothing to do with their service or their training or the content of their character.” He added: Most soldiers do not believe that they are the sum of identity groups and it’s absurd that our military is instructing people to view themselves and others that way. In the SEAL teams, our bond is forged in large part by our common history, our ethos and our trial by fire training. We never asked each other for our social class or other identity groups, because that would be ridiculous. The only thing that should be on a soldier’s uniform is their name, their rank and most importantly, the American flag. Yes,...
    (CNN)When part of Champlain Towers South fell in Surfside, Florida, last week, members of a world-class search and rescue operation quickly arrived on the scene, working diligently to rescue victims from rubble that had once been condos. The team is used to crises like this one. Though they're based in Miami-Dade County, team members are dispatched across the US and around the world to tackle disasters of all kinds. This time, though, the crisis was on their home turf.They're the members of Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force-1, a group of search and rescue experts that operates under FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When they're not being dispatched to countries in crisis, many of them work for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as local firefighters. How to help Surfside building collapse victimsThe task force, also known as Florida Task Force-1 or or FL-TF1, has responded to some of the most notable disasters in recent history. Members were dispatched to New York after the 9/11 attacks and to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They've been on the...
    By Greg Stohr and Holly Barker | Bloomberg The U.S. Supreme Court put new limits on consumer lawsuits, backing TransUnion in its fight against a $40 million award to thousands of people whom the credit-reporting firm categorized as potential terrorists. The justices, voting 5-4, said most of the 8,000 people in the class action case lacked the legal right to sue. Of those class members who were wrongly flagged by the credit reporting agency as potential matches to individuals on a terrorist watch-list, only about a quarter had their reports sent to third parties. Related Articles Supreme Court sides with refineries, expands eligibility for Clean Air Act exemption U.S. Supreme Court sides with Alaska Natives in COVID-19 aid case Supreme Court: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac structure unconstitutional US Supreme Court rules for cursing cheerleader over Snapchat post U.S. Supreme Court rules California must pay private businesses to allow union access The bulk of the class members suffered no concrete harm because the reputational risk of the false alerts...
    CLAREMONT, Calif. (KABC) -- After spending an entire year off campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Claremont McKenna College seniors graduated at an in-person ceremony over the weekend.Most of the roughly 240 members of the Class of 2021 attended the Saturday ceremony, while others opted to join in virtually.The ceremony was limited to students and guest speakers only and was streamed online for parents, family members, faculty and staff. Though graduation was different this year, students expressed gratitude to have one at all."All of us struggled through the same thing so it's nice that we all get to be together and celebrate as a whole," said graduate Michael Madsen.Many others, who spent their final year of college off campus and studying online, echoed similar sentiments."I'm really grateful to just be here," said Sami Murphy. "None of us really thought we'd get an in-person graduation so we appreciate the little things."
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The nine new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who are deceased will be honored in a television special next month. Eight men who were selected for the 2020 centennial class and one from the 2021 group will be recognized. They are Bobby Dillon, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Steve Sabol, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, Ed Sprinkle and George Young from 2020, and Bill Nunn from 2021. It will air May 1 on NFL Network and again on May 4 on ESPN2. The show will feature a video montage of each enshrinee and the unveiling of his bronzed bust in Canton, Ohio. After the show, the families of each member will place the bust on display in the Hall of Fame Gallery. David Baker, president and CEO of the hall, said a special panel elected a 20-person class to commemorate the founding of the NFL, with enshrinees dating to the earliest eras of pro football. ”To recognize eight members of this class, along with trailblazer Bill Nunn from the class of 2021, in...
    All five trustees of the Mount Diablo Unified School District board could face a recall effort by some parents who are upset the district did not reopen classrooms quickly enough as the number of COVID-19 cases began declining this year. The trustees — Board President Cherise Khaund, Vice President Debra Mason, Keisha Nzewi, Linda Mayo and Erin McFerrin — could be fighting for their seats this November if organizers gather enough recall petition signatures. After the board and teachers union approved a negotiated agreement earlier this month, the district reopened all campuses for a hybrid model of distance learning and in-person instruction. over the past week. The district intends to reopen for full in-person instruction starting next school year. Because the number of COVID-19 cases have been steadily dropping, the district could have welcomed students back to campuses about five weeks ago in some grade levels. But the school board held off until the district reached a compromise with labor groups. Teachers argued at the time it would be unsafe to reopen campuses in cities hit harder by the pandemic....
