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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Spare the Air Alert will be in effect for the Bay Area Friday.What are Spare the Air days?Air quality in the Bay Area can be unhealthy at times throughout the year.Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. Ozone, or smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema. Long-term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function. Ozone pollution is particularly harmful to young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions.When a Spare the Air Alert is called, outdoor exercise should be done only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower....
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are investigating after a man was shot in southwest Baltimore early Thursday morning. Southwest District officers were called to the 200 block of North Hilton Street at around 10:24 a.m. Thursday to investigate a reported shooting. They found a 45-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh. Southwest District detectives responded and assumed control over the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Southwest District detectives, at 410-396-2488. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.  You can also submit an online text tip to Metro Crime Stoppers.
    A Georgia school district that does not require mask-wearing is at the center of a media frenzy after 1,100 students and staff in the district were recently quarantined due to the coronavirus. The district — which is composed of approximately 30,000 students who are receiving in-person instruction for the first quarter of the fall semester — closed one of its schools after the school reported to have 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases. What are the details? According to NBC News, the Cherokee County School District announced on Tuesday that in-person instruction at Etowah High School would be closing just eight days after reopening due to the outbreak. The school will remain closed until at least...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that remote learning for students 'is not the answer' for when schools begin to reopen in the coming weeks.  Trump was speaking at the White House when he touted schools reopening, despite schools across the country seeing alarming rates of coronavirus surges amongst students, faculty and other staff.   'It is interesting because one thing we've learned during this horror show of the China plague is that virtual is not as good as being there — virtual is just not the same thing,' Trump said, the New York Post reports.  Trump was speaking at the White House on Wednesday when he touted schools reopening, asserting remote learning 'is not the answer' Last month, the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MARS, Pa. (KDKA) – Most of the students in the Mars Area School District will be back in the classroom five days a week, no hybrid model. The school board unanimously approved the plan to get students back into the classroom. Families that do not want to send their children back to school or have health concerns can choose a live-streaming classroom or enroll in Mars Area Cyber Academy. Teachers will be provided a few extra in-service days to prepare for the August 31 start date.
    The 'Squad' seems positioned to influence Congress for years after a strong showing by key members in closely watched primaries with national implications. With Rep. Ilhan Omar's victory on Tuesday, she joined squad members Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who all held their own against Democratic primary challengers in recent weeks. Her win was the latest series of victories by the progressive lawmakers. In Minnesota, Omar defeated attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who garnered attention for outraising her during the campaign. REP. ILHAN OMAR BEATS BACK DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CHALLENGE IN MINNESOTA Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) “Tonight, our movement didn’t just win,” Omar tweeted. “We earned a mandate...
    The mother of an eight-year-old boy with special needs whose arrest at a Key West school sparked outrage announced on Tuesday that she was planning to sue. Bianca Digennaro, 48, has initiated legal action after her son was detained in December 2018 while at school. Harrowing footage of the arrest went viral on Monday after it was published online by Benjamin Crump, the Tallahassee-based civil rights lawyer representing the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  Digennaro is suing the city and school district; the three officers who detained her son - Michael Malgrat, Kenneth Waite and Fred Sims; her son's teacher, Ashley Henriquez; principal Fran Herin and assistant principal Kyle Sheer. Bianca Digennaro, 48, announced during a...
    Less than 24 hours before teachers were set to teach their first lessons of the new school year, the San Jose Unified School District has decided to grant teachers the choice to work from home. “We got a commitment from the union that those teaching from home would provide the same quality of instruction as those teaching from the classroom,” Jacqueline Murphy, director of human resources, said in an interview Tuesday. “So, we felt comfortable expanding the opportunity for all teachers to work from home.” The district’s last-minute reversal comes just two weeks after the district and San Jose Teachers Association reached an agreement requiring that the majority of teachers return to campus to teach their virtual lessons from empty...
    (CNN)A school nurse in Georgia who quit over what she considers a lack of Covid-19 precautions said a viral photo of students crowded last week in a high school hallway and the positive coronavirus cases that followed validates her decision."I find it very heartbreaking, and it was obviously some sort of validation, but it was not the validation that I necessarily wanted to see," Amy Westmoreland told CNN on Monday.A sophomore at North Paulding High School, north of Atlanta, captured the image of the throng of students, many without masks, as debates roiled nationally over whether in-person learning should resume as the pandemic continues. The school is closed at least through Tuesday after six students and three staff members tested...
    DOWNTOWN — Chance the Rapper’s charity, SocialWorks, donated 45,000 masks to the Chicago Park District so kids and staff at day camp can be protected from coronavirus. The Chicago Park District is offering day camp during the pandemic, though with social distancing and mask rules to prevent spread of coronavirus. SocialWorks’ donation is “particularly valuable” as it provides needed personal protective equipment so campers’ don’t have to face interruptions if they need a mask replaced, according to a Park District press release. “As we resume programming, our main objective is to offer recreation opportunities in a manner that protects the health and safety of our patrons and staff. These masks help us do just that,” said parks CEO Mike Kelly...
    MinnPost file photo by Corey AndersonBoth the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election.In the midst of all the confusion and controversy surrounding back-to-school planning in the midst of a pandemic, five districts have managed to land items on the primary ballot.  Both the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election. Only two candidates, per open seat, are allowed to advance to the general election.  In Minneapolis, five...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Every day during this pandemic is marked by the release of the latest number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. For Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, it is his first thought every morning. “It’s such an important factor of how we can function as a community. So I know if those numbers continue to rise as they did in late June early July we have to shut things down. We have to impede people’s activities. . So the lower we keep those numbers like we got in May and June means we can open up more of our economy and kids can go about school activities that are coming up and sports. “ Each area school district...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — The Washington School District is delaying the start of classes by nearly three weeks. They were supposed to begin classes on August 20th. Concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic have pushed the start date back to September 8. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Guy Fieri is set to visit Pittsburgh next week. In a Facebook post, Kelly O’s Diner shared that Guy Fieri will be visiting their restaurant on Monday, August 10. The restaurant will be closed for the day for filming. Kelly O’s asked the public to keep space from the building so as not to disrupt the shoot.  
