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    The Biden administration says it is offering humanitarian relief to Ukrainians in the United States to protect them from being deported. The government says Ukrainians can remain for up to 18 months under the program known as temporary protected status. The program is for people fleeing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. The Migration Policy Institute says as many as 30,000 Ukrainians may benefit. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Russian investor got on TV and toasted the death of the national stock market as Russia faces crippling economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. The expert, identified as Alexander Butmanov, joined a Russian financial news program that National Review’s Jim Geraghty described as “the Russian equivalent of CNBC.” NBC News’ Raf Sanchez flagged a translation of Butmanov’s appearance, and it seems that he shocked his TV colleagues with some morbidly-cheery commentary on how the future looks for him and the Russian economy. Butmanov was asked if he has any hope of remaining in the career of a stock market strategist, and he answered “In the worst-case scenario, I’ll be working as Santa Claus just like 25 years ago.” “Excluding jokes, let’s do this quickly,” Butmanov continued. He then pulled out a bottle of sparkling water, held it up in front of the camera, and offered his regards to Sergey Usichenko, the Russian investor who publicly toasted the national economy over a decade ago when it was facing a dire outlook. “Dear stock market, you were close to us,...
    CASA de Maryland’s headquarters. (Courtesy Meredith Daly) The All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health is going on the road to meet people where they live, and its next stop post-pandemic is Silver Spring, Maryland. People from all walks of life across the country are invited to help answer questions about myriad diseases and topics and to better understand precision medicine, according to Kareem Watson, the program’s chief engagement officer. “People who decide they want to participate can complete surveys about their health history, their family history, their medications and other things,” Watson said. That’s not all they can share if they want. Kareem Watson is chief engagement officer for the National Institutes of Health All Of Us research program. (Courtesy All of Us Research Program) “They can even decide to share their electronic medical information. They can decide if they want to provide biological samples through blood and saliva, or if they simply just want to complete our surveys and questions,” he said. Studies to find cures or ways to help health conditions often don’t...
    LIMON, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado is now home to the country’s first-ever, statewide, prison radio station run by incarcerated people. Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio launched Tuesday from a studio at Limon Correctional Facility. The station is a project of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative, and its programming is created by incarcerated producers in production studios in three prisons: Limon Correctional Facility, Sterling Correctional Facility, and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. (credit: CBS) The shows are available to more than 14,000 incarcerated listeners inside all Colorado Department of Corrections facilities. “There’s so many people inside who are on a journey of positive change, and to be able to play a small part in that is really an honor,” said Ryan Conarro, Inside Wire general manager and program director. At Limon Correctional Facility life can be tough and freedoms limited, but the stories inside these walls are plentiful. For better or worse, it’s a reality Anthony Quintana has known since 1991. “I did some harm out there,” Quintana said. “I took a man’s life,” he added. Three decades later, Quintana...
    THOUSANDS of Americans in Chicago are in line to get $6,000 a year as part of a guaranteed income scheme. Governor Lori Lightfoot revealed applications for the pilot initiative will open in April. 1Thousands of Americans in Chicago are in line to get monthly $500 payments for a year as part of a guaranteed income schemeCredit: Getty The program, which is expected to cost $31.5million, will see 5,000 households receive monthly payments of $500 for a year. Applicants will be randomly selected to get the cash through a lottery. Eligible Chicagoans must have an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty threshold. For a family of three to be eligible for the cash, the maximum household income is $57,575. Meanwhile, the highest amount for single Americans is $33,975. The money comes with no strings attached. This means recipients can use the money in whatever way is needed. Most read in MoneyMISSING MONEY $4,000 payment deadline passes as new $1,200 stimulus checks to be sentNEW MONEY Surprise $175 payments on the way as exact date '$2,200 check' is...
    LIMON, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado is now home to the country’s first-ever, statewide, prison radio station run by incarcerated people. Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio launched Tuesday from a studio at Limon Correctional Facility. The station is a project of the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI), and its programming is created by incarcerated producers in production studios in three prisons: Limon Correctional Facility (LCF), Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF), and Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF). (credit: CBS) The shows are available to more than 14,000 incarcerated listeners inside all Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) facilities. “There’s so many people inside who are on a journey of positive change, and to be able to play a small part in that is really an honor,” said Ryan Conarro, Inside Wire general manager and program director. At Limon Correctional Facility life can be tough and freedoms limited, but the stories inside these walls are plentiful. For better or worse, it’s a reality Anthony Quintana has known since 1991. “I did some harm out there,” Quintana said. “I took a man’s life,”...
