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    Police have said they will take no action against a Twitter user who sent JK Rowling a chilling death threat after she expressed support for fellow author Salman Rushdie when he was attacked on stage. The Harry Potter author was told 'you are next' after Sir Salman was left fighting for his life in hospital after being brutally stabbed before he was due to give a talk in New York state last month. The brutal assault caused outrage in the western world, with the public, authors and free speech activists condemning the attack, but it was celebrated in Iran, where the novelist has been subject to a fatwa since the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988. In the aftermath Ms Rowling, who also pens novels under the name Robert Galbraith, tweeted: 'Horrifying news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok'. While many people joined her in sending well-wishes to Sir Salman, on Twitter user going by the name Meer Asif Aziz, told her: 'Don't worry you are next.' The post was reported to Twitter, which later said it...
    The Republican National Committee hosted a press call Thursday with Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and congressional nominee Max Miller (OH-07) to discuss border security, the fentanyl crisis, and crime. A spokesperson for Lt. Husted told The Ohio Star, “The domestic supply of opioids from over prescribing pharma companies both production and distribution have largely ceased.” According to Husted, the sheriffs and local police officers have driven the domestic supply of opioids in Ohio largely out of business. However, now Ohio is faced with the supply coming across the border. Miller stated that fentanyl is pouring into the United States. “About 90% of fentanyl comes from over the border,” Tricia McLaughlin said, Communication Director for Governor DeWine and Husted. Husted noted that he and Governor DeWine have worked nationally and locally to fight the tide of drugs coming into Ohio. In 2021, DeWine authorized 14 Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers to help Texas law enforcement with border surveillance and to protect the southern border of the U.S. DeWine and Husted say that they are making strides to support local law enforcement...
    Getty NASCAR drivers have shown their support for DJ VanderLey. Members of the racing industry are showing their support for DJ VanderLey, an engineer on the No. 98 Xfinity Series team at Stewart-Haas Racing. VanderLey sustained serious injuries during a race on September 22. According to a Facebook post from VanderLey’s wife, Jordan, he was involved in an accident during a micro sprint Outlaw race at Texas Motor Speedway’s dirt track. He was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth, where he spent several hours in surgery. Jordan said that he has several fractured vertebrae and a spinal cord injury. With my thoughts and prayers being with the VanderLey family, I will not be competing in micro mania this week. @CaleThomas91 is going to take over my car and I wish everyone the best of luck. I look forward to seeing some awesome racing. Please keep DJ and his family in mind. pic.twitter.com/aCcOVNcGGC — Christopher Bell (@CBellRacing) September 23, 2022 “I would consider him one of my closest friends,” Christopher Bell said about VanderLey to FOX Sports’ Bob...
    At the sound of a whirring bullhorn siren Saturday morning, hundreds of swimmers plunged into the chilly San Francisco Bay as part of the 17th annual local Swim Across America event to raise money for cancer research. Mitali and Anaya Khanzode joined the San Francisco fundraiser in honor of their swim coach, who’s now battling cancer. The sisters from Sunnyvale, ages 20 and 17, are veteran bay swimmers and have each broken world records in open water competitions — including Anaya’s 2013 record of swimming from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore in 50 minutes at age 8. “Since we’ve been swimming open water for 10-plus years and our coach has become part of our family, it means a lot to support a cause that will help him,” said Mitali. As “swim angels” at the event, the pair assisted less experienced swimmers along the 1.5-mile route from the Marina Green to Aquatic Park. “We’re really looking forward to meeting new people,” Anaya said as she walked toward the starting point on the beach beyond the seawall. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA...
    Iranian Americans are staging demonstrations across the United States this weekend in solidarity with ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman who collapsed while in custody of morality police. “Join us in solidarity and be the voice of the Iranian people who are getting brutally suppressed for fighting for basic human rights while their access to internet is cut off,” read a flyer for an event on Saturday in Boston. Similar events are being held in California, Rhode Island and Florida, among other states. Protests erupted in the Islamic Republic earlier this week, following the death of Mahsa Amini last Friday. Days before her death, she was arrested by morality police in Tehran and taken to a “re-education” center to receive guidance on her attire. Iran’s morality police is a dedicated unit enforcing strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf. While in custody, Amini fell into a coma and died shortly thereafter. Police have called Amini’s death an “unfortunate incident” and denied she was physically harmed in custody, semiofficial news agency Fars...
    (CNN)Iranian Americans are staging demonstrations across the United States this weekend in solidarity with ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman who collapsed while in custody of morality police."Join us in solidarity and be the voice of the Iranian people who are getting brutally suppressed for fighting for basic human rights while their access to internet is cut off," read a flyer for an event on Saturday in Boston. Similar events are being held in California, Rhode Island and Florida, among other states.Young Iranians are rising up against decades of repression -- arguably bolder than everProtests erupted in the Islamic Republic earlier this week, following the death of Mahsa Amini last Friday. Days before her death, she was arrested by morality police in Tehran and taken to a "re-education" center to receive guidance on her attire. Iran's morality police is a dedicated unit enforcing strict dress codes for women, such as wearing the compulsory headscarf.While in custody, Amini fell into a coma and died shortly thereafter. Police have called Amini's death an "unfortunate incident" and denied...
