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    Getty NFL analyst Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report doesn't have very high expectations for new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan. There is a pattern developing in the NFL. Each of the last two Super Bowls have been won by teams with veteran quarterbacks playing their first season with the organization. First, Tom Brady did it with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and then Matthew Stafford repeated the feat with the Los Angeles Rams in February. This upcoming season, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, depending upon the length of his suspension, are the veteran quarterbacks aiming to win a championship in their first season with a new team. Despite Brady and Stafford’s success, NFL analyst Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report argued the odds are stacked against any quarterback becoming the third straight signal caller to lead their brand new team to the Super Bowl. “Recency bias will tell everyone that it can be done again,” Sobleski wrote. “Don’t count on it, though. “An individual look at each situation with a new high-profile starter shows how they’re...
    For the Dallas Cowboys, this is a season of reckoning. Without significant progress, expect sweeping changes, starting with the head coach. Jerry Jones has shown incredible patience with head coaches. Don’t expect it to continue. After allowing Jason Garrett and Wade Phillips to spend 14 combined years on the Dallas Cowboys sideline, the 79-year-old owner needs results. To that end, he might soon turn to a friend and familiar face if Mike McCarthy fails to make a deep playoff run. Enter Sean Payton. Payton, 58, spent 2003-05 as Dallas’ assistant head coach under Bill Parcells before taking the top job with the New Orleans Saints. With New Orleans, Payton took a long-time laughingstock and won 152 games across 15 seasons, including seven division titles and a Super Bowl. Now, after leaving the Saints for the FOX broadcast booth, Payton is waiting for his next opportunity. After reportedly almost landing in Miami this offseason for $100 million, Payton is a prime candidate in Dallas come 2023. For years, Jones and Payton have been connected in league circles as destiny for each...
    (CNN)The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will update its manatee critical habitat protections for the first time since 1976, due to a settlement reached on Wednesday between several nonprofits and the service.The Center for Biological Diversity, along with the Save the Manatee Club and Defenders of Wildlife, has been petitioning the agency to update its manatee protections for over a decade, Ragan Whitlock, an attorney at the center, told CNN. Revising the critical habitat is a crucial step in implementing much-needed environmental protections for the species, Whitlock said."FWS, more than a decade ago, told us these revisions were warranted," said Whitlock. But the agency did not update the critical habitat protections due to budget restrictions and the prioritization of other projects, according to the attorney."Essentially the manatee was put on the backburner for more than a decade," he said. "We're happy that FWS is once again making them a priority, because manatees could not wait any longer."Florida manatees are listed as "threatened" under the federal Endangered Species Act, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The large,...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. For East Bay voters, this is no ordinary primary election. The list of critical local races is exceptionally long. Residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties should carefully review the unusual abundance of important contests on the June 7 ballot. Over the past two months, we have rolled out our recommendations. Here are highlights: California Legislature State Senate District 10: Term limits will force Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, into retirement after 12 years in the Legislature. In the six-candidate field, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei brings the broadest elective-office experience. Assembly District 20: Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, who could have served one more term, opted not to run. Shawn Kumagai’s experience on the Dublin City Council, day job as district director for a member of the Assembly and 20 years in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve have shaped his thoughtful and pragmatic politics — and made him the best pick for the job. Assembly District 24: Voters in Alameda and Santa Clara counties can do better than incumbent Alex...
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) -- A 29-year-old man was critically wounded Sunday when he was shot by officers in front of the San Diego Harbor Police headquarters.The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. at 3380 N. Harbor Drive, according to San Diego police Lt. Adam Sharki.The man used the callbox in front of the building to request police assistance and an officer went outside, Sharki said. He was reportedly sitting in a gray Honda Civic in the parking lot."As the officer approached the vehicle, the male produced a handgun and pointed it at the officer,'' Sharki said. The officer took cover behind a pillar and radioed for help."The male continued to point the gun at the officer and other responding officers. The officer fired his service weapon multiple times at the male,'' the lieutenant said. "A sergeant and a lieutenant who responded to assist also fired their service weapons. At that point, the male dropped the firearm and was taken into custody without further incident.''Harbor police officers rendered medical aid to the suspect until paramedics arrived to take him to a hospital,...
    Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford smacked down efforts to hinder the teaching of some Black history in the form of bans on critical race theory. On Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Dean Obeidallah Show, the host talked to Nevada’s top cop about laws that have made it more difficult to teach certain concepts about Black history. Mr. Ford had a clear and simple answer: Dean: Is it more important now to teach Black History Month than it was in years past when there really wasn’t an issue? I mean, I was reading about in Tennessee some people objecting the Black History Month calling it critical race theory. Nevada AG Ford: Yeah listen on the first day of Black History Month, I tweeted simply: “Black history is American history.” Period. Point blank. That’s the answer. You know, it’s interesting because I live in Nevada as I’ve indicated 18 years now, did you know this, Dean, that’s 75 years before Brown versus Board of Education–about seventy years before– that Nevada had its own Brown v. Board of education case called Stoudamire versus Carson City schools? Mr....
