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Ireland has changed its anti-abortion laws. Can he come up with a plan for the United States?

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Ireland’s 2018 referendum on legalizing abortion was hailed as a victory by abortion rights activists and seen as a beacon of hope in the United States after the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade. The result was a remarkable turnaround for Ireland, a deeply Catholic country that criminalized abortion in 1861 and then added the law to its constitution in 1983.

Much of the impetus for the 2018 referendum is attributed to Savita Halappanavar, who died of sepsis in a Galway hospital during a miscarriage of her foetus. Although they knew that her life was increasingly in danger and that the fetus would not survive, the doctors refused to perform an abortion as long as the fetus had a heartbeat. By the time the heartbeat stopped a few days later, Halappanavar’s organs had begun to shut down and she died shortly thereafter.

Halappanavar’s tragic and unnecessary death was certainly a catalyst for the referendum, but it was by no means the only one. Ireland has had a long and complicated history with access to abortion, ranging from a total ban, to a (poor) balance between the life of the fetus and that of the woman, to – like the referendum of 2018 made it possible – full acceptance of abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

This story is instructive for the United States as it grapples with the legal implications of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In Ireland, three issues caused the most confusion and conflict in the years leading up to the 2018 vote: traveling for abortions, providing information about abortion options and determining when the life of a woman is sufficiently threatened to allow an abortion. Ireland’s history also shows how individual cases, some shocking, have exposed the shortcomings of the law and paved the way for its evolution.

Historically, Ireland’s position on abortion has been extremely harsh. Abortion was criminalized in Ireland in 1861 with the Offenses Against the Person Act and reconfirmed when Ireland gained independence and adopted its 1937 Constitution. When the UK decriminalized abortion in 1967, a large number of Irish women began to travel to the UK for the procedure.

In 1983, in response to pressure from religious organizations and fears that an Irish court would issue a decision similar to that of the United States Supreme Court in 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, Ireland passed a referendum which enshrined the “right to life of the unborn child… with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother”. This law appears to place the life of an unborn fetus and that of a woman on an equal footing, meaning that a fetus must be protected unless the woman’s life is in danger. But in reality, the life of the fetus took precedence, leading to the death of women who were denied medical treatment that could harm the fetus.

A 1988 case against a group of clinics that offered abortion advice made it illegal for anyone to advise or assist a woman who wanted to travel abroad for an abortion. Some women have circumvented these restrictions by traveling to the UK on “shopping trips”, while others without the means or ability to travel have died after being forced to carry a foetus.

With the Irish courts’ anti-abortion stance seemingly frozen, Irish women began to approach the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice in an attempt to convince them to demand that the Irish courts change their position. As a member of the Council of Europe and the European Union, Ireland is bound by treaty to follow the decisions of these European courts. So in the early 1990s, when European courts issued rulings requiring Ireland to allow people to provide information about abortion or how to travel abroad to get one, the law changed accordingly.

Yet many women were unable to use this information due to age or finances. Two Irish court decisions in the 1990s created an exception to the law prohibiting travel for an abortion in cases where the pregnant woman threatened to commit suicide. In these cases, they were teenage girls who were either wards of the state or did not have parental permission to travel, and the court in both cases granted them the ability to travel. These cases received high profile, leading to public pressure on the government to reconsider.

As a result, the public voted in three referendums, which changed the law to allow women to travel for an abortion and to receive information about such travel. The third referendum, which attempted to remove the risk of suicide as a reason for allowing abortion in Ireland, failed. In 2002, the government again let the public vote to remove the suicide exception, effectively removing the issue from the hands of the judiciary, and this referendum was not passed a second time.

Irish public opinion on abortion was clearly changing, and in 2003 a survey showed that just over half of Irish people believed that a woman should be able to have an abortion under any circumstances. In 2007, an Irish court allowed a minor to travel for an abortion not because she was suicidal, but because the fetus would not survive due to severe brain damage.

Despite court rulings and public opinion, there are still many cases where women are denied medical treatment because they are pregnant. The case of Savita Halappanavar is simply the one that has received the most media attention. Following her case and a 2010 European Court of Human Rights ruling, Ireland passed the Pregnancy Life Protection Act (PLDPA) in 2013, which listed 25 hospitals public places where women could have abortions if their lives were in danger. including suicide. However, the guidance document for this act created several restrictions, such as requiring two medical specialists to certify that the woman’s life was in danger.

The PLDPA also failed to address cases where the fetus would not survive. At this point, the United Nations Human Rights Committee got involved and concluded in 2016, and then again in 2018, that Ireland violated a woman’s right to privacy by not giving her information on how to obtain an abortion after learning that her fetus had died fatally. birth defect.

Finally, after so many lost court cases, public disapproval, reports of over 170,000 women traveling to the UK for abortions, sustained activism and declining church influence catholic after child abuse scandals in the 1990s, the Irish government finally decided to act in 2016. It created a Citizens’ Assembly made up of 99 randomly selected people and reflecting the Irish population in terms of demographics such as age, gender, geography and diversity of beliefs about abortion.

After meeting several times over five months and hearing from medical, legal and ethical experts, the assembly issued a report recommending that abortion be legal in Ireland up to 12 weeks, or at any time during the pregnancy if certain conditions are met, such as a threat to the life of the woman or the fetus. Following this report, the Irish government debated the issue and eventually organized the referendum which was passed in 2018.

Ireland’s story offers hope that the United States might find a way to legalize abortion, but it also shows how a government can obstruct changes that have strong public support by passing unpopular legislation and blocking any attempt at judicial reform. Ireland’s history shows how many setbacks abortion rights activists are likely to face in the post-Dobbs United States, and how women’s lives will be weighed down and even sacrificed along the way. There are no quick fixes, only painful lessons to learn. But only learning these lessons will undo the Dobbs decision and give American women the right to choose an abortion.

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Orange County Pacific Islander Asian American Midterm Voters

Expanding efforts to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander voters for midterm elections, national political group targets three close congressional races in Orange County and looks to small businesses to build support for Democrats .

Justice Unites Us, a super PAC led by Democrats AAPI, will focus on trying to overthrow the OC-centric interior seats of Republican Representatives Young Kim and Michelle Steel while protecting Democratic Representative Katie Porter in a mostly coastal district.

As part of its multimillion-dollar nationwide effort, the organization plans to tap into small business hubs — grocery stores, dry cleaners, convenience stores — to help raise voter awareness.

Organizers will meet with owners to explain why they are trying to rally the AAPI community to vote and ask if they are willing to help the cause, Justice Unites Us said. They will ask owners to submit documentation about the election – printed in several languages ​​or in the language most used in the neighborhood – and to use their influence with loyal customers to inform them about the races.

The super PAC’s approach is one that immigrant communities might be more receptive to, said Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance who is honorary co-chair of Justice Unites Us.

Lieu, who is Taiwanese American, highlighted his own upbringing, which included helping his family with their small business. They sold gifts and jewelry at flea markets until they were able to run six gift shops. He recounted how many people came in or passed when he and his brother were guarding one of the stores after school.

For Asian American residents of Orange County and elsewhere, “maybe the best way to get their information is to go talk to someone they know or have a conversation in a local small business with the owner they know,” Lieu said. “They’re talking to another friend at a local small business who has a bunch of flyers for Jay Chen for Congress. They take one and they see it in their language.

Chen, a businessman, lieutenant commander of the Naval Reserve and administrator of Mt. San Antonio College, challenges Steel in the new 45th congressional district, which includes the Asian American centers of Westminster, Cerritos and Artesia. Pulmonologist Dr. Asif Mahmood competes with Kim in the 40th District, which includes Rancho Santa Margarita and Aliso Viejo.

The Republican National Committee is also providing updates on what motivates AAPI voters, with outreach activities such as setting up tables at gas stations to ask residents about their concerns. The committee’s presence in Orange County, where it opened an AAPI community center last year, is its strongest in the state because of its “robust team,” the California RNC spokeswoman said. , Hallie Balch.

Both major parties have traditionally ignored these demographics until recently, when Orange County races became more competitive and officials realized the size and growth of this diverse population, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of politics. public at UC Riverside.

According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States. In Orange County, home to one of the nation’s largest Asian American communities, more than a fifth of the population is AAPI, according to the US Census.

Minh Nguyen, executive director of Justice Unites Us, noted the diversity of Orange County’s AAPI population and said, “If our voters unite, we can not only help Democrats win two targeted races, but potentially help our party keep control of the House. .”

In addition to partnering with businesses, PAC will also focus on traditional door-to-door and phone banking campaigns in its target areas, including Orange County.

The county has long been a dark red conservative stronghold, but it has turned increasingly purple in recent years. In March, 37% of registered voters in the county were Democrats, compared to about 33% registered as Republicans, according to the nonpartisan California Target Book, a subscription service detailing political campaign information.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has committed a seven-figure nationwide investment to help mobilize AAPI voters a year ahead of the midterms. He plans to work with community leaders on awareness, conduct research into the needs of various fields, and dispel misinformation on social media.

Justice Unites Us — which under political action committee rules is not allowed to coordinate with campaigns — is also launching its targeted outreach in key U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and in Georgia.

Significant investment and a focus on AAPI voters helped Democrats narrowly sweep all seven of OC’s congressional districts in 2018, Ramakrishnan said.

In 2020, Kim and Steel helped Republicans repel the Blue Wave and retake two competitive congressional districts in Orange County. The women also made history as two of the first three Korean American women elected to the United States House of Representatives.

The following year, the RNC took advantage of the momentum and opened an Asia-Pacific American Community Center in the tiny Saigon of Westminster.

The facility, which is also used as an RNC field office, has been used by residents to hold dance lessons, share meals together and play games, in addition to telephone banking, Balch said.

The RNC has also expanded the languages ​​offered in outreach materials to include Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese as well as Hindi and Spanish. This weekend, the RNC will host its first class at the center for those working on citizenship, providing the kind of civics questions that appear on the naturalization test, Balch said. Participants will also receive help with English skills, she added.

“We have some of the most active volunteers leaving this office,” she said. “The ground game is really strong. There are people knocking on doors every day, phone banking several times a week, and door launches that always happen on weekends.

As campaigns begin to gear up, Ramakrishnan predicts AAPI voters could once again help swing red districts to blue, largely fueled by worries about hate crimes.

He is intrigued to see how the approach used by Justice Unites Us will play out with county businesses.

“These ethnic businesses have traditionally not published partisan literature,” Ramakrishnan said. “It will be interesting to see if some of these posts are more partisan posts – to what extent these ethnic business owners will allow them because they don’t necessarily want to alienate their customer base either. So I think they will have to be creative about how to engage these people.

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Elon University / Today at Elon / ElonComm is strongly represented at the AEJMC conference in Detroit

Faculty members Israel Balderas, Amanda Sturgill and Shannon Zenner received awards at the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication Education’s 2022 national convention.

With a dozen faculty, staff and students in attendance, the Elon University School of Communications was well represented at the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication Education’s 2022 National Convention. (AEJMC) in Detroit last week.

The ElonComm contingent attending the AEJMC 2022 National Convention enjoys a light moment in the rain in Detroit. Photo courtesy of Vanessa Bravo.

The conference, which took place from August 3-6, was the first in-person meeting of the AEJMC in three years and the four-day event included several highlights from ElonComm, including faculty members Israel Balderas , Amanda Sturgill and Shannon Zenner collecting awards.

Sturgill and a team of Interactive Media graduate students won first place in the Communication Technology and Visual Communication divisions’ Best of the Web/Best of Digital competition. In early 2021, a group of six students partnered with the Terra Cotta Heritage Foundation, located in Greensboro, to preserve the history of more than 200 families who lived and worked at Terra Cotta. As part of their project, the graduate students interviewed community members and conducted their own research to create a new website for the foundation, The new site has been designed to share the story of Terra Cotta in an engaging and accessible way for future generations.

Led by Sturgill, the student group included Yasmeen Grandison (Project Manager), Meagan Chalmers (Head of Video), Madeleine Horrell (Content Strategist), Meg Boericke (Head of Design), Michael Boyd (Head of Photography) and Ben Johnson (web developer).

Associate Professor Amanda Sturgill presents the award-winning website her team of Interactive Media students developed for the Terra Cotta Heritage Foundation. Photo courtesy of Bravo.

Zenner was recognized for her first-place faculty paper in the visual communication division. She presented her co-authored research entitled “You’re Just Not My Type: The Relationship between Fonts, Political Ideology, and Affective Polarization”. Additionally, Zenner was recognized as the winner of the 2022 Innovations in Teaching Competition for her research submission titled, “The Simple Self Evaluation: An Ungrading Technique to Increase Risk-Taking and Creativity.”

Finally, Balderas won third place in a teaching ideas competition panel presented by the association’s Law and Politics division.

Assistant Professor Shannon Zenner actively participated in the AEMJC convention, giving presentations, moderating panels and collecting a few awards. Photo courtesy of Zenner.

In addition to this year’s winners, Elon’s conference attendees included Vanessa Bravo, Dan Haygood, Jenny Jiang, Amber Moser, Jane O’Boyle, Hal Vincent and Qian Xu, as well as students Leila Jackson ’22 and Lindsay Gelman ’23.

Below is a recap of other Elon-related activities at the AEJMC convention:

  • Israel Balderas was a panelist on the panel on First Amendment Topics titled “‘Deplorable Speech’: The Radicals, Scoundrels, and Reds Behind Free Speech Precedents.” Organized by the Law and Policy Division of the AMCY, the panel profiled the individuals and groups behind many of the most lauded and famous precedents in free speech, including their motivations and reactions to their cases. Balderas was also a panelist on a teaching session titled “Designing and Teaching the Combined Law and Ethics Course.”
  • jenny jiang and Qian Xu co-presented “Co-evolution of discourse between influencers and regular users: A case study of tweets using the co-hashtags of #StopAsianHate and #BlackLivesMatter” as part of a committee-based article research session of reading. The session highlighted the positive impact of social media. Jiang, Xu, and Ashleigh Afromsky shared additional research, titled “What do employers expect for jobs requiring media analysis? A Comparison Between In-Person and Remote Positions During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” during the Internships and Careers Interest Group Best Papers session.
  • Amber Moser was a panelist for a teaching session titled “Preparing for Careers Beyond Academia after PhD”. The panel explored how PhD students can prepare for careers outside of academia by talking with PhD students. graduates who have secured employment in the technology industry.
  • Leila Jackson ’22 presented “Black, biracial or otherwise? An Analysis of Tweets Concerning Meghan Markle’s Race” as part of the Cultural and Critical Studies Division’s peer-reviewed article session. The session focused on critical and cultural studies in media communication.
  • bravo vanessa moderated the Minorities and Communication Division High Density Research Session and served as a commentator for the Division’s Best Papers, MAC Division Session. Additionally, Bravo presented the faculty and student scholarships to the respective winners at the MAC Division Social Gathering.
  • Shannon Zenner moderated a research group session titled “The Future of Visual Research and Visual Meaning Creation: Shaping Our Tools, Techniques, Methodologies, and Partnerships” and co-hosted the Visual Communication Division’s annual luncheon . Additionally, she served as a commentator for the division’s peer-reviewed papers session (poster) examining conflict, ideology, and memory.
  • Hal Vincent facilitated a session on professional freedom and responsibility titled “Beyond the Classroom: Leveraging Extracurricular Experiences to Equip Students from Diverse Backgrounds to Compete for the Best Jobs.” He was also a panelist for a session titled “Welcome Home: Celebrating, Encouraging and Coaching the Hybrid Practitioner/Scholar/Teacher Model at AEJMC”.
  • Amanda Sturgill participated in the discussion at the Communication Technology Division’s Top Faculty Research Session.

Also present was Elon’s graduate Contia’ Prince ’18, G’19, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prince presented a research paper titled “Instagram Faces and Fashion Nova Bodies: Black Women, Cosmetic Surgery and Hyper-Visual Culture,” at a session hosted by the Minorities and Communications Division.


The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a non-profit educational association of educators, students and media professionals in journalism and mass communication. The association’s mission is to advance education, foster scholarly research, cultivate better professional practice, and promote the free flow of communication.

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Breakthrough: Landmark Climate Bill Passes Senate

As record heatwaves and flooding continue to hit communities across the United States, lawmakers have just taken a big step to address the climate crisis that is triggering and intensifying these disasters.

On August 7, the Senate passed the “Cut Inflation Act of 2022,” a budget deal that invests nearly $370 billion in renewable energy, environmental justice programs, old-growth forest protection, and other measures. According to an outside analysis, the bill will reduce U.S. climate emissions by at least 40% over the next eight years.

The novel crowns a year-and-a-half-long saga in which the legislative vehicle delivering these climate solutions has changed shape, changed name, clashed with political intrigue, and come back from the dead more once. Ie could not have crossed the finish line without the passionate voices of people like our members and supporters—thank you!

“Today is a great day. As climate alarm bells ring across the country, we celebrate and sigh with relief as the Senate passes the largest investment in climate and environmental justice in history. of the United States,” Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society, said in a statement about the bill passage.

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How to create a successful e-commerce site

Organizations can build e-commerce sites relatively quickly, but for maximum success they need to consider key elements such as layout, catalog quality, and product pricing.

E-commerce websites can reach large audiences and allow people to shop 24/7, which can help organizations increase revenue and acquire new customers. Additionally, these sites require less overhead to operate than physical stores. However, if business owners do not consider the target audience, page design, and contact center staffing before building their e-commerce websites, their sites may fail due to a Poor CX and customer service.

Why create an e-commerce site?

An e-commerce website can boost an organization’s customer experience because it provides customers with the convenience and flexibility to shop anywhere, anytime. These online stores can use automatic product recommendations to provide customers with a personalized shopping experience and improve an organization’s ability to sell. Additionally, e-commerce sites can generate a high return on investment as they require a small investment compared to physical stores, which require location rental, utility fees, and in-store staff.

8 steps to create an e-commerce site

E-commerce websites can generate significant revenue, but only if organizations follow best practices. To create a successful e-commerce website, business owners should follow the following steps.

1. Consider an e-commerce platform

Organizations no longer need to design a top-down e-commerce website. In the past, they had to customize every catalog, checkout, and shipping page themselves. Now, organizations have the option of integrating their sites with an e-commerce platform.

Several vendors offer platforms that allow professionals to customize page designs and integrate them with their organization’s domain name. These platforms, many of which offer simple administrative functions, include the following:

  • Shopify
  • Square
  • BigCommerce
  • Wix
  • WooCommerce
  • Amazon
  • eBay

Although many platforms largely target US and European markets, other e-commerce platforms, such as and Alibaba, provide access to markets in China. Organizations that don’t want to invest in web development should consider an e-commerce platform.

2. Design for target audience and brand identity

Organizations need to identify their target audiences so that they can create an e-commerce site design that meets customer expectations. For example, customers of a jewelry store probably appreciate fashion and elegance and would appreciate a trendy and stylish site design when shopping online. Conversely, an outdoor clothing store may wish to focus their site design on robustness. Customer demographics such as age, gender, income level, and geographic location can help organizations understand the design preferences of their audience.

Additionally, organizations need to match their e-commerce site design to their brand identity to encourage brand recognition. For example, if a beauty salon uses a pink star as its logo, they might consider a pink-themed site design that features the logo in key places. Once organizations have identified their target audiences, creative teams can design layouts that resonate with their customers and brand identity.

3. Build a marketing strategy

To maximize site traffic, organizations should market their e-commerce sites across all channels that can reach their target audiences, which can include social media and Google Ads. Additionally, marketing teams should use SEO best practices in their content to reach new search engine users and send out email newsletters to stay in touch with existing customers.

Discover eight steps that can help organizations build successful e-commerce websites.

4. Offer a mobile option

Many people use their phones to shop online. Therefore, before an organization develops their e-commerce site or chooses a third-party platform, they must ensure that the developers or the platform can facilitate a smooth mobile experience. Organizations can also create mobile apps that customers can download for free on iPhone and Android devices. While developing mobile apps can cost organizations a lot more than just a mobile-friendly website, these apps can offer customers a more personalized and engaging CX than a website.

5. Create a loyalty program

Loyalty programs reward customers for their loyalty, which can help organizations increase sales on their e-commerce sites. These programs often follow a free model where customers can sign up at no cost and earn points as they spend more money with the organization. Other organizations offer a paid membership model where members pay membership fees but receive instant benefits. Whether free or subscription-based, loyalty programs can boost customer retention and brand loyalty.

6. Offer a detailed catalog and competitive prices

Online shoppers expect detailed product descriptions. Organizations should therefore provide high-quality images and text descriptions for all items in their catalogs. Organizations can even consider video descriptions for high-end or complex items. Additionally, web customers can easily discover competitors’ prices online, so organizations need to offer competitive pricing on their e-commerce sites.

7. Personalize the shopping experience

Organizations can increase their online sales by personalizing their customers’ shopping experiences. For example, organizations can use automatic recommendations on their e-commerce sites to provide personalized product suggestions to customers based on their web activity and purchase history. These recommendations can introduce customers to relevant new products and increase an organization’s sales.

8. Adequately staff a contact center

While e-commerce may eliminate the need for employees to take orders, process credit cards, and send product information, customer service agents must respond to customer inquiries and product questions. and services. For example, organizations need to have appropriate staffing in their contact centers so agents can respond quickly to customer emails, phone calls, social media posts, and live chat requests.

With third-party e-commerce platforms, organizations can quickly set up an e-commerce website. However, business leaders should not rush the process. Before building their websites, organizations need to consider key elements, such as target audience, design, catalog quality, marketing strategy, mobile functionality, and contact center staffing.

If an organization launches an e-commerce site before it has quality item descriptions or staffs its contact center appropriately, poor CX and customer service can frustrate customers and hurt the brand. Additionally, online stores face stiff competition, so organizations need to price their products appropriately and ensure that their sites work well on desktop and mobile devices.

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Senate votes overwhelmingly to add Sweden and Finland to NATO

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a treaty that would expand NATO to include Finland and Sweden, with Republicans and Democrats joining arms to pave the way for one of the most significant expansions of NATO. alliance for decades amid Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine.

The vote was 95 to 1, with only Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, opposing the decision. The lopsided tally, far exceeding the two-thirds support needed to approve a treaty, underscored the bipartisan appetite for a tougher Western military alliance, even amid threats from Russian officials that Sweden and Finland would face retaliation if they joined NATO.

“Finland and Sweden’s membership will further strengthen NATO, and is all the more urgent in view of Russian aggression, in view of Putin’s immoral and unjustified war in Ukraine,” he said. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and Majority Leader. “Putin is strengthening the NATO alliance, and nothing shows it better” than the resounding approval of the pact by the Senate.

The 30 current members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must ratify the membership of the two countries. Twenty-two countries have already done so, but just two weeks ago Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to block membership bids from Finland and Sweden, which would prolong the process.

Still, US approval is a crucial step, and the vote was a triumph for President Biden. It was a vindication of his willingness to rally Western allies to confront Mr. Putin’s brutal campaign in Ukraine and a step towards fulfilling his commitment as presidential candidate to restore badly frayed alliances during the era Trump and to reaffirm the role of the United States in protecting democracy around the world.

“This historic vote sends an important signal of the United States’ sustained, bipartisan commitment to NATO and ensuring that our alliance is ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow,” Mr. Biden in a statement, adding that he looked forward to welcoming “two strong democracies with highly capable militaries, into the greatest defensive alliance in history.”

Democrats have argued that adding Sweden and Finland to NATO would reduce the burden on the United States and the wider alliance.

“More than ever, it’s crystal clear that NATO plays a vital role in America’s security and as a bulwark in protecting peace and democracies around the world,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

“Seventy years ago, the democratic nations of Europe and the United States came together to defend the liberty, liberty and individual rights of their citizens against the threat of a militarized Soviet Union,” continued Mr Menendez. “Now – as then – the defensive alliance serves as a bulwark of stability and the rule of law for the peoples of its member states.”

The voting margin also reflected a stark rejection by Republicans of the “America First” philosophy espoused by President Donald J. Trump, who openly disdained NATO and American commitments to international organizations.

Some Republicans in the Senate have watched with concern as a growing number of their colleagues, seeking to emulate Mr. Trump and appeal to his supporters, have taken anti-interventionist stances at odds with their party’s traditional hawkish stance. Even when Mr. Trump occupied the White House, foreign policy was one of the few areas where Republicans dared to challenge him.

Wednesday’s crushing tally – with just one defection – was one of the strongest rejections to date of this isolationist worldview. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, voted present.

Few Republicans have expressed qualms about striking a mutual defense pact with a country that shares an 800-mile border with Russia, arguing instead that it would strengthen the alliance.

The vote came a day after Republicans in the House rallied around Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California – one of their bitterest political opponents – for defying Chinese government warnings and surrendering. in Taiwan. That support and Wednesday’s resounding vote stands in stark contrast to the pitched battles Republicans have fought with Democrats over domestic policy.

It also marked the success of a concerted effort by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and Minority Leader, who has long pushed against anti-interventionist tension in his party but has in recent months launched a particularly aggressive effort to publicly rallying support for the kind of assertive military presence abroad that was once considered Republican orthodoxy.

Determined to show the world that Mr. Trump’s views on military aid and alliances had no sway over Senate Republicans, the Republican leader visited Ukraine, Sweden and Finland in May. .

Mr McConnell argued that Sweden and Finland would be able to shoulder their share of the defense burden, in a bid to counter a concern frequently voiced by Tories about being added to the alliance. And he had argued to his members that ‘even closer cooperation’ with the two nations would help the United States counter China, another argument made by Republicans saying the United States needed to shift its defense resources. from Europe to Asia.

“Their membership will make NATO stronger and America more secure,” McConnell said in a speech to the Senate on Wednesday. “If a senator is looking for a valid excuse to vote no, I wish him luck.”

Only Mr Hawley, who is widely seen as an aspiring presidential candidate in 2024, voted against the treaty, writing in an opinion piece that ‘NATO expansion would almost certainly mean more US forces in Europe long-term”.

“Faced with this harsh reality, we have to choose,” Mr Hawley said. “We need to do less in Europe (and elsewhere) in order to prioritize China and Asia.”

The other four Republican senators who are widely believed to have presidential aspirations — Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida — all voted in favor of the expansion.

Mr. Cruz, in a brief interview, called NATO “the most successful military alliance in modern history” and said “bringing in serious additional military capabilities” would only strengthen it.

And Mr Cotton visited the Senate on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the vote to make a point-by-point argument against opponents of the treaty, calling them “scaremongers and backwards”.

“Some critics say America shouldn’t commit to protecting countries halfway around the world,” Cotton said. “But these criticisms come seven decades too late. We are already bound by treaty to defend more than two dozen nations in Europe.

The “real question today”, he said, “is whether adding two capable and strong nations to our mutual defense pact will make us stronger or weaker”.

Only the Senate has the power to review and approve treaties. Last month, in a show of solidarity, the House passed a non-binding resolution supporting Finland and Sweden joining NATO, by 394 votes to 18.

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Biden’s big win came from embracing a long political tradition


President Joe Biden is finally on a winning streak.

He and his allies in Congress have passed or are about to pass several major bills. Alongside a major domestic semiconductor production bill, Biden could soon win a budget reconciliation bill that includes significant climate action, a three-year extension of the Act’s expanded insurance premium subsidies. Affordable Care (ACA) and several provisions designed to reduce prescription drug prices, all while reducing the deficit through a new minimum corporate tax, increased IRS enforcement and cost savings incorporated into health care arrangements.

The reconciliation bill is still a shrunken remnant of Biden’s once-ambitious ‘Build Back Better’ proposal, leaving the question of whether that limited — but still real — achievement excites voters enough to improve Biden’s approval rating. Biden.

The health care provisions are a good example. The prescription drug measures and insurance subsidies will make a difference in the lives of many Americans, but they do not fundamentally change an inefficient, expensive and inequitable health care system. They’re also more limited than the proposals in the original Build Back Better bill, which included new Medicare benefits, increased Medicaid coverage for postpartum care, and premium subsidies for those whose states haven’t expanded. Medicaid as permitted by the ACA. The bill also made a wider range of prescription drugs subject to price negotiations.

The history of health care politics, however, suggests that this is how change generally happens in this area – not just in the United States but around the world.

It’s not that liberal leaders didn’t try to make sweeping reforms.

For decades, American presidents have worked to transform the health care system. Franklin D. Roosevelt did not include National Health Insurance in the Social Security Act of 1935 because he feared opposition from physicians would defeat the entire bill. But Harry S. Truman took over, twice proposing such legislation, only to see the leading organization of physicians, the American Medical Association, step up in exactly the way Roosevelt had feared.

And yet, despite Truman’s legislative defeats, Congress passed the Hill-Burton Act, which funded the building of hospitals in underserved areas, and the National Heart Act, which expanded the National Institutes of Health. (NIH) into several interrelated institutes focused on specific disease areas. . While not the sweeping transformations envisioned by Truman and his allies, it increased access to health care nationwide, and the expanded NIH laid the foundation for much of the research modern medicine.

Lyndon B. Johnson is often hailed as a president who did great things – nothing seems more emblematic of his legislative credentials than the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. In fact, however, Medicare represented a strategic post-defeat retreat. Truman’s proposals. by those who dreamed of national health insurance. Realizing that the elderly were a sympathetic and vulnerable population that private insurers had little interest in covering, they were successful in obtaining health coverage for the elderly.

During the 1970s, Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) all pursued various forms of national health insurance and, in Carter’s case, serious hospital cost control. . None passed, and Kennedy later regretted not compromising on any of the universal coverage proposals. A limited measure that became law was the Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) Act of 1973, which required employers to offer HMOs as an insurance option, while imposing restrictive regulations that effectively limited their initial growth. . For better or for worse, this legislation had consequences: it laid the foundation for the “managed care” revolution of the 1980s and 1990s, which transformed health care by requiring pre-approval of medical services by insurers to limit overspending.

Even during the 1980s — generally seen as an era of social policy retreat — congressional Democrats succeeded in expanding Medicaid eligibility and began the process of de-stigmatizing the program and making it a central pillar of care. American health. These achievements did not spark widespread celebrations, but they continued the slow expansion model of affordable coverage.

Bill Clinton’s presidency embodied more than half a century of political health care struggles – in 1994, his iconic universal coverage plan collapsed and burned. Yet Clinton banded together politically and worked with the bipartisan duo of Kennedy and Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.) to pass legislation that provided a basis for federal regulation of private insurance, enabled workers to retain employer coverage after leaving a job and increased patient numbers. privacy. During his second term, Clinton won passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a major expansion of federal-state health coverage for low-income children.

None of these measures introduced a single-payer health care system, as activists might have wished. However, all made only limited improvements to the existing system, solved problems and established a starting point for subsequent legislative cycles.

This set the stage for Barack Obama, who carried out the most complete reinvention of our system to date. Yet the ACA relied almost entirely on the regulation, reorganization and subsidization of existing private insurance structures. His use of individual and employer mandates mirrored earlier Republican proposals dating back to Nixon, suggesting that with greater willingness to strike a deal, Kennedy or Clinton could have accomplished something similar decades earlier. The ACA also dramatically expanded Medicaid and completed a 30-year process to integrate what had once been a poorly funded and stigmatized “social medicine” program into the heart of the American system.

The ACA, however, left a lot of things up in the air. Perhaps its most notable shortcomings have been the sudden drop in insurance subsidies to a level where many middle-income Americans still cannot afford private coverage, and the failure to address the price of prescription drugs.

This set the stage for Biden’s presidency and hope that Biden will usher in great legislation, like Roosevelt and Johnson before him. But the realities of a 50-50 Senate, a deeply divided party with unresolved ideological conflicts and, of course, the unpredictability of national and global events (in particular, a stubborn pandemic, runaway inflation and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia) intervened.

A drastic change will not happen, again. Yet Congress is poised to pass health care legislation that follows the now-familiar pattern: It may not excite activists, but it will make crucial changes to the health care system that will will make many Americans’ medications cheaper and their insurance premiums cheaper. more affordable.

The challenge for the Biden administration is to make sure voters understand that this kind of incremental change, whether in health care or on climate and technology policy, is exactly the kind of politically messy, technical progress but ultimately substantial and lasting that Biden promised during the 2020 election.

This pattern also fits the global history of health care policy. In most other countries, the health care system has also developed gradually over time. This includes the UK’s National Health Service, which evolved from workers’ insurance programs set up in 1911 and expanded to include emergency medical care benefits during World War II. Similarly, the systems in Canada, France and Germany also developed gradually and built on pre-existing structures and institutions.

Like presidents and lawmakers before him, Biden is now plotting the next round of changes that will make health care more attainable for more Americans.

So the reconciliation bill may not transform health care overnight, but it’s still a huge win.

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‘Everyone seems to think it’ll go away on its own’: Hockey parents frustrated with the sport’s toxic culture

WARNING: This article contains abuse details.

As Hockey Canada grapples with the public fallout over its organization’s handling of sexual assault claims in the past, some Canadians are wondering how anyone could trust hockey’s national governing body and are calling for action and change at all levels of sport.

“I’m not sure it’s still possible for women to trust an organization with that kind of history,” said Beatrice van Dijk, mother of four girls who played hockey in Toronto. Cross country review.

“I’m not sure it’s possible for parents who care about young men being raised in an environment of non-toxic, non-highly sexualized power to trust an institution that has allowed such behavior. “

The Hockey Canada controversy began in May, when the organization reached a settlement with a young woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in 2018 by eight Canadian Hockey League players, including members of the World Junior Team of that year.

Since then, Sport Canada, an arm of the federal Department of Heritage, has frozen funding for Hockey Canada. Several sponsors, including Scotiabank and Tim Hortons, have suspended or withdrawn their sponsorships of the organization.

Halifax police have also opened an investigation into a separate 2003 gang sexual assault allegation involving members of Canada’s 2003 World Juniors team.

Lack of responsibility

Hockey Canada executives testifying before a House of Commons committee on Wednesday said they had paid $8.9 million for sexual abuse settlements to 21 plaintiffs since 1989 from the “National Equity Fund,” which, according to them, is generated by membership fees and investments.

It’s an embarrassing time for a Canadian associated with hockey.-Beatrice van Dijk, mother of four hockey-playing daughters

Van Dijk, whose husband was a professional hockey player in Germany, said it shows action is not being taken to hold people accountable.

“It’s an embarrassing time to be a Canadian associated with hockey,” she said.

“I don’t know why you would want to accept an invitation to attend one of Hockey Canada’s events, given that it has been tarnished by this story.”

Van Dijk, who is 48 and now lives in New York state, says incidents like the one Hockey Canada is currently dealing with are nothing new.

“Everyone seems to think it’s going to go away on its own, and nobody wants to talk about the details.”

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Beatrice Van dijk is a mother of 4 girls who played hockey in Toronto

A long-standing problem

Former Canadian Hockey League goaltender Brock McGillis has first-hand experience of the toxic culture of hockey.

He played for the Windsor Spitfires and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League from 2001 to 2002. He was in his late teens at the time and said his experiences in the junior hockey locker room made him hate his life.