    IF you have been suffering discomfort anywhere in your body for 12 weeks or more, you could be one of the millions in this country living with chronic pain. The condition, which can be “on and off” pain or continuous, means some people cannot work, eat properly or fully enjoy life. 4Lady Gaga recently revealed she suffers with chronic back painCredit: NETFLIX 4Lady Gaga said she feared she may never perform on stage againCredit: Getty The most common types of chronic pain, according to health watchdog Nice, are back pain (present in 53 per cent of cases), headaches (48 per cent) and joint pain (46 per cent). Chronic pain affects 38 per cent of women and 40 per cent of men. And while two-thirds of patients are over 75, it can affect all ages, including children. Singer Lady Gaga, 36, recently told how she feels pain “all over the body” from chronic condition fibromyalgia. READ MORE CHRONIC PAINLIFE RUINING My chronic pain is so bad I thought docs were hiding from me that I was dying Dr Amanda Dee, who...
    US President Joe Biden speaks about the DISCLOSE Act at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on September 20, 2022.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration announced Friday it is awarding $1.5 billion in grants to help states, territories and tribal lands combat the opioid crisis. The grants will expand access to treatment and recovery support services, allow states to invest in better overdose education and increase the accessibility of FDA-approved naloxone products, which are used to help reverse an opioid overdose. Last year, more than 107,000 people died after overdosing in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figure marked a 15% increase in overdose-related deaths from 2020. Members of the Biden administration, including Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, attended a Recovery Month Summit Friday to show support for individuals in recovery and discuss the grant funding. "As someone in long-term recovery, I know how important access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment is," Walsh wrote on...
    by Laurel Duggan   PayPal banned an account that draws attention to adults who expose kids to sexual content but still allows Prostasia, an organization that provides support for “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs), to hold an account and use its services to fundraise. PayPal permanently banned the Gays Against Groomers account Tuesday, as did Venmo, which PayPal owns, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Prostasia, an organization that runs a support groups for people who are sexually attracted to children to help them avoid acts of abuse, still raises money using PayPal and lists the service on the donation page of its website. JUST IN: While we’re not allowed to conduct business on PayPal, guess who is… an organization that offers a support group for “MAPs”@PayPal banned us for being against pedophilia, but allow actual pedophile groups to use their services unabated.#BoycottPayPal pic.twitter.com/b6csNR73cv — Gays Against Gr██mers (@againstgrmrs) September 22, 2022 “While we’re not allowed to conduct business on PayPal, guess who is… an organization that offers a support group for ‘MAPs,’” the Gays Against Groomers Twitter account wrote. “@PayPalbanned us for being against...
    A Democratic Florida commissioner has publicly backed Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his bid for re-election.   Dave Kerner, 39, who has himself been reelected four times in heavily Democratic Palm Beach County in the south of the state, delivered an enthusiastic endorsement on Fox News where he defended suggestions that he had turned on his party. 'I've been a registered Democrat since I registered to vote at the age of 18. I don't really see it as going against my party. I'm a Floridian, an American first. But there's a confluence of reasons,' Kerner began, before reeling off a list of reasons why DeSantis had secured his vote. 'The trajectory of our state, which I spoke about in my endorsement, his support for law enforcement, his management of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a host of reasons why I endorsed him,' Kerner explained. Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner, 39, has endorsed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' re-election bid
    Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell spoke in favor of one of Arizona’s new laws, known as “Kayleigh’s Law,” which aims to protect victims of sexual abuse further. “As you know, I spent much of my career working with victims of crimes involving crimes against children and sexual assault, and so it’s very important to me that victims have protection and a voice in the system,” Mitchell said at a press conference. “So it was an incredible honor to work on the statute that I’m going to talk to you about that’s going to go into effect Saturday that will provide additional help for victims.” The new law, Senate Bill (SB) 1653, sponsored by State Senator Sine Kerr (R-Buckeye), ran through the State Senate with bipartisan support. As Mitchell explained, one of the provisions of lifetime probation for someone convicted of certain crimes, such as sex and violent crimes, is the inability of the defendant to contact the victim. However, if the probation were to be terminated by a judge, there would be nothing stopping the abuser from contacting the victim. The...
    by Ben Whedon   A top Florida Democrat has come out in support of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his reelection bid, citing policies of his opponent with which he does not agree. In a Tweet this week, Palm Beach County commissioner Dave Kerner, who was previously the mayor of Palm Beach County, called DeSantis “the obvious choice this election cycle.” The governor faces a challenge from Democrat Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor himself. Endorsing Gov. @RonDeSantisFL was the obvious choice this election cycle. Gov. DeSantis Dem opponent has called for reallocation of resources away from law enforcement. FL cannot afford people like Charlie Crist who wants to defund the police & make our communities less safe. pic.twitter.com/LtIy5zgw85 — Dave Kerner (@DavidMKerner) September 21, 2022 Kerner specifically cited Crist’s policies toward law enforcement as a reason for his decision. Like many of his left-wing peers, Crist has sought to reallocate funds from traditional law enforcement to mental health professionals. Republicans have decried this approach as a stealthy way to support “defund the police” efforts, according to the Epoch Times. House...