    (CNN)The last seven years have been the seven warmest on record for the planet, new data shows, as Earth's temperature continues its precarious climb due to heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. A new analysis by the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service, which tracks global temperature and other climate indicators, found 2021 was the fifth-warmest year on record.From floods and wildfires to inaction and urgency: These are the top climate and weather stories of 2021Though the long-term trend is up, yearly fluctuations in global temperature are expected, mainly because of large-scale weather and ocean patterns like El Niño and La Niña, the latter of which was present in 2021 and tends to lead to cooler global temperature."The really important thing is to not get hung up on the ranking of one particular year but rather kind of see the bigger picture of ever-warming temperatures, and that ever-warming doesn't mean every year will be warmer than the next," said Freja Vamborg, senior scientist at Copernicus. "But that was what we've seen so far with every decade warmer than the next — and...
    (CNN)As the rapidly heating planet alters the landscape of the Arctic region up north, scientists have discovered disturbing and alarming signs at the southern end of the planet, particularly in one of the ice shelves safeguarding the Antarctic's so-called "Doomsday glacier."Satellite images taken as recently as last month, which researchers presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union Monday, suggest the critical ice shelf keeping together the Thwaites glacier in western Antarctica — an important defense against global sea level rise — could shatter within the next three to five years. Antarctica's Thwaites glacier is known as the "Doomsday glacier," due to the serious risk it poses during its melting process. It has dumped billions of tons of ice into the sea, and its demise could lead to irreversible changes throughout the planet. The glacier, which equals the size of Florida or Great Britain, already accounts for about 4% of annual global sea level rise, loses roughly 50 billion tons of ice each year, and is becoming highly vulnerable to the climate crisis. The fall of the ice...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Too young. Too weak. Too inexperienced. Since taking power following his father’s sudden death 10 years ago, Kim Jong Un has erased the widespread doubts that greeted his early attempts to extend his family’s brutal dynastic grip over North Korea. Early predictions about a regency, a collective leadership or a military coup were crushed by an estimated hundreds of executions and purges targeting family members and the old guard. That ruthless consolidation of power, together with a larger-than-life personality seemingly made for carefully packaged TV propaganda, has allowed Kim to make clear that his authority is absolute. But as North Korea’s first millennial dictator marks a decade in rule this Friday, he may be facing his toughest moment yet, as crushing sanctions, the pandemic and growing economic trouble converge. If Kim can’t uphold his public pledge to develop both nukes and his moribund economy, something many experts see as impossible, it could spell trouble for his long-term rule. The modest economic growth he achieved for several years through trade and market-oriented reforms was...
    CAIRO (AP) — A court Monday found a leading Egyptian human rights activist guilty of insulting a judicial election commission in a tweet he posted last year following a national vote. The misdemeanor court in the capital of Cairo fined Hossam Bahgat, director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal rights, 10,000 Egyptian pounds (around $640), his group said. In July, Bahgat was ordered to stand trial on charges he insulted Egypt’s election authority, spread false news alleging electoral fraud, and used social media to commit crimes. His indictment was based on a 2020 tweet in which he blamed the election authority’s chairman for allegedly mishandling the parliamentary vote held that year. The U.S. State Department condemned Bahgat’s trial and detention at the time. The Egyptian government has in recent years waged a wide-scale crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of people, mainly Islamists, but also secular activists involved in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Since 2016, Bahgat has been banned from traveling abroad and has had his personal assets frozen in...
    Newly elected Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears went toe-to-toe with a CNN host who said that Critical Race Theory was not taught in schools, saying that it has been woven into the curriculum for years. On Sunday morning, Dana Bash quizzed Sears - the first woman  the first woman to become Lt. Governor and first woman of color elected to a statewide office in Virginia - on CNN's State of the Union. At one point during the interview, Bash said that CRT was not being taught in schools, at which point Sears interrupted her, saying: 'No, no, no it is part of the curriculum.'  She continued: 'It's weaved in and out of the curriculum. In 2015, former governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state board of education had information on how to teach it, so it's weaved in. So you know, it's semantics, but it's weaved in.'  Critical Race Theory was a decisive issue in the recent Governor's race between Glenn Youngkin and Democrate Terry McAuliffe, with outraged parents fed up with the state's woke school boards who don't want their...