    The school district's Superintendent called the fifth day of school an "amazing milestone." Getty More than 200 students in a Georgia public school district have been placed in quarantine after 11 schools have reported cases of coronavirus, according to the school district. The Cherokee County School District reopened for in-person teaching on Monday. On Tuesday, the second day of instruction, the school district reported that a second-grade student tested positive for coronavirus. The school district's superintendent lauded the first week of reopening as an "amazing milestone," and said the district makes decisions "not based on what people in New York or Kansas think." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. More than 200 students in a Georgia public...
    Quarantine checkpoint opens at New York Citys Penn Station to enforce travel rules Levain Is Bringing Its World-Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies To The Grocery Store How To Sell Your Home For The Best Price Possible Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/9 SLIDES © Provided by Eat This, Not That! The Healthiest Lunches For Kids, According to Dietitians There is much debate over whether or not kids across the nation will be returning to school at the end of the month or in early September, and the plan will not look the same in every state. In many cases, the...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot visits with children affected by the teachers’ strike at the McCormick YMCA on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) This week, Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school system, has announced that the coming school year will be conducted entirely via remote learning for all students. Read More: Nurse brawls with Chicago subway passenger who blames health care workers for coronavirus According to a local NBC affiliate, Wednesday morning CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement at a news conference, stating the district had made the decision in efforts to mitigate risk to both students and faculty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ...
    (CNN)A Georgia second grader tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school, the school district told CNN.Sixes Elementary in the Cherokee County School district began in-person classes on Monday. But by Tuesday, a classroom was temporarily closed for deep cleaning and the teacher and 20 other students had been asked to quarantine for two weeks after the second grader tested positive.What the 15 biggest US school districts are planning for reopeningParents and officials have debated whether it is safe to send students back into classrooms as virus cases have surged across the country. While health experts are still investigating how children spread the virus, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci...
    A crowded Republican Senate primary in Kansas. A "Squad" member facing a rematch. Another chance for a candidate to unseat a longtime Democratic incumbent by running to the left. These are some of the Congressional primary races being held in five states on Tuesday.  In Kansas, 11 Republicans are on the Senate primary ballot, including former Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who lost the 2018 gubernatorial race. Former Senator Bob Dole and allies of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee have endorsed Representative Roger Marshall. President Trump, who endorsed Kobach in the 2018 race, has not yet waded into the contest.  Republican candidate for governor of Kansas Kris Kobach speaks at a rally with President Donald Trump at the Kansas...
    First grade teacher Yolanda Vasquez (R) stands in protest along with other teachers and counselors in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office on July 16, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County Schools rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Octavio Jones/Getty Images At least 260 employees at Gwinnett County School District in Georgia have either tested positive for coronavirus or been exposed to the coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  It's the largest school district in the state, and the report comes a day after teachers began in-person pre-planning for the semester, according to WBS. The incident raised questions about the risks adults in...
    Despite acknowledging the unknown long-term effects of COVID-19, the San Jose Unified School District is forcing most of its teachers back into the classroom next week for the start of the upcoming school year. Under a new agreement reached between the district and the San Jose Teachers Association, nearly 1,600 teachers will head back onto campus for the first day of school on Aug. 12. But unlike most years, they’ll be teaching their lessons in an empty classroom to students on the other side of a computer screen — without being given the choice to work from home. A few other Bay Area districts — including Palo Alto Unified and Santa Clara Unified — have considered such a move, as...
    Gwinnett County, Georgia, didn’t even make it to the beginning of the school year before it had serious coronavirus problems amid Gov. Brian Kemp’s push to reopen schools in person. Teachers started in-person planning for the school year on Wednesday. By Thursday, 260 school district employees were out because of positive coronavirus tests or contact with a case. The school district’s position is that hey, it’s all community spread, not exposure in the schools themselves. But that’s not a great sign, either, and “In-person training and meetings are taking place without areas being wiped down or disinfected in between and masks aren’t being worn at all times, said several teachers who didn’t disclose their names when contacting the AJC. Others added that their...
    (CNN)A series of galvanizing victories in Democratic congressional primaries this year have progressives poised to assert their growing influence in the next Congress.But plans for a larger and more robust "squad" hinge on securing its foundation -- and defending the seats they first won in 2018. Over the next 10 days, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, will be tested by challengers who have sought to turn their star power against them, arguing, in both contests, that the freshmen lawmakers have chased the national spotlight at the expense of their districts.New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who brushed aside a well-funded centrist opponent in June to cement her status in the party and on Capitol Hill, heard...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The hustle is in full effect – school starts in just over a month. We’ve gotten hundreds of questions from those asking for information about the upcoming school year. The Mack family has been quarantining hard, staying together – and away from friends.  They picked up gardening, but the frustration is growing as fast as the vegetables. Ayolanda Evans Mack has two kids in school. “My 10 year old is like this is the worst year of my life and I’m like you’re only 10 so that’s probably true,” she said. “It’s been frustrating and really scary.” With the unknowns for schooling, these parents have had a tough year too. Aylolanda –  whose son was a Minneapolis Public...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong district councillor Tiffany Yuen's election bid may be over, cut short by the authorities, but the message behind her campaign poster still stands, she said in a social media post on Friday. A day earlier, Hong Kong disqualified Yuen and 11 other pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws. The poster Yuen posted online shows her clad in a simple white shirt, standing in front of a group of pro-democracy activists, dressed in their now-customary black. Yuen, 26, is the only one with her face uncovered. Joshua Wong, 23, who became an international figure leading months-long protests...
    A promotional video created by a Florida school district to illustrate what reopened classrooms will look like has been blasted by parents who say it feels like their children are being sent to 'prison'.  Last week, the School District of Manatee County - located on the state's west coast - posted the two minute-long clip to Facebook.  The clip, titled 'Reopening Plan 2020-2021', showed teachers in protective lab coats and face shields, and featured a montage of students walking sadly down hallways while spaced six feet apart.  Another poignant moment from the video showed kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  The actors hired for the 'informative video' also look morose in scenes where...
    HARVEY, Ill. (WLS) -- Chromebooks and iPads have been programs and are ready to be distributed to 1,000 West Harvey-Dixmore School District 147 students."Our first 6 weeks of school will be full remote learning," said Johnetta Miller, the district superintendent.Just a few short months ago, remote learning wasn't even possible. When schools closed in March, 75% of the student population did not have regular internet access.Since March, Superintendent Miller has made it her mission to make sure every student has access and devices by the start of the school year."It's literally been non-stop, it's been seven days a week almost 24 hours, you are constantly working on a plan to get children back to school," Miller said.First grade teacher Sparkle...