    While 15% of Hispanic/Latino voters strongly approve of how President Joe Biden is performing in his role, 33% somewhat approve, 16% somewhat disapprove, and 30% strongly disapprove, according to the poll. When presented with a choice between Biden and former President Donald Trump and asked who they would back if the 2024 presidential contest were to take place "today," 52% of Hispanic/Latino voters picked Biden and 32% picked Trump.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Sign bill to ease building charging stations Gov. Gavin Newsom must sign SB 1482 for the state to realistically prepare for discontinuing internal combustion vehicles. Commensurate to the sales of EVs, the state must provide for easily accessible charging. SB 1482 will accelerate making charging available in apartments and condos. This is also an equity issue as often low-income people live in apartments and condos. Making it more difficult for low-income people to adopt EVs is egregious policy. Gary Latshaw Cupertino Liccardo’s support for Prop. 30 reprehensible Does San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo have a cushy, lucrative executive, consultant, or lobbyist job lined up at Lyft for when he leaves the mayor’s office? That can be the only logical explanation for his support of Proposition 30, written by Lyft to benefit Lyft and cynically painted by Lyft with a dishonest veneer of green idealism. That he would support yet another corporate attempt to hoodwink voters and to buy California laws is just reprehensible. Chuck Martin San...
    According to Kerner, there is a lot of "shadow support" for DeSantis among those who cannot publicly support DeSantis over fears of political alienation.What was the reaction?Kerner's surprise endorsement apparently sent shockwaves through Democratic ranks in south Florida. "The reaction I’m hearing from rank-and-file Democrats is this is outrageous," said Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. "I am totally and completely shocked by Dave Kerner, and incredibly disappointed — it’s not a strong enough word — that Dave Kerner could support Gov. Ron DeSantis." Meanwhile, DeSantis welcomed Kerner's support. "Florida is a law-and-order state because we put the safety of Floridians first and we stand up for law enforcement and reject the Left’s anti-police movement," he said in a statement. "We are focused on protecting victims and not coddling criminals, and no one knows that better than Dave, who served Florida’s communities," the statement added. "Commissioner Kerner knows first-hand the threat of the Defund the Police movement and understands the important role that our local law enforcement officers play in keeping Florida safe."
    Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens got emotional while defending women in the organization who have faced “speculation” following reports of head coach Ime Udoka’s alleged affair with an unknown staffer. Udoka was slapped with a one year suspension after a monthslong investigation into his conduct, according to Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. The team has not publicly disclosed specifics about said conduct, but ESPN reported it involved a relationship with a female staffer. Those reports prompted social media users to speculate who the woman could be, speculation Stevens did not take lightly when he spoke at a press conference on Friday. “The only thing that I would like to say is we have a lot of talented women in our organization, and I thought yesterday was really hard on them,” Stevens said. “Nobody can control Twitter speculation, and rampant bullshit.” “But I do think that we as an organization have a responsibility that we’re there to support them now because a lot of people were dragged unfairly because of that,” he continued. Stevens was asked what the Celtics...
    The pope added, "How can an act that suppresses an innocent and helpless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or, simply, humane?" Pope John Paul II, recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 2014, condemned abortion and euthanasia as moral "crimes," which he suggested had been misconstrued as individual rights in a growing "culture of death." Building on his predecessor's thematics, Pope Francis has since criticized a "culture of indifference and waste" and urged families not to allow themselves "to be poisoned by the toxins of selfishness." "We are victims of the throwaway culture. ... Today [abortion] has become a 'normal' thing," he said in an address on September 27, 2021, "a habit that is very bad; it is truly murder." This summer, the pope told Reuters that he respects the Supreme Court's June 24 ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade. While admitting he did not understand the full legal significance of the court's ruling from a "technical point of view," he emphasized that abortion "is a problem." He suggested that the science is clear....
    Support is on the rise for the Jersey Shore parents left heartbroken after the death of their beloved 11-month-old daughter whom they say fought against all odds. Mia Victoria Espinoza died in her mother’s arms on the morning of Monday, Sept. 12, her obituary says. Born in Long Branch, Mia was described as “one in a billion” and an incredible inspiration, according to her memorial. “Life with Mia was a dream,” her obituary says. “Although her time with her family was short, she brought such a bright light into those who got the chance to meet her.” Mia leaves behind her wonderfully loving parents, Alexandria Espinoza and Brian Kelly, as well as several extended family members whose lives she has forever impacted for the greater. Meanwhile, nearly $7,000 had poured in on a GoFundMe launched for Mia’s funeral expenses as of Friday, Sept. 23. “Alex was told during pregnancy that the odds of Mia living past birth were extremely low,” reads the campaign, launched by Chris Titmas. “The family said their goodbyes to Mia the night before she was born...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-5th District, broke with other members of the “Squad” this week to vote for a bill that would provide new funding for police departments – with certain restrictions. Omar helped negotiate a compromise on the bill after U.S. House progressives and members of the Congressional Black Caucus withheld their support for the legislation because they said it lacked accountability. Those negotiations helped win enough Democratic support for a package of policing bills to be able to clear a procedural hurdle on Thursday, especially a bill in the package called the Invest to Protect Act, which would provide small police departments with new federal grants. Omar said that “through our constructive and productive deliberations with the bill’s author,” who is Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., she helped secure “critical improvements” to the bill. Those included targeting funding to small police departments, “as the spirit...