    Fallout over an effort to rescind the Ohio State Board of Education’s anti-racism resolution intensified on Friday morning, with a second board member handing in his resignation. Eric Poklar, an appointed member of the board, announced his departure Friday after voting “no” on a resolution to repeal and replace Resolution 20, which condemned racism and address disparities in Ohio schools in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year. “Quite simply, my time on the board has ended and I am ready to hand off my responsibilities to whomever comes next,” Poklar wrote in a letter obtained by Cleveland.com, to Gov. Mike DeWine that didn’t mention the vote. He said that his resignation from the board was “effective immediately.” Poklar, who served on the board for nearly five years and was reappointed by DeWine in 2020, is the second person to resign after Board President Laura Kohler, a Republican who had also served five years on the board. She said Thursday that she would step down after it became clear that the state’s GOP-controlled Senate would not confirm her reappointment.
    Young Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarías Zapata is in critical condition in intensive care at a hospital in Montreal, Canada after losing Saturday by TKO to local boxer Marie Pier Houle. In the fourth round Zacarias received a lot of punishment in the corner and the referee stopped the fight. Seconds later, the Aguascalientes native began to convulse in the ring and fainted while being attended to by her corner. Unable to recover after the bell rang, Jeanette suffered a seizure. Her trainer, on-site paramedics, and a doctor assigned to the boxing event rushed to help her. The Mexican with a 2-4 record traveled to Canada with two losses in a row in a span of almost 3 years after having debuted in January 2018. Her last fight was last May in Reynosa and before she had fought four times in 2018 . It was her first fight outside of Mexico and both have few fights which did not seem like a risk since the Canadian had 4 fights in two years since her debut in 2019. There was no...
    A 15-year-old boy is fighting for his life after he was shot multiple times by two attackers in Manhattan, on Saturday night. The gunmen opened fire on the teenager on the sidewalk at 605 West 204th St. in Inwood at just before 9 p.m., police said. Police are still looking for both shooters who they believe are between 15- and 20-years-old. Peter Gerber The shooting took place around 9 p.m. in Inwood on Aug. 8, 2021. Peter Gerber The victim was hit in the chest, left leg and left arm before the shooters ran off in an unknown direction, according to cops. Police described the shooters as Hispanic teenagers or men, between 15 and 20 years old and wearing all black.  The victim, who was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, remains in critical condition. Police say the investigation is ongoing. Filed under crime ,  inwood ,  manhattan ,  shootings ,  violence ,  8/8/21
    I have forgotten more about race than most people have ever known. Apologies if that sounds like braggadocio, but there’s a point that needs making. I’ve spent the better part of 40 years researching and writing about the history and dynamics of race in America — and 63 years living them. I know this terrain well. Yet until maybe six months ago, I had never heard of “critical race theory.” It has since become inescapable, of course — panicked Republicans marching in the streets under signs demanding, “Stop Critical Race Theory Now!” while states like Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Tennessee rush to pass laws protecting children from its depredations. Nikki Haley believes critical race theory “is going to hold back generations of young people.” Author Mark Levin says it’s about “destroying the existing society.” Tucker Carlson calls it a “poison” that will end civilization as we know it. One almost expects critical race theory to come lumbering over the horizon like Godzilla, swatting away fighter jets like gnats as grim-faced generals ponder the advisability of using nukes. And yet —...
    Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart revealed the links between then-President Barack Obama and Critical Race Theory guru Derrick Bell nine years ago, but the media tried to bury the story, writes Gabe Kaminsky of The Federalist. Critical Race Theory is the idea that America’s institutions have been “systemically” racist since the Founding in a way that continues to shape society today, despite the progress made since the Civil War and the civil rights movement. In a story published Thursday at the online conservative outlet, Kaminsky notes the similarity between the way the establishment media attempted to discredit reporting on Critical Race Theory in 2012, and the way it continues to do so: After Andrew Breitbart indicated at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he had footage to substantiate that President Barack Obama maintained a relationship with a prominent critical race theorist, it led to a news storm. … Joel Pollak, the editor-in-chief at the time and now the current Breitbart editor-at-large, was implicitly called racist on CNN by host Soledad O’Brien, a “smear artist” in The New Yorker, and told...
    This is a rush transcript from "The Five," July 7, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR (on camera): All right. Eliza (Ph), thank you very much. And as we are going to surmise here it was the lack of and the apparent inability to find pockets at all in that rubble that had prompted this decision to say now it is a recovery operation, 46 known dead, 94 --DANA PERINO, FOX NEWS HOST (on camera): Hello, everyone. I'm Dana Perino, along with Katie Pavlich, Geraldo Rivera, Jesse Watters, and Greg Gutfeld. It's five o'clock in New York City, and this is THE FIVE.All right. it's another big day of celebration, surprises and a lot of fun coming your way if you haven't heard, THE FIVE turns ten this week. The show is amazing for so many reasons. We had many laughs, amid a lot of memories and we're going to make a new one during a special feeding frenzy later in the show that I have been...
