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          The Anti-Pop Confessionals of Elly Swope      Cache   Translate Page      
by Ryan J. Prado
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If you’re a local music fan, you’ve probably witnessed Elly Swope performing with some of Portland’s best bands: Genders, Sunbathe, Loveboys, Kelli Schaefer, Deathlist, and her own solo project, Focus! Focus! But this year Swope ditched that moniker and began to allow the magic of her vulnerable, skewed pop songs to reflect upon herself directly, without the buffer of a pseudonym.

“Running your own solo project is obviously very exhausting when you’re doing your own booking, your own album art, recording everything, and trying to do press and all that on your own,” Swope explains over the phone from a Sunbathe tour stop in Boston. “I’d just gone through some life changes that made me feel like I needed to be the side person for a while, and to just remember that I love playing music, or else I might not go on. Earlier this year, I just felt ready again.”

The result is her stunning debut EP, It Feels the Same Everytime, which is being released this week by NYC tape label Rue Defense. Evidence of Swope’s masterful songwriting can be found throughout the EP, but it’s even more impressive given the fact that, save for guest performers on two tracks, Swope played every instrument herself during the recording process at Destination: Universe, where she works when she’s not on the road.

On murky tracks like “6.8,” crushing imagery finds a stylistically restrained Swope whispering lines like, “I hold my character so well when I feel it coming on/I know you couldn’t tell,” until the song shapeshifts into a riotous fuzz-rock rallying cry: “Don’t tell me how I should feel about it/Don’t act like you never let me down.” The innate catchiness of Swope’s poetic, anti-pop confessionals can camouflage the raw emotional expressions lurking beneath the surface, especially on the anthemic “Idea,” which hints at the aftermath of a hurtful breakup.

“Sometimes when I have a darker song like that or a more emotional song, and I’m writing it after the fact, it feels somewhat hopeful or powerful to play it and write about that kind of thing after I’ve already processed what happened and I feel like I’ve gained my footing again,” Swope says. “Anytime I write a song that’s just completely dark and hits you over the head with that, I feel like I’m faking it.”

Rest assured, there’s no fakery afoot on It Feels the Same Everytime—Swope’s earnestness will demand your undivided attention.

“I ultimately just don’t want to feel like I’m pretending or that I’m trying to do something,” she explains. “I just want it to feel right.”

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          Lucas Hedges creates stir with dramatic roles in ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Ben is Back’      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK — For Lucas Hedges, “Boy, Erased” is one test he’s passed with flying colors.

“Boy” is an intense drama about Christian “gay conversion therapy,” with Jared (played by Hedges), a Baptist preacher’s son, sent to a camp meant to repress homosexual urges.

For Hedges, 21, “Boy” positively answers the question: Can he — after supporting roles in “Manchester by the Sea,” “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — carry a movie?

“Boy,” Hedges said during a one-on-one interview at Essex House, “did feel like, ‘Maybe this is the next step.’ ”

It was more than just his first starring role: “I needed something that I feel I can do a good job with and that means something to me.”

The meaning came with Garrard Conley’s 2016 “Boy, Erased” memoir (“I fell in love with the book and connected with the character’s thoughts”) and with director Joel Edgerton, who adapted the book and plays the gay conversion therapist.

“Joel’s brilliant. So I felt like I had the support I needed with the director.”

In December, Hedges stars with Julia Roberts in “Ben Is Back,” written and directed by his father, no less, Peter Hedges.

“My dad lives for his kids, me and my brother (who’s in finance and has no interest in acting). He’s one of those dads who thinks his kids are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

“So it didn’t surprise me when he said he wanted me.” The big surprise came once he read the script. “I was, ‘Wow, this is really good!’ ”

When Ben, an addict with a tortured family history, shows up unexpectedly from rehab on Christmas Eve, he’s met by his ferocious, determined mother, played by Roberts.

“Ben is a different personality type for sure than Jared,” Hedges said. “Ben’s seemingly more assured but has the same kind of demons inside.

“He’s an addict but the addiction is a means of dealing with all the internal discomfort that he doesn’t know how to reckon with.”

Being directed by Dad?

“It was hard. But I worked to create a feeling of ‘This is my director, not my dad’ — that was really effective.

“At the end of the day we made something we’re really proud of. I was aware I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of making a film with my dad.

“I didn’t think I’d get another chance.”

 

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          What's Happening With Florida Today? Plus-- A Note From Matt Haggman      Cache   Translate Page      

Politico: "The general consensus among Republicans is that they will lose the House, and end up in at least a five-seat minority-- that would correspond to a 28-seat loss. Senior Republicans tell us that even in a worst-case scenario, they do not expect to lose 40 seats. A prescient prediction or famous last words?"

Of all the senior Republican lawmakers they spoke with over the weekend, "only one made the case that the GOP will keep the House." If it's who I think it was, he was staggering drunk for the entire weekend. Many Republicans expected the House races to tighten up by election day. Instead the generic ballot polls have gotten even worse for them. The last one for CNN by SSRS shows an absolutely massive 55% to 42% preference for Democrats among likely voters. As I've said before, the pollsters' likely vote modeling is wrong because it is not taking increased Latino and millennial voting into account. Polls predicting less than 30 flipped seats will all be off by as much as 100% tonight.




Let's look at Florida. Yesterday's Marist poll shows Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race-- 50% to 46%-- and Bill Nelson leading Scott in the Senate race by the same 50% to 46%. Democrats are very lucky to have Gillum at the head of the ticket instead of dull conservative Gwen Graham, who had been the establishment candidate and who would have dragged the party down the toilet with her. But it's a shame Florida doesn't have any good congressional candidates who could ride the wave and Andrew's coattails into office. Instead, it's a bunch of DCCC-recruited backs from the Republican wing of the party-- New Dems and Blue Dogs. This is the key today: "Democrats in both races are performing better than their Republican counterparts with likely voters who are independents, minorities and women."


Stoking domestic terrorism goes over especially badly with independent voters

Results from Quinnipiac are nearly identical: seven point leads for both Gillum and Nelson, entirely because of double-digit leads for both among women, minorities and independent voters. Writing Sunday for the Miami Herald Steve Bousquet reported on the surge in early voting for Democrats. On Sunday, "Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough and Orange, the five biggest 'blue' counties, all reported their highest one-day early voting totals of the 2018 campaign. As a result, on a day when President Donald Trump rallied thousands of Republicans in Pensacola, the GOP’s ballot advantage over the Democrats shrank to six-tenths of 1 percentage point (0.6), with GOP ballots at 40.8 percent of the statewide total and Democrats at 40.2 percent." By Monday morning Dems had a +0.5% lead over Republicans in ballots cast. In 2014 Republicans held almost a 6% lead over Dems going into election day.

So how many Democratic candidates will Gillum's coattails and the anti-red wave drag to victory in Florida today? Most of the candidates are so terrible that it's hard to say-- but even the worst of them are less horrible than the Republicans they're opposing. Donna Shalala, as bad a candidate as you'll find anywhere, will probably beat Maria Salazar in bright blue FL-27 (PVI- D+5) despite herself. Nate Silver gives her a 6 in 7 chance to win (84.7%). Next door in Carlos Curbelo's district (FL-26-- where the DCCC and Pelosi's PAC have spent $7,175,066 attacking Curbelo-- another weak Democrat, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell looks like she'll take the seat (PVI is D+6). Silver gives her a 5 in 9 chance (55.6%). The other Republican-held Miami-Dade seat, Mario Diaz-Balart's 25th district (PVI- R+4) has the best of the 3 Democratic challengers, Mary Barzee Flores, but in the toughest race. Silver gives her a 2 in 7 chance (27.8%) to beat Diaz-Balart. The wave will have had to have turned into a tsunami tonight for her to win.




Silver gives Wasserman Schultz a 99.9% chance of retaining her seat in a 3-way contest against progressive Tim Canova and some Republican sacrificial lamb, more or less the same chance Joe Crowley had in beating Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The only polling in the district-- by a GOP firm-- shows Wasserman Schultz exactly tied with Canova.

The DCCC has 4 other Democratic candidates on their Red to Blue page-- Nancy Soderberg (FL-06, Ron DiSantis' open seat with an R+7 PVI), Kristen Carlsen (FL-15, Dennis Ross' open seat stretching from the Tampa suburbs to the Orlando area with an R+6 PVI), David Shapiro (FL-16, Vern Buchanan's Sarasota, Bradenton seat with an R+7 PVI) and Lauren Baer (FL-18, Brian Mast's Treasure Coast district with an R+5 PVI). Silver doesn't give any of them much of a chance to win. Soderberg 1 in 4, Carlsen 3 in 7, Shapiro 1 in 7, and Baer 1 in 12. Soderberg, Baer and Shapiro (as well as Mucarsel-Powell) are all New Dems. The 2 Florida candidates in red districts with the best shot are 2 normal Dems, Kristen Carlsen and Mary Barzee Flores. The DCCC has spent modestly in a few of the races-- $499,932 in FL-06, $146,362 in FL-16, $868,290 in FL-18, and $694,360 in FL-15
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Matt Haggman is one of the progressive Democrats Blue America endorsed this cycle but who didn't win his primary, losing out, in this case, to an establishment nothing with lots of name recognition and money but with nothing to offer the voters except that she's not a Trumpist. Tragic waste of a blue seat but Matt has been good sport about it, endorsed her and has been working to help elect her. He agreed to catch us up on what he's been up to down in South Florida. He reiterated that "This is the most important mid-term election in our lifetimes. It’s a moment when we will decide as a country who we are and who we are not. Here in Florida I have been working to help Andrew Gillum, Donna Shalala, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Mary Barzee Flores and Bill Nelson all win. Just this weekend I was out canvassing. But, before this, I was a candidate. I was one of the many across the country who left good jobs to up and run for Congress following the 2016 presidential election. For me, it didn’t go as hoped. I lost to Donna Shalala in Florida’s Congressional District 27. Howie asked that I share a blog post I wrote in the weeks after the Aug. 28 Florida primary. It’s a reminder of the reasons why this mid-term is so important. Why each of us can have a big impact even if we’re not on the ballot. And why, whether a candidate or supporter, we must do all we can to ensure everyone gets out to vote this Election Day to turn a new page in our politics."

Until Next Time, Thank you

It’s been a few weeks since the primary election. Obviously, for me, it was a disappointment. But the many great wishes since election night from friends and supporters has been wonderful. I wanted to write a post and say thank you. And also reflect a bit on the past 13 months campaigning for US Congress.

Before doing that, I again congratulate Donna Shalala on her victory. This is a moment in our politics that is bigger than any individual and it’s critical that the Democratic party take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. We must unite behind her. In addition, we have to elect Andrew Gillum as our next Governor! His campaign has energized us all, and it’s time to bring it home.

Looking back on the primary, my overriding feeling is gratitude. I’m extremely thankful to my wife Danet, who supported me in this effort, and thankful to all of the people who propelled our campaign--  the volunteers, fellows, staff, donors and, ultimately, voters. I had never run for any elected office, yet so many went all-in supporting our campaign. Thank you very, very much.

Our fellows were, in particular, an inspiration to me. We recruited more than 50. Most were in college, some still in high school. Working on the campaign after class or full-time during summer break. Weekends, nights. Calling voters, knocking on doors. They were passionate and dedicated. Now, they are back on campus. At schools from Miami Dade College and Michigan to Boston University and Palmetto Senior High School. At a time when our political system badly needs a reset, they showed what it means to take hold of our democracy. With them, our future is so blazingly bright.

Along with our fellows, what I loved about being a candidate was talking with voters and being out in the community. I loved it. Going door to door on sweltering summer afternoons in Kendall, or Little Havana, or Richmond Heights. Evenings canvassing in Westchester or Palmetto Bay. Unfiltered and alone, it was just us; talking about our community and country. On those days and nights there was no place I would rather be.

Life revealed itself in its many forms on these unannounced visits. The couple celebrating their daughter who was headed to college. The single mom working three jobs to keep current on her mortgage. The middle-aged woman who tried to chat amiably but, after a time, couldn’t hold it back any longer, sharing that she’d just been diagnosed with cancer. “I need a hug,” she said, a tear running down her cheek, which she quickly and defiantly wiped away.

The conversations were always so real--  standing at front doors, sitting in living rooms, meeting people where they are, learning about their hopes and concerns, aspirations and struggles. At a time when Washington has so fundamentally and collectively lost its way, at the grassroots people are making sense. We need to spend more time listening to them.

Indeed, throughout the campaign I often said the best ideas come from the community, not candidates. I really meant it. Change happens from the ground up, and that’s never been more true than today. From start to finish, our campaign sought to stay true to that ethos. Namely, we focused on voters, rather than cutting down competitors as a means to win.

We visited every precinct, we knocked on some 45,000 doors. Again and again, I found a sincerity, thoughtfulness and a belief that things will get better. I always thought we lived in a special community, but over the last year I’ve vividly seen it with my own eyes in one neighborhood after another. Those thousands of conversations leave me today more hopeful and optimistic than ever.

If only our politics can be as good as them. I think it can, but we are going to have to change in big ways.

To me, election night 2016 was a shattering moment--  and it’s what ultimately prompted me to run. I had believed that America would never elect a person who said and did the things that Donald Trump said and did. I believed that America today would never elect a bully, a liar, someone who preyed upon our worst fears and sought to divide us to win support. We might come close to electing such a demagogue, but at this stage in our country’s history we would never actually do it. I was obviously wrong.

The better angels of our nature had given way to our most base sensibilities. A presidency built on hope was followed by one grounded in our worst fears.

In early January, as President Obama prepared to leave office, he gave his farewell address, warning that we can’t take democracy for granted. That it “falls on each of us to be anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy.” What the speech said to me is that, yes, America is a special place. But it’s only special because generation after generation has continually engaged in making it so--  even as there are setbacks, sometimes dramatic setbacks, along the way.

Then, at Danet’s urging, on January 21st we attended the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. My sister Meghan and our friend Lissette went too. It was an extraordinary day as millions around the world rose up. It was there that I thought to myself that this remarkable moment of protest must also be a moment of real and lasting change--  and wondered how to try and live that. It was there that I decided to run.

The reason I decided to drop everything, leave my job at Knight Foundation and do something I’d never done before was because I believed we were--  and are--  at a pivotal moment. This is not a normal election year.

I firmly believe that years from now people will ask about this time, what did we do?

What did we do when a President--  along with a compliant Republican-controlled Congress--  called for border walls, Muslim bans, tore thousands of immigrant children from their parents, bowed to a foreign power that meddled in our election, sympathized with neo-Nazis, sought to use law enforcement as a means to settle political scores, and declared the press an enemy of the state.

This election is our moment to reaffirm and declare who we are-- and who we are not--  as a country.

But, in doing so, we have to realize that this election is about what’s next. It can’t just be about what we’re against, but it has to be about what we’re for. Indeed, while Donald Trump has contributed much to our dysfunctional politics, the truth is that he’s the result of a dysfunctional system that has been spiraling for some time.

We are only going to achieve the change we need if we dispense with the incrementalism that has defined our politics for so long and think--  and do--  in dramatic new ways. And allow new leaders to emerge in a political system that’s long become stuck.

Put another way, it’s a two-part challenge: ensure that today does not become the new normal, and provide a vision for what tomorrow will look like. With that in mind, we sought to run a campaign that actually represented the change we seek.

At a time when money is undermining our democracy, we didn’t accept any funding from political action committees, federal lobbyists or special interests like big sugar.

At a time when so many have given up on politics, our campaign was powered by extraordinary campaign fellows who were the heart and soul of our effort.

At a time when so many are disconnected from our government, we built a field program that sought to personally engage voters in every neighborhood in every part of the district.

At a time when the leadership in Congress hasn’t changed in years, we called for an entirely new slate of people in leadership roles in the House. The new faces in the next Congress must not be just newly elected members, but the leaders at the top too.

Of course, our efforts did not result in a victory. But I have no regrets. After all, this is a moment to take chances. And throughout my life I’ve always sought to take chances by diving into entirely new things; and going all-in when I do.

Whether it was going to New Orleans to write a biography on Professor Longhair (still unfinished). Or moving to Miami-- where I didn’t know a soul (but met my soulmate)--  to become a journalist (where I had a great run that lasted nearly a decade). Or leaving the Miami Herald to join Knight Foundation (where I had an even better run), in which I launched an entirely new program that planted the seeds and propelled Miami’s rapidly emerging startup and entrepreneurial community.

I want to stretch myself, test boundaries and be willing to do entirely new things. Incumbent to that approach will be wins and losses. It’s the in-between that I want to avoid.

Make no mistake, I dearly wish I was part of the Blue Wave at this critical point in our country’s history. But I’m not. This moment belongs to candidates with names like Gillum, O’Rourke, Pressley, Lamb, Ocasio-Cortez, and so many others. I will be cheering every one of them on, and support in any way I can. We need them to win and be good leaders when a new Congress is sworn in in January.

And, each in our own way, we all need to lean in and help. The moment is too important. The challenges are too great. The stakes too high. No one can sit this out.

So what’s next? The short answer is, I don’t know.

I do know that I have many people to thank. I remember when I decided to run, a friend advised that people look at you differently when you’re a political candidate. He cautioned that you’ll be disappointed by friends you thought would be there. But he also said you’ll be surprised by the support from those you didn’t know before or never expected. Focus and delight in the latter, he said. And I will.

(One quick note: Danet and I took some time away after the election. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you’ll be hearing from me soon.)

After such an all-consuming period I also have many friendships to renew, which I am looking forward to doing.

Life is about chapters and seasons. The thing about political campaigns is the chapter ends so suddenly. After such an intense period, it’s quickly and suddenly over. It’s a crash landing. But a new chapter begins. There is power in blank canvases. I’ve experienced it before. It’s at moments like these when you can edit your life and think completely anew. It’s often at these moments when the unimagined happens, when you follow completely new paths and find unexpected success.

I have no idea what this next chapter will bring, but I’m excited to find out.

After the race, I spoke with Reggie, who is a great friend and the father of Joshua, my little through Big Brother Big Sister for more than a decade. Reggie said to me: “You gotta keep pressing on my man. It’s all good.”

That pretty much says it all. Keep pressing on.