Former Ontario Hockey League player Brock McGill came out in November 2016 and is now an activist in the LGBTQ+ space. (Submitted by Brock McGillis)

“The impact of being a gay man in there, of hiding who I was and adhering to norms and becoming a philandering hockey brother – and what it did to me, I mean, quite honestly, I was going home … and trying to die by suicide,” he said. Cross Country Record.

McGillis, who came out in November 2016, says conformity is one of the biggest barriers to hockey culture.

“People dress the same…talk the same whether they are or not,” he said. “There’s no place to be anything other than the norm – and if you are, you’re different.”

According to McGillis, because the players are predominantly white, mostly middle to upper class, and generally assumed to be straight, it creates an environment in the locker room where people can say and do things without being held accountable, including using language and engaging in behavior that hurts women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.

“Then, in turn, you see thoughts and behaviors that lead to bigotry, misogyny, and sexual assault.”

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Teresa Fowler, an assistant professor of education at Concordia University in Edmonton, is part of a team that interviewed elite-level male hockey players about their experiences with sexism, misogyny and hypermasculinity in the sport. She says her research shows the problem is pervasive, persistent and systematic.

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Some of the blame lies with the adults in those spaces for not doing more to hold those players accountable, McGillis says, citing coaches who come from the same culture and reinforce it in their own coaching.

“And usually hockey players have hockey babies,” he said. “Parents who come from the hockey culture place their kids in hockey. So it’s a learned and normalized culture.”

No one wants to be the person who seems to be stirring the pot.-Theresa Bailey, co-founder of Canadian Hockey Moms

Theresa Bailey, a hockey parent for about 16 years and co-founder of advice website Canadian Hockey Moms, says parents want to have those conversations, but avoid speaking publicly for fear their kids will face repercussions.

“I think everybody wants to talk about these things, but nobody wants to get in trouble with member associations or provincial associations,” she said. Cross Country Record.

“Nobody wants to be the person who looks like they’re stirring the pot.”

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Hockey culture must change, advocates say, amid new sexual assault allegations

Calls for accountability from Hockey Canada are growing – along with demands for a change in hockey culture – after police opened an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at the 2003 World Juniors.

Bailey says she thinks people in positions of power in minor hockey associations that are typically volunteer-based aren’t equipped or trained enough to deal with the toxic aspects of hockey culture.

“It’s tricky,” she said. “I’ve seen people not really know how to deal with some of the issues that come up, or deal with them in a way that prevents people from coming forward.”

To take a position

Bailey believes the best way to eliminate the toxic atmosphere is for Hockey Canada and similar associations to encourage diversity within teams, coaching staffs and the board of directors.

“I don’t know what else to do but put people in there with differing opinions that won’t be shut down.”

Looking ahead, van Dijk believes there is an opportunity to fix hockey culture – and the first step is for parents to take a stand with their wallets when it comes to paying fees in associations local hockey.

“I would say, ‘I’ll pay you that fee, but only if you don’t pay anything to the provincial hockey association until that provincial hockey association takes a stand on Hockey Canada,'” she said.

“Because our fees are going to enable confusing, toxic and predatory sexual behavior among young men, and we don’t want that kind of society.”

Support is available for anyone who has experienced sexual assault. You can access crisis lines and local support services through this Government of Canada website or the Canadian Association for the Elimination of Violence Database. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety or the safety of those around you, please call 911.

If you or someone you know is having trouble, here’s where to get help:

This guide to Center for Addiction and Mental Health explains how to talk about suicide with someone you’re worried about.

Written by Mouhamad Rachini. Produced by Abby Plener and Steve Howard.

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10 biggest data breaches in history and how to prevent them

Data breaches happen for many reasons, as evidenced by this list of the biggest data breaches in history. Whether it’s an outdated and vulnerable network or an employee clicking on a phishing email, data breaches can harm a business and its reputation.

A number of lessons can be learned from reviewing past data breaches. In fact, some of the most damaging breaches listed here could have been avoided if organizations had followed simple good cybersecurity hygiene practices.

Learn about the biggest data breaches, based on the number of compromised records, and get tips on how to prevent a similar breach in your organization.


Compromised files: 3 billion

Breakup date: August 2013

Publication date: December 2016

Yahoo initially announced in 2016 that its 2013 breach affected only one billion accounts. After Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2017, news broke that the figure was actually 3 billion. The breach affected Yahoo email accounts and other company services, including Tumblr, Flickr, Yahoo Fantasy Sports and Yahoo Finance.

Malicious hackers obtained users’ names, dates of birth, phone numbers and passwords, as well as security questions and email addresses used to reset passwords. No financial data – such as credit card numbers or bank details – was exposed. Yahoo said in its initial disclosure that it forced password resets for all accounts that had been changed since 2013 and invalidated old security questions and accounts. To date, the cause of the breach has not been disclosed.

How to prevent this type of attack:

  • Perform continuous security monitoring and testing.
  • Perform vulnerability and penetration testing regularly to enable security teams to fix flaws before cybercriminals can take advantage of them.

2. Aadhar

Files compromised: 1.1 billion

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: January 2018

The records of 1.1 billion Indian citizens have been exposed after a breach of Aadhaar, the country’s government identification database. Although it is not mandatory for citizens to register with the database, it is mandatory for those who wish to access certain government resources or aids.

The Tribune reported the breach after journalists paid someone on WhatsApp 500 Indian rupees (about $8 in 2018) for a code allowing unauthorized access to names, dates of birth, email addresses, phone numbers and codes from the database. The seller offered journalists – for an additional Rs 300 (about $5 in 2018) – software that would allow them to print unique ID cards.

The seller was part of a group that gained access to the database through former Aadhaar employees, according to The Tribune. ZDNet later reported that the leak involved a system run by a public utility company that accessed the database through an insecure API used to verify customer identities.

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3. America’s first financial

Compromised files: 885 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: May 2019

In May 2019, security researcher Brian Krebs reported that 885 million First American Financials files had been leaked from the insurance company’s website. The records, which dated back to 2003, included bank account information, social security numbers, mortgage records, tax documents and photocopies of driver’s licenses. The website did not require a password to access the files.

First American said it “became aware of a design flaw in an application that made possible unauthorized access to customer data.” The design error, known as insecure direct object reference (IDOR)is an access control vulnerability where a link intended for a specific user is created but does not verify the user’s identity to allow access.

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4. Online spambot

Compromised files: 711 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: August 2017

In 2017, security researcher Troy Hunt reported that Benkow, a Paris-based security researcher, discovered an exposed spam server known as Onliner. Benkow gave Hunt the spambot’s list of 711 million exposed records, which included email addresses and passwords.

Onliner was spread via a data-stealing Trojan horse for at least a year before it was detected.

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Compromised files: 533 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: April 2021

A 2021 Facebook data breach was reported after a leaked database containing the sensitive data of 533 million users was posted on a hacking forum page. Facebook said malicious actors obtained the phone numbers, names, locations and email addresses of its users by scraping, not hacking, its systems. Scraping is a process that allows users and robots to extract data from publicly available websites.

Facebook said it believed the threat actors had harvested the data using a feature designed to help users find friends by connecting their account to their contact lists. The company changed the feature in September 2019, after discovering it was being used for malicious purposes, to prevent future scraping.

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Data breaches affect every industry, from hospitality to technology and finance.


Compromised files: 500 million

Breakup date: November/December 2014

Publication date: September 2016

Yahoo has the unique distinction of not only being at the top of our list of biggest data breaches, but also being on the list for two separate events.

Yahoo announced in 2016 that 500 million of its accounts were compromised in a state-sponsored attack in 2014. Yahoo said the information stolen could include names, email addresses, birth dates, hashed phone numbers and passwords. In 2018, Karim Baratov was sentenced to five years in prison for the offense after being found guilty of helping Russian intelligence agents gain access to “persons of interest” accounts.

Yahoo attributed the attack to a spear phishing email following an internal investigation.

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7. FriendFinder Networks

Compromised files: 412 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: November 2016

A breach in 2016 exposed the accounts of 412 million users of adult data and entertainment company FriendFinder Networks. The leak included 20 years of usernames, email addresses, passwords and other sensitive information, as well as 15 million deleted accounts that were still in its systems.

The researchers found source code for the company’s production environment and leaked public and private key pairs online. The company confirmed to ZDNet that it fixed an injection vulnerability that allowed access to source code.

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8. Marriott International

Compromised files: 383 million

Breakup date: 2014

Publication date: November 2018

Hotel provider Marriott International announced in 2018 that attackers had accessed its Starwood guest database four years prior. The records exposed included names, phone numbers, passport details, postal and email addresses, guest arrival and departure information and, in some cases, encrypted credit card numbers.

The breach was discovered following an alert from its internal security systems. Attackers had infiltrated the database and encrypted and exfiltrated sensitive data. Marriott originally believed the breach exposed information for 500 million customers, but after further internal investigation, the company announced that the breach affected approximately 383 million customers. The cause of the rupture, however, remains unknown. Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016, but by 2018 had not migrated it to Marriott’s systems; the Starwood database continued to use legacy computing infrastructure.

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9. Twitter

Number of records: 330 million

Breakup date: Unknown

Publication date: May 2018

Twitter advised its more than 330 million users are changing their passwords following a 2018 issue that resulted in some plaintext passwords being stored in an internal logging system. The company said it discovered the bug itself and has since removed unhashed passwords, putting measures in place to prevent future issues.

It remains unclear how long the passwords were exposed and how many users were affected. The social network said it had no evidence the passwords had been maliciously accessed.

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Compromised files: 250 million

Breakup date: December 2019

Publication date: January 2020

Microsoft revealed in 2020 that 250 million customer service and support cases spanning a 14-year period had been leaked online. The company said personal data was removed from records before it was stored, but some plaintext email addresses and IP addresses were exposed. Microsoft said it found no signs of misuse of the recordings, which were on display for just under a month.

Microsoft attributed the breach to the misconfiguration of internal database security rules.

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Proposal for Griner, Whelan follows history of US-Russian prisoner exchanges


Washington’s “substantial offer” to Moscow to free WNBA star Brittney Griner and security consultant Paul Whelan from Russian custody follows a long history of prisoner swaps between the adversaries.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declined to elaborate, but Kirby said the Biden administration is “pursuing all avenues” to bring back Griner and Whelan at home.

News of the US proposal follows the April swap of former US Marine Trevor Reed for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko in Turkey after months of negotiations. At the time, Bill Richardson, a retired lawmaker and diplomat who helped secure Reed’s release, told the Post he hoped the swap would pave the way for others and show that “both countries can, despite our huge differences, achieve a humanitarian breakthrough. ”

On July 27, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed the offer of a prisoner exchange with Russia in exchange for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. (Video: The Washington Post)

An exchange with Griner and Whelan would be the latest in decades of captive swaps between Washington and Moscow. The approach has cooled tensions and brought Americans and their allies home, although critics have argued that the exchanges incite holding Americans hostage.

“There’s a balance to be struck with every arrangement,” Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. “The balance between getting people home, but also making sure our own national security is upheld and that…we don’t encourage hostage taking.”

The first major exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union took place in February 1962, over the Glienicke Bridge connecting East and West Germany. The Americans freed convicted KGB spy Rudolf Abel in exchange for American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. An American student detained in East Germany, Frederic Pryor, was also released as part of the deal.

However, this exchange almost never took place. US authorities were seeking the death penalty for Abel after his arrest in 1957. His US attorney, James Donovan, raised the idea of ​​a prisoner exchange, arguing that Abel would not face the death penalty.

“It is possible that in the foreseeable future,” Donovan said, “an American of equivalent rank will be captured by the Soviet Union or an ally. At that time, a prisoner exchange might be considered to be in the best interest of the United States.

In 1960, Powers’ plane was shot down over the Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union, setting the stage for the exchange.

The exchange was later portrayed in the 2015 Hollywood film “Bridge of Spies” – the nickname given to the Glienicke Bridge, which hosted several other prisoner exchanges during the Cold War. Actor Tom Hanks played Donovan.

After further exchanges in the years that followed, Washington and Moscow staged the largest East-West exchange of its kind when they exchanged more than two dozen people on the Glienicke Bridge in June 1985. United has released three convicted spies and one indicted, including Polish spy Marian Zacharski, who was found guilty of stealing top-secret military technology.

In return, 23 people held in East German and Polish prisons were released. Two other East Germans and their families were also allowed to leave for the West.

It took three years to reach an agreement on the exchange, the Washington Post reported at the time. Richard Burt, who would become US Ambassador to West Germany, expressed his satisfaction, saying those freed by the Russians were “very, very happy people”. A year later, another exchange would see Russian Nobel laureate Anatoly Sharansky freed by Soviet authorities.

Amid Griner trial, Russia warns US against pressure for prisoner swap

Even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, prisoner exchanges continued.

In 2010, US authorities freed 10 Russian agents who had become deeply entrenched in US society by posing as citizens – later inspiring the TV show ‘The Americans’. In exchange, the Kremlin agreed to release four Russian officials it had imprisoned for illegal contacts with the West.

Among the expelled Russian spies was Anna Chapman, whose high-profile spy case caught his international attention. After returning home, she appeared on Russian television and on the cover of the Russian edition of Maxim magazine, dressed in lingerie and holding a gun.

Celebrity columnist Liz Kelly at the time expressed wry relief: “I sleep soundly knowing that this (red-headed) menace is thousands of miles from American shores, now confined to practicing his seduction on Russians. “

While officials haven’t confirmed details of the Griner-Whelan proposal, Blinken’s comments heighten speculation about a potential prisoner swap involving Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer serving a 25-year prison sentence in Illinois for conspiracy to kill Americans and selling weapons to terrorist entities. .

WNBA star Brittney Griner testified on July 27 during her trial in Moscow for drug trafficking. She said her rights were not read when she was detained in February. (Video: Reuters)

Michael McFaul, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, told The Post in April 2020 that trading someone like Bout for Whelan would put the United States in “a tough spot.”

“There’s a real asymmetry in trading an innocent American for a real, convicted felon who happens to have Russian citizenship,” McFaul said.

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Briefs filed with the Supreme Court in defense of affirmative action

Although the Supreme Court last week separated affirmative action cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both universities filed briefs in their cases today. Each brief featured the cases of affirmative action in admissions and was accompanied by the President of Harvard and the Chancellor of Chapel Hill speaking directly about the cases.

Harvard’s brief cited the background and history of the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing “equal protection of laws.” And he pointed out that the Supreme Court has 40 years of precedent confirming the ability of colleges and universities to consider race as one factor among others in admissions decisions.

“The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment understood that race could be seen as advancing overarching governmental goals, rejecting more absolute language [Students for Fair Admissions] would have preferred, and state and federal authorities at the time adopted race-conscious measures to promote the equal participation of African Americans in society,” the brief reads. (Students for Fair Admissions filed the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court cases.)

Additionally, the brief states that the Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that diversity has benefits for education.

“This finding reflects common sense reality, not stereotype,” the brief said. “This court’s repeated statements that the educational benefits of student body diversity are a compelling governmental interest justifying narrowly tailored consideration of race in college admissions are correct, empirically sound, and consistent with precedent. .”

Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow said, “I encourage everyone to read the memoir. He also argues persuasively that the text and history of the 14th Amendment supports the conclusion that the Constitution permits race to be considered as one factor among others in a whole-person admissions process. We remain firm believers that every college and university must retain the freedom and flexibility to create the diverse educational communities that will prepare their students for the opportunities and challenges they will face in an increasingly diverse society.

The University of North Carolina brief highlighted the nature of college admissions. He noted that UNC considers academic performance, class ranking, essays, experiences and potential contributions to the educational environment on campus, geography, military background and socioeconomic background. . UNC only considers race or ethnicity if a student chooses to share that information and, even then, as one of many factors.

“Carolina is passionately public, and we’re proud to be one of the few flagship universities to practice blind admissions and provide assistance to low-debt, full-needs students,” said Chapel Hill Chancellor , Kevin M. Guskiewicz, in a statement. “Our approach to admissions serves the university’s mission and reflects our core values. Every student deserves their place at Carolina.

“As a faculty member here for over 27 years, I have witnessed firsthand the value of our holistic admissions process,” Guskiewicz said. “Each year we welcome new, bright and talented Tar Heels from a variety of backgrounds and with different lived experiences. Their interactions with others who have a wide range of experiences are critical to their education and success in the life after graduation.

Chapel Hill students and alumni also filed a brief with the Supreme Court, in which they harshly criticized the university. Chapel Hill recognized the impact of segregation and Jim Crow in its history, but students and alumni made these points crucial.

“Being black is intrinsically tied to all of my life experiences and, therefore, my candidacy for college,” said Andrew Brennan, UNC Class of 2019. “This lawsuit is a blatant attempt to undervalue and overlook students of color like me. I have witnessed firsthand the benefits of a multiracial campus, which accurately reflects the society we live in and allows students to have a more culturally enriched educational experience. It will be a disservice to all students if we undo the progress we have made in diversifying schools across the country, which is largely through affirmative action.

The other side

Students for Fair Admission could not be reached for comment.

However, in May, when he weighed in with the Supreme Court on the cases, he had a very different view from all the briefs filed on Monday.

Edward Blum, president of the group, said at the time: “The ancient faith that gave birth to the civil rights laws of our country is the principle that an individual’s race should not be used for help or harm him in his life’s endeavors. It is the hope of the vast majority of all Americans that the judges will end these polarizing admissions policies.

Also in May, groups that side with students for fair admissions filed briefs with the Supreme Court.

Many more submissions are expected next week. August 1 is the deadline for submissions supporting Harvard and UNC.

Cases must be debated in the fall.

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WHO updates its COVID-19 strategy with the aim of vaccinating all health workers, most at risk |

The plan prioritizes the vaccination of 100% of healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions, in line with efforts to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population.

More than 12 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide to date, enabling countries to reach an average of 60% of their population.

Yet only 28% of older people and 37% of healthcare workers in low-income countries have received their first round of vaccines, and most have not received booster doses.

Many advantages

“Even where 70% vaccination coverage is achieved, if significant numbers of health workers, the elderly and other at-risk groups are not vaccinated, deaths will continue, health systems will remain under strain and the global recovery will be at risk,” Tedros said. Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.

“Vaccinating all those most at risk is the best way to save lives, protect health systems and keep societies and economies open.”

The updated strategy emphasizes the need to measure progress in vaccinating these priority groups and develop targeted approaches to reach them, which also includes improved access to more displaced people through the response. humanitarian.

Invest and improve

Accelerating the development of improved vaccines and ensuring equitable access to dramatically reduce transmission of the virus is a top priority.

While current vaccines were designed to prevent serious illness and death, and have saved millions of lives, they have not significantly reduced transmission, the WHO said.

As the coronavirus continues to circulate widely and dangerous new variants emerge, the UN agency stressed that it is fundamental to continue investing in research and development to find more effective and simpler ways to administer vaccines, for example via nasal spray products.

WHO also called for other vital actions, such as the equitable distribution of vaccine manufacturing facilities across regions, and underscored its commitment to continue collaborating with the international vaccine solidarity initiative COVAX and others. partners, to support countries in deployment.

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How Apple is empowering people to access their health information

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USA Blue Angels name first female pilot in team history

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conducts a flyover as part of a tour of U.S. cities to honor first responders and essential workers during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID -19) over Houston, Texas, May 6, 2020. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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July 18 (Reuters) – The US Navy’s famed Blue Angels air display team on Monday named the first female pilot in the squadron’s history, the organization said.

Lt. Amanda Lee is one of six new core members selected for the team, which was founded 76 years ago, the Navy said. He said Navy and Marine Corps women have served with the Blue Angels for 55 years, but never before as pilots.

The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 to generate public support and boost Navy morale by performing air moves at air shows, sporting events, and other flying displays.

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Lee, from Mounds View, Minnesota, is currently assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 Demonstration Team, known as the Gladiators, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She and the other new members will report to the Blue Angels in September.

After the current winter season ends, members will undergo five months of training at a California facility before beginning the 2023 show season.

There are 17 officers currently on the Blue Angels. They typically serve two years with the team.

“The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase teamwork and professionalism in the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of ‘excellence and service to country,’ the Navy wrote in a statement.

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Filipinos are buying books to preserve the truth about the Marcos regime

The rush to buy books documenting Marcos’ destructive 21-year reign comes as his son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., takes office after a landslide election victory in May.

Marcos Jr. has never publicly acknowledged or apologized for the human rights abuses, corruption and theft that historians say took place under his father’s leadership.

And there are fears that now that he is in power, he is trying to rewrite history.

Journalist Raissa Robles, author of ‘Marcos Martial Law: Never Again’, said after Marcos Jr.’s victory she received emails from readers around the world asking to reprint the detailed dive into the victims of the martial law.

“The price of the book had almost doubled and yet people were buying the book in batches. They weren’t just buying one or two. They were buying five or 10 at a time,” Robles said.

The main source of concern came from the president himself.

In 2020, when Marcos Jr. was preparing to run for president, he made clear his desire to revise the textbooks that documented his parents’ corrupt and brutal regime.

‘We’ve been calling for this for years,’ Marco Jr. told a National Press Club forum, as he accused those in power since his father’s death of ‘teaching children lies’ .

According to human rights groups, under the Marcos regime, from 1965 to 1986, tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured or killed for perceived or actual criticism of the government. Marcos Sr., who died in exile in 1989, and his wife, Imelda, 93, were also convicted of widespread corruption, including theft of around $10 billion in public money.

The family have repeatedly denied using public funds for their personal use – a claim disputed in several court cases.

CNN contacted the new Marcos government for comment, but did not receive a response.

High demand for Marcos diet books

Marcos Jr. previously asked the “world” to judge him on his actions, not his family’s past. But during his inaugural speech on June 30, he praised his father, the late dictator, saying he had achieved far more than previous administrations since gaining independence in 1946.

“He did it. Sometimes with the necessary support, sometimes without. It will be the same with his son – you will have no excuses from me,” he said.

During his speech, he also touched on the issue of revising learning materials in schools, but said he was not talking about history.
Fernando "bongbong"  Marcos Jr. is sworn in as the new president of the Philippines on June 30, 2022.

“What we teach in our schools, the subjects used, must be re-taught. I am not talking about history, I am talking about the basics, the sciences, the refinement of theoretical skills and the transmission of professional skills”, a he declared.

But those assurances ring hollow for people who suffered under his father’s dictatorship, and others who are skeptical of Marcos’ new leadership.

The sale of books is an indication of this.

Almira Manduriao, editorial marketing manager at Ateneo de Manila University, said the rush for Philippine history books began soon after Marcos Jr. won the May 9 election.

“People were suddenly afraid that literature critical of the dictatorship would be banned,” Manduriao said. “Hence the need to buy and protect the books (when) they still can.”

At least 10 titles covering martial law and the dark past of the Marcos dictatorship remain out of print in the academic press, according to Manduriao.

Some of the campus bookstore’s bestsellers were in reprint, including “Some Are Smarter Than Others: Marcos’ History of Capitalism” by Ricardo Manapat, “The Marital Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” by Primitivo Mijares and “Canal de la Reina” by Liwayway Arceo Bautista.

The book
On May 11, Adarna House, a publishing house founded by Filipino artist Virgilo Almario, offered a 20% discount on a #NeverAgain bundle of five book titles on the Marcos Diet.

In the days that followed, sales skyrocketed and the pre-order waiting list grew, and the company announced that orders could take up to eight weeks to ship.

The offer was a hit with customers, but it also caught the attention of the government.

Alex Paul Monteagudo, director general of the National Intelligence Coordination Agency, accused Adarna House of “radicalizing Filipino children”.

“The Adarna publishing house published these books and they are now on sale to subtly radicalize Filipino children against our government, now!” he wrote on his official Facebook page on May 17.

Monteagudo said in the post that when topics such as martial law and people power revolution – a national uprising that overthrew the Marcos regime in 1986 – are taught in schools, it will “sow the seeds of hatred and dissent in the minds of these children”.

The People Power Revolution overthrew dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in 1986.

Adarna House declined CNN’s request for comment on the allegations.

An Adarna client, Vanessa Louie Cabacungan-Samaniego, who lives and works in Hong Kong, placed a group order with a dozen Filipinos in the city for books on the Marcos dictatorship.

She told CNN she fears the election will allow the Marcos political clan to “work to clear their name and revise the history books or target the media.”

“Buying books to educate ourselves and for the next generation is just our small way to fight injustice,” she said when delivering the first batch of orders in June.

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In recent years, politicians and government officials have demonized publishers and journalists, denouncing their credibility on social media and in public statements.

The day before Marcos Jr. took office, Nobel laureate Maria Ressa said the government had ordered her news agency, Rappler, to shut down.
She said she has been repeatedly harassed over the past six years and facing lawsuits for alleged defamation, tax evasion and violation of foreign media ownership rules.

“It’s bullying. It’s political tactics. We refuse to succumb to it,” she said.

Maria Ressa, journalist, at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, in June 2022.

Michael Pante, a history professor at Ateneo de Manila University, said he fears Marcos Jr. will continue former President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to delegitimize the work of historians, scholars and journalists – and possibly of rewrite the history books.

Reporters Without Borders said that since Duterte’s election in 2016, the media have faced verbal and legal intimidation for work deemed too critical of the government.

“The demonization of historians, scholars (and journalists) will continue,” Pante said. “And the dismissive attitude (towards them) will be enough to generate the fear of speaking out and being arrested or censored.

Filipino archivist Carmelo Crisanto, who heads the Memorial Commission for Victims of Human Rights Violations, is rushing to digitize the files and testimonies of 11,103 survivors of the dictatorship, in time for the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in September.
Filipino archivist Carmelo Crisanto, who heads the Human Rights Violations Victims' Memorial Commission, hopes to digitize the narrative of martial law survivors.  (Source: Memorial Museum of Victims of Human Rights Violations)

He fears that if the stories of martial law survivors are forgotten, people will once again be vulnerable to political violence.

His team of around 30 people and 1,500 university student volunteers – most of them half his age and not themselves experienced in martial law – have been chosen to protect the truth for the next generation.

“I want some of this digital archive to be publicly available, in a way that (can be) easily accessible, to be sent to colleges here in the country and also to some partner institutions overseas, so that the memory and the evidence may never be lost,” he said.

“If there is one lesson that state authorities have learned from the period of martial law, it is that no one (should) go to jail, even if they commit serious human rights violations. ‘man,’ he said.

Robles, the author, said people told him they wanted to give copies of his books to relatives, while others wanted to put aside a reserve in case the new government banned reprints.

“They said they wanted to hide it so that after Marcos presidency they could bring it out and keep the memory alive,” she said.

Robles said she was determined to continue writing and critiquing the country’s political landscape, despite fears of censorship – but she admits: “I’m not just afraid of censorship, I’m afraid of be arrested”.

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UH Press title wins prestigious international award

Thongchai Winichakul’s Mighty Book, Moments of silence: forgetting the massacre of October 6, 1976 in Bangkokpublished in 2020 by the University of Hawaii Press, has been awarded the 2022 EuroSEAS (European Association for Southeast Asian Studies) Humanities Book Prize. held from June 28 to July 1 in Paris-Aubervilliers.

The judges noted the book’s strengths: “This emotionally powerful book tells the story of the memory of a watershed event in Thai politics, the state-organized murder of students at a Bangkok university… What really sets him apart is the centrality of the story Thongchai Winichakul was a leading activist in October 1976, he survived the massacre and has played a central role in remembering the event ever since. In this regard, the book is a masterpiece of reflective scholarly writing, as the author deftly and sensitively navigates the challenges of his own position in the story he tells. …Moments of silence [is] a truly remarkable work and, rare indeed, an eloquent scholarly expression of deep emotion and sadness, itself a monument to those who have died.

Born in Bangkok and a WE a resident since 1991, Winichakul is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first book, Siam Mapped: A History of a Nation’s Geo-Bodyalso published by uh Press (1994), received the 1995 Harry J. Benda Award from the Association for Asian Studies. Still in press, Map of Siam continues to be used as a textbook in university courses across the WE

The biennial EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize recognizes the best scholarly book on Southeast Asia published in the humanities, including archaeology, art history, history, literature, arts of entertainment and religious studies. EuroSEAS aims to stimulate scientific cooperation within Europe in the field of Southeast Asian studies. Every two years, it brings together hundreds of Southeast Asian specialists from all over the world for its international conference.

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Association Between Abortion History and Current Contraceptive Use in Mongolian Women | BMC Women’s Health

Study design, setting, sampling and data collection

This was a cross-sectional survey that analyzed secondary data from the 2018 Mongolian Social Indicators Sample Survey (MSISS) [28]. Mongolia has a population of approximately 2.8 million, with nearly 69% of its population occupying the capital, Ulaanbaatar. [3].. The MSISS complements previous Multiple Indicator Surveys (MCIS) conducted every five years since 1996. The MSISS was first introduced in 2013 with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A total of 14,500 households were sampled. All women aged 15-49 from the sampled provinces were eligible to participate in the survey. A total of 11,737 women were interviewed. In the present study, participants with complete information on all selected variables were analyzed (n = 8373).

Information on MSISS design, methodology and sampling techniques has been detailed elsewhere. [28]. Briefly, the MSISS is a household survey whose final sampling units are the individuals of each enrolled household. The MSISS 2018 was designed to cover more indicators than other previous surveys. The 2018 survey covered five geographical regions (East, West, Central, Khangai and Ulaanbaatar) both in rural and urban areas aiming to provide a large number of estimates of indicators on the situation of women, children and men. The sample selection for the survey was based on a two-stage stratified cluster sampling technique, using the 2017 Population and Household Database sampling frame. A total of 8 Target provinces/districts were selected from the five regions (Bayan-Ulgii, Bay ankhongor, Gobi-Altai, Zavkhan, Umnugovi, Khuvsgul, Bayanzurkh and Nalaikh) from which the samples were taken.

Data was collected by completing questionnaires using computer-assisted personal interviews. Paper-and-pencil interviews were used in the pre-tests, which led to changes in the wording and consistency of some items in the questionnaire. Everyone involved in data collection has undergone rigorous training in interview techniques, questionnaire content and other essentials. The MSISS questionnaire was designed to collect data on the characteristics of households, women, men and children. The data used in this study included self-reported responses. The questionnaire had several sections, including socio-demographic information on women, contraceptive use, unmet need for contraception, access to mass and social media and/or technology, fertility, miscarriages, stillbirths and abortion, maternal and newborn health, attitudes towards domestic violence, adult function and much more. The data extracted for this study was obtained from the sections socio-demographic information of women, use of contraception and miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.

Study variables

Results measurement

The outcome variable was current contraceptive use by women of childbearing age (15 to 49 years). Contraceptive methods were defined as devices, drugs, or methods used to prevent pregnancy [29]. First, we assessed overall contraceptive use (i.e. whether the participant reported using a contraceptive method (yes/no)). The women were asked the following question:Are you currently doing anything or using any method to delay or avoid getting pregnant?”. Second, we assessed the use of a specific contraceptive method. Participants were asked to indicate the type of contraceptive method using the following question “wWhat type of method do you use?”. It was a “yes/no” question. Participants reported using different types of contraceptive methods (i.e. permanent non-reversible methods [male and female sterilization]long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) [IUD or Implants]any other modern contraceptive method [i.e., injections, pills, male or female condoms, foam/jelly]and traditional or natural methods [lactational amenorrhea method (LAM), periodic abstinence/rhythm/calendar, withdrawal] or any other method) they were using at the time of the interview. We created a variable “use of a specific contraceptive method” with nine mutually exclusive categories (ie pills, ‘6’ male condom, ‘7’ female condom, ‘8’ abstinence). Although the question regarding contraceptive use may have been affected by the potential for social desirability bias (in which women may have wanted to report contraceptive use when they did not, resulting in a overestimation of contraceptive use), data collectors were well trained to assure participants of the confidentiality of their responses to ensure that participants provided accurate information.

Primary independent variable

Our main independent variable was abortion history (yes or no). During the survey, women of childbearing age were asked if they had ever experienced a case where their pregnancy ended in miscarriage, stillbirth, missed abortion or abortion. [28]. Responses were self-reported based on the total number of abortion histories in the respondent’s lifetime. The variable was coded “Yes” (for those with a history of abortion) and “No” (for those without a history of abortion).


Variables considered as covariates were selected and classified as individual or community factors based on the literature [30, 31]. Based on our outcome of interest, abortion history, missing cases of each of the covariates used in this study were removed. Age of women (15–19, 20–24, 25–34, 35+), their marital status (married, formerly married/divorced, never married), highest level of education (high school[lower/upper], professional or training center and university/institute/collective), age at first marriage (10–19, 20–29, 30+), currently pregnant (yes/no), already given birth (yes/no), consumption of alcohol (yes/no), age at first alcohol consumption (10–19, 20–29, 30+, Never), total number of children (Less than or equal to 2, Less than or equal to 4, Equal or greater than 5, None) and husband’s age (15-24, 25-34, 35+) were the socio-demographic and individual factors included in this study. Community factors included were area of ​​residence (rural/urban), area of ​​origin (Khangai, Central, East, Ulaanbaatar, West), ethnicity (Khalkh, Kazakh, Other), religion (Buddhist, Islam, Other, No religion), and wealth index score (richest, fourth, middle, second, poorest).

statistical analyzes

The chi-square test was used to examine the distribution of study characteristics by history of abortion and contraceptive use, respectively. We used binary logistic regression to account for the association between outcome and independent variables. The variables assessed in the current analysis were selected based on their importance in the literature [30, 31]. Univariate models were constructed and variables with a p 0.1 indicating the absence of multicollinearity problems in our models. Additionally, we used Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis to compare and assess the accuracy of the four statistical models used. [33, 34]. The higher the AUC value or the larger the area under the curve, the better the performance of the model. The strength of the association was reported as the adjusted odds ratio (AOR) and their 95% confidence intervals. Statistical significance was set at p

Ethical consideration

The MSISS was approved by ONS President’s Order Number A/67 2018 in 2018. Order A/67 2018 contained details regarding potential risks and their mitigation throughout the lifecycle of the investigation under its protection protocol. Informed consent was obtained prior to the start of the survey from each participant or their legal guardian. Participants were assured of the confidentiality and anonymity of any information they provided. The investigation was conducted in accordance with approved guidelines and regulations.

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Garrett Hill scores victory for Tigers on Major League debut

DETROIT — Four months ago, Garrett Hill headed to the Tigers Minor League minicamp wondering if he should move to another organization to get his shot at the Majors as the rule draft pick. 5. Instead, he just had to bide his time for Detroit to come calling.

On Monday afternoon, Hill not only became the 14th different pitcher to start a game for the Tigers this season, but he delivered a historic gem on his Major League debut. His six-run, two-hit innings beat Tigers nemesis Zach Plesac, sending Detroit to a 4-1 win to start a doubles sweep at Comerica Park.

“To live this dream, it means the world,” Hill said.