    by Salena Zito   Tracy Wilson is sitting in the cutest little ranch house in this Calvert County town. It is her dream house—literally her dream house, she explains, as she has had the image of this very home in her mind, down to the color scheme of the exterior. It is 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and the single mother of two just got home from another dream—her job. She spends her days working as an instrumentation technician in the flight test program at Boeing. “I get to spend my days working on F-18s,” she exclaims several times during the interview. She says it with such joy that her appreciation for her craft becomes infectious. Life wasn’t always this balanced for the Exeter, Pennsylvania, native. In her senior year of high school, she underwent open-heart surgery for a hole in her heart after the healthy basketball athlete suffered a stroke. “The stroke temporarily took my speech and my handwriting,” she said. “So I was freaking out because I was so ready to start the next part of my life...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – One hundred students are learning to ski and snowboard through the help of Courage Kenny’s Adaptive Sports program. Through the help of one-on-one volunteers, the classes help to accommodate people with a variety of disabilities learn the sport. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt In 'Domestic Stabbing' In Minneapolis, Police SayFor those learning for the first time, the program presents an opportunity to try something new. “It feels good. It feels good to get out of your room and do something,” said Mahesh Mathew, whose ski lessons entered their seventh week Sunday morning. “Skiing is essentially a new thing for me.” Mathew, who is currently earning his Ph.D. in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, lost his sight several years ago. “I was kind of scared and I didn’t know what to do, you know. If you are living with vision all your life and suddenly if you lose your vision one day, you know, you really get depressed,” Mathew said. “Sitting in the room all the time doesn’t help either.”...
    APPLICATIONS are open for a guaranteed income program that will send $1,000 payments to eligible recipients for 17 months. The first payments will be given out on April 15, according to the West Hollywood Pilot for Guaranteed Income (WHPGI). 1Applications open in three days for a program that will send monthly $1,000 payments to eligible California residentsCredit: Getty Applications opened on Friday, February 25, and will be open through Sunday, March 6. From those applications, 25 people chosen at random will qualify to receive $1,000 a month for 17 months through the California program. Eligible applicants must be 50 years or older, live in West Hollywood and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA). WHPGI found 43 percent of the 36,723 residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQIA, and 44 percent of residents living in poverty are older adults ages 55 and up. The program is meant to ensure older people who identify as LGBTQIA have stable housing and an improved quality of life. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE New $1,000 monthly payments coming in ONE...
    The former executive director of the Miss Florida Scholarship Program is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing $100,000 in donations to pay personal expenses and go on shopping sprees.  Mary Wickersham, 76, who also goes by the names Mary Sullivan and Mary Harvey, turned herself in on Tuesday and was charged with seven counts of defrauding corporate and individual donors, the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida announced on Tuesday.   Federal prosecutors allege that between December 2011 and June 2018, Wickersham spent at least $100,000 that belonged to the Miss Florida Scholarship Program, a nonprofit that raises money to provide scholarships to young women through pageants, and other charities for her own personal expenses. That money helped fund her glamourous lifestyle, paying for shopping sprees, utilities home goods, maid services, dinners, online dating fees and other costs, prosecutors said.   A judge set Wickersham's bond at $100,000. If found guilty of all charges, the 76-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison.  Former director of the Miss Florida Scholarship Program Mary Wickersham, 76, (pictured) was charged with seven-counts of defrauding...
    In this article ULVR-GBHarriet TalbotCourtesy: Harriet TalbotMillions of Americans are quitting their jobs and rethinking what they want when it comes to work and work-life balance. Companies are responding, meeting their employees' needs in areas like remote work, flexible hours, four-day workweeks, compensation and more. This story is part of a series looking at the Great Reshuffle and the shift in workplace culture that is taking place right now. Harriet Talbot dreamed about bicycling across Europe and then on into Australia. Yet to make it happen, she thought she would have to quit her job. Then, her employer, London-based Unilever, introduced a new program called U-Work that gives employees the flexibility of contract work within the company while still providing benefits and job security. Workers commit to working a minimum number of weeks a year, receive a small monthly retainer and get paid for assignments. Benefits are not the same as those offered to full-time employees, but include a pension, health insurance and sick pay. "I didn't expect that it would be possible to have that ongoing relationship with an...