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It was either Mark Twain or H.L. Mencken who said “if voting made a difference they wouldn’t allow it”. Sadly that seems to be true; I voted for the Trumpster based on his (supposed) desire to get out of NATO and the forever wars. Fool me twice, shame on me.
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Second that Mark, I had a ‘75 Dodge Dart that you could poke your finger through the sheet metal on even though it was ZieBarted. I junked it when the frame rusted so much that the torsion bars broke loose.
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Hi Eric, is it possible to turn off/disable this abomination? Besides the things already mentioned there’s also the added wear on the engine from the oil pressure going to zero every time it shuts off. A really crappy trade off - save a few cents worth of gas in return for hundreds of dollars of added costs for the life of the car.
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I remember reading a few years back that San Francisco had to spend a few million dollars reaming out all the sewer lines because of what you just mentioned, insufficient water flow to move all the sludge along. Serves their sorry asses right, not that my city is any better; still have my 50+ year old toilets in this house, I just replace the flushing hardware as needed.
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Posted: 11.05.18 07:36 AM Cities and towns with restrictions on more than half of licenses include Springfield, Lowell, New Bedford, Newton and Medford. The majority of Massachusetts communities have less restrictive licensing policies. Source: https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/11/firearm_restrictions_in_boston.html
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This summer, Jayson Tatum worked out a bunch with Kobe Bryant, who has made his admiration for the Celtics’ young star well known. Getting some pointers from one of the most accomplished players in NBA history seems like a self-evidently good decision, but I’m starting to fear that Tatum took more than just some tips…

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          Re: Debunking Christianity: Another Weekly Reminder, You Too Could Be A Jamiat Ulema-e-Islamist...      Cache   Translate Page      

Two news items in the Boston Sunday Globe, Nov 4, that again show the harm caused by religions, may be of interest:

(1) Defense lawyer in blasphemy case flees Pakistan
ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD — The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety, the woman’s brother said Saturday.

(2) "In abuse scandal, spotlight squarely on bishops"

A joint review by the Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer finds misdeeds rife in the church hierarchy but accountability largely absent despite 2002 vows.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert Finn wasn’t going anywhere. He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls’ genitals stashed on a pastor’s laptop. He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families. Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing to report the priest’s suspected child abuse — and after 200,000 people petitioned for his ouster — he refused to go.

“I got this job from John Paul II. There’s his signature right there,” Finn had told a prospective deacon shortly after the priest’s arrest in 2011, pointing to the late pontiff’s photo. “And that’s who I answer to.” Sixteen years after the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston, the American Catholic Church is again mired in scandal. This time, the controversy is propelled not so much by priests in the rectories as by the leadership, bishops across the country who like Finn have enabled sexual misconduct or in some cases committed it themselves.


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我在上周出訪德國和瑞士,推廣香港作為國際金融中心和國際創新中心。雖然行程只是短短三天,我們已經看到有幾家當地的企業和機構表示有意在香港上市或者設立據點,政府會積極跟進。

 

這次出訪行程緊密,除了出席瑞士國際金融論壇,在兩地的商務午宴上致辭,並訪問法蘭克福的Plug and Play金融科技中心和瑞士金融科技創新實驗室,我亦與瑞士金融市場監督管理局和瑞士銀行家協會會面,探討如何加強兩地的金融合作。在這最後一點,我覺得值得一提的,是香港和瑞士在財富管理業務方面有很大的合作空間。

 

香港是亞洲最具競爭力的國際金融平台,我們在過去九年,有五年在首次上巿集資(IPO)總額方面位列全球第一。截至今年9月,我們的首次上巿集資總額已超過2,400億港元,暫列全球第一。然而,股票市場以外,香港的資產及財富管理業務亦非常蓬勃,證監會的調查估計在香港管理的資產總值在2017年達31,000億美元,亦即大概243,000億港元。

 

的確,資產和財富管理是一個國際金融中心的重要支柱,瑞士可謂這方面的表表者,私人財富管理是瑞士金融服務核心的業務。根據波士頓諮詢公司(Boston Consulting Group)的報告,瑞士在2017年是全球最大的離岸財富管理中心,資產總值達到23,000億美元。至於香港,則是亞洲最大的離岸財富管理中心,資產總值達到11,000億美元。新加坡就排行第三,資產總值為9,000億美元。

 

法國凱捷管理顧問公司(Capgemini)指出,香港目前是服務亞洲(不含日本)高淨值人士(可投資資產達到100萬美元以上的人士,不包括其主要居所)最大的離岸財富管理中心,佔了這個市場的26.4%,隨後是新加坡(17.3%)、紐約(15.8%)和倫敦(13.7%),瑞士則排第五。

 

事實上,以內地為主要引擎的亞洲私人財富近年迅速增長,為香港的私人財富管理業務帶來龐大的機遇,粵港澳大灣區的構建有助香港私人財富管理業務的發展。研究機構Wealth-X亦指出,香港已經超越紐約成為全球最多超高淨值人士(可投資資產總額達到3,000萬美元以上的人士)居住的城市。

 

瑞士固然是全球首屈一指的離岸財富管理中心,但亞洲的財富增長強勁,使香港的離岸財富管理業務從2012年到2017年的複合年均增長率達到11%,高於瑞士的3%。就如我上周在蘇黎世所講,香港是一個開放的市場,我們歡迎瑞士的金融機構在香港設立據點,把握亞洲尤其是內地私人財富迅速增長的機遇。對於我們而言,瑞士的金融機構落戶香港,有助鞏固我們在財富管理方面的優勢和經驗,增強香港金融業的整體競爭力,務求可以「做大個餅」,百花齊放。我們會連同投資推廣署積極和瑞士以至其他海外地區的金融機構保持緊密聯繫,推廣香港作為外資企業通往內地和亞洲市場的橋樑。

 

香港的私人財富管理公會亦於今年1月在瑞士伯恩與瑞士銀行家協會簽訂諒解備忘錄,就香港與瑞士發展私人財富管理行業的相關事宜加強合作及交流意見。雙方已經在今年9月在香港舉行一個以私人銀行和財富管理為主題的香港---瑞士金融研討會,而下一步就是商討兩地人才的海外交流計劃,讓香港與瑞士的從業員有機會到彼此的市場進行相關培訓。在政府和業界的支持下,我有信心,我們能夠鞏固香港作為亞洲最大的財富管理中心。

 

(以上是財經事務及庫務局局長劉怡翔11月4日在網誌發表的文章


          25 Must-Do Christmas Events and Activities in New England with Kids      Cache   Translate Page      

Is there a part of the country that offers a more quintessential holiday experience than New England? From snowy vistas to historic town squares, it's tough to match our region's identity as a place where kids can feel storybook Christmas magic come alive. We can (and do) fill our site with plenty of options for seasonal fun, but here are 25 activities and attractions that should be on your family's holiday bucket list.

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BOSTON and SINGAPORE, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Widening its investment reach, MassMutual Ventures (MMV) announced today the establishment of a USD 50 million fund – MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (MMV SEA) – which will make investments in 10 to 15 startup companies throughout the...


          Kyrie Irving fined $25K for throwing ball into stands      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game. The fine was handed down Tuesday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe. The incident occurred at the end of the Celtics’ 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on […]
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Brian Cashman wants to bring CC Sabathia back for an 11th season with the New York Yankees, and he's also holding out some hope of re-signing J.A. Happ. Eight days after the Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons - compared to one in that span for New York - Cashman arrived at the annual general managers' meetings searching for pitching. ''The Red Sox winning doesn't change the hunger level of trying to deliver a championship sooner than later for our fan base,'' the Yankees GM said Monday.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXm8JdC4k4c&start_radio=1&list=RDHXm8JdC4k4c&t=26

Конечно, следовало бы приберечь до пятницы, да мочи нет. К тому же, в таком исполнении я этого не слыхал еще.

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          11/4/2018: Worldwide: Career mobster James Whitey Bulger’s surprising advice to three schoolgirls      Cache   Translate Page      

IN the years leading up to his death in jail last week, notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger wrote about his regrets in life. Bulger, imprisoned for life for his role in 11 murders, wrote a letter to three teenage girls in 2015, telling...
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BOSTON - After holding that a state court foreclosure case involved the same parties and claims as a second lawsuit, a Massachusetts federal judge on Nov. 2 abstained from exercising jurisdiction under the prior-pending-action and Colorado River abstention doctrines (David C. Braden, et al. v. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, et al., No. 18-cv-11753, D. Mass., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188586).
          Does Jayson Tatum need a shot selection intervention?      Cache   Translate Page      

Let me start by saying the Boston Celtics' recent offensive woes are not the fault of Jayson Tatum.


Or rather, not Jayson by himself, but in a lot of ways, the sophomore wing has exemplified the Celtics problem by becoming part of a team of late-career Kobe Bryants, settling for jumpers and avoiding the paint, resulting in lost games and a general dissatisfaction with the team as a whole.

But that is not what I am here to write about, mostly because I have already written about it, but also because it seems increasingly likely that the young player has picked up some bad habits over the summer with a very attributable source, and it's not just Celtics fans picking up on this possibility.

In case I haven't tipped you off with my ever-so-subtle manner of broaching the topic, there's a growing consensus around the league that Tatum has picked up more than Kobe's killer instinct after working out with the Hall of Fame nemesis of the green and white, launching an alarming ten percent more mid-range jump shots than last season while also shooting 15 percent fewer attempts near the cup.

More than half his shots have been pull-up jumpers, too, and while some of those have been open treys, a lot have not, and as much as Jayson may be one of the better offensive options on Boston's roster, he's showing some really concerning tendencies with how he's using that talent.

While he may be fulfilling the wish some of us had last season by playing more aggressively and shooting more than he did in his rookie season, this isn't exactly what we were asking for, and mixed in with everyone else's version of the same problem, is exactly the wrong direction to be taking, both individually for Tatum, and for the team overall.

I have confidence the team will turn things around (it's important to remember this is arguably the toughest stretch of one of the toughest schedules in the league) with games against the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers late in November, but they need to build good habits on this road trip to avoid a rough start becoming a disappointing season.

And cutting out these Kobe-esque jumpers might just be a good place to start.

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          Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for giving the ball what it deserved      Cache   Translate Page      






Jamal Murray had a huge 48 performance in last night's win over the Celtics. 50 has a nicer ring to it, so Murray launched a shot at the buzzer instead of letting the clock run out, which is the unwritten NBA rule.



Kyrie Iriving was none too pleased, but he also was just trying to give the ball what it deserved. The NBA today apparently disagreed with Kyrie.



Honestly if it was Kyrie with 48, I wouldn't mind him having shot it either. Give the fans a 50 point experience as well. Not everyone was as upset with Murray as Kyrie:



Kyrie will now only make $20,074,189 on the year after the $25k deduction. GoFundMe page soon to come.

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          Amazon Marches Closer to Its Goal of Becoming the Everything Company - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Among college students, mental health diagnosis and treatment are up, stigma is down       Cache   Translate Page      

Mental health diagnoses and treatment of college students increased substantially between 2007 and 2017. More than one-third of students reported a diagnosed condition in 2016-2017, according to a study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The comprehensive nationwide study draws on 10 years of data from the Healthy Minds Study, an annual web-based survey involving more than 150,000 students from 196 campuses across the U.S. The study authors, led by Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., EdM, with Boston University School of Public Health, found that from 2007 to 2017:
  • Mental health diagnoses increased from 22 percent to 36 percent
  • Treatment increased from 19 percent to 34 percent, with similar patterns for both therapy/counseling and medication use
  • Suicidal ideation increased from 6 percent to 11 percent
  • Mental health stigma decreased
Rates of both perceived and personal stigma decreased over time from 64 percent to 46 percent and from 11 percent to 6 percent, respectively. Perceived stigma was measured by agreement with the statement "most people think less of a person who has received mental health treatment," and personal stigma was measured by agreement with "I would think less of a person who has received mental health treatment."

While the authors note the decreasing stigma and increasing mental health problems contribute to increased service use, they did not address the reasons behind those changes.

The most common location for receiving services was on campus. Nearly 12 percent of students reported using services of their campus counseling center in 2016-2017, about 9 percent used other mental health services, and about 1 percent accessed emergency psychiatric services.

"The trends revealed in this study have strained counseling centers across the country, as many are under-resourced and operate at full capacity with waitlists for much of the year," according to the authors. They suggest that in addition to expanding capacity, increasing use of "preventive and digital mental health services, such as those delivered via mobile apps," could help address the need.
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          Cast your vote for safe staffing in Massachusetts      Cache   Translate Page      

David Wood and Ben Taylor assess the final stretch of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s campaign to make hospitals stop putting patients’ lives at risk in order to cut costs.

AS THE 2018 midterms began heating up in Massachusetts, lawn signs for the three initiatives on the ballot popped up in front of houses and along roadways across the state. “Nurses say yes on 1” and “Nurses say no on 1” have been among the most common signs displayed this election season.

Question 1 would establish a safe-staffing ratio for nurses in all Massachusetts hospitals. This initiative is modeled on a similar safe staffing law passed in California in 1999.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the union that organizes 23,000 bedside nurses across the state, spearheaded the effort to get the measure on the ballot. The MNA has been lobbying state legislators to implement safe-staffing legislation since at least 1995 — and even gone on strike over the issue.

Nurses have been pushing for safe staffing for one major reason: the systematic understaffing by hospital management in order to cut costs and increase profitability. As a result, nurses report working extended shifts, in some cases as long as 16 or 17 hours, and coming in on their days off to cover holes in the schedule.

Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure
Nurses rally in Boston for a safe-staffing ballot measure (Massachusetts Nurses Association | Facebook)

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield documented hundreds of text messages from hospital administrators asking nurses to come in on their day off to patch these holes in the schedule. After a multiyear struggle involving several strikes, the MNA won safe-staffing language in the contract at BFMC. Statewide, however, the struggle continues.

It should go without saying that asking someone responsible for keeping sick people alive should not be asked to work long past the point of exhaustion. It’s dangerous for nurses and patients — and it should be considered bad for business. Too few nurses means too many patients per nurse. According to the MNA:

For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by 5 percent per patient.

For children recovering from basic surgeries, each additional patient assigned to a nurse increased the risk of readmission by a shocking 48 percent.

There is a 20 percent higher risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at hospitals that don’t have patient limits.

Every additional patient assigned to an RN is associated with a 7 percent increase in the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, a 53 percent increase in respiratory failure, and a 17 percent increase in medical complications.

Short staffing is therefore quite dangerous. And a recent survey of Massachusetts nurses shows that it is getting worse:

Two-thirds, or 65 percent of nurses, said that not having enough time is a major challenge, which was up from 52 percent in last year’s study. Likewise, 61 percent of surveyed nurses said that having to care for too many patients at once is a major challenge, which was up from 54 percent in the previous year. Additionally, 77 percent of the surveyed nurses said Massachusetts RNs are assigned too many patients to care for at one time. Only 18 percent thought RNs are assigned the appropriate number of patients. Zero nurses said RNs could safely be assigned more patients, according to the survey.


THE SOLUTION is obviously to hire more nurses — a remedy that hospital executives strenuously oppose.

Polls show a substantial (and perhaps growing) layer of voters are undecided on Question 1. The apparent split between nurses and the resulting confusing advertisements is often cited as the reason for this dwindling support. This confusion is by design — and reflects the duplicity of the No on Question 1 forces.

The No on 1 campaign has deliberately mimicked the MNA’s Yes on 1 campaign — with similar signage, twitter handles and television ads, knowing full well that deception is their only hope. After all, nurses are the most trusted profession in the U.S. and hospital executives among the least.

Roughly 30 percent of Massachusetts hospitals are non-union. In those workplaces, management has intensified its disinformation campaign in mandatory meetings, in hospital newsletters, and with countless “No on 1” signs and banners adorning their parking lots and buildings.

Harassment by hospital management of vocal Yes on 1 health-care workers, in union and nonunion hospitals alike, has become so intense that the MNA has created an anti-intimidation hotline (413-475-0895) — which according to MNA state board member Donna Stern has been receiving hundreds of calls per week.

No on 1 is outspending Yes on 1 by roughly 80 percent — about $19 million compared to the nurses’ $10.5 million.

While the No team frequently describes itself as a coalition of nurses and community members, about 94 percent of the No team’s funds are coming from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the trade group representing the interests of the corporate hospital industry, which in Massachusetts generates $28 billion in revenue each year, according to the IRS.

Many of the nurses featured in the No on 1 ads are actually nurse managers — that is, they are not bedside nurses who actually perform the labor impacted by Question 1. Instead, they are administrators, bureaucrats and executives. Their material interests are directly tied to the hospital’s bottom line, and they are not directly subjected to the working conditions that bedside nurses must endure.


THE AMERICAN Nurses Association (ANA) is also part of the No on 1 coalition. They’ve staked out a truly bizarre position: “ANA Massachusetts believes that strict staffing ratios undermines a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care.”

This is, of course, astoundingly manipulative. It is precisely nurses’ “critical thinking and involvement in patient care” that has produced Question 1, because they know that otherwise, the hospitals will continue to try to save money through understaffing while telling nurses to “do the best you can.”

The MNA was at one time affiliated organizationally with the ANA, but voted to disaffiliate in 2001. Why? Here’s the MNA’s press release explaining its decision back in 2001:

While the MNA is pushing for legislation to regulate nurse-to-patient ratios, the ANA has proposed weak regulations that call upon the industry to develop a patient classification system, with no requirement that the industry adhere to that system. They have also promoted legislation granting the industry the ability to experiment with staffing models that replace nurses with unlicensed personnel, something the nursing community has opposed for years.

But the real kicker that precipitated the split was that the ANA had set up a boss’s union, the United American Nurses, where the “ANA Board of Directors, which is comprised of nurse managers, as well as the ANA executive director, have decision-making power related to the UAN [which] makes those who belong to the national union subject to legal changes by anti-union management attorneys.” The ANA had just enacted policy aimed at forcing affiliates like the MNA to join this union and abide by its decisions. The MNA membership wasn’t having any of it.

So don’t believe the hype: Actual nurses say “vote yes on 1,” and hospital administrators say “vote no on 1.”


IF WE are to believe the alarmist reports from the hospital industry, Question 1 will require hiring an additional 5,911 nurses statewide and cost more than $1 billion annually.

While this is a startling admission from the bosses about just how much they’ve been structurally understaffing our hospitals, it’s also an egregious distortion designed to frighten voters. A Boston College study pegged the cost of implementing Question 1 at $47 million, a mere fraction of what the Chicken Littles of the hospital board room would have us believe.

The reason hospital administrators are opposed to Question 1 is obvious, and it has absolutely nothing to do with “a nurse’s critical thinking and involvement in patient care” and everything to do with maximizing profits.

The MNA has been filing safe staffing bills with the Democratic Party-dominated state legislature since 1995, where the bill sat and died each year.