    President Joe Biden proposed four more years of free government education as the teachers union pushes Critical Race Theory (CRT). “The fact of the matter is, we believe we should have a minimum of 14 years of education,” Biden said in Illinois at the McHenry County College in Crystal Lake to promote his trojan horse infrastructure proposal. “I want to guarantee an additional four years of public education for every person in America, starting with providing two years of universal, high quality preschool for three and four-year-olds,” Biden stated. “And then I want to add two years of free community college for everyone,” Biden said. “We can afford it,” he claimed. The fact is 12 years of education is no longer enough to compete in the 21st Century. That’s why my Build Back Better Agenda will guarantee four additional years of public education for every person in America – two years of pre-school and two years of free community college. — President Biden (@POTUS) July 7, 2021 Biden’s proposal to increase the length of time children and young adults spend in government...
    Emiliano Sala's 29-year-old sister is reportedly in a critical condition after attempting to take her own life more than two years after the footballer's disappearance and death, according to Argentine media. Romina Sala, who has been the spokeswoman for the family since January 2019, is being treated in the Jose Maria Cullen Hospital in Santa Fe, Argentina, unnamed hospital sources told website TN Deportivo.  She has continued to post about her brother on social media following his tragic death. Sharing an image on his birthday, October 31, two years ago, she wrote: 'There are no words that can describe the pain. Emiliano Sala's 29-year-old sister is reportedly in a critical condition after attempting to take her own life more than two years after the footballer's disappearance and death, according to Argentine media Romina Sala, who has been the spokeswoman for the family since January 2019, is being treated in the Jose Maria Cullen Hospital in Santa Fe, Argentina, unnamed hospital sources told website TN Deportivo RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Family of Emiliano Sala say...
    THE SISTER of Emiliano Sala is in a serious condition in hospital after attempting to take her own life, according to reports in Argentina. TN Deportivo has claimed that Romina Sala was taken into emergency care on Tuesday in the Argentine city of Santa Fe. 3Romina Sala (right) alongside Emiliano's mother, Mercedes, in January 2019Credit: PA:Press Association The 29-year-old lost her brother to a plane crash in January 2019, shortly after he had signed for Championship club Cardiff. Emiliano was travelling to the Welsh capital from old club Nantes when the aircraft he was in crashed off the coast of Guernsey. His body was eventually discovered but the pilot, David Ibbotson, has not been found. A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch previously concluded that the aircraft carrying Sala and Mr Ibbotson suffered an in-flight break-up while being flown too fast for its design limits. It also found that the pilot lost control while attempting to avoid bad weather. It added that Mr Ibbotson was probably affected by carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators found that a contributory factor in the...
    SACRAMENTO ( CBS13) – Blood shortages across the nation, including in Northern California, are impacting hospital blood supplies. “It’s devastating that we are at this point,” explained UC Davis Health Patient, Helena Jones. READ MORE: Friends, Colleagues Remember Waitress Allegedly Shot And Killed At Work In Roseville By Ex-Fiance A lack of energy and weakness are just some of the symptoms Helena Jones feels a week away from her next blood transfusion. “I am drained. My body typically tells me every three and a half weeks to three weeks, okay we need blood, and its like clockwork,” she explained. For 20 years, every month Helena has been dependent on blood donations. She was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia, a red blood cell disorder. In her adult years, she was diagnosed with another blood disease. Her body is so dependent on chronic transfusions, that the one time she didn’t receive enough blood she had a stroke in her mid 20’s. “To have to think about that every day and then for your body to have to rely on that. It’s like...
    People recreate at sunset amid warm weather at Shoreline Aquatic Park with a view of a cruise ship and the Queen Mary in the background in Long Beach Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The Queen Mary is in danger of flooding or even capsizing if critical repairs to the ship are not made. An engineering report commissioned by Long Beach, CA said repairs have not been made in the last five years. The vessel needs $23 million in repairs to stay afloat over the next two years, according to the report. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Queen Mary is in danger of flooding or even capsizing if critical repairs to the ship are not made, according to a new report from a naval architecture and marine engineering firm that inspected the ship earlier this year. According to a report in the Long Beach Post, the city of Long Beach, California, commissioned Elliott Bay Design Group to examine the ship. After an inspection in April, the firm...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Nilda Valmores and Yen Marshall prepared for a big day at My Sister’s Cafe, the only cafe in the state that is operated by a domestic violence shelter and is set to celebrate seven years of helping women escape abusive relationships. Yen has seen the impact up close while helping a friend escape a violent situation. She knows how critical the work at this cafe is. READ MORE: Sacramento Farmers Market Moves From Downtown To Arden Fair “It was very scary. Especially when you know within the culture you don’t talk about being abused like that,” Yen said. “And then not knowing where your future will lie.” The money made at My Sister’s Cafe supports the My Sister’s House Women to Work Program, which helps survivors of domestic violence find employment and, ultimately, freedom from a life of abuse. “Many of our survivors have said they didn’t know how depressed they were but then when they got jobs how happy they were,” said Nilda, executive director. READ MORE: San Juan Unified To Welcome Back All Students For...
