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    There’s been a lot of controversy in MLB over inaccurately called pitches, and the New York Times set up a simulation for fans to test their eye. Umpires in the MLB aren’t always known for accurately calling pitches, even though that’s, well, their job. Some people call them out for genuine inaccuracy, while others try to argue just when their team is losing. Regardless of the situation, the New York Times is now allowing fans to test their accuracy from the comfort of their own homes. In a new game called You Be the Ump, a simulation of real pitches from games in the league are recreated virtually that allow the player to get an umpire’s point of view. After the pitch is thrown, the player has to call whether it was a ball or a strike, and the game then reveals whether or not the player was correct. This puts a whole new perspective on just how difficult an umpire’s job is. Not all calls will be completely accurate, especially with pitches that may be just inside or outside of the strike...
    Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle described their most recent phone call from detention in Russia as “disturbing.” Cherelle and Brittney have spoken twice by phone since the Russians detained Brittney for bringing vape cartridges through a Moscow airport. The first was in August and left Cherelle feeling positive. But the second had a chilling effect, she said during an interview on CBS News that aired on Thursday. "It was just so delightful just to hear her voice," Cherelle said of the first call, adding that it left her thinking Brittney "could survive this." Cherelle said that during their second call she could tell that Brittney, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a nine-year prison sentence in August, “was not okay,” adding, “if you think about just a person's suffering and when they have suffered to a max…she was at the max that day.” RUSSIAN COURT SET GRINER APPEAL FOR LATER THIS MONTH “There was nothing I could do,” she added. “It was like 30-second to 2-minute range of her just sitting on the phone just literally in tears, just crying....
    The chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are urging the Biden administration to get Americans wrongfully detained in Iran home, while the two sides are struggling in their negotiations to reenter the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) called on the president "to continue to vigorously pursue the release of U.S. hostages currently being held by Iran" on Monday. "Several Americans continue to be unjustly imprisoned or otherwise prevented from leaving Iran, including Siamak Namazi, Baquer Namazi, and Emad Shargi, as well as U.S.-UK citizen Morad Tahbaz." IRAN VOWS TO AVENGE DEATH OF REVOLUTIONARY GUARD COLONEL SHOT DEAD The Namazi duo, Shargi, and Tahbaz are among roughly 60 Americans who are wrongfully detained abroad, according to nonprofit groups such as the Foley Foundation, though a State Department official told the Washington Examiner last week that the number who have received the State Department's "wrongfully detained" designation is less than that, in part due to their specific qualifications for it to be given. The same day the lawmakers called on the administration to do more to get them home, State...
    President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is expected to make the case that his economic vision is still standing after a year of surging prices and record inflation and amid a backdrop of war in Europe. Democrats face resistance from voters, whom polls show are unhappy with the president’s handling of major pocketbook issues one year into office, despite strong economic growth and increased jobs. Biden’s pitch to Congress follows a challenging start to the year, which saw the president’s sweeping social spending plan and voting rights push collapse after failing to secure enough Democratic support. US TARGETS RUSSIA’S ‘WAR CHEST’ WITH NEW SANCTIONS On a call Monday, senior administration officials said Biden’s address would deliver a hopeful picture of where the economy is headed while detailing the administration’s plans for reducing expenses for families. “He’ll talk about the progress that we’ve made in the last year in the face of deep challenges, and he’ll talk about his optimism for the future,” one official said. “He'll remind the country that our best days lie ahead.” Biden is...
      Tennessee Titans’ officials want to renovate Nissan Stadium, but those renovations would likely cost $600 million, and now people are talking about simply constructing another stadium altogether — possibly with money from taxpayers. Nashville’s finances aren’t in the greatest shape. Beacon Center President Justin Owen addressed the matter on Friday. “Beacon has no objection to the Titans building a new stadium, but we have long opposed — and will continue to oppose — using taxpayer funds to build their stadium or any other team’s,” Owen said. Beacon is a Nashville-based free-market think tank. The Tennessee Star asked Titans’ spokeswoman Kate Guerra about the matter on Friday. The Star specifically asked whether team officials would take taxpayer money for any new stadium, and why Nashville — in debt — should possibly subsidize another facility? Guerra said no Titans’ officials have opted to build a new stadium — yet. She also said she could not answer The Star’s specific questions. Guerra then sent us a pre-written statement that said Nissan Stadium has more infrastructure needs than Titans officials originally thought. Construction crews,...