    KIM Kardashian is so confident her Skims will flatter every figure that some of them even have "fits everybody" in the name. But one plus-size TikToker wasn't terribly impressed with the brand's supposedly universal scoop neck bra. 2TikTok account Free Label reviewed Kim Kardashian's Skims scoop neck bra in size 2XCredit: TikTok TikTok account Free Label posted a review of the Skims Fits Everybody Scoop Next Bra, $32, in size 2X. While the range is available in XXS to 4X, this review questions the comfort for plus-sized women. Modeling the bra, the woman in the video insisted it's "not the best." "Not too bad with cup coverage. The straps are quite snug on the top portion and there's not really a lot of coverage in the side, as well as in the back," she said. Read More Fashion StoriesREALITY CHECK I’m a size 16 & tried Kim K’s Skims - they were TINY & had a big surpriseDesigner haul I spent $6,985 on Kim Kardashian’s Skims Fendi collab - the bra was ant-sized Dani was not impressed with the...
    The Duchess of Sussex was 'unresponsive' to Queen Consort Camilla's advice to her when she first joined The Firm, a royal book has claimed. A new biography of the Queen Consort, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall organised lunches with Meghan and did her best to welcome her into the family - but her advice fell flat with an 'unresponsive' Meghan. An extract of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: A Royal Survivor, which was published in the Telegraph, Levin claims Camilla was keen to help Meghan at the beginning of her relationship with Harry after herself struggling to be accepted by the Royal Family, and 'warmly' welcomed her when she first arrived in London. A biography of the Queen Consort Camilla, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall was keen to welcome Meghan into the family (Meghan and Queen Consort Camilla at the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday) Levin claimed Meghan was 'unresponsive' to Camilla's efforts to advise her on the increased scrutiny she would receive as a senior member of the Royal Family (pictured:...
    The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), announces the availability of $1 Million in High Demand Career Initiatives (HDCI) Program funds to support the development and expansion of registered apprenticeships in Georgia’s high-demand industries. The program is focused on supporting Registered Apprenticeship expansion in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Agribusiness, Automotive, Construction, E-Mobility, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Supply Chain, Film and Entertainment, Public Services, and Information Technology. “Apprenticeships are not just an investment in a company’s workforce, they’re an investment in the future of Georgia’s workforce,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “They offer a mechanism for employers to develop their own talent pipeline and offer attractive career pathways to new and existing employees.” Administered by TCSG, the HDCI Program provides up to $10,000 in funding awards to incentivize employers to upskill Georgians through registered apprenticeships and increase skilled talent within Georgia’s high-demand industries. The application for eligible employers to apply for the HDCI Program will open on October 3, 2022 and close on October 14, 2022. To learn more about...
    Forty-nine Republican senators voted against the DISCLOSE Act. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would have required political groups to disclose who pays for their political campaign spending. Many of those same GOP lawmakers have previously complained about the influence of "dark money" groups in the political system. The party-line vote in the Senate on advancing the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act was 49-49. Because of the Senate's filibuster rule, it required at least a 60-vote supermajority to pass. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that political groups could spend as much money as they wanted to support political candidates and ballot referendums as long as they did not coordinate directly with official campaigns. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion that this would not lead to corruption because voters could consider the source of the ads. "Disclosure permits citizens and shareholders to react to the speech of corporate entities in a proper way," he wrote. "This transparency enables the electorate to...
    Originally, before this provision was stripped out in an amendment, China would have been given an extra decade over the U.S. in continued use of HFCs. As Ben Leiberman, an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, notes, this treaty is essentially a handout to China: This includes an HFC phasedown schedule that gives these countries an extra ten years. Thus, factories located in China will have access to cheap and plentiful HFCs long after supplies get tight for facilities located here. To make matters even worse, the U.S. is the single largest contributor to a UN fund that will assist China and other developing nations with compliance. So, we will be giving China an unfair advantage and sending them tax dollars as well. The cruel irony is that HFCs were used in air conditioning to replace the original substances phased out under the original Montreal Protocol because they were deemed better for the ozone layer. But now they are claiming that HFCs are bad for global warming (which they artfully renamed “climate change”), so we...
    Testosterone levels are important for both men and women to consider, not just to buff up and stay strong but also to support our body’s natural growth hormone, a key hormone to keep our bodies youthful and energized. Testosterone also supports our libidos, our mood, and our levels of motivation and drive. Though women don’t want too much testosterone, a little is important to ward off excess estrogen that can lead to depression, weight gain, hormonal changes, or just an overall imbalance of sex hormones in the body. And men, of course, are always looking to improve their testosterone levels to help build muscle, stay strong, and support their male livelihood which the big T word is often associated with. Nutrients That Boost Testosterone Levels Key nutrients needed to boost testosterone in the body are amino acids (protein), zinc, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and an overall anti-inflammatory diet. These nutrients are found in both plant-based and animal-based foods, but there’s no reason to think that one needs to eat steak, eggs, chicken, fish, or drink milk to boost testosterone....