Hill became the first pitcher in Tigers history to pitch six or more innings while allowing two or fewer hits in his Major League debut. It was a display of spin and intelligence over speed. While Hill didn’t overpower the Guardians, hitting just under 94 mph according to Statcast, he only allowed three bullets with exit speeds over 100 mph. He only drew five swings-and-misses, but three were for strikeouts.

The Tigers swept a Cleveland doubleheader for the second time in as many years, this time with two starters who had never pitched in the Majors until this season and weren’t even in Triple-A at the start. of the season. Alex Faedo, who made his 11th start with the Tigers this year after returning from Tommy John surgery, kept Cleveland contained in Game 2 for three scoreless innings before going into a 26-pitch fourth inning with pain at the right hip. Tyler Alexander got it back with 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings in a 5-3 victory.

“So many guys that we relied on, guys that we didn’t necessarily rely on coming out of spring training,” wide receiver Tucker Barnhart said. “Their ability to come in and get going and play a big part for us and throw well has been brilliant. I can’t say enough good things. The composure of our youngsters, I can’t say I love it. ‘ve seen a lot.

Hill, the Tigers’ 26th-round pick in the 2018 draft from San Diego State and their No. 23 prospect, caught the eye of evaluators with 99 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings last year to go with a 6-1 record and a 2.74 ERA between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie. The cancellation of the Rule 5 draft was a boon for Detroit, which saw it complete its rise through the system with a 3.23 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings between Erie and Triple- In Toledo this season.

Three of Hill’s 15 Minor League starts this season have come against Guardians affiliates, including his worst performance with six runs allowed in four innings against Triple-A Columbus on June 3. If any club should have a scouting report on the Tigers rookie, it’s Cleveland.

But Hill reversed the tables, foiling a range of high contacts with a studious approach that matched her bespectacled look.

“He did so well,” Barnhart said. “It was extremely impressive to see him work. He seemed very stoic and he threw a lot of shots. It’s not a secret [the Guardians] have the highest contact rate in baseball, and when you have a formation like that, going in and trying to hit a bunch of guys would probably be the wrong way to go. He did exactly what we talked about, launched on contact. He threw all of his pitches into the strike zone.

Despite this, Hill held the Guardians to a solo home run from Josh Naylor and a single from Steven Kwan. The latter would have represented a run, but Tucker Barnhart’s sweep tag from a Robbie Grossman pitch took out Myles Straw trying to score from second base in the third inning.

Hill’s five-high mix kept Guardians guessing. The only time he became predictable was on his home run against Naylor, who pounced on a third consecutive off-speed pitch and drove it deep to the right. Hill retired his last seven batters from there, earning a handshake and the gratitude of manager AJ Hinch.

“It was really fun watching him go to work and get ready,” Hinch said. “It’s been a dream come true for him to then go out and work methodically all day, super calm, very prepared, very smart with the way he took care of his business, really, really fun to do it stay out there against a heavy contact team and keep us in the game.

It was a stellar start to what will be at least a three-start audition for Hill, the latest pitcher to come through Detroit’s system ahead of schedule and help an injury-plagued Tigers starting body. He’ll complete the first half of the rotation, including a likely rematch with the Guardians next week in Cleveland. The Tigers plan to reassess their rotation from there, potentially taking Rony García off the injured list.

“It’s the dream is to stay here,” Hill said. “Work hard, work with [pitching coach Chris Fetter] and continue.

The Tigers have already used their most starters in a season since the 1996 team used 16 on the way to a 6.38 ERA. Seven of the 14 this year were homegrown; three others were acquired in prospect. Only nine games have been pitched by pitchers over 30. Drew Hutchison will push that number into double digits when he starts on Tuesday.

The franchise record of starters used is 17 in 1912.

“The start is definitely on deck right now,” said Eric Haase.

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Women’s rights have suffered a severe setback. But history is always on our side | Rebecca Solnit

AAs it happened I was in Edinburgh the day Roe v Wade was cancelled, and the next day I caught a train to London and did what I usually do when I get near the King’s Cross station. I took a short walk to the old St Pancras Cemetery to visit the headstone of the great feminist ancestor Mary Wollstonecraft, author of that first major feminist manifesto A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. To be there that day was to remember that feminism didn’t start recently — Wollstonecraft died in 1797 — and it didn’t stop on June 24.

In the United States, women won this right less than half a century ago – a short time when the view is from the Wollstonecraft Memorial. I’ve heard opinions regularly over the past few decades that feminism has failed or achieved nothing or is over, which seems to ignore how completely different the world (or most of it) is now for women. of what it was half a century ago and more. I say world because it’s important to remember that feminism is a global movement and Roe v Wade and its overthrow were just national decisions.

Ireland in 2018, Argentina in 2020, Mexico in 2021, and Colombia in 2022 all legalized abortion. So much has changed over the last half century for women in so many countries that it would be difficult to list them all; suffice it to say that the status of women has been radically altered for the better, on the whole, in this period of time. Feminism is a human rights movement that strives to change things that are not only centuries old, but in many cases millennia, and which is far from done and facing setbacks and a resistance that is neither shocking nor reason to stop.

Wollstonecraft didn’t even dream of votes for women – most men in Britain of his day weren’t allowed to vote either – or many other rights we now take for granted, but he You don’t have to go back to the 18th century to come up against radical gender inequality. It was everywhere, on a large and small scale, over the past decades – and persists culturally in the widespread attempts to control and contain women and the prejudices that women still face about their intellectual competence, sexuality and of their equality.

Half a century ago, it was legal in the United States to fire women for being pregnant – it happened to Elizabeth Warren, then a young schoolteacher. The right to access birth control – for married couples – was only guaranteed by the 1965 Griswold decision which this rogue Supreme Court could also target. The right to equal access to birth control for single people was not settled by the Supreme Court until 1972. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act 1974 made discrimination by which single women found it difficult to obtain credit and loans while married women regularly demanded that their husbands co-sign for them.

Marriage in most parts of the world, including North America and Europe, was, until very recently, a relationship in which the husband controlled by law and custom his wife’s body and almost everything she did, said and owned. Marital rape was hardly a concept until feminism made it one in the 1970s, and the UK and US didn’t make it illegal until the early 1990s. 17th century Englishman Matthew Hale argued that “a wife’s husband cannot himself be guilty of actual rape on his wife, on account of the marital consent she has given and she cannot retract”. That is to say, a woman who consented once could never say no again, because she had consented to be possessed. Incidentally, the current Supreme Court decision revoking reproductive rights repeatedly cites Hale, who is also well known for condemning two elderly widows to death for witchcraft in 1662.

Wollstonecraft, who had taken part in the French Revolution, wrote: “The divine right of spouses, like the divine right of kings, can, one hopes, in this enlightened age, be disputed without danger. Contested, but hardly defeated for nearly two centuries. As coercive control and domestic violence, men still impose their expectation of dominance and punish independence, while right-wing Republicans seek to lower women to a lower status before the law and in culture, citing this ancient text of the Bible as their authority.

Their Supreme Court could then tackle marriage equality. I have long thought that matrimonial equality, that is to say equal access for same-sex couples, would be impossible if marriage as an institution had not been remade, thanks to feminism, by a relationship freely negotiated between equals. Equality between partners threatens the inherent inequality of traditional patriarchal marriage, which is why – along with homophobia of course – they are so hostile to it. And, of course, this is also new; a very different supreme court recognized this right in June 2015, only seven years ago (and Switzerland and Chile only did so in 2021).

The past decade has been a roller coaster of wins and losses, and there’s no easy way to add them up. The gains have been profound, but many of them have been subtle. Since around 2012, a new era of feminism has opened up conversations – on social media, in mainstream media, in politics and in private – about violence against women and the many forms of inequality and oppression, legal and cultural, obvious and subtle. Recognition of the impact of violence against women has broadened profoundly and has yielded concrete results. The Me Too movement was widely derided as a celebrity circus, but it was just one manifestation of a feminist push started five years earlier, and it helped lead to changes in state and federal laws. laws governing sexual harassment and abuse, including a bill that has been passed. the senate in February and the president signed the law into law in early March.

The sentences this week of R Kelly to 30 years in prison and Ghislaine Maxwell to 20 years are the consequence of a change in who would be listened to and believed, that is, who would be valued and whose rights would be defended. People included in conversations in court who had not been heard there before. Perpetrators who had gotten away with crimes for decades – Larry Nassar, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein among them – lost their impunity and belated consequences befell them. But the fate of a handful of top men isn’t what matters most, and punishment isn’t how we remake the world.

The conversations are about violence and inequality, about the intersectionalities of race and gender, about reshaping gender beyond the simplest binaries, about what freedom might look like, what desire might be. , which would mean equality. Just having these conversations is liberating. Seeing younger women go beyond what my generation perceived and claimed is exhilarating. These conversations are changing us in ways the law cannot, making us understand ourselves and each other in new ways, reimagining race, gender, sexuality and possibility.

You can take away a right by legal means, but you cannot take away the belief in that right so easily. The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson decisions in the 19th century failed to convince black people that they did not deserve to live as free and equal citizens; it simply prevented them from doing so in practice. In many US states, women have lost their access to abortion, but not their belief in their right. The outcry over the court’s decision is a reminder of how unpopular it is and how horribly it will affect women’s ability to be free and equal before the law.

It’s a huge loss. It doesn’t exactly take us back to the world before Roe v Wade, because in both imaginative and practical terms, American society is profoundly different. Women have much more equality before the law, in access to education, employment, institutions of power and political representation. We believe much more in these rights and have a stronger vision of what equality looks like. That the status of women has changed so drastically from what it was in, say, 1962, let alone 1797, is proof that feminism works. And the hideous Supreme Court decision confirms that there is still a lot of work to be done.

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We must not teach our children a ‘thank you for the land’ version of Australian history | Sisonke Msimang

As the school term draws to a close here in Western Australia, I have been thinking a lot about the assemblies.

I’ve spent a lot of time in schools running creative learning programs, so I’ve seen my fair share of gatherings filled with twisted kids sitting cross-legged on the floor with their teachers silencing me. There’s something beautiful about the way they look at each other, curious to know what the week’s performance will be.

Whatever school I attend, the ritual is the same: the children sit down, the national anthem is sung in a high pitch, then the director pronounces a recognition of the country.

In some schools, acknowledgment includes the phrase, “We would like to thank the traditional custodians for nurturing this precious land where we live, learn and play.” In early learning centers, I have listened to children acknowledging their country with statements such as “thank you for letting us share the land you love, we promise to take care of it”.

This version of the “thank you for the land” story teaches children that the Australian continent was a gift from First Nations peoples to non-Aboriginal people; that “Aboriginal elders” are like cuddly godfathers and that their ancestors are angels who watch over us all.

It’s seductive and dangerous. The reality is that many First Nations elders were subjected to terrible abuse by state institutions, and their ancestors were often victims and/or survivors of racism, violence and attempts at cultural decimation.

Some people will say that children are innocent and cannot be expected to understand these harsh realities, and that simplifying history helps build unity rather than division. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lying to children by sanitizing the past makes them ignorant and prevents them from understanding the current inequalities caused by this history.

Without knowing the truth, children draw their own conclusions about why some people are poor and others are not; why some people are angry while others are happy. The truth explains, while the lie is obscure.

And yet, the history of Australia is not complicated.

We may not like it, but the story is simple. This continent and its people were colonized by Europeans who justified their racism using God and science and treated First Nations peoples with brutal violence. The effects of this racism persist today, as do many of the racist ideas and stereotypes invented by the settlers.

Telling this story is important because it is true and because it is the only basis on which to rely in the fight against racism. It starts with using every possible opportunity to tell the good story rather than the fables that are good for non-Aboriginals.

Right now, we are teaching children to see themselves as good-hearted innocents who have the right to share in all that this earth has to offer, as long as they say “thank you” to the “elders”.

It will become increasingly difficult to tell them that the land they live on was in fact not a gift; that it was in fact stolen, that they are the beneficiaries of that theft, and that racism is a defining feature of the lives of First Nations people and an essential part of this nation’s history.

A society that does not tell its children the truth inevitably becomes a society in which adults cannot deal with the truth. Unfortunately, that’s where Australia is.

Beyond the good recognition of the country, many of our school systems struggle to teach the truth to young people. This problem is also reflected in the media and politics; the truth is perceived as invigorating and therefore avoided.

Of course, the truth has been foreign to the settlers here for a long time. Terra nullius was Australia’s first myth, and it was quickly followed by the Aboriginal extinction myth – this idea that First Nations were “a dying race”.

Conveniently forgetting the fact that many indigenous peoples were dying from the smallpox and influenza epidemics that the Europeans had introduced when their ships arrived here, European anthropologists and doctors concluded that the “Aborigines” were on the verge of “disappearance”. for evolutionary reasons. The idea that First Nations peoples were biologically inferior to whites was one of the main inventions of scientific racism, and it was used to justify laws designed to “smooth the pillow of the dying race”.

Under the guise of “protection”, First Nations people were placed on native reservations, forced to work for a pittance, and placed under the guardianship of the state, who were told who they could marry and what would happen to their children – many of whom were taken from them.

The myth that white Australians were able to help – rather than harm – First Nations people on the basis of their inherent superiority is so powerful that those tasked with managing them were even called chief protectors. The historical record has preserved their cruelty, and many First Nations writers – most recently Elfie Shiosaki in his beautiful book Homecoming – have examined the afterlife of AO Neville and his ilk.

Unfortunately, we are still struggling with an underlying national ideology that insists that non-Indigenous people are guided by innocence and kindness in all of their dealings with First Nations peoples. This ideology resists even in the face of crimes and misdeeds perpetrated against First Nations peoples. That’s why, as Alison Whittaker wrote, “despite 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991, no one has ever been convicted.”

Djab Wurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara’s wife and Senator Lidia Thorpe upset many when she refused to apologize for dodging the Australian flag in photos last week. On The Project, Thorpe said the flag “represents the colonization of these lands and he has no permission to be here. There was no consent, there was no treaty.

Thorpe went on to say, “I don’t want people to be upset by what I have to say. I want people to be on a journey of learning and a journey of truth so that we can unite this country and mature as a nation.

His interlocutor, Waleed Aly, was unconvinced and argued that calling the “entire nation illegitimate” was not necessarily the “right starting point” for unifying the country.

At first glance, Aly’s comment seemed easy to accept. But of course Aly is wrong. There can be no better starting point for unifying the country than developing a common understanding of the facts, and the fact is that many First Nations people have ample reason to question the legitimacy of this state.

The rest of us have to catch up with Thorpe.

We could start by making sure all those cute, restless children across Australia know that the neighborhoods they live in, and the lakes and rivers they fish and swim in, are not a gift from the keepers of these lands.

Instead, they are rightly the subject of ongoing and unresolved conflict. The sooner all children in this society understand this, the sooner we will make real progress against racism.

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FBI Washington Field Office Announces Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund as Recipient of 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award — FBI

WASHINGTON—Deputy Director-in-Charge Steven M. D’Antuono is pleased to announce that the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the recipient of the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for Washington Field Office (WFO).

On Monday, June 27, 2022, SALDEF Executive Director Kiran Kaur Gill and Program Manager Sharan Singh accepted this year’s award on behalf of SALDEF.

SALDEF is an American non-profit Sikh educational, media, and political organization. The organization supports American Sikhs by strengthening dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and advocating for social justice and religious freedom. Throughout 2021, FBI WFO personnel and SALDEF representatives worked together to cultivate relationships between federal agents and American Sikhs.

“The FBI and SALDEF have different functions, but we share a common goal: to protect the lives and freedoms of the American people,” ADIC D’Antuono said. “SALDEF served as a bridge between FBI personnel and American Sikhs, helping us learn more about the people we serve and helping them learn more about the work we do to protect their community.”

From December 2020 to December 2021, SALDEF representatives participated in several FBI WFO Cultural Engagement Boards, which led to valuable feedback regarding interactions between law enforcement and American Sikhs. As a result, SALDEF held a presentation on Sikh American culture and history for dozens of FBI personnel and cited best practices for interacting with Sikh Americans.

“The better we know our communities, the better we can serve them,” said ADIC D’Antuono. “Cultural awareness training is crucial because it helps the FBI build trusting relationships with the public. People in our communities need to know that they can count on us to protect them.

SALDEF began bringing law enforcement and local communities together through its Law Enforcement Partnership Program in 1999. SALDEF representatives have partnered with organizations throughout the country and trained more than 100,000 federal and local officers in cultural awareness and community relations best practices.

SALDEF serves as a resource and voice for the Sikh American community on policy issues that affect not only Sikh Americans, but all Americans, including employment discrimination, racial profiling, school bullying, suffrage and women’s rights.

Since 1990, FBI offices have nominated a person or organization for an FBI DCLA in recognition of the nominee’s contributions to crime prevention in their communities.

More information about the FBI WFO Community Outreach Program is available at

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Trump court limited women’s rights using 19th century standards

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In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthe Supreme Court justices President Donald Trump has appointed to strike down Roe vs. Wade just delivered on Trump’s promise. The ruling limits women’s constitutional freedoms so dramatically that you can almost hear the chants of “lock her up!” from Trump supporters.

On the right, however, the decision is not seen as a step backwards. On the contrary, it is hailed as a constitutional restoration – a triumph of “originalism” over “living constitutionalism”. Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., who wrote the majority opinion, sees himself as restoring the constitution as law and cleansing it of politics.

But Dobbs is clearly a political project. Reverse roe deer has been the animating goal of the conservative legal movement since it mobilized under the banner of originalism under the Reagan administration. Far from setting aside politics in favor of a neutral interpretation of the law, Alito’s ruling reveals how conservative justices encode the movement’s goals and values ​​under the guise of highly selective historical claims.

Alito’s opinion – joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – follows a kind of originalism in linking the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment to the distant past, even if it does not does not pretend to identify the meaning of the amendment to the voters who ratified it. (roe deer places the right to abortion in the Freedom Guarantee of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.) Instead, Alito follows a case called Washington v. Glucksberg (1997) and interprets the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of liberty in light of the nation’s “history and traditions”; according to this view, only the rights deeply rooted in this history are protected. And the right to abortion is not, the majority said this week.

Justice Alito says tying the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment liberty guarantee to American “history and traditions” prevents judges from imposing their own views on the case at hand. “In interpreting what is meant by the Fourteenth Amendment’s reference to ‘freedom’,” he writes, “we must guard against the natural human tendency to confuse what this Amendment protects with our own ardent views on the freedom that Americans should enjoy.” Here he echoes the late Judge Antonin Scalia, who wrote, in “Originalism: The Lesser Evil”, that turning to history “establishes a historical criterion that is conceptually quite distinct from the preferences of the judge himself. “.

But Dobbs shows why both of these statements are false. A judge’s reliance on the historical record can mask judicial discretion as well as constrain it.

In Dobbs, the Trump court defines the Constitution’s protections for liberty by largely referring to laws enacted in mid-19th century America. During this period – conveniently enough – there was a campaign to ban abortion nationwide. (Alito includes an appendix listing many of these state laws.) But consider what was still part of the “history and traditions” of this period: the law did not protect a woman’s right to control the property, income or sex in marriage; it was a period when the Supreme Court said states could deny women the right to practice law and states could deny women the right to vote.

Why would the Supreme Court today tie the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of liberty to laws enacted by men with such narrow view of women’s rights? The move is unprecedented. To date, the Supreme Court had not read the Constitution’s broad commitment to liberty in this time-limited way — for example, by enforcing contraceptive rights, the right to interracial marriage, and the right to homosexual marriage. The majority suggests that these other rights are not threatened by DobbsThomas’s logic — even if it adopts a method of interpreting freedom that discredits them (and even if Thomas calls for the relevant cases to be set aside in its agreement). Reading the guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of evolving conceptions of liberty has been so fundamental to modern constitutional jurisprudence that even the Glucksberg the case on which the court relied for its mandate to review history and traditions recognizes abortion as a protected freedom.

Traumatic pregnancies are terrible. Dobbs is going to make things worse.

Alito’s narrative of the nation’s history and traditions is shaped and whitewashed to substantiate the desired results. His version of the history of abortion laws, for example, profoundly dismisses the common law of the first republic, which criminalized abortion after it was expedited. He also provided an outrageously incomplete account of the mid-century campaign to ban abortion – writing, for example, that the opposition to abortion reflected in these laws was “heartfelt”. So he apologizes for wondering if politicians’ views on gender roles, at a time when women were disenfranchised, shaped the campaign to ban abortion, which they of course did. During the 19th century campaign against abortion, advocates of laws banning the practice argued that they were necessary to enforce women’s maternal and marital duties and to protect the ethno-religious character of the nation. Claims for the protection of unborn life were not self-contained as Alito claims, but deeply entangled with constitutionally suspect judgments, as documents from the time clearly show.

In all this talk of tradition, Alito begs a fundamental question: why should 19th-century anti-abortion laws limit how we understand the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom, nor the history and traditions of does segregation limit how we understand the Constitution’s equality guarantee? There is no good reason. The problem with rooting the meaning of our commitments in that past, as Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan succinctly put it in their dissent, is that “the men who ratified the Fourteenth Amendment and drafted the State laws of the time did not consider women as full and equal citizens. Do the judges who have joined the Dobbs majority? Apparently not.

They thought it was reasonable to allow states to coerce women based on laws enacted at a time when women were totally disenfranchised. And they signed an opinion in which a collection of decisions and laws written by white men was presented as representing the history and traditions of America, without a single female voice being represented; and who claimed that these traditions were sufficient to justify the deprivation of women today of half a century of constitutional rights. It is not an account of history “conceptually quite separate from the preferences of the judge himself”. It is the story that expresses the judicial preferences as the traditions of the nation

If anyone had bothered to look outside the statute books, they could have found plenty of evidence that 19th century Americans demanded autonomy in decisions about parenthood, just as they do today. These demands are expressed with passion in the abolitionist movements and for women’s suffrage. Women may not have had the right to vote, but they certainly had opinions about the importance of voluntary motherhood. If the Supreme Court wants to tie the meaning of freedom to the nation’s “history and traditions”, it must include the voices of the disenfranchised in such a narrative, unless it means perpetuating their powerlessness in under our current Constitution.

The judges who decided Dobbs scoff at “living constitutionalism”, but these originalists of course employ history and tradition for the purposes of living constitutionalism. The justices’ efforts to conceal their views on abortion in a story about the history and traditions of the Constitution reveal to us their view of women.

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Loveland Historical Society Raises Money for Great Western Depots – Loveland Reporter-Herald

The Great Western Sugar Company occupies an important place in the history of northern Colorado, and more so in that of Loveland.

But two of the last visible remnants of that history – the Great Western Railway’s passenger and freight depots – are under threat from redevelopment.

Loveland Historical Society member Teri Johnson, left, greets Bill Smith as he purchases a memorial brick Thursday, June 23, 2022, outside the historic Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland. The Loveland Historical Society held a memorial brick sale event to raise funds to preserve the Great Western Railway Depot. Smith bought a brick in honor of his father, who worked for the Great Western Sugar Company. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

For much of the last decade, the Loveland Historical Society worked to save the white clapboard buildings near 10th Street and Monroe Avenue by moving them from the railroad to city property, but it is an expensive proposition.

The estimated costs for the assessment, hazmat abatement and relocation of the two structures is close to $100,000.

On Thursday, LHS kicked off a commemorative brick sale as part of its latest effort to raise the necessary funds.

“We want this history to be preserved because if it’s gone, it’s gone, you can’t get it back,” LHS President Teri Johnson said at the first public brick sale at the Milner-house. Schwarz. “We want to make sure he’s saved.”

The bricks are $50 each and will be listed with the buyer’s choice of wording. They will then be placed on the new site during the renovation of the depots.

Bill Smith of Loveland stopped by to buy a brick in honor of his late father, a longtime employee of Great Western Sugar who worked in many of the sugar towns that dotted the eastern plains of Colorado.

“It started in Fort Lupton, then we moved to Denver, then to Eaton, then back to Denver, then to Brush,” he said.

Ironically, the many moves never brought Smith’s family to Loveland, the site of Great Western’s first sugar mill, which opened in November 1901. In 1902, the conglomerate launched its own railway and opened the Loveland passenger depot.

At its peak, Great Western operated 25 sugar mills in six states.

“There are so many connections that everyone has with sugar in Loveland,” Johnson said.

“The sugar industry increased Loveland’s population by more than 300% in its first decade,” added LHS member Sharon Danhauer.

According to Johnson, the company is halfway to its fundraising goal of $86,000. Much of this comes from various fundraising campaigns, including the Rail Ale collaboration between Loveland brewers in 2021.

They also received a significant amount of private donations, including a large one from an organization of German-Russians in Windsor.

“So many Germans from Russia came here to work with sugar beets,” Danhauer explained. “And they were so thrifty that they quickly bought their own land and started growing sugar beets to sell to the factory.”

LHS also recently received a $15,000 matching grant from the Boettcher Foundation, in recognition of Great Western Sugar founder Charles Boettcher’s role in bringing sugar to Loveland. The company has until November to raise the funds.

LHS will hold additional brick sales at the City Farmers Market in Old Fairgrounds Park on June 26, August 28 and September 25. It will also be sold at the Cherry Pie Festival on July 16.

Bricks can also be purchased online at For more information contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Fifty years ago, these feminist networks made Title IX possible.

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With June 23, 2022, marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation banning gender discrimination in education, there has been continued publicity about the law’s impact over the past five decades. There has been far less coverage of the origins of Title IX, and that story tends to focus mostly on Congress.

But the congressional action is only half of the origin story of Title IX. The other, equally important half concerns activism that began a decade before 1972 and was continued by a large open feminist network across the United States. These activists – working alongside federal government administrators, civil servants, members of Congress and their employees – have made Title IX a reality.

Title IX’s history in Congress revolves around Rep. Edith Green (D-Ore.) — the chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education — leading a successful legislative effort in the House, while Sen. Birch Bayh ( D-Ind.) pushed the bill through the upper house.

In 1970, Green introduced an omnibus education bill that included a provision prohibiting sex discrimination. She then held the first-ever congressional hearings on sex discrimination in education, but the bill never passed in committee. In 1971, Green again introduced an omnibus education bill that included a provision prohibiting sex discrimination. This time, with great effort, she managed to get her provision accepted by the Grand Committee, followed by the approval of the whole House.

On the Senate side, Bayh struggled to introduce a gender discrimination amendment to an education bill. He was not on the subcommittee on education, and that committee’s chairman, Claiborne Pell (DR.I.), did not want potentially conflicting issues to disrupt the federal undergraduate student loan program that he was trying to push through – what would become the Pell Grants. After repeated trials, Bayh finally garnered the votes needed to present his amendment to the Senate, where it passed. The House and Senate bills were then sent to a conference committee, resulting in an omnibus compromise bill after long and contentious sessions on the burning provisions for school transportation and school funding. Higher Education. The bill passed with the Title IX provision largely ignored.

But this narrative ignores how, beginning in the 1960s and continuing into the 1970s, three key leaders outside of Congress provided the lobbying energy and crucial documentation needed to make Title IX a reality.

The first leader to emerge was Esther Peterson, who served as Undersecretary of Labor in the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Peterson guided Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women to advocate for what became the Equal Pay Act of 1963 – and she did so by bringing together like-minded administrators and staff the same ideas, members of Congress, unions and women’s groups. The Equal Pay Act was the first federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sex. But it was relatively low, excluding women working in educational institutions, where most women worked outside the home.

Yet the fact that Congress passed something to address equal pay for women encouraged Peterson and his network of activists to do more. They then pressured Johnson to sign Executive Order 11375 in 1967, an amendment that added “sex” to the protected categories of race, creed, color and national origin in an earlier executive order that prohibited discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. Significantly, the amended EO 11246-11375 placed gender on an equal footing with race. And it covered educational institutions, allowing women to file hundreds of sex discrimination complaints.

Peterson, with her ties to federal administrators and staffers, members of Congress, and many feminists, had become a central leader of employment equality initiatives. In other words, she and her network of defenders helped lay the groundwork for Title IX.

Catherine East, a federal government employee, did the same. Over the course of nearly 40 years, East worked her way to a strategic position in the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor, where she had access to crucial statistics and other information needed to make advancing legislation for women. East worked without fanfare, photocopying statistics, legal briefs and related information to send to lawyers, women’s groups and other interested parties. Recipients copied the information and sent it to others, who often did the same. East, who was active in women’s organizations, also worked to expand her feminist network by connecting women activists.

Bernice Sandler, the third central figure in this growing network, was a highly trained aspiring professor who became a lawyer after losing college jobs because of her gender. She joined the Women’s Equity Action League (WEAL) which was formed in 1968 to focus on equal opportunity for women in employment and education. When Sandler learned of EO 11246-11375, the executive order Peterson had requested the previous year, she immediately thought of its application to colleges and universities, most of which received federal contracts. She met with Vincent Macaluso of the Labor Department, who gave her valuable advice on the complaint process. He also arranged for her to meet East, who he informed Sandler had a wealth of information.

Sandler turned to East for crucial documents that allowed her to file sex discrimination charges against 250 colleges. She also backed up her complaint with data from the extensive network of contacts she had established with female students across the country. East then helped Sandler distribute the complaint and evidence to members of Congress at a crucial time — as Green, as chair of the higher education subcommittee, sought hard data to help her introduce a legislation and to hold hearings on gender discrimination in education. . Green hired Sandler, who prepared for the hearings by contacting potential witnesses; subsequently, she compiled testimonies and related documents into two 1,261-page volumes.

Meanwhile, Sandler and his network of activists provided Bayh with the data he needed to get votes on his amendment to the Senate Education Bill.

With the 50th anniversary of Title IX, it’s time to recognize the significance of Peterson, East and Sandler, who – with overlapping networks of feminist activists and extensive documentation of gender discrimination – provided exactly what Green and Bayh needed to pass Title IX. Congress.

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Nuns created some of Australia’s first schools, but their history remains shrouded

In a wealthy country like Australia, an era without public schools seems unimaginable. But in the 1840s, when the Sisters of Mercy opened the first secondary school in Western Australia, there were only a few small private schools. Many children, especially girls, receive no formal education.

Nuns, or nuns, made education more accessible. Their way of life also provided one of the few leadership opportunities for women.

These women have demonstrated entrepreneurial and diplomatic skills while developing education in Australia. Their work required them to navigate hostile male hierarchies, religious discrimination, class struggles and complex relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Historians have documented some of this history, but there is a long way to go. In a country committed to egalitarianism, the lives of nuns testify to the larger historical reality of inequality.

Where did these women come from?

Religious orders are made up of people living apart from society but as a community under the spiritual rule of their founder. Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin when she opened the first House of Mercy dedicated to serving the poor, sick and uneducated.

Catherine’s approach to helping the burgeoning poor in Ireland was radical. The community consisted of two classes of sisters. The choir sisters were educated, middle-class women and usually served as teachers. The lay sisters were poor and working class and managed the kitchen or the laundry.

Ursula Frayne (1816-1885), who opened the first secondary school in Western Australia as well as schools in Victoria in the mid-19th century, had trained with McAuley. In 1845, Bishop John Brady visited the Sisters’ Convent in Dublin and asked the Mother Superior to send six Sisters to Western Australia with Frayne as head.

While sailing to Western Australia aboard the Elizabeth, one member of the missionary party traveling with Bishop Brady was a young French monk, Léandre Fonteinne, who noted ominously:

“His Lordship is only concerned […] for the six nuns he brings with us. They are and will remain for many years a burden on the mission.

What did they do in Australia?

After arriving in Perth, in 1846, the sisters became the first female religious teaching order to establish a school in Australia. After navigating sectarianism in Ireland, they decided to offer a general education to all Christians. The sisters prioritized Aboriginals, Irish immigrant orphans, the poor, and the uneducated. The sisters established a fee-paying school, a voluntary institution and Western Australia’s first high school.

Coming from a prosperous Dublin family, Frayne was conscious of his class, but the distinction between choir and lay nuns was not viable in colonial Perth. Leaning on the bishop was not an option that would allow them to advance their business.

For these women to be self-sufficient, each had to perform domestic chores. Frayne herself became a baker.

Although Bishop Brady promised financial support, in 1850 Frayne traveled to Colombo, Malta, Rome, Florence, Paris, England and Ireland to raise funds. In March 1851 she returned to Perth with £450. She gave £157 to the Bishop, who was broke.

In 1853 the nuns could afford a new £800 school building. As the sisters’ workload increased, they applied to Dublin for “strong” lay sisters.

Two of the oldest lay sisters sent from Dublin were Catherine O’Reilly and Catherine Strahan. O’Reilly filled several roles, including that of a carpenter. She was eventually promoted to choir sister and helped establish schools in places such as Geraldton.

Strahan’s trajectory was different. Strahan was a lay sister at 30 and provided essential cooking and laundry services for the convent until her death at 67.

In 1857 Frayne moved to Melbourne to establish a new school replacing Brady as bishop, Joseph Serra, frequently interfering in the direction of the order. Frayne felt that much of his interference was unnecessary. Such interference culminated in Queensland, where the Sisters of Mercy had established the state’s first girls’ secondary school. The local bishop withheld part of their government salary and exposed them to starvation and premature death.

Ursula Frayne was a pioneer in education in Perth and Melbourne.

Undeniably important but curiously anonymous

The nuns ran important educational enterprises. Historian Stephanie Burley considers the Irish teaching orders to be an empire within the British Empire. Their classes bridged the political, religious and cultural norms of the Irish Catholic Church and the British Empire, acting as a pacifying force between the two spheres.

Unfortunately, as historian Colin Barr notes:

“Unfortunately, historians have too often seen these women as an undifferentiated mass, undeniably important but curiously anonymous. Still [they] were not merely passive transmitters of male ideas or initiatives.

As a leader, Frayne has been the subject of biographies. However, Catherine O’Reilly and Catherine Strahan remained cloistered.

Women who worked in domestic roles in religious communities deserve greater attention. Although historians are increasingly interested in the wider role of nuns in Australian society, some aspects of their influence remain opaque.

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Juneteenth led to “freedom colonies” like Quakertown in Texas

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This story is the first of two parts.

In June 2021, President Biden and Vice President Harris declared June 19 a federal holiday. As many readers know by now, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 declaring the end of slavery, slaveholders and others in the Confederate state of Texas refused to obey. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 – Juneteenth – that the announcement reached many people in Texas. For some slaves, emancipation did not come until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865, when slaveholders in Texas were forced to comply with the proclamation.

Generations of black Texans have fought since 1866 for the nation to learn and recognize the delayed emancipation of enslaved black people in the state. The women’s oral histories help increase American awareness of the resilience and ongoing struggles of black Texans after emancipation that have never been recorded in history textbooks.

Ms. Alma Clark (94) and Ms. Betty Kimble (90), two of the co-authors of this article along with women’s and gender studies scholar Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, tell and analyze this story in Denton, Texas. The two led the documentation of Quakertown, a thriving community that once enslaved people who settled in Denton after June 19. The community lasted until the College of Industrial Arts (renamed Texas Woman’s University in 1957) and a local white women’s club were instrumental in getting the city to pass a 1921 bond to build a city park that would demolish and replace Quakertown.