    Not everything has been awards, applause and spotlights in the prolific career of Kate Winslet.The actress has also had to face criticism of her physique from tabloid magazines, especially during his beginnings, as he has now recalled in an interview for The Guardian. In the conversation with the English medium, he recalled the criticism for his weight that he had to deal with when he began to take his first steps in the industry. “In my twenties, people talked a lot about my weight,” has recalled: “And they called me to comment on my physique. So they labeled me brave and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.” Winselt has assured in the interview that there were moments when he did not defend himself as much as he should have done because women, especially at that time, were afraid to express what they thought. For her, as for many others, the change in that attitude came with the #MeToo movement because it made women “feel a sense of connection to each other.” The actress has said...
    Conservatives are denouncing how the Biden administration has been greeted with gushing media reports on the president’s dogs, how he spends his free time, and even his wardrobe selection since Inauguration Day — a vast departure from the headlines former President Donald Trump received during his tenure. “Try convincing me there is no such thing as liberal media bias,” GOP South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan tweeted Tuesday in response to a Newsweek story reporting on the president playing Mario Kart with his granddaughter. Try convincing me there is no such thing as liberal media bias. https://t.co/wd5jqYiKYT— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) February 16, 2021 “Joe Biden, Playing as Luigi, Wins in Mario Kart Race Against Granddaughter at Camp David,” Newsweek’s headline, published Monday, reads. But Newsweek isn’t alone in publishing favorable content about Biden, with outlets ranging from Fortune to the Associated Press running pieces focusing on the president’s clothing choices and how pets are back in the White House. “Biden’s attire progressed through three distinct and deliberate phases as candidate, President-elect, and President,” a headline from...
    A COVID denier who is being hunted by police for storming a critical care ward boasted of a huge New Year’s Eve party as he shared photos of the bash online. Toby Hayden Leigh, 45, is wanted by cops after demanding a sick coronavirus patient leave hospital despite medics warning “he will die”. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 10 Toby Hayden Leigh is wanted by police after he stormed a critical care ward demanding a sick coronavirus patient to be released Facebook 10 The Covid denier was pictured celebrating a New Years Party with guests at his home Pictures show the man, from Maidstone, Kent, celebrating the new year with several guests at the large gathering held at his home. He took selfies with partygoers as they ate slices of pizza, drank beer and opened bottles of fizz. Guests gathered in small groups as they mingled in the living room and kitchen but face masks were not worn indoors. It’s not known if the man lives with...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) was named the Chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Affairs (SFOPS), on Monday. Chairwoman Lee is the first African American to serve as chair to the powerful committee, which has jurisdiction over the country’s nondefense international affairs. She says she will focus on reinvesting in the State Department. “Among my top priorities on this committee will be investing in diplomacy, foreign assistance, and development programs, which must be at the forefront of our approach, leaving behind the military first approach of the last 4 years,” said Lee in a statement. “ It’s also critical that we reinvest in the State Department and work to ensure our diplomatic corps and all aspects of our international affairs reflect the diversity of the country.” The East Bay congresswoman says she will continue to fight for racial equity. She warns of the growing threat of existential climate change and COVID-19. “This is a critical time for global investment and cooperation as we fight back a global pandemic, and we have much work...
    HANOI – A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda. Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan were convicted of “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the state” at a one-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Public Security said. Dung established the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam in 2014, which police said had sought regime change. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism. The party, under the leadership of 76-year-old Nguyen Phu Trong, has intensified a crackdown on dissent ahead of its five-yearly congress due to be held later this month. Dung was jailed for 15 years and Thuy and Tuan 11 years each. Reuters could not immediately reach their lawyers for comment. They wrote stories to “distort and defame the people’s administration, infringe the interests of the...
    HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda. Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan were convicted of "making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the state" at a one-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City, the Ministry of Public Security said. Dung established the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam in 2014, which police said had sought regime change. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and tolerates little criticism. The party, under the leadership of 76-year-old Nguyen Phu Trong, has intensified a crackdown on dissent ahead of its five-yearly congress due to be held later this month. Dung was jailed for 15 years and Thuy and Tuan 11 years each. Reuters could not immediately reach their lawyers for comment. They wrote stories to "distort and defame the people's administration, infringe the interests of...