    Elementary school board members in California were caught making disparaging remarks about parents during a meeting they thought was closed to the public. "They don't know what goes on behind the scenes," Oakley Union Elementary School District board member Lisa Brizendine said during the virtual meeting held Wednesday. "It's really unfortunate they want to pick on us. They want their babysitters back." Another board member, Kim Beede, asked during the meeting, “Are we alone?” before saying, “B----, if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to f--- you up!” regarding pushback she ostensibly received over a social media post. Another member also suggested parents want their children back in school so they could smoke marijuana, which prompted laughs from other members. BREAKING: Oakley, CA school board members caught on tape mocking parents who desperately need their kids back in the classroom. “Are we alone?” one says. “Bitch, if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to f*** you up!” Another adds, “They want their babysitters back.” 1/3 pic.twitter.com/zMuFlqs4Gy— Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) February 18, 2021...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As many Minnesota students head back to their classrooms this week, there are many families who simply cannot. COVID concerns for a vulnerable family member will keep them home. WCCO has been documenting the distance-learning journey of some Twin Cities families for more than six months. Liz Collin checked back with the Wong family of White Bear Lake, where the school year will end this spring just as it started. “I think that’s what’s causing some of the anxiety and the panic for families like ours, it’s like, is there light at the end of the tunnel? We can’t see it,” mom Zoua Wong said. It’s been a bit like Groundhog Day at the Wongs since last March, with three kids learning at home being the only real option. Daughter Alyssa has Angelman’s syndrome, which causes developmental delays and dangerous seizures. READ MORE: Twin Cities Families Learn To Adjust To ‘The New Normal’ Of Distance Learning “Any viral illness will lower her threshold for seizures, so her seizures could happen more frequently when there’s a viral...
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    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Bayer AG has reached a settlement to resolve many current and anticipated future claims against its agrochemical subsidiary Monsanto Company arising from its Roundup weed killer, alleged to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The settlement, announced Wednesday, was submitted to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and is subject to approval of U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria, who has presided over federal multi-district litigation involving hundreds of Roundup suits. The settlement of the putative class action suit, if approved, will create a fund of up to $2 billion to be used to compensate class members over the next four years who have, or develop NHL, as a result of their exposure to Roundup herbicide. Compensation will be provided to qualifying class members at varying levels from $5,000 to $200,000. The fund will also be used for a number of related matters, including an NHL testing program, legal assistance to class members in navigating the claim process, a medical research program, and an outreach effort to inform class members about the settlement. The fund will also...
    MOON, Pa. (KDKA) — December graduates of Robert Morris University just started receiving their diplomas last week. But after 100 years of educating, the diploma looks different than the rest. “For a university that is small and claims you aren’t just a number, I feel like I’m just a number,” said Tyler Stewart. Stewart just graduated from RMU after putting in the work. “I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Forensics and Information Security and it would also list my minor in Criminal Justice and my certificate in Mobile Forensics,” Stewart said. The diploma he received only lists “Bachelor of Science.” (Photo Credit: Provided) “At the end of your college experience after you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, your diploma is what you have to show for it. That’s what you are going to hang up on your wall,” Stewart said. Students told KDKA an email was sent out about the change at the end of December without public input. A spokesperson from RMU sent this statement to KDKA: “Robert Morris University has decided not to include...
    The elite Dalton School in New York City is facing biting criticism from parents and alumni who are fed up with the decades-old institution's recent embrace of an "anti-racist" curriculum, arguing that it included "a pessimistic and age-inappropriate litany of grievances in EVERY class." "We have confused a progressive pedagogical model with progressive politics," read the anonymous letter. "Even for people who are sympathetic to that political viewpoint, the role of a school is not to indoctrinate politically. It’s to open the minds of children to the wonders of the world and learning. The Dalton we love, that has changed our lives, is nowhere to be found. And that is a huge loss." The letter accuses the new anti-racist teachings of dismissing dissent as racist while the "discourse has become so fraught that the numerous community members who contributed to this letter feel compelled to remain anonymous." It's unclear when the letter was initially sent, but the New York Post reported that Head of School Jim Best had responded to parents via email on Friday. The letter echoed complaints nationwide about what's...