    SOUTH DADE (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade police are preparing to hold a news conference regarding police activity in South Dade. Police say they were called the area of SW 130 Avenue and 328 Street regarding a suspicious person. READ MORE: Mistrial Declared In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial After Juror Disagreed With Manslaughter VerdictThat person has been located according to police, but no other information has been released yet. READ MORE: Pregnant Woman Andreae Lloyd Beaten, Abducted From Miami-Dade JobPolice also haven’t said yet whether this activity is connected to missing 27-year-old Andreae Lloyd. Lloyd, who is pregnant with her third child, was attacked and abducted from her job as a caretaker at a south Miami-Dade group home early Tuesday morning. CBS4’s Peter D’Oench is on the scene with the woman’s family but police have not confirmed whether the activity is connected to the abduction. MORE NEWS: Third Miami-Dade Teen Charged With Making School Threat 
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken was pressed to comment on President Biden's last call with Afghan President Mohammad Ghani after reports alleged that the president pressured his Afghan counterpart to lie about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan over the summer. "I'm obviously not going to comment on leaked, purportedly leaked, transcripts of phone calls," Blinken said in response to Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who questioned Blinken on whether he agreed with Biden's handling of the phone call during the Monday hearing. "What the president said in that conversation with then-President Ghani is exactly what he was saying to in public." Blinken added that Biden said the "issue is not the capacity" of the "Afghan government and the Afghan security forces," but whether they had the "will, and whether they had a plan" to hold important parts of the country. BIDEN PRESSED AFGHAN PRESIDENT TO CHANGE 'PERCEPTION' THAT TALIBAN WAS WINNING, 'WHETHER TRUE OR NOT' The secretary of state also said the administration was "concerned" they were not demonstrating the will or a plan and also stressed that Ghani needed...
    LONDON (AP) — Facebook has criticized the U.K. competition watchdog’s provisional decision ordering that it sell off Giphy because it said the acquisition of the company stifles competition for animated images. The social network’s strongly worded response to the Competition and Markets Authority sets the stage for a battle over the future of Giphy. In the Wednesday letter, Facebook said the watchdog’s decision contained “fundamental errors.” The U.S. company questioned whether the authority’s call to sell Giphy after acquiring it last year would be effective or enforceable. “The CMA’s complete divestiture remedy is grossly unreasonable and disproportionate,” Facebook said. Giphy’s library of short looping videos, or GIFs, are a popular tool for internet users sending messages or posting on social media. The watchdog opened an investigation into the acquisition shortly after Facebook announced the deal reportedly worth $400 million. It found that the acquisition would hurt competition for GIFs among social media platforms and in the digital advertising competition market. Facebook said there are “serious questions” about whether the British regulator can enforce a global...
    President Joe Biden reportedly encouraged then Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to convince the world that his government was holding its own against the Taliban. According to Reuters, Biden spent part of his last phone call with Ghani stressing the importance of “perception” when it came to the Afghan Security Forces and the government’s ability to prevent the Taliban from taking control of the country. (RELATED: Afghanistan President Blames US Troop Withdrawal For Worsening Security Amid Taliban Gains) A transcript of the call, reportedly provided to Reuters on condition of anonymity, detailed a July 23 phone call during which Biden pressured Ghani to “change perception” by publicly adopting a new military strategy. In call before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’ that fight with Taliban was not going well @AramRoston @nanditab1 https://t.co/lLTO6aFVpV — Tim Ahmann (@ahmannt) August 31, 2021 “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it...
