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  • Davis rebuilds operations units, redeploys more than 150 officers as Baltimore hits 200th homicide

    07/27/2017 2:29:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 27, 2017 | by Kevin Rector
    After dismantling special operations units throughout the Baltimore Police Department amid a patrol shortage and a high-profile gun squad scandal four months ago, Commissioner Kevin Davis has reassigned more than 150 police officers and supervisors back onto similar teams. The city marked its 200th homicide on Wednesday, a staggering pace putting Baltimore on track to reach or exceed the historic highs — on a per capita basis — of 344 and 318 homicides in 2015 and 2016, respectively. As of July 15, the date through which citywide data is available, robberies were up 15 percent and aggravated assaults were up...
  • Emails show Seattle mayor worked to undermine $15 minimum wage study

    07/27/2017 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 27, 2017 | by Sean Higgins
    Emails between the Seattle mayor's office and an economist at the University of California, Berkeley show that the mayor's staff tried to deliberately undermine a University of Washington study showing that the city's $15 minimum wage ordinance was harming the city's low-income workers. The emails show the staff went to great lengths to publicize the Berkeley economist's report and downplay the other report's findings. "Tomorrow's release will just highlight your study, correct (ie leave the critique of the UW study until later)? … Don't want your positive news to serve as a teaser for the UW study," wrote Carlo Caldirola-Davis,...
  • White House calls for ‘thorough investigation’ of Debbie Wasserman Schultz staffer scandal

    07/27/2017 2:00:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2017 | By S.A. Miller
    The White House called Thursday for a thorough investigation related to the arrest of an IT staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who remained on the job and with congressional computer access for about five months after FBI began investigating him for fraud. “I do think it is something we should fully look into and there should be a thorough investigation,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Mrs. Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, fired the staffer, Pakistan-born Imran Awan, after he was arrested Monday at Dulles Airport outside Washington trying to flee the country. The...
  • It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist

    07/27/2017 11:53:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    New Republic ^ | July 27, 2017 | by Emily Atkin
    ... Scientists and science advocates say climatologists inside and outside the government are facing unprecedented intimidation from the Trump administration, conservative groups, and internet trolls. Jon Foley, a climate scientist said he’s more worried about the future of his profession than any time in his 20-year career. “The ebbing and flowing of political currents effects science—it always has—but this is different,” he said. “This is much worse than anything we’ve ever seen before.” Climate scientists working directly for the Trump administration are the most affected. A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists describes a “culture of fear” as government...
  • U.S. Justice Department says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers

    07/27/2017 11:35:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2017 | By Daniel Wiessner
    The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a friend of the court brief, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday that Congress never intended Title VII, which bans sex discrimination in the workplace, to apply to gay workers. The department also said the court owed no deference to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces Title VII...
  • Berkeley teacher who leads leftist violence arrested on assault charges

    07/24/2017 12:44:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The College Fix ^ | July 24, 2017 | by Staff
    Yvette Felarca may be the highest profile militant leftist activist in America based on her leading role in black-bloc riots, including those that forced the cancellation of Milo Yiannopoulos’s UC-Berkeley event last year. Now the Berkeley Unified School District teacher and By All Means Necessary leader has finally been arrested, more than a year after she was captured on video beating up a “white nationalist” at a rally in Sacramento. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced last week Felarca was arrested in southern California “on charges of Assault by Means of Force Likely to Inflict Great Bodily Injury, Participating...
  • Recent study by UC Berkeley researchers reveals economic effects of climate change

    07/24/2017 11:51:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Daily Californian ^ | July 23, 2017 | by Kate Wolffe
    A widening wealth gap, an overheated Central Valley and a rising violent crime rate are all at stake in California as the planet warms up, according to a recent study by campus researchers. The study, published in Science magazine late June, provides a tangible way for the public to see the national effects of climate change through measures such as GDP, mortality rates and coastal storms. According to the study, an average increase in global temperature of one degree Celsius — or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit — is expected to drop the country’s GDP by 1.2 percent. In California, the number...
  • We may have even less time to stop global warming than we thought

    07/24/2017 11:41:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Amazon Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2017 | By Chris Mooney
    At least since 2013, one of the biggest concerns in the climate change debate has been the so-called carbon budget — a fixed limit to the volume of carbon dioxide emissions that we can put into the atmosphere before irrevocably committing to a considerably hotter planet. As of 2011, that budget was about 1,000 billion tons of carbon dioxide before the planet is likely to careen past a 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in temperatures, which is above what is believed to be the Earth’s temperature before industrialization. But now, a team of prominent climate scientists say the...
  • 'Nobody kill anybody': Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

    07/19/2017 2:07:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 19, 2017 | by Tim Prudente
    A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has shown up for weeks to make her pitch for peace. Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for a three-day ceasefire the first weekend of August to quell Baltimore’s violence. She admits that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year. Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt...
  • Climate change could mean a much wetter California

    07/19/2017 1:52:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 19, 2017 | BY CAROLYN WILKE
    Californians have been bracing themselves for a drier future accompanying a warming climate. But research by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, suggests that the state may actually get wetter in the event of severe climate change. The study, published July 6 in Nature Communications, reports that more years in the state could look like El Niño ones, when California typically has wetter winters. The authors found that average annual precipitation in California could increase by about 12 percent if nothing is done to curb carbon emissions. Average precipitation in the winter could increase by as much as 30...
  • Rio's $700 million village was turned into luxury condos now reportedly 'shuttered' and 93% vacant