It’s no surprise why. The majority of hospitals in Massachusetts, which receive at least 60 percent of their funding from public sources, spend huge sums to defeat such bills. For example, Partners HealthCare, the largest employer in Massachusetts, last year became the state’s largest corporate spender on lobbying firms.

The dynamic of bipartisan opposition to safe staffing largely continues in the current fight around Question 1. While politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Yes on 1, the industry-funded opposition campaign, rallying under the Orwellian slogan “The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety,” is being led by the Dewey Square Group, a powerhouse Democratic Party consulting firm.

So after years of coming up short at the state legislature, the MNA shifted its strategy to a ballot initiative, a stark admission of how effective corporations are at blocking progressive legislation.


TWENTY-FOUR STATES allow the direct participation of the electorate in the making of their own laws through ballot initiatives. Twenty-four states in the U.S. allow citizens this power, and an additional two permit citizens to veto existing laws through the ballot.

The experience in struggling directly for a reform is qualitatively different than passively hoping that elected officials will “do what’s right.” Ballot initiatives force people to think politically about what kind of world they want to live in — and force politicians to actually engage with the popular will.

And in the case of Question 1, despite the hospitals’ attempts to monopolize the debate (especially inside the workplace), nurses across the state have been able to engage in the process of deciding how their floors should be organized, a right normally reserved as the sacred realm of hospital management.

The recent history of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts demonstrates the potential of ballot measures. Despite decades of Democratic Party dominance on Beacon Hill, medical and recreational marijuana languished in the state house. It was only through ballot initiatives — decriminalization in 2008, legalization of medical marijuana in 2012, and legalization of recreational use in 2016 — that legalization was finally won.

Voters forced the hand of reluctant lawmakers and in the process transformed the political terrain. A key pillar of the racist “war on drugs” has been shattered in Massachusetts, laying the basis for struggles that push farther.

Approaching politicians to request reforms has historically proven to be an ineffective way to win change. However, by appealing to the broad public and involving nurses in a campaign to directly demand reforms, the MNA has shown how it’s possible to shift the terrain around reform struggles in our favor — and in the process advance the battle for democracy.

The nurses, understanding the power of solidarity and seeing the fight of the oppressed as a health care issue, have also endorsed Yes on Question 3, which asks voters whether they oppose repealing a law prohibiting discrimination of transgender people in public spaces.

Other labor leaders who support Yes on 1 — such as former Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and former national deputy director of SEIU’s health care division Jane McAlevey — have connected the fight for Yes on 1 to the women’s movement, writing:

In the past 12 months, a movement originally concerned with sexual abuse has become a broader movement for gender equity. The #MeToo movement calls for women to be heard and taken seriously not only when they speak out on sexual abuse but also when they speak out on other issues.

On Question 1, women who do the hands-on work in hospitals have amassed a formidable body of real-world experience, of longitudinal studies, of extensively researched data on the benefits of safe patent limits. The opinions of the organization representing 70 percent of all registered nurses in this state are strong, but the evidence that backs them is stronger still. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, like the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is one of the largest organizations of women in the state. They have spent years coming together in meetings all across Massachusetts to write this ballot question. They know what they are doing, day in and day out, in the hospitals, and they know what they are talking about in this crucial policy debate. Are we going to listen to them?”

Make no mistake: getting Question 1 passed is only the next of several steps in this struggle. Hospital administrators have threatened layoffs of auxiliary personnel and closures of community hospitals if this ballot initiative is approved, and they will blame their economic violence on the nurses. This will have to be fought with subsequent mobilizations.

Organizing solidarity with the nurses — at the polls, on picket lines and with co-workers and friends — will be essential, whatever the outcome of the November 6 vote.

Every time administrators complain about hiring enough nurses to safely staff their hospitals, we should counter with the idea that health care is a right and that the profit motive should not endanger patients’ lives. After all, we are all of us eventually patients, too.


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          Nov 12, 2018: Mass TLC 5G Robotics Challenge Info Session at ISEC      Cache   Translate Page      

MassTLC is partnering with Verizon 5G Labs and Ericsson to launch a challenge for universities and startups in the greater Boston area to create the best 5G-enabled robotics technologies that will transform modern industry. Winning teams will receive grant funding to create and build their concept which will answer any of the following:

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'I believe it is the right thing to do … in the pursuit of justice,' Archbishop Gregory Aymond says



Author: Danny Monteverde 

Published: 10:49 AM CDT November 2, 2018 

Updated: 2:36 PM CDT November 2, 2018



►LIST: 57 members of the clergy who face credible claims of sexual abuse of minors




NEW ORLEANS - The Archdiocese of New Orleans on Friday identified 57 priests and deacons it said have faced credible claims of sexual abuse of minors in recent decades.

The clergy were identified in a list Archbishop Gregory Aymond released as the church sex abuse scandal recently made news across the country and in New Orleans.

In a letter he released Friday morning, Aymond said he received calls both urging him to release the list and to keep it private. “I believe it is the right thing to do in order to foster the healing of victims, in a spirit of transparency, and in the pursuit of justice,” the letter reads.

The list is 10 pages long and included recent allegations as well as one as far back as 1917.

It included four categories:

-The names of Archdiocese of New Orleans clergy who are alive and have been accused of sexually abusing a minor which led to their removal from ministry. In each case, the cleric remains out of ministry.

-The names of Archdiocese of New Orleans clergy who are deceased and who admitted or have been publicly accused of sexually abusing a minor.

-The names of religious order priests who were serving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans at the time of the allegation and the archdiocese was notified of the allegation. The investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order.

-Religious order priests taken out of ministry by the Archbishop of New Orleans in 2002, even though the abuse was not alleged to have occurred in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

In his letter, Aymond said a team of more than 10 men and women that included staff and outside lawyers reviewed the files of 2,432 priests who have served in the in the archdiocese since 1950.



Aymond wrote that for those clergy who have died, a “very careful examination” took place “in order to justify” identifying the person publicly. More recent cases were presented to the Archdiocesan Review Board, which is made up of lay experts who review each case.


“The entire list has been given to the Orleans Parish District Attorney and will be made available to any other District Attorney,” Aymond wrote.

Ken Daley, a spokesperson for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, released the following statement about the release of the diocese list:

"The District Attorney’s office has received today’s disclosure by the New Orleans diocese of the names of church officials and employees against whom allegations of sexual assault have been made. As always, we stand ready to evaluate for possible prosecution any cases brought to us after investigations are completed by the New Orleans Police Department."

The list was released after recent headlines about a George Brignac, a former deacon accused of raping one boy and sexually assaulting another decades ago, who was allowed to remain a lector at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church after the archdiocese settled with one of his victims for $500,000.

News of another major settlement that preceded the release came to light after Richard Windmann told The New Orleans Advocate about being sexually assaulted and raped as a boy in the 1970s by a janitor at Jesuit High School. Windmann, who lived in Mid-City but was not a student at Jesuit, received $450,000 from the school.

Aymond first said during an interview in September that his office was trying to determine if releasing a list of credible claims was feasible. Weeks later, he said he hoped to do so sooner, rather than later.

“We have done our very best to make this report as accurate and complete as possible,” Aymond wrote in his letter on Friday. “If necessary, the list will be updated if other cases are presented.”

The first major child abuse scandal happened in the 1980s when Lafayette priest Gilbert Gauthe was convicted of sexually abusing as many as 39 children in several parishes.

While that was the first major case to be made public, accusations against members of the clergy date back years before that. But under former New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan, the local church had no formal process for handling allegations against the clergy.

In 1991, however, allegations of sexual abuse against Dino Cinel surfaced. In the rectory of St. Rita Catholic Church where he lived, a fellow priest discovered a collection of child pornography and videotapes Cinel filmed of himself having sex with young men.

It took years to bring Cinel to trial, where he was acquitted.

In 1993, then-Archbishop Francis Schulte took the first step toward announcing protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.

He named a board of lay people to investigate allegations, but it later came to light that the criteria were so restrictive that no cases were ever addressed.

Then, three days after Alfred Hughes was installed as archbishop, The Boston Globe published its explosive investigation into sexual abuse and its cover-up in Boston.

Hughes, who served as Cardinal Bernard Law’s right-hand man, was called to testify before a grand jury. He said he did not know of any instances of bishops obstructing justice.

Prompted in part by the scandal in Boston, Hughes established a board of review in New Orleans. He said it had reviewed the files of 1,000 clergymen going back 50 years and found allegations against nearly a dozen of them to be credible.

The archdiocese did not disclose names or details, but there were settlements -- a sign that the church was trying to repair the damage.

Hughes established new protocols for handling allegations and suspended or removed several priests from ministry. Still, there was criticism after some cases were handled without public knowledge.

Those same criticisms have popped up again after the recent revelations about previously-unannounced settlements.

Aymond wrote that anyone who wants to speak about someone not on the list should call Victims Assistance Coordinator Br. Stephan Synan at (504) 522-5019.


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In sex-abuse scandal, Catholic Church saw failure at the top



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert Finn wasn’t going anywhere.

He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls’ genitals stashed on a pastor’s laptop. He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families. Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing to report the priest’s suspected child abuse — and after 200,000 people petitioned for his ouster — he refused to go.

“I got this job from John Paul II. There’s his signature right there,” Finn had told a prospective deacon shortly after the priest’s arrest in 2011, pointing to the late pontiff’s photo. “And that’s who I answer to.”

Sixteen years after the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston, the American Catholic Church is again mired in scandal. This time, the controversy is propelled not so much by priests in the rectories as by the leadership, bishops across the country who like Finn have enabled sexual misconduct or in some cases committed it themselves.

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          Has Mike Bloomberg Begun The Battle For 2020?      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

Did former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg just take a page out of the playbook of Sen. Ed Muskie from half a century ago?

In his first off-year election in 1970, President Richard Nixon ran a tough attack campaign to hold the 52 House seats the GOP had added in ’66 and ’68, and to pick up a few more seats in the Senate.

The issue: law and order. The targets: the “radical liberals.”

In that campaign’s final hours, Muskie delivered a statesmanlike address from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, excoriating the “unprecedented volume” of “name-calling” and “deceptions” from the “highest offices in the land.”

Nixon picked up a pair of Senate seats, but Democrats gained a dozen House seats, and the press scored it as a victory for Muskie, who was vaulted into the lead position for the 1972 Democratic nomination.

In the final days of this election, Bloomberg just invested $5 million to air, twice nationally, a two-minute ad for the Democratic Party that features Bloomberg himself denouncing the “fear-mongering,” and “shouting and hysterics” coming out of Washington.

“Americans are neither naive nor heartless,” says the mayor. “We can be a nation of immigrants while also securing our borders.”

That $5 million ad buy was only Bloomberg’s latest contribution to the Democratic Party during an election campaign into which he had already plunged $110 million of his own money.

Contributions of this magnitude support the idea that Bloomberg will seek the presidential nomination as a Democrat. With resources like this at his disposal, and a willingness to spend into the hundreds of millions, he could last in the primaries as long as he wants.

Yet, Bloomberg is no Ed Muskie, who had been Hubert Humphrey’s running mate in 1968 and was widely regarded a top contender for 1972.

The mayor has been a Republican and independent as well as a Democrat. And as The Washington Post’s Robert Costa relates, Bloomberg has drawbacks:

“He speaks flatly with the faded Boston accent from his youth, devoid of partisan passion and with a technocratic emphasis.”

With the energy of the Democratic Party coming from militants, minorities and millennials, would these true believers rally to a 76-year-old Manhattan media magnate who wants to make their party more centrist and problem-solving, and to start beavering away at cutting the deficit?

Yet Bloomberg’s opening move may force the pace of the politics of 2020. Should he announce, and start spending on ads, he could force the hand of Vice President Joe Biden, who appears the Democrats’ strongest candidate in taking back Pennsylvania, and the states of the industrial Midwest, from Trump.

On the left wing of the Democratic Party, which seems certain to have a finalist in the run for the 2020 nomination, the competition is stiff and the pressure to move early equally great.

If Socialist Bernie Sanders is not to lock up this wing of the party as he did in 2016, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts may have to move soon.

But even before attention can turn to the presidential race, the U.S. House of Representatives seems certain to witness a leadership battle.

Nancy Pelosi is determined to become speaker again if Democrats take the House today, while the Congressional Black Caucus has entered a demand for one of the two top positions in the House.

Millennials also want new leadership. And to many centrist Democrats in swing districts, Pelosi as the visible voice and face of the national party remains a perpetual problem.

If the Democrats fail to recapture the House, the recriminations will be sweeping and the demand for new leadership overwhelming.

But even if they do capture the House, the rewards may be fleeting.

A Democratic House will be a natural foil for President Trump, an institution with responsibility but without real power.

And should the economy, which has been running splendidly under a Republican Congress and president start to sputter under a divided Congress, there is no doubt that the Democratic House majority, with its anti-capitalist left and socialist ideology, would emerge as the primary suspect.

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Київ. Друге листопада. О 10 годині в Innovecs hub вже по приємному тісно. Дуже багато знайомих і відомих облич, гарний настрій і запашна кава. Медійники з різних куточків нашої країни приїхали сюди, щоб послухати кращих з кращих про те, як заробляти у майбутньому, як робити корисний і перевірений контент, як просто бути кращими.   Тренди, гроші, іноземні спікери Відкривав Конгрес Президент RIA Олександр Човган зі своєю доповіддю про «30 новин маркетингу, контенту та монетизації». Все щоб відповісти на питання про те, як інформаційному сайту знайти гроші, щоб «гідно оплачувати працю журналістів, які виробляють дефіцитний контент».     – Ми постійно їздимо і навчаємось на всесвітніх конгресах по усьому світу. Тільки за останній рік ми побували на Media Innovations Week в Амстердамі, до цього їздили на World News Media Congress в Португалію і слухали кращих на Digital Media в Нью-Йорку. І до чого ми дійшли? – заінтригував усіх слухачів з перших слів Олександр Човган. – Статистика говорить про те, що в розвинених країнах кожен другий користувач оформив 1-2 платних підписки. Це величезна кількість людей. І 2% людей від загальної кількості відвідувачів гарного сайту, платить за підписку 9,5 євро на місяць. Україна відстає від розвинених країн на 5-10 років. І те, про що я зараз говорю, буде реалізовано вже через років п'ять у нас в країні.   Олександр Човган розповів, що монетизувати медіа потрібно там, де сидить аудиторія. – Звісно, наша аудиторія є на старому і доброму web-сайті. Але щоб сайт був успішним, потрібно щоб він мав швидкісне завантаження стоірінок – AMP. Потрібно використовувати Фейсбук, але у зв’язці з Instant Articles. Потрібно розвивати Telegram і не забувати про e-mail розсилки. Всі думали, що мейли помруть. Але люди і досі читають розсилки, і приділяють дуже багато часу цьому,– каже Олександр Човган. – Також потрібно заоптимізувати YouTube і використовувати можливості Instagram. Наприклад 20minut.ua почали успішно транслювати щодня найцікавіші новини. Тут немає космосу, а аудиторії це подобається. Так що потрібно використовувати усі можливості для монетизації.   Після Олександра Човгана у відеотрансляції виступав Гжегож Піхота, колишній редактор газети Виборча у Польщі. Зараз він - вчений в Оксфорді. Про його доповідь “Як зробити аудиторію сайту лояльною” ще довго говорили медіаменеджери в кулуарах. — 60% читачів більше не повертаються на сайт. Щоб вони повертались частіше, потрібно постійно працювати з цими читачами. І мої дослідження говорять, що чим частіше читач до вас повертається, тим він більше хоче платити за підписку. Ми подивилися на дані 500 сайтів і побачили, що на новинному сайті може бути багато переглядів, але дуже маленький відсоток лояльних читачів. Лояльні підписники - то дуже важливо. Наприклад 86% усіх доходів видання Boston Globe (онлайн — авт.) приносять саме лояльні читачі. Це і реклама і підписка. Але як зробити читачів лояльними? – ставить риторичне запитання Гжегож. Свою відповідь він транслює одразу на екран у вигляді корпоративного дослідження New York Times. Воронка залученості говорить про те, що потрібно знайти нового читача і зробити так, щоб він дивився ще більше сторінок на сайті. Але як це зробити? — В Гарвардській школі у нас є дерево рішень. І наші дослідження говорять, що можна мобілізувати існуючих користувачів, а також залучити нових користувачів. Щоб збільшити частоту відвідувань, потрібно використовувати розсилки. Також потрібно використовувати Facebook та Google, щоб мобілізувати наявні канали. Але саме головне, використовувати різноманітні соціальні мережі і месенджери. Дуже багато читачів вже саме там.   Також одним з зіркових спікерів був Andrew Rolf, директор в Innovation Media Group.  Його доповідь про інновації в медіа викликали жваве обговорення і дуже багато запитань від учасників Конгресу.   – Вже 20 років ми займаємось досліджуємо інновації в медіа. І останніх 12 місяців ми працювали над дослідженням, яке я вам зараз покажу. Але головне заключення цього дослідження просте: Тільки журналістика врятує журналістику, – сказав Andrew. – Якщо медіа сьогодні не бере з користувачів гроші чи якісь дані - то таке медіа приречене. 50% людей в розвинених країнах мають підписку на медіа і це нормально. І до 2020 року ця цифра збільшиться вдвічі. Але який контент викликає підписку? Складне питання. Медіа має показати свою любов до читачів. Andrew говорив не тільки про монетизацію, а і про контент, різноманітні бізнес-моделі і технології.  Стрім можна переглянути тут: https://goo.gl/vfcdj2  Було цікавим послухати і Марину Костроміну з TNS про новітні тенденції медіаспоживання. Виявляється, що в 2018 році інтернет-населення виросло на 7%! І 16,7 мільйонів українців регулярно користуютсья мобільним інтернетом. Також найпопулярнішим додатком в Україні станом на вересень 2018 року є Viber, YouTube, Chrome і Facebook.     Після ключових спікерів увесь Конгрес розділився на три потоки: контент, монетизація і маркетинг. На кожному потоці було по шість спікерів. Про найцікавіше у фото:   Монетизація: нові продукти і круті рішення Першим спікером у цьому блоці стала Юлія Саліженко з Платформи. Вона розповіла про те, як в редакції продукують якісний контент і як реалізовують круті спецпроекти. А ще, як на цьому можна заробити.   Олександр Білінський з АБО, Агенції розвитку локальних медіа, розказав на Конгресі про те, як медіа можуть ставати незалежними. А також поділився тими проектами, які на його думку, є успішними. Формулаа успішності Олександра проста, якщо редакція виробляє якісний контент, то це викликає довіру читачів, а потім вже на підході і монетизація. Олег Горобець, директор RIA Media, розповів про успіх сайту відгуків 20.ua. Завдяки правильному підходу, сайт має більше 400 тисячі відвідувань за серпень і заробив, продаючи телефонні дзвінки 200 тисяч гривень в місяць (і це тільки в 300-тисячній Вінниці)! Звісно, клієнти сайту заробляють гарні гроші, а відвідувачі звертаються тільки до перевірених компаній.   Ельміра Наумедзянова з MC Today розказала про те, як вона з командою роблять нативну рекламу. Цей досвід став не просто цікавим. Він показав багатьом медійникам як можна робити якісну рекламу. Головне, як впевнена Ельміра, це робити корисний контент. Цікавим досвідом поділився Дмитро Федоренко, СЕО та засновник видання Наш Киев. Його команда веде прямі трансляції і знімає відеорепортажі, а рекламу пишуть прямо на відео. Оригінальний підхід, який приносить гроші. Олена Новицька з RIA.com розказала про 15 видів монетизації. Це і інформери, і партнерські посилання, віджети і ще багато видів реклами. Але головне, щоб це все було перевірено!   Маркетинг: цікавий підхід Олена Куряча на великому позитиві розказала про те, як медіа зробити унікальним. Вона говорила і про канцеляризми, і про важкі речення, які з першого разу неможливо прочитати. Але головне, це робити круті і ексклюзивні історії. А ще обов’язково потрібно знімати відео і розвивати свою команду.   Вадим Пустотін зі Sledopyt.com.ua розказав про те, як побудувати бренд для медіа. Він каже, що побудова Бренду починається там, де у людей в головах виникає щодо медіа якась емоція. – Для створення медіа-бренду потрібно регулярно генерувати і виводити на ринок продукти, які розбурхують цільову аудиторію, – вважає Вадим.   Тетяна Мокренко з MokCo розповіла про ефективність роботи в SMM. Розповіла про відео-тести, про те, що взагалі приносить шери і перегляди. Головне, щоб було якісно і викликало емоції.   Катерина Картавченко з агенції ContextSisters, яка займається просуванням контенту, розповіла про тренди в 2018 році. Вона каже, що перше, що потрібно, це автоматизуватись. Це і використанні скриптів, і чат-боти тощо. Потрібно моніторити конкурентів, вигадувати унікальний контент і знімати відео.   Микола Злотніцький з RIA.com Marketplaces розказав про SMM тренди року.  Говорив про Telegram, Viber, Чат-боти, Інтерактивний контент, Stories в Інстаграм, IGTV в Instagram. Розповів про п’ять інструментів для креативу, якими рекламодавці зможуть користуватися в мобільному додатку Ads Manager. Також розказав про розсилку новин. Михайло Глушко з Automoto.ua поділився про SEO тренди року. Він каже, що ще більше медіа в Україні використовують Google Lighthousе для оптимізації сайту. Також він каже, що сайт може використовувати для просування блок відповідей. Також обов’язково потрібно використовувати швидкісне завантаження сторінок – AMP. Михайло Фідченко з mind.ua розповів про те, який має бути день SMM-менеджера. Якщо коротко, то спеціаліст не тільки повинен моніторити медіа-простір, а і використовувати постинг. Говорив і про шерібл-контент, тобто той контент, яким діляться люди. Це круті картинки чи відео, зроблені за допомогою Фотошоп чи інших онлайн сервісів. Також поділився цікавими сервісами, які стануть для SMM-менеджера «кращими друзями».   Контент: фейки, розслідування і чутливий проект Першим спікером у цьому блоці стала Марго Гонтар зі Стопфейк. Вона розповіла про історії з фейковими новинами в Україні, поділилась порадами як медіа боротись з ними, як взагалі реагувати.   Роман Кульчинський з Texty.org.ua показав приклади інтерактивної інфографіки, якими захоплюються багато українців. Розказав як журналісти за допомогою простих даних можуть привернути увагу читача. Як простий збір даних може стати справжнім розслідуванням.   Відома медіа-тренерка і медіа-юрист Людмила Панкратова розказала про правила зйомок для медіа в умовах нових правил Єврсооюзу. Все для того, аби журналістам не потрапити в халепу. Анна Бабінець, редакторка Слідство.info, розказала про 10 правил проведення якісного журналістського розслідування. Говорила і про пошук тем для розслідування, і про збір інформації, і про гіпотези і можливі ризики. А також говорила про те, що іноді потрібно «вбити» тему, якщо вона не має достатньо фактів. Влад Яцків з РадіоСвободи розказував про свої власні прямі трансляції. Розповідав про те, як вони допомагають зростанню аудиторії. Інна Тільнова, редакторка «Нової газети» розказала про цікавий проект «Баба Єлька». Несподіваний, чутливий і цікавий проект. Разом з командою вони розпочали проект і шукають бабусь, які зможуть заспівати старі пісні, наприклад, саме з цього села. Цей проект не тільки зацікавив людей у Фейсбуці, а і привів нових клієнтів. Борис Давиденко, головний редактор VoxUkraine розказав, що економічна журналістика дуже потрібна в регіонах. Так, вона коштує дорого. Але читач потребує таких матеріалів.     Стріми: ПЕРША частина —  https://goo.gl/vfcdj2 Монетизація — https://goo.gl/FwfBPW Маркетинг — https://goo.gl/FxbgtD Контент — https://goo.gl/yhR7hC            
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Roman Fayerberg, a shareholder in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Boston office, has been elected co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Intellectual Property (IP) Law Section.