    (CNN)Amber and Zack Davies know too well how easily children can get coronavirus. Their 14-year-old son contracted Covid-19 at summer camp, even though both he and the camp took precautions, Zack Davies said. "It's scary, because the camp, they've done all the precautions that they can," Zack Davies said. "And now we're just about to shuttle all of our kids back to school." Parents in a county with one of Georgias highest Covid-19 rates protest to get children back in schoolOn Friday, Jefferson City Schools -- about an hour northeast of Atlanta -- will be the first district in Georgia to "reopen schools for face-to-face instruction." "They're going to open the floodgates wide open," Amber Davies said. Read More"And there's...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Here is a list of North Texas School Districts and their start dates. Please note, this list is SUBJECT TO CHANGE as school start dates are still being discussed in many districts. Please check back often for updates.   AUGUST 10 GARLAND ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8)   AUGUST 12 PLANO ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8) PROSPER ISD (VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON) MANSFIELD ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8) ALLEN ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2)   AUGUST 13 MCKINNEY ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 3) FRISCO ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS  SEPTEMBER 3) WYLIE ISD (VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON) EVERMAN ISD (VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON BEGINS SEPTEMBER 28)   AUGUST 14 FW CATHOLIC DIOCESE SCHOOLS (VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON)...
    LINDEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Linden Public Schools is already stocking up on PPE and sanitizing supplies for students' return to the classroom this fall.School begins on Sept. 3 and the district has instituted a deep cleaning, thorough disinfecting, virus fighting, health protecting effort to bring kids back to school safely.They will return to a hybrid model called A, B and V."Where students will attend school twice a week and then they will learn virtually from home three days out of the week, we are also providing our parents with the option to go all virtual," said Linden Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marnie Hazelton.When students and teachers return, they will be armed with face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes that...
    The Arlington Independent School District (AISD) Board of Directors month invites the community to its session this Wednesday, July 29 starting at 6:15 pm Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said that the meeting will discuss how students and staff will return to school during the 2020-2021 school year. Today’s meeting will be broadcast live on the AISD website and on the YouTube channel. AISD currently plans to start school on August 17 in an online learning format. Virtual learning will continue until September 27. The school district said it has partnered with Tarrant County Public Health and city public health authorities to review and adjust practices and systems related to social distancing, personal protective equipment, and hygiene protocols. Facial covers...
    A teacher stands in protest along with her colleagues in front of the Hillsborough County Schools District Office in Tampa, Florida. Teachers and administrators from Hillsborough County rallied against the reopening of schools due to health and safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the new school year gets ready to kick off, school districts across America are faced with what appears to be lose-lose situation: Do we have in-class instruction and put the health of our students, faculty, and staff in jeopardy, or should we stick with online learning and risk having an entire generation of students suffer academically? Despite murmurings of a nationwide teacher strike over the lack of safety precautions and state guidance for reopening schools, most...
    ROSLYN FARMS, Pa. – In the Carlynton High School, cafeteria milk crate after milk crate sits atop lunch tables. No longer the carrier of their namesake these crates are filled with hundreds of small laptop computers. Dormant now, they will be the critical connection between students and school when the virtual school bell rings in just a few weeks. Driven by COVID-19 caution Carlynton has decided to hold off on bringing students back into its buildings. Superintendent Dr. John Kreider says the first four and a half weeks of school will be totally online. A quasi-quarantine-at-home of the student body and teachers because the district has no way of knowing who might have made last-minute trips...
    PLUM BOROUGH (KDKA) – Plum School District has decided to delay the start of the school year due to their concerns over the coronavirus. Students will now return to classes on Wednesday, September 2. In a letter sent to parents, the district says their main priority is the health and well-being of students and staff. The district says the delay will allow them to better monitor the spread of the virus in the area, permit families to take vacations without fear of having to follow the state’s recommended 14-day quarantine if they travel to a hot spot, and take time to plan and make changes if needed. Plum School District is telling families that if they...
              Columbus City Schools (CCS) Superintendent/CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon announced Tuesday that Ohio’s largest school district will start the 2020-2021 school year virtually. CCS will be online for the first quarter for the next school year. The first quarter of the school year will start September 8 and end October 27. In a letter sent to the CCS community, Dixon said the school district hoped to start the school year with in-person classes, but the risk of returning 50,000 students and 9,000 employees to its buildings was “far too great.” Dixon said the school district will continue to examine the public health conditions before deciding when CCS will resume in-person classes. “I understand that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Public Schools is preparing for students to start the school year off via distance learning. According to a phased plan released to parents, the district expects to start the school year on Sept. 8 with students primarily using distance learning. However, this won’t be the same scenario as happened during the lockdown, as buildings would be open to students requiring additional support. The district expects to move to a mix of distance and in-person learning sometime in the first quarter. However, no estimate was given on when a full return to in-person classes could happen, given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. RELATED: Minnesota Parents Anxiously Await Gov. Walz’s ‘Back To School’ Plan...
    UPTOWN — Uptown’s ever-growing collection of public art will be front-and-center this weekend — when eight new murals will be painted in the neighborhood. The first-ever Uptown Art Weekend will take place Friday through Sunday. Over 100 pieces of public art will be on display, eight muralists will be painting new public art and residents will have the chance to create some art of their own. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here. Uptown in recent years has turned into a hub of public murals and artwork. Last year, the neighborhood debuted the Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery, where over 20 murals dot the landscape near the Wilson “L” station. ...
    Attorneys for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s cohort Ghislaine Maxwell have asked a federal judge to prevent evidence related to her case from being shared on the internet. The British socialite’s attorneys asked the court in a Monday letter to prevent victims or their attorneys from sharing information linked to Maxwell’s trial on the internet, to include “nude, partially nude, or otherwise sexualized images, videos, or other depictions of individuals,” Fox News reported. The request revolves around the secrecy rules usually involved in sex abuse cases in which both sides will agree to keep evidence under wraps until the trial. Several of the state’s witnesses were underage girls when the alleged abuse occurred, Fox News reported, and the attorneys could...
    HARMONY, Pa. (KDKA) — As back-to-school thoughts are on the minds of parents and students as we approach August, more and more districts across the Pittsburgh region are putting out their plans for fall. Seneca Valley is one of those districts. However, one parent isn’t happy with the options her kids were given, so she along with other parents created a petition in hopes for some change before the school year starts. “To be honest with you I’m at a complete loss as are a lot of other parents I discussed this with,” said this concerned mom. This Seneca Valley parent who didn’t want to be identified has two kids in the district. She’s the woman behind...