    07/19/2017 1:38:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 19, 2017 | by Scott Davis
    The Rio Olympics continue to be an example of why more and more cities are wary of hosting the games. Rio 2016 has essentially become a financial disaster, with the games costing $13 billion in a mix of private and public money, according to a June Associated Press report. Much of the Olympic infrastructure is abandoned or underused, including the $700 million athletes village that was supposed to be turned into luxury condos once the games were over. Stephen Wade of the Associated Press recently reported via Twitter that the athletes village was "shuttered" and that only 7% of the...
  • How Your Diet Can Save the Planet

    07/19/2017 10:16:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Fortune ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | by Matthew Prescott
    With America preparing to exit the Paris climate accord, mayors and governors are setting their own climate goals, protests are erupting, and social media is all atwitter. But the reality is that combating climate change is largely a matter of personal responsibility—and one of the easiest and best steps we can take concerns what we put on our plates. Take protein, for example. Worldwide, over 80 billion land animals are farmed for food. To produce just a single pound of meat, those animals may each eat upwards of 15 pounds of feed—meaning mass meat production funnels far more resources through...
  • Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning

    07/19/2017 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | July 18, 2017 | by Tori Whitley
    We've all heard of ways to reduce our carbon footprint: biking to work, eating less meat, recycling. But there's another way to help the climate. A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the biggest way to reduce climate change is by having fewer children. "I knew this was a sensitive topic to bring up," says study co-author Kimberly Nicholas on NPR's Morning Edition. "Certainly it's not my place as a scientist to dictate choices for other people. But I do think it is my place to do the analysis and report it fairly." The study concludes that...
  • Latino plaintiffs sue California alleging poor health care

    07/13/2017 12:54:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    California is harming medical care for more than 13 million lower-income residents, more than half of them Latinos, by failing to pay doctors enough to provide proper care, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges the state violates Latinos’ civil rights because poorly paid health care providers balk at providing treatment. It alleges the low reimbursements often mean that those who rely on Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor, are denied timely and quality medical care. The lawsuit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by plaintiffs including the state’s largest labor union representing health...
  • Illegal Aliens Self-deporting amid Stricter Enforcement, Says Report

    07/11/2017 11:59:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 11, 2017 | by John Binder
    President Donald Trump’s executive orders to increase enforcement and follow existing immigration law is leading some illegal aliens to self-deport. In a report by the Pueblo Chieftain, sources told the local newspaper that illegal immigrants, fearful of being prosecuted and deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are self-deporting primarily back to Mexico. “Sources report that some undocumented families have left the area for Mexico rather than run the risk of having a parent arrested or even sentenced to prison for immigration violations,” the newspaper reported. According to the report, families began self-deporting after a total of 14 illegal...
  • US Deportations of Europeans Could Exceed Last Fiscal Year

    07/11/2017 11:52:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 11, 2017 | By PHILIP MARCELO
    The federal crackdown on illegal immigration is causing anxiety among Europeans who have long been able to fly under the radar even though they're living in the country illegally. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data provided to The Associated Press show that more than 1,300 were deported from October 1, 2016 through June 24. That pace is likely to exceed last year's federal fiscal year total of roughly 1,450 European deportees. Romanians make up the largest share of European deportees, followed by citizens of Spain, the United Kingdom, Russia and Poland.
  • Why a Warming Arctic May Be Causing Colder U.S. Winters

    07/11/2017 11:36:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 11, 2017 | By Sarah Gibbens
    When a U.S. Republican senator threw a snowball onto the Senate floor in late February of 2015, he used it to underscore his belief that humanmade climate change was an alarmist conclusion. The snowball had been rolled from the capital grounds in Washington D.C., which, at the time, was experiencing an uncharacteristically cold winter. If global warming was real, he postured, how could the nation's capital experience such severe cold? Uncharacteristically cold winters, however, just might be one of the most hard felt effects of climate change, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience by a team of researchers....
  • Delays leave transgender military recruits in limbo

    07/11/2017 8:20:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | July 11, 2017 | By Joel Gunter
    When then-US Defence Secretary Ash Carter announced last June that transgender people would be permitted to serve openly in the armed forces it was a landmark moment for thousands of troops who had hidden their identities and put off medical treatment, as well as for potential recruits unable to join up. But a year on from that decision, progress opening the armed forces to transgender Americans has stalled amid delays and attacks from congressional Republicans. On the eve of the deadline for the Pentagon to begin allowing new transgender recruits, on the first of this month, Defence Secretary James Mattis...
  • Here's what San Francisco's highest-paid workers make: 1 tops $500K salary, 9 make more than mayor

    07/11/2017 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2017 | By Amy Graff
    The City of San Francisco employed 39,634 people in 2016 (including part-time and construction workers), and the total spent on their salaries and benefits in 2016 was $4,262,344,675, according to the Office of the Controller. That's about the same amount as the budget for the state of Delaware, which has a population of 945,000 (100,000 more than San Francisco's). Salaries have increased 18.5 percent since 2012, and benefits have gone up 18.6 percent. The average salary (excluding benefits) per city employee is $83,227.14.
  • Gaza 'unliveable' ten years after Hamas seized power: U.N.

    07/11/2017 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 11, 2017 | By Luke Baker
    A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized Gaza, the Palestinian enclave is effectively unliveable for its 2 million people, with declining incomes, healthcare, education, electricity and fresh water, the United Nations said. In a report examining humanitarian conditions in the territory, which Hamas took over in June 2007 after a brief conflict with forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations concludes the situation in Gaza is deteriorating "further and faster" than was forecast only a few years ago. "Across the board we're watching de-development in slow motion," Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development...