    At the Relational Center in Beverlywood, therapists aren’t just trying to get clients to move from a state of suffering to a place that’s tolerable. Their goal is to “go beyond that,” said Dan Fink, the organization’s managing director. “Is there a way to support that person to be an activist, so that they can change context around them? “We have a joke,” Fink continued, “that anybody who wants to be part of the revolution finds us.” The center was founded in 2007 by Mark Fairfield, a licensed clinical social worker and community organizer. He felt that too often, mental health settings isolated people and made clients feel as if there were something wrong with them. “A majority of the time, people are responding to stressors in the environment — violence, the pandemic, misogyny, racism,” Fink said. How To Save A Life Pandemic stress, traumatic events and economic uncertainty have upended our world. This series aims to make the cascade of threats to your mental health a little easier to manage. More Stories In one-on-one therapy and in groups at...
    The pandemic has affected our mental health in myriad ways. Let our list of resources empower you and those around you.Crisis Hotlines BlackLine: Provides a space for peer support, counseling and affirming the experiences of those affected by systematic oppression, through an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens. 24/7. (800) 604-5841, callblackline.com CalHope Redline: A phone, chat and video chat service providing trauma-informed support for urban Indian and tribal populations. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (888) 368-4090, ccuih.org/redline The California Peer-Run Warm Line: A nonemergency resource for anyone in California seeking mental and emotional support. 24/7. (855) 845-7415, mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline East Los Angeles Women’s Center: A bilingual crisis hotline for people of all genders who have experienced sexual violence. 24/7. (800) 585-6231. elawc.org/ How To Save A Life Pandemic stress, traumatic events and economic uncertainty have upended our world. This series aims to make the cascade of threats to your mental health a little easier to manage. More Stories Institute on Aging Friendship Line: For older adults and others living with disabilities. Both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for...
    GAMERS have been urged to watch out for suspicious support emails after BioShock and Borderlands maker 2K was hacked. Cyber criminals managed to get into the firm's support system and send players fake messages containing a malicious link. 22K is famous for games like BorderlandsCredit: 2K The breach is so bad that 2K has been forced to temporarily shut down its support division. "Please do not open any emails or click any links that you receive from the 2K Games support account," the company told users. "We deeply apologize for any inconvenience and disruption this matter may cause." The fraudster pulled it off after they managed to get hold of account credentials for one of 2K's vendors that helps provide customer support. Read more about hackingRED ALERT Your Netflix might be hacked – check for red flags that could see you bannedDANGER PHONE Gmail warning for BILLIONS over 'hacked logins' – check your Google now For the moment, it's not clear how many people have already been affected. Anyone who has already clicked a link from them have been told...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing partial mobilization has prompted heated reactions across Russia. Prominent lawmakers and pundits expressed their enthusiastic support on state television, but tangible concerns have been brewing behind the bluster. Even the most dedicated pro-Kremlin propagandists haven’t been able to hide their apprehension about the obvious shortcomings of the Russian economy and its military-industrial complex. In Wednesday’s broadcast of state television show 60 Minutes, even the studio seemed to be in disarray, with a large puddle of water clearly visible near one of the podiums. Senior military analyst Mikhail Khodaryonok poured yet more water on Putin’s declaration when he noted during the show that: “Mobilization is the face of the nation.” That face seems to be lacking some teeth, with glaring issues pertaining to the lack of military equipment and technologies bemoaned even by the most rabid propagandists. Khodaryonok pointed out: “An issue that is no less important than others is how well these people will be armed and equipped... They should receive modern uniforms, modern gear, rations, medical kits, items having to do with support...
    (CNN)Vladimir Putin can call up all the troops he wants, but Russia has no way of getting those new troops the training and weapons they need to fight in Ukraine any time soon.With his invasion of Ukraine faltering badly, the Russian President on Wednesday announced the immediate "partial mobilization" of Russian citizens. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Russian television that the country will call up 300,000 reservists. If they end up facing Ukrainian guns on the front lines, they are likely to become the newest casualties in the invasion Putin started more than seven months ago and that has seen the Russian military fail at almost every aspect of modern war."The Russian military is not currently equipped to rapidly and effectively deploy 300,000 reservists," said Alex Lord, Europe and Eurasia specialist at the Sibylline strategic analysis firm in London."Russia is already struggling to effectively equip its professional forces in Ukraine, following significant equipment losses during the war," Lord said.Read MoreThe recent Ukrainian offensive, which has seen Kyiv recapture thousands of square meters of territory, has taken a significant toll.The...
    by Scott McClallen   A bipartisan coalition is backing a bill known as the “Buy Michigan” plan. House Bill 4902 and Senate Bill 117 aim to favor Michigan-based businesses in procuring state contracts. Rep. Graham Filler, R-Clinton County, and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, with support from the Michigan Chamber, Small Business Association of Michigan, and the Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce, called on legislators to support the Buy Michigan plan. “Creating good paying jobs right here in Michigan has always been one of my top priorities,” Ananich said in a statement. “To do that, we must support Michigan’s businesses and help them grow. That’s what Buy Michigan is all about, giving Michigan businesses a fair shot that will benefit all of us.” The plan aims to require Michigan to give state-based companies a seven-day window to resubmit their original bid at a lower price if an out-of-state company undercuts their bid. More than $16 billion is dedicated annually to procuring goods and services through the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. This legislation aims to incentive more of Michigan’s tax...