    For almost a year, parents in Chicago have juggled working from home and making sure their children keep up with their schoolwork via Zoom, only to see them fall further behind. With children around the nation slowly returning to class and a vaccine promising safety for teachers, parents in the Windy City had some hope things would soon get back to normal. But now, teachers have signaled they have no intention of returning to the classroom in the near future, and some parents like her are worried — and angry. “They have wounds of isolation, falling behind, not connecting with their peers or other adults … now it’s time, we need to triage them,” said Sarah Sachen, a mother of three CPS students. “And our teachers are a vital part of healing children right now from this pandemic.” Sachen told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday that she is fearful of the impact a union strike could have on thousands of students across Chicago and hopes that in-person learning can resume. She used the metaphor of war to...
    Each year, the United Service Organizations (USO) honors the heroism of junior enlisted service members, E-5 or below, with the USO Service Member of the Year Awards. Service members from each branch of the military are nominated by their command leadership for performing acts of valor that go above and beyond the call of duty and who embody the standards and values of the Armed Forces and the USO. “These men and women have brought great honor to their respective branches of service and to the country. They exemplified bravery and courage in the face of danger and placed service above self,” said USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II. “Putting the mission first and doing the right thing embody the core values of the USO. We congratulate this year’s honorees for their outstanding contributions and for being a force for good in the world.” The USO recently named six 2020 USO Service Members of the Year and share their stories: Staff Sgt. Nigel C. Archer, Jr. | USO Airman of the Year 2020: Staff...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — School districts in our region are finding different issues with returning students to class as plans keep fluctuating. Students in Montgomery County were able to return to in-person learning Monday morning after health officials ordered schools closed for the past two weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases. While some school districts have decided to remain all virtual, like Perkiomen and Springford, students in Lower Moreland Township schools returned to classrooms even as many staff members are being quarantined. Eleven staff members are working remotely from home while awaiting COVID-19 test results after various exposures or household contact exposures. Rising coronavirus case counts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey are continuing to impact school districts. The Washington Township School District in New Jersey has had intermittent closures due to outbreaks with dozens of new cases reported just over the past two days. On Sunday, an email went out alerting parents and students that they would not be returning to in-person learning for the remainder of the year. The district will pivot to full remote instruction until...
    By EDDIE TRIZZINO, Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Julie Sole still keeps in touch with her classmates of Leadership Marion, even though it’s been about four years since she completed the class. Of all the knowledge she gained from the civic-oriented leadership program, Sole said the connections she made while a student are one of her fondest takeaways. “Second only to the knowledge you gain about your community and opportunities to give back is the relationship you build with your classmates,” Sole said. “These are lifelong friendships and camaraderie that has been built by going through the program. I was in class 35, and I think you could ask any one of the 38 classes, and they would tell you the bonds they form are still standing.” After 38 classes run under the umbrella of Fairmont State University, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce is taking over Leadership Marion by way of its education committee, of which Sole is a member. Sole and Brett White, executive director of the United Way of Marion and Taylor County, will co-direct...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers announced their 2020 Hall of Honor class. James Farrior, Greg Lloyd, Troy Polamalu, Mike Wagner and Dwight White were announced as part of the class on Friday night. Introducing the #HallofHonor Class of 2020! pic.twitter.com/cxHkvy4kKu — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 26, 2020
    A New York high school is facing backlash after a teacher began the new school year by handing out an assignment on the Black Lives Matter movement that compared police officers to the Ku Klux Klan. “My daughter showed me the paper. I said, ‘What is this?! You’ve got to be kidding me!’” one mother, Ania Paternostro, told the New York Post about her 11th grader’s class work. “This cartoon compares the police to the KKK. It’s an attack on the police.” Westlake High School teacher Christoper Moreno gave the class of 11th graders a cartoon handout sheet that showed cartoon depictions of various white men, such as a KKK member, a police officer, and a slave owner, kneeling on black men’s necks. “We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong,” Paternostro added. Her daughter also told the New York Post that “the cartoon was disgusting,” adding that “it compared the police with all the terrible people in history. It was not fair. It wasn’t right.’’ Other community...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Starting Friday, Chicago will tighten several COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, impacting bars, fitness centers, and personal services like facials and shaves.The move means fitness classes, like thousands held statewide at Orange Theory centers, must lower class size to 10 people only. Some Orange Theory members have already noticed the change before it even takes effect.Illinois reports 1,624 new COVID-19 cases"When you reduce the class sizes, it becomes a lot harder to get into classes," said DJ Ogunsola, noting classes next week are already booked.Other members are frustrated as well."I don't personally agree with it because I think Orange Theory has done a great job of social distancing and a creating a safe space with larger classes," said Rachel Werderits, a fitness member.Orange Theory has 60 locations in Illinois, totaling more than 100,000 individual workouts statewide since reopening on June 29th, according to Brad Ehrlich, Orange Theory's area developer."Our unique structure, combined with our adherence to social distancing and safety guidelines, has kept our staff and our members safe," Ehrlich said in a statement.Before workouts, the staff checks...