    A NEW program offering eligible residents monthly $1,000 payments will open in two days. Applications for the West Hollywood Pilot for Guaranteed Income (WHPGI) are set to open on February 25, with the first payments expected to be distributed on April 15. 1A new stimulus program in California is offering eligible residents monthly $1,000 payments for 17 monthsCredit: Getty Only 25 people selected at random from the application process will be eligible to receive $1,000 a month for 17 months through the California program. Applications will be accepted from Friday, February 25, through Sunday, March 6. All selected participants will be notified between March 14 and March 31, with the first monthly cash payment will be distributed on April 15. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? The program is open to a select group of eligible applicants aged 50 or older and living in West Hollywood. It is open to all residents regardless of citizenship status. To be eligible, applicants must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA). related stimulus check storiesCHECK PLEASE New $1,000 monthly payments coming in TWO days as $600...
    APPLICATIONS open in just three days for a guaranteed income program that will send $1,000 payments to eligible recipients for 17 months. The first payments will be given out on April 15, according to the West Hollywood Pilot for Guaranteed Income (WHPGI). 1Applications open in three days for a program that will send monthly $1,000 payments to eligible California residentsCredit: Getty Applications will be accepted from Friday, February 25 through Sunday, March 6. From those applications, 25 people chosen at random will qualify to receive $1,000 a month for 17 months through the California program. Eligible applicants must be 50 years or older, live in West Hollywood and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA). WHPGI found 43 percent of the 36,723 residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQIA, and 44 percent of residents living in poverty are older adults ages 55 and up. The program is meant to ensure older people who identify as LGBTQIA have stable housing and an improved quality of life. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE New $600 one-time payments could be...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There's an effort in Chicago to give young fathers the support they need to succeed.Sheldon Smith is the founder of The Dovetail Project. The group helps fathers between the ages of 17-24.The Dovetail Project offers a free 12-week program. Speakers educate people in the program about their role, responsibilities, and their legal rights. Right now, the group is looking for its next group of young fathers. You should apply by Mach 6th.The Dovetail Project also helps thousands of Chicago families by giving away household essentials and baby products. The next giveaway is Saturday, February 26 at 7300 S. Cottage Grove. It starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m., but is first-come, first-served.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Ask most people, and they will tell you there’s a hand behind their success; maybe a parent, a teacher, or – like in this story – a coach and his organization. On this Black History Month, CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe caught up with two young people influenced by the same organization known as the Southside Wolfpack. READ MORE: Apartment Building Fire Spreads To Twisted Hippo Brewery, Causing Partial Collapse In Albany Park; 5 People DisplacedOne of them now serves at Kenwood Academy High School, tutoring and helping students be the best they can be, but she’ll tell you a big part of what helped shape her into the woman she is today was her time with the Southside Wolfpack. “I was 9 years old. I joined in 2003,” Raven Johnson said. Back then, Johnson was a self-proclaimed “awkward fifth grader;” a bookworm; but when she joined Wolfpack as a cheerleader, she quickly broke out of her shell. “It was invigorating, and from there I just became part of the Wolfpack family,” she said. That quiet little girl...
    YOUNG adults in Kentucky must apply today if they want to be eligible for a $500-a-month guaranteed income program. The scheme, known as YALife, will see 150 randomly selected 18-24-year-olds in Louisville get a recurring payment to help ease financial burdens as they enter higher education or pursue a work career. 1Young adults in Louisville have until today to apply for a $500-a-month guaranteed income programCredit: Getty Applications opened on February 10 and will close today. The program is being led by Metro United Way, Russell: A Place of Promise, and the Louisville Metro Government. Youngsters in the neighborhoods of California, Russell, and Smoketown can apply for the funding, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Recipients can spend the money on whatever they want. Payments will cost $900,000 in total and around $100,000 will be provided by the Louisville Metro Government. Mayor of Louisville Metro Greg Fischer said: “So what we’re doing and what these pilots have done all over the country is provide young people with some breathing room and some space in which they can examine and explore options...
    by Jon Miltimore   The Central Intelligence Agency has secretly been running mass surveillance operations to collect data on Americans, according to a newly published letter written by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). Wyden and Henrich, both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote the letter in April 2021, and the letter was partly declassified on Thursday. In the letter, Wyden and Henrich called on the CIA to inform the public about the data collection program, calling for full transparency. “This declassification is urgent,” the senators wrote. The CIA responded to the allegations in a statement published by the Wall Street Journal. “CIA recognizes and takes very seriously our obligation to respect the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. persons in the conduct of our vital national security mission, and conducts our activities, including collection activities, in compliance with U.S. law, Executive Order 12333, and our Attorney General guidelines,” said Kristi Scott, the agency’s privacy and civil liberties officer. “CIA is committed to transparency consistent with our obligation to protect intelligence sources and methods.” The allegations from Wyden and Heinrich are serious,...