    Support is surging for a pair of Pennsylvania parents as their six-year-old son bravely battles brain cancer. Jude “The Dude” Marzen was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on Friday, Sept. 9 at Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital, according to a GoFundMe based out of Bethlehem. Three days later, he had surgery. Though the doctors were able to remove the tumor known as medulloblastoma, the Star Wars loving-boy now faces about a year of chemotherapy and radiation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In the meantime, a GoFundMe has been launched to help alleviate some of the financial burden set on Jude's parents, Paul and Maria, who also have six other children at home. "With Jude’s treatment beginning at CHOP for the first 2-3 months, Paul and Maria will be looking for an apartment nearby CHOP in order to minimize the stress, driving, and toll of these treatments not only on Jude but also on themselves," reads the fundraiser, organized by AnnMarie Greenland. "Any unused funds will be donated to pediatric cancer research," she added. The GoFundMe had raised more than $20,000 as of Wednesday, Sept....
    (CNN)The day began with an escalation of force from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and ended with a call for his country's diplomatic isolation by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky on Wednesday addressed the United Nations, urging world leaders to unite against Russia's war in Ukraine and strip Moscow of its veto power on the UN Security Council, among other actions."A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand punishment," Zelensky said, wearing his now-customary fatigues in a prerecorded message that was met with a standing ovation from scattered delegates in the hall in New York.Russia's invasion of a fellow member state had upturned the world order, he said, echoing assessments made by several world leaders on the same stage earlier that day, including US President Joe Biden. "So long as the aggressor is party to decision making in the international organization, you must be insulated from them, at least until aggression stops," he added. Read More"Reject the right to vote. Deprive delegation rights. Remove the right of veto -- if it is a member of the UN Security...
    A Baltimore animal rescue will reopen on Thursday morning after being forced to close when an employee was accosted by attempted armed robbers, officials announced. Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, an employee of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) was the victim of an attempted armed robbery involving multiple suspects, according to the agency. As a result of the incident - which remains under investigation - BARCS was closed to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the organization's driveway gates and doors were locked. All intake of animals and public services were suspended on Wednesday, and anyone who had an appointment or adoption pickup scheduled was forced to reschedule due to the incident. Officials from BARCS said late on Wednesday that they would be reopening for business on Thursday, Sept. 22 for regular operating hours, though there will be increased security measures as a precaution. “We are grateful for all the kind words and support from our community,” they said. "So many have asked how they can support BARCS through this...
    \u201cMinutes ago, a bus of migrants sent from Texas arrived outside the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. We\u2019re told they\u2019re from Venezuela and Nicaragua. Men, women, children - even newborns. This is the second bus to arrive outside of the VP\u2019s residence this week. @NBCNews\u201d — Gary Grumbach (@Gary Grumbach) 1663413084 Concerning the initiative, DeSantis' communications director Taryn Fenske told Fox News Digital that "States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as 'sanctuary states' and support for the Biden Administration's open border policies." Abbott likewise has endeavored to confront liberal states and cities with the fallout of the policies for which they have advocated. "The Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for almost two years," he said on September 15. He said of his decision to send illegals to the sanctuary city of Chicago, "To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun...
    Tyler Perry has revealed why he offered up his home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they left the monarchy and moved to the US two years ago. Back in 2020, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were saying goodbye to their royal duties and relocating to California, the couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a few months living in Tyler's Beverly Hills mansion - before they went on to purchase their own sprawling, $14 million estate in Montecito, California. Now, the actor, comedian and producer, 53, has explained why he wanted to help the couple, admitting that it was a 'very difficult time for them.' Tyler Perry has revealed why he offered up his home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they left the monarchy and moved to the US two years ago Back in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were saying goodbye to their royal duties and relocating to California. They are seen in 2019 The couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a...
    RATHER than making small garments that change your shape, Aerie's come up with options that mold to you. Plus-size influencer and body enthusiast Bonnie Wyrick tried Aerie's new anti-shapewear collection and couldn't believe how much more supported she felt. 4Plus-size influencer Bonnie Wyrick tries Aerie's new Smoothez collectionCredit: TIKTOK/bonniewyrick 4The Smoothez collection is anti-shapewear that molds to youCredit: TIKTOK/bonniewyrick While brands like Skim are known for their shapewear, more big-name companies are moving from the concept. Aerie's new Smoothez collection promises to fit your body exactly as it is instead of tightening it to be a different shape. The Smoothez motto is: "Celebrate your body instead of flattening it." TikTok plus-size sensation Bonnie ordered a couple of the brand's new items and posted a video trying them all on. READ MORE ON AERIECOMFY COZY I’m midsize & did an Aerie haul - my fave pieces with prices from $35LARGE CHESTS UNITE I’m a 38H & found the most flattering top for big boobs from Aerie Bonnie is typically a 14/16. She starts by...