Quakertown – a thriving community established after Juneteenth

Mrs. Alma Clark and her husband Rev. Willie Clark in Denton, Texas in the 1980s. His parents moved to Quakertown in 1905 when he was 5 to enroll him in Frederick Douglass Colored School. At the age of 21, Denton ordered his family and other families out of Quakertown. (Mrs. Alma Clark Collection)

Centering Women’s Memories

We got to know each other through interviews, rallies, and a town hall as part of Quakertown Stories, an initiative led by the faculty of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities to integrate Quakertown history in TWU Curriculum. Memories of Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Kimble are central to our telling of Quakertown history because in general, research finds, women anchor and archive community histories.

Mrs. Clark preserved the stories her husband, Reverend Willie Clark, told her about life in Quakertown before he died aged 90 in 1991. Mrs. Kimble preserved memories of her grandmother and of his great-uncle, who also lived in Quakertown. Quakerville. Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Kimble have extensive experience in community organizing and leadership and have carefully preserved rare photographs, notes, newspaper clippings and family conversations on key facts in history in their memories and homes. of Quakertown. They generously shared stories, photographs and vegetables carefully grown in their gardens.

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Something they could call their own

When Ms. Clark describes Quakertown, she proudly says, “It was like a city within a city. Isn’t that something? A proud group of people – knowing that with all their skills, talents and knowledge, they could build it freely and get other people to support each other… It was something they could call their own.

Quakertown began in 1875, when 27 formerly enslaved black families who, after emancipation, had originally settled in Dallas, moved two miles south of downtown Denton in search of better living conditions. Originally called Freedman Town, it was one of what urban planning professor Andrea Roberts calls the “freedom colonies”, which once enslaved people settled after emancipation. In 1878, residents of Freedman Town established the Frederick Douglass Colored School. Black families migrated to Denton from all over Texas and the country to enroll their children in school. They also purchased land near the school and renamed the community Quakertown after the Quakers, a religious group that had advocated for the abolition of slavery.

In the early 1900s, Quakertown consisted of 295 buildings and about 305 people. Residents have established several businesses and organizations, including a doctor’s office, funeral home, grocery store, midwifery service, preschool, pharmacy, tailor and shoe store, candy store, playground, wood, a meat market, a day care center, three barber shops, three churches, three cafes, and a place where people watched movies and performed plays and songs from the Harlem Renaissance era. Members of the community were socially and politically active, founding fraternal lodges, women’s organizations, and a trade league.

Many Quakertown women owned property, which was rare for formerly enslaved black women in the South. Mrs. Clark’s mother-in-law, Maude Woods (Clark) Hembry, owned a home where Mrs. Clark and her husband later raised their three children. Ms Kimble’s grandmother, Kitty Clark, moved with her family from Bolivar, Texas to Quakertown because “all the black people were there”. She bought a spacious home on the immediate outskirts of the community because by the time she arrived, Quakertown proper had no land left on which to build more homes. She and her husband Glasco raised their sons Homer Clark (Ms Kimble’s father) and Andrew Clark while she worked occasionally as a laundress. As historian and Black History Month founder Carter G. Woodson has noted, black laundresses were respected entrepreneurs in the black community who preferred to do laundry in their homes rather than work inside houses of whites after slavery.

Having a doctor in a virtually independent black community was also a source of pride. Edwin Moten, a Texas native and graduate of Shaw University and Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, started his own medical practice in Quakertown. He cared for his patients by combining his formal medical training with African medical knowledge. White doctors often sought out his knowledge of natural treatments. In Ms. Kimble’s words, Angelina Burr was a “stern and pragmatic” owner and midwife, a respected expert in women’s health care and a community businesswoman. She also delivered to poor white women in Denton who could not afford medical services. Quakertown residents have kept their businesses and community together for nearly 40 years.

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In 1921, Frances M. Bralley, president of the College of Industrial Arts, the Denton Federation of Women’s Clubs, and other city leaders lobbied and voted for a bond that approved city funding for a city park instead of Quakerville. Their reasoning was that white female college students were at risk of being raped by black Quakertown men as they walked from the college campus through Quakertown on their way to downtown Denton. The bond – issued by daily organized harassment and violence – removed physical traces of the vibrant community named Quakertown, but some people who remained in Denton refused to sell their homes to the city. Reverend Clark’s family and other families moved the physical structure of their homes to the southeastern part of Denton with mules and logs and lived in those same homes for several generations. The memoirs and archives of Ms. Clark and Ms. Kimble teach us that Juneteenth is about both possibility and the ongoing struggle for black freedom.

Part 2: White racism brought down a black community. Will there be repairs?

Editor’s note: Although it is generally Post-style to refer to people by their surname only after first use, Ms. Clark and Ms. Kimble explained that they prefer Ms. in front of their last name because employers called them by their first name during the Jim Crow era to communicate that they were subordinate. We honor their request, given the history of racism they have suffered.

Danielle Phillips Cunningham (@Phillips3D) is an associate professor and director of the women’s and gender studies program at Texas Women’s University.

Alma Clark was raised in Lampasas, Texas, by a family that insisted on the importance of education, and was the first black student to enter the city’s high school.

Betty Kimble is from Denton, TX and takes great pride in helping her community while serving in several leadership positions in the city and the church.

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Philadelphia Flyers hire John Tortorella as new head coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired John Tortorella as the 23rd head coach in franchise history. The organization has reportedly reviewed a long list of candidates during a six-week process since announcing that interim head coach Mike Yeo would not keep the full-time job. ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reported the news for the first time.

Related: Measuring Tortorella as Flyers head coach

Alain Vigneault started the 2021-22 season behind the Philadelphia bench, but it only lasted 22 games before general manager (GM) Chuck Fletcher pulled the plug. The Flyers finished last in the Metropolitan Division after entering the season with high expectations. They have fallen into the worst era in franchise history, missing the playoffs in six of the last 10 seasons.

The imposing presence of John Tortorella

Tortorella is a coach with the type of experience that can command a locker room. He spent parts of 20 seasons as NHL head coach for four different teams. He coached the Tampa Bay Lightning team in 2003-04 that defeated the Flyers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. He led teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 12 times and won two Jack Adams Awards as NHL Coach of the Year.

John Tortorella, Philadelphia Flyers (James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE)

His colorful personality, strong emotions and demanding attitude led to a considerable amount of conflict with players, members of the media and opponents during his time in the NHL. His past is certainly not without blemish, and his tendency to speak with an edge regularly lands him in the headlines for good and bad reasons. His controversial comments about Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano dominated discussions in the hockey world earlier this season.

However, any notion that paints Tortorella as a bully who will quickly burn out in the modern NHL is simplistic. He is a strict and demanding leader who has sometimes faced underperforming players. However, the majority of players who talk a lot about him consider his blunt honesty a good quality. Even after his tenure with the Blue Jackets ended in 2021, he received praise from veterans Oliver Bjorkstrand, Seth Jones, Boone Jenner and Zach Werenski.

His experience includes a seven-year tenure with the Lightning, a five-year tenure with the New York Rangers and a six-year tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets. His only real misstep was his only season with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14.

Circulars seek to restore franchise glory

Back-to-back disastrous seasons led to long conversations about the need to restore the franchise’s waning identity. The Flyers proudly possessed a reputation as a feared opponent who played an intimidating physical style during their most successful eras in team history. The need to become “harder to face” has been consistently raised by influential members of the organization in response to the recent lack of success.

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Cam Atkinson, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Cam Atkinson played in Columbus throughout Tortorella’s tenure. He spoke forcefully in his exit interview in April about the things he learned from his former manager and quickly moved on to statements about the team’s weaknesses last season.

“You practice your way of playing. Especially when I turned pro, I learned that from Tortorella. John Tortorella, he was great in that aspect. There just wasn’t a lot of practice time (in 2021-22), and it was hard to mold and gel as a group when playing so many games because there isn’t there’s only a few things you can watch videos and stuff but you can’t really get on the ice and do it. As we approach next year, we need to find a way to get more guts, a little more jam, and a little more “f you” into our game. Both sides of the puck, in or crease , defending our goalkeeper, and in their crease. I think we were a pretty soft team this year, in my opinion.

-Cam Atkinson

Atkinson never directly identified Tortorella as the solution to the problems. However, the 33-year-old right winger clearly holds his former coach in high regard for correctly instilling discipline and responsibility. His position within the team’s leadership group will be key in 2022-23.

Senior executives Bobby Clarke and Paul Holmgren reportedly preferred Tortorella over other candidates such as Barry Trotz, Bruce Cassidy and Jim Montgomery. Bill Meltzer described that the two former Flyers had a “substantive role in the final decision” for the hire. Other reports suggested that Fletcher was not entirely determined by the location. Although the level of influence of all parties will not become entirely clear in the near future, the organization now has its fiery head coach who seeks to restore the success of a fallen franchise.

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City of Pittsburgh Announces STOP Violence Community Investment Grants

Grants deployment of part of the city’s peace plan to end the violence

PITTSBURG –The City of Pittsburgh today announced that the application process for the 2022 STOP the Violence Grant is open. The grant is part of the City’s overall approach to ending the violence. Through the STOP Violence Community Investment Fund, the City plans to provide financial support in the form of grants to organizations offering programs that complement the Group Violence Intervention Violence Prevention Strategy ( GVI) existing from the City. Specifically, the grant aims to invest in organizations that take proactive action with people who exhibit one or more risk factors for violent behavior, supporting those people to overcome the risk factors, avoid violence and live a healthy life. healthy and productive. Applicants can request any amount ranging from $15,000 to over $90,000. The application deadline is July 5, 2022 at noon.

“It’s time to address violence as a public health crisis that can be treated and prevented,” said Mayor Ed Gainey. “We know that no single organization can effectively eliminate violence on its own, which is why my administration is focused on community partnerships. The STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund will allow us to support community organizations that are embarking on a bold vision to end violence and make Pittsburgh safe for all.

The STOP Violence Community Investment Fund aims to increase the effectiveness of GVI’s support and outreach, which strives to engage authentically with the community and positively impact violence through a partnership of community members, law enforcement officials and social service providers. Strong applicants should represent organizations located in areas of the city that currently experience high levels of violence; working to prevent violence; and require additional resources to continue this work.

“We are thrilled to make this opportunity available to organizations in our city that are already connected to our high-risk populations and doing all they can to prevent violence,” said Jay Gilmer, coordinator of Stop the Violence. “We know that relationships are key to supporting people, directing them to resources, and ultimately giving them greater purpose and hope.”

Here are examples of potentially eligible projects:

  • Academic, artistic, or athletic opportunities for high-risk individuals of all ages.
  • Family strengthening activities and parent/guardian support.
  • Mentoring for young people and/or adults.
  • Development of communities of support for traumatized people, reintegrated citizens and their families.
  • Culturally appropriate mental health counseling for those at high risk.

Ineligible expenses and projects include:

  • Fundraising campaigns for an individual
  • Annual fundraising events
  • Lobbying/advocacy

The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with the POISE Foundation to administer the STOP Violence Community Investment Fund grantmaking process. Potential awardees must complete a short eligibility questionnaire on POISE’s online application portal to find out if their organization is eligible to apply for the grant. If an organization meets the required criteria, the portal will direct applicants to the application.

To apply, an organization must meet the following criteria:

  • A clear understanding of the dynamics of local community violence.
  • Experience implementing community programs that impact high-risk community members.
  • Relationships and trust established between those most affected by or currently involved in violence.
  • A history of providing services to the target population of the proposed project in the organization’s particular geographic area.
  • History as a communicative and responsible community partner in successful collaborations.
  • Operate their project in the City of Pittsburgh and/or serve people who live in the City of Pittsburgh.
  • Preparation to launch the grant-funded project within 60 days of receipt of funds.
  • Recognized as a 501(c)3 or have a letter of intent or other documented support from a recognized 501(c)3 tax sponsor

2022 recipients can expect to receive their award in early September depending on the availability of funds. In addition to the grant award, grantees may also gain access to technical assistance, cohort collaboration, activities, and events.

For more information on the STOP the Violence Community Investment Fund:

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Hendrick Motorsports reaches 100,000 miles in the lead in the Cup Series

SONOMA, Calif. – Hendrick Motorsports made history at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The organization has now eclipsed the 100,000 mile lead mark in the NASCAR Cup Series and is the first team in Cup history to accomplish this. Hendrick Motorsports led the first 52 laps of the California road course. Kyle Larson led the first 26 laps, while Chase Elliott led the next 26 laps.

Going into Sunday’s race on the 1.99 mile road course in California, Hendrick Motorsports had covered 99,902.90 miles in its Cup Series history and only needed 98 miles and 50 laps to complete 100,000 miles.

Leaving Sonoma, the team led 1,332 laps and 1,548.91 miles in the 2022 season.

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Earlier this season, Hendrick Motorsports became the first Cup organization to boast 2,000 top-10 finishes in the series. The team currently has 2,015 top-10 finishes.

Last year at Charlotte, Kyle Larson’s win gave Hendrick Motorsports its 269th Cup win, overtaking Petty Enterprises as the leader on the team’s all-time winning list. In this race, the team owned by Rick Hendrick led 559.5 over a possible 600 miles. Currently, the team has 285 wins in the sport’s top series.

Two of Hendrick Motorsports’ current drivers are in the top six in the most miles driven for the team.

6: Kyle Larson (3,959.528 miles led)

5: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4,347.677 miles led)

4: Geoff Bodine (5,167.738 miles led)

3: Chase Elliott (5,819.724 miles led)

2: Jimmie Johnson (24,871.212 miles ahead)

1: Jeff Gordon (31,523.282 miles led)

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Living History Event at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society

CAMDEN – On Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Camden, Maine troupes, living history interpreters of the period 1779-1814, will camp on the grounds of the 1770s Thorndike Homestead in Camden. This free, family-friendly event is an opportunity for the public to learn about what life was like in Midcoast Maine during the Revolutionary War era and the years that followed.

Archaeological evidence found on the grounds of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society and the nearby Merryspring Nature Center supports the theory that soldiers were garrisoned in the area during the last quarter of the 18th century. Interpreters will explain the military significance of the site and the role Camden played in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Visitors can also learn about everyday life in the 18th century through demonstrations and participatory activities. There will be open-hearth cooking demonstrations, with samples for the public, and tours of the historic house. On the outskirts, soldiers cook over the campfire using period recipes, as well as flint and steel ignition demonstrations. Re-enactments of the Camden Militia from the Revolutionary War period, as well as the War of 1812, will display the weapons and equipment of a local soldier. Families will be able to try out a variety of colonial games and toys. An 18th century medical expert will discuss common ailments and treatments of the time.

The event is one of a series of encampments that will take place one Saturday a month, through October, on the grounds of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s 1770s Thorndike Homestead (formerly Conway Homestead). The entrance to the farm is located on Route 1, next to Hannaford on the Camden-Rockport town line.

For more information, please contact the Camden-Rockport Historical Society at [email protected], and be sure to follow the Camden-Rockport Historical Society and the Troops at Camden on Facebook.

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Secret City: Behind the Untold Gay History of DC Politics | Books

LGBTQ+ people have always existed, although they have been largely erased from historical accounts and even forced to participate in their own erasure. This is true of American politics, where the 20th century saw many gays and lesbians participate in the highest levels of power, but almost totally erased from the narrative of our nation’s history. In the new book Secret City, historian James Kirchick attempts to place in the historical record gay men and women who served and contributed to their country in Washington DC throughout the 20th century.

“I want to intertwine these two threads – the common thread of history that we all read about and this gay history that has been ostracized and sequestered,” he said. “I wanted to bring them together to show that they are connected stories, that they interact and complement each other. It doesn’t subvert that established narrative, it adds to it and complicates it.

Kirchick was first intrigued by the idea of ​​a gay history of American power politics in 2007, when he moved to DC and realized he was steeped in cultural life and a living gay story. In fact, census data shows that DC has the highest proportion of gay people in the United States. As he began work on the massive project, Kirchick began to believe that as a gay man he was uniquely equipped to write Secret City. “It needed a gay person to do that,” he said. “Even straight liberal historians would feel uncomfortable writing this kind of book. It’s important that we have these stories. My being gay informs my ability to say this.

Beginning with the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and continuing through the presidency of Bill Clinton, Kirchick has spent a decade uncovering long-hidden stories that have been lost to history. At 800 pages, with well over 100 just for notes and sources, Secret City’s scope seems momentous. Although Kirchick found the writing of the book to be overwhelming as he worked to piece together all the information he uncovered, and as he occasionally became angry at the historical wrongs he found, his dominant emotion while working on the project was gratitude. “I feel enormous gratitude for the people who came before. For the people who have been through this pain so that I don’t have to.

Congressman Bob Livingston (right) and John Rhodes discuss the legislation Photography: Capital City Press/Georges Media Group and Baton Rouge, LA.

Kirchick shrewdly points out that fear of homosexuality has been a driving force in presidential politics, operating similarly to other historically recognized forms of prejudice like anti-Semitism and purges of so-called communists. This prejudice was launched with the revelations of the Kinsey Reports in 1948 and 1953, when people suddenly realized that the gay population was far larger than anyone had guessed. Even scarier, they could be anyone. This fear of the “gay next door” fueled stereotypes that gay people are disloyal to the United States, as well as the belief that they were inherently conspiratorial – “if you have three gay people in the room, it’s automatically a conspiracy,” Kirchick said.

A good example of this point is the bizarre story of Bob Livingston. Best known for being forced to resign amid a sex scandal when he was set to succeed Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House when Bill Clinton was impeached, Livingston in 1980 became convinced that gay men working legitimately for Ronald Reagan were actually a sinister cabal secretly controlling him. Kirchick weaves this grim story, which fueled an effort to scuttle Reagan’s presidential nomination in 1980, with a number of gay conspiracy theories attached to the Reagan administration (including one that Reagan himself had sex with another man). Although these allegations are preposterous excesses based on little more than rumor, Kirchick argues that they had the potential to have turned Jimmy Carter’s landslide defeat in the 1980 election into a victory.

Regardless of any plot, Kirchick also reports that the Reagan administration turned out to be “the gayest of any presidential administration to date”, demonstrating two central points of Secret City: the growing acceptance of gay people while throughout the 20th century and their great value in government, even a far-right macho like Reagan. It’s a common irony in stories of LGBTQ+ resilience that the very things that oppressed gays and lesbians – like the need to lead double lives or the isolation that came with not being allowed to marry – were rendered advantageous both for the pursuit of their release and their political career. “During the period documented in this book,” Kirchick said, “the closets were good at producing homosexuals with skills that made them supernaturally equipped to function in Washington—they were good at keeping secrets, had no of family life to distract them, and they were more loyal to those in power.That’s the perverted set of skills the closet could spawn.

Throughout Secret City, Kirchick does a masterful job of conveying the flavor of homophobia in each historical era, while using impeccable research to vividly characterize the dozens of different individuals at play in these stories. This is not just a book about how political power has come to affect the lives of gay men and women; more so, it conveys the texture of an ever-changing world that has constantly controlled homosexuals. It shows how social forces shaped gay lives through constant implicit and explicit threats, the very language gay people had to describe their identity and experience, and harsh control over how they could access sexual practices. that were so central to their identity as human beings. beings.

Rock Hudson with Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 1984
Rock Hudson with Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 1984 Photography: Courtesy of Everett Collection/REX

Because of this rich attention to detail, Secret City also offers a vivid chronicle of the waves of liberation and backlash that characterized the growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ rights in the 20th century. As Kirchick shows, World War II became a national outing of sorts, with homosexuals joining the armed forces in unprecedented numbers. This was followed by a wave of repression in the 1950s, then liberation in the sex-positive 60s, followed by greater repression in the days of Nixon and Reagan, followed by greater freedom during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Across the Secret City sweep, we see homosexuality transform from an absolute career killer into something politicians can be carefully open to.

These waves continue today in Republican efforts to slander LGBTQ+ people as “groomers” and erase the gains trans people have made in access to medical care and social inclusion. Although Kirchick is well aware of the ugly politics of the present, as well as the fragility of the gains LGBTQ+ people have made in society, he ends Secret City on a note of triumph, celebrating the transformative acceptance of gay people as a ” massive achievement”. of liberal society”, and a quintessentially American success story. “I can quote a Gallup poll that self-identified LGBT people doubled,” Kirchick said. “And obviously, there was this explosion of visibility. I can’t predict the future, you can never say never. But in my limited experience, I’m pretty sure there’s never been a better time to be gay in this country.

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Elon University / Today at Elon / Resources and recommendations for celebrating Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and Elon University’s Gender & LGBTQIA Center has resources and tips on how to celebrate.

Each year, June is recognized as Pride Month to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests that followed a June 28, 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which was a popular gathering place. for members of the LGBTQIA community.

June was officially recognized by the US government as Pride Month in 1999 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The government has since expanded the recognition to make it “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month”. Learn more about the story here.

To help celebrate Pride Month, the Elon University Gender and LGBTQIA Center offers the following resources and recommendations for learning more, advocating, and getting involved.

Resources at Elon

  • Gender and LGBTQIA Center at Moseley 209 provides support for LGBTQIA students, provides confidential support for survivors of gender-based violence, and features gender and LGBTQIA topics
  • Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community is a residential community open to any student wishing to explore topics around gender and sexual orientation
  • Spectrum is a queer-straight student alliance providing a safe space for all queer people, in existence for over 20 years
  • Outlaw is a social and educational organization that fosters an environment of support and acceptance for Elon Law’s LGBT students, faculty, staff, and professionals
  • The Spirit and Pride Initiative is a grant-funded initiative supported by the Carpenter Foundation and in collaboration with the GLC and the Truitt Center to support LGBTQIA students of faith
  • ASCENDa QTPOC student initiative, supports LGBTQIA students of color through affirmation, celebration and upliftment
  • CLEAR (Coalition of Learning, Empowerment, & Anti-violence Resources) is a student-led initiative overseen by the GLC that coordinates events and presentations on gender-based violence awareness and prevention.

Community Resources

  • Pride of Alamance is a non-profit organization serving the LGBTQ communities of Alamance County by hosting an annual Pride Festival
  • PFLAG Alamance provides support to families and friends of LGBTQ people through educational materials and advocacy against harassment and bullying
  • Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center (Greensboro) creates unity through programs and philanthropy that advance equality and inclusion for LGBTQ communities

GLC Ally Tips

  • Connect with one of Elon’s organizations or the Alamance Country community
  • Donate to the Gender and LGBTQIA Center to provide financial support for food-insecure LGBTQIA students, to access gender-affirming clothing, and to make educational experiences financially accessible
  • Learn about the history of LGBTQIA communities, from the Society for Human Rights and the Compton Cafeteria Riot, to the Stonewall Riots and subsequent Pride parades

Contact the Gender and LGBTQIA Center staff to find out other ways to get involved or if you are interested in volunteering with the GLC.

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Quin Snyder steps down as Utah Jazz coach after 8 seasons

Snyder leaves his coaching job at Utah as the 2nd winningest coach in franchise history.

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz announced today that Quin Snyder is completing his tenure as head coach of the franchise.

Snyder leaves Utah after eight years with the Jazz and a 372-264 (.585) regular season record. He leaves the Jazz as the second winningest coach in franchise history.

“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” said Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision. On behalf of Ashley and I, along with our ownership group and entire organization, thank Quin and Amy from the bottom of our hearts for all of their contributions to the State of Utah and the Jazz and wish them only the best.

Snyder completed his eighth season as Jazz head coach in 2021-22, leading the team to six straight playoff appearances and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals in three of six showings. Over the past six seasons, Snyder led the Jazz to a 294-178 (.623) record, which was the third-best winning percentage in the NBA and the best in the Western Conference during that span.

In 2020-21, he led the Jazz to the NBA’s best record (52-20, .722) and highest winning percentage in Jazz history en route to being named the team’s head coach. LeBron at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. In 2017-18, Snyder was the runner-up for NBA Coach of the Year voting. He was named Western Conference Coach of the Month four times during his time with the Jazz.

“I am extremely grateful to have spent the past eight years with such a respected and historic organization and in the beautiful, kind and supportive community of Salt Lake City. I could not have asked for better owners in the Miller family and with Ryan and Ashley,” Quin Snyder said.

“They represent the Utah Jazz in all the right ways and I know the team couldn’t be in better hands with Ryan’s ownership. He is extremely proud and determined to do what is right for Utah Jazz and bring a championship to Utah. It was also an honor to work with the entire group of owners, Mike, Ryan, Dwyane and others. Danny and Justin show strong leadership and I greatly appreciate their efforts and working with them. At the heart, and what motivates me every day, are our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve, and their dedication to the team and the Jazz. I firmly believe that they need a new voice to continue to evolve. That’s it. No philosophical difference, no other reason. After eight years, I feel it’s time to move on.

“I needed to take the time to detach myself after the season and make sure it was the right decision. I greatly respect and appreciate Ryan, Danny and Justin’s discussions about moving forward together, I just know it’s time. I’m forever grateful to all the players, coaches, partners and people I’ve worked with at the Jazz. Your sacrifice, your kinship made it an amazing and special experience. Amy and I are very grateful to have spent time here as it has been a great place to raise our family. Thank you to our ever supportive and passionate fans. We want only the best for you and to see you raise a championship banner.

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Xander Bogaerts sets Red Sox record for shortstop games

OAKLAND — It couldn’t have been more perfect if this was a classic baseball movie.

Xander Bogaerts entered home plate in the top of the fourth inning. He saw two players within four seams of A starter James Kaprielian, one down and inside, the other barely outside. The third pitch, however, was just over the heart of the plate — and Bogaerts squared it, throwing it deep into left field for a solo shot.

Fittingly, Bogaerts drove in the first and final innings of Boston’s 7-2 win over Oakland, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. The circuit itself wasn’t otherworldly – ​​389ft, 102.8mph at the start – but it perfectly highlighted a historic night for Bogaerts.

With his departure on Friday night, Bogaerts has now played 1,094 career games at shortstop, breaking a franchise record that stood for more than a century. He passed Everett Scott, who played for the Red Sox from 1914 to 1921. Bogaerts and Scott are currently tied for the most career starts.

“It means a lot to us,” manager Alex Cora said. “We will wait for the celebration tomorrow because tomorrow is another big day for him.

“To show up every day means a lot to us, it means a lot to his teammates. It means a lot to the city of Boston.”

Ask around the Red Sox clubhouse, and one word comes up repeatedly to describe what Bogaerts means to this club: consistency.

“What defines him is consistency,” said centre-back Kiké Hernández. “He’s as consistent as it gets, and I would say it’s both on and off the court – at home plate, on defense, at the clubhouse, the same guy every day.”

Bogaerts has long been a Boston staple. He signed with the Red Sox as an amateur free agent from Aruba in 2009 and made his Major League debut four years later, playing 18 games in the 2013 regular season. the magical World Series run from Boston this fall that Bogaerts has become indispensable in the roster — and he hasn’t looked back.

It’s not just the number of games that stands out for Bogaerts’ feat – it’s also that he did it at shortstop. Shortstop is a grueling position, and there was initially doubt that Bogaerts plays it every day at the Majors.

“When I arrived there was a lot of talk, maybe I have to change my position,” Bogaerts said. “I have to give huge credit to the coaching staff and obviously the organization for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Four Silver Sluggers, three All-Star selections and two World Series rings later, Bogaerts is more reliable than ever. In 2022, he leads the American League shortstops with 33 points and is second in extra hits with 20, behind only Toronto’s Bo Bichette. His 62 hits lead all MLB shortstops.

And what does Bogaerts think of his numbers so far?

Probably not much, Cora said. A remarkable quality is that Bogaerts always strives to be better. In 51 games this season, Bogaerts has reduced .325/.394/.492, good for the team’s third-best OPS. He won’t sing his own praises, but Cora is more than happy to do it for him.

“He’s just a humble kid who likes to win games. He did his part – hit the home run, hit the double, played solid defense,” Cora said. “There’s only one man in the big leagues who can say his shortstop is Xander Bogaerts, and that’s me. And I’m proud of that.”

The feeling is shared between Bogaerts teammates. Although he’s only 29, Bogaerts is the longest-serving member of the Red Sox, and teammates — old and new, young and old — say they look up to him on and off the court.

“What you see is what you get,” Bogaerts said. “It’s very cool for these guys to see this and talk like this.”

Christian Vázquez, who has played alongside Bogaerts since they were teammates at the Minors in 2011, summed up the impact of club leaders like Bogaerts in a few simple words.

“When they leave,” he said, “we leave.”

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Stonehenge images of Queen Elizabeth II spark controversy ahead of Platinum Jubilee

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LONDON — As part of preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, eight portraits of the monarch have been projected onto the ancient stone faces of Stonehenge, one from each decade of her 70-year reign.

The projection of the 96-year-old man onto the 5,000-year-old monument was called a ‘spellbinding tribute’ from organizers – but the merger of two of Britain’s most iconic stalwarts has sparked controversy on social media.

Some have said the World Heritage site in Wiltshire, England should remain intact, citing its apparent history as an ancient religious site. Others said it was “in bad taste” to turn the prehistoric monument into a real billboard.

“It’s crazy, or should I say, completely insane”, read a of nearly 6,000 replies to the tweet.

Others seemed more enthusiastic about the idea, with one person marking the tribute “thronehenge.” The Queen’s former press secretary and royal commentator Dickie Arbiter called out the series of images “beautiful.”

Stonehenge, believed to have been built in stages between 3000 and 1520 BC, has remained a focus of historical speculation for centuries. Although the purpose of the site is unknown, English Heritage concluded that “there must be some spiritual reason why Neolithic and Bronze Age people went to such lengths to build it”.

Other analysts say the sarsen stones may have served as a giant solar calendar so people knew the time of year. Experts have also concluded that the site hosted parties and ceremonies, with a 2019 study finding that Stonehenge served as a “hub for Britain’s first mass parties”.

Research and excavations at the site, which also served as a burial site, continue. The stones are positioned to align with the movements of the sun. Experts in the 17th and 18th centuries believed it served as a Druidic temple, and even to this day modern Druids flock to the site to celebrate the spiritually significant summer and winter solstices.

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English Heritage Trust, the organization responsible for managing hundreds of historic sites including Stonehenge, told the Washington Post the exhibit was part of a “range of events and activities” taking place across the country on its sites to celebrate the jubilee.

“From the 2012 Summer Olympics to the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Stonehenge has played a role in marking important moments in the recent history of this country, including – now – the Platinum Jubilee”, English Heritage said in a statement.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the first Jubilee event and receives a standing ovation

Although English Heritage did not comment on the backlash, it said it had previously released footage of Stonehenge.

In 2020, as a recent example, the faces of eight people who have helped support Britain’s art and heritage sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic were projected onto the stones. And in November 2014, images of World War I soldiers were projected onto the monument as part of a military tribute.

Images of the Queen also appear in homes and shop windows and are featured on other iconic sites including The London Marble Arch.

“Stonehenge’s history continues to evolve and change,” says English Heritage on its official website, adding that “an air of mystery and intrigue” will always shroud the complex and widely debated history of the site.

Jubilee celebrations are set to start Thursday and run through Sunday, with street parties across the country, the annual British Army Trooping the Color ceremony (Prince William led a rehearsal over the weekend ) and a traditional appearance on the balcony of the royal family.

Prince William takes center stage at Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee rehearsal

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Vermont is set to elect its 1st woman to Congress this year

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — With a rare openness this fall in its congressional delegation, Vermont looks set to lose its distinction as the only state that has never had a woman represent it in Washington.

Three women, including Lt. Governor Molly Gray and Senate Pro Tempore Speaker Becca Balint, are among the Democrats competing in the Aug. 9 primary for the seat vacated by the lone U.S. House member, Democrat Peter Welch, who is trying to advance to the Senate. The two Republican candidates registered to run in the midterm elections are also women.

Given Vermont’s liberal reputation, it might seem strange that it was the last state to send a woman to Congress. But Vermont’s small population makes it one of the few states with the smallest congressional delegation possible — two senators and one House member. And like many states, Vermont has traditionally re-elected its incumbents, who turned out to be white men who ended up serving for extraordinarily long periods. That includes Democrat Patrick Leahy, who was first elected in 1974 and is the fourth longest-serving senator in history.

“It’s a leadership bottleneck,” said Elaine Haney, executive director of Emerge Vermont, an organization that works to prepare women to run for office. “And so, when someone hangs on to all of that for a very long time, it prevents everyone from having opportunities.”′

Last November, Leahy announced he would retire after eight terms. Within days, Welch said he would seek a Senate appointment, leaving the House seat vacant for the first time since 2006, when Welch succeeded the current senator. Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been on the congressional delegation since 1991.

Haney, whose organization has helped train some of the female House candidates on how to campaign, noted that women bring a different experience than men to elected office. It matters, she said, on issues like abortion rights, a topic highlighted by a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision. v. Wade legalizing abortion.

“I strongly believe – and I think a lot of other people strongly believe – that if women, Democratic women, were actually at the table, these kinds of threatening situations wouldn’t happen, because lived experiences by women would be at the center of discussion and politics,” she said.

Democratic candidates support abortion rights. A referendum on the ballot in Vermont in November would enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution, the first such amendment in the country. The state also has a law protecting a woman’s right to abortion.

“We need leaders going to Washington who unequivocally make sure Roe v. Wade is codified federally, and I know that’s a top priority for (Democratic) women in this race,” said Grey.

Welch was also a strong proponent of abortion rights and called on Congress to codify abortion rights. He believes that electing a woman as successor will encourage more young people to run for office.

“This is a moment when everyone is on deck and I couldn’t be more excited for our state that these women have stepped up to take on the challenge,” Welch said in a statement. “Each of the candidates is unique and incredibly talented and I know they will use their experience to work hard for Vermonters in Congress if elected.”

Vermont remains an outlier at a time when the number of women serving in Washington is increasing. Montana in 1916 made Representative Jeannette Rankin the first woman elected to Congress, four years before the 19th Amendment secured women’s constitutional suffrage.

Since then, nearly 400 women have served as United States Representatives, Delegates, Resident Commissioners or Senators,

In 2018, Vermont became the last state without female representation in Congress when Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith was nominated to the Senate.

Women seeking the Democratic nomination in Vermont’s House race have not focused their campaigns on the possibility of one of them being the state’s first woman elected to Congress. Instead, they promise to seek solutions to bolster the workforce, alleviate the state’s affordable housing problem and tackle the climate crisis, among other central party priorities.

“They’re just not that far apart on a lot of those issues, and I think the election is going to come down to other things, such as temperament and experience issues and, frankly, name recognition. “said Matthew Dickinson, a politician. science professor at Middlebury College.

Gray, the lieutenant governor, was elected in 2020 in her first bid for political office. She is a lawyer and former Assistant State Attorney General.

Balint served in the state senate for eight years, six of them in leadership positions, the last two as interim president. She was previously a middle school teacher.

A third Democratic candidate, Sianay Chase Clifford, is an Essex social worker who previously worked in Washington for Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

Candidates could also make history in other ways. If elected, Balint would be the first openly gay person to represent Vermont in Congress, while Chase Clifford would be the first person of color to represent the state in Washington.