    President Biden stressed the need for changing the "perception" of the Taliban’s progress in Afghanistan, "whether it is true or not," during a phone call with former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani less than four weeks before Kabul collapsed, according to a new report. According to a transcript of the July 23 presidential call reviewed by Reuters, Biden didn’t anticipate the Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan, which ended when they stormed Kabul on Aug. 15 and Ghani fled the presidential palace. Instead, Biden focused much of the 14-minute call on the Afghan government’s "perception" problem, Reuters reported. BIDEN BREAKS PROMISE TO 'STAY' IN AFGHANISTAN UNTIL EVERY AMERICAN EVACUATED "I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban," Biden said. "And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture." At the time of the call, the Taliban controlled about half of Afghanistan's district centers. Biden urged Ghani to hold...
    (CNN)The select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection is weighing whether to pursue call logs from the Trump White House on the day of the riot, a move that could present a potentially thorny dilemma for President Joe Biden who would ultimately have to determine whether the records should be covered by executive privilege or qualify as essential evidence for the ongoing probe.The committee has been engaged in ongoing discussions with the Biden administration about its plans for the investigation as it has taken the lead role in examining all things related to January 6 and prepares to issue its first round of subpoenas, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.Phone records from former President Donald Trump's White House will likely not be among the first subpoena targets as a source familiar with the matter told CNN that the committee has not broached the topic during preliminary discussions with the Executive Branch. But the panel is actively considering the possibility of pursuing those records and other relevant documents that could raise additional executive privilege questions, the source added.Members of...
    Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio really wasn't interested in answering questions about the conversation he had with Donald Trump on Jan. 6. When Fox News' Bret Baier first asked Tuesday whether he had spoken to Trump that day, Jordan's mouth started firing off like a Gatling gun.  He had talked to Trump "umpteen times ... thousands... countless times ... numerous times," Jordan said before Baier interrupted him.  "No, I mean on Jan. 6, Congressman," Baier clarified. "Yes," Jordan finally said, adding that he couldn't even recall the many times he's spoken to Trump. The next day, Jordan more readily admitted that Jan. 6 call. But asked by Spectrum News reporter Taylor Popielarz whether he spoke with Trump before, during, or after the Capitol attack, Jordan was again overtaken by memory issues.  “I spoke with him that day, after? I think after," Jordan offered. "I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know … I don't know when those conversations happened.” Those are the type of memory issues that can sometimes...
    (CNN)Two Democratic members of Congress are asking the Justice Department's inspector general to open an investigation into whether the probe of Trump ally Tom Barrack, indicted earlier this week, "was inappropriately suppressed," after CNN reported Wednesday that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge him last year.Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York requested an "investigation into whether Mr. Barrack or any other friends of the former President were given special treatment by the Department of Justice during the last Administration, and whether his case was inappropriately suppressed."READ: Indictment of Tom Barrack in foreign lobbying case"We understand prosecutorial discretion," they wrote in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by CNN. "But that discretion can never be based on how wealthy or connected a defendant happens to be. No one should be above the law, not the former President and not his friends. A bedrock foundation of our democracy is that every person is treated equally under the law." Prosecutors had evidence last year to charge prominent Trump ally Tom Barrack CNN reported that federal prosecutors wanted to...
    (CNN)Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wants the state attorney general to investigate whether allies of former President Donald Trump violated state laws by conducting a pressure campaign against county officials in the wake of the November 2020 election. In a Wednesday letter to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, she wrote that contacts made by the Trump White House and the then-President's political supporters were a "potential crime" because of the election officials they tried to influence. Hobbs was referring to phone calls and texts received by then-chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Clint Hicks and Supervisor Bill Gates as the Trump team sought to conduct the so-called audit of the county ballots. Hobbs calls those contacts "clear efforts to induce supervisors to refuse to comply with their duties" and a "possible crime.""I got a phone call from the White House switchboard" in early January, Hicks explained to CNN's Michael Smerconish on "Cuomo Prime Time" Monday. What alarmed Hicks the most, he explained, was the Washington Post had just published a recorded phone call between Trump and Georgia...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged a reporter's question on Monday whether President Joe Biden believes a 15-week-old unborn baby is a living person.   'Does the president believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?' the reporter asked, a possible reference to arguments the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear in the fall on Mississippi's ban on abortions past the 15-week mark of pregnancy. Psaki replied: 'Are you asking me if the president supports a woman's right to choose? He does.' The exchange took place after an overwhelming vote by the US conference of Catholic bishops on Friday to draft a teaching document barring Biden and any other US politician, from receiving communion as a rebuke for their stances on abortion. White House press secretary declined to answer a reporters' question on Monday whether President Joe Biden believed 15-week-old unborn baby was a human being. Biden has been under pressure from US Catholics after a series of executive actions he has taken hailed by abortion-rights activists In a separate question, Psaki was asked for Biden's reaction...