    Support is pouring in for a popular Hudson Valley life coach who was killed during a vehicle crash. Erin T. Clancy died on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Pleasant Valley, when police say another vehicle attempted to pass two cars and hit Erin's car head-on. Since his passing, family, friends, and strangers have donated to a GoFundMe account set up by family friend  Michelle Cummings to cover final expenses costs. "Erin was a devoted husband, a super devoted father, and extremely devoted to his community," Cummings said. Earlier report: 50-Year-Old From Stanford Killed In Crash Was Life Coach, Event Speaker He is survived by his wife Erin and three daughters.  "Erin’s love and dedication to his family were evident in every way possible," Cummings added. In addition to being a life coach and chaplain, Erin also worked as a school bus driver for the Arlington Central School District bus driver; where he called all his passengers, "My kids." All the money raised will go directly to Erin's wife, Erin M Clancy to help with any expenses associated with their tragic loss.  To...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is facing heat from her own Democratic colleagues on Wednesday one day after stating “that among progressives, it has become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” Tlaib made the remark, first reported by The Jerusalem Post, at an online seminar held by Americans for Justice in Palestine Action and co-sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine. Within hours of the article posting, her fellow Democrats began to respond by condemning her suggestion that progressivism and pro-Israel policies cannot co-exist. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted. “I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive,” tweeted Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, like Tlaib. “There are progressive activists,...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-NY) slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for saying one cannot support Israel and be progressive. During an online event on Tuesday, Tlaib said, “I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” “We will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive, except for ‘Philistine’, any longer,” she added. Wasserman Schultz did not mince words in responding to Tlaib. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” she tweeted. The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace. — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) September 21, 2022 Wasserman Schultz...
    The Senate voted on a bipartisan basis Wednesday to approve the Kigali Amendment, a global climate deal that calls for the phasedown of potent greenhouse gas refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. The Biden administration submitted the amendment to the Senate last year for ratification. Since it is a treaty vote, had to clear the chamber by a two-thirds majority to become law. The vote was 69 to 27. The Kigali Amendment has earned support from many Republicans. A group of Republicans lobbied former President Donald Trump to support the HFC agreement and asked him to send the deal to the Senate for ratification, but he never did. Congress in 2020 passed a bipartisan measure calling for an 85% reduction in domestic HFCs by 2035, which was finalized by the EPA last September. Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) co-sponsored that effort, along with Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE). “It’s long past time that we join the rest of the international community in addressing HFCs and taking the kind of bold, transformational...
    School officials have barred a public high school in Massachusetts from displaying gay pride and Black Lives Matter flags in classrooms. Stoughton High School staff were instructed during a faculty meeting on September 14 to not display the flags along with the police officer flag, known as the Thin Blue Line flag, a staff member told The Boston Globe.  'We need to avoid placing items in the classroom that can cause disruption or distraction,' Administrative Principle Juliette Miller said in an e-mail to staff.  'We are an inclusive environment and want to maintain that inclusivity.'  While the flags are prohibited, LGBTQ+ stickers will be distributed and placed on classroom doors.  The stickers will not have the words 'Diversity, Equity Inclusion' to avoid 'politically charged' lingo.  Miller didn't immediately comment on the matter. Stoughton High School staff are no longer allowed to display police flags, along with BLM and Pride flags in classrooms Administrative Principle Juliette Miller said the point in removing the flags is to keep an 'inclusive environment.' Pictured: a woman holding a BLM flag during the funeral service...
    Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid is reportedly planning to voice support for a two-state solution in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Lapid will underscore the need for Israel to have appropriate security guarantees under such an arrangement, marking the first time he has publicly backed the concept, Axios reported. BIDEN CONDEMNS PUTIN'S 'NEEDLESS' WAR AND REASSURES CHINA HE DOES NOT SEEK ONE Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to speak against the current arrangement in Israel during his U.N. speech slated for Friday. He warned that he would call on the Security Council to grant Palestine full U.N. membership but is expected to refrain from doing so due to pressure from the United States and its allies, per the report. A two-state solution generally entails the establishment of an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel. There have been multiple iterations of a two-state solution proposed over the past several decades, but so far, none of them have succeeded. Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid attends a...
    Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Wednesday contradicted his colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib's (D-MI) claim that progressives cannot support "Israel's apartheid government." "I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive," he wrote. SEE IT: TIM ALLEN REACTS TO BIDEN ON 60 MINUTES, QUESTIONS COGNITIVE ABILITY I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive. https://t.co/nb9ZkODUOk— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) September 21, 2022 The New York Democratic representative was responding to Tlaib's comments during an online seminar, in which she claimed progressives cannot support "Israel's apartheid government." "I want you all to know that among progressives, it has become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government,” Tlaib reportedly said. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Jerry Nadler (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP Photo/John Minchillo) “The need to oppose Israel’s government’s apartheid rule is obvious. The path to freedom for Palestine is long and...