    Getty FedEx. Happy New Year! Many retailers and restaurants operate on reduced hours or close on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but can shoppers expect to receive any packages in the mail? Do FedEx, UPS and Amazon deliver on December 31 and January 1? Read on for details.FedEx on New Year’s Eve Getty FedEx. FedEx operates primarily as normal on New Year’s Eve, according to the online holiday schedule. FedEx Ground, Home Delivery, SmartPost, Custom Critical and Trade Networks are all on regular schedules. FedEx Freight and Express are both listed as having a modified service schedule. FedEx Offices are also expected to close earlier than normal. If you were planning to stop inside a brick-and-mortar location, double-check the hours of the store closest to you before heading out. Find locations by clicking here.FedEx on New Year’s Day Getty A FedEx employee sorts through items being shipped through the Fedex World Service Center on December 10, 2012 in Doral, Florida. Nearly all of FedEx’s services are closed on January 1, 2021. The only exception...
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta's fire chief has resigned after a long struggle with the local firefighters union, an outside review that criticized his leadership and allegations that he discriminated against an employee because the employee is gay. The Augusta Commission voted 7-3 on Tuesday to accept a separation agreement with Fire Chief Chris James. His resignation was effective immediately, but James will keep getting paid through Aug. 31. That means the consolidated city-county will owe him more than $100,000 of his $150,000 yearly salary. In exchange, James agreed not to sue, according to The Augusta Chronicle. Commissioner Bill Fennoy, who opposed the settlement and supported James, said the chief was treated unfairly. But he said other commissioners were poised to fire James, who had been chief since 2012. “I think there were votes to have him terminated if he didn’t resign,” Fennoy told WJBF-TV. An October consulting report, meant to address years of complaints, found the department of more than 300 lacked a chain of command and most it interviewed said morale had “never been lower,” under James’ leadership...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been a violent weekend so far in Philadelphia. There were at least 10 shootings over the past 24 hours, with at least 15 people hurt, including teenagers. The good news is that none of the victims were killed. These shootings happened between 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. At about 11 p.m. Saturday night two teenagers were shot on the 5900 block of Ogontz Avenue. (credit: CBS3) An 18-year-old is listed in critical condition, while a 16-year-old is critical but stable. Both are recovering at Einstein Medical Center. Police found at least 20 shell casings at the scene. Earlier in the day Saturday, around 12:30 p.m. there was a triple shooting on the 6000 block of Walton Avenue in Cobbs Creek. Two of the victims are 16 years old and the third is 18 years old. One of the 16-year-olds was shot multiple times in the torso and is listed in critical condition at Presbyterian Medical Center. Of the 14 victims who were shot between Saturday and Sunday morning, seven of them were teenagers. The...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been a violent weekend so far in Philadelphia. There were at least nine shootings over the past 24 hours, with at least 15 people hurt, half of them teenagers. The good news is that none of the victims were killed. These shootings happened between 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. At about 11 p.m. Saturday night two teenagers were shot on the 5900 block of Ogontz Avenue. (credit: CBS3) An 18-year-old is listed in critical condition, while a 16-year-old is critical but stable. Both are recovering at Einstein Medical Center. Police found at least 20 shell casings at the scene. Earlier in the day Saturday, around 12:30 p.m. there was a triple shooting on the 6000 block of Walton Avenue in Cobbs Creek. Two of the victims are 16 years old and the third is 18 years old. One of the 16-year-olds was shot multiple times in the torso and is listed in critical condition at Presbyterian Medical Center. Of the 14 victims who were shot between Saturday and Sunday morning, seven of them were...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been a violent weekend so far in Philadelphia. There were at least nine shootings over the past 24 hours, with at least 14 people hurt, half of them teenagers. The good news is that none of the victims were killed. These shootings happened between 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. At about 11 p.m. Saturday night two teenagers were shot on the 5900 block of Ogontz Avenue. (credit: CBS3) An 18-year-old is listed in critical condition, while a 16-year-old is critical but stable. Both are recovering at Einstein Medical Center. Police found at least 20 shell casings at the scene. Earlier in the day Saturday, around 12:30 p.m. there was a triple shooting on the 6000 block of Walton Avenue in Cobbs Creek. Two of the victims are 16 years old and the third is 18 years old. One of the 16-year-olds was shot multiple times in the torso and is listed in critical condition at Presbyterian Medical Center. Of the 14 victims who were shot between Saturday and Sunday morning, seven of them were...