    Bradley Cortright April 19, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is being asked whether President Joe Biden agrees with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who called for protesters to be “more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted of murdering George Floyd.CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked Psaki during a press conference on Monday, “Does the president agree with what she said about getting more confrontational?” “He has been very clear that he recognizes the issue of police violence against people of color, communities of color, is one of great anguish, and it’s exhausting and quite emotional at times,” Psaki responded. She continued, “His view is also that exercising First Amendment rights and protesting injustice is the most American thing that anyone can do. But as he also always says, protests must be peaceful. That’s what he continues to call for and what he continues to believe is the right way to approach responding.” Watch the video below: WATCH: Instead of just saying "No," Jen Psaki reads a pre-scripted answer about peaceful protests when...
    The White House Friday sidestepped a question on whether Israel and Saudi Arabia are "important allies" of the United States. After a back-and-forth with reporters during the daily White House briefing about President Biden's failure so far to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked: "Can you please just give a broad sense of what the administration is trying to achieve in the Middle East? For example, does the administration still consider the Saudis and the Israelis important allies?" She responded: "Well, you know, again, I think, we, there are ongoing processes and internal interagency processes, one that we, I think confirmed an interagency meeting just last week to discuss a range of issues in the Middle East where we've only been here three and a half weeks. "And I think I'm going to let those policy processes see themselves through before we give kind of a complete lay down of what our national security approaches will be to a range of issues." The White House has faced growing questions over why Biden...
    President Joe Biden threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar on Monday as his administration debates on whether to call a military takeover a 'coup.' Insiders familiar with the back-and-forth described the discussions as 'chaos' as officials fear that the White House calling the military takeover a coup could anger China and force the United States to withdraw foreign aid, Politico reported. Myanmar's army took power of the country early on Monday and declared a state of emergency after detaining de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi along with members of her party. Myanmar's army has taken control of the country and detained members of its pro-democracy party President Joe Biden has condemned the takeover but has so far refrained from calling it a coup The military, known as the Tatmadaw, has had escalating tensions with the country's civilian government over alleged election irregularities in November when Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party won in a landslide against the party backed by the military. Min Aung Hlaing, the country's commander-in-chief, has been appointed as acting president...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is having an internal debate over whether to call the military takeover in Myanmar a coup, according to a State Department official and an administration official.Officially declaring it a coup, which the administration has not yet done in any of their statements on the matter, would legally bind the US to cut off foreign assistance to the country. The State Department legal office is studying this determination and is likely to take the lead on this matter, the officials said. There is no legal requirement for the US to formally declare a military takeover to be a coup, but the administration will make that determination if they see it in the US national security interest to do so. Politico was first to report the debate is taking place.Myanmars military has detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. Heres what you need to knowPresident Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that the military seizing power and detaining Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend was a "direct assault on the country's transition to...
    Bradley Cortright January 4, 2021 0 Comments Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R) maintains that President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the state’s top elections officials to “find” votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory are improper. During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” Monday, Duncan described Trump’s recent call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) as “inappropriate” and a “misuse of energy towards trying to get” the state’s two Republican incumbent senators reelected. He was also asked if he believes Trump’s phone call with the Georgia secretary of state should be referred to Georgia’s attorney general for investigation. “I’m not an attorney, Alisyn, and so I’ll let the attorneys figure that out,” Duncan said. “I am 100% certified to tell you that it was inappropriate, and it certainly did not help the situation.” He continued, “It was based on misinformation. It was based on all types of theories that have been debunked and disproved over the course of the last 10 weeks.” Watch the video below: Trump’s audio call with Georgia secretary of state “was inappropriate,” Georgia Lt. Gov....
    Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Joe Biden named key members of his national security team last week, but the president-elect conspicuously avoided announcing his choice for Defense secretary. The presumptive favorite, Michèle Flournoy, remains a deeply polarizing figure for progressive advocacy groups, who fractured over how to approach her candidacy during a Zoom call on Wednesday. Organizers from several left-leaning organizations—Win Without War, Common Defense, and the Center for International Policy—convened the afternoon call with dozens of foreign policy activists and leaders. Participants ranged from the nonpartisan Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, to mainstream liberal groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, to more radical antiwar groups like Code Pink. Matt Duss, a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders who has close ties to the Biden transition team, was also on the call. The purpose of the event, details of which were first reported by Politico, was “to discuss coordination efforts around recommending progressives for foreign policy personnel...
    New York Yankees Profiles: What is a Yankee fan,? It’s according to who you ask By: William Parlee November 23, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees are the most known sports franchise in the world. You can travel to Seattle or Singapore and see Yankee caps and shirts. So there are fans from everywhere, although the bulk of the fans are in the New York/New Jersey area, there are also plentiful fans in Connecticut, Maryland and Florida. When the Yankees play in Camden Yards or at Tampa Bay, it’s sometimes hard to tell who the home team is. But, exactly what is a Yankee fan? Well, that’s as big a question as to how many Yankee fans are there in the world. Like in all sports, there is the fair-weather fan and the fan for life, regardless of the win or loss. Some are what I call half fans. They watch a few games during the season and watch if the Yankees are in the playoffs. They mostly don’t know a lot about Yankees...
    WALTHAM (CBS) — Police are looking for a suspect after a man was stabbed in his Waltham home Saturday night. The victim, identified by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as Kevin Fitzgerald, was rushed to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he later died from his injuries. “Shortly after 9:00 p.m., Waltham Police received a 911 call from a 61-year-old man reporting that he had been stabbed in his Alder Street residence,” said a statement from the D.A. Fitzgerald was found alone in the house. “Based on preliminary information investigators believe that the individual responsible for the attack may have been seen in the area shortly before the assault. At this time it is not known if this attack was random,” said the D.A. Anyone who was in the area and saw something concerning should call the Waltham Police Detective Division at 781-314-3550. Officers spent Sunday canvassing the neighborhood. “It’s pretty unsettling,” a neighbor said. “I just hope that the person who stabbed the other person, that the culprit is caught and that they maybe undergo a mental health evaluation to see...
    PUERTO ISABEL- The Department of Public Safety (DPS, for its acronym in English) confirmed to Noticias Telemundo 40 that the Queen Isabella bridge was closed on Monday night after authorities received a call regarding an alleged bomb threat. For their part, the city of Puerto Isabel and the city of South Padre Island reported that the threatening call reached the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. As a safety measure, the Texas Department of Transportation ordered DPS to close the bridge to vehicular traffic in both directions until the Coast Guard completes a review of the Queen Isabella Bridge to make sure there are no explosives in the structure. For now, drivers traveling to the bridge should avoid the area, as officials are redirecting traffic. It is unknown when they will open again. The threat was made on the eve of the nineteenth anniversary of the collapse of the Queen Isabella Bridge. However, authorities have not indicated whether there is a connection between this call and the anniversary. In the area there are DPS...
    NICOLAS Sarkozy has sparked a race row in France after questioning whether he should be allowed to call people "monkeys" during a debate about the N-word. The 65-year-old former president initially caused outrage during a televised discussion in which he said the word "n****r" should still be allowed in certain contexts. 1Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked a race row after suggested he should be allowed to call people 'monkeys'Credit: AFP or licensors The debate was prompted by a decision to change the title of the French edition of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel "Ten Little N****rs", which for decades has been published in Britain as "And Then There Were None". The French edition will now be titled "Ils Etaient Dix" or "They Were Ten". "This is the will of the elites who pinch their noses," said Sarkozy, adding that they are "like monkeys who listen to no-one". "I no longer know if we have the right to say monkey." he said. "What do we say now? The ten little soldiers? This progress society?" Sarkozy was...