    APPLICATIONS open next week for a guaranteed income program that will send $1,000 payments to eligible recipients for 17 months. Applications open February 25 , and the first payments will be distributed April 15, according to the West Hollywood Pilot for Guaranteed Income (WHPGI). 1The pilot program will give recipients $17,000 in monthly installmentsCredit: Getty Only 25 people selected at random from the application process will be eligible to receive $1,000 a month for 17 months through the California program. Applications will be accepted Friday, February 25, through Sunday, March 6. All selected participants will be notified between March 14 and March 31. The first monthly cash payment will be distributed on April 15, 2022. Here's who is eligible The program is open to a select group of eligible applicants, aged 50 or older and living in West Hollywood. It is open to all residents regardless of citizenship status. To be eligible, applicants must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA). Most read in MoneyCASH IN Exact date Social Security $1,657 checks will be deposited as FECA...
      Live from Nashville, Tennessee, Friday morning on The Dan Mandis Show – weekdays on Supertalk 99.7 WTN – weekdays 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.– host Mandis welcomed Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to discuss how he will reformulate the Basic Education Program from the ground up and hold underperforming schools accountable. Mandis: Governor Bill Lee joining us. And always appreciate having you on the radio program, sir. There’s been a lot of discussions going on Capitol Hill over the last few weeks about how we’re going to fund the schools. Now, Governor, you have said that you want the funding to follow the kids no matter where they go. During your State of the State speech, you said this: (Bill Lee clip plays) I am proposing an innovative approach that sets aside dollars for each student based on their individual needs. And these dollars will be used in whatever public school they attend. This is not just hundreds of millions of dollars on the line. This is our kids and their lives. So, Governor, a lot of folks said hallelujah....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s going to be a cold weekend for the Chicago area, but we still wanted to find something fun to do outdoors. So CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist checked out the “Snowshoe with the Goat Crew” program at Reverse the Kerrs Farm in Elgin. READ MORE: CBS 2 Exclusive: Father Speaks After Son Suddenly Dies On Court While Playing Basketball At Away GameGoat Yoga Chicago operates at the farm, and is so popular in the warmer months that they got creative in adding this winter activity to the mix. We all work out to help reduce stress and anxiety, and Goat Yoga Chicago owner Danielle Kerr said she wanted to come up with a fun outdoor activity in the winter to help promote mental health. “Our friends here today are feeding the goats, they’re snowshoeing, getting a little exercise, and it’s a great combination of animal therapy and exercise,” she said. “The goats love it, the people love it, everyone is just full of smiles and laughter, and that’s what it’s all about.” READ...
    Ever since her son Alec Smith died in 2017, after rationing his insulin because he couldn’t afford the $1,300 monthly cost, Nicole Smith-Holt has talked to thousands of people about how the tragedy happened.  “I never get tired of telling Alec’s story,” she said. “It steals a little piece of my heart every time I do it, but it is important for people to know that his death was absolutely preventable. He should be with us today. I will continue to share his story until we get this fixed and it never happens again.”  Just a few months after Alec’s death at age 26, Smith-Holt launched a campaign to make it easier for people with diabetes to access insulin even if they, like Alec, are uninsured or otherwise can’t afford the cost of their medication. In 2020, thanks in large part to Smith-Holt’s advocacy, the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act was signed by Gov. Tim Walz. The law guarantees one-time emergency or ongoing supplies of insulin for Minnesota residents who cannot afford the cost of the drug, and it was...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and other congressional leaders want the post office’s inspector general to investigate a program for the blind and visually impaired after reports of delayed delivery of materials under the program.  USPS’ Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons program delivers free braille books, audiobooks and other materials to people who cannot read conventional print because of a disability. The program is funded by Congress.  According to the National Federation of the Blind, resources sent through the program are regularly being delayed in the mail, and they say that is causing a significant hardship for the blind and physically handicapped community.  “This is an area we’ve spotlighted because we’ve seen a particularly big problem when it comes to the delivery and it has a particularly harmful impact,” said Senator Van Hollen. “These are individuals who are incapacitated in many ways when they don’t receive these materials in a timely fashion.”  Urbana resident Rania Dima testified about how the delays have been impacting her during a hearing on Capitol Hill last July.  “I began the...