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ATLANTA – Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.

Some of the biggest backups were in Georgia, where the governor's race was among the nation's most-watched midterm contests and was generating heavy turnout.

One voter in Gwinnett County, Ontaria Woods, waited more than three hours and said she saw about two dozen people who had come to vote leave because of the lines.

"We've been trying to tell them to wait, but people have children," Woods said. "People are getting hungry. People are tired."

The good-government group Common Cause blamed high turnout combined with too few voting machines, ballots and workers.

Fulton County elections director Richard Barron acknowledged that some precincts did have lines of voters but said that was due to the length of the ballots and voting machines taken from use because of an ongoing lawsuit.

While voting went on without a hitch in many communities, voters from New York to Arizona faced long lines and malfunctioning equipment.

By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received about 17,500 calls from voters reporting problems at their polling places. Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which helps run the hotline, said that number was well ahead of the last midterm election in 2014, when it had received about 10,400 calls by the same time.

Tuesday's election marked the first nationwide voting since Russia targeted state election systems in the 2016 presidential race. Federal, state and local officials have been working to make the nation's myriad election systems more secure, and those efforts appeared to pay off.

There were no signs throughout the day that Russia or any other foreign actor had tried to launch cyberattacks against voting systems in any state, federal authorities said. There was also no indication that any systems have been compromised that would prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt the ability to tally votes, U.S. officials said.

That was little comfort to voters who found themselves waiting in long lines or dealing with malfunctioning voting equipment.

Across New York City, reports of broken ballot scanners surfaced at several polling places. Turnout was so heavy at one packed precinct on Manhattan's Upper West Side that the line to scan ballots stretched around a junior high school gym. Poll workers there told voters that two of the roughly half-dozen scanners were malfunctioning and repairs were underway.

Voters arriving at two polling stations discovered that most scanners had broken down, forcing some people to drop their ballots in emergency ballot boxes or vote using affidavit ballots.

"There are broken scanners everywhere in Brooklyn," said Stefan Ringel, spokesman for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Ringel said Adams and his staff were being flooded with phone calls, emails and text messages reporting breakdowns in more than a dozen neighborhoods.

Compared with the 2016 elections, he said, "anecdotally, it seems worse, and there's confusion among poll workers about what to do."

Many voters nevertheless stuck it out, determined to cast their ballots.

"People are grumpy and frustrated but positive in a weird way, making jokes and talking to one another. I think it's because we all are in the 'no one will stop our vote today' mood," said Nikki Euell, an advertising producer who waited more than two hours to vote in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.

The local breakdowns are a symptom of a larger problem with the nation's voting infrastructure, said Lawrence Norden, a voting technology expert with the Brennan Center.

More than 40 states use computerized voting machines that are more than a decade old or are no longer manufactured.

"It's further evidence, if any was needed, that it's long past time to modernize our voting infrastructure," Norden said. "Voters have a right to be frustrated by long lines. And they have a right to expect voting machines that work and have a paper backup."

Elsewhere, polling place confusion caused problems for voters and poll workers.

In Phoenix, a polling site was foreclosed on overnight, forcing poll workers to move it just in time for polls to open.

For about an hour after polls opened, a Sarasota County, Florida, precinct had to tell voters to come back later because their ballots were unavailable.

In one Indiana county, voting was snarled for hours because of what election officials said were computer problems checking in voters, while in another part of the state a judge ordered 12 polling places to stay open late after voting didn't start as scheduled.

In Texas, home of a hotly contested U.S. Senate race, delays were reported in Houston after apparent issues with registration check-in machines at some polling places. Later in the day, a judge ruled that nine Houston-area polling places would stay open beyond the usual closing time after advocacy groups complained that they didn't open on time and forced many voters to leave without casting ballots.

And in El Paso, the U.S. Border Patrol canceled a crowd control exercise that was scheduled for Tuesday, following criticism from civil liberties groups that it could dissuade people from voting.

Border Patrol agent Fidel Baca confirmed Tuesday that the exercise, in a Latino neighborhood, was canceled but declined to say why. The Texas Civil Rights Project said the exercise, billed by the Border Patrol as a mobile field force demonstration, was to be held within a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) of a polling site.

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Long and Balsamo reported from Washington.

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Associated Press writers Frank Bajak in Boston, Thomas Davies in Indianapolis, Verena Dobnik and Jennifer Peltz in New York, Jennifer Kay in Miami and Ryan Tarinelli in Dallas contributed to this story.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held for new mixed-income development, Church Hill North, but public housing residents remain skeptical.

Sharon Herman has lived in public housing for more than 20 years. She and her husband raised their two daughters in Creighton Court, and the couple still share a unit in the nearly 70-year-old housing community in the city's East End. They're empty nesters now, and despite recent issues with rats, corroded pipes and mold behind the washing machine, their apartment still serves as a home base for their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, plus neighbors who are practically family.

"I want my grandkids and my great-grandkids to see that just because you live in public housing, you do not have to be ghetto, a lower-class citizen," Herman says. "And that's a stereotype for all my years doing what I do in public housing. It's been my work, to not be seen in that aspect, because there's a lot of good in Creighton."

Her face is a familiar one, judging by the number of people who stop by her table to say hello while she's enjoying a muffin and a mocha at the Front Porch Cafe. She considers herself a free spirit, and she's a relentless force behind efforts to engage and uplift the Creighton community. She's a member of the tenant council, serving as a liaison between residents and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority for years, and she jokes that while she never before envisioned herself in an elected position, now she can't get out. Nor does she want to.

"I'm one of the chosen few that is called to action," she says. "I don't sit back and wait for it to happen. If it needs to be done, somebody's gotta do it, and nine times out of 10, it's me."

Herman had mixed feelings last Tuesday as she sat underneath a tent on the site of her alma mater for a groundbreaking ceremony. In partnership with a private Boston-based developer called the Community Builders, the housing authority has been promising a new mixed-income community, Church Hill North, at the site of the old Armstrong High School for years. The first phase of the development, with a price tag of $26 million, will have 105 units — of those, 60 will be available for seniors and families currently living in Creighton. Funding snafus and leadership turnover at the authority delayed construction, and Herman says residents, who feel jerked around by it, lost confidence in the project long ago.

Speakers at last week's ceremony expressed a renewed sense of hope, and while Herman shared some of that hope, it came with a dose of skepticism. She's heard it all before, she says, and she knows her neighbors have too.

"I felt good in one aspect," she says after the ceremony. "What they said they were going to do, I hope they will do and we'll see a better way of life."

Longtime Creighton resident Evelyn Givens shares Herman's skepticism.

"I have begun to lose hope," she says. "I'll see hope again, not when they put that shovel in the ground, but when I see the first brick go down. Then my eyes will open."

A fear among residents is that when and if new housing does become available, some will get left behind. Only those in good standing with the housing authority, which entails being up-to-date on rent and compliant with all lease requirements, qualify to transition out of Creighton. According to Elaine Summerfield of Richmond Opportunities, that's why family transition coaches begin working with residents "well before shovels hit the ground" on new housing developments available to them.

Summerfield says coaches have already assisted three families in their moves from Creighton to the Apartments at Kingsridge, a development in Henrico County with 18 project-based vouchers. Choice is at the center of the work of Summerfield's group, and coaches work with residents to help them understand all their options. One person who worked with a transition coach, she says, recently bought a home through Habitat for Humanity.

But its transition team is small, and the caseload continues to grow.

"Some people are very optimistic and excited about the possibilities," Summerfield says of Creighton residents. "Others have been disillusioned and do not have confidence that the RRHA and its partners can pull off what is envisioned."

Mayor Levar Stoney, who spoke with emphatic optimism at last week's event, says he believes in a guaranteed one-for-one replacement, and he urged residents to trust the process and keep the faith.
Juan Powell, a Washington-based development director with the Community Builders, addresses some of those concerns after last week's groundbreaking.

"We understand the level of frustration, distrust and skepticism felt by residents in communities that often feel neglected," Powell says in an email. "Most of those emotions are based upon decades of seeing development take place in other parts of their cities, but not their own. And when development does take place, it is often at the expense of the initial residents."

Powell says work on the first round of phase one, which will include 45 units, began in mid-October and is expected to take about a year. The rest of phase one, with 60 units, will be complete by December 2019.

"We are proud of our history of going into challenging neighborhoods and providing affordable housing in a manner that provides additional options to the residents," he says. "We can demonstrate that we are committed to playing a major role in creating a new paradigm for residents of Richmond that have not had sufficient options." S


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***La pérdida de la dignidad es aún peor  que la ruina material

En un largo y bien escrito análisis sobre la situación política venezolana, ver: https://prodavinci.com/sobre-la-naturaleza-del-conflicto-politico-venezolano/  Michael Penfold dice, entre otras cosas lo siguiente: “El segundo escenario de esa misma negociación implica la reinstitucionalización completa del país a cambio de amplias garantías políticas y judiciales para el chavismo…  Este intercambio pasa por comernos varios sapos: justicia transicional, sobrerrepresentación de las minorías, transferencias fiscales aseguradas y amnistías de todo tipo”. 
Y, casi al final de su análisis agrega:
Es más que evidente que la negociación es inevitable. Lo difícil es explorar la forma de condicionar lo incondicional”.
Estas son consideraciones sorprendentes, sobre todo porque en gran parte de ese mismo análisis Penfold asevera que el diálogo, la negociación, es inmoral y ha sido, hasta ahora, desastrosa para Venezuela. Dice Penfold:
“Es indudable que en Venezuela existen muy buenas razones para pensar de antemano que cualquier nuevo intento de negociación es una pésima idea. Las experiencias previas con dichos procesos terminaron más bien por desprestigiar a los partidos políticos que de buena voluntad decidieron participar en ellos, hundió en la desesperanza a la población que avaló la idea de buscar acercamientos, y también condenó al escepticismo a la misma comunidad internacional que los ha promovido. En el pasado, el Gobierno ha utilizado muy hábilmente a la negociación como una táctica para ganar más tiempo en su esfuerzo por posponer la entrega del poder y dividir al liderazgo opositor. 
Y agrega: ¿Para qué insistir en este tipo de alternativas? La pregunta no es retórica. Esto es exactamente lo que argumentan aquellos que nos recuerdan que cualquier negociación en Venezuela no sólo es inmoral, sino estructuralmente imposible.
Sin embargo, Penfold comienza a argumentar a favor de una negociación cuando dice:
Hasta ahora todos estos supuestos no han producido los resultados esperados: el chavismo ha logrado atrincherarse con cierto éxito. La ruptura final no se ha producido —lo cual no quiere decir que pueda ocurrir más adelante—. Los militares parecieran mantenerse leales o han sido efectivamente purgados. La amenaza internacional tampoco termina siendo ni suficiente, ni perfectamente creíble”.
Y agrega:
“Quienes dicen que en el país no hace falta una negociación tienden a subestimar la posibilidad de que la nefasta situación actual se siga extendiendo en el tiempo.. ….la posibilidad de que ambos grupos puedan construir una salida sin una negociación, por la vía del dominio, de la implosión o de un colapso, es algo que luce cada vez menos probable.
En base a estas consideraciones Penfold avanza un escenario de negociación, al decir:
“El segundo escenario de esa misma negociación implica la reinstitucionalización completa del país a cambio de amplias garantías políticas y judiciales para el chavismo. Este acuerdo conllevaría ineludiblemente a un cambio político. De ahí que insistir en aumentar los costos asociados a las amenazas internacionales es insuficiente sin dar claras señales de estar dispuesto a ser igualmente creíbles a la hora de otorgar ciertas concesiones. Este intercambio pasa por comernos varios sapos: justicia transicional, sobrerrepresentación de las minorías, transferencias fiscales aseguradas y amnistías de todo tipo.Bajo esta perspectiva, la negociación no sería tratada como una simple transacción comicial, sino como un mecanismo para consensuar un conjunto de instituciones constitucionales, judiciales y electorales que garanticen a ambas partes que perder la presidencia no se convierta en un drama, que ejercer el poder no sea un burdo botín y que pasar a la oposición no implique andar desnudo o preso”.  
Y termina diciendo:
Es más que evidente que la negociación es inevitable. Lo difícil es explorar la forma de condicionar lo incondicional”.
Hemos creído deseable referirnos a este escrito porque consideramos a Michael Penfold como uno de los más lúcidos y objetivos analistas políticos que tiene Venezuela. Por ello su planteamiento no debe pasar por debajo de la mesa. Es un planteamiento que refuerza, sin que ese sea su intención, la tendencia colaboracionista de un sector de lo que fuera la MUD, hoy desintegrado y con señales de haber elegido la coexistencia pacífica con el narco-régimen de Nicolás Maduro, líderes como Rosales, Falcón, Timoteo Zambrano, Ramos Allup, hasta el mismo Capriles, grupo cuyo mensaje se ha hecho menos y menos frontal y más acomodaticio con el régimen.
En particular dos párrafos en el análisis de Penfold deben ser cuestionados a fondo por quienes desean ver a Venezuela como país, libre, digno y democrático. Uno, el que dice: “Este intercambio pasa por comernos varios sapos: justicia transicional, sobrerrepresentación de las minorías, transferencias fiscales aseguradas y amnistías de todo tipo”. El otro: “Es más que evidente que la negociación es inevitable”.
Comer sapos, nunca, si es que Venezuela desea recuperar algún día su dignidad. El país está hoy destruido material y espiritualmente. Su redención futura incluye como componente fundamental, indispensable,  la recuperación de la dignidad ciudadana. Y la dignidad ciudadana de los venezolanos jamás podrá ser recuperada si comemos sapos, es decir, si dejamos de aplicar debidamente la justicia, si otorgamos amnistías  a los narcos, ladrones y asesinos del sistema chavista-madurista, si permitimos a los criminales irse impunes. De igual manera es preciso rechazar de plano las negociaciones, no importa quien las pida, así sea el Papa, así sea la Unión Europea o el difuso y desprestigiado Grupo de Boston.  Negociar con esos desalmados que han arruinado al país llevará a la prostitución y abandono de principios y valores que son sagrados.
Estamos asistiendo al derrumbe, a la implosión del narco-régimen, gracias a la presión internacional y a pesar de la parálisis de una buena parte del grupo opositor. Un masivo desconocimiento del régimen por parte del mundo civilizado debe terminar con su salida del poder. Negociar con ellos, comer sapos, es impensable. No le hagamos caso a quienes lo recomiendan, así estén animados de las mejores intenciones.