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is at the centre of a bitter racism row after he questioned if it was ok to call people monkeys. The 65-year-old conservative had initially caused outrage on the 'Daily' TV discussion programme when he said the word N***** should be allowed. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy who is at the centre of a racism row He was particularly upset when appearing on the show today that France had just stopped publishing the Agatha Christie novel Ten Little N*****'s under its original title  - 81-years after the British author wrote it. French copies of Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little N*****s have a new title  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Two cows are found mutilated in northern France amid wave of... More than 200 migrants in 18 dinghies are intercepted in the... Share this article Share Title change for Agatha Christie novel  The French translation of an Agatha Christie novel will change its name to remove the N-word from its title, the author's great-grandson has...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For students in the School District of Philadelphia, a school year unlike any other is about to begin. Eyewitness News takes a look at what the district is doing to get parents and families ready. The first day of school is next Wednesday. Crystal Johnson is picking up her daughter Charday’s laptop so she can prepare for virtual instruction. “Mr. Gordon is always great. That’s why I didn’t even call, I just came here because I knew he would be here,” Johnson said. It’s an emotionally taxing time, and the School District of Philadelphia is working to identify any barriers that will prevent students from having a successful school year. “We do a lot of conversations whether it’s through email, whether’s it’s through Google Chat, or whether we do it through text messaging, do it through social media,” Paul Robeson High School Principal Richard Gordon said. “We just want to have as much open communication with our families as possible.” Philadelphia To Open Access Centers To Provide Students Supervised Connect Spaces On Sept. 8 There will be...
    Leftist protesters brought a guillotine with an effigy of President Donald Trump on it to the White House on Thursday, where the president delivered his speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention. Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott said that a piece of paper that was placed on the effigy stated, “Ticket – Fascist, Rapist, Criminal.” WATCH: Someone just put a fake Trump on the guillotine in front of the White House. There’s a piece of paper on him that says “Ticket – Fascist, Rapist, Criminal”@DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/zOmQ7DgIo0 — Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 28, 2020 During his speech, Trump directly addressed the violent mobs that have sought to intimidate people across the country, as well as the riots and looting that have struck Democratic-controlled cities. “This election will decide whether we save the American dream or whether we allow a socialist agenda to demolish our cherished destiny,” Trump said. “As has foolishly been done for many decades, your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to violent anarchists and agitators and...
    The LAPD  is investigating whether hundreds of its officers staged a mass sick-out over the July 4 weekend as retribution for hefty budget cuts.  More than 300 cops were unable to work, with many suspecting the unusually high number was due to a 'blue flu' - a  slang term for a deliberate strike held by law enforcement officers. The LAPD currently employs 10,000 officers and 3,000 administrative staff.  The investigation comes less than a week after the Los Angeles City Council voted to cut the LAPD's budget by $150 million. The move - which will affect overtime pay and reduce the number of employees to the lowest level in 12 years - has sparked widespread outrage among rank-and-file members of the department.  According to The Los Angeles Times, an unsigned letter penned by irate cops was circulating prior to the July 4 weekend, which appeared to encourage officers to participate in a sick-out.  'They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is next? Our pay? Our benefits? Our pensions? You're God Damn right all those things are in jeopardy now,'...
    Q: On Easter Sunday, we received a call from an agent who asked if we were planning to move. We understood we could not sell until the COVID-19 scare is over. On Monday, agent No. 2 called us claiming to be from the same office as agent No. 1. However, our caller ID lists the agents at competing firms. Our adult son, who bought the caller-ID device and put our phone number on the Do Not Call Registry, was upset we accepted their calls. We know of agent No. 2 due to her many sales in the area, but her deception is troubling. Is it possible to sell our condo while keeping peace in the family during the stay-at-home order? A: Not surprisingly, many skilled telephone solicitors (cold callers) obtain a real estate license to sell home-seller leads to local licensees. I’ve received calls from these cold-calling licensees who ply their telephone soliciting trade from the Central Coast to the East Coast. In your case, agent No. 2 probably agreed to pay agent No. 1 a referral fee upon...
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