    DOWNTOWN — Chicagoans can participate in the 8th season of Night Out in the Parks from home, and enjoy an abbreviated lineup of Movies in the Parks this year. Starting Monday, “Your Night Out at Home” will host more than 40 artists and organizations starring in virtual performances posted every week this summer. This week will feature Jabberwocky Marionettes, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, About Face Theatre, and Synapse Arts in performances recorded across the city and streamed on the Park District’s website and YouTube channel. “We’re creating new opportunities to safely celebrate and support Chicago’s diverse arts community and vibrant culture by bringing live performances and entertainment from our neighborhood parks into your backyard, balcony or living...
    SAN ANTONIO – EDITOR’S NOTE-- This KSAT-TV extra was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. For more exclusive and extended stories download the app on your Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku or smartphone. Many local San Antonio students want to pick up the 2020-2021 school year where the previous year left off-- remote learning. San Antonio Independent School district was the first to announce plans for its 90+ campuses. The first three weeks of the semester will be conducted online due to concerns over the coronavirus. Parents will have the option to send students back to the classroom after Labor day. Now, according to a directive issued by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, no school district...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — City leaders mostly ignored West Side youth and organizers for three years as they campaigned to rename Stephen Douglas Park in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Now the students are finally seeing their goal realized — only to have their years of work overlooked and undervalued again, they said. Earlier this month, students from Village Leadership Academy relaunched their campaign to rename the North Lawndale park and demanded Chicago Park District officials explain their years of silence around the issue. Then, with no advance notice provided to the students or their mentors, the Park District Board voted unanimously at an emergency meeting Wednesday to begin the process to strip the name of Civil War-era slavery advocate Stephen...
    It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. In my normal structure of Nuts & Bolts, I work to help someone who may never be involved directly in a campaign understand how a small campaign may work. I try not to cover the large scale items or very complex workings—like communications and...
    Analysis: What the heck is going on in Portland? McDonalds will require customers to wear masks in its restaurants Ames schools back to the drawing board on fall plans after governors orders © Provided by Ames Tribune A decision regarding how Ames students will return in the fall to classrooms will be made by Aug. 10, according to a message sent by the school district on Tuesday night. Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune How Ames students will return to classrooms this fall will be decided by Aug. 10, according to a message sent by the school district Tuesday night. Superintendent Jenny Risner started Monday's virtual school board meeting off with an explanation of how Gov. Kim Reynolds' recent proclamation...
    A freshman Republican House lawmaker's political future rests on a knife's edge as he seeks reelection in Texas. Rep. Chip Roy and Democratic challenger Wendy Davis are separated by a single percentage point, according to an internal poll for Davis's campaign. Roy has 46% support among respondents to Davis's 45%, though Davis's support is more intense, the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group study found. Roy, a former investment banker, assistant state attorney general, and political aide, has represented a pocket of central Texas that runs north of San Antonio to Austin since 2019. After clinching his inaugural race by roughly 2.5 points, the Cook Political Report rates Texas's 21st Congressional District as a Republican "toss up" at this stage in the 2020...
    TEXAS – Officers with the Dallas School District (DISD) met early to discuss and decide various items on the school calendar. Once this process is complete, board members will discuss any questions they have and will vote. Among the topics discussed for the 2020-2021 school year are the following: Change the start date for classes on August 17 and start it on September 8. Holiday elimination in October due to cancellation of the Texas State Fair. Add one holiday, that is, Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. Change six-week grading periods to nine-grading periods weeks.Change the last day of school, from May 17 to June 18. DISD also announced some of the changes in schools to increase health safety...
    Mother Jones illustration; Bill Clark/CQ/ZUMA; burgess4utah For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In mid-December, first-term Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) was among the last House members to decide how to vote on the articles of impeachment against President Trump. It was a decision with potentially dire implications for the reelection efforts of the state’s only congressional Democrat, who represents a district gerrymandered to favor Republicans. McAdams defeated incumbent Rep. Mia Love (R) by fewer than 700 votes in 2018. After he announced his decision to vote for impeachment, the Trump campaign went on the attack, blasting out a statement warning, “Voters won’t forget his cowardice. McAdams’ political career is over.” Outside groups poured money...
    A Michigan high school teacher says his district fired him for saying "Trump is our president" on social media. His account of the alleged incident is in dispute, however, following a report of conflicting information. What are the details? On July 6, Justin Kucera — a social studies teacher and varsity baseball coach at Walled Lake Western High School — wrote, "I'm done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president. Don't @ me." I’m done being silent. @realDonaldTrump is our president ❌
    The Canal District is brimming with on-street construction creating traffic snarls and demanding increased attention of motorists navigating the area. Construction in the Canal District began August 2019, when work got underway to build a new $86 million to $90 million ballpark, Polar Park, to host the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The park will have a capacity of about 10,000 people. Kelley Square is being redesigned to make the area safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Restaurant and retail space as well as a 500-space municipal parking garage will be developed in the Green Island & Canal District. Gold Street: Excavation and installation of a base coarse binder, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22 Harding Street: Concrete...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) school board will vote Thursday on a new calendar that could push the end of the school year to mid-June. Under the proposal, classes would begin three weeks later than scheduled on September 8. And the last day of school would move back three weeks as well — from May 28 to June 18. The district would remove two holidays in October for the now cancelled State Fair and add a holiday on Election Day. At a listening session Monday night, DISD District 3 Trustee Dan Micciche thought parents and teachers were focused on fears about the safety of children and staff. A hospice worker named Camille, whose husband drives big...
    Leilah Franklin and Chandler Kennedy don’t call themselves “activists.” In fact, the longtime friends from Santa Monica seem completely uneasy with the word. There are rules for white allies, after all — and chief among them is to not steal the spotlight from Black people fighting the good fight against racial injustice. And yet, as I watch protesters from every imaginable background continue to descend on the streets of American cities each week, I can’t help but wonder if that rule is, or even should be, as hard and fast as it once was. Who gets to claim the label of activist and who doesn’t? Is it just for the venerated few, such as the late John Lewis, who...