The GOP candidates listed to run for the House seat are accountant Ericka Redic, who lost a 2020 state Senate race, and Anya Tynio, who ran for the U.S. House in 2018 and lost.

Redic says she will focus on tackling inflation, illegal immigration, drug abuse and government overreach, especially when it comes to vaccination mandates. Tynio has stated on her website that she is a supporter of the Second Amendment, a supporter of strong border security, and in favor of implementing legislation that would reduce inflation, reduce the national debt, and balance the budget.

Two men, a Brattleboro independent and a South Burlington doctor as a Democrat, are also running for the House seat, but neither has reported raising any money.

Although this fall’s election will likely shatter Vermont’s glass ceiling, it’s likely the state will have more openings in the coming years.

Sanders, an independent, is 80 and faces re-election in 2024. Welch is 75.

Haney said she would like to see all elected offices in Vermont held by women.

“We have normalized male leadership throughout our history. And we’re so used to seeing nobody but responsible men, and we think, ‘Oh, that’s okay,’ she said. “There’s nothing wrong with all women being in charge, and that’s what I want to see.”

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Flyers coaching rumours: John Tortorella interviews for job, insider says he’s a ‘legitimate candidate’

John Tortorella, one of the NHL’s most polarizing coaches, has been interviewed to return to the bench as head coach. And an NHL insider thinks he’s a “legitimate candidate” to land the job.

Tortorella confirmed earlier this week that he had interviewed with the Flyers to become the team’s next head coach. Tortorella parted ways with the Blue Jackets after the 2020-21 season and has since been an analyst at ESPN. The Flyers fired Mike Yeo after the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman told the NHL Network that he thinks the Flyers consider Tortorella to be one of the best candidates for the job.

“I think they’re still in the process,” Friedman said. “I absolutely believe Tortorella is a legitimate candidate there, though. I think they’re looking for a veteran, demanding presence. He certainly meets all of those criteria. I think he’s exactly the kind of person that they are looking for.”

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Tortorella has a reputation as an outspoken coach that has made him a polarizing figure in the NHL. He has often criticized players and media audiences, and is considered to have a tough approach towards players on his teams.

But he has produced results throughout his coaching career. He was brought in midway through the 2000–01 season to lead the Lightning and took on full-time coaching duties the following season. The team finished 24-47-6-5 in that 2000-01 season, but in the 2002-03 season Tampa Bay led the division at 36-25-16-5 and made the playoffs. playoffs. The following year, the Lightning posted a 46-22-8-6 record and won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Tortorella left the Lightning after the 2007–08 season with the most wins as an American head coach at 239 and joined the Rangers midway through the 2008–09 season. He spent six seasons with New York and guided them to a 171-118-1-29 record in the regular season and a 19-25 record in the playoffs. He was fired after the 2012-13 season and joined the Canucks for a single season. In Vancouver, he was suspended during the season for an altercation with a coach, angered the team’s starting goaltender and prompted him to seek a trade to Vancouver and missed the playoffs.

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The Blue Jackets signed Tortorella at the start of the 2015-16 season. After going 34-33-8 in his freshman year at Columbus, he led the team to the playoffs the following season, the first of four straight playoff trips. In 2019, the Blue Jackets became the first team to sweep the Presidents’ Trophy winning team, the Lightning, in the first round of the playoffs, giving Columbus its first playoff win in franchise history.

Tortorella and the Blue Jackets mutually agreed to part ways after the 2020-21 season, in which Columbus went 18-26-12 and finished last in the division. He is the winningest coach in Blue Jackets history.

In his coaching career, he has no losing record with any of the four teams he has coached, and overall he has a record of 673-541-37-132. His 673 wins rank 14th all-time and second among Americans only to Peter Laviolette’s 717. He was twice named winner of the Jack Adams Best Coach Award (2004 and 2017).

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The Flyers have struggled over the past two years, missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94. Over the past two seasons, Philadelphia has allowed the second-most goals in the league with 499, according to Stathead.

Tortorella teams have always been strong defensively. The Blue Jackets have allowed the 14th-fewest NHL goals in his six years in Columbus, according to Stathead, and only the third-fewest in the four consecutive years they have made the playoffs. The Rangers allowed the second-fewest goals in the NHL while he was head coach at New York.

“I think John Tortorella is someone who appeals to at least part of the Flyer organization,” Friedman said. “I think when you think of some of the longtime Flyers, like Bob Clarke, who still have influence in this organization, I think Tortorella is exactly the kind of person they believe in. Anyone who dismisses the candidacy of Tortorella for this position would be stupid. . I think he has a legitimate chance to do so.”

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Mehmet Oz-Dave McCormick Republican Primary for US Senate Leaders to Tell – NBC10 Philadelphia

Dave McCormick, trailing Mehmet Oz by 902 votes in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, faces a long chance of overtaking Oz if history is any indication.

Pennsylvania’s secretary of state announced on Wednesday that all 67 counties must recount ballots in the May 17 primary involving McCormick and Oz, as election results show the two are separated by less than 0.1% of the more than 1.3 million votes cast.

That’s well below the 0.5% threshold by which Pennsylvania’s election code requires a recount of all votes.

“This automatic recount is intended to ensure that the count is accurate and that there is confidence in the counts and results,” Pennsylvania Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said. “I thank everyone for their patience as we count every vote.”

Chapman said counties will have May 27 to June 7 to recount votes in the Senate race. Counties must report their results by noon on June 8.

But despite the razor-thin margin separating Oz and McCormick, a national study of elections from 2000 to 2019 found only three instances in which the leader was passed by the second-place candidate. In each of those elections, the initial margin separating the candidates was much closer than the margin separating the candidates in the Republican primary this month.

“It’s common to expect some votes to change when you do a manual recount. In this case the candidates are separated by about 1,000 votes and in this case we should expect a change of about 100 votes,” said Deb Otis of FairVote. in an interview on Wednesday. “It’s possible, but definitely an uphill battle for David McCormick.”

Otis, who is a senior research analyst at the nonpartisan organization FairVote, authored a 2020 study that looked at the past 20 years of statewide elections in the United States. .

Only 31 times has a statewide race been recounted. Of those, three saw the original leader give up the advantage and lose the election, Otis said. Each had initial margins of less than 0.05%, according to his study.

The difference between Oz and McCormick is about 0.09%.

None of the three recorded a vote shift from one candidate to another of more than 225 votes, according to the FairVote study.

In Pennsylvania, seven recounts have taken place since the turn of the century, Chapman, the secretary of state, said Tuesday. Only one of those seven was a statewide race. In 2009, a state Superior Court election was subject to a recount. The results were not voided after the recount.

The eventual winner of the Senate race will face Democratic nominee John Fetterman in the November general election.

For all the candidates, issues and important dates voters should know in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, go to NBC10 Decision 2022 page. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the midterm elections, including when to vote and who will be on your ballots in the November primaries and general elections.

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This composition performed for the first time in Milwaukee was honored with a Pulitzer

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Raven Chacon created Mass without voice in Milwaukee. Usually, Chacon — an indigenous artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation — wouldn’t perform on Thanksgiving, but for this Present Music concert that gives a “voice to the voiceless,” he made an exception. And on May 9, he received a Pulitzer Prize for Music for this piece.

Chacon specifically composed Mass without voice for the Nichols & Simpson organ of the Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste cathedral. And although the word “mass” is used, there are no vocal parts in the 16-minute piece. Instead, Chacon used the organ and a set of wind and string instruments to fill the cathedral.

Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music

“By exploiting the architecture of the cathedral, Mass without voice considers the futility of giving voice to the voiceless, when ceding space is never an option for those in power. Chacon writes in the concert program. The Pulitzer Prize jury described the concert as “an original and compelling work for organ and ensemble that evokes the weight of history in a church setting, a concentrated and powerful musical expression with a haunting visceral impact”.

Mass without voice was commissioned by the Milwaukee Present Music organization—with support from the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ and Plymouth Church UCC—as part of the ensemble’s 40th anniversary season. The music organization has always been known for its imaginative performance experiments – once putting musicians on boats for a gig that floated down the Milwaukee River.


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“We spoke to him [Chacon] and we’d give him just about any gig of the year, and we’d walk around the Thanksgiving gig very timidly,” Present Music co-artistic director Eric Segnitz said. “But once he heard about the large space of the cathedral and the organ, he wanted to do it in November. He was very attracted to the instrument.

The piece itself is a contemporary work. Chacon uses non-traditional techniques to obtain new sounds from the instruments. For example, the cellist used many percussive techniques – which is not common on a string instrument – ​​and even the organist used subsonic base tones, which Segnitz says is quite unusual. OMoreover, the concert was not the usual enfilade with the public and the instrumentalists face to face. For Mass without voice the artists surrounded their listeners.

Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music

“I think that particular performance experience was unique because the audience really, they’re in the middle of it all, and they were a part of it,” Segnitz says. “It didn’t feel like 12 musicians, but more like 512 musicians.”

Segnitz says it’s pretty rare that such a contemporary piece — especially one like this that takes imagination to comprehend — receives an immediate, warm response from audiences. Mass without voice received a standing ovation on Thanksgiving Day. “We should have known,” Segnitz says of the Pulitzer.

“It certainly surprised me! I was thrilled that his work was recognized,” says Jessica Franken, president of Present Music. “The level of public recognition for this composer and this work will allow us to kind of reinforce that this is an important part of our mission to support artists who are creating new music, both on the composition than on the performance side. .”

Along with Chacon, Present also collaborated with the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at UW-Milwaukee and Ho-Chunk Nation artist Sky Hopinka for the concert. Chacon was also very involved beyond the concert hall. He visited Present Music’s educational partners, led sessions for local students, and gave a pre-concert talk to provide pre-show insight.

Raven Chacon and David Bloom addressed the audience before the show; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music

The victory brought national attention to Chacon and current Milwaukee music – even though some national publications covering the groundbreaking concert incorrectly stated that the band was based in Minneapolis. It is the first of more than 80 commissions in Present Music’s 40-year history to win the award. Chacon also made history as the first Native American to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.

“We did this because we love Chacon’s work and perspective, and it’s something we wanted to see, support and bring to our community,” said Present Music co-artistic director David Bloom.

And while Bloom is glad Present Music was able to bring this piece to an audience in Milwaukee, he’s thrilled that Mass without voice will now have an even greater reach. “It’s the kind of award that guarantees that,” he says.

Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music
Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music
Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music
Performance “Mass without voice”; Photo by Samer Ghani, courtesy of Present Music



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Ukrainian exhibition at Igo Library aims to share the country’s history and culture

SAN ANTONIO – In an effort to further share their culture amid the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukrainian San Antonio has set up an exhibit inside the Igo Library on the northwest side.

“Here is my mother, she is in Kyiv. She, all the time she was in Kyiv, she never left and she is still here,” said Olenka Bravo, co-founder of the organization, showing the photo of his mother.

The photos on display tell the story of Ukraine.

“It’s very difficult to hear him on the phone when the sirens are on. And when I see his picture, it’s even harder,” Bravo said.

Members of the San Antonio Ukrainian worked with City Council leaders from Districts Four and Eight to secure this display set.

“This project concerns Ukraine. Exposure is, how do you say, is of the utmost importance in warfare,” Bravo said.

She explains that part of the attack on Ukraine is disinformation from the Russian side, saying that Ukraine was never its own nation and should belong to Russia.

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By showcasing decades-old photos and clothing, jewelry and other artifacts from different regions, Bravo hopes it will show the deep culture of their country.

“That way we have more evidence to show that we always were and still are who we are,” she said.

Her 9-year-old son, Albert, says he gets a mix of emotions watching the screen and talking about Ukraine.

“I want people to know what it’s going through right now, everything he had to go through,” Albert said.

Seeing his grandmother’s photo in particular breaks Albert’s heart.

“Imagine that your parents, your grandparents were every day that you didn’t know if they were alive or dead. Imagine, he said.

The display has no set time for how long it will be up.

If you’re looking for other ways to support Ukraine, Laika Cheesecake and Espresso is hosting another Sunday fundraiser at the Pearl Farmer’s Market from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Purdue trio named to CoSIDA’s first all-district academy team

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Purdue student-athletes Ben Bramley, Max Lyons and Joe Weiller have been named to the CoSIDA All-District Academic Team for General Sports, the organization announced yesterday.

As regional winners from District 5, all three Boilermakers qualify for the national ballot from which the All-America Academic Teams are selected. District 5 includes all universities and colleges in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

Weiler has now been named Academic All-District for the third consecutive year, while Bramley and Lyon have been named for the second consecutive season.

Weiler, a senior from Bloomington, Indiana, graduated last week with a 3.87 GPA in industrial engineering. He was recently named to the All-Big Ten First Team for the second and third time overall, being one of five players in school history to be named to the All-Big First Team twice. Ten. He ended his career last weekend by finishing 15and at NCAA regionals. He posted the fourth-best career stroke average (73.05) in school history and his 11 career top-10 finishes were ninth in school history. Last season, he recorded eight top-20 finishes in 10 events and ranked fifth on the list in single-season stroke averages (71.73). Weiler’s eight rounds in the ’60s were the fifth in a season in school history.

Lyon, a senior from Dyersville, Iowa, earns all-district academic honors for the second year in a row after completing his fifth and final year with the Boilermaker wrestling program and earning his bachelor’s degree in industrial-operations and line management. supply. He adds to an impressive list of academic accolades, including his fourth straight NWCA Scholar All-America honor and his fourth All-Big Ten academic recognition. Lyon is the second wrestler in Purdue history to become a four-time Scholar All-American, joining 2012 graduate AJ Kissel. Lyon qualified for his fourth NCAA championships at 184 pounds, posting his career-best showing in 2022 The No. 30 seed knocked out two top-15 opponents en route to the round of 16 but fell one win short of All-America honors and a podium spot. He finished his career ranked 18thand all-time in eliminations at Purdue, compiling 237, and had 87 career wins.

Bramley was an academic All-American, NCAA silver medalist and three-time Big Ten championship medalist during his decorated career at Purdue. He graduated this month with a degree in finance and a GPA of 3.86. Last year, he became the sixth member of the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center men’s program to be recognized as an Academic All-American, joining two-time Academic All-America winner Jamie Bissett (2014-15). , as Purdue divers earn illustrious distinction.

At the NCAA Championships this season, Bramley finished in the top 10 on the 10-yard platform for the third time in his career. It was his fourth career All-America honor in the entire event. When Brandon Loschiavo and Bramley won NCAA gold and silver in 2021, he scored a university’s first one-two in a diving event since Auburn (also a platform) in 2005. He is also only l one of six Purdue divers (men and women) to medal at the Big Ten Championships three years in a row.

Purdue Swimming and Diving has had at least one academic winner from every district every year since 2010.

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Judeo-Christian nation should move to interfaith America, says Eboo Patel

This article was first published in the State of the Faith Newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday evening.

Eboo Patel plans to overhaul the country’s approach to religion. And his mission begins with giving his organization a new name.

For the past 20 years, Patel’s work has unfolded under the Interfaith Youth Core banner, a name that reflected his team’s focus on issues facing colleges and universities. From now on, they will be known as Interfaith America and will work to improve society as a whole.

“Our work on campuses will continue and grow. And we will add to that interfaith work in health, technology, racial equity…government agencies and private businesses,” Patel, the organization’s founder and president, said during a briefing. a launch event on May 10 in Washington, DC.

In announcing the new name, Patel pointed out that the phrase “interfaith America” ​​gives a vision of what the country could be. He and his team are calling for some sort of national rebranding, an embrace of religious diversity.

“The mission of Interfaith America, the institution, is to help build interfaith America, the nation,” he told me in a phone interview last week.

Part of this effort will include the introduction of the term “Jewish-Christian nation” to usher in “interfaith America.” The former served a valuable purpose in the mid-twentieth century, Patel said, but it no longer serves us well today. .

During our interview, I asked Patel to elaborate on what the future will look like if Interfaith America is successful. Here’s what he told me about his organization’s plans to build a “potluck nation.”

Kelsey Dallas: Can you summarize what this name change means for your organization?

Ebo Patel: For 10 years, we have focused 90% of our energy on university campuses and higher education. Now we will significantly expand our programs in the areas of technology, racial equity, health and business, while also expanding our work on college campuses with student leaders.

We believe that religious diversity and interfaith cooperation are relevant to virtually every aspect of American life. We want to be the vital civic institution that stands up and takes responsibility for helping the United States become an interfaith America.

KD: This change comes at a time when many religious organizations are in decline. Is there room for religious people?noin Interfaith America?

PE: Yes, and there always have been. From the beginning, atheists, agnostics, spiritual seekers and others have had a place at the table of our programs.

KD: You talked about “Judeo-Christian America” as a kind of branding that helped reduce anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism. Do you hope the phrase “interfaith America” will work the same way?

PE: The term “Judeo-Christian” is not particularly historically or theologically accurate when applied to the American context. But it is a brilliant civic invention that has broadened the country’s understanding of itself and reduced anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic fanaticism.

Now that America’s demographics have shifted again — there are as many Buddhists and Muslims in the country as there are Lutherans — it’s time to write the next big chapter in American religious history. And we think “Interfaith America” ​​is the right title for this chapter.

KD: How will we know when the idea of ​​interreligious America has caught on?

PE: School calendars will pay attention not only to Christian holidays, but also to Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim holidays. Cities will have days of interfaith service. Congregations across the country will have interfaith exchanges of clergy. College campuses will have interfaith student councils. Hospitals will regularly hold religious diversity training for their medical staff. In general, religious diversity will be seen as a strength.

In fact, I think something else will also happen: we will start to see ourselves not as a hollow nation, but as a nation to be shared. We will not be a country where people’s unique identities are fused, but rather a country where people’s unique identities are welcome contributions to the party.

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“By 1973, approximately 1,400 clergy across the country had helped what is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of women access safe abortions,” The Atlantic reported in a 2016 Clergy Consultation Service article.

What I read…

Deseret News reporter Kyle Dunphey spent part of April in Poland learning about the plight of Ukrainian refugees and those trying to help them. His latest article on the trip focuses on the work of religious organizations and individuals.

I couldn’t believe what I read in Christianity Today’s in-depth look at the savage history of Tennessee’s ban on clergy serving in the state legislature.

Jon Ward, chief national correspondent for Yahoo! News, wrote an essay for Christianity Today about how being a journalist made him a better Christian. “I have been free to listen, to consider, to agree or disagree, and to follow the direction indicated by the evidence on each issue. In this regard, I feel paid to go in a Christian direction – a leadership that stays clear of arguments motivated by ideology or group affiliation,” he wrote.


In my time on Faith Beat, I really enjoyed working on a few stories at the intersection of religion and disability rights. It’s no wonder a new book on disability justice in churches caught my eye.

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2021-22 Nuggets Player Review: Bryn Forbes

The Denver Nuggets have tapped Bryn Forbes as their flagship acquisition of the 2021-22 trade deadline. As an effective point guard and leading scorer, the Nuggets were also able to use Forbes as an element of depth to help offload the loss of Jamal Murray.

After a productive stint with the San Antonio Spurs to start the season, Forbes picked up where he left off when he arrived in Denver. He hit his three-pointers at a remarkably efficient pace after being immediately implemented into the rotation.

When the Nuggets needed a quick offensive outing in the second half of the season, they turned to Forbes. And when they got to the playoffs, Forbes continued that role while showing much improved defensive chops.

Forbes has certainly made the most of his opportunities with the Nuggets despite only making his senior debut in late January.

Forbes season timeline

Forbes spent the first three months of the 2021-22 season with Spurs, where, in a consistent role, he was one of the team’s most explosive attacking weapons. However, as the trade deadline approached, Forbes was dealt to the Nuggets.

His arrival in Denver is part of the three-team deal that sent PJ Dozier and Bol Bol to the Boston Celtics.

From there, it didn’t take long for Forbes to make an impact. His first double-digit scoring deal came in his second game with the Nuggets, a 12-point performance on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 on three.

His best performance of the season came less than two weeks into his Nuggets tenure. Despite losing to the Utah Jazz on February 2, Forbes scored 26 of 10 for 13 from the field and 4 for 5 of three.

In Forbes’ first 15 games with the team — between the trade and the All-Star Break — Forbes averaged 10.6 points per game, reaching double that seven times.

After the break, his production slowed down slightly. However, Forbes retained his effective shooting numbers and a positive mentality despite the role switch, ultimately gaining playoff minutes.

He played 15.3 minutes per game in his five playoff appearances, shooting 36.4% from three and – as mentioned before – playing a stronger-than-expected defense against. the three-headed monster of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole.

Facts and figures

Forbes appeared in 35 games for the Nuggets, appearing as a starter in one. He averaged 17.4 minutes per game over that span and scored 8.6 points per game.

His shooting gaps were impressive, which has become the norm in his career. Forbes shot 42.4% from the field, 41.0% from three and 92.1% from the free throw line.

Among Nuggets players who played at least 20 games, Forbes had the third-highest three-point percentage.

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Lessons from World War II can help us overcome the shortage of infant formula

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The United States is suffering from a severe shortage of infant formula, with the nationwide stock-out rate climbing to an alarming 43%. The shortage has prompted frantic parents to post pleas on online neighborhood networks. The shortage, and the desperate parents trying to overcome it, echoes the days of World War II, when infant feeding became a matter of government intervention.

Wartime conditions – most notably a demand for tin to make military equipment – ​​led to a shortage of infant formula as the tin was used for canning condensed milk. This story offers a lesson as the government strives to address the shortage of infant formula in 2022. As these shortages hit vulnerable families the hardest, efforts to overcome them require full mobilization to ensure each infant is fed.

By the 1920s, breastfeeding had fallen out of favor in all social classes. Infants who were not breastfed or who received a combination of breast and bottle and solid foods typically consumed canned sweetened condensed milk, the most popular being Bordon’s Eagle Brand Baby Milk. Other families used a homemade formula usually consisting of condensed milk, water and karo syrup. Cow’s milk, which today is not given to babies until they are one year old, has been used in some of these formulas.

For most of the 20th century, babies also started eating solid foods in their fifth or sixth month. They consumed an astonishing variety of foodstuffs, as evidenced by a warning from the New York State Department of Health that “ham, bacon or pork, cabbage, pickles, tea, coffee or beer, bananas, berries, cakes, candies or ice cream should not be given to babies or small children.

During World War II, however, the free market gave way to emergency wartime government controls. Just like their parents and siblings, this meant infants received government ration books – after the ration board saw their birth certificate or a statement from a doctor or hospital. Infant ration books provided them with 16 ration points per week to spend on canned condensed milk. This ensured that babies had equal, albeit limited, access to the food they needed. Since canned milk was the primary food source for very young infants, some needed more than the allowed ration points.

Although the government did not ration fluid milk, it had to be mixed with syrup and diluted with boiled water to become part of a prescribed formula. More importantly, it required refrigeration, and not all families had refrigerators or coolers in the 1940s. Also, to buy the most sought after Grade A milk, families needed a prescription, and low-income families and those living outside cities often could not afford these ordinances. This forced them to buy Grade C milk instead, which, although safe and unadulterated, was substandard in terms of production, taste and fat content. Similarly, powdered milk could be part of infant formula, but although the government did not ration it, a substantial amount was sent overseas to feed the troops.

Faced with rationing of canned condensed milk, limited access to Grade A fluid milk, and general limitations on transporting produce from farm-to-factory to table, families attempting to follow medical advice on the feeding infants struggled to access sufficient supplies for their babies. Some have no doubt turned to the black market. In some cases, they turned to local charities. Ms. Border, for example, a mother of six, received free milk from the New York City Charity Organization Society for her children born in 1943 and 1945.

Then, as now, disparities in access reflected income, race and geography. The most startling example of this came in the Japanese American incarceration camps. Supplies of baby food sent to isolated camps were limited or slow to arrive. The demand was great. Government reports have revealed periodic shortages.

Clues to the conditions also emerged in camp newspapers, though these publications generally avoided — or may have been censored — criticism of camp conditions. The Tule Lake, California camp newspaper, for example, published an article in 1942 about the 450 bottles of milk prepared daily for infants at the camp. He explained how a registered nurse and 11 “formula helpers” supervised this work. Presumably, this involved mixing liquid milk with syrup and sterile water.

The post-war memories of those who spent time held in the camps tell a clearer story. A woman reported the repeated hospitalizations of her baby daughter due to the fact that she was allergic to the powdered milk supplied to her and the family could not afford to buy canned milk outside the camp. Even when enough milk arrived at the camp to be mixed with formula, there was sometimes not enough food for the older babies.

During the war, parents who were not detained had access to more state resources to deal with infant feeding issues. They turned to the social media of their generation: the radio. “Aunt Sammy”, the “wife” of “Uncle Sam”, had a radio program created by the United States Department of Agriculture which was broadcast in 1926. Aunt Sammy offered advice on household management and food. “Aunt Sammy’s Recipes Radio,” which you can now buy online, featured nutritious, inexpensive meal recipes that proved particularly useful during the Great Depression. The Blue Network (formerly part of the NBC radio network until the Blue Network became American Broadcasting Company, or ABC, in 1946) also aired a weekly program, “The Baby Institute”, featuring educators and doctors. Among the topics discussed on the show were “Feeding Babies in Wartime” and “Milk in Wartime”.

Other sources of advice also abounded: the US Children’s Bureau and other experts provided basic instructions on infant feeding and detailed information on mixing formulas. They also explained to families how to substitute goat’s milk for cow’s milk if the babies were allergic to the latter. Condensed milk manufacturers and the karo syrup company also communicated with buyers with print advertisements, distributing free pamphlets on how to prepare baby food, and as sponsors of commercial radio shows. Parents have welcomed this child care advice.

If the condensed milk shortages of World War II reflected a supply chain problem – the tin needed for troops overseas – our current situation seems to reflect other supply chain problems, as well as problems contamination and product recalls. The Food and Drug Administration reports it is working to address this issue, members of Congress have called for action, and President Biden has announced plans to speak directly with formula makers and take further action. .

The rationing efforts during World War II, along with the government advice on which parents relied, revealed the collective interest in infant welfare, centered on all babies. While this approach has its limitations — in particular, it has left poor families and those held in Japanese American incarceration camps vulnerable to childhood hunger — solving today’s problem requires focusing on the good. collective. Only then can we ensure that infants, including those with special formula needs and those from low-income families, have access to the nutrition they need. Because history tells us that these families, more than others, have difficulty taking care of their babies.

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Murkowski Statement on Key Developments in the Arctic


Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued the following statement following Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s announcement supporting Finland’s membership in the Treaty Organization of the North Atlantic (NATO).

“Yesterday the President and Prime Minister of Finland announced their support for joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I respect Finland’s right to choose its alliances and fully support its decision to join NATO. Just as Arctic nations are rallying behind Ukraine and providing unprecedented support in its fight against Russia’s unprovoked and barbaric invasion, they are making important decisions that reflect the best interests of their own security. in a changing world. said Senator Murkowski.

On Thursday, the Standing Committee on Arctic Region Parliamentarianism (SCPAR) convened a meeting to discuss the current situation in the Arctic. Senator Murkowski has been nominated to continue serving as Vice-Chair of the SCPAR Standing Committee of Parliamentarians, a position for which she was first selected in April 2021.

“For the first time in its history, SCPAR met without our Russian counterparts. We unanimously agreed that the Committee must continue to meet to address the wide range of issues affecting our countries and the Arctic. I have also accepted the nomination of the Committee to remain its vice-president”, said Senator Murkowski. “All Arctic nations, with the exception of Russia, are aligned in the continued pursuit of peace and stability in the High North and globally. I am proud to represent one of seven Arctic nations that supports productive collaboration and helps maintain a rules-based international order.

During the SCPAR meeting, Finnish parliamentarian Mikko Kärnä highlighted the importance of US involvement in supporting Ukraine and how this had impacted many Finns’ views on engagement. of NATO. Murkowski also shared with his fellow parliamentarians the extent of US support for Ukraine – unprecedented foreign aid, soon to reach $54 billion with strong military support, economic aid, food and aid for refugees.

“As Finland moves forward in the process, Sweden continues to deliberate its position. I fully support Sweden’s right to decide its security arrangement. And if Sweden follows the same path as Finland, the Swedes can expect an equally favorable response from the U.S. When and if these NATO bids come before the U.S. Congress, I will direct efforts toward expedited approval,” said Senator Murkowski. “The United States supports its Nordic allies and partners. They will not back down or be intimidated by Russian aggression or rhetoric now or in the future.

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Thais play throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The local Thai community is the focus of the next iteration of the popular “Cultures of Las Vegas” TV series and podcast.

“Cultures of Las Vegas: The Thais” airs on Clark County Television (CCTV) throughout May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hosted by Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a former KLAS TV reporter who is owner and founder of Patranya Media LLC, the half-hour interview show focuses on the history and growth of the local Thai community, l Thai cultural influence on the younger generation and Thai cuisine, “then and now.”

“Now more Asian Americans than ever inhabit southern Nevada and that includes the growing Thai community,” Bhoolsuwan said. “We all have different reasons for wanting to live here, but at the same time we also share a common thread. Thai culture is rich and you see it in our arts, our language and of course the food! Through this “Cultures of Las Vegas” show, Clark County gives us the space to share our unique history through the wonderful people of this community.”

Joining Bhoolsuwan for the show are John Zeigler, President of the Las Vegas Children Foundation, Nevada Assemblywoman Cecilia Gonzales, Attorney Ranee Samerthai, Onpreeya Long and Claudia Nipakorn Long of the Pong Lang Las Vegas Dance Group, Dr. Christian Giovanni of the Thai Culture Foundation, Asian and Thai newscaster Santhana Foster, Suntharee Balthazor of Sun’s Beef Jerky, Pitch Pukdee of Sun’s Thai Food, and Mark Padoongpat, author and director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In addition to appearing on CCTV, the show can also be viewed on the Clark County YouTube channel at A direct link to the show: The special will also appear on county social media.

Additionally, the discussion is available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhone and Android.

The show will air on CCTV throughout May, including Thursday, May 5 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday May 6 at 4:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday May 8 at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday May 8 at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday, May 9 at 1 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the CCTV schedule is available at

Previous iterations of the series have focused on the Chinese,; French,; the Germans,; the Indians,; the Irish,; the Italians,; Mexico,; Native Americans,; and Poles, CCTV has also produced similar shows, including “Celebrating Latino Contributions”,; “Asian and Pacific Influences”,; and “Legacy, History: Celebrating Black History Month,” Clark County plans to continue the series with a focus on contributions from local ethnic groups.

CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on channel 4 on Cox Cable and on CenturyLink on channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One can watch CCTV on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV through the YouTube app.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11th largest county in the nation and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7th busiest airport in the nation, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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AMERICAN THEATER | Bruce Pomahac: attention to detail and good stories

Bruce Pomahac.

Bruce Pomahac came into my office with something to show me. As Music Director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization – a position that, frankly, was created around him and his unique talents – he was restoring South Pacific. An accomplished musician, he had found an error in Bar 97 of the Overture: the melody of “A Wonderful Guy” was wrong. After reviewing all of the existing musical material in our archives as well as the sheet music that Richard Rodgers donated to the Library of Congress, he discovered that the error existed as early as Robert Russell Bennett’s original score. Should we fix it?

This attention to detail was only part of what made Bruce Pomahac an invaluable member of staff. We were lucky to have him under our roof, but there was hardly anyone connected with the New York musical theater scene who didn’t know him, love him, and trust his judgment. Following Bruce’s death on April 30 at the age of 73, former senior vice president of Jujamcyn, Jack Viertel, said Bruce “knew more, had better taste and a more sincere love for comedies.” musical than almost anyone I’ve ever met”.

Bruce was at an orchestra rehearsal and heard a false note that none of us noticed. He had killer ears. He saved the day at the Lincoln Center Theater when an academic “critical edition” of the score of my lovely lady proved unusable. He provided invaluable insight, often remarking that “sometimes you just have to let the music do what the music does”, and he was also good company: smart, funny, passionate.

I first met him through a classmate to whom he had been an inspiration. We have become friends. He was there at every important moment in my family’s life, from our wedding to the birth of our two daughters, and he managed to create a unique relationship with each of us. I enjoyed watching members of the Rodgers and Hammerstein families come to love and respect him.

He was one of our silent weapons at R&H. People tend to think of licensing houses as acting like police – and indeed, sometimes we have to. But Bruce wanted to solve problems. When the Bard College/Daniel Fish production of Oklahoma! started, they wanted a bluegrass orchestration. Like we did in situations like that, we insisted that they take a song first and orchestrate it the way they wanted. It was not good. So Bruce sat down with the musical team and walked them through how to get their bluegrass feel while sticking to the essence of Rodgers’ score.

Growing up in South Milwaukee, Bruce began his love of musicals in high school. He was naturally gifted; after his death, I found an album among his papers with local newspaper articles describing him as a young musical prodigy. He never saw it that way; he just saw something he could do and loved. He studied every show put on by the school and learned what made each one work. He became an arranger and musical director for a group called the Brothers and Sisters, a kind of non-religious Up With People. They were often called upon to perform in “industrials”, original musical productions created for companies with products to sell and sales forces to inspire. In their heyday, industrialists offered good ways for creators of musicals to practice their craft. Bruce has conceived, written, arranged, orchestrated and conducted numerous works over the years. (One of his for the Ford Motor Company made his way into the wonderful movie Baths on Broadway.)

His secret, he told me, was finding the right stories, which were never the ones the company’s management thought were right. He and I were producing a low-paid but high-class “industrialist” for the advertising department of The New York Times, who had gone through the rigors of a comprehensive management consultation by the notoriously harsh McKinsey & Company, and was in shock. McKinsey had a history of controversial consultancies that left companies on their knees, and the previous year McKinsey was known to have mismanaged Sears Roebuck. So for the Time show, Bruce wrote a song in which a secretary confesses that she had secretly fallen in love with her man McKinsey. One lyric: “If he kissed me once right behind my ears, if he made me feel like I haven’t felt in years, if he did to me what he did to Sears!” Bruce was good.

Indeed, his first dream was to write musicals. He worked with Joshua Logan on a finn blueberry adaptation, but it went no further than a summer production in Louisiana. Working at Rodgers and Hammerstein has proven to be the right job for the right person at the right time. There’s no better legacy than the recording we made of allegrothat he produced, impeccably.

We decided to leave this error in the South Pacific opening, by the way. We thought Rodgers and Bennett had their reasons. Why guess two geniuses?

Ted Chapin is a producer, performer, presenter and former president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.

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May 9 in New York Rangers history: A playoff win

What Happened May 9 in New York Rangers History

On that date in 1972, the Rangers did something they hadn’t done since 1928. Trailing the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals, they won a playoff game in the Finals for the first time since 1928.

The Rangers had avoided elimination in 1928 when the series was best-of-five, beating the Montreal Maroons after falling behind 2-1. Since that series, Rangers had lost every final elimination game they had played in 1929, 1932, 1937 and 1950. The 1950 series was the first final Rangers entered that was a best-of-seven In this series, the elimination match was the seventh and final game of the series.