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Before the people of Vancouver took to the streets during a riot in June of 2011, lighting cars on fire and causing more than $5 million worth of damage, they stuck around to see the Boston Bruins hoist the Stanley Cup.
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They had their eyes on it all season. They were never caught looking past a single game, but the National Championship trophy was always in their peripherals. Now, that trophy is in their hands.
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Fresh off a shaky 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils where they nearly blew a 4-0 lead, the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins return to the ice nearly 24 hours later when they welcome the New York Islanders to the TD Garden Thursday night. The Black and Gold can clinch a playoff berth with […]

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The Jaromir Jagr era in Boston has officially begun and fortunately for the Bruins it has gotten off on the right foot. Jagr was acquired on Tuesday from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Lane MacDermid, Cody Payne and a draft pick. Jagr made his debut on Thursday night and lined up alongside Brad Marchand and […]

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The Jaromir Jagr era in Boston has officially begun, and for that matter so has the Kaspars Daugavins era. With the first period officially in the books the two teams enter the second the way the game started, scoreless. The Bruins were a bit flat in the first period—shocked, I know—but thanks to some key […]

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Let’s get one thing – the obvious – out of the way right now. If it weren’t for Tim Thomas and his record-breaking performances in both the regular season and playoffs, while standing on his head in 2010-11, then the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup drought of 39-years would be alive and well and counting today. Now that […]

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With less than 15 minutes left against No. 3 U. Denver Saturday night, Kieran Millan was closing in on history. Thanks to a healthy 4-0 Boston U. men’s hockey team lead and Millan’s perfect 24 saves through two periods, the senior goaltender looked like he was on his way to winning his 63rd game as a Terrier, a new school record.
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For most of you reading this, you went to bed Wednesday thinking that Jarome Iginla had been traded to the Bruins for Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev and a first round pick, only to wake up Thursday morning to find out Iginla indeed had been traded, but instead was shipped to Pittsburgh to join Sidney Crosby […]

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Well it looks like the Boston Bruins lost out again. Early Thursday morning, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster announced that Jarome Iginla has been dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In return, Calgary receives prospects Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and a 2013 first round pick. This coming after numerous reports suggested that Iginla would be coming […]

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It may not have paid immediate dividends but the Boston Bruins are putting together a decent response to the new line changes. After 20 minutes the Black and Gold outshot the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-6, but the two teams are still scoreless. Here are three observations from the first period. 1. Where to begin, oh […]

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On March 8, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara raced up the ice alongside Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Chara, 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, lowered his shoulder and forced Pacioretty into a stanchion between the teams’ benches. Pacioretty collapsed, motionless on the ice; a few hours later he was diagnosed with a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra.
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Discipline. It's something the No. 4 Boston College men's hockey team has lacked early this season
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Boston College head coach Jerry York is still focusing more on how his team looks than how the other team does. But the 39-year coaching veteran knows it would be unwise to ignore what happened in Denver last year: a two-goal surge in the third period that stole Boston College's momentum and doused its chances of flying home with a win.
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To become the national champion. It is every team’s goal at the beginning of the season.
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Not even the two best goaltenders in the country could slow down Boston College’s quick-firing offense. Entering the Frozen Four semifinal game, the Miami U. RedHawks boasted the top two goalies in the country in sophomores Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard.
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It was only a matter of time. After a four-game hiatus, the Boston College line of forwards Cam Atkinson, Brian Gibbons, and Joe Whitney reasserted its dominance on the ice. The three skaters combined for six of BC’s nine goals, as the Eagles punched their ticket to the Frozen Four in Detroit with a 9-7 victory over the Yale Bulldogs last night at the DCU Arena in Worcester.
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It was downright baffling at times and a bit too close for comfort by game’s end. But when the final horn sounded in Worcester on Sunday night, only one thing mattered: Boston College, courtesy of its prolific offense, is heading back to the Frozen Four with its national championship dream still intact.
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Tickets available for Louisville Cardinals vs. Boston College Eagles [WOMEN] on Sunday, February 24

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Tickets available for PARKING: Boston College Eagles vs. Clemson Tigers on Saturday, November 10 at 3:30am

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Join HI Boston and Emerson College for this special study abroad program to kick off International Education Week! Speak to those who have done it, share your experiences, talk honestly about navigating diversity in new contexts, and learn how to take the first step!During out presentation will dive into such issues as: What to consider while looking at your options Creating realistic expectations and myth bustingWith a special post lunch facilitated session on how to engage socially and politically while abroad!Experience an afternoon at the HI hostel on 19 Stuart Street, share some lunch with us, and be part of this unique experiential learning opportunity with students from across Boston.All are welcome, this program is FREE and open to all, but register early to reserve your spot!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/study-abroad-101-exploring-social-activism-tickets-52108207050With questions please contact:liora.norwich@hiusa.org or abroad@emerson.edu
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Join Attorney Mary E. Walsh, Iandoli Desai & Cronin, PC as she conducts an overview session on the State of US Immigration Policy and the ways in which it impacts international students.Attorney Mary Walsh has practiced U.S. immigration law since 2006, and prior to attending law school Mary worked as an immigration paralegal in San Francisco and Cambridge for several years.Mary has lectured on immigration-related topics at a variety of education and research institutions in the Greater Boston area.Mary is currently admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York (2001) and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law (with distinction) from Suffolk University Law School (2006).
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November 5, 2018 Frank E. Madden, 89, of Cazenovia passed away Monday morning at his home. Born in Boston, MA., Frank was a resident of...
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Massachusetts voters have rejected strict limits on the number of patients a single nurse can care for at one time.
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Democrat Ayanna Pressley has completed her quest to become Massachusetts' first black woman elected to Congress.
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You win some, you lose some. Nevro might have been able to beat analysts’ estimates in sales, but the neuromodulation specialist failed to meet consensus of earnings per share for this most recent quarter.

The Redwood City, CA-based company said 3Q18 EPS ($0.37), $0.08 worse than the analyst estimate of ($0.29). Revenue for the quarter came in at $95.6 million vs. the consensus estimate of $94.28 million.

The company said the increase in revenue was primarily attributable to the continued adoption of the Senza system. Nevro said it expects worldwide revenue to be at the low end of its previously stated range of $385 million to $390 million for 2018.

Nevro also discussed costs related to its patent spat with Boston Scientific. Both companies have been clashing over intellectual property since shortly after FDA approved Nevro's Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system in May 2015.

“Legal expenses associated with the Boston Scientific intellectual property litigation were $3.5 million for the quarter, as compared to $4.6 million in the same quarter of last year,” said Rami Elghandour, president and CEO of Nevro, according to a Seeking Alpha Transcript. “Net loss from operations for the period was $9.2 million compared to $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2017. At the end of the third quarter of 2018, we had $258 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.”

The two firms settled the dispute in late July.


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Genie Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Giao  -  Voice of Vietnamese Amerians
05/11/2018

Ngày mai, 6 tháng 11, Hoa Kỳ sẽ có cuộc bầu cử giữa hai kỳ bầu Tổng Thống, hay còn gọi là “Bầu Cử Giữa Kỳ” (Midterm Elections). Người Mỹ gốc Việt đã có những tham gia rất tích cực vào kỳ bầu cử này. Cho đến hôm nay, vài ngày trước ngày bầu cử chính thức, người Mỹ gốc Việt cũng chia sẻ nhiều sôi động với các náo loạn của dòng chính, ngay cả chia rẽ với tinh thần đảng phái cực đoan trong cộng đồng mình.

Mong rằng sự đóng góp đầy nhiệt tình của chúng ta sẽ không đẩy cộng đồng Mỹ gốc Việt vào sự phân hoá đáng ngại giữa hai chính đảng Hoa Kỳ, rơi vào sự kỳ thị chủng tộc, kỳ thị tôn giáo, hiềm khích đầy bạo lực không nên có. Dù theo đảng nào hay ủng hộ ứng viên nào, người Việt chúng ta đều chia sẻ giá trị Tự Do, Dân Chủ, Nhân Quyền, Dân Quyền của Hoa Kỳ, và chung hoài bão muốn bảo vệ chủ quyền của Việt Nam trước sự xâm lăng của Trung Cộng.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans xin mời quý đồng hương cùng duyệt qua bức tranh chung, mong rằng qua kỳ bầu cử này người Mỹ gốc Việt sẽ chứng tỏ cho chính khách Hoa Kỳ và thế giới thấy được sự trưởng thành, lớn mạnh của người Mỹ gốc Việt và sẽ tôn trọng tiếng nói của chúng ta hơn khi quyết định các chính sách ảnh hưởng đến người Việt .

I . Cộng Đồng Mỹ Gốc Việt, dân số và lá phiếu:

Cho đến nay, trong các giống dân Mỹ gốc Á Châu Thái Bình Dương, cử tri gốc Việt đi bầu hăng hái nhất, đến 77 % . Tuy nhiên, tiếng nói của chúng ta lại chưa được hiệu quả lắm, nhất là với những chính sách đối ngoại như nhân quyền, hay đối phó với Trung Cộng trên Biển Đông.

Theo Migration Policy Institute, người Việt tập trung tại các tiểu bang California (39%), Texas (13%), Washington State (4%), và Florida (4%) . Tại các tiểu bang này chúng ta sớm có một số đại diện dân cử người Mỹ gốc Việt tại địa phương. Nhưng năm nay, số ứng viên tăng lên gấp bội, và gồm cả những tiểu bang miền Đông như Massachusetts, Viriginia, hay miền Nam như Georgia.

Theo tài liệu của Census Bureau cho đến năm 2016, thì chúng ta có khoảng 2 triệu người (2,067,000) tập trung tại các khu vực như California (Orange County, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, San Diego), Texas (Houston, Dallas – Fort Worth, Austin), Massachusetts (Boston), New Jersey, New York (New York City), Philadelphia, Virginia – Maryland – Washington D.C, Washington State (Seattle), Louisiana (New Orleans), Oregon (Portland), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Arizona (Phoenix), Nevada (Las Vegas), Georgia (Atlanta). Tại mỗi thành phố vừa nêu, có trên 10,000 ngàn người Việt cư ngụ . Đây là con số đáng kể nếu chúng ta đi bầu .

Theo nghiên cửu của Pew vào tháng 9/ 2017, thì 75% người Mỹ gốc Việt đã là công dân, và có thể đi bỏ phiếu. Đó là một con số đáng kể, nếu tất cả chúng ta khi có quốc tịch đều ghi danh cử tri và đi bầu .

Cuộc bầu cử giữa kỳ thường cho thấy mức ủng hộ của người dân đối với vị Tổng Thống đương nhiệm sau hai năm tại vị . Tổng Thống Trump là vị lãnh đạo không theo các tiêu chuẩn chính thống, đã tạo nhiều phân hoá trong toàn quốc trên nhiều phương diện, và có điểm tín nhiệm thấp nhất so với các vị Tổng Thống trước . Riêng với dân Mỹ gốc Việt, đài VOA ngày 26/10 đưa tin là 64% dân Việt tín nhiệm ông Trump, vì nghĩ rằng ông có thái độ cứng rắn với Trung Cộng. Nhiều người thích thú khi thấy ông Trump đánh thuế lên hàng Trung Quốc, và làm cho kinh tế Trung Cộng chao đảo, tuy Trung Cộng vẫn gia tăng áp lực lên Việt Nam và tiếp tục quân sự hoá Biển Đông.

Ngày 2/11, ông Trump tweeted rằng “các cuộc thảo luận thương mại với Trung Quốc đang diễn tiến tốt đẹp”. Trong cùng ngày, Ngoại Trưởng Vương Nghị của Trung Quốc khẳng định “Trung Quốc có chủ quyền tại Biển Đông” khi thăm New York . Đáp lại, Ngoại Trưởng Hoa Kỳ Mike Pompeo chỉ “nhắc khéo” đến thoả thuận chế tài Bình Nhưỡmg! Điều này khiến người Mỹ gốc Việt cũng cần thận trọng, xin nhớ rằng Hoa Kỳ phải đặt quyền lợi quốc gia của họ lên trên hết.

Trong bài đăng trên VOA ngày 26/10, phóng viên An Hải cũng nêu lên là “thế hệ thứ nhất ủng hộ Cộng Hoà”, còn “thế hệ thứ hai ủng hộ Dân Chủ”.

2 . Giới Trẻ tích cực ra tranh cử:

Rất đông người Mỹ gốc Việt trẻ tuổi đã tham dự cuộc biểu tình ngày 21/01/2017, một ngày ngay sau khi ông Trump đăng quang, tại Hoa Thịnh Đốn, trên các thành phố lớn toàn quốc, và trên toàn thế giới. Họ cho là ông không có đạo đức, coi thường phụ nữ, chế nhạo người tàn tật, kỳ thị người da màu, và không đủ kinh nghiệm cũng như thiếu tư cách để lãnh đạo quốc gia . Nhiều phụ nữ trẻ Mỹ gốc Việt đã chọn con đường tích cực là ra tranh cử trong các vai trò lập pháp tại tiểu bang hay liên bang, để có thể sử dụng hệ thống tam quyền phân lập trong guồng máy chính trị Hoa Kỳ hầu bảo vệ các giá trị nhân bản của Hiến Pháp Hoa Kỳ, trong đó có nhân quyền, dân quyền, và bình quyền về giới tính.

Tại Virginia, Bà Kathy Trần, một phụ nữ Việt tỵ nạn vừa sinh con gái ngày 20.1.2017, đã quyết định tranh cử vào ghế Dân Biểu Tiểu Bang Virginia để: “Bảo vệ tương lai cho con gái tôi và duy trì môi trường, nhân quyền, dân quyền cho người dân Virginia” . Kathy Trần (D) đã thắng cử ngoạn mục, thay thế ông Dave Albo (R), người từng giữ ghế này suốt 24 năm.
Kathy Trần phản đối việc Tổng Thống Trump rút ra khỏi Paris Climate Agreement, đòi huỷ Luật Bảo Hiểm Y Tế Vừa Túi Tiền, cắt ngân sách cho các chương trình bảo vệ sức khoẻ phụ nữ, chuyển ngân quỹ giáo dục công lập sang cho các trường tư thục, và có các đạo luật hành chánh vi phạm quyền của người di dân và người da màu .

Nhiều người trẻ khác cũng ra tranh cử vào các ghế lập pháp liên bang, như Bác Sĩ Mai Khanh Trần (D - địa hạt 39, California), anh Ethan Phạm (D -đia hạt 8, Texas), anh Daniel Nguyễn ( R-địa hạt 22, Texas), Bà Stephanie Ngọc-Dung Đặng Murphy (D- Dân Biêu Liên Bang từ Florida địa hạt 7) .

Quốc Hội Tiểu Bang có lẽ gần gũi hơn, và năm nay có khá nhiều ứng viên Mỹ gốc Việt tranh cử, từ California (TNS tiểu bang Janet Nguyễn (R) tái tranh cử; ứng viên Tyler Diệp (R ) tranh cử vào ghế General Assembly), đến Massachusetts (Luật sư Trâm Nguyễn- D- tranh cử vào ghế Dân Biểu Tiểu Bang từ địa hạt 18th Essex), và tại tiểu bang Washington (Bác Sĩ Savio Phạm -R, Bác Sĩ Joe Nguyễn - D - tranh cử vào thượng viện tiểu bang, Dược sĩ Mỹ-Linh Thái – D- tranh cử vào ghế dân biểu liên bang).

Tại Westminster, Orange County, nơi người Việt chiếm 1/5 dân số, có đến 6 ứng viên Mỹ gốc Việt tranh cử ghế Nghị Viên Hội Đồng Thành Phố: Khải Đào, Tài Đỗ; Chi Charlie Nguyen, Frances The-Thuy Nguyen, Samantha Bao Anh Nguyen, Andy Quach. Đó là chưa kể chúng ta đã có Thị Trưởng Tạ Đức Trí, Nghị Viên Thành Phố Nguyễn Tâm cũng đang tái tranh cử.

Tại Texas, chúng ta có Dân Biểu Tiểu Bang Hubert Võ (D) đại diện địa hạt 149 từng được tín nhiệm suốt 5 nhiệm kỳ; Commissioner Andy Nguyễn ở Taran County rất được lòng cử tri, cũng tái tranh cử . Đặc biệt có anh Danny Nguyễn (R) tranh cử kỳ sơ bộ vào ghê Dân Biểu Liên Bang từ Texas địa hạt 22, nhưng không vào chung kết . Chính tại địa hạt 22 này, chúng ta có Nathan Trương, một người Mỹ gốc Việt mới 26 tuổi, đang vận động cho ứng viên Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) và tạo nhiều tiếng vang .

Chúng ta cũng đã có một số người thắng cử các cuộc bầu cử đặc biệt và đã thắng vẻ vang, như Cô Bee Nguyễn (D), Dân Biểu Tiểu Bang Georgia địa hạt 89; Dean Tran (R) – Thượng Nghị Sĩ Tiểu Bang Massachusetts qua cuộc bầu cử đặc biệt vào tháng 12, 2017 .