    The Baylor Bears look to repeat as National Champions in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, adding to their already storied history. Baylor basketball head coach Scott Drew has taken the program to new heights, looking downright unbeatable in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Bears defeated Gonzaga in the National Championship game to win their first and only title as a men’s program. The women’s program has seen far more sustained success, winning three National Championships and making the Final Four on four different occasions. From the Kim Mulkey era to a new age of Baylor women’s hoops headlined by head coach Nick Collen, the Bears remain a two-headed monster in terms of college hoops programs.Has Baylor basketball ever won a championship?The men’s basketball program won a National Championship, defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. 2021 The women’s basketball program has won three National Titles. 2005 2012 2019 Baylor basketball NCAA Tournament historyBaylor men’s basketball team: 1946 1948 1950 1988 2008 2010 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2021 Baylor women’s basketball team: 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009...
    From Gene Keady to Matt Painter, Purdue is a regular in the NCAA Tournament. But have they found the kind of sustained success one would expect? Purdue spent the majority of the 2021-22 campaign near the top of the Big Ten standings, and in the conversation for a No. 1 seed. There’s no guarantee the Boilermakers make a deep tournament run — as Purdue fans have discovered all too well since the Gene Keady era in the 1980’s. With Jaden Ivey leading the way, Purdue’s men’s team should be among the favorites again this March.Has Purdue basketball ever won a championship?The men’s basketball program has never won a National Championship. The women’s basketball program took home the hardware in 1999, an incredible feat for the athletic department as a whole.Purdue basketball: NCAA Tournament historyThe men’s basketball program has made two Final Fours, five Elite Eights, and NCAA Tournament appearances in the following years: 1969, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016,...
    Auburn has had plenty of success on the gridiron, but when was the last time Auburn basketball won a national championship? It looks like we have entered a potentially golden age for Auburn basketball. The men’s program has climbed to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in program history and is on track for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The women’s program is having a down year, going just 9-12 over its first 23 games while ranking last in the SEC with a 1-9 conference record. There is still a chance for Auburn’s women’s team to reach the NCAA Tournament by winning the SEC’s automatic bid in the conference tournament. Now that we’ve checked in on the current state of the Tigers, let’s look back at the history of Auburn basketball to see how much success the program has had in the past.Has Auburn basketball ever won a national championship?Auburn’s men’s basketball team has yet to win a national championship, a drought that Bruce Pearl is hoping this team can break. Pearl was...
    Kentucky basketball is one of the true blue bloods in college basketball but it has been a little while since they last cut down the nets. When you think of elite college basketball programs, Kentucky basketball is one that jumps right to the top of the list. Among the bluest of the blue bloods, Kentucky has built a tradition of winning dating back to the glory days of Adolf Rupp, the namesake of the Wildcats’ current arena. The current architect of the Wildcats is John Calipari, who has a national championship under his belt and has helped Kentucky maintain its status as an SEC powerhouse since his arrival in 2009. This year’s edition of the Wildcats is one of college basketball’s best teams, a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament that made a statement by blowing out Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse during the Big 12/SEC Challenge in late January. The women’s program is having a tougher year, going 9-10 on the season with a 2-7 mark in SEC play. At this juncture, it looks like the Wildcats will...
    Ilinois basketball has been a standout member of the Big Ten but when is the last time they won a national championship? Few teams in the Big Ten have as devoted a fan base as the Illinois Fighting Illini. A regular contender for conference titles, Illinois has really stepped up into national title contention on the men’s side under the guidance of head coach Brad Underwood. This year’s edition of the Fighting Illini is fighting alongside Purdue and Wisconsin for the Big Ten’s regular-season title with a National Player of the Year candidate in center Kofi Cockburn. Illinois has built a strong resume to this point that should have the Fighting Illini in the mix for a top-four seed at the NCAA Tournament in March. The 2021-22 season hasn’t gone as well for Illinois’ women’s program, which is just 6-13 overall and 1-7 in Big Ten play. There is still a path for the Fighting Illini to reach the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament by winning the Big Ten’s automatic bid in the conference tournament.Has Illinois basketball ever won a national...