    In an order issued Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to expedite litigation over President Donald Trump‘s tax returns and other financial records. The decision to keep the case on a normal pace is a potentially devastating blow for Democratic Party investigators who hoped to fast-track those outstanding lawsuits after a piecemeal victory before the nation’s high court earlier this month. “The applications for orders to issue the judgments forthwith, presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court, are denied,” the Roberts court wrote in a brief and unsigned order. “Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor would grant the applications.” This denial all but forecloses against the possibility that Democratic congressional committees–who have long sought Trump’s financial...
    By The Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Authorities in Amsterdam are urging people not to visit the city’s famous red light district and have closed off some of the historic district’s narrow streets because they are too busy. After months of coronavirus lockdown measures, sex workers in the Netherlands were allowed to resume work on July 1 and as other restrictions also have eased, the red light district has gotten busier again. Late Saturday night, amid fears that visitors could not maintain social distancing, Amsterdam Municipality took action, closing roads in the area and tweeting in Dutch and English: “Don’t come to the red light district. It is too busy.” ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE...
    Texas Democratic congressional candidate Gus Trujillo said Saturday that he wants to be a voice for the people of his Panhandle district and not President Trump. Trujillo -- who won Tuesday's primary runoff in the 13th District -- now faces Republican Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician who has Trump's endorsement. FORMER TRUMP PHYSICIAN RONNY JACKSON WINS HOUSE GOP PRIMARY IN TEXAS "I think the key difference in this race is going to be that I am a local candidate who has lived here my whole life and grown up here with public schools, public education, public universities ...," Trujillo said on "Fox & Friends  Weekend." The candidate also interned for Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring after holding the seat since 1995. Video"And I want to be a voice for the people, not for the president. Not for partisan politics,...
    San Antonio – He’s starting a new job as superintendent of a school district in the midst of a pandemic, but his goal is to be real but optimistic about the future. Dr. Marc Puig started his new role as the superintendent for South San ISD on June 8th. The pandemic forced him to hit the ground running, meeting with teachers and parents and hearing concerns to formulate a plan for the new school year. “How we respond to our teachers, how we respond to our students and our broader community in the midst of this pandemic is the opportunity. And we need to come across with deliberate calm and we need to come across with bounded optimism and making...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are investigating after a 40-year-old man was shot in the arm in east Baltimore on Friday night. Police were called to the 400 block of East Federal Street just after 6 p.m. for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a 40-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Eastern District Shooting detectives were summoned to the scene and assumed control over the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Eastern District detectives, at 410-396-2433. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, a quick look at the fundraising in the Fifth Congressional District; Angie Craig passes two bills; and McCollum and Omar push for appropriations for the Twin Cities. Let’s get on with this. Fifth District funds The race in Congressional District Five between Rep. Ilhan Omar and DFL newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux continues to surprise. A big one: as Briana Bierschbach at The Star Tribune reports, Melton-Meaux took a wide fundraising lead in the second...
    COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Administrators with the Plano Independent School District announced Friday that while the fall semester will start on August 12 it will be done in a fully remote learning environment. Officials say the virtual instruction will go on for at least for the first four weeks. In a statement the district administration said the decision is the best course of action to protect the health and safety of students and staff at a time of recent surges in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “Although remote learning will never be a substitute for face-to-face instruction, I have full confidence that our amazing teachers and administrators will continue to provide students the quality education they deserve and that our...
    SAN ANTONIO – Northside ISD and North East ISD will delay holding in-person instruction for students at the start of the new school year. Instead, both school districts will utilize distance learning for students in an effort to stay safe and limit the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement came Thursday, July 16, and both districts said they will hold distance learning for students during the first several weeks of the school year. Northside ISD will begin its 2020-2021 school year Monday, Aug. 24 with distance learning. According to school district officials, there will be no in-person instruction until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, which is Sept. 8. “After weeks of listening to teachers, parents and school leaders...
    Lanee Jackson (L) of Black Lives Matter DC participates in an ‘Essential, Not Expendable’ demonstration and rally during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, DC. While 13 percent of the U.S. population is African-American, this community accounts for one-third of both infections and deaths. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) In the District of Columbia, in the shadow of The White House, more than 550 people have died from COVID-19, more than 74% of them are Black.  African Americans only make up 46% of the District’s population.  READ MORE: NYC records its 1st day without COVID-19 deaths since March The virus has ravaged Black communities and public health experts have said the gap is likely due to the historic health disparities...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board has decided to hold only virtual classes during the fall for all grade levels because of coronavirus concerns. The Richmond School Board decided in an 8-1 vote Tuesday to have virtual lessons during the fall as COVID-19 cases rise in the state, news outlets reported. Superintendent Jason Kamras gave the board five plans to choose from that included hybrid lessons or allowing certain students and grades to go back to in-class learning. Kamras said the virtual instruction will be broken down into live-teaching and playlist-teaching, where students could watch and respond to video lessons. Teachers and staff will get additional training on how to work in a virtual environment. The district also...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lawsuit has been filed against two school districts. They’re accused of failing to protect young women from a sexual predator. Palisades and Parkland School Districts in Lehigh and Bucks Counties are alleged to have “passed the trash” and “buried their heads in the sand” when dealing with a teacher turned pervasive child sex predator. That’s according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday and obtained exclusively by CBS3. “Until you do protect the vulnerable and most especially young children, you’re not doing anything. Having policies in and of itself is not sufficient,” attorney Stew Ryan said. The blistering allegations laid out in the suit come after ex-teacher Christian Willman in January pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a half-dozen...
    MT. LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) – A local politician who lost her wallet had an unlikely Good Samaritan help her out — the man running against her. Devlin Robinson, a Republican running to be the state senator for the 37th district, shared a story on Facebook about how he found a wallet in the middle of Cochran Road. When he opened it up to find out who he belonged to, he says he found a driver’s license with a familiar face. It turned out the wallet belonged to the state senator currently representing the 37th district — Democrat Pam Iovino. Robinson says he returned the wallet and that “she was thrilled to have it back and I was...
    There are over 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, California. That’s more than 19 U.S. states. It’s more than all of Japan. Twice the count of South Korea. And yet, on Monday evening, the Orange County Board of Education met and, by a 4-1 vote, put forward a plan to reopen schools without requiring masks or enforcing any form of social distancing. That proposal doesn’t just violate the guidelines for school reopening set by the CDC, it goes against the plan put together by the Orange County Department of Education … which is, apparently, a completely different entity. What the board passed is a plan they say was compiled from a “community forum,” and is a perfect illustration of why these...