Theo dõi các ứng viên Mỹ gốc Việt, chúng ta thấy tuy khác đảng phái, họ cùng chia sẻ những điểm chung sau đây:
1.    Là người Việt tỵ nạn Cộng Sản, sang Hoa Kỳ khi còn nhỏ tuổi.
2.    Hiểu được sự khó khăn của cha mẹ, gia đình trong bước đầu của người di dân .
3.    Ngoài khả năng vượt trội, họ còn có lý tưởng muốn đóng góp và tạo thay đổi .
4.    Vẫn còn mang trong người dòng máu Việt, tâm thức Việt, nhưng đã hoà nhập với đời sống Hoa Kỳ, giá trị nhân bản của Hoa Kỳ, với đầu óc rộng mở để phục vụ xứ sở này .
Sự dấn thân của người Mỹ gốc Việt vào guồng máy Lập Pháp và Hành Pháp của Hoa Kỳ từ địa phương, đến tiểu bang, liên bang, là nguồn hứng khởi cho cử tri Mỹ gốc Việt. Những ứng viên này thuộc cả đảng Dân Chủ lẫn Cộng Hoà, và đều có khả năng cùng tâm huyết vượt trội.

Nhìn chung, các ứng viên đều chủ trương tranh đấu để nói lên tiếng nói của khối dân thiểu số Mỹ gốc Việt , Mỹ gốc Á Châu Thái Bình Dương , mong đạt đến sự đối xử bình đẳng không kỳ thị cho mọi giống dân . Các ứng viên tuy khác đảng phái, nhưng cùng quan tâm đến vấn đề y tế, di dân, giáo dục, nghề nghiệp, giao thương,và gần đây nhất là chuyện sử dụng sung, và quyền có quốc tịch Hoa Kỳ.

Khi tranh cử vào dòng chính, các ứng viên khó có cơ hội đề cập đến các vần đề người Việt quan tâm, như nhân quyền cho Việt Nam, hay tranh chấp trên Biển Đông . Cử tri Mỹ gốc Việt chúng ta cần lưu ý mọi ứng viên về các quan tâm này, đưa vào trong nội dung của “giá trị nhân bản của Hoa Kỳ, và quyền lợi quốc gia Hoa Kỳ” .

Voice of Vietnamese Americans có dịp tổ chức buổi “Nói Chuyện với Ứng Cử Viện vào Hạ Viện Hoa Kỳ từ Virginia Địa Hạt 8”, giữa ứng viên Don Beyer (D)- Dân Biểu đương nhiệm, và ứng viên Thomas Oh (R ), người Mỹ gốc Đại Hàn . Khi câu hỏi đưa ra về nhân quyền, TPP, và tranh chấp trên Biển Đông, thì ông Don Beyer (D ) lại đứng về phía người Việt và người Đông Nam Á đòi Trung Cộng phải tôn trọng luật quốc tế, trong khi ông Thomas Oh trả lời không biết nhiều về các vấn đề này .

3. Vai trò của Cử Tri:

Là cử tri, chúng ta cũng cần tham dự các buổi nói chuyện với ứng viên, và chia sẻ với họ các điều chúng ta quan tâm. Như vậy, lá phiếu của người Mỹ gốc Việt sẽ có ý nghĩa hơn .

Tiếng Nói Người Mỹ Gốc Việt đề nghị chúng ta bỏ phiếu theo tiêu chuẩn : Nhiên (bảo vệ môi trường, khí hậu) – Nhân (bảo vệ nhân quyền) – Dân (bảo vệ dân quyền) để song đôi với quan tâm của đồng bào tại Việt Nam trong lúc vẫn đặt nặng giá trị của Hoa Kỳ .

Chúng ta rât may mắn có một thế hệ trẻ tài giỏi, nhiêt huyết, dấn thân. Hãy cùng nhau hỗ trợ họ để cùng đi tới. Voice of Vietnamese Americans hoan hô tất cả những ai đã dấn thân phục vụ cộng đồng.

Xin cử tri Mỹ gốc Việt hãy đi bầu thật đông năm nay, ngày 6 tháng 11, 2018..

Genie Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Giao
Voice of Vietnamese Amerians

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Thứ Hai, ngày 05 tháng 11 năm 2018

Ngày 06/11/2018, cử tri tại Hoa Kỳ sẽ đi bỏ phiếu trong cuộc bầu cử giữa nhiệm kỳ. Cũng như các cuộc bầu cử khác, lá phiếu của các cộng đồng sắc tộc, tùy theo mỗi địa phương, cũng rất quan trọng. Riêng cộng đồng người Việt thì mức độ tham gia như thế nào, xu hướng bỏ phiếu của họ ra sao, hôm nay chúng ta sẽ cùng tìm hiểu với nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư ở Houston, Texas.

Theo nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư, bầu cử giữa kỳ năm nay rất quan trọng, vì sự thay đổi về số người được bầu trong Hạ, Thượng Viện sẽ làm thay đổi cán cân quyền lực của đảng Cộng Hòa và của tổng thống Donald Trump.

Về lá phiếu cử tri người Việt, theo nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư, có hai vấn đề:

" Thứ nhất, trong cuộc bầu cử vào các chức vụ dân cử địa phương, lá phiếu của người Việt đương nhiên có ảnh hưởng khá lớn, nhất là ở tiểu bang California và Texas. Trong cuộc bầu cử liên bang, số người Việt ở Mỹ chưa tới 3 triệu, tức là chưa tới 1% dân số Mỹ. Số người có thể đi bầu, tức là có quốc tịch Mỹ, là chưa tới một nữa của 1% đó."

Trong cộng đồng người Việt, năm nay có nhiều người hăng hái ra tranh cử vào các chức vụ công quyền ở Orange County ( Quận Cam ), miền nam bang California và đây là điều khiến truyền thông Hoa Kỳ chú ý. Nhật báo Los Angeles Times ngày 21/10 ngạc nhiên ghi nhận có đến 24 người gốc Việt tranh cử ở Orange County và không có gì là bất ngờ lắm : hơn phân nữa, tức là 13 trong số 24 ứng cử viên gốc Việt đó là mang họ Nguyễn, một trong những họ phổ biến nhất của dân Việt Nam.

Phong trào người Việt ra tranh cử dường như bắt đầu từ năm 1992, khi nghị viên thành phố Westminster Tony Lâm trở thành người sinh ra ở Việt Nam đầu tiên đắc cử ở Hoa Kỳ. Theo tờ Los Angeles Times, các ứng cử viên gốc Việt chủ yếu tập trung ở các khu vực Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, và Westminster, tức những thành phố làm nên khu vực gọi là Little Saigon. Cư dân gốc Việt ra tranh những chức vụ quan trọng trong hội đồng thành phố hay nghị viên tiểu bang, cũng như tranh cử vào những chức vụ thấp hơn như như ủy viên giáo dục,...

Trong số 24 ứng cử viên Mỹ gốc Việt tại Quận Cam, thượng nghị sĩ tiểu bang Janet Nguyễn là một chính khách kỳ cựu, tham gia tranh cử lần thứ 9 trong cuộc bầu cử ngày mai. Nói với tờ Times, bà Janet Nguyễn tỏ ra không quá ngạc nhiên về mức độ tham gia chính trị trong cộng đồng mình. Theo thượng nghị sĩ Janet Nguyen, vốn là những người tị nạn chính trị, các đồng hương của bà biết rõ cuộc sống ở một đất nước nơi mà các quyền tự do hầu như không hiện hữu và nơi mà một chính đảng kiểm soát mọi phương diện đời sống. Bà cho rằng trải nghiệm đó đã khiến cho người Mỹ gốc Việt tương đối năng động về chính trị, đi bỏ phiếu đông đảo hơn một số nhóm cư dân khác.

Nhưng đứng từ phía Texas, tiểu bang cũng có một cộng đồng người Việt rất đông đảo, nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư nhận xét là nhìn chung hoạt động chính trị của người Việt lại đang giảm đi :

" Ở Texas, các ứng cử viên vào những chức vụ như ủy viên hội đồng thành phố hay dân biểu tiểu bang, cũng có một vài người Việt, ví dụ như ông Hubert Võ đã đắc cử dân biểu 2, 3 lần. Ngoài ra cũng có một vài vị ra tranh cử các chức vụ địa phương và cũng có một số thành công, nhưng không nhiều lắm so với các cộng đồng thiểu số khác.
Những người lớn tuổi như chúng tôi thì bây giờ "trùm chăn", không còn tham gia vào hoạt động chính trị ở địa phương, nhưng trong giới trẻ thì có một số tham gia.
Cách đây một vài thập niên, việc tham gia hoạt động chính trị địa phương rất là mạnh là vì tinh thần chống cộng lúc đó lên rất cao, nhưng cái sự chống cộng, theo tôi, dần dần không còn mạnh mẽ như trước. Do đó, hoạt động chính trị của người Việt trên nước Mỹ cũng giảm đi".

Theo ghi nhận của các chuyên gia được tờ Los Angeles Times trích dẫn, đa số các ứng cử viên gốc Việt là theo đảng Cộng Hòa, tuy rằng thế hệ trẻ hơn nay có xu hướng theo đảng Dân Chủ hoặc tranh cử với tư cách ứng cử viên độc lập. Cử tri Mỹ gốc Việt trong quá khứ vẫn được xem là thành phần nòng cốt của đảng Cộng Hòa, nhất là những người chống cộng quyết liệt nhất. Nhưng cộng đồng người Việt tị nạn đang già đi và thế hệ con, cháu của họ nay có đầu óc cấp tiến hơn.

Tuy vậy, kết quả một cuộc khảo sát về cử tri gốc Á công bố vào tháng 10 cho thấy người Mỹ gốc Việt là cộng đồng gốc Á duy nhất có đa số là ủng hộ tổng thống Donald Trump.
Khảo sát do tổ chức thúc đẩy quyền bầu cử cho người Mỹ gốc Á và Thái Bình Dương- APIAVote, và Viện Nghiên Cứu Người Mỹ Gốc Á và Thái Bình Dương- AAPIData- thực hiện từ ngày 23/08 đến ngày 4/10/2018.

Kết quả tổng quát cho thấy chỉ có 36% cử tri gốc Á ủng hộ tổng thống Donald Trump, nhưng riêng cử tri gốc Việt ủng hộ ông Trump với tỉ lệ lên tới 64%. Ngay cả cử tri gốc Philippines, đồng minh thân cận của Mỹ, cũng chỉ có 48% ủng hộ ông Trump.

Lý do tại sao người Mỹ gốc Việt lại ủng hộ tổng thống Trump nhiều đến thế, nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư giải thích :

" Những người Việt thế hệ đầu tiên, tức là 60, 70 tuổi, phần nhiều nghiêng về đảng Cộng Hòa. Còn thế hệ cử tri gốc Việt trình độ đại học thì thường nghiêng về phía Dân Chủ. Năm nay, đặc biệt ông Trump đối đầu về thương mại với Trung Quốc, cho nên ông được rất nhiều điểm từ cử tri gốc Việt. Người Việt chúng ta thì đại đa số là hận Trung Quốc, cho nên bất cứ người nào đập Trung Quốc là đương nhiên được cảm tình người Việt."

Cũng theo kết quả nói trên, trong khi cử tri gốc Á nói chung ủng hộ mạnh mẽ đảng Dân Chủ, thì cử tri gốc Việt lại có xu hướng dồn phiếu cho các ứng cử viên Cộng Hòa tranh cử vào Hạ Viện.

Cũng trong cộng đồng người Việt, như kết quả khảo sát ở trên cho thấy, cử tri thế hệ trẻ lại có xu hướng bầu cho Dân Chủ. Nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư ghi nhận :

" Suy nghĩ của thế hệ trẻ hoàn toàn độc lập và hoàn toàn mang bản sắc của người Mỹ, nên suy nghĩ của họ khác hẳn với chúng tôi. Phần lớn thế hệ trẻ có trình độ đại học là hướng về phía Dân Chủ. Vì cương lĩnh của đảng Dân Chủ trước hết là liberal, mà giới trẻ thì cũng liberal, nên thường họ có khuynh hướng nghiêng về phía Dân Chủ."

Nhưng khi được hỏi về dự định đi bỏ phiếu ngày mai, chỉ có .... 64% cử tri người Việt trả lời là có, trong khi tỷ lệ này trong cộng đồng Philippines lên đến 92%. Theo nhà báo Hà Ngọc Cư, có nhiều lý do giải thích vì nhiều cử tri gốc Việt ngại đi bầu :

" Có nhiều người cho rằng lá phiếu của người Việt trong cuộc bầu cử liên bang không có ảnh hưởng gì hết, cho nên có một số người thờ ơ, ít đi bầu. Thứ hai, ngày bầu cử lại là thứ Ba. Người Việt đa số phải đi làm, xin nghỉ cũng khó khăn và có khi đi làm về trễ, cho nên cũng ngại, không đi bầu. Một số người già thì không có phương tiện đi lại, trừ một số người bỏ phiếu qua bưu điện."









          Buyback Franken-set: 6 from '69      Cache   Translate Page      
I'm not feeling verbose today, after experiencing a very tough loss recently in my personal life.  It's difficult to care much about baseball cards at the moment, but since it's been a few days since I posted any kind of an update here on the blog I figure I can crank through half a dozen buybacks easily enough.

1969 Topps #429 - Willie Horton All-Star

These all come from the 2018 Topps Heritage buyback box-topper program.  Willie Horton here is the lone All-Star subset card in the grouping.  This one has to make the cut for the franken-set, right?

Ooh, tough draw with a fantastic manager card here.  One of the best managers in the history of the game no less, and one that just helped the Red Sox win a World Series as a Vice President to President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski.

Had to stick with LaRussa.

1969 Topps #125 - Ray Sadecki

Lefty Ray Sadecki had really dropped off in production between his 20-win season for the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals and the time this card was printed up.  His ERA ballooned from sub-3.00 to well over 4.00 in 1969, and he saw an increasing amount of bullpen work.

Certainly not a season worthy of displacing this '78 George Scott buyback in slot 125.

Not a chance.

1969 Topps #36 - Luke Walker

Luke Walker had an average season for the Bucs in 1969.  He really exploded in 1970, enough so to earn both Cy Young and MVP votes.  1969 though was just average...

Can average knock this '75 Joe Lovitto from the binder?

It cannot.

1969 Topps #555 - Jim Hart

Next up, outfielder Jim Hart of the Giants.  Jim could really slug the ball, but unfortunately he was a total liability on the defensive side of the ball.  Because of that he never really achieved his true potential in Major League Baseball, despite a few notable seasons.

I've got a '73 Bill Hands in slot 555.  Which is better?

I like the Jim Hart.

1969 Topps #267 - Vicente Romo

The Tribe actually traded Vicente Romo to the Red Sox in April of 1969.  The Red Sox certainly handed him the ball a lot, as he made 52 appearances with Boston before the season was over.

Unfortunately for Romo, he draws Herman Franks and some of the best shades in the entire franken-set as his opponent for card #267.

Don't see how I could have gone the other way with this one.

1969 Topps #127 - Kevin Collins

Unfortunately for Kevin Collins, he was dealt to the Expos in June of 1969, and thus was not on the roster for the miraculous post-season run the Mets enjoyed that year.  Then again, that was the trade that brought Donn Clendenon to New York.  So I guess it's doubtful the Mets would have won it all had they not executed that trade in June, given how clutch Clendenon was in the World Series that year.

Had this dual-player Angels RC from 1964 Topps in slot 127.

I love the look of that Kevin Collins card over the '64, so I'm going with it.

Well, that got my mind off things for a bit, but if I'm being honest my heart's just not in it at the moment.  I'm sure I'll be back soon though.  Thanks for stopping by as always.

Franken-set Progress: 632/792 (79%)
1990 Topps Buyback Set: 101/792 (12%)
"Rejected" Buybacks: 520
Total Buybacks in Collection: 1,253
          Comment on GameDay Week 10: Bourbon and Crawfish is the Breakfast of Champions by Chris      Cache   Translate Page      
Boston does not care about BC football, go with Bedlam. The only college sport I genuinely care about up here is hockey.
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The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre
author: Ann Rinaldi
name: Jenny
average rating: 3.81
book published: 1993
rating: 1
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date added: 2018/11/06
shelves: young-adult-historical-fiction, borrowed
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          Intensive Care Coordinator      Cache   Translate Page      
MA-Yarmouth Port, Career Opportunity Intensive Care Coordinator (ICC) / Social Worker Yarmouth, MA Justice Resource Institute’s Community Based programs have sites throughout the state of Massachusetts. JRI has been voted by their employees as The Top 100 Places to Work by the Boston Globe the last 4 years in a row! JRI Cape Cod Community Service Agency (CSA) is a program that partners with the children and familie
          College football pick-six: Saying WTF to Alabama, saying why not to UCF, and let's pretend Boston is a college football town      Cache   Translate Page      
Cliched storyline of the week There came a moment last Saturday night when we had nothing left to do but cling to the tiniest shred of a moral victory. We could mock Alabama’s seeming inability to kick extra points during its otherwise chilling 29-0 victory over LSU. We could celebrate the fact that LSU at least came within roughly 50 feet of the Alabama end zone in the fourth quarter, only for Tigers coach Ed Orgeron to chase some sort of faint hope of covering the spread by attempting a field goal that would have cut the lead to 22-3. Karma, in scoffing at the futility of such a gesture, shuttled that field-goal attempt wide. But this is where we are now: Those of us with a neutral posture are torn between the notion of watching perhaps the greatest college football team of the modern era and desperately hoping that someone can render this season into something more than a steady path toward Alabama’s repeated coronation. That’s why the most hopeful note of the week emanated from an unlikely sideline: that
          NBA notes: Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for throwing ball into stands      Cache   Translate Page      

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game.

The fine was handed down Tuesday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.

The incident occurred at the end of the Celtics' 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets...


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Rude Audio - Rumble on Arab St

London electronic music outfit Rude Audio have announced 'Rumble on Arab St' as the final single off their new 'Rude Redux' EP, accompanied by a video created by Robert Bell.

This new release sees the band refine their trademark sound, fusing their love of woozy dub with throbbing electronics. Here, house music, flecked with Arab and Indian vibes, also shamelessly cavorts with dub. These five tracks go down easy and brings you into sci-fi trance mode.

Ahead of this release, Rude Audio previewed 'To The Sun', complete with a new virtual reality-inspired video, directed by Ali Ingle, as well as 'To The Half Moon', for which Robert Bell also created the video.