    BEYONCE was spotted in New York City in July of 2021 sporting a Telfar bag. The clothing and apparel brand describes itself as being "for everyone." 2Beyonce with Telfar bagCredit: Beyonce / Instagram What is the price of a Telfar bag? Telfar shopping bags - available in multiple colors - range in price from $150 to $257. The small bags will cost $150, medium totes are $202, and the most expensive ones are $257. The latest bag which was released on February 16, 2022 has surpassed all the other shopping bag price tags at $567. The new bag is called the Round Telfar Circle Bag and comes in a single color: Black. Most read in ConsumerNO SHIRT Women are discovering why their shirt buttons are on a different side to menBRA-VELLOUS You've been wearing your bra wrong - this way means the straps will never seenHOT DEBATE Plus-sized mannequin in shop window divides the internetCOLOUR CODED I'm a sexpert - what your knickers say about you & AVOID wearing green Beyonce was seen in Brooklyn on July 7, 2021 with...
    (CNN)Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) figure skater Kamila Valieva, who is at the center of a doping scandal, finished fourth in the women's individual figure skating event with 224.09 points.The ROC's Anna Shcherbakova placed first in the competition, dazzling with a spectacular free skate performance to top the field with a score of 255.95, guaranteeing a one-two finish for the ROC.More to follow...
    New York (CNN Business)Economist Larry Summers called on the Federal Reserve Wednesday to take immediate action to catch up to inflation."There are lots of reasons to suspect the Fed is well behind the curve," Summers, a former senior official in the Clinton and Obama administrations, said during a virtual event. Summers, who has been outspoken over the past year in warning about the risks of high inflation, pointed to the 7.5% year-over-year jump in consumer prices and evidence of a tight labor market. The Feds battle to fight inflation could cause more pain than higher prices"I suspect next month it will get worse rather than better," Summers said during the event, hosted by No Labels, a bipartisan problem-solving group.Summers called for the Fed to swiftly end its bond-buying stimulus program, which was launched in March 2020 when Covid erupted. Known as quantitative easing, or QE, the program is arguably making inflation worse given that the US economy no longer needs the emergency support.Read More"I think the Fed should immediately, like tomorrow, end QE," he said. "I think the act of...
    NBC’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir delivered some stinging commentary after the Olympic short program performance of 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva — who was permitted to compete despite a failed test for a banned substance. “All I can feel like I can say is that was the short program of Kamila Valieva at the Olympics,” Weir said tersely, following Valieva’s performance Tuesday night in Beijing. “And for all the other Olympic athletes skating here, I feel I need to say again that she had a positive test,” Lipinski added. “We should not have seen this skate.” Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir weigh in on Kamila Valiyeva’s short program. pic.twitter.com/LdjY4LQOvv — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 16, 2022 Valieva tested positive for a banned heart medication. But she took the test on Dec. 25, and the results did not come back for six full weeks. By then, Valieva had already helped Russia win gold in the team competition at the Beijing Olympics. She is being allowed to participate in the individual competition. But should she reach the podium,...
    Michael Tubbs was having a bad week. Terrible, really. While still a senior at Stanford University, he had decided to run for city council in his hometown of Stockton after his cousin was fatally shot there. Tubbs enjoyed campaigning and talking to people, many of whom had never had someone knock on their door and ask for their vote before, but he hated fundraising and asking those without much money to donate to his campaign. Recently, no one had showed up for a weekly precinct walk—not even his campaign manager—and he could barely afford the gas to drive the 85 miles between Palo Alto and Stockton. Discouraged and thinking of quitting the race, Tubbs opened an envelope that he thought would contain another bill he couldn’t pay. Instead, he found a $10,000 check from Oprah Winfrey, whom he’d met at a Stanford event a few weeks prior. Tubbs has had a lifetime of extremes—winning that election, growing up poor, interning in Barack Obama’s White House, getting pulled over for a DUI, becoming Stockton’s mayor in 2016 at...