    McDonalds employees sue company for racial discrimination Pagenaud snaps Ganassi streak with IndyCar win at Iowa Pair of IATSE Members File Class Action Lawsuit Against Motion Picture Health Plan © FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images A pair of International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) members are leading a class action lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court against the Board of the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan, alleging that it violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by not treating all plan members fairly. Entertainment industry workers covered by the plan include members of IATSE's 13 Los Angeles locals, the largest being Local 600, Local 700 (Motion Picture Editors Guild) and Local 800 (Art Directors Guild). To qualify for coverage, members must work 400 hours (or 600 hours for newly-qualifying participants) in a six-month period. According to the complaint, the defendants voted to extend up to 300 hours for April and May to "active participants who are currently enrolled" and whose benefits period ended June 30, "thereby explicitly excluded participants on COBRA or on disability, and excluding participants working...
    First-class passengers have something to cheer about — other than the extra legroom. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Delta Air Lines announced it will be resuming its beer and wine service to first-class and Comfort+ passengers beginning July 2, per a press release. Delta revealed the choice to resume the complimentary practice after receiving “feedback from customers and consult[ing] with health professionals.” (iStock) The airline, which temporarily stopped serving alcohol on-board flights in March as part of its expanded coronavirus safety policy, said it would begin reintroducing complimentary single-serve red and white wine, as well as four types of beer to its first-class and Comfort+ members on “all flights greater than 500 miles.” CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Delta revealed the choice to resume the complimentary practice after receiving “feedback from customers and consult[ing] with health professionals.” “We take pride in always listening to our customers, and we know beer and wine are the adult beverages our customers want most. These selections are the first step towards a normalized beverage offering while we continue to keep customer and crew safety at the center of everything...
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — On Tuesday, 819 entertainment industry executives and artists were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences,” academy President David Rubin said in a statement. “We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now.” With these new invitations, the Academy has successfully completed a multi-year goal to double its ranks of women and people of color. The 2020 member class is 45% female and 26% from”underrepresented ethnic/racial communities.” The new members are also 49% international, representing 68 countries, according to the Academy. In 2016, the Academy set diversity-expansion goals to double the number of women and minorities within the organizations membership, sparked by the “#OscarsSoWhite” movement that criticized the predominantly white nominees in major award categories. The new member class allowed the Academy to surpass its goal. This year, with 819 people invited, the Academy welcomes its third largest member class in its...
    Jarome Iginla’s wait to join the Hockey Hall of Fame was brief. The former Flames star got the nod in his first year of eligibility.  Iginla heads a 2020 class that was announced Wednesday by the HHOF. Former Oilers defenseman Kevin Lowe is also a part of the six-person group, along with Marian Hossa, Doug Wilson, Ken Holland and Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St-Pierre. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16 in Toronto, although the date is subject to change depending on when the 2020-21 NHL season begins. Iginla, 42, ranks 16th on the NHL’s all-time goals list with 625. He tallied 525 of them during a 16-year stint with Calgary, which he captained to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004. “It’s extremely special,” Iginla said, per NHL,com. “I had a hard time sleeping the past few nights. Starting my career, I didn’t dream of making it to the Hall of Fame. It’s a true honor, I’ve been extremely blessed. It’s still sinking in.” Iginla is the fourth Black person to enter the Hall, joining Willie O’Ree, Grant Fuhr and Angela James....
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