Earlier Andrew Weatherall, premiered several tracks from the new EP on his radio show. This EP appeal to fans of Weatherall himself, as well as The Orb, Future Sound of London, Duncan Gray, Adrian Sherwood, On-U-Sound, Hot Chip, and Jagwar Ma.

Based in South London, Rude Audio is a collective with a history of putting on fantastic underground parties, releasing the occasional dubby Balearic opus, engineering for the disparate likes of Paul Weller, Lemon Jelly and Royal Blood and generally mooching about anywhere that doesn’t have bouncers or operate a dress code. WEBSITE.


We shared 'To The Sun' from the 'Rude Redux' E.P. back in August and commented at the time "If dub or electronic music in any shape or size is of interest to you, then dive head first into Rude Audio's music, your in for a very pleasant musical journey". 'Rumble on Arab St' the final single from the collection, I would suggest confirms that our comments regarding Rude Audio's music were reasonable to say the least.


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Buffalo Tom - Overtime.

Ahead of their forthcoming European tour, which starts in Copenhagen on 27 November, Buffalo Tom share the new video for "Overtime", a song that appeared on their recent album Quiet and Peace, out now on Schoolkids Records.

The video was directed by Rachel Lichtman from Network77.com (an absurdist music-and-comedy sketch web series). It was edited by drummer Tom Maginnis' daughter Marlena.

Singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz explains more about the video: "The idea came from the song lyric. Rachel wanted to depict a real woman at various points in her life, from childhood into motherhood. She had some of her own Super 8 footage of her mom Susan. When Rachel loaded it with the music, it just seemed to synch up perfectly. There was this footage of her mom from childhood to motherhood, all Super 8, which has to be a fairly rare case for someone of that generation.

So it is all real vintage footage of one person's pivot points, from young childhood to young adulthood. Also Tom’s daughter Marlena Maginnis edited the video, so its all in the family!"

Quiet and Peace is a compelling 11-song set that finds the trio—singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist-vocalist Chris Colbourn and drummer Tom Maginnis—simultaneously mining their best-known sonic elements while breaking new ground on emotionally resonant new tunes such as "All Be Gone," "Roman Cars," "Freckles" and "CatVMouse."  Buffalo Tom's first collection since 2011's Skins, Quiet and Peace was mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and marks the band's first collaboration with producer and fellow Boston alt-rock legend David Minehan, renowned ex-leader of the Neighborhoods. WEBSITE.

European Tour Dates:
Tue 27 Nov - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
Thu 29 Nov - Berlin, DE - Bi Nuu
Sun 2 Dec - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Tue 4 Dec - Bristol, UK - Fleece
Wed 5 Dec - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
Thu 6 Dec - Birmingham, UK - Institute 2
Sat 8 Dec - Eindhoven, HOLLAND - Come as You Are Effenaar

'Overtime' typifies the sheer quality of Buffalo Tom's music, in this case as Americana and Alt Rock seemingly merge together beautifully. The video makes for a fine companion.


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          Wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea instrumental in Josh Gordon's rise      Cache   Translate Page      

How has Josh Gordon been able to join the Patriots, and pick up such a difficult system so quickly?

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels credited the player, but also gave a huge assist to wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea. He's helped make it possible for Gordon to get on the same page with Tom Brady, and have 100-yard games two out of the last three games.

“When you come in to a new place, kind of mid-stream, there’s no shortcuts to trying to learn the nuances and intricacies of somebody’s system. I think we just put our head down. He’s done a tremendous job of doing that. He tries to learn something new every day,” McDaniels said of Gordon. “(And) Chad O’Shea deserves a tremendous amount of credit. He’s spent a lot of time with him. He’s done a tremendous job of getting him caught up as best we can. We’re still in the growing phase. I don’t think we’ve been together long enough to say that he has a foundation that’s just completely finished. We’re going to continue to work on that each week. He comes in each day, he tries to learn more and understand his role in the game plan and the things that we ask of him at each position that he plays. Like I said, Chad, he really deserves the credit for that because they worked really hard to do that. Ultimately, his performance out there on the field – good, bad or indifferent – he’s learning from every rep that we take in practice and in the games. With all of those reps and all of that experience gained comes some confidence, and with confidence, I think you can improve your performance.”

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          Obi Melifonwu: 'It feels like a blessing' to join Patriots      Cache   Translate Page      

The Patriots need some help covering tight ends, and they might have found a solution. Obi Melifonwu is joining the team’s safeties club with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon.

The former UConn product and Grafton native, reached Monday, couldn’t be more thrilled to be a Patriot.

“It feels like a blessing, honestly. I’m just glad to be back home with my friends and family. It’s a team that I’ve grown up watching,” said Melifonwu, the former second-round pick of the Raiders. “They’re such a great organization. I’m just so proud to be a part of it.”

Melifonwu, who agreed to terms on a contract with the Patriots, according to his agent, Sean Stellato, could be a potential answer to coverage issues they’ve been having with tight ends. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder is a freakish athlete.

Melifonwu played in just five games with the Raiders. Injuries severely hampered him during his time in Oakland. He had knee and hip problems. He was waived off injured reserve earlier this year, making him a free agent. He had visits with a couple of other teams, the Cowboys being one, but in his heart, “being a Patriot was the best thing for me.”

The former UConn star indicated he was healthy now, and could jump right into practice, and play this weekend against the Titans if needed.

 “It won’t be my decision whether or not I play right away,” he said. “I just know the Patriots will have my best interests at heart. I’m definitely going to be ready for the opportunity, but I know for me, I need to make sure I get accustomed to the playbook and the organization and the way they run things.”

Melifonwu said he could see himself in a lot of different roles, but did feel marking tight ends could be in his future, along with playing special teams.

 “I think now in the NFL, there’s a lot of tight ends that are more athletic, bigger, stronger, faster,” he said. “One of the key roles is covering tight ends, and being matchup for them, and helping the team that way.”

 Melifonwu was at the Patriots-Packers game Sunday night. He enjoyed that along with the pregame celebration honoring the world champion Red Sox.

 “The performance the Sox had against the Dodgers was unbelievable. Being from Massachusetts, how great New England sports are, it’s incredible,” said Melifonwu, “So being at Gillette (Sunday night) was extremely special to me. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life, really. The Patriots have been my favorite team since I started watching football. I’ve always wanted to go to a game but never had the opportunity . . . to watch a game before I got to play there, especially seeing Rodgers vs. Brady, 12 vs. 12, that was incredibly special.”

 Stellato was thrilled to help make it happen for Melifonwu in New England:  “I think he has unique traits that can help them win. No one does a better job than the Patriots in this business of identifying those type of guys. I think it’s going to be a great fit for everybody.”



 

    





 

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          Game Day Rewind: Drive-by-drive recap      Cache   Translate Page      

FOXBORO — The Patriots and Packers battled in a matchup that featured top QBs Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The Pats (7-2) needed a win to keep pace with the AFC-leading Chiefs, who routed the Browns earlier Sunday and moved to 8-1.

This was also an enormous test for a New England defense that dominated a college-level offense in Buffalo a week ago. The Pats defense appeared to be trending in the right direction, but this matchup gave us a gauge of where they truly stand.

For much of the night, we updated this blog with drive-by-drive information. While you're digesting all of the great Herald reporting and analysis, you can come back here and relive the action, down for down.

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11:32 p.m. - After three kneels in the final 2 minutes, the Patriots closed out the 31-17 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers.

11:30 p.m. - The Pats start 1st and 10 at their own 48. Patterson with the carry for four yards. 2nd and 6 for the Pats from the Pack 48 after a timeout by the Packers. On that second down, the Pats complete a pass to Gordon for 15 yards. The Pack were caught with 12 men, but declined after the first down. Packers again burn a timeout here. The Pats then run a pair of plays, one right, one left. Edelman with an 11-yard rush to make it to the 2-minute warning. To reset, the Pats have a 1st and 10 on the Pack 21, with 2 minutes to play. 

11:22 p.m. - After a Gostkowski touchback, it was 1st and 10 for the Packers at the 25. A 7-yard completion started things off, but Jones' next carry went for nothing, bringing up a 3rd and 4 from the 31. Patriots flagged for too many men on the field, so the result is a first down for the Packers. Incomplete pass for Rodgers, 2nd and 10 for the Packers from their own 36. Rodgers finds no one open and scampers out of bounds for a two-yard gain. 3rd and 8 from the 38 for the Packers. Quick slant to Adams over the middle. Just enough for a first down at the 46. 1st and 10 at the 46, Packers pass incomplete to St. Brown. 2nd and 10 from the 46. Rodgers again has to scamper, picks up 6. 3rd and 4 from the Pats 48. Rodgers buys time with mobility in the backfield, but incomplete anyway. 4th and 4 from the Pats 48, and the Pack will go for it. Incomplete. Rodgers overthrew his man. Pats take over on downs at their 48. Patriots 31, Packers 17.

11:10 p.m. - Edelman with a 17-yard rush to open the drive for the Pats. Now 1st and 10 at the Pats 45, Brady out of the gun, White carried right for no gain. 2nd and 10, and Brady quickly finds Josh Gordon for 55 yards and a TD, his first passing TD of the game. Gostkowski's extra point was good. Patriots 31, Packers 17.

11:06 p.m. - Gostkowski's kickoff after the Pats' TD was a touchback. After a three-yard gain on first down, Rodgers threw incomplete on second down. On 3rd and 7 from the 28, Rodgers out of the gun, Rodgers was crushed. First sack of the game for the Pats. Nine yard sack, Flowers, Claborne. Scott to punt for the Pack, Edelman deep. Edelman corrals the ball at his own 27. Turnover, timeout.

11:00 p.m. - On 1st and 10 at the Pats 24, Patterson rushed for one yard right. On 2nd and 9 from thr 25, White ran up the middle into the teeth of a sharper-than-the-first-half Packers defense for two yards. Now 3rd and 7 from the 27, the Pats found Dorsett down the right side for a first down to the Pats 44. 1st and 10 at the Pats 44 for the Patriots. Brady slings to right side, James White, who skittered forward to the 49. No huddle Brady, finds Edelman over the middle for a first down. Pats 1st and 10 at the Pack 43. Complete pass to White left side, gain of four yards. Pats 2nd and 6 from the Pack 39. Then some trickeration. Brady oass to Edelman, who then passed to White on the other side for a long gain up the sideline. 1st and goal from the Packers 2. White rush for one. 2nd and goal for the Pats at the 1. Stopped at the line of scrimmage, but on the next play, White for one yard and a TD, the Patriots third rush TD of the game. Patriots 24, Packers 17

10:54 p.m. - To reset, the Packers have 1st and 10 at the Pats 34 after two long completions to Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers, from the gun, handed the ball to Aaron Jones, who sliced his way over the left side to the Pats 26-ish before coughing up the ball. Patriots recovered the first turnover of the game. Fumble, recovered.

10:50 p.m. - Packers lined up for 1st and 10 from their own 7 officially, and not seeing what he liked, Rodgers called timeout with 2:34 left in the third quarter. On that 1st down play, Rodgers completed a pass to the left to Lewis. Packers 2nd and 5 from the 12. Williams gained 4, bringing up 3rd and 1 from the 16. Rodgers, from the gun, rolled out to his right, and found Scantling on the right sideline. Packers 1st and 10 at their own 40. Rodgers under center, found Valdes-Scantling again for a big gain, this time 26 more yards. 1st and 10 Green Bay at the Pats 34. End of the 3rd quarter. Patriots 17, Packers 17.

10:45 p.m. - Patriots 1st and 10 at the 38 officially. Brady, from the gun, grounded the ball on a blitz near Edelman, so no penalty. Brings up 2nd and 10 from the 38. But on the play, the fourth Packer to suffer an injury, Blake Martinez this time, after appearing to roll his ankle. On that 2nd and 10 play, Brady tried Edelman again, this time a more conventional incomplete pass, brought up 3rd and 10. Brady, from the gun, got run over and sacked back at the 27. That brought up 4th and forever from the 27. Allen punted to Williams deep, but the Packers roughed the kicker on the punt. Badly. Personal foul, 15 yards and a first down for the Patriots. Now 1st and 10 Pats at the Pats 42. Patterson caught a ball up the right side for seven yards. Brady terrible throw on third and three and the Pats again lined up to punt. Allen from his own 37 drove the ball to the Packers 6, where it was downed by the Pats.

10:35 p.m. - 1st and 10 Packers from their own 2-foot line. Jones ran for three yards to the 4, bringing up 2nd and 7. Rodgers from the gun, quick out to the left to Cobb, but now third down and 7 from the 4 for the Packers. Rodgers from the gun, threw deep right, and well overthrew Cobb. 4th down and Scott to punt from the back of the end zone. Edelman receives the punt and falls down at the 50. Flag on the play penalizes the Pats, 15 yards to the Pats 35.

10:30 p.m. - Crosby kicked to Patterson on the kickoff. The Pats' WR let the ball go over his head for a touchback. The Pats started 1st and 10 on their own 25. Brady, under center, handed to Patterson, who pinballed forward for four yards. 2nd and 6 from the 29, and White is back in for the Oats for the first time since being knocked out in the second quarter. Brady pass over the middle to Gordon for 17 yards for a first down. The Pats then are 1st and 10 at the Pats 46. Brady from the gun, swung it out to Edelman to the left. he fell forward for three yards. Pats 2nd and 7 from the 49, Brady found Gordon over the middle for a first down down to the Pack 37. Brady then a quick pass left to Edelman for seven yards. 2nd and 3 from the Packers 30. Brady completes then to Dwayne Allen for a first down. 1st and goal from the Pack 9. Incomplete on 1st and goal to Gordon at the right pylon. 2nd and goal from the Pack 9 for the Pats. Brady, out of the gun, tried over the middle to Edelman and was incomplete. Third and goal from the 9, and Brady, from the gun, and threw to the end zone to what appeared to be no one. The reason? Hogan was mugged in the end zone. First and goal from the Packers 1 after the 8-yard penalty. Brady, under center, hands to James White, who went nowhere. Pats 2nd and goal from the Pack 1. Brady, under center, handed to Patterson this time. Patterson, TD. His second of the game. The call of touchdown was reviewed, as all scoring plays can be/are. And the call was overturned. Now 3rd and goal from inside the Green Bay 1. Brady from under center, rolled right and the pass fell incomplete, bringing up 4th and goal from two feet. After lining up in the shotgun, Brady called timeout. He lined up in the shotgun anyway out of the timeout,  and his pass to Gordon was incomplete. Turnover on downs, with the teams tied 17-17.

10:14 p.m. - Jones scampered for 4 yards on 1st and 10 to start the second half for the Packers. On 2nd and 6, Rodgers completed a pass to Adams for 15 yards. But wait. Belichick decided to challenge the ruling on the field of a completed catch. The replays here seem to make the crowd think "no catch." The officials agree. No catch. Packers 3rd and 6 from the 28. Rodgers out of the gun, finds Valdes-Scantling for 51 yards over the middle to the Pats 21. 1st and 10 from the Pats 21 for the Pack, the run op the middle by Jones goes for nine. 2nd and 1 at the Pats 12 for the Packers. Out of the gun, Rodgers gives to Jones for a first down. Packers 1st and goal from the Pats 5. Rodgers under center, toss to Jones left, he is stopped on the three. But also, holding on the Packers. Still first and goal, but now the ball is at the Pats' 15. On 1st and goal from the 15, Rodgers out of the gun, escapes pressure, doesn;t see Cobb open, throws it away. 2nd and goal from the Pats 15 for the Packers, Rodgers out of the gun, finds Jimmy Graham crossing in the back of the end zone for a TD. Graham, the versatile tight end, with the grab. Crosby kick is good, and we are tied, 17-17.

9:50 p.m. - Patriots 1st and 10 from the 22, and the Pats take a knee to end the half. At the half, Patriots lead, 17-10.

9:49 p.m. - Packers 1st and 10 from the 25 after a touchback on Gostkowski's kickoff. Rodgers, from the gun, handed to Jones, who bounced off several defenders to gain 7. Packers 2nd and 3 from the 32. Rodgers, from the gun, swung it out wide to right side, caught by Williams for a first. Packers 1st and 10 from the 36. Rodgers from the gun, misfired to the flat left for an incompletion. Second and 10, then, from the 36 with 1:15 to play, Rodgers from the gun,  he scrambled so much, offensive holding and defensive holding offset, and the teams had to replay 2nd down. Still 2nd and 10 from the 36, Rodgers again out of the gun, found Cobb on the left sideline for 9 yards. That brought up a 3rd and 1 from the Packers 45. Rodgers, from the gun, scrambled left and was stripped of the ball. By rule, fumbled ball back to the spot of the fumble. On 4th down, Packers punting. Edelman deep. 

9:42 p.m. After a return from Patterson to the Pats 32, Barner got a carry and then Edelman a completion, James White carried for a first down, but hobbled off the field. The ensuing first down, Cordarelle Patterson carried for a couple of yards, but there were late flags. The penalty to the Packers was an unnecessary roughness penalty to Packers Whitehead, who was ejected, 15 yard variety, that brought the ball down to the Packers 30 after a 10-yard Patterson gain plus the penalty. On 1st and 10 from the Pack 30, Brady under center, toss to Patterson, running behind Develin, found a hole left side and made it to the Packers 13, a gain of 17. On 1st and 10 from the 13, Patterson up the middle reached the Packers 5, bringing up a 2nd and 2 from the 5. Update on James White, he's standing on the sideline, repeatedly flexing his left leg at the knee. Patterson, on the next play after the 2-minute warning, ran for 5 yards up the middle for the TD. Gostkowski's extra point was good. Patriots 17, Packers 10.

9:30 p.m. - The Packers, starting at their own 21, 1st and 10. Rodgers handed to Jones up the middle for a five yard gain. On 2nd and 5 from the 26, Jones had the carry on a toss left. Jones cut his way to the 39 for 13 yards. On 1st and 10, Jones ran left for two yards to bring up 2nd and 8. On that play, Rodgers scrambled as the pocket collapsed and slung the ball to Williams on the left sideline for 16 yards. Packers 1st and 10 at the Patriots 43. Rodgers slung it right to Adams, who was hauled down at the Pats 34 for a 9-yard gain. On 2nd and 1, the give was to Jamaal Williams, who ran left over the line and picked up the first down on a 3-yard gain. 1st and 10 at the Pats 31, Rodgers out of the gun, handed it to Williams up the middle for two yards. On 2nd and 8 from the Pats 29, Rodgers went for the end zone and missed, but flags on the Pats. 12 men and offsides. After the penalty, 2nd and 3 from the Pats 24 for the Pack. Rodgers out of the gun, threw underneath to Adams, who slid out of bounds at the Pats 14 for a first down. On 1st and 10 from the 14, Rodgers out of the gun, had to scramble toi the right after the pocket collapsed and went OOB at the 12. On 2nd and 8 from the Pats 12, Rodgers, out of the gun, gave to Jones up the middle for a first down to the Pats 2. On 1st and goal from the Pats 2, The Packers went big up front and tried to lob it to Graham on the left sideline. Fell incomplete. Brought up 2nd and goal from the 2. Packers stayed with large players, Rodgers again dropped to pass, and threw it away. Now 3rd and goal from the Pats 2. On another pass play, Rodgers complete to Adams crossing over the middle for a TD. Crosby for the extra point, was good, and we are all tied up. Patriots 10, Packers 10.