    Voters in Texas are going to the polls Tuesday for runoffs in a high-profile Senate race and 15 House districts. Tuesday's elections come as the state grapples with the growing numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, leading to an effort to expand mail-in voting that was eventually quashed.  Despite increasing coronavirus cases, early turnout for a runoff election is high. According to data from the Secretary of State's office, more than 1 million people voted early. Close to 700,000 Democrats showed up in part to cast their vote for a Democratic Senate nominee.   Democrats are choosing between Air Force veteran MJ Hegar or state Senator Royce West to take on three-term Republican Senator John Cornyn in November. After none...
    (CBS SF) – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District along with Santa Clara County asked Bay Area employers to sign the “Cut the Commute Pledge” that extends teleworking for employees and maintains air quality progress after shelter-in-place orders are eased. Employers who sign the pledge would commit to extend teleworking by at least 25 percent of employees if their work allows it. Employers would also vow to include a formal work-from-home policy as part of the employee benefits package in attempt to improve both the air quality and quality of life for Bay Area residents. In the first seven weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bay Area saw a 32 percent reduction to CO2 emissions. This is in large...
    With Richard Donoghue set to become the top deputy to Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, his replacement, Seth DuCharme, was officially sworn in on Friday as acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. DuCharme was sworn in during a ceremony by Chief Judge Roslynn Mauskopf. “I am deeply honored to return to my home in the Eastern District of New York to serve as the acting United States attorney,” DuCharme said. “Applying all of my experience over the many years living here and working alongside some of the most outstanding people in the Department of Justice, I am firmly committed to serving our community and our country to the highest standards and in the finest tradition of this office. I wish...
    AUSTIN (CBSFW.COM/AP) – On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall — arguing both could hurt their children’s well-being — and want schools to reopen full time. On the other side are parents and teachers who call for safeguards that would have been unimaginable before the coronavirus pandemic: part-time school, face coverings for all or a fully online curriculum. The impassioned tug-of-wars have put educators in the middle of an increasingly politicized debate on how best to reopen schools this fall, a daunting challenge as infections spike in Texas and across the U.S. “Don’t tell me my kid has to wear a mask,” said Kim Sherman, a...
    By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall — arguing both could hurt their children’s well-being — and want schools to reopen full time. On the other side are parents and teachers who call for safeguards that would have been unimaginable before the coronavirus pandemic: part-time school, face coverings for all or a fully online curriculum. The impassioned tug-of-wars have put educators in the middle of an increasingly politicized debate on how best to reopen schools this fall, a daunting challenge as infections spike in the U.S. “Don’t tell me my kid has to wear a mask,” said Kim Sherman, a mother...
    On one side are parents saying, let kids be kids. They object to masks and social distancing in classrooms this fall — arguing both could hurt their children’s well-being — and want schools to reopen full time. On the other side are parents and teachers who call for safeguards that would have been unimaginable before the coronavirus pandemic: part-time school, face coverings for all or a fully online curriculum. The impassioned tug-of-wars have put educators in the middle of an increasingly politicized debate on how best to reopen schools this fall, a daunting challenge as infections spike in the U.S. “Don’t tell me my kid has to wear a mask,” said Kim Sherman, a mother of three in the central...
    New Evergreen president Following a nationwide search, Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson has been named the next president of Evergreen Valley College. In addition to leading the San Jose campus, Gilkerson will also oversee the Evergreen Community College Extension at Milpitas. She began her new position on July 6. Gilkerson has spent most of her career in the California Community College system, serving most recently as president of Laney College in Oakland, a position she held since early 2017. Before that, she was vice president of academic and student affairs at Contra Costa College and the first diversity, inclusion and innovation officer for the Contra Costa Community College District. Gilkerson is also familiar with of Evergreen Valley College, having previously served...
    The San Jose Unified University District on Friday declared their lecturers will not return to the classroom for the start off to the upcoming college year. Citing the current spikes in coronavirus circumstances in the state, the San Jose Lecturers Affiliation and California Teachers Association educated San Jose Unified that it would be unsafe for their instructors to provide in-individual instruction in the classroom at minimum to begin the school calendar year. “Teachers do not experience that it is secure to return to instructing in person, and, in significant bulk, they are unwilling to do so at this time,” SJTA President Patrick Bernhardt wrote to San Jose Unified University District Superintendent of Educational institutions Nancy Albarra in a letter dated Friday...
    The Foreign Travel advisory was further amended on Friday evening, with the addition of the English city of Leicester in the red zone, to which, as part of the coronavirus epidemic, non-essential travel is not possible and upon return from which quarantine is mandatory. Ireland goes from red to orange while the United Kingdom, therefore excluding Leicester, becomes green. The SPF Foreign Affairs had already refined its red zones earlier today, classifying only the Santa Clara district of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in the red zone. Also included in the red zone are several districts of the tourist Sintra (Queluz-Belas / Massamá-Monte Abraão / Agualva-Mira Sintra / Algueirão-Mem Martins / Rio de Mouro / Cacém-São Marcos), the localities...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Welcome to this week’s edition of the D.C. Memo. This week from Washington, the Fifth District primary, Jason Lewis responds to MinnPost’s coverage and Andy Slavitt says something hopeful on COVID-19. The CD-5 primary Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most prominent challenger in the DFL primary is Antone Melton-Meaux, a newcomer to DFL politics. Who’s funding Melton-Meaux? Where did he come from? You can read more at MinnPost. HuffPost also has a breakdown of the race, primarily looking at how right-leaning Israeli policy groups are targeting Omar and...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – At this point, it looks like Dallas ISD parents will have the option of sending their students back to school ​in the fall and school nurses are now having to ​prepare for a number of things. ​ “Our nurses will have a huge job come when the schools do open,” Alliance AFT President Rena Honea said. “It’s a daily flow and so they are in contact with students every day. With the cases going up, we should ​not be entertaining opening these school buildings.​ It should be remote learning to see how the numbers ​fall and then try to get back into the schools if it ​absolutely safe for everyone.” ​ ​ Honea represents around 4,800 DISD employees,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JENNA BAGCAL For loved ones of the late Brandon Hendricks, Tuesday, July 7 was known as “Brandon Day.” In memory of the rising basketball star gone too soon, friends and family gathered for a basketball tournament and vigil at Cortlandt Avenue and East 157th Street in Melrose at the same courts where Hendricks perfected his game. Hendricks, just 17-year-old was shot and killed just a week after he graduated from James Monroe High School. On July 6, cops arrested his alleged killer, 22-year-old Najhim Luke, who was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Those who knew Hendricks...