    Shakira has said the allegations of tax fraud made against her are 'false' and and she is 'confident' that 'justice will prevail'. The singer, 45, was warned she could be jailed for up to eight years if she is found guilty of an alleged £12million tax fraud. Spanish prosecutors are also demanding a £19million fine for the star, who is charged with six counts of defrauding the state between 2012 and 2014. Interview: Shakira has said the allegations of tax fraud made against her are 'false' and and she is 'confident' that 'justice will prevail' Shakira - full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll - is accused of pretending to live abroad and using a complex offshore corporate structure to avoid tax.  She is accused of using the illegal arrangement from 2012 and 2014, when she was in a relationship with footballer Gerard Pique who lives and plays in Barcelona. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Shakira, 45, BREAKS SILENCE on 'incredibly difficult' shock... Relax like an A-lister! Inside the laid-back but luxurious... Bar Refaeli denied...
    ANTIOCH — A 12-year-old boy who was one of three middle schoolers from the same family injured last week when hit by a car will be taken off life support, according to a family member. The boy and two other 12-year-olds were injured Friday as they walked home from Antioch Middle School. The two other children are expected to recover. The level of shock for their family and friends has not dissipated even a little. “Our family, all of our friends, we’re all just still stunned and trying to cope,” Tim Comfort, the three youngsters’ uncle, said Tuesday. “How else do you react to three kids walking home from school — that’s as basic as it gets — and they get hit because a driver is not patient enough to wait.” A fundraiser to help the family pay for medical costs surged past $25,000 on Wednesday. Witnesses said a Mercury Mystique was going westbound on Sycamore Drive about 3:20 p.m. and waiting for traffic to clear before turning onto Manzanita Way. A Chevrolet Impala tried to pass the Mercury at...
    Anna Moneymaker / Andrew Harnik-Pool, Getty Images Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for saying one cannot support Israel and be progressive. During an online event on Tuesday, Tlaib said, “I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” “We will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive, except for ‘Philistine’, any longer,” she added. Nadler took issue with his fellow Democrat’s comments. “I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive,” he tweeted in a thread on Wednesday. Nadler continued, “I proudly embrace both of these political positions and identities, even as I have criticized some of the policies and actions of democratically-elected Israeli governments over time. “I would happily put my progressive record and credentials up against anyone’s. It is both wrong and self-defeating for progressive leaders to abide such an offensive litmus tests.” I fundamentally reject the notion...
    Just three weeks into my new job as editor of MinnPost, D.C. correspondent Ana Radelat called me with some news: U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips had told local radio host Chad Hartman that he hoped a Democrat other than President Joe Biden would step up and run for president in 2024. “No one else (in Congress) has gone that far,” Ana told me, noting MinnPost reporter Walker Orenstein had sent her a tweet about it. She was right. While a few members of Congress had dodged questions or raised doubts about a Biden re-election, Phillips said, “I think it’s time for a generational change.” Less than a week later, Walker ran after U.S. Rep. Angie Craig in the 90-degree heat at Farmfest to ask her whether she’d support a Biden-led ticket in 2024. She told him she was “in lockstep and alignment” with Phillips. ???? SUPPORT MINNPOST Article continues after advertisement Both stories were cited multiple times by national outlets and TV programs, and for Minnesota readers they helped illustrate an important divide among Minnesota Democrats in a tough midterm election...
    Part of a hydrogen-powered train photographed in Germany on Aug. 24, 2022. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed support for hydrogen during her State of the Union address on Sept. 14Carmen Jaspersen | AFP | Getty Images The European Commission on Wednesday approved up to 5.2 billion euros (roughly $5.2 billion) in public funding for hydrogen projects, a move it said could unlock a further 7 billion euros of investments from the private sector. The executive arm of the EU said the bloc's flagship project to support the research, deployment and construction of hydrogen infrastructure, referred to as IPCEI Hy2Use, had been prepared by 13 member states that will supply the public funding. According to the commission, IPCEI Hy2Use will see 29 businesses participate in 35 projects. The commission said IPCEI Hy2Use would support the construction of "large-scale electrolysers and transport infrastructure, for the production, storage and transport of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen." The initiative will focus on developing "innovative and more sustainable technologies for the integration of hydrogen into the industrial processes of multiple sectors" like glass,...
    The two Trump allies attended a fundraiser for Republican Mark Finchem, who is running for Arizona secretary of state and will control the state's elections if he wins in November. Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, the election-denying Republican running to be Arizona's secretary of state, held a fundraiser on Sunday with two of the most prominent figures involved in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and keep former President Donald Trump in office despite having been defeated by President Joe Biden. Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn, both former officials in the Trump White House, headlined the fundraiser in California for Finchem's campaign. Bannon was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing a subpoena to testify before the House subcommittee investigating the riot by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and is currently under indictment in New York on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and scheming to defraud in connection with a private fund supposedly intended to pay for completion of the wall Trump started building on the U.S.-Mexico border. Flynn, a...