In 1972, the Bruins won three of the first four games, setting up Game 5 of the playoffs on May 9. In Game 5, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead on goals from Wayne Cashman and Ken Hodge while the Rangers got a goal from Dale Rolfe.

The heroism belonged to Bobby Rousseau who had been acquired before the season for Bob Nevin. The veteran forward scored at 2:56 and 12:45 of the third period to secure the win.

Unfortunately, it was for naught as the Bruins won Game 6 two days later.

A drought begins

On this date in 2017, the Rangers lost Game 6 of the second round of the playoffs, 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators and were eliminated from the playoffs. After making the playoffs 11 times in the past 12 years, no one knew the Blueshirts were heading for the fourth-longest playoff drought in franchise history, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the next four years.

Prior to that streak, the Rangers had missed the playoffs for seven consecutive years from 1997 to 2004 and experienced two other five-year droughts. It was just two years away from winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team

Today’s birthdays

28 NHL players were born on May 9, including four former New York Rangers.

Marc Tinordi was a great defenseman, born on this date in 1966 in Red Deer, Alberta. He should be classified as the one who got away. The Rangers had the good sense to sign the undrafted free agent in January 1987, but they had the bad sense to trade him to Minnesota after just 24 games in New York. The players the Rangers got on a six-man contract never meant much to the Rangers, while Tinordi played 11 NHL seasons for three teams as one of the toughest defensemen in the game. the NHL. Of course, his son is now in the Rangers organization, signed as a free agent this season.

Joe Cirella was born on this date in 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario. Colorado’s fifth pick in the 1981 Entry Draft, Cirella played 15 years in the NHL as a house defenseman, including for the New Jersey Devils. In 1991 he was traded to Rangers and played three seasons in New York. He was claimed by the Florida Panthers in the 1993 expansion draft, narrowly missing out on the Stanley Cup championship season.

Danny Belisle was born on this date in 1937 in South Porcupine, Ontario. He was a right winger who played four games in New York for the Rangers during the 1960-61 season. It was his only experience in the NHL although he played nearly 15 seasons in the minor leagues.

Stan Brown was born on May 9, 1898 in North Bay, Ontario. He was a first-team member for the New York Rangers in 1926-27, a defenseman who played in 24 games that season. After a year, the Rangers traded him to the Detroit Cougars where he played an additional year.


Playoffs: 8
Wins: 3
Losses: 4
Overtime losses: 1
Winning percentage: 38%

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To fight injustice, Ilyasah Shabazz wants to help create a ‘society that works for everyone’

Organized by the Organization of Black Students (OBS) in partnership with the Harris School of Public Policy, the 90-minute conference featured the lecture; a discussion moderated by Jordyn Varise, Political Chair of the OBS; and a question-and-answer session. The event was also broadcast live for viewers beyond the Keller Center.

Shabazz first took his audience back to February 21, 1965, when three gunmen killed his 39-year-old father in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. He was about to deliver a speech on the Organization of African-American Unity, the group he formed after leaving the Nation of Islam. Her family, including a 2-year-old Ilyasah, was there.

“My pregnant mother placed her body over my three sisters and I to protect us from the gunfire and to make sure we wouldn’t see the terror in front of us,” Shabazz said.

Thereafter, although Malcolm X “was physically gone, my mother made sure her husband was part of our family conversations for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I knew my father loved me. I knew he had impeccable integrity and a great sense of humor. … I knew he loved music, literature, poetry, history, nature and the arts.

“We have beautiful collections of butterflies and poetry that belonged to him,” she added. “We had his clothes, his briefcase and his size 14 shoes that we put our feet in and tried to let off steam.”

It wasn’t until college, Shabazz said, that she began to learn about what she called “inaccurate portrayals of her character and her life’s work.” “I began to understand why my mother protected us from negative portrayals of her husband.”

“The story that’s been written about Malcolm is so far from the truth,” she said.

The inaccuracies, she said, include descriptions of her father’s relationship with Dr. King. Malcolm X was critical of the mainstream civil rights movement and he and King clashed, particularly over King’s nonviolent approach to ending racial discrimination. But, Shabazz said, the men “considered each other brothers,” not enemies.

“People often come, and they whisper to me that they were on Malcolm’s side or they were on Martin’s side,” she said. “But ladies and gentlemen, we don’t have to choose sides. Both men challenged an unjust and immoral world. Even though they have their philosophical differences – my father’s point of view was human rights and Dr. King’s point of view was civil rights – both were necessary to achieve our ultimate goal.

“Why can’t we appreciate both their undying love and commitment to their people?” she asked, adding that her mother and Coretta Scott King had become friends, just like her and King’s daughter, Bernice. “We are not rivals. We are sisters.

To tie his father’s actions to present-day America, Shabazz goes back to 1957 when Malcolm X led a march to a New York police station demanding medical attention for a member of the Nation of Islam who had been beaten by officers and then detained. When officers finally took the injured man to hospital in Harlem, protesters followed – a scene which is dramatized in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X.

“That night, every member of the Nation of Islam called two members and it became a domino effect,” she said, “much like with the protests following the murder of George Floyd.” .

Those protesters of 65 years ago didn’t quit until they achieved their goal, and “their united spirit of organized activism has a lot to teach us today,” she said. added.

After the 2020 killing of Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, she said, “we came out marching, protesting, demonstrating. But then the marches, the protests, the demonstrations ended and we went home. And then you had to say, ‘Well, what did I accomplish?’ It’s so important that we know why we walk. What is our goal?

One of the goals of what she described as today’s trying times is to “create a society that works for everyone. And that means challenging the systems that maintain disproportionate incarceration rates of young black men, systems that create racial disparities in child poverty. Clinging to hope, we must propose legislation that fights injustice.

When, she says, “we learn that we can only win together, we will stop focusing on what divides us.”

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Seattle Sounders make MLS history in CONCACAF Champions League final, and it’s been a while

SEATTLE – You know something big has happened at a sporting event when no one wants to leave. Given the story that unfolded at Lumen Field on Wednesday, you can’t blame anyone connected to the Seattle Sounders for wanting to stay.

Seattle prevailed in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) final with a 3-0 win over Mexican side Pumas, completing a 5-2 aggregate triumph. In the aftermath, the hugs on the field were almost as numerous as the cheers in the stands. The sea of ​​green-shirted fans leapt and jumped amid the euphoria. Seattle defender Nouhou Tolo waves a Cameroonian flag; forward Fredy Montero wore a Colombian around his waist. The children made impromptu snow angels out of the confetti. And the crowd roared as Seattle captain Nicolas Lodeiro lifted the trophy.

This is a historic moment for the Sounders and MLS. It has been more than 20 years since an MLS side could claim continental supremacy – the first such triumph since the competition switched to a home-and-away format in the round of 16 in 2002.

Over the years, the CCL has been littered with times when MLS teams have been taken down by superior talent. But on those occasions when an MLS team seemed poised for an eventual breakthrough, they also seemed overwhelmed when circumstances went against them. These moments came in all sorts of ways: missed chances, injuries, questionable refereeing decisions, the list goes on. Add to that an unforgiving schedule, and there was almost a feeling of inevitability as to when an MLS team would succumb.

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In this edition of the tournament, the expectations surrounding the Sounders have added to the tension. They had done the hard part in the first leg by getting a 2-2 draw in the altitude of Mexico City. And the announced sold-out crowd of 68,741 on Wednesday hoped to push their heroes over the line. This pressure can be heavy, but this time it had the desired effect.

“I was on the bench when everyone came out and you heard the shot [from the fans]I got chills,” Kelyn Rowe said. “I had a big smile on my face.”

Manager Brian Schmetzer added: “Connecting with the fans and the players is the spirit of this club. And you heard it. When the teams came out tonight it was great. It was really great. You felt the energy in the building. The players felt it. It was spectacular.”

Yet even as Seattle took center stage early on, enough of those old, haunting elements showed up to hint that history might repeat itself. In particular, the injury-induced substitutions of Nouhou and Joao Paulo in the opening 30 minutes of the game had the potential to derail Seattle. And he did for a while. A Pumas side that had been second best started to settle in and looked set to take control of the game.

But instead of falling apart, the Sounders withstood the beatings, relied on their depth – which included Rowe and 16-year-old academy product Obed Vargas – and rode Raul Ruidiaz’s cool finish and Lodeiro’s game to win.

Victory equates to a much-needed feather in the MLS cap. For what seemed like an eternity, MLS commissioner Don Garber touted that the league’s goal was to be the best in the world on a seemingly random date. Granted, it’s part of Garber’s job to talk about the league, but that laudable goal, however you define it, seems to ignore the fact that you have to take care of business in your own region before you can start thinking about competing with the rest of the world.

Now MLS can start having dreams a little more grounded in reality. Admittedly, it will take more than one title to claim regional dominance, but it can’t start until the first win is in the books. This is something MLS has now.

And he has Seattle to thank. Other teams have won championships during MLS’s existence in Seattle, but the Sounders have been impressive for their consistency in a salary-capped league, making the playoffs every year and reaching the MLS Cup final. four times. Add a supporters’ shield and four US Open Cup crowns, and it’s clear that trophies are an expectation rather than a goal.

This kind of success requires planning which, if done well, breeds depth to accompany the talent. It was on Wednesday. Vargas and Rowe skillfully filled in and provided a foundation for Seattle to reassert itself.

“It’s always hard to lose [two] starters, especially Joao and Nouhou, who make the difference,” midfielder Cristian Roldan said. “But the reality is that our front office has done a great job this offseason creating depth. It’s good to have a good team on paper, but you also have to show that you’re a good team on the pitch. So these guys stepped in. It was the mentality of the next man. A 16-year veteran and a 10-year veteran replacing those two guys is something you can’t replicate in this league.”

Granted, bad breaks are easily blunted when you have a ruthless finisher like Ruidiaz. His first tally just before half-time had an element of luck about it, deflecting Diogo and past a blocked Alfredo Talavera in the Pumas goal. His second in the 80th minute concluded a magnificent team goal involving Jordan Morris and Lodeiro. Lodeiro’s clincher, cleaning up after Morris’ effort was hit by Talavera’s post, put some shine on the scoreline.

“Raul is a killer, in a good way, not a bad way,” Schmetzer said. “And, you know how in the NFL they have franchise players? Isn’t that what they have? You can call Nico the franchise player.”

Seattle’s defense also came out on top. Sandwiched around Ruidiaz’s goals, a period of sustained pressure from the Pumas forced Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei into a sprawling save. But then sought-after offseason signing Albert Rusnak provided some composure on the ball and kicked off the streak that led to Ruidiaz’s second count. Suddenly, the Sounders were going all the way down to the CCL title.

The celebrations that followed had their moments of contrast. Schmetzer did what he could to deflect praise from everyone in the organization. Even at the time of his greatest triumph, he was reluctant to be carried away by historical significance. “Give me six months,” he said. It is suspected that once he has had a glass of wine with his wife Kristine the magnitude of the victory will begin to be felt, but for now he is “living in the moment”.

“It was a team effort to push this over the line, I can’t underestimate that,” he added. “It’s a tough tournament to win. And yeah, we got it done and they’re all happy in there. We’re going to move on. We have a game against Dallas this weekend.”

Sounders GM and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey didn’t hold back and didn’t shy away from reveling in the victory. For him, it was about redemption. Lagerwey had taken a similar path in the CCL when he was general manager of Real Salt Lake in 2011, only to have that team fall woefully short. The Holy Grail of the CCL is finally in his possession. “It’s a long time coming,” he said. “Personally, I didn’t know if I was going to come back one day. [to the final]. It’s 11 years old. To do it with the Sounders and to do it that way and to do it with those fans is really special.”

Lagerwey is of the opinion that Seattle is also not unique in terms of MLS teams prevalent in the CCL. He talked about teams like New York City FC and LAFC pushing the league level higher.

“We are the tip of the spear,” he said. “But there’s a whole vanguard behind us. And with a league on the rise, the League Cup competition is getting so exciting now because it’s really competitive. You have the best generation of American players coming into playing in the World Cup. It’s so exciting to be a part of American football.”

It is also a history.

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‘VIVA’ Las Vegas as Rod Woodson shares advice with students

By Jacob Ray

Professional Football Hall of Fame

Las Vegas is home to many interesting sights and events, and last week it hosted something special for the football world: the NFL Draft.

It is an event that all football fans look forward to, especially if the previous season did not go as planned. A place where dreams come true, careers begin and teams can transform their franchise. And this year, it was celebrated in a place known for its life-changing moments.

The NFL world descended on Sin City as players with names like Trayvon Walker, Aiden Hutchinson, “Sauce” Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and a slew of others called upon to begin their NFL journey. While every media outlet you could think of was celebrating the “future” of the NFL, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was in town to celebrate the “past,” with the latest Heart of a Hall of Famer program connected by Extreme Networks for the 2021 – School year 2022 – a program for students to learn important life values ​​such as commitment, integrity, courage, respect and honesty.

The Hall’s Youth and Education Team took their Heart of a Hall of Famer program connected by Extreme Networks for their own “life-changing” event to Las Vegas at Mojave High School, and they did. with a Raiders legend, a player who came out of Purdue University as a 3-way star (yes, you read that right – offensive, defensive and special teams), who through places like Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Baltimore, found his way to the then Oakland Raiders. None other than Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

Woodson, the 10th overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Steelers, was a modern-day “triple threat.” Although he did not continue his offensive success in the NFL, Woodson excelled on the defensive side of the ball. During his career, he totaled 71 interceptions – good for third all-time in NFL history. He is second in return distance in interceptions, behind compatriot Ed Reed, with 1,483 yards. His successes in the defensive field earned him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

In front of a group of student-athletes leaders in Mojave and hundreds of students connected virtually, Woodson explained what it meant to him to be part of the historic Raiders organization.

“The great thing about being with the Raiders is that it’s an iconic team. When you say ‘Silver and Black’ you’re only talking about one team… When you say Silver and Black, everyone knows you’re talking about the Raiders!” he told the students.

Woodson praised his time as a member of the Raiders and the importance of embracing the city of Las Vegas – and being embraced by it.

Knowing that the main participants in this program were high school students, Woodson explained how he was able to overcome distractions in high school with a unique and powerful analogy.

“Everyone has an analogy of being a tiger or a lion, right? My analogy has always been the lone wolf. Your strongest path is normally built when you do it alone. And you never see a wolf in a circus, but you see a lion and a tiger in the circus, then they can be tamed!So that was my mentality throughout my life.

Woodson said while it can be difficult to do something like this as a high school student, it’s the right decision to set up your best future.

The program wouldn’t have been complete if the NFL Draft hadn’t been a topic of conversation! Instead of predicting who would go when, Woodson shared what he would say to potential projects if he was able to talk to them before he heard their name called.

“That would be two tips. First, learn the game. The game is played more mentally than physically… Second, don’t be afraid to say “no”. But you’ll see a lot of different people coming in and they’re going to ask for money and you have to be prepared to tell them no.

Woodson said it might be difficult because everyone wants to take care of their family, but it can be a character builder and prepare those people for life on the road.

Heart of a Hall of Famer Connected by Extreme Networks is a program for students to learn what it takes to be a Hall of Famer on and off the court. This message can make a football player a Hall of Famer, can make a student a valedictorian, or a member of an organization a CEO.

Woodson’s final advice to high school students: enjoy it!

You know the saying: “Viva, Las Vegas”. It can be applied to this program.

VIVA – Very Important Values ​​Achieved – by every student who logged in.

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Student Art Sales are May 6-7 | Nebraska today

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History, and Design Hosts Spring Art Sales by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Clay Club and Photo Club university on May 6 and 7 at Richards Hall.

“Clay Club has a rich history within ONE and the greater Lincoln community, and we are excited to connect with new and established customers at our annual Spring Sale,” said Andy Bissonnette, graduate ceramics student in the School of Art, History of art and design and president of the Clay Club.

Clay Club hours of sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7. Their sale will take place at Richards Hall, room 117.

Photo sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 7 at Richards Hall, Room 112. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted at both sales.

The Clay Club sale will include pottery and ceramic sculptures created by Nebraska U graduate and undergraduate students available for purchase.

In addition to the sale, there will be a raffle of works donated by professors, graduate and undergraduate students. Along with this year’s sale, the Clay Club will collect canned food (and other non-perishables) to donate to Husker Pantry. Each donation of two non-perishable items is worth one raffle ticket (maximum of five tickets per day, please). Any additional donation is welcome. Visit the Husker Pantry website for information on the most needed food items.

Proceeds from the sale go to the artists, along with funding for the Clay Club. This student-run organization brings guest artists into the community and sends students to national clay conferences.

The Photo Club is holding a print sale featuring art and student zines for purchase.

They will also have a raffle for both supervised and unsupervised work from faculty and graduate students. For the cost of $1, a ticket can be purchased for a chance to win one of the many works of art given away.

“Money raised will help club members attend conferences, but most of the money will go to individual artists,” said graduate photography student Penny Molesso. “We hope to see a lot of people there.

Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T streets on the University City campus. Public parking is available at the Stadium Drive garage. For more information, call the School of Art, Art History, and Design at 402-472-5522 or email [email protected]

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Rodriguez, Harper and Holmes selected in 2022 NFL Draft

STILLWATER, Oklahoma. – Former Oklahoma State Football Players Malcolm Rodriguez, Devin Harper and Christian Holmes were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, while Rodriguez was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 188th overall pick in the sixth round, Harper was selected by the Dallas Cowboys five picks later with the 193rd pick overall in the sixth round and Holmes was picked by the Washington Commanders with the 240th pick in the seventh round.

With these selections, Oklahoma State joined Georgia, Penn State and Ole Miss as the only collegiate teams with multiple linebackers selected in this year’s draft and became one of only 14 teams with at least three defensive players selected.

The trio became the 177th, 178th, and 179th draft picks in OSU football history and the 33rd, 34th, and 35th overall picks under coach. mike gundy. The group became the first trio of Cowboy defensemen to be chosen in a single draft since 1985, although a group of three were also drafted in 1998 with two in the main draft and a third in an extra draft.

The Rodriguez and Harper selections marked the first time a Cowboy linebacker has been drafted since Josh Furman, who played linebacker at OSU, was drafted as a defensive back in the seventh round of the 2015 draft by the Broncos of Denver. The last Cowboy to be drafted as a linebacker was Linc Harden, who was picked in the fourth round of the 1995 draft by Dallas. Holmes’ selection marks the second straight year a Cowboy cornerback has been drafted.

A native of Wagoner, Oklahoma, who spent five years at Stillwater, Rodriguez began his career as a lightly drafted high school athlete and went on to become one of the best defensive players to ever play at Oklahoma State.

During his senior season, he earned All-America honors from nearly every organization that frees a team to become the fourth All-America linebacker in school history. He was a three-time All-Big 12 and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 pick who finished his career as the fourth player in OSU history and the first since 1982 to record more than 400 career tackles. He was also voted team captain by his teammates in each of his last two seasons.

On top of that, his eight career forced fumbles were the fifth most in school history, his 48 career starts were tied for third most in school history, and his 60 games played, all played consecutively set a school record. . He also led the team in tackles in each of his last three seasons to become the third player in school history to do so.

When Rodriguez ended his career, he was among the leaders of all active FBS players in several career categories, including solo tackles (#3), total tackles (#5), solo per game (#10), defensive touchdowns (#12), forced fumbles (#13) and assisted tackles (#19).

Rodriguez is the 11th overall player in OSU and the third defensive player selected in Lions history, joining defensive backs Jack Jacobson in 1965 and Darrel Meisenheimer in 1951.

An athletic player from Knoxville, Tennessee, Harper spent six years in the Cowboy football program. He played mostly on special teams and in a reserve defensive role in his first five seasons, then had a breakthrough year in his first season as a full-time starter in 2021.

This past season, Harper was voted team captain by his teammates, finished as the team’s second-best tackler, led the team in 15 quarterback rushes to rank as the second-most total high for a season since it began to be followed in 1982 and obtained honorable prices. mention All-Big honors from the league’s head coaches.

He finished his career with 16 starts and 59 games played, with 216 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups, 22 quarterback dispatches, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, a blocked punt and two Academic All-Grand 12 team honors.

Harper is the fifth OSU player selected in Dallas Cowboys history and he joins Harden as the only two defensive players in the squad.

A transfer graduate from Missouri who played his final two seasons at Oklahoma State, Holmes also had a breakthrough year in 2021 in his first season as a full-time starter at OSU. He was an All-Big 12 pick by Coaches and The Associated Press and earned academic honors from all conferences.

He finished his FBS career with 60 games played, 27 starts, 30 pass breakups, and three interceptions between his time at OSU and Missouri.

Holmes is the ninth overall in OSU and the third defensive player picked in Washington Commanders history, joining Dexter Manley in 1981 and Jordan Brailford in 2019.

OSU has now had at least one player selected in 18 of the last 20 NFL Drafts and multiple players have been selected six of the last seven years.

Several other Cowboys on last year’s roster are expected to earn opportunities to compete for spots on NFL rosters in the coming days.

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State Legislature Set to Pass First Nationwide AAPI Education Legislation

After activism by the Make Us Visible campaign and AAPI advocates at Yale and across the state, the state legislature is preparing to pass the AAPI education bill.

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This year, Connecticut is poised to become the first state in the nation to begin the process of including AAPI education in the state curriculum in its K-12 system with dedicated funding and the contribution of stakeholders to achieve this objective.

Connecticut was a forerunner in including BIPOC voices in its program. In end of 2020, Connecticut required all public high schools in the state to offer an elective course in Latin and African American history beginning in the 2022–23 school year. In 2021, AAPI History was added to the K-8 History Curriculum through HB 6619. Now, thanks to the work of Make Us Visible CT and other AAPI advocacy groups, HB 5282, a bill that would add AAPI’s history to state education laws, has passed the state legislature’s Education and Appropriations Committee. The bill has 89 co-sponsors from both major political parties and is expected to soon impact classrooms across the state.

“You get a pinch of internment or the presence of Chinese workers in the early and mid-1800s,” said Quan Tran, lecturer in ethnicity, race and migration at Yale and intern coordinator for Make Us Visible CT. “What we’re trying to do is broaden the conversation about civic engagement and the contributions of Asian Americans, the relationship between Asian Americans and other social groups in history of the United States and the important roles that Asian Americans play in the history of this country.”

According to Jeffrey Gu, members of Make Us Visible CT and other AAPI advocacy groups came together to create HB 5282 with support from members of the state legislature, including the president of education. of the house, Bobby Sanchez. Gu said the partnership began following a series of anti-AAPI hate crimes in Connecticut, including an insistence that a Milford man was asked to “Go back to China.

As a result of this experience and other instances of racial hatred, Make Us Visible CT turned to what they saw as the root cause of this hatred: education.

According to Tran, Make Us Visible CT sees education as the heart of the fight against anti-Asian hatred, as the organization believes that exposing children from an early age to the history of AAPI will help reduce discrimination and racist attacks against the group.

HB 5282 came before the General Assembly Education Committee in mid-February. On February 28, members of the Connecticut community, including Yale students and alumni, appeared before the committee to testify in support of the bill.

“As an Asian American, I didn’t learn about my family and community history growing up,” said aapiNHV co-founder Jennifer Heikkila Diaz ’00. “Students and families I have had the privilege of working with will tell you that working to make our learning experiences more culturally sustainable, specifically for Asian American students and families from the Pacific Islands, or any the above mattered and still matter to them and have shaped who they are and how they see the world in a powerful and positive way.

Besides lip service to the AAPI community, the bill includes a state commitment to fund the creation of curricula that include AAPI history, tradition, and cultures. The amount committed is not specified. This measure was unanimously rejected by the state appropriations committee, and the larger bill was rejected by the education committee with a joint favorable rating on March 7. According to Gu, the funding for this initiative will be $100,000.

Last Monday, the bill was put on the calendar of the state legislature. According to Gu, Make Us Visible CT has been in contact with the offices of House Majority Leader Jason Rojas as well as House Speaker Matt Ritter and all parties hope the bill will make it to the House for a while. full vote.

According to Gu, the bill has broad bipartisan support and the group is not worried about serious opposition to the bill.

In anticipation of its passage, AAPI advocates are gearing up to help fulfill the bill’s promise to meaningfully include community history in school curricula.

According to Tran, Make Us Visible CT has taken a three-pronged approach to achieving this goal, with passage of the bill being only the first step. The next step is to help create the curriculum for K-12 students.

“We’re really committed to creating a localized program because Asian American history is very West Coast-based,” said Kate Lee, organizer of Make Us Visible CT and teacher at Fairfield County Middle School. “We hope to find and elevate Asian American stories in every pocket of Connecticut…so we have engaged extensively in many conversations with community leaders and members to talk about their experiences and family backgrounds in the state. from Connecticut. ”

According to Lee, the group hopes to create a program for students of all ages. Under one proposal, young students would be exposed to Asian and Pacific Islander holidays, foods and traditions. The group also hopes to increase representation of AAPI peoples in picture books and other educational devices.

Lee said that under this proposal, as students age, they will be exposed to “more nuanced narratives” about the AAPI peoples of the country and how they have been historically marginalized as well as their interactions with other people in the United States.

Make Us Visible was founded in Connecticut in March 2021 and has now expanded to eight states across the country.


Yash Roy covers education and youth services in New Haven and is a staff member at P&D. He is a freshman at Timothy Dwight College and is originally from Princeton, NJ.

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BC Hydro lacks fraud risk management in $16 billion Site C megaproject: Auditor General

BC’s Auditor General says BC Hydro has no program to manage the risk of fraud at the Site C hydroelectric megaproject on the Peace River.

Site C is the largest public infrastructure project in the province’s history, with an estimated current cost of $16 billion, nearly double the original price. Experts say the risk of fraud increases with the size and complexity of a project.

“Fraud can be costly, both financially and reputationally. Effective fraud risk management is therefore essential,” said Michael Pickup, Auditor General.

Pickup said that while BC Hydro had fraud-mitigating controls in place, they weren’t sufficient to address evolving fraud threats.

Work on the dam near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia began in 2015 and construction is expected to be completed in 2025. About $8 billion has already been spent on the project.

The report says BC Hydro only started planning for a fraud risk policy once the audit was underway in 2021. It said the organization does not have a written policy on fraud.

Hydro’s board has committed to adopting a fraud risk policy on 12 January 2022. Previously, no senior utility executive had responsibility for fraud risk management. It is now entrusted to BC Hydro’s chief financial officer, David Wong.

“We do not condone fraud as an organization and earlier this year we implemented a new fraud risk policy at BC Hydro which formalizes our fraud risk management program,” Wong said in a statement. communicated. “We are confident that our existing measures – along with the Auditor General’s recommendations – provide a strong fraud risk management program at BC Hydro.

The audit made five recommendations, which BC Hydro accepted:

  • Implement its new fraud risk policy.
  • Provide training on fraud risk management.
  • Perform regular fraud risk assessments.
  • Develop a fraud investigation procedure.
  • Regularly assess the effectiveness of the fraud risk management program

The audit did not investigate the fraud at site C.

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Florida releases 4 examples of math textbooks it rejected for public schools – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – Florida education officials released four images of some of the math textbooks the state rejected this month, citing what they said was references to critical race theory or other “banned” topics.

The state Department of Education last week rejected 54 of 132 math textbooks that publishers had submitted. The books either failed to meet its benchmark standards for excellence in student thinking or were rejected for including Critical Race Theory (CRT), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and more , did he declare.

Some conservative groups claim that critical race theory and social-emotional learning are used to indoctrinate students.

Among the images released this week from books the state says have not been adopted are references to “racial bias” and SEL. Which books they come from and their full context is unclear.

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Department spokeswoman Cassie Palelis did not identify the books and referred CNN to the agency’s website showing “a few examples” that were “received from the public.” It’s unclear what the specific concerns were with the four examples.

“At this time, those who submitted textbooks for review still own the material (i.e. their content is copyrighted and we are unable to make it public for the moment, pending review),” she wrote.

The examples mention the “measure of racial prejudice” and the “implicit association test”.

Another says the “SEL goal” is to help students “build social awareness skills by practicing empathizing with their classmates.”

The fourth includes a word or phrase that has been redacted. It also says, “This feature is designed to strengthen student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.”

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The images were released with a disclaimer that read, in part: “These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of comments received by the Department. The Department continues to provide publishers with the opportunity to address any deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high-quality educational materials are available to Florida school districts and students.

Governor says he wants to focus on academics

SEL helps students “develop healthy identities, manage their emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and take responsible and caring decisions,” says the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

Timothy Shriver, president of the organization, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he thinks people get scared when they don’t understand things, adding, “I think part of it is honestly fighting for almost nothing. Much of this is driven by political disputes and by political advantage. There is a vast industry in this country that uses contempt and hatred to divide us politically, and I sometimes think that this industry of division and contempt uses the schools to advance its own goals.

More than a dozen states have set standards for teaching SEL in elementary schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But as more states consider SEL strategies, conservative groups have claimed that critical race theory is embedded in them.

Sumi Cho, director of strategic initiatives for the African American Political Forum and head of its #TruthBeTold campaign, said Tapper politicians are leveraging the heightened debate to justify banning school programs.

“It’s rather interesting to see this ever-expanding umbrella, under this alarmist campaign, which uses critical race theory as a kind of Trojan horse in education.”

Opponents argue that the CRT is based on Marxism and poses a threat to the American way of life. But researchers studying it say it explores the impact of a history of inequality and racism on American society today.

“We don’t want things like math to have, you know, some of these other concepts introduced. It hasn’t been proven to be effective, and quite frankly, it turns our eyes away,” Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters at a news conference.

Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, called for transparency on how the state’s Department of Education made the decision, including examples of “objectionable” content and details about who made the decision. reviewed manuals and their qualifications.

DeSantis on Friday signed a bill imposing new restrictions on how schools and businesses can talk about race and gender.

“We are not going to allow and teach that a person simply because of their race, color, national origin or gender is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive. This is wrong,” said the governor, who shared the stage with a group of adults and school-aged children – many of whom carried “Stop Woke” and anti-CRT signs – as he spoke to Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens.

The bill states that a student and employee cannot be told that they “must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the individual has played no role, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, sex or national origin.

It also prohibits instruction or training that says certain races or sexes are inherently privileged or oppressed.

The bill says schools can teach about slavery and the history of racial segregation and discrimination in an ‘age-appropriate manner’, but the instruction cannot ‘indoctrinate or persuade students from a particular point of view”.

“It’s a whole worldview that a lot of people are trying to inject into the education of our kids, and that’s not real education, it’s indoctrination,” DeSantis said.

The bill comes into force on July 1.

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Austin is set to get off to the best start in team history as the Whitecaps look to stop the bleeding

“I think it’s about confidence and confidence is that we have to get slapped to start playing.” – Vanni Sartini.

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That was, over the years of expansion, pretty typical.

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Results were rare. The brand new stadium shimmered and dazzled. The lubed and full-throated fan base was just happy to be there. The famous owner — in this case, a chest-pounding, drum-pounding Matthew McConaughey in a green tuxedo — was front and center in the games and ubiquitous social media videos.

No one expected Austin FC to win, and they did. Their 9-21-4 record in 2021 left them 12th out of 13 teams in the Western Conference, their total of 35 pistol goals marked the lowest in the league.

But now Los Verde is playing less like skinny The Green Guy and more like Hulk.



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Austin (4-1-2) has 17 goals in seven games and is second in the West, just one win behind Los Angeles FC. They average one goal for every two shots on goal and have passed FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami 10, the highest two-game tally to start a season in MLS history.

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With apologies to Kermit, it’s easy to be green now. And that makes the Vancouver Whitecaps assignment this weekend a much tougher challenge than it was last week.

“They have a great staff, a great team,” said Whitecaps midfielder Sebastian Berhalter, who spent the 2021 season on loan to Austin from the Columbus Crew.

“I think last year didn’t click, but obviously now it clicked. They have the facilities, the resources, the fans, everything they need to be successful; they’re a good team.

“I know a lot of guys there and I can’t wait to get out there and compete against those guys. It’s a good team. I’ll give them credit, but I think we’re ready.

Teams’ fortunes have changed this year as Austin soars, while the smoke billowing from the Whitecaps’ historically poor start has clouded the good vibes and performance that resulted from last year’s playoff push.

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Austin leads the league in goals, expected goals (14.1), expected assists (9.8), assists created (3.43 GCA) and goals per shot on target (0.52). The Greens are a scoring machine.

The Whitecaps (1-5-1) are second-last in the West, have the second-last number of goals in the league (6) and have fewer shots on target than any other team (14). Vancouver’s expected no-penalty goals (npxG) is 5.7, higher only than last-placed DC United in the East.

Ryan Gauld, the key playmaker who spurred the team’s rise last year, will miss Saturday’s game with a concussion. Centre-back Erik Godoy, their former Defensive Player of the Year, is still not fully fit, and midfielder Caio Alexandre’s return after a broken foot was derailed just days before his return due to a broken hand (eight weeks).

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Injuries played their part in the slow start, but slow starts in games also cost the Whitecaps dearly.

“I think it’s about confidence and confidence is that we have to get slapped to start playing. And I have to be honest, it was also the same last year even when we were winning…especially for the first five six games and I was in control,” said head coach Vanni Sartini.

“It all comes down to ‘sticking to the plan’ and playing the basics because if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do at a basic level then we can be confident doing more because without getting without getting slapped or fall.

“The only way to win games is through a team effort, not with 11 different personal efforts.”

Austin is on a two-game winning streak in MLS, with his latest league win accompanied by a dramatic second-half three-goal comeback to beat DC United 3-2 at the weekend. But they are also angry after bombing the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the oldest knockout tournament in American sport.

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Their 1-0 lead against USL Championship side San Antonio FC evaporated when their state compatriots scored in the 82nd and 96th minutes to stun the MLS side.

“(The players) are disappointed. They’re definitely pissed now,” Austin coach Josh Wolff told the Austin Chronicle after Wednesday’s game.

“It was certainly important for them, our owners, our fans, and it’s disappointing. We’ll have to lick our wounds quickly.

The Whitecaps, who have been upset with Canadian Premier League clubs in the last two Canadian Championships, can certainly sympathize. And they know that a momentary lapse in concentration can cost you a goal, a game or even your job.

It’s all about spatial organization and tactical awareness, and managing the heat, humidity and loud crowds expected at Q2 Stadium. If they can stay focused through the 90 and injury time, which they haven’t accomplished yet this season, they’re confident they can get a result in Austin.

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“We have to maintain the intensity level for 90 minutes. We’re playing No. 2 in the Western Conference, a team that’s on the rise, and we have to be really, really, really good because we need a result,” Sartini said. “What we have to understand is that a heart without a brain is nothing. The most important thing is organization. If we don’t do what we are supposed to do, it makes no sense to to be intense.

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Jamaican student announced as winner of national Black History Month challenge –

Oluwatoyosi F., a senior at Thomas Edison Technical High School in Jamaica, has been announced as one of two winners of a national Black History Month challenge that helps middle and high school students across the United States. United to understand the Black experience through perspectives, successes and struggles.