    Harvard introduced previously this 7 days that all class instruction will be delivered on line, such as for learners dwelling on campus. In a assertion offered to CNN, the university stated the guidance stands to have an effect on approximately 5,000 global pupils. “The order came down with out notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was intended purposefully to spot strain on colleges and universities to open their on-campus lecture rooms for in-particular person instruction this fall, with no regard to issues for the health and security of college students, instructors, and other people,” Harvard University President Larry Bacow mentioned.Visa demands for learners have normally been strict and coming to the US to consider on...
    Christian Cooper, the man who was the subject of the Central Park 'Karen' police call is said to be uncooperative with Manhattan prosecutors and is not helping the  District Attorney with the investigation.  On Monday, Amy Cooper, 41, who placed the original call to police after she felt threatened while walking her dog in Central Park in May, was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.  Mr Cooper, 57, says he believes that Amy Cooper (no relation), has suffered enough having been shamed in the media along with losing her job and having her reputation destroyed. Christian Cooper, a keen birdwatcher, was verbally attacked by Amy Cooper after he asked her to control her dog. He says...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Teachers with face shields, mandatory hand washing for students every hour, temperature checks when they enter classrooms, and one-way hallways for social distancing are all going to be the new reality for Pleasantdale School District 107 students this fall. The district serves about 900 students from five communities: Burr Ridge, Willow Springs, Indian Head Park, Countryside and La Grange. The students attend Pleasantdale Middle School and Pleasantdale Elementary. School begins in the district on August 19. “It’s going to be very different. It’s going to be an adjustment for everyone,” said Supt. Dave Palzet. The district is following state guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Palzet says the plan is...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.    LEADING THE DAY: New Jersey voters are taking part in the state’s primary elections, which include a number of contentious races.  In the Garden State’s 2nd District, Democrats Amy Kennedy and Brigid Callahan Harrison are battling it out for the chance to compete against Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewDemocrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans NY, NJ lawmakers...
    (CNN)On May 25, a video went viral of a White woman calling the police on a Black man in Central Park after he asked her to follow the rules and leash her dog. On her call to 911, she allegedly lied, claiming he was threatening her, and specifically emphasized his race as part of her report. Joey JacksonDiana FlorenceIn the days and weeks that followed, the name Amy Cooper became synonymous with the kind of racist, false 911 call often made by White women that can have catastrophic consequences for the Black person on the other end. Within 24 hours, Cooper faced swift retribution online and lost her job. (Amy Cooper later apologized for her action and the birder,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety is mourning the loss of its EMS district chief. On Facebook, public safety said Jeffrey Meyer passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared July 2 “Jeffrey M. Meyer Day” in Pittsburgh in his honor on Thursday. Thank you to @PghEMS District Chief Jeffrey Meyer for all you do for the residents of Pittsburgh, and congrats on this proclamation from Mayor @billpeduto declaring July 2, 2020 “Jeffrey M. Meyer Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. A well-deserved honor. Public Safety salutes you! pic.twitter.com/lMGaSnsfk6 — Pgh Public Safety (@PghPublicSafety) July 2, 2020 Meyer served Pittsburgh and its residents for 34 years and was part of several Pittsburgh...
    Coronavirus — . – We assume that some things just need to be explained. Here’s one: don’t microwave your books to get rid of the coronavirus. That is the request of the employees of the Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A few days ago, the library received a book that appears to have been burned in a microwave. Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz, regional manager for the Kent District Library, believes it has something to do with covid-19. “I’m really not sure why anyone would do this,” Kozlowicz told CNN. She also exposed the case in a Facebook post. Reminder that KDL will quarantine returned materials for 72 hours. The pictures below show what will happen, when...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Compared to the communities they serve, African American judges are underrepresented nationwide. As a member of the judiciary, Denver Court Judge Gary Jackson feels it’s his responsibility to not let this situation go unchallenged. When Hon. Gary Jackson, and University of Colorado graduate, earned an internship with the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1969, he and three colleagues were pictured in the Denver Post. At the time, Jackson said he “had an Afro the size of an official NBA basketball.” (credit: Gary Johnson) He was the only Black man in the photo. Jackson says his Afro was a symbol of heritage and a badge of courage. The week after the photo was published in the newspaper, Jackson...
    A worker cleaning a sex worker's room in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 30, 2020. Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Amsterdam's famous red-light district has opened up to the public again, months after it had to be shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The decline in COVID-19 cases in The Netherlands has prompted health officials to allow sex workers to resume meeting clients much earlier than expected. The sex workers are encouraged to follow health and safety measures, including checking clients for coronavirus symptoms, no face-to-face contact, and disinfecting their workplace after an appointment. Scroll down to see how Amsterdam's famous red-light district is reopening its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more...
    (CNN)Competitive banter on the field during baseball games is a norm between teams and typically stretches into the bleachers among fans, but one school district in Iowa is saying comments made during a high school game crossed the line. A Black player for Charles City High School heard "several bigoted comments yelled from the crowd" during a game played at Waverly-Shell Rock High on June 27, according to an online statement from the Charles City Community School district and information from the school district communications director.The school district didn't name the player. Jeremiah Chapman, who says he's the only Black player on the Charles City High team, told CNN that fans yelled "You should have been George Floyd" and "Get...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Thursday she’s “trying to save the world from coronavirus” after a Republican lawmaker accused her of being too busy to comment on the rioters tearing down statues in her district. She made the comments after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday his California colleague should condemn protesters who knocked down the Golden Gate Park statue of St. Junipero Serra in her home district. “Given that today is the Feast Day of Saint Junipero Serra, her condemnation of mob violence would be especially timely,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement. Pelosi was dismissive of the criticism on Thursday. “I'm trying to save the world from coronavirus,” Pelosi, D-Calif., snapped back at McCarthy’s statement, according to the Washington...
    7/2/20 statement on COVID-19 from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District Two weeks of increases in COVID-19 cases in the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District point to a concerning sign that our community is moving in the wrong direction to contain the virus. Districtwide, confirmed cases have increased 21% in the past two weeks. Statewide, the seven-day average number of cases has more than doubled in the past two weeks, from an average of 1,000 daily cases in mid-June to 2,000 daily cases at the end of June. At this time, we have not seen a corresponding increase in hospitalizations or deaths, but these events can...