    YOUR hairdresser might just save your life, thanks to an initiative that trains stylists to detect signs of skin cancer. A program called Sty-Lives – short for Styling Hair and Saving Lives – has been launched across Canada, led by two medical students based in Ontario along with the Save Your Skin Foundation. 3Hairdressers in Canada are being trained in how to spot potential skin cancer in their clientsCredit: YouTube/ saveyourskinfdn 3A program called Sty-Lives was launched in December last yearCredit: YouTube/ saveyourskinfdn The foundation trains hairdressers to spot lesions on the ears, faces and scalps of their clients. Kathy Barnard, the founder of the foundation, told CBC’s Daybreak South program: "Ninety per cent of skin cancer is preventable if we catch it early enough." Barnard, who is a melanoma survivor and lives in Pentiction, British Columbia, said 70 salons across the country, including 10 in BC, had already signed up to the program. An estimated 8,700 people in Canada would be diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, in 2021 with 1,250 Canadians dying from it, according to...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, joined by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and Chargers owner Dean Spanos, promoted a new campaign Thursday to give children access to more parks and athletic equipment, featuring what was described as the sports version of an ice cream truck. Goodell and the owners were among those who dedicated the Park on the Move campaign at Jefferson Elementary School in Inglewood, home to SoFi Stadium. The dedication was part of a larger event aimed at marking $2 million in grants the NFL is providing 56 community organizations through its Super Bowl Legacy Grant program. Park on the Move will feature oversized vans equipped with a skate park, basketball hoops and soccer nets, along with other sporting equipment. They will travel to areas where park space is limited. A staff of coaches and mentors will travel along. There are just 0.2 acres of park land per 1,000 people in the Lennox community where Jefferson is located. Norma Garcia, the director of LA County department of parks and recreations, called this...
    Over the past decade and a half, San Jose has offered to waive more than $45 million in construction-related fees for developers planning to build downtown high-rise apartments — a quid pro quo that city leaders say is necessary to help turn downtown into a dense, bustling urban center. But how successful the program has been and whether developers could and should finance the projects without the additional incentives remains open to debate. On Feb. 15, San Jose-based Acquity Realty will become the latest development company to participate in the program. It is seeking a waiver of an estimated $4.39 million in fees for its proposed 21-story mixed-use project, known as the Carlyle, which will feature 290 market-rate rental units, 7,603 square feet of retail space and 123,479 square feet of office space. If approved, Acquity’s project will be the 11th downtown high-rise deemed eligible for a fee waiver, though half of those projects have yet to commence construction. City records reveal that since 2007, just four high-rise housing projects totaling 1,552 units have been completed under the city’s waiver...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A coding error on the Illinois Rental Payment Program web portal briefly exposed documents submitted by tenant applicants. The site was taken offline, and all access was blocked for two days while the state’s housing development authority fixed the problem. It was also determined that out of nearly 90,000 applications, the exposure only extended to 101 applications total.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Much of the thrill of watching the Super Bowl is being able to witness high-power tackles and clashes.Football players sustain countless traumatic head injuries throughout their careers. These athletes enjoy the best of care while on the team, but it's estimated that up to 80% of NFL's former players are not covered under employer-sponsored medical plans.However, a new innovative program hopes to help retired players such veteran L.A. Ram and Hall of Famer Jackie Slater."I was an offensive lineman. Played tackle. I never was asked to ever do a job that didn't involve hitting somebody, and so I had a lot of collisions," Slater said of his time in the NFL.He recalls Super Bowl 14 in 1980. More than 100,000 fans attended the Rose Bowl and it was a major highlight in the 20 years Slater spent with the Rams."One of my fondest memories," he said.Long after leaving the NFL, those many collisions have taken its toll."Unfortunately, I do have issues, physically, that I have to deal with," he said.But Slater doesn't have to deal with...
    January, 2021 - PHILADELPHIA -- Maurice Jones is the founder of PAR Recycle Works, which stands for "People Advancing Reintegration." As a formerly incarcerated person himself, Jones wanted to start a business that employs only those who have recently gotten out of prison. His business model is an e-recycling plant, which takes people's unwanted or broken electronics and breaks them down for parts to resell. In a 6-9 month program, his employees learn three different areas of labor; construction, warehouse management, and transportation. After going through the program, employees are matched with careers. Of the 110 people who have gone through Jones's program, only two have gone back to prison. He's proud of his recidivism rate and believes that if more places would give people a chance, the world would be better for it!