    UNION CITY — In her bid to secure a third term leading Union City, Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, is facing two challengers this November, including a current councilman, both of whom have criticized her leadership as the city grapples with a structural deficit that has become since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Dutra-Vernaci, 66, a tax professional, faces challengers in current first-term Councilman Jaime Patiño, 49, a financial manager for Kaiser and former human relations commissioner, and current New Haven Unified School District board member Sarabjit Kaur Cheema, 60, a retired transportation engineer. And in the city’s first district election since making the switch from at-large elections last year, current Councilman Gary Singh, 62, who runs an auto repair business, is facing off with challenger Sandra Holder-Grayson, 63, a former human relations commissioner who runs a collectible doll shop, both aiming for the District 1 seat, representing much of the city’s center. ALAMEDA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Sarabjit Kaur Cheema, candidate for Union City Mayor, poses for a photo in Alameda, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay...
    "Get Out" was almost universally praised by critics. Universal Studios From classics like "Psycho" to modern masterpieces like "Hereditary" and "Get Out," horror movies are a popular part of popular culture.  And while not every spooky film is well-received, some, like "The Birds" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," have garnered lots of critical acclaim and still hold up even years after their original releases.  Here are the best horror movies of all time, ranked by critics. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Recent years have seen standout horror films such as "Hereditary" and "Get Out" make waves in Hollywood and beyond, but they're not the only movies to be universally adored by critics.  Classic horror flicks, including "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "The Fly" also received mostly positive reviews from critics.  Even though not every spooky film is well-received, some have received critical acclaim and are still just as great years after they were originally released. Here are the best horror movies of all time, ranked by critics. 
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Monday was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat’s case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. It said he suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19. It said Erekat, 65, was sedated and that its most senior doctors were consulting with international experts on how best to manage such a complicated case. Erekat has been one of the Palestinians’ most recognizable faces over the past 30 years, serving as their senior negotiator during on-again off-again peace talks. He also was a top aide to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the current Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. A fluent English speaker, the Western-educated Erekat also makes frequent appearances in the media. Erekat was transferred to Hadassah on Sunday at the request of the Palestinian Authority, despite the Palestinians’ decision this year...
    In past years, the Morgan Adams Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancer, has put on one of the best food-related fundraisers in town. The Chili, Booze & Brews festival began in 2017 as a judged competition of chili (both green and red) from some of Denver's best restaurants, along with beers and spirits from Colorado producers. Judges awarded winners for green chile, red chile, vegetarian chile and a "wildcard" category, plus best picks of the breweries and distilleries represented. And ticket holders were able to wander from table to table, sampling spicy offerings from attending chefs along with pairings of craft beer, whiskey, gin, rum and other locally made spirits. The events have always been packed and boisterous, where friends and community leaders met to enjoy a good time while funding the foundation's critical mission. This year, the pandemic precludes sampling chili shoulder to shoulder with fellow revelers, but the Morgan Adams Foundation has come up with a new way to taste your way through the food and drinks of many restaurants, breweries and distilleries while keeping participants...
    When Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee about to plunge into an election-season Supreme Court confirmation battle, was asked in the Capitol recently what her strategy would be for the coming fight, she walked by silently, an aide offering that she had a meeting to attend. As Republican and Democratic senators have taken to television and arranged news conferences in recent days to lay out the stakes and merits of President Donald Trump’s push to install Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the court, Feinstein has not been among them. Her absence reflects the extent to which Feinstein, a trailblazing Senate eminence who has battled the CIA and gun-rights activists, has become a diminished and increasingly marginalized figure in recent years. And it helps explain the private worry among many Democrats that the woman leading them into a nationally televised judicial knife fight with Republicans — one whose outcome could affect the election and tip the ideological balance of the Supreme Court — may not be up to the task. At 87, Feinstein, the oldest...
    When restaurants were ordered to close to in-house customers last March, some never reopened. Wendell's, a breakfast eatery at 3838 Tennyson Street, was one of them. But rather than completely scrapping the diner, co-founder Kade Gianinetti sold it to new owners, who reopened Wendell's the last week of September. "We first looked at it on May 28, and we loved everything about it," says Casey Keller, who purchased Wendell's with her husband, Roy Benoit. They closed the deal in mid-August and have been working ever since to train new staff, plan the menu and relaunch during the pandemic. We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls. Support Our Journalism Keller says she and Benoit have 35 years in the restaurant industry between the two of them — as servers, bartenders, managers and cooks — but this is their first leap into ownership. "Wendell's had a...