    Veiled by comfortably coded references to local control, curricular discretion, and choice, racial bias subsists throughout the educational status quo. The threads of racism are deeply woven into the fabric of American schooling.  To start with the most obvious targets, school district lines and property taxes largely follow patterns of racial and income segregation, with wealthier, whiter districts often getting even wealthier by disproportionate access to rigged systems of state aid. The map of America's over 10,000 school districts is the geography of institutional racism. Whatever other more neutral reasons are ascribed to this politically determined checkerboard: "neighborhood," "community," "self-determination," it is no more supportable than protecting Confederate monuments as historical, commemorative, or educational.  America's lack of social mobility, cutting...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Compared to the communities they serve, African American judges are underrepresented nationwide. As a member of the judiciary, Denver Court Judge Gary Jackson feels it’s his responsibility to not let this situation go unchallenged. When Hon. Gary Jackson, and University of Colorado graduate, earned an internship with the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1969, he and three colleagues were pictured in the Denver Post. At the time, Jackson said he “had an Afro the size of an official NBA basketball.” (credit: Gary Johnson) He was the only Black man in the photo. Jackson says his Afro was a symbol of heritage and a badge of courage. The week after the photo was published in the newspaper, Jackson...
    The June 30 primary election in Colorado was marked by a massive turnout — more than 1.45 million ballots cast, representing over 41 percent of the electorate — and a mix of expected results and grabby surprises. Among the expected outcomes was a win by ex-Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who earned the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate (and the right to compete against Republican incumbent Cory Gardner) after overcoming a spirited challenge from Andrew Romanoff. The biggest surprise? Lauren Boebert, a Rifle restaurateur, appears to have unseated Representative Scott Tipton by attacking him from the right — a strategy that has her well-positioned for victory in November (her district is decidedly conservative) and Congressional notoriety.Related Stories John Hickenlooper on...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Summer is going by faster than normal and school is just a couple short months away. School districts in our area are beginning to make plans for what learning will look like for students. In just about a month and a half from now, Florence Markofer Elementary School would normally be bustling with students and teachers, but with coronavirus on the rise once again, there are a lot of questions about what school in Elk Grove will even look like. Parents, teachers, and students from Florence Markofer were selling fireworks Tuesday afternoon to raise money for after-school programs that may not even happen this year. The Elk Grove Unified School District was the first to close...
    FAIRFAX DISTRICT (KABC) -- Subheadline: From food truck to storefront, here's how one business got to see their shop open on Melrose Avenue this month."Imagine if ice cream sorbet and shaved ice all came together to make one product. It would make Happy Ice," said Happy Ice owner Lemeir Mitchell.While Mitchell started selling his colorful sweet treat from a food truck, he now has a storefront location on Melrose Avenue."Happy Ice is a product that's called 'Philadelphia Water' where I'm from. I'm born and raised in Philadelphia. When I came out here, I really was craving this product so much, but I couldn't get it," Mitchell said.With the support of his mother in 2017, he launched his first Happy Ice...
    In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state. "DC," as it is often abbreviated by locals, is already a "state." It is a state of corruption, crime and dysfunction. The only reason Democrats favor the nation's capital becoming a state is that it would gain two senators, who would almost certainly be Democrats and its "delegate," Eleanor Holmes Norton, could then vote in the House. Currently, she can only participate in committee hearings with the permission of the chairperson. JOHNNY 'JOEY' JONES: DON'T BAN NATIONAL ANTHEM – SONG INSPIRES US TO FIGHT ADVERSITY, OPPRESSION The Founders specifically prohibited...
    The La Défense business district in Paris and schools in neighboring municipalities were cordoned off Tuesday morning after a call to the police to report an armed man in this important commercial and office district, we have learned from concordant sources . According to the Paris police headquarters, “a man called 17 to report that he had spotted an armed individual near the 4 Temps shopping center in La Défense”. “Verifications are underway,” said the prefecture. Police were carrying out a “removal of doubt” on the entire slab of Defense. On Twitter the prefecture “advises people in the area not to move around and to comply with the authorities’ instructions”. The first business district in Europe was therefore stopped...
    The world will be virtual, but Wizards District Gaming’s goal is to deliver real lessons in its first virtual summer camp. Wizards District Gaming is Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s entry in the NBA 2K League and will run a month-long camp online through its youth academy. Each weekday, camp sessions will last from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with an emphasis placed on becoming a better gamer. Andrew McNeill, MSE’s director of esports, said he remembers when he was growing up playing team sports, there was a coach designated to put him back in his place if he got out of line. In esports and other gaming situations, McNeill has witnessed what he calls a “toxicity” because of a lack...
    Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in central Oklahoma on Tuesday will pare down a crowded field of congressional hopefuls seeking to represent the 5th District in Washington. Nine Republicans are vying for the seat held by first-term U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the only Democrat in the state’s delegation. The 44-year-old attorney pulled one of the nation’s biggest congressional upsets in 2018 when she won a seat that had been in Republican hands for four decades. Horn herself also faces a primary opponent in perennial candidate Tom Guild, a retired professor from Edmond. Horn is one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the nation because she represents a district President Donald Trump won by nearly 14 points in...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in central Oklahoma on Tuesday will pare down a crowded field of congressional hopefuls seeking to represent the 5th District in Washington. Nine Republicans are vying for the seat held by first-term U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the only Democrat in the state’s delegation. The 44-year-old attorney pulled one of the nation’s biggest congressional upsets in 2018 when she won a seat that had been in Republican hands for four decades. Horn herself also faces a primary opponent in perennial candidate Tom Guild, a retired professor from Edmond. Horn is one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the nation because she represents a district President Donald Trump won by nearly 14 points in 2016....
    A former theater director at Anoka Middle School for the Arts is under investigation after sexual assault allegations were brought against him by a former student. Allegations against Jefferson Fietek, the school’s theater director from 2005 to 2019, surfaced last week in a Facebook post by the former male student, who is now an adult living in Utah. Jefferson Fietek (Courtesy photo) The Anoka County sheriff’s office confirmed Monday that it is investigating sexual assault allegations that two alleged victims made against a “former staff member” at the arts school, which is a magnet school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Although the statement did not name the person under investigation, the school district has named the accused as Fietek, who...