The month-long challenge, created by social impact education innovator EVERFI in partnership with Citizens Financial Group, includes four digital lessons and an essay contest in which students share a plan to keep a conversation going for life. year on black history in their community.

Eleven winners from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, New York and one national winner each received a $2,500 scholarship and a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, courtesy of Citizens Pay.

Oluwatoyosi, 18, said she will use the MacBook Pro and the scholarship money for her college education, as she is due to graduate in two months and will attend Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. She plans to major in public health studies and one day become a doctor.

For Oluwatoyosi and her parents, who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria six years ago, this is a huge accomplishment.

“Being a low-income first-generation student, it really meant a lot to me and my parents, because it’s an extra burden taken away from them and mine,” Oluwatoyosi said. “Winning this challenge gave me confidence and it really made my parents happy when I told them about it.”

The Black History Month Challenge ran from February 1-28. The challenge featured four digital lessons and an essay contest, open to all students aged 13-18.

Designed to inspire today’s students by telling stories about the Black experience in America, the Black History Month challenge empowers young people to tell Black stories across generations, elevates the History as a lens to understand current events and transforms students’ perception of the world around them, according to Sabina Chandiramani, Senior Director of Corporate Client Services at EVERFI.

The challenge is built around material from EVERFI’s 306: Continuing the Story – Black History Curriculum, which is an expansion of the company’s original 306: African American History course that launched in 2013. Students explored historical and current events and learned about the many “firsts” black leaders have accomplished in business and medicine while featuring black professionals who have paved the way and made significant contributions to their respective sectors.

“We are proud of all the students who participated in the challenge across the country and took the time to submit an essay about what the challenge meant to them,” Chandiramani said.

The subject of Oluwatoyosi’s essay was about coming up with a project to keep the conversation about black history going year round. As a black woman growing up in America, her main focus was representation. In her essay, she noted that black history should be a required course for high school students.

“Black history is American history. We tend to be a little suspicious of it, especially in high schools and colleges that aren’t majority black. They don’t really teach us black history and that makes me feel like I’m being snubbed and unappreciated,” Oluwatoyosi said. “Right now most students only recognize slavery as a black story, when there are more for us – the culture, arts and fashion that we don’t talk about in high school.”

She also talked about creating a talent acquisition and development program alongside a community organization for young adults aged 12-21 who don’t have access to the resources needed to advance their careers. . The program would focus on young black teens with a developed interest in the arts, such as poetry, dance, and arts and crafts.

“As co-founder and vice-president of my school’s Black Student Union (BSU), I work to ensure that my fellow black students belong to a supportive community. I am currently collaborating with my school administration to plan panel discussions, workshops, and an annual class project that will be assigned in history classes to raise awareness of black history. These events will take place throughout the school year and will be organized in a way that children will be excited to learn about black history,” Oluwatoyosi said in her essay.

Maura FitzGibbon, Customer Marketing Manager at EVERFI, said she was blown away by the community involvement and the impact the course has had on students’ lives.

“We were really proud to be able to offer this opportunity to students at no cost,” said FitzGibbon.

Nuno Dos Santos, Director of Retail Banking, SVP of Tri State Metro, Citizens, said they were honored to partner with EVERFI and sponsor the Black History Month Challenge. In addition to supporting the Black History Month Challenge, Citizens is working with EVERFI to help schools and teachers equip students with knowledge about financial empowerment, higher education funding, digital banking security, and literacy. early to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

“When we opened our branches in New York in February, we were committed to supporting our neighborhoods – and these talented, thoughtful students reflect the best of our communities. They bode well for the future of New York,” Santos said.

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Frederick Law Olmsted at 200

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), April 26, is celebrated nationwide in hundreds of communities who owe him their beloved parks and the landscape architecture business run by his sons. Olmsted – born, raised, influenced and ultimately buried in Hartford – was considered a genius by his peers and contemporaries. He saw every mission in life through lenses – as a journalist, artist, systems analyst, manager, entrepreneur, horticulturist, collaborator, salesman, politician and more.

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A few years ago, The Atlantic invited a panel of ten prominent historians to identify the 100 most influential people in American history. Olmsted placed 49th.

Central Park in Manhattan, the masterpiece he created with his partner Calvert Vaux, is arguably the greatest work of art in America’s art capital. Eventually, he established an extremely successful landscaping business. They have designed renowned city parks in Buffalo, Montreal, Boston, Rochester, New Britain, Chicago and more. Also the campuses of the psychiatric hospitals of Hartford, Boston and Buffalo; the grounds of the United States Capitol; the university campuses of Stanford, Berkeley and Smith College; and many large estates – the most famous being the Biltmore estate of George Washington Vanderbilt (whose uncle Cornelius Vanderbilt II is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Hartford).

With Olmsted, there is so much more. Indeed, if his career in landscape architecture had never happened, he would still be an important historical figure. Here’s why.

Olmsted was a late bloomer. His father, a successful dry goods merchant in the then booming town of Hartford, repeatedly provided financial support for his self-made son. Olmsted bounced around at several schools, audited a few classes at Yale but never enrolled, and was a voracious reader who took full advantage of the new library at Hartford’s Young Men’s Institute, where he discovered the writings of influencers. landscaping artists – Uvedale Price, Sir William Kent, William Gilpin, Joseph Addison, Humphrey Repton, Joseph Paxton and the American Andrew Jackson Downing. The Olmsted family has become accustomed to what we would call Sunday walks – his mother with her basket for clippings. The prominent Hartford County Agricultural Society had an active horticultural committee during Olmsted’s youth. In 1848 the Hartford Horticultural Society was founded. A revolution in what they called “scientific farming” was underway, and Connecticut remained very agrarian. Agriculture continued to be the backbone of Connecticut’s economy into the 1850s.

In 1850, Frederick, his brother John and a friend convinced Father Olmsted to sign up for a ‘walking tour’ of England – an experience that changed his life. His account of his adventure, Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England, was published in London and New York in 1852 and put him on the map among readers of the landscape movement.

It also established him as a writer and journalist so that in 1853, when the newly established New York Times was looking for someone to travel South and report on a world few knew or included in the North, he got the nod, which sent him on a series of trips from Kentucky and Mississippi to Texas. His serialized reports were later repackaged for publication as a series of three books, which in 1861 were condensed into The Cotton Kingdom. Nothing in our literature captures the prewar South like these books do. He described his mission as “the observation of the condition and character of the citizens” as the “primary object when traveling through the slave states”. What he witnessed radicalized him, transforming him from someone who viewed slavery with distinguished distaste into a fervent abolitionist. As such, The Cotton Kingdom has become almost as influential as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, both in England and the United States.

A statue of Frederick Law Olmsted in the North Carolina Arboretum

Having already designed and built much of Central Park, when war broke out in 1861, Olmsted pivoted again, supporting an unprecedented need for a system and organization of medical care and logistics for a war many times larger. than any previous war. What do you do when wounded warriors arrive from the battlefields by the hundreds? He became the founding director of the United States Sanitary Commission – the forerunner of the Red Cross. His intimate and personal experience – from the Virginia Peninsular countryside to Gettysburg – was traumatic and intense. This resulted in another book, as captivating as anything I’ve ever read about the Civil War.

Throughout this period, Olmsted cobbled together a livelihood. Although already renowned for his work on Central Park, he had yet to make landscape architecture a standalone career.

His next opportunity came in 1863 with an assignment to manage a gold mining property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas known as the Mariposa Estate. Long story short, it led to him being named chairman of a new Yosemite Valley commission and an assignment from President Lincoln to advocate in writing for what became known as the Yosemite Grant – a report that was the opening act of what eventually became the formation of our National Parks, an institution his son Fred lived long enough to see and influence.

Parks, promoting abolition, forming the Red Cross and the National Park Service – that’s a lot of accomplishment for a latecomer who drank deep from the rich well that was Hartford in the 1830s and 40s Olmsted’s personal mission statement – ​​adopted when he was 24 – read: “I want to make myself useful in the world – to make others happy – to help advance the condition of society. Few have succeeded as much as he did.

Want to learn more and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Olmsted’s grave in Old North Cemetery?

On the morning of April 23, Connecticut Landmarks and Historic Hartford team up, with a pair of back-to-back lectures by myself and Dr. Donald Poland at Hartford’s Isham-Terry House museum, almost across from where D’s family lived. ‘Olmsted. Then we take a ten minute walk to Old North for wreath laying and commentary.

Learn more and register here.

William Hosley is curator at Historic Hartford.

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Meyers will make his NHL debut with Avalanche

Men’s Hockey | 04/16/2022 12:35:00

MINNEAPOLIS — Gopher Hockey captain, second-team All-American, Big Ten player of the year, and U.S. Olympian Ben Meyer will become the 119th University of Minnesota product to play in the NHL when the forward makes his Colorado Avalanche debut on Saturday night.

Meyers and the Avalanche host the Carolina Hurricanes at Ball Arena with a puck drop at 8:00 p.m. CT.

After signing an entry-level two-year contract with Colorado earlier this week, Meyers will become the 25th Gopher Hockey player to take the ice in an NHL game this year while the 119 all-time alumni of the NHL of Maroon & Gold punctuate all college hockey. programs.

A native of Delano, Minnesota, Meyers capped off a remarkable year as Minnesota’s leading scorer and second Gophers player in program history to be named a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist while leading the Maroon & Gold to a Big Ten regular season title and an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.

Meyers, who helped Minnesota to its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance and 22nd-place finish in the Frozen Four this year, led Minnesota with 17 goals and 41 points (both career highs for the junior) in 34 games. as the first Gopher to show 40 or more. points in a season since All-Americans Rem Pitlick (45) and Tyler Sheehy (41) in 2018-19. In 102 games with Minnesota, Meyers had 95 career points (39 goals, 56 assists).

Meyers was named the 2021-22 Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection after leading Minnesota to the Big Ten regular-season championship (Minnesota’s fifth in nine-year franchise history). the Big Ten conference) and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the second year in a row. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore while helping Minnesota capture the 2021 Big Ten Tournament title and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2019-20.

The Frozen Four wasn’t the only big stage Meyers played on this year, as the forward made his American hockey debut as one of four Gophers on the USA men’s Olympic ice hockey team. United States in 2022 in Beijing. He then finished second among American scorers with four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.

A two-time All-Big Ten academic selection (earning the honor each year he was eligible), Meyers holds a 3.54 GPA while majoring in Entrepreneurial Management at the Carlson School of Management.

Prior to joining the Gophers, Meyers helped the Fargo Force win the organization’s first USHL Clark Cup in 2018 and captained Delano High School in its first state tournament appearance in 2017.

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Kitley, Sheppard and Amoore earn All-State honors on Thursday

Center Elizabeth Kitley was named VaSID Defensive Player of the Year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. She was also a first-team pick, while her teammates Aisha Sheppard and Georgia Amoore were placed in the second team.

Coach of the Year: Carey Green (Liberty)
Rookie of the Year: Dani McTeer (William & Mary)
Player of the Year: Akila Smith (Longwood)
Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)

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Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech)

Kiki Jefferson (JMU)
Iggy Allen (ODU)
Taya Robinson (VCU)
Mya Berkman (Freedom)

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Camille Downs (NSU)
Aisha Sheppard (Virginia Tech)
Georgia Amoore (Virginia Tech)

Bridgette Rettstatt (Liberty)
Akila Smith (Longwood)

Kitley became the first Hokies athlete to be named ACC Player of the Year and is the first Hokie to be named to an AP All-American team. The center is also the only VT player to earn back-to-back All-ACC First-Team nominations.

The Summerfield, NC native was among the league leaders in points (18.1), rebounds (9.8), blocks (2.4) and FG% (0.551) throughout the season. His 15 double-doubles led the conference, as did his 13 games of 20 or more points. She scored 34 points twice and finished the year with a 42-point performance in the NCAA Tournament, the second-most in the first round of competition. She has recorded four or more blocks in nine different contests. His 237 field goals set a single-season program record.

She ranks ninth all-time at VT in scoring (1,410), fifth in rebounds (800) and third in blocks (187).

Sheppard became the program’s sixth WNBA draft pick on Monday night when she was selected with the 23rd choose in the second round. She is the best choice in the history of the program.

Last season, Sheppard averaged more than 13 points per game and scored in double figures 22 times to a game-high 30 against Tennessee in December. She broke the program’s scoring record, her own 3-point mark in a single season, and the ACC career-high 3FG in 2021-22.

Sheppard, the program’s all-time leader in games played and points scored, became the first VT athlete to be named an All-ACC three times and was also named an All-Tournament at Greensboro this season.

She finished her career in first place all-time in the ACC with 402 3-pointers scored and she holds the three best single-season performances in that category at VT. Sheppard earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2021 and was also recognized as the Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics in 2021.

Sheppard was selected 23rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces.

Amoore was an All-ACC honorable mention athlete and started all 33 games and averaged 11.2 points per game and 4.4 assists, second-highest in the ACC. She shot 40% from beyond the arc to lead the conference, making 70 3s. She played all 45 minutes in an epic overtime win over North Carolina at the ACC Tournament and her crossover at 3 points against Georgia Tech earned him SportsCenter’s best game of the day.

The Aussie became the first Virginia Tech athlete to be named the first team tournament at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

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The new pandemic mood is dreadful

“We probably didn’t have COVID in there,” I told my two doctor friends, grimacing as we put on our masks to ride in the elevator after a party for parents of kids attending the my daughter’s school, where we were without a mask. Most people I know are vaccinated, and many of them got Omicron in December, when apparently everyone in New York got Omicron. But here’s the thing: This wasn’t the first time someone had made a black joke about worrying about contracting COVID; it has become the go-to joke at every gathering. Low-level fear seems to have permeated everything these days, like the music you hear in elevators or in airport lounges. It’s the hum of terror, the lullaby of anxiety.

Fear is like nothing else. It has a clarity, a liveliness. There is no uncertainty in fear. It’s been 762 days since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and finally the mood has changed from the abject panic and disbelief of March 2020 to the pervasive terror of April 2022.

Late pandemic fear is nothing new. In the 14th century, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote in the Decameron on the feelings of the Florentines during the bubonic plague: “These things and many others like them, or even worse, provoked all sorts of fears and fantasies in those who remained alive, who almost all took a precaution while utterly cruel, namely avoiding the sick and their belongings, fleeing from them, for in doing so they all thought they could preserve their own health. A sense of hesitation hung over society then, and it has returned for many people now, despite the expectation that (rather) vaccinated and healthy young people under the age of 65 could resume their normal activities, taking a few precautions but behaving much as we did. before nearly a million Americans died of COVID.

Remember that time last year? We were told we would have a hot summer. The streets would be filled with half-naked people dancing with each other. It would be like Woodstock. We would call it the Roaring 2020s. After all, history is filled with such things. The 1918 flu pandemic was followed by a decade of parties and opulence. Certainly, the coronavirus panic would turn into a boom decade, or at least a summer.

Instead, we got Delta, then Omicron. And Russia invaded Ukraine. Bucha’s stories sound like something from the wars of Boccaccio’s time: “A man was missing a big piece of skull; another body was so badly burned that its head and half of its torso remained, the whites of its eyes subsumed in the charred flesh. One person appears to have been decapitated. Turn on the television and you are confronted with images of bodies of murdered people lying in the streets, mass graves filled with corpses in plastic bags. We watch in horror as the young Ukrainian president begs for help. Last week I saw a story about a Ukrainian mother writing her and her husband’s phone numbers on their toddler’s back. “My hands were shaking deeply and that’s why it’s so horribly written,” the mother told NPR. As a mother myself, this photo is indelible in the hippocampus.

This terror… I recognize it. I wish I could say no.

I was 21 and living in uptown when, at 8:45 a.m. on a cloudless day in September 2001, the first plane hit the North Tower. I had just walked my black and white cocker spaniel. My stepfather called me. “Something happened,” he said. I turned on CNN. Soon my city was shrouded in smoke and sirens. Soon the bridges and tunnels were closed and the streets fell silent. There were no cars on any of the avenues or streets. People were returning home covered in ash like living ghosts. You could smell this mixture of flesh, asbestos and jet fuel, which lingered for weeks. Outside my local hospital there were flyers with pictures of people who had gone to work and never returned home. My next AA meeting was filled with stories of people stuck on the upper floors who couldn’t get out.

After the towers fell, the air had a strange feel, a texture. There was a feeling that because this attack had worked so well, it was only a matter of time before another attack was launched. In October 2001, I flew over the smoldering embers of the towers on my way to Chicago. The stewardess and I grimaced. She said something about the smoke and the smell. I don’t remember how the words fit together, but the effect was chilling. I was so freaked out by the experience that I took an Amtrak train home from Chicago. I wasn’t even anxious, exactly; I was just certain that more destruction was coming. In the months that followed, President George W. Bush launched a Homeland Security Advisory System that was color coded and told us how much to worry about every day. The highest alert was red and the lowest was green. In New York, the system was a screaming orange for months.

Around this time, I began to find myself filled with a sort of conviction that none of this would end well. I sat in the subway and was obsessed with noises; every rattle could be something. If you see something, say something, the board went. So we were all ready for hypervigilance. And the rest of the world acted that way too. The American people were continually on edge, convinced that 9/11 was a harbinger and not an aberration.

Right now, that same fear is in the air. We have been through something scary, something horrible. I feel the same dark conviction that the coronavirus may just be the start of something even more terrible. What if there was always another new mutation? What if the sirens kept blaring and the reminders kept coming and we never stopped worrying about the number of hospitalizations? Or what if we just go back to normal life and the transition is slow, like with most things? What if things were still moving?

This fear will be replaced by something else, eclipsed by another feeling. The spring of our discontent will lead to the summer of something else. But what? In 2003, I was married and pregnant with my first child. We learned to live with the fear, and then slowly it dissipated. Sure, there were seismic issues with American life, but there were also first birthday parties and ice cream and movies and fireworks and all the joyful minutiae that make up a life. We learned to live with the fear, and then it went away, or at least it seemed to go away. Green shoots will always emerge, even after the darkest days. Even when the darkest days last for years. We just have to wait for the season to turn.

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Librarians and archivists around the world race to save Ukraine’s digital history

In early March, two weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Carrie Pirmann came across a website dedicated to Ivan Mazepa, a 16th-century Ukrainian politician and patron of the arts. A 44-year-old librarian at Bucknell University, Pirmann had joined an international effort by fellow archivists to preserve the digital history of a beleaguered country, and the contents of Mazepa’s website, though obscure, seemed worth checking out. be saved.

The site contained a number of things: poems by Lord Byron written about Mazepa’s life and a catalog of centuries-old items detailing his various conquests. Pirmann opened its website scraper tool, saving the site and preserving its content.

Today, the original website is lost, its server space was probably the victim of cyberattacks, power failures or Russian bombings. But thanks to her, it remains intact on a server space rented by an international group of librarians and archivists.

“We try to save as much as possible,” Pirmann said. “Otherwise, we lose that connection to the past.”

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Buildings, bridges and monuments are not the only cultural monuments vulnerable to war. As the violence enters its second month, the country’s digital history – its poems, archives and images – risk being erased as cyberattacks and bombs erode the country’s servers.

Over the past month, a ragtag group of more than 1,300 librarians, historians, teachers and young children have banded together to save Ukraine’s internet archive, using technology to save everything from census data to poems. for children and Ukrainian basket weaving techniques.

The efforts, dubbed Safeguarding Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage Online, have kept more than 2,500 of the country’s museums, libraries and archives on rented servers, eliminating the risk of them being lost forever. Today, the all-volunteer effort has become a lifeline for Ukrainian cultural officials, who work with the group to digitize their collections in case their facilities are destroyed during the war.

The effort, experts said, underscores how volunteers, armed with low-cost technology, training and organization, can protect a country’s history from disasters such as war, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires.

“I haven’t seen anything like it,” said Winston Tabb, dean of libraries, archives and museums at Johns Hopkins University. “Before, we didn’t really have the tools to even undertake this kind of initiative.

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The seeds of this international effort began online. On February 26, Anna Kijas, music librarian at Tufts University, issued an appeal on Twitter asking if volunteers would join her for a “virtual data rescue session” to preserve Ukrainian music collections that may be lost during the war.

It caught the attention of librarians and archivists around the world, including Quinn Dombrowski, an academic technology specialist at Stanford University, and Sebastian Majstorovic, a Vienna-based digital historian. They banded together, and amid sleepless nights across multiple time zones, they recruited, trained, and organized dozens of volunteers to help archive Ukraine’s historic websites.

Large portions of the Internet are periodically archived through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which partners with the organization, but SUCHO organizers also needed something more advanced, Dombrowski said. In many cases, the Wayback Machine can dig into the first or second layer of a website, she added, but many materials, like images and uploaded files, on Ukrainian cultural websites could be seven or eight layers deep, inaccessible to traditional web crawlers.

To do this, they turned to a suite of open-source digital archiving tools called Webrecorder, which has been around since the mid-2010s and used by institutions such as the UK National Archives and the National Library of England. ‘Australia. They also launched a global Slack channel to communicate with volunteers.

To archive, the volunteers mainly use the Webrecorder suite, the organizers said. There is Archive.webpage, a browser extension and standalone desktop application that archives a website as users browse through pages. Another is Browsertrix Crawler, which requires basic coding skills and is useful for “advanced explorations”, such as capturing expansive websites that may have multiple features such as calendars, 3D tours, or backlinks to navigate the site. And more recently, there’s Browsertrix Cloud, an easier-to-use automated version of the powerful Browswertrix crawler, which is popular with volunteers.

“It basically tries to imitate a human browsing the web,” said Ilya Kramer, the founder of Webrecorder. “And in doing so, it archives all network traffic, then everything stored in a file…which can be loaded from anywhere.”

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Over the past month, SUCHO has developed a systematic and creative way of doing its job. There is a main spreadsheet where the volunteers detail all the Ukrainian museums, libraries and archives that need their websites backed up or those that have been completed. To develop this list, the organizers of SUCHO receive advice from librarians and archivists around the world who may know of a rare museum in Ukraine that needs a backup of its work.

Other volunteers have become sleuths, using Google Maps to digitally walk the streets of Ukraine, looking for any sign that might say “museum” or “library” and trying to find out if it has a website that needs to be archive.

In other cases, when a bombing occurs somewhere, a group of volunteers dedicated to “situation monitoring” alert any volunteers who might be awake to search the websites of institutions in that area that need help. be backed up, lest they disconnect at any time.

“These are the times,” said Dombrowski, whose eight-year-old occasionally helps archive sites, “when future historians will celebrate or curse the people of our time for doing or not doing something in a way which can allow them to tell these stories across a larger story arc.

In just over a month, the volunteers backed up an extensive set of data. According to their website and their organizers, the volunteers preserved documents totaling 25 terabytes that include the history of Jewish towns in Ukraine, photographs of excavation sites in Crimea and digitized exhibits from the Kharkiv Literary Museum.

For Majstorovic, the importance of the work he helps organize was revealed a few weeks ago. At the beginning of March, he came across the website of the Ukrainian State Archives in Kharkiv. As Russia prepared to invade Ukraine, he worried about how long the site would be active, fearing its servers could be exposed to cyberattacks or bombings.

He loaded the archive website into Webrecorder’s Browsertrix tool and let it do its thing. In the early hours of the morning, he collected more than 100 gigabytes of information, including district census records, criminal cases, and lists of people who had previously been persecuted in the area.

Within hours, the website was gone. But still, his records remained. Looking back, Majstorovic says that’s exactly why he does this job.

“If we can salvage these things, we prove that Ukraine has a history,” he said. “[If] they are gone forever…it just rips a black hole in the history of a place that will last forever.

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Closing arguments begin in Boy Scouts bankruptcy case | Delaware News

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) — After a three-week trial, a Delaware judge began hearing final arguments Wednesday in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case.

Judge Laura Selber Silverstein must decide whether to approve a reorganization plan that the BSA has negotiated over the past two years. This would compensate for tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children in Scouting, while allowing Scouting to continue as a permanent business.

The Boy Scouts, based in Irving, Texas, filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020 in an effort to end hundreds of individual lawsuits and create a settlement trust for victims of abuse.

Although the organization faced 275 lawsuits at the time, more than 82,000 sexual abuse complaints were filed in the bankruptcy filing.

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The reorganization plan calls for the Boy Scouts, its 250 local councils and certain insurance companies and troop sponsoring organizations to contribute some $2.6 billion in cash and property to a compensation fund for victims of abuse.

In exchange for these contributions and the assignment of insurance rights to the compensation fund, these contributing parties would be released from further liability.

The plan faces opposition from several unsettled insurance companies, as well as the US bankruptcy trustee, who acts as a watchdog in Chapter 11 cases to ensure compliance with bankruptcy laws. Insurance companies argue that the procedures for distributing funds to abuse claimants would violate their rights under the policies they issued and allow claims to be paid that would not win damages in civil lawsuits.

The trustee, meanwhile, argued that proposed liability releases for non-debtor third parties – including local BSA councils, insurers and troop-sponsoring organizations – violate plaintiffs’ due process rights. of abuse and are not permitted under the bankruptcy code.

Wednesday’s arguments did not address those issues but instead involved supporters defending the plan as having been developed in “good faith” and the trust distribution procedures, if any. Opponents of the plan will present counter-arguments on Thursday.

Lawyers for the Boy Scouts began Wednesday by acknowledging why the BSA had filed for bankruptcy protection and explaining steps it had taken to improve child protections.

“This is a tragic part of Scouting’s past… Our organization is deeply sorry,” BSA attorney Michael Andolina said of decades of child sexual abuse.

The Boy Scouts and its supporters argue that the judge must make several specific findings for the plan to stand. Among them, the plan was proposed in good faith and the procedures for compensating the victims provide for a fair and equitable settlement of their claims. They also ask the judge to find that the proposed starting values ​​for various types of abuse – ranging from penetration to abuse without physical contact – are based on and consistent with the abuse regulations and litigation results of the BSA before bankruptcy.

But Silverstein has repeatedly pushed back against proponents of the plan, wondering which bankruptcy code provisions would apply to the conclusions they seek. She noted that she was not being asked to approve a particular claim settlement, as is often the case in bankruptcies, and suggested that the arguments of regime supporters instead involve the settlement of claims, which is a different question with a different standard of approval.

“There is no good way to resolve 82,000 claims, … but what is this trust supposed to do … and why do I find it to be consistent, fair or equitable?” she asked.

Silverstein also questioned whether she could reject the plan if she believed the BSA’s track record of handling abuse claims was not fair or appropriate.

“I don’t know if any of the settlements the debtors reached in pre-petition were fair,” she said. “…I have no fact to make a conclusion like that.”

Under the plan, the Boy Scouts and its approximately 250 local councils would contribute up to $786 million in cash and property and allocate certain insurance rights to the victims’ fund. The BSA’s two largest insurers, Century Indemnity Co. and The Hartford, would contribute $800 million and $787 million respectively, while other insurers have agreed to contribute around $69 million.

The organization’s former biggest troop sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, is reportedly paying $250 million for abuse claims involving the church. Congregations affiliated with The United Methodist Church agreed to contribute $30 million.

Abuse plaintiffs would also be allowed to sue insurance companies and local troop-sponsoring organizations, such as churches and civic groups, that don’t make settlements within a year of the law taking effect. reorganization plan.

As it stands, the compensation fund would total more than $2.6 billion, which would be the largest comprehensive sexual abuse settlement in US history. The average recovery per plaintiff, however, would be significantly lower than other sexual abuse scandal settlements involving large numbers of victims.

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Griffith named Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association

NEW YORK —Columbia’s Megan Griffith was named the CBB Analytics Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by the Asian Coaches Association. Griffith received the award at the Association’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Conference, presented by AllAthelte, held Thursday at the Women’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Griffith coached the Lions to their winningest season in program history, going 25-7 overall with a 12-2 Ivy League record. Columbia broke several team records and achieved many program firsts throughout the season, including starting the season 5-0, losing an ACC opponent on the road (Clemson), victory of a record eight-game program, the start of the Ivy League 7–0, entering and winning his first post-season game in 36 years, entering his first Ivy League tournament, qualifying for the tournament championship game and advancing to the quarterfinals of her first Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Columbia’s run to the WNIT Quarterfinals is the deepest of any team in Ivy League history.

In winning 25 games, Columbia beat the program’s previous mark of 21-6, achieved by the 1985-86 Hall of Fame team that won the AIWA New York State Championship that year and s qualified for the NCAA Div. III Regional. The most winning division of the program. The I and Ivy League seasons prior to this year were in 2009-10, when the Lions went 18-10 and 9-5 in the Ivy League.

Griffith has coached two players to All-Ivy League honors this season. Junior Kaitlyn Davis was voted first-team All-Ivy by league coaches, while sophomore Hsu Abbey was named a second-team All-Ivy. It’s only the fourth time since the Lions officially joined the league in 1986-87 that Columbia has placed two players on one of two All-Ivy teams — both of those occasions have been under Griffith’s watch.

Founded in 2011 by current President Mike Magpayo, the Asian Coaches Association strives to give Asian coaches and coaches of Asian descent a network in the world of college basketball coaching. Magpayo, who was a men’s assistant at Columbia when he and others came up with the idea for the organization, is now the men’s head coach at UC Riverside.

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Songfest returns after a seven-year hiatus

After a seven-year hiatus, Songfest returned to the Bovard Auditorium with artists such as the Trojan Men performing Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”. (Tara Mojtahedzadeh | Daily Trojan)

Trojan Pride triumphantly hosted Songfest for the first time since 2015 on Saturday at the Auditorium Bovard. One of USC’s oldest traditions, Songfest began in 1954 as a judged fundraiser where student performers showcased their diverse talents and competed against each other while raising proceeds for Troy Camp, a philanthropic organization run by students that offers mentorship to students in South Los Angeles.

Trojan Pride, USC’s official spiritual organization, has been working to bring back Songfest, last attempted in 2018. Logan Barth, the organization’s co-executive director, said he believes Songfest is important for morale. Trojans.

“A big part of Trojan Pride is, obviously, raising the Trojan spirit on campus…we’re doing this to raise the spirit on campus because USC traditions are a big part of life. student here,” said Barth, a freshman majoring in law, history, and culture. “Nurturing them is important to maintain the classic Trojan Horse experience that students come here for.”

The evening started with Trojan Marching Band performing classics such as “USC Fight Song” and popular songs like “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.

After the marching band, male a cappella group The Trojan Men performed Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.” The crooning vocals of their soloist Daniel Marable and the song’s meshing with the low tones of fellow soloist Sid Bajaj singing Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” were met with cheers from the audience from the opening note. .

“I really wanted to do something singing-related that was more low-pressure, I just wanted a medium, some sort of outlet to sing,” Trojan Men President Timothy Reilly said. “[Songfest] is an opportunity for guys to get together, sing the music they love, and have fun. It’s exciting to see all these groups on campus.

Next on stage were two US Comedians student performers, Jonathan Krone, a senior specializing in narrative studies, and Angelina Stroud, a senior specializing in journalism. Krone, an eponymous “alpha male”, made jokes about his experiences at USC.

The third act was Spade A Dance, an energetic K-pop dance cover group performing Red Velvet’s “Feel My Rhythm” and TREASURE’s “JIKJIN.”

The first song featured a beautiful performance with fairy costumes to match the light track, while the second reflected a more intense and darker song. Carol Li, co-director of Spade A Dance, said the dance group had fun performing on stage.

“We always love playing in an opportunity like this,” Li said. “It’s not about showing off, but we have a chance to do what we want to do and then we can share the joy with everyone. the world, not just our team members but also people who love K-pop and love to dance.” in general.”

The USC Magic Association then mesmerized the audience by performing a series of awe-inspiring magic tricks.

It was hard to say which was more surprising to the crowd: new member John Hemmer catching a card chosen by Songfest judge Patrick Corbin out of the air with chopsticks while blindfolded or the band correctly predicting that a member of the audience would choose “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. as their favorite show.

“I love how people react to magic,” said Tyler Gibgot, president of the USC Magic Association. “I just realized it’s a great way to bring people together. You know, no matter your age, race, gender, or background, I feel like magic is like a universal language, and that’s why I love it.

The harmonies of the next performance, Mariachi SC, filled the souls of the audience and lifted their spirits as they saw the musicians engulfed in the music.

The show then featured the Sirens, an a cappella group, who sang “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Fugees and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. During their performance of “Bang Bang”, three soloists matched the original singers, even performing the rap parts of the songs.

The only Doo-wop group on campus, the Trousdales, got their start, taking audiences back to the ’50s when Songfest was born. The show was concluded by the Belly Dance Club, which captivated the audience with their lively movements.

At the end of the show, Corbin, who judged the show, felt that Mariachi SC had the best performance. Spade A Dance was also voted winner of the Trojan Choice by members of the public.

“We were extremely pleased with how Songfest went,” Barth said. “It really prepared us to bring this event back, make it a tradition at USC and make sure it doesn’t go away. We thought the performers did an amazing job and the audience enjoyed themselves.

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Here’s how the Milwaukee brewers got their name

The city of Milwaukee isn’t afraid of its German heritage. From the abundance of breweries and beer gardens in the city to the game of Beer Barrel Polka in round 7 of the Brewers games, it’s easy to see that this heritage has manifested itself through the celebration of beer.

German immigrants who settled in Milwaukee during the 1800s built dozens of breweries, including some of the largest in the country, and quickly put Milwaukee on the map as a notorious beer town. Around this time, Milwaukeeans from all cultural backgrounds developed another passion: professional baseball.

Why are Milwaukee Brewers called The Brewers? Here is a history of how the Brewers got their team name.

Early Milwaukee Teams

Milwaukee’s first professional baseball team formed in 1877 as the West End Club. Thanks in part to its devoted fan base, the team was promoted to the National League in 1878 and named the “Milwaukee Greys”. However, the team failed to impress in the big league and disbanded after the end of the season.

This seemed to be the main theme for Major League Baseball in Milwaukee. In subsequent seasons, a few short-lived major league teams entertained Milwaukee baseball fans in addition to several more successful minor league teams.

Much like European soccer teams today, professional baseball teams didn’t always have official nicknames in this era. On the contrary, fans and journalists came up with nicknames in a more colloquial way. For example, before becoming the Cubs, Chicago’s North Side team was once nicknamed the Orphans after losing the leadership of their beloved manager.

“Brewers” have entered the professional baseball lexicon the same way. As a tribute to Milwaukee’s famous industry, fans have called many local professional and amateur teams the Brewers. The nickname was cemented on August 4, 1888 when the Milwaukee Sentinel used it to refer to Western League brewers.

In 1891, the team was promoted to the American Association to finish the Cincinnati Kelly’s Killers season. At the time, the American Association was considered a major league, making this team the first major league “Milwaukee Brewers” team in the eyes of the local media. Despite their impressive 21-15 record, the team was demoted at the end of the season.

The Original American League Brewers

Another Milwaukee Brewers team played in the Western League after the 1891 team was promoted. In 1900, Western League officials met in Milwaukee and decided to rename themselves the League American – the same league we know today – in order to compete with the dominant National League.