    Lobster rolls are popping up on menus all over town, at seafood restaurants, food halls and a few unlikely places. This week Mark Antonation went fishing for a few favorites, and served up five places in Denver where you can get a taste of New England at the height of lobster season. Some readers wondered about the lobster rolls that got away. Where was Max Gill and Grill? Blue Island Oyster Bar? Or Cherry Crest Seafood Restaurant & Market, which has been in the swim for almost 36 years? In Facebook comments about our story, others quibbled with the choices on our list. And Jordan simply says: Finally an article I can enjoy. Rachel urges:  Everyone needs to go to Maine Shack! Responds Matt:  Maine Shack was the worst lobster roll I have ever had. Gonna try Manzo. Says Jorge:  So, when we get cocktails at Steuben's, we could get lobster rolls. Just sayin'. Counters William:  The Steuben’s roll isn’t very good. Their tuna melt is fire,...
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's media authority said on Friday it would not automatically renew the licence of an opposition radio station, stoking fresh concerns about media freedom under Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist government. Klub Radio is one of a dwindling number of outlets critical of Orban, whose growing control of the media is among various issues that have prompted strong criticism from the European Union over the rule of law and democratic standards in Hungary. The station, where opposition politicians and talk show guests often criticise government policies, can re-apply for the licence, due to expire in February 2021, but will have to compete for it, the Media Council said. If it loses, it will be able to broadcast online only. Klub was once a national radio network but for years it has only reached the Budapest market after losing other national licences several years ago. It is popular among left-wing intellectuals but reaches only about 200,000 people daily, or 2% of the population. The Media Council, made up of government appointees, said it would open up the frequency...
    This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. When Bill and Annemarie Kachur retired in early 2016, they saw no reason to go anywhere. The gray shingled bungalow in Myrtle Beach, S.C. had been their home for more than 15 years. “I’ve been here so long, it’s a sense of roots now for me,” says Bill, 65, who spent his early career hopping around the country, working on-air at various radio stations. Plus, they were already in a haven for retirees. “I like the fact that there isn’t a winter,” says Annemarie, who’ll be 65 in September. But in recent years, their idyllic spot about 2½ miles from the Atlantic Ocean has revealed an ominous side: hurricane season. “I just noticed that the last four or five years, we keep getting hammered,” recalls Bill. Two hurricane evacuations since 2016 Since 2016, the Kachurs have ridden out four hurricanes, including two evacuations to safer ground. “Ten months out of the year, it’s great,” says Bill. “And then there’s a couple months out of the year when you’re walking on eggshells and...
    President Donald Trump announced Friday that he had ordered the federal government to stop promoting “Critical Race Theory” in any of its agencies. The radical theory had been used to train (or indoctrinate) federal employees, who were told during some “diversity” training sessions that the United States is a racist society, and white people are to blame. The Critical Race Theory training was exposed by Christopher Rufo, a contributing editor for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Yet the first to sound the alarm was Andrew Breitbart. In a story that was only published after his death in March 2012, video that Breitbart had teased at the Conservative Political Action Conference just weeks before was finally released. It showed a young Barack Obama speaking at a protest at Harvard Law School in favor of Professor Derrick Bell, who had clashed with the university over the issue of faculty diversity. More than that, Bell was the founder of the doctrine of Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory holds that the United States is racist by design, because its Constitution and all of its...
    Late in the morning of September 9, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander James Stockdale flew his A4 Skyhawk straight into a tree-top flak trap. Fire enveloped his aircraft, destroying his control system. He ejected and parachuted into the middle of a village, where he was immediately captured and taken prisoner. For the next seven-and-a-half years, Stockdale suffered sustained torture and injury in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prisoner of war camp. Stockdale was the most senior officer in captivity, and assumed a leadership role. He established a secret communication system among the other captives. Knowing it was impossible to resist torture indefinitely, he developed a schedule by which prisoners could release pieces of information. Stockdale would finally be released on February 12, 1973 as a part of Operation Homecoming. What gets people through the most difficult and uncertain times like now? Humans are not built for uncertainty and fear; neither tend to bring out the best in us. But there is a way to get through challenges and change. All of the leaders I interviewed for The Grit Factor see mindset as...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – NASA launched a new mission Thursday to determine if life ever existed on Mars. A local professor is among the scientists who helped make it happen, CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported. The Perseverance rover blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, starting its seven-month journey to Mars. “I woke up at 7 o’clock in the morning with my wife and my two kids,” said Joel Hurowitz, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University. “… we ran downstairs and it almost had a Christmas morning kind of feel to it.” Hurowitz said he was glued to NASA’s YouTube channel. He’s one of the scientists who developed an instrument mounted on the end of the rover’s arm that will survey rocks on the Red Planet to determine what they’re made of. “We’ve always wondered are we alone in the universe? Is the Earth a singularity in terms of life ever having started on this planet?” said Hurowitz. If successful, the mission will determine if life ever existed on Mars and, if so, what stopped its...
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