    mediaphotos | E+ | Getty Images Tax filing season is underway. Most Americans should be able to file their 2021 tax returns to the IRS for free. About 100 million Americans, or roughly 70% of people filing taxes in the U.S., are eligible to submit their tax returns to the IRS at no cost, according to the agency. Even more Americans may be able to submit their 2021 tax returns at little or no cost through other tax-preparation programs. There are also other underused services that can help people this tax season, said Tania Brown, a certified financial planner based in Atlanta and financial coach at SaverLife, a nonprofit focused on financial security. More from Invest in You:How the Greenwood Project is removing barriers to careers in financeWant a four-day-workweek job? Here's how to land oneStudent loan holders are more likely to be women and people of color "There are free options; they do not necessarily have to pay to get their taxes done," she said. Here's what you need to know about filing for free.  IRS Free File programMany...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Brandon Scott and city officials on Tuesday launched the Water4All billing program, an initiative years in the making that ties the cost of water and wastewater service to income. The program is open to residents who make less than double the federal poverty rate. For example, the federal poverty rate for a family of four is $26,500, meaning Baltimore families making less than $53,000 would be eligible, officials said. READ MORE: New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens In Harford CountyIn addition to homeowners who are billed by the city, tenants who pay directly for drinking water and wastewater services are eligible for the program, as are renters who are invoiced for service by their landlord or whose lease clearly states they are responsible for paying for service. “Through the program, the City of Baltimore will be able to help more low-income residents manage their monthly water and sewer costs,” Scott said. “Simply put, Water4All will be a game-changer for our residents.” Scott said water billing has been a problem since he entered city government in 2007 and...
    PAYMENTS worth $1,000 will arrive soon to 1,000 families in need. Each eligible family in Phoenix, Arizona, will be getting a total of $12,000 during the next 12 months under the city’s financial assistance program. 1The payments are being sent out via debit cards The program was approved by the Phoenix City Council in September. The 1,000 families with children were selected in a lottery out of more than 7,000 eligible households. To be eligible, a family of four’s earnings cannot exceed 80% of the median income for the area, which is $63,200. Families must have also submitted necessary financial documentation to show proof. The $1,000 payments to the eligible families are being sent out in the mail via debit cards this week, reports the Phoenix New Times. Originally, the payments were supposed to arrive before the holidays, but understaffing caused some delays.   Most read in MoneyCASHING IN Advance CTC payments, IRS letter, income limit, and how to claim $5K revealedCASH BACK Budget surplus could lead to stimulus check payouts of $1,100 to taxpayersHUGE HELP checks of up to $4,194 sent out &...
    BEIJING (AP) — Donovan Carrillo of Mexico advanced to the free skate portion of the figure skating competition at the Beijing Games on Tuesday, a first for the country, which hadn’t had an Olympic skater in three decades. All it took was the best performance of his life. “I didn’t want it to end,” Carrillo said. “I wanted to keep skating and living the Olympic dream.” Carrillo said he was so excited when he landed his first jump – a quad toe loop – that he had to tell himself to refocus in order to finish his routine. He also pulled off his difficult triple axel, though he was dinged for a triple lutz-triple toe when he took an extra step, but that turned out to be the only real blemish in an otherwise strong program. “I was super happy,” Carrillo said of his opening jumping pass. “I tried to calm a little bit because I had the whole program.” Carrillo showed off his national pride throughout his performance, which was set to music by the band Santana. His blade...
    USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer had X-rays on his aching right foot a few days ago, and the results were as expected. It’s still broken. With that, it became official: The U.S. men’s luge team was never fully healthy at any point this season. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM There were no medals for Americans in any major international men’s luge event in this Olympic year, and now all three sliders who represented the U.S. at the Beijing Games — Mazdzer, Tucker West and Jonny Gustafson — are contemplating their futures. Mazdzer is strongly leaning toward retirement after four Olympic appearances, West needs time to figure out if he wants to keep going and Gustafson hasn’t definitively said that he’ll do another four years leading into the 2026 Olympics. "I’ll have to go back and really do some soul-searching and make that decision," said West, a three-time Olympian. "I’m 26 now, which is still young in sport years, but four years adds four years to that age and then you’re getting kind of old. We’ll see." The roster...
    Empty grocery shelves are caused by many factors, including a lack of truck drivers to transport fresh produce and other items. But a program in Virginia is trying to get more truck drivers on the road. The Virginia Ready Initiative and the Virginia Trucking Association want to get 100 new drivers in the first 100 days of 2022. They’ve launched a program that will pair Virginians who get their commercial driver’s licenses with driving jobs at trucking companies in the state. More Virginia News “The VTA’s mission of making Virginia the best state in the nation in which to base and operate a trucking company is key to Virginia’s economic growth,” said Caren Merrick, CEO of the Virginia Ready Initiative, in a statement. “VA Ready’s mission is to help Virginians gain skills and help employers find the skilled talent they need. We’re delighted to partner with VTA.” Merrick is Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s choice for secretary of commerce. According to the American Trucking Association, there’s a shortage of about 80,000 drivers in the U.S., and that is driving an...