The American League became a major league in 1901, making the Brewers a major league team. Like last time, however, that major league moment was cut short as the team was sent to St. Louis and renamed the Browns after a season they went 48-89. Interestingly enough, the Baltimore Orioles can trace their organizational history in Milwaukee through this line.

The American Brewers Association (1902-1952)

Other names such as “Cream’s”, “Cream City’s”, and even “Milwaukee’s” were also associated with Milwaukee baseball teams in the early days. But the team that made “Brewers” a synonym for Milwaukee baseball formed in 1902.

This iteration of the Brewers, which played in the minor league American Association, remained in Milwaukee until the end of the 1952 season. The team played at Borchert Field, a baseball stadium that fit into the block houses between 7th and 8th streets and Burleigh and Chambers.

It was watching this team on this field that many of today’s former Brewers fans fell in love with baseball. As Adam McCalvy notes, today’s Brewers organizational legends Bob Uecker and Bud Selig were among fans who had some of their earliest baseball experiences watching the Brewers at Borchert Field.

This team’s combination of on-court success and quirky ownership helped these brewers win the hearts of Milwaukeeans and secured their long tenure in the city. In the 1940s, the team and organization became known for their antics which included various theme parties and even a new pitcher jumping out of a cardboard cake at one point. This team was also responsible for creating Barrelman who returned to the current roster of Brewers mascots in 2015. Throughout their 50 years, these Milwaukee Brewers have won 8 American Association Championships.

Over time Borchert Field fell into disrepair and Milwaukee desired a major league team. So Milwaukee County Stadium was built in hopes that a major league team would move in. In 1953, the Braves happily agreed. It was for the best, but it left no room for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Today’s Milwaukee Brewers

However, after the Braves left after the 1965 season, former Brewers fan Bud Selig led a coalition to bring baseball back to Milwaukee. In 1970 the group bought the Seattle Pilots and Selig changed the name to match his favorite childhood team.

It was the perfect choice.

Despite all that has changed in Milwaukee, the name “Brewers” is just as apt for the city today as it was in the 1800s.

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The Missouri Democrats’ new Senate nominee was the white queen’s ball

In December 1977, Trudy Busch, heiress to the Anheuser-Busch fortune in Missouri, was crowned “Queen of Love and Beauty” at the controversial Veiled Prophet Ball. Outside, two protesters from a civil rights group, ACTION, were arrested for demonstrating against him. Inside, photos from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show, Busch stood alongside the “veiled prophet”: a man chosen to oversee the annual ball whose identity remains hidden under a white cloth resembling the balaclavas worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The 1977 ceremony marked a special anniversary for the Veiled Prophet Organization, an elite secret society in Missouri dedicated to maintaining white supremacy and unchecked corporate power. It was founded by former Confederate officers following the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 – an effort to forge a populist, multiracial working-class coalition to oppose the robber barons of the day – and began hosting the ball as its annual celebration after federal troops broke up the workers’ revolt. A hundred years later, the affair was less secret but no less controversial.

A digitally archived page from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published December 23, 1977 shows Trudy Busch Valentine as the crowned queen of the St. Louis Veiled Prophet Ball.

Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It would have been difficult for Busch — now Busch Valentine and incoming Democratic Senate nominee from Missouri — to avoid learning of the controversy. At the time Busch won the title, blacks and Jews were not allowed to join the organization; that would not happen until 1979. In 1972, five years before Busch’s coronation, activist Gena Scott entered the ballroom and unmasked the “veiled prophet”; Scott’s car was then bombed and his house was vandalized. One of the 1977 protesters was arrested for using a “crippling chemical spray” in the case the previous year. And during Busch’s coronation, “there were extensive and extraordinary security measures,” a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article said.

“I believe in the importance of working together and healing divisions – and that starts with acknowledging my own past shortcomings,” Busch Valentine wrote in a statement to The Intercept. “I didn’t quite understand the situation. I should have known better, and I deeply regret and apologize that my actions hurt others. My life and work go far beyond that, and as a candidate for the next U.S. Senator from Missouri, I pledge to work tirelessly to be a force for progress in healing our country’s racial divisions.

Busch came back at least twice more for the ball. The following year, she “walked the hall and chatted with the man wearing the golden tunic and heavy veils of the Prophet before being escorted to her seat amid former queens”, according to a January 1979 article. in the Post Dispatch. And in 1990, after decades of protests from civil rights activists, she returned to be honored alongside other former queens. (The event still continues today.)

The prom story exploded in the mainstream press last year when it was revealed that Hollywood actor and Missouri native Ellie Kemper of the TV show ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ had been crowned queen in 1999 Kemper issued a lengthy apology, saying he had no knowledge of the organization’s sordid foundation – although the Klan-like insignia, including the high wizard-like costumes, should have been a clue.


Left/Top: Trudy Busch Valentine as crowned queen of the Saint Louis Veiled Prophet Ball is seen in a digitally archived St. Louis Post-Dispatch page published December 23, 1977. Right/Bottom: George Johnson leads an ACTION manifesto as as Black Veiled Prophet on December 21, 1970.Photos: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Busch); Collections of the Ted Dargan/Missouri Historical Society (ACTION protest)

Monday, Busch Valentine announced a Senate candidacy in the Democratic primary. Her late and unexpected campaign to succeed retired Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., coincided with the exit from the race of former Democratic Sen. Scott Sifton, who immediately endorsed her.

Sifton had received support from many elected Missouri Democrats, including state auditor Nicole Galloway, but struggled to raise funds. Leading challenger and political outsider Lucas Kunce, a populist Navy veteran, had outplayed him — along with the many Republicans in the race. In Busch Valentine, the Missouri Democratic Party will get a high-profile donor and insider, the one who held a fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at her family estate. His brother August Busch III is also a prolific donor, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Republican primary candidate and his potential general election rival, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

The seat is generally seen as a shoo-in for Republicans, though the allegations against GOP frontrunner, former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, could create an opening for Democrats. Greitens resigned from the governorship in 2018 after being accused of sexual abuse and campaign finance violations. In a court filing last week, his ex-wife Sheena Greitens, a professor of public policy at the University of Texas at Austin, accused him of physically assaulting her and one of their sons.

The Senate candidate has denied all the allegations and has consistently portrayed himself as the victim of a witch hunt like former President Donald Trump, a narrative that has so far been successful with primary voters, who consistently rank him as their first choice. But many in the Republican Party establishment have concerns. In 2012, former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill won after her Republican opponent was criticized for bizarrely claiming that there was “legitimate rape” in response to a question about abortion. After the allegations last week, Blunt, who did not announce an endorsement, called on Greitens to drop out of the race. Meanwhile, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., threw his support behind Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., setting her up for a rise to replace Greitens.

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Dietetic interns organize the largest volunteer project in the program’s history | MUSK

Two dietetic interns from the Medical University of South Carolina channeled their passion for child nutrition into a community-wide volunteer project that resulted in 40,000 packaged meals for children in Haiti.

“I can’t believe these two young women succeeded – not that I doubted it, but they did so much more than I expected,” said Kelley Martin, registered dietitian and program director. dietetic trainees.

Kylie Purifoy and Elizabeth Uliana

Each year, 12 dietetic interns come to the Charleston campus to participate in the internship, each having earned a bachelor’s degree from a college that offers nutritional science. However, before they can take the national dietitian exam, they must complete a clinical program and gain experience in a variety of settings. Sodexo, MUSC’s catering services contractor, offers the internship so that interns can gain experience in a clinical setting. Additionally, interns rotate through community settings like the Lowcountry Food Bank, dialysis clinics, and with the WIC nutrition program.

Throughout the year, interns also carry out special projects. Kylie Purifoy and Elizabeth Uliana have been tasked with coordinating the project associated with National Nutrition Month, which is observed each March.

This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has decided that the theme of the month should be “Celebrate a World of Flavor” – a theme that has resonated with Purifoy.

Purifoy already knew she wanted to do something with the group Mission of Hope, which works in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the theme offered the perfect opportunity.

Purifoy first encountered Mission of Hope when she was a student at Texas A&M. She had experience with a number of missionary groups, but Mission of Hope was unlike any group she had worked with.

“Nutrition is a pillar of their organization, it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with it,” she said.

two young girls in hairnets work at a volunteer food packing table
Purifoy and Uliana were thrilled with the number of volunteers at the meal packing event. Many volunteers brought their children to help.

The group distributes more than 100,000 meals every day to children in schools and orphanages in Haiti.

Purifoy and Uliana decided to organize a meal-packing event. They worked with Kids Against Hunger, a group that provides food to Mission of Hope. Packaged meals consist of vitamin-enriched crushed soybeans, dehydrated vegetables, a multivitamin powder and rice, ensuring complete nutrition at every meal. To pack these meals, groups can organize volunteers to pick up, measure and weigh the components.

Each meal costs 30 cents, which includes the cost of transportation to Haiti. To achieve their goal, Purifoy and Uliana had to raise funds to pay for the meals and find volunteers to do the packing.

They more than reached their goal: they raised $12,000 and recruited 162 people to pack 40,000 meals.

“These 40,000 meals will feed 200 children for a full year of school meals,” Uliana said.

Looking back on the event, Purifoy and Uliana are amazed that so many people volunteered their time. A few weeks before the March 19 wrap event, they only had a few dozen volunteers. Purifoy and Uliana went above and beyond to spread the word about the event, speak about it in small groups at their churches, post to local Facebook groups, and include the event in MUSC campus newsletters.

“I think we were all really blown away by how people stepped up,” Uliana said. “It was cool to see this come together.”

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Volunteers receive instruction and learn about the work of Mission of Hope.

The couple had expected the packing event to take around two and a half hours, but many hands made light work – everything was packed in less than two hours.

As their internship year quickly comes to an end, the two look to their next steps. Both would like to work in pediatric dietetics.

Meanwhile, Martin said the group of interns had never done a project of such magnitude. Next year’s group, she warned, will have big shoes to fill.

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UM’s women entrepreneurs and leaders advise a new generation – The Oxford Eagle

Women in Leadership, a new graduate student organization at the University of Mississippi, recently observed Women’s History Month with a panel discussion and luncheon to empower women in business to lead and build their reputations as women in their respective fields.

The organization strives to inspire women by giving them the opportunity to connect with others who value diversity and stand up for each other. It is open to any woman studying at the university level.

“As women, we are all here to support each other. It takes a whole village to pull off anything,” said Kate Newman, owner of Style Assembly, a womenswear boutique off Oxford Square. “It’s about finding a way around the barrier in everything you do.”

“It’s not about the problem you face, it’s about what you do to solve it.”

The Ole Miss observance has its roots in 1978, when educators in Santa Rosa, California planned and executed a local observance called Women’s History Week. The organizers chose the week of March 8 to correspond to International Women’s Day.

The movement quickly spread across the country, and other communities began to hold their own celebrations the following year. In 1987, Congress passed legislation to designate March as Women’s History Month, according to the National Women’s History Museum.

The March 9 panel included some of Oxford’s most successful businesswomen in leadership positions: Timber Heard, founder and CEO of Talitha Kumi Jewels; Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration at the UM School of Pharmacy; Kate Newman, owner of Style Assembly; Catherine Hultman, operations coordinator for the Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union; and Tonyalle Rush, associate vice president for student services and enrollment management at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

“I think it’s important for women to support women no matter what, but especially in business,” said Maia Dooley, both first and current president of Women in Leadership.

“The business world is still dominated by men. As women, we need to empower and inspire each other as we work together towards equality.

Panel members were asked about some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. A common theme on the panel was finding a way to balance it all out.

“It makes me feel better to hear these other successful women leaders say, ‘You know what, I don’t have everything together! ‘” Holmes said.

“Letting other women know you’re struggling, even though it may be difficult, opens up a lot of important conversations,” Hultman added. “Vulnerability goes a long way.”

Ashley McGee, Director of MBA Administration at Ole Miss, moderated the discussion and closed by asking each panelist what they wish they could say to their younger self.

“You don’t have to set yourself on fire to warm others up,” Rush said. “As women, we continue to take on more and more responsibilities.

“I wish I could tell my 25-year-old self to live in the moment, enjoy life and take care of yourself.”

Audience members ranged from Susan Duncan, dean of UM’s law school, to students and community members, like Tanisha Bankston, author of “My Pain is My Power.”

The women present, including the panel members, left inspired and motivated.

“The organization is focused on connecting with other women to foster an environment that allows us to grow in confidence and leadership,” McGee said. “I myself have learned a great deal from the leaders who have served on our panels over the past year, and have been inspired by the conversations our students have had with them. »

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First-generation, low-income students find a path to college at Columbia


BRONXITE, DEBORA CAMACHO, is an alumnus of the Freedom and Citizenship program offered by Columbia University.
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Most of the attention on COVID-19 revolves around the physical consequences of its spread, especially in communities of color, but a side effect has to do with a decrease in educational attainment, especially in the Latino community.

The educational fallout from the pandemic can be seen in figures collected by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). In 2020, the first year of the pandemic, Hispanic enrollments in higher education globally fell by 5.4%. More alarming is the decline in first-time enrollment among Hispanic students, at nearly 20%. These statistics present a difficult future for one of the most dynamic segments of the American population. The NSC’s warning is final. “If we don’t take concerted action to address these declines, the opportunity gaps in this country will only grow and Hispanics will be left behind,” the organization’s representatives said.

Some parents hope to secure a brighter future for their children by encouraging them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, better known by its acronym STEM. By contrast, careers in the humanities, including the study of languages ​​and literature, the arts, philosophy, religion and history, are seen as more unstable by some, with bleak job prospects.

However, although STEM degrees outstrip those in the humanities by a rate of nearly 2 to 1, many scholars, sociologists, and educators continue to promote the humanities. As one college senior observed in a December 2019 article published on by Madison Feser, “With only mathematicians and engineers, who will record our history? Inspire our creativity? Challenge our politics? Promote our language?

Columbia University is an institution that paves the way to college for those who want to delve into the humanities while securing employment after graduation. The Freedom and Citizenship educational program for New York high school students was founded in 2009 by the Center for American Studies and the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University. During that time, they have helped nearly 400 first-generation, low-income students attend college.

Jessica Harriet Lee earned a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2016 and is the current Executive Director of the program. “We’ve grown to 45 students per year,” Lee said, adding that they started with high school students moving from junior to senior year. “The goal is to expose these high school students to college-level courses in a supportive environment.”

Once accepted, students follow a free four-week program in July that includes an intensive political philosophy seminar. They then engage in a year-long civic leadership project where they research contemporary political issues under the supervision of undergraduate teaching assistants. They are assisted in the college application process by Columbia College undergraduates, and successful students receive letters of recommendation from their summer faculty.

Growing up across from the Bronx Zoo on Southern Boulevard, 19-year-old Puerto Rican Debora Camacho was attending Bronx High School for Law and Community Service at Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus on Fordham Road when she was encouraged to apply in 2020 to the Freedom and Citizenship program. The idea of ​​studying philosophy didn’t appeal to him much at first. “The thought of [studying] the philosophy, thinking about it really hurt my brain… but I went for it,” Camacho said. “Why not do philosophy?”

ON A RAINY DAY, students walk inside Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus.
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The critical thinking that accompanies questioning the production of knowledge has not been easy for Camacho, who describes himself as “more [of] a STEM person” and was part of the “Girls Who Code” group. But something about philosophy piqued his interest. “Since I went into more humanities [and] philosophy [studies], oh my god, it was such a big difference and I’m glad I took it! she says. “It’s opened my eyes to a lot of things……thinking about bigger, bigger questions…instead of just settling for one answer because there can be multiple answers to no one. whatever…and how that sounds pretty cool.”

A future in the humanities can be concerning for parents who may not be familiar with such a broad field of study. “I think there is an idea that the humanities are dead or [if] they are [even] relevant,” Lee said. “Most of our students are like Debora; they kind of come into the program planning to major in STEM, thinking “philosophy might be interesting,” and then that changes after the program. The majority of our students major in the humanities and social sciences. They are relevant texts, they are relevant questions, they are relevant conversations, and the students are interested in them.

Indeed, rather than having to choose between studying a STEM subject or a humanities subject, Camacho sees the possibility of a more holistic approach. “Humanities are important, STEM are important; you can combine the two,” she said, adding that it is entirely possible for students to find ways to study what they love while being financially stable. Camacho is currently enrolled at Smith College, a private liberal arts college for women in Massachusetts. It is described by The Princeton Review as “an incredibly prestigious, diverse, academically rigorous, socially liberal, and highly respected institution.”

According to Micaela Cacho-Negrete, head of public relations and digital presence at Freedom and Citizenship, to date, Columbia University’s program has generated such interest that it recently helped create “Knowledge for Freedom.” , a national consortium of schools that will create similar programs at more than 25 universities by 2024, reaching thousands of students.

For parents and high school students who look at Camacho’s impressive resume and conclude the program isn’t for them, Cacho-Negrete has some encouraging words. “We are always trying to reach more students,” she said. “It wasn’t just one girl who did this…. She did it; You can do it too! We are accepting applications and want to hear from you! The link to apply is:

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UMass History Department, Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, to Host Event on Attacks on Teaching Accurate History

For the first time in US history, the content of public school curricula is being questioned across the country. Since January 2021, 41 states have introduced bills or taken other actions that would restrict the teaching or discussion of “divisive concepts,” such as racism, sexism, critical race theory, and the draft. 1619. A school board in Tennessee recently banned teaching of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust novel Maus. And at least 15 states are considering what some have called “don’t say gay” laws, like the one passed by the Florida legislature a few weeks ago, that restrict discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity.


UMass Amherst History Department has partnered with the Wolfsonian


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Florida International University’s Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) will present Tell the truth about the story. On Monday, April 4, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Zoom, this panel of scholars, political leaders, and educators will address the ongoing national assault on teaching accurate, evidence-based history in the K-12 level, and increasingly, at the community college and university levels.


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Panelists will examine the history of educational conflict in public schools around race, gender and sexuality and the impact of these educational gags, not only on the teaching of history, but on our system of government. democracy and the sense of equality in the United States. Panelists will also consider ways to push back against these challenges.


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“The past is very much alive – and deeply felt – in our present. Any attempt to distort or limit how we understand and teach the past inherently prevents us from working towards a more just future and the healing we so desperately need to build that future together,” said Julio Capó, Jr., WPHL Deputy Director.


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Distinguished speakers include: Laura Briggs, a professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at UMass Amherst and a member of the Academic Freedom Committee of the Organization of American Historians, where she was active in monitoring and responding to gag orders educational; educator and Florida State Senator shevrin jonesa leading voice against measures restricting the way we teach about race, such as the ‘Stop WOKE Act’ and the bill popularly known as ‘Don’t Say Gay’ which restricts teaching about race. orientation and gender identity; jennifer rich, executive director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rowan University and an expert in Holocaust and genocide education ; and Raphael Rogers EdD’15, associate professor of educational practice at Clark University, former longtime Massachusetts high school history teacher, and author of “The Representation of Slavery in Children’s Picture Books: Teaching and learning slavery in grades K-12”. The event will be hosted by Barbara Krauthamerdean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and professor of history at UMass Amherst and award-winning historian of slavery and African American emancipation.


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This event is co-presented by the History Department at UMass Amherst and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University. It is co-sponsored by the following UMass Amherst entities: Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Center for Racial and Youth Justice Research, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of Philosophy, Public History Program, and WEB Du Bois Department of African American Studies, among others.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is mandatory. Learn more:

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Disney has always had a complicated history with the LGTBQ+ community. It reached a boiling point

Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke about — but did not condemn — Florida’s controversial parental rights-in-education bill, which critics dubbed “Don’t t Say Gay”. Although he expressed some opposition to the bill, Chapek said a corporate statement on the issue would be ineffective. Instead, Chapek said Disney’s “miscellaneous stories” serve as more appropriate antidotes to legislation, which prohibits teachers from instructing children in grades three and below about LGBTQ+ issues.
Furious employees staged walkouts and Chapek apologized. Disney later halted donations to politicians who supported the bill.

This is far from the first time Disney has clashed with the LGBTQ+ community.

Going back to the days of Walt Disney, the company portrayed some prominent queer characters. Instead, LGBTQ+ audiences have adopted various evil queens and villains as their own, said Sean Griffin, author of “Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out.”

With the arrival of Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1984, the studio adjusted its strategy to make gestures towards the LGBTQ+ consumer – but not in a way that might “aggravate the conservative, family-righteous values ​​audience it also wanted. hang on,” argued Griffin.

The result is “a strategy of trying to appeal to both sides and not alienating or insulting either side,” Griffin said.

Critics say Disney didn’t do enough in its portrayal. Disney has received a “failing” or “poor” rating every year since 2014 from GLAAD in the media watchdog organization’s report on LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Griffin, who is also a professor of film and media arts at Southern Methodist University, added that Disney has recently received a lot of publicity about various Disney movies with openly gay characters. However, these moments tend to be “blink and you’ll miss it” type.

The two most prominent examples are the character LeFou dancing with another man in the 2017 live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and two female Resistance fighters quickly embracing with a kiss at the end of ‘Star Wars’. : Rise of Skywalker” from 2019.

Both moments have been criticized for not being true acts of representation. Even Josh Gad, who played LeFou, said last month that the moment “didn’t go far enough to merit praise.”

“He often tries to give a nodding representation – a representation that could probably be appreciated by someone looking for it, but could be missed by people who might be disturbed or traumatized by seeing what they feel like a inappropriate content,” Griffin said.

Disney did not immediately respond to request for comment on this story.

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Yet one could hardly say disney (SAY) is not at all inclusive.

Even though Disney’s main family entertainment product hasn’t been blatant in its portrayal of gay characters, ABC — which is owned by Disney — has done so with TV shows like “Modern Family” and “Ellen.” In fact, “Ellen” had the first gay main character on TV in 1997.

Disney has also had many gay employees.

So the problem for Disney and Chapek right now, according to Griffin, is that the CEO “always seems to be trying to play the ’80s playbook, trying to walk a tightrope not to offend either side.”

Disney employees stage walkouts over company's response to campaign

“You can’t say, ‘I don’t want to take sides,’ because people say, ‘By refusing to choose sides, you’ve chosen a side,'” he said. “Chapek thought he was working on an old strategy, and it looks like it didn’t work.”

Following the events of the last few weeks, it seems that House of Mouse still has work to do to mend the fences inside and outside the company.

On Tuesday, some employees planned a full-day strike to protest the company’s response to Florida’s controversial bill. It is not known how many employees are participating.
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Puppy named official mascot of Parris Island in Beaufort Co, SC

Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot is preparing to welcome its new (and cutest) rookie mascot, a tradition that dates back to 1914.

“Military working dogs have a long history in our organization,” said Parris Island sworn chief officer Bobby Yarbrough. “Everything from battlefield work…to morale and welfare. It is a symbol not only of today’s Marines, but also of past generations.

The pup, a bulldog nicknamed Opha Mae II, is named after the Navy’s first female recruit, Opha Mae Johnson, who enlisted in 1918. Johnson worked in the quartermaster’s office, according to division headquarters. of Marine Corps History and Museums. By the end of World War I, she had achieved the rank of sergeant.

Opha Mae II is the second bulldog mascot named after Johnson, according to reports from Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette.

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Opha Mae II, the new mascot for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, is set to graduate alongside her handler Friday, May 6, 2022. Lance Cpl. michelle brudnicki

Opha May I began her tenure as the recruit depot mascot in 2017. She was the first female to hold the position after taking over from Cpl. Legend, the depot’s oldest mascot, Parris Island officials previously told the Island Packet and the Beaufort Gazette. Opha May will retire to Chicago with her master after five years of service, Yarbrough said.

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The bulldogs, Yarbrough said, acted as a symbol for the Marines, who were called “devil’s dogs” during the Battle of Belleau Wood in France during World War I.

Opha Mae II, a bulldog pup, enjoys traversing the same obstacles as her fellow recruits and will be outfitted in a uniform to begin her mascot duties for Parris Island. launches the corporal. michelle brudnicki

“The bulldog, I believe, was most representative of that image,” Yarbrough said. “It’s more tradition than real history.”

Today, it’s an annual tradition for Marines to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, the final resting place of Marines killed in action, and “walk down the hill” to drink water at the devil’s dog fountain, he said.

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Opha Mae II will begin her role as mascot when she graduates on May 6 alongside her master, Pfc. Shannon Morales Canales. She will live in the barracks with her handler, begin her Navy “training” with Oscar Company and be outfitted for a uniform, Yarbrough said. Her duties include boosting morale and attending graduations and community events.

“She likes to go through some of the obstacles and things that other rookies go through,” Yarbrough said. “Just like our mantra, ‘you gotta win the United States Marine title,’ and that’s no different for Opha Mae.”

Meet Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s new mascot, Opha Mae II. launches the corporal. michelle brudnicki

Sofia Sanchez is a breaking news reporter at The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. She reports on crime and develops stories in and around Beaufort. Sofia is a Cuban-American journalist from Florida and a graduate of Florida International University in 2020.

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Dear Men: Don’t Celebrate Us During Women’s History Month, Join Us

When women succeed at work, we all win. The World Economic Forum has found that closing the gender gap could increase our GDP by 35% on average, improve efficiency and productivity, and even lead to higher wages for men.

I have been blessed with the support of some amazing men throughout my career. Here are five things they did for me that all men should do to help women succeed:

Mentioning our names behind closed doors

In every room you are in, bring us up. Talk about our work, our skills, our abilities. Showcase our successes. Brag about our victories. And ask if you can take us. We need you to defend our interests in the rooms we haven’t entered yet.

At a previous agency, a male VP fought for me to attend a presentation with one of my dream clients, a presentation I helped create. He knew I was passionate about the brand and wanted me to be in the room representing my discipline. Even when the others pushed back, he held on. His support made the pitch – which we won – one of my favorite cases to date.

Invest us time

You can start small by investing time in the women around you, and I promise you will see them flourish.

After starting my career as a social strategist, I passionately wanted to be a brand planner but didn’t see a clear path. Our brand strategy manager listened to my desire and answered my questions. When he needed help on a project, he let me take the lead and worked alongside him. His investment paid off and set me on the path to my current position.

Try to see things from our point of view

When you hear colleagues or friends complaining about how they were treated, you may not recognize the cumulative effect these experiences have had on them. But they look to you to understand where they’re coming from and to have empathy.

Recently, after a colleague’s inappropriate behavior made me feel uncomfortable, I shared what happened with a mutual friend. Instead of downplaying the incident, he was angry at what had happened and asked me how I wanted to handle it. Her validation of my experience and willingness to follow my example was what I needed to feel heard and seen.

Defend us when we are mistreated

I have been discussed, ignored and harassed by men throughout my career. My words have been stolen, my thoughts minimized, my voice drowned out and my body analyzed. And I’m not alone. Zoe Scaman’s article — a perfect read for Women’s History Month — highlights just how prevalent this is in our industry and beyond.

But I also had men who fought back on my behalf. A small but significant example is a client I was working with. Whenever I was in a room or in communication with his team, if a man repeated what I was saying or spoke over me, he would interrupt them and explain that I had already said that or ask me to finish my thought . He never gave them the satisfaction of talking over or for me. He made sure my voice was heard.

Promote us and pay us what we are worth

Words of affirmation are nice, but the way to truly recognize women’s contributions to your organization is to pay them what they’re worth – on par with men in similar roles – and make sure their title matches. to their contribution. Organizations that do this will win in the long run, and those that don’t will lag behind, losing valuable talent along the way.

We are not looking for you to be our knights in shining armor. Believe me, most women can — and want — to take care of themselves and stand up for themselves. But we want you to call out blatant iniquity when you see it. When men lead by example in this way, they make it clear that inclusion, support and advocacy for women is encouraged in their organization.

We’re just asking you to be part of the solution. Instead of celebrating women this month, write history with us in the rooms we share. We will do it with or without you, but we would really like it to be with you.

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NMU organization raises awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – A group at Northern Michigan University is raising awareness for missing and murdered Native women.

Red dresses have been installed throughout Whitman Woods to commemorate each woman who has been wrongfully taken from her family.

“Those murdered, sisters, mothers and parents, will be able to see this color and see that we are still here looking for them,” Center for Native American Studies director Amber Morseau said.

The red dress installation is part of the “Sing Our Sisters Home” series presented by the Center for Native American Studies.

Morseau said Indigenous people are the most likely in the United States and Canada to be victims of human trafficking.

“These cases go unreported and those that do are largely ignored or there is no evidence due to the nature of the crime,” Morseau said.

She said she thought law enforcement could work better with Indian Country agencies to get the girls home safely.

“I don’t want to have to walk the streets at night and fear for my life or constantly have my partner with me or a group of people to feel safe as an Indigenous woman,” she said.

Morseau encourages more people to come talk to the indigenous people in the community to learn more about their history.

“Show up for our lighter moments too. To be able to come out and celebrate with us so that you can build community with each other rather than focusing on the traumas that have happened to our people.

She says her goal of bringing awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous people is to never have to hang another red dress in the woods.

“I really hope that one day I don’t have to come here and do this anymore because these cases will be resolved,” Morseau said.

The dress installation will continue to hang in Whitman Woods until March 28.

Clothing donations are still accepted at NMU’s Center for American Studies at Whitman Commons.

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10 worst rookies in Eagles franchise history

NFL teams make some of the worst decisions when it comes to properly evaluating and/or adding top named free agent talent to the roster. When it works, it can change your organization’s path to success, all while leading to multiple playoffs or Super Bowl races.

When it doesn’t work, it can be disastrous with costly consequences from the CEO down to the staff.

We compiled a list of the ten worst free agent rookies in Eagles team history and almost added Eric Wilson (2021) to the list before placing him on the honorable mention list.

Two years after making the Pro Bowl with the Titans, Young made his ill-fated “Dream Team” declaration during Eagles training camp in Lehigh in the summer of 2011. With the Eagles, Young threw for four touchdowns to nine interceptions in three starts, and a 60.8 passer rating that was 43rd best in the NFL. Young was the first Eagles quarterback to throw fewer than 150 passes and nine or more interceptions since King Hill in 1965.

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The monster was reduced to a mere mortal with the Eagles.

Kearse, who averaged 11½ sacks in his four full seasons with the Titans, averaged 5½ in four years with the Eagles after signing an eight-year, $65 million contract with $16 million guaranteed that made him the highest paid defensive lineman in NFL history.

Nowhere near the monster who played in Carolina and Baltimore, this Steve Smith came to the Eagles after catching 107 assists in a Pro Bowl season for the Giants. In Philadelphia, Smith had 11 catches for 124 yards, making him the only player in NFL history to catch 107 or more passes one year and fewer than 15 the next two seasons.

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The Eagles signed Harris after recording 17 sacks the previous year with the 49ers and 19½ sacks in a season a few years earlier with the Packers. The idea was that he could potentially replace Reggie White.

After contracting an arm infection during the preseason, Harris played just three games in 1993, making no sacks and six tackles.

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In a move that can only be seen as a forgery, the Eagles signed Wallac before the 1996 season, but he was later released in the preseason and the 49ers re-signed him, while he was ended up helping the 49ers beat the Eagles in January. – card game.

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The older brother of Shawn Andrews, the Eagles signed Stacy to a six-year, $38 million deal that never came to fruition as he only started two games while the Eagles also let Brian Dawkins take his talent in Denver.

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The 2011 “Dream Team” headlined this signing.

That never materialized for the guy widely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL when the Eagles signed the former Oakland Raiders cornerback to a five-year, $60 million deal. A three-time All-Pro in Oakland, Nnamdi was a shell of himself in Philadelphia and was quickly kicked out of town after just two abysmal seasons.

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A signing similar to Asomugha’s deal, Maxwell turned his reputation as a top-flight cornerback on Seattle’s Legion Boom defense into a lucrative, six-year, $63 million deal. Maxwell looked overwhelmed in his first practice and was traded to the Dolphins the following season.

After the Cowboys knocked him to the ground, Dallas let Murray walk and with a chip on his shoulder, Murray agreed to an ill-fitting, five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles and Chip Kelly after trading LeSean McCoy in Buffalo. Murray averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2015, the lowest rush average by an Eagles running back with at least 175 carries since Keith Byars in 1986.

The Eagles signed Bell to a five-year, $35 million deal to replace then-injured left tackle Jason Peters in 2012, and it was a disaster. Bell lost his job to King Dunlap after five starts and was out of the league.

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Basketball world reacts to Popovich’s win on all-time coaching win list

Bench-winning Gregg Popovich has become a fixture in the NBA over the past two and a half decades. With Friday’s win over the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio icon passed Don Nelson to become the league’s all-time leader in coaching wins.

Players, people and teams who crossed paths with Popovich during his storied career quickly recognized the historic feat, sending their respect and affection to the four-time NBA champion.

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Chief Winstrom ready to build trust with all communities

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Chef Eric Winstrom was sworn Monday night and said it was “fantastic” to get to know members of the city government and the police department.

However, what he is really looking forward to is meeting everyone in the city, he said.

“I plan to go to the Children’s Advocacy Center,” he said during an interview with FOX 17 Thursday at headquarters. “I’m going to take to the streets with the homeless outreach team this weekend, so I can meet the folks from Network180 who work on the team and the fire department.”

Additionally, he plans to meet with other community organizations across the city, he said. As COVID restrictions ease and the weather warms up, he plans to meet with all communities.

“Before I was even sworn in, NAACP President Cle Jackson graciously reached out to me and asked if I wanted to speak with his organization, which is absolutely fantastic,” Chief Winstrom said. “We spent about an hour and a half or two hours talking with President Jackson and his leadership team about just about every issue they see in the police department.”

In recent years, Grand Rapids officers have been involved in tense situations with communities of color. More recently, an officer’s gun exploded near Daevionne
Smith, cousin of Breonna Taylor, during an incident near her father’s house. The police called it an accidental discharge. Smith was shaken, he told FOX 17 in a previous interview.

READ MORE: Bodycam footage released of GRPD officer accused of inadvertently firing a gun

It was incidents like these and the May 2020 unrest following the death of George Floyd that former police chief Eric Payne created a three-year plan to build trust between the community and the department.

Chief Winstrom said building trust is key.

“I talked a lot about accountability and transparency. And when it comes to accountability, you can’t tolerate any kind of bias-based policing, any excessive force like that,” Chief Winstrom said. “It’s too early for me to point out shortcomings in the police service as I’m still learning about it. But, I’m going to try to make sure that we’re as transparent as possible, to earn that trust.

He said another way to build trust is to know the history of the police. He recalled educating young officers in the Chicago Police Department, where he got his start, on the importance of knowing the past.

“You must know the history of the police. You must know the history of race relations and policing in this country. Is it really your measure of whether we are doing better? Are we better tomorrow? It is very important for me.

Winstrom said when he became a police officer in 2000, the metrics to determine success were the number of arrests made or cars towed. However, that is not his approach. He is ready to build trust, he said, and asks his officers to do the same.

” I love this city. I’m so excited to be here,” Chief Winstrom said. “It may only be four days here, but I already feel like I belong.”

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