9:17 p.m. - Brady and the Pats started from their own 27. First play was a pass to Develin the fullback for no gain. Brady then lofted a pass for Gordon right side. he made a great grab but came down out of bounds. That brought up 3rd and 10 from the 27. Pass intended for Develin fell incomplete, and Allen went back to punt. He got a hold of it at the 17. The ball bounced out of bounds at the Green Bay 21. Quick three and out for the Pats there.

9:13 p.m. - After  touchback on the kick from Gostkowski, the Pack started at their own 25. Under center, Rodgers flung it to Adams on the right flat. Six yards and a 2nd and 4 for the Packers from the 31. Rodgers out of the gun, passed left and nearly picked off, intended for Adams. On 3rd and 4 from the 31, Rodgers, out of the gun, was flushed out right and threw out of bounds for 4th down at the 31. Scott back to punt, Edelman deep at the Pats 20. The punt, from the Packers 20, sailed high and Edelman called for and made a fair catch at the 26. First and 10 for the Pats at their own 26.

9:08 p.m. - Long pass from Brady (29 yards) to Gordon, goves Pats a first down at the Pack 43. Then, on the ensuing first down, Brady completed to Edelman up the left side after a flea flicker from White. That gave the Pats first and goal at the 10. White carried for no gain for a second and goal at the 10. An incomplete pass to Edelman then brought up 3rd and goal from the 10. Out of the gun, Brady got hit and hurried and passed incomplete. That brought out the field goal unit, and Stephen Gostkowski. The FG was a 28-yarder, and it was good. Pats now lead Packers, 10-3.

9:02 p.m. - Patriots started 1st and 10 at their own 12 on their third drive of the night. Brady, out of the gun, tried to find Gordon on a deep out left, and it fell incomplete. But a defensive holding penalty gave the Pats a first down at the 17. On 1st and 10 from the 17, the Pats tossed to Cordarelle Patterson, who gained 11 yards out to the Patriots' 28 for a first down. After one quarter, Patriots 7, Packers 3.

8:58 p.m. - Starting at their own 13 after a punt from the Pats, the Packers went back to work. Rodgers out of the gun pass left to Adams for a gain of five. On second and 5 from the 18, the give was to Jamaal Williams up the middle for a first down. Packers 1st and 10 at the 28, Rodgers under center, give was to Williams, and he was brought down at about the 33. On a 2nd and 5 from the 33, the Packers passed incomplete to the right side, bringing up a 3rd and 5. On that 3rd and 5, with Rodgers in the shotgun, Jimmy Graham was wide open on the left side for  19 yard gain. Packers 1st and 10 at the Pats 48. Rodgers, out of the shotgun, looked deep right for Stanley, fell incomplete on a nice pass defended by Jason McCourty. On 2nd and 10 from the Pats 48, Rodgers, out of the gun, went left to St. Brown, bringing up 3rd and 6 from the Pats 44. On that play, Rodgers, out of the gun, passed incomplete to the right, missed signal with the receiver, and brought up 4th down. Scott to punt, Edelman deep for the Pats. Scott, from his own 40, punts to the Pats 12, where it was fair caight by Edelman. Patruots still lead, 7-3.

8:49 p.m. - Crosby kicked it deep again to Patterson after the Packers' field goal. Patterson let it go over his head for a touchback. Pats 1st and 10 from the 25. Brady under center, play fake to White, pass to the right to Edelman for a 16-yard gain and a first down. Brady out of the gun on 1st and 10 from the 41, the give was to White up the middle for a three-yard gain, 2nd and 7 from the 44. Brady pass intended for Edelman, incomplete, brings up 3rd and 7 from the 44. Brady, out of the gun, was sacked for a big loss. On 4th and 17 from the 34, Ryan Allen back to punt for the Pats. Williams deep for the Packers and he lets it bounce out of bounds inside the 15. Turnover here, Packers 1st and 10 at their own 13.

8:43 p.m. - On the Packers' first possession, Gostkowski kicked the ball off with Bashaud Breeland deep for the Pack. Breeland took the ball at the five, and returned it out to the 27, where Aaron Rodgers and the Pack started. The give on first down was to Aaron Jones, and he went for 6.  Rodgers rolled out to the right on second and four and completed to Cobb for a first down. 1st and 10 from the 38 for the Pack, and they passed to Jimmy Graham to the right side. Nine yards later, it was a 2nd and 1. Jones went for two yards and picked yp the first at the Packers 49. Out of the shotgun, Rodgers was hurried and threw the ball out of bounds, over the head of Graham. On 2nd and 10, Jones carried over the middle for a few. 3rd and 7 for the Packers from the Pats' 48. Rodgers out of the gun, and a penalty on the Pats gave the Pack 5 more yards. On the real 3rd down, Rodgers flipped the ball to the left to Jones and he got a first at the Patriots 40. On the ensuing first down, Rodgers under pressure completed to Jimmy Graham. Packers 1st and 10 at Pats 28. Jones took the handoff and squirrelled his way up the middle for seven yards to the 21. On that second down, Cobb took a WR screen right side and scampered for a first down. First and 10 at the Pats 14 for the Pack. A holding penalty on Patrick Chung gave the Pack and 1st and goal at the Pats 9. Out of the gun, Rodgers lofted the ball uncatchable to the left side over Cobb, bringing up second down. A delay-of-game penalty on the Packers dropped them to 2nd and goal from the 14. Out of the gun, Rodgers laid the ball in the hands of Devante Adams, but he couldn't hold on. On 3rd and goal from the 14, Rodgers again out of the gun, empty backfield, swung it out wide left but Cobb was hauled down at the 11. Crosby in to attempt a field goal from 29 yards. It was good. Patriots hold off Pack in the red zone and force a FG. Patriots 7, Packers 3.

8:29 - Mason Crosby kicked off the the Packers, sending the ball end over end toward Cordarelle Patterson for the Pats. Patterson broke the ball out to the Patriots 36. After an offside call on the Packers, Pats start at their own 41. 1-10, P41: James White carried over the left side for a short gain. Going no-huddle, the Pats again went left with White for a first down to the Packers 49. Brady took a shot on first and 10 to Gordon down the middle of the field, the ball fell incomplete in the end zone. Gordon wanted an interference call, but none came. On 2nd and 10 from the Packers 49, Brady completed to James White to the left side, to the Packers' 35. On the ensuing first down, Brady completed to Dorsett for five yards. Again in no-huddle, Brady went over the middle to White for a first down at the GB 19. Dorsett then caught a shorty to the left for a gain of seven to the 12. Then another on 2nd and three to White for a 3rd and 1 from the 9. Brady then kept the ball and earned a first down. That set up a 1st and goal from the Packers' 8. James White took the handoff and scampered left for the eight yards needed for a Patriots' TD. Gostkowski's extra point was good, and on a very fast, mostly no-huddle drive, Patriots lead 7-0.

8:23 p.m. - Packers will defend the North goal, and the Patriots will get the ball first to start this game.

8:20 p.m. - The Red Sox lingered on the field after introductions and mingled along the Pats' sideline. Anthem is sung, field is clearing. Almost ready for some football.

8:13 p.m. - The Boston Red Sox made their appearance tonight at Gillette Stadium. Ryan Brasier, Joe Kelly, Brock Holt, Steve Pearce, JD Martinez and Alex Cora carried the trophy in on a specialty duck boat for a pregame introduction, along with Red Sox brass, including John Henry and Sam Kennedy. Steve Pearce was also the Patriots' official door opener tonight as they left the locker room for the field. The last man out, James White, gave Pearce a big hug. 

7:57 p.m. - Speculation continues on press row tonight as to who will shoulder the load as a running back. Sure, James White is the obvious choice, but with Kenjon Barner being held back in Buffalo, might we see a bigger workload for him tonight against the Packers, who have little film on him? That's one theory. Also, with Gronk out, and with Hollister still out, the Pats dress only one tight end tonight, Dwayne Allen. 

7:52 p.m. - A meeting on the field just now saw Robert Kraft stroll across the turf and greet Mark Murphy, the Packers' team president at about the 40-yard line near the Green Bay sideline. The pair met for almost five minutes before parting ways just ahead of the pregame veterans' ceremony.

Pregame notes

It'll be tough sledding for the Patriots offense, which is without tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/ankle) and running back Sony Michel (knee). Both players are inactive tonight.

Hampered by various injuries, Gronkowski has now missed two of the past three games. 

Michel, who suffered a knee injury in Week 7 at Chicago, has missed two consecutive games.

The Patriots will be relying heavily on James White once again. They experimented with wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at running back at Buffalo, but it's unclear if they'll revisit that strategy.

"That Buffalo game is a little bit of a different game," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week. "We'll see how it goes. I don't know."

In addition to Michel and Gronkowski, right guard Shaq Mason (calf), tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring), offensive lineman Brian Schwenke (foot), linebacker Nicholas Grigsby (illness), and offensive lineman Cole Croston (healthy scratch) are inactive.

 

 

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          Comment on Help. I Need Your Advice. by Chris Boutourline      Cache   Translate Page      
The saying, "Lies, Damned lies, and statistics" was popularized by Mark Twain who attributed it to Benjamin Disraeil (wikipedia). Disclosure: I fear a Russian judge in the house and I have a horse in the race. I broke it down this way 1. Record? 2. Playoffs? If so....? 3. Single factor? For correct record: I put D as the clear winner with A a handily beaten 2nd. B, C, and E brought up the rear, with C enjoying a slight edge amongst this group (statistically, I think they all deviate, to a negligible extent, from the outlier of 108 wins- edge to C for absolute closest). Points (1-5, lowest total wins) D=1 A=2 C= 3 B & E= 3.5 I based D as winner due to correctly under-valuing Nats who, prior to the season, Vegas placed an over/under on (for # of wins) of 92.5 wins (the 1/2 point is because Vegas doesn't like ties) -they won 82. A, came in 2nd by picking very close to what oddsmakers expected of the team (85.5), the Cards won 88 (I think they greatly, over-achieved given the team's make-up). See above for B, C, & E. As to the "Make Playoffs?" question it has an inherent weakness, which is, that, if you pick your team to NOT make the playoffs, you're done answering questions, whereas, the pickers of their favorite team to play on, have to navigate 3-4 rounds of playoffs. This is where the Russian judge comes in as degree of difficulty enters the equations. I came up with an order favoring playoff "pickers": in this order, B=1 C & E=2.5 D=3 A=3.5 Reasoning: B got it dead-on, C & E had Red Sox in WS, C had them winning it but didn't name opponent. E had them in WS but losing to Dodgers (btw, naming WS opponent or other "extra credit" twists (see "J.D. Martinez") seem like sucking-up to Russian judge). D gets a bit screwed but really, hasn't the annual implosion of the Nats become, lately, almost as dependable as the Red Sox winning the WS? And A picked a team that wasn't expected, by most, to make the playoffs. "SINGLE" (R.M.'s caps) Factor: B & E= 1 C=2.5 A & D= 3.5 Reasoning: B & E both said Red Sox "hitting". According to ESPN "Sortable Hitting & Pitching", Boston was 1st in hitting and 8th in pitching. C came up with the very specific JD Martinez, homer prediction but I considered this, maybe the best, TEAM to ever play in Fenway so an individual pick misses the mark. D said Nats hitting would fail them but ESPN has them 8th out of 30 in batting, so it's a stretch to say they failed in hitting. "A" said Cards pitching would stand-out as lacking but they fell equally as short in hitting (ranked12/30 in pitching and 11/30 in batting. Final Score= B=5.5 D & E=7 C=8 A=9 Closing thoughts; I know the contest favors early voters so that should be considered. A thought for the 2019 contest, a "Most surprising team" - did anybody have Oakland for 97 wins? (their over/under was 74.5). Also, if the question, re: playoffs, remains the same next year I'd like the non-playoff pickers to venture a guess as to the outcome of the playoffs to raise their degree of difficulty.
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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game.

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          "A Broad, Deep, Clerical Conspiracy" and "Bishop Accountability Has Proved a Contradiction in Terms": More Commentary      Cache   Translate Page      


And there's more: here's another diptych from recent commentary that I want to offer for your consideration — about a totally different topic than the one discussed in the diptych I just provided in my previous posting:


James J. Heaney, "Our Myth, Their Lie":

The structure [i.e., Roman Catholic clericalism] I have just described could hardly be better at catalyzing abuse. Look at Cardinals Egan and McCarrick. One was considered conservative, the other liberal, but both were notorious on abuse—and St. John Paul gave both the red hat. How about Cardinal Mahony and Cardinal Pell? Archbishops Finn, Wilson, and Bruskewitz? Or Cardinal Law, the great conservative prelate whose punishment was promotion? The same story unfolds today in Honduras, Chile, and Australia. Now we’ve learned from Pennsylvania that dozens of bishops, perhaps a cardinal, are implicated in a broad, deep, clerical conspiracy—a conspiracy that was well established years before my old scapegoats, Vatican II and the sexual revolution, were around to take the blame. This crisis was not caused by Marty Haugen tunes and the Land O’ Lakes statement. At the root of this crisis is structure—the particular way church governance has calcified in the past couple of centuries. That structure has to go.

Jenn Abelson, Thomas Farragher, Jeremy Roebuck, Julia Terruso and William Bender, "Catholic bishops promised reform in sex-abuse scandal. But they didn’t look at their own misdeeds": 

Bishop accountability has proved a contradiction in terms; resistance and indifference remain all too common. Even some of the bishops who wrote the 2002 reforms would themselves be accused of enabling or ignoring abuse. And the chairwoman of the new civilian board overseeing compliance with the reforms quickly despaired of the seriousness of the bishops' commitment, saying, in a 2004 letter not previously reported, that their pledge to change "appears to be nothing more than a common fraud." 
In short: The price of reform has been paid, visibly, by parish priests. Their bosses, however, have been largely spared.

          Diagnostic Catheters Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 7.3% by MarketsandMarkets      Cache   Translate Page      

The Global Diagnostic Catheter Market is projected to reach USD 4.30 Billion by 2021 from USD 3.02 Billion in 2016, at a CAGR of around 7.3% from 2016 to 2021.

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Frontiers Music Srl заключили соглашение с аор-группой DECARLO.

"Я очень рад, что на меня обратили внимание в Frontiers и я получил свой первый контракт! Работать с таким серьезным лейблом, подписавшим одни из лучших групп моего времени, это огромный комплимент для меня" — сказал Tonny DeCarlo, известный по выступлениям с BOSTON с 2007 года.

Выход альбома намечен на середину 2017 года. #Decarlo
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11/06/2018
Spencer Ives

Michael A. DeVita III, 37

General manager, Securadyne Systems

Andover, Mass.

Michael DeVita III initially started in the security industry as a summer job, which led into a greater interest, he said. He started in the industry with Surveillance Specialties 17 years ago, a company that was acquired by Securadyne Systems five years ago.

“After being exposed to the industry for a summer, I took a liking to the physical security world and began to gain an understanding of the technical side of things before making the move to inside sales support. I had the great fortune to work alongside my father (Mike DeVita Jr) in a support role where I learned the nuances of the business. While doing inside sales, I designed systems, built proposals, and eventually managed some key customers before starting my own sales career within Securadyne. I was given the opportunity to work very closely with CEO Carey Boethel during this time and when the opportunity arose I moved into the general manager’s role where I have been since 2013,” DeVita said.

DeVita is the general manager for the Boston and Portland, Maine, branch locations where he oversees sales and operations. Securadyne Systems is an integrator with 17 branches across the United States, servicing enterprise class clients throughout. The company has “regional hubs” in Boston, Atlanta and Dallas, DeVita explained.

When asked what he likes best about being in the security industry, DeVita said, “Creating value for my clients. Security integration is more than just installing cameras and readers. With each interaction, you get the opportunity to solve for the underlying need and look at a holistic approach that sometimes includes technology as well as operational or procedural recommendations. You build relationships and trust with clients based on the long-term approach rather than the singular project.”


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A second round of public meetings on design work for the Northern Strand Community Trail are scheduled in your area and we need your support!

The public is encourage to attend any (or all) of the 5 public meetings set during the month of November for the Northern Strand Community Trail starting tonight, Monday November 5. In February, the state announced it would award $1.5 million for design work which includes design improvements for sections of the trail which are already open as well as the long sought after extension through Lynn. The funding will also be used to extend the trail in Everett through the Wynn Casino property will it will eventually make a critical connection to trails heading into Boston.


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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game.

The fine was handed down Tuesday by league discipline executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.

The incident occurred at the end of the Celtics' 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets...


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Here’s what we learned on the night where Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got his first NBA start:

Jamal Murray and basketball’s unwritten rules

The Denver Nuggets had a signature early-season win, beating Boston and doing it with a 48-point barrage from Jamal Murray.

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Born in Wales in 1928, Alun Morgan became a Jazz fan as a teenage and was an early devotee of the bebop movement. In the 1950s he began contributing articles to Melody Maker, Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly, and Gramophone and for twenty years, beginning in 1969, he wrote a regular column for a local newspaper in Kent. From 1954 onward he contributed to BBC programs on Jazz, authored and co-authored books on modern Jazz and Jazz in England and wrote over 2,500 liner notes for Jazz recordings.

"I probably don't need to tell you that Alun Morgan was one of the most gifted and knowledgeable of all jazz writers. He wrote the most beautiful English and what he had to say was communicated flawlessly to his readers. He was comprehensively generous to other writers, and it was at his instigation that I wrote my book on Woody Herman. Once I decided to write it, he shovelled  to me the information that he had acquired for his own use on Woody at an amazing rate. Try to find anything he has written and you will be deeply rewarded if you succeed. His book on Modern Jazz was an early primer on the subject, and you'll find the one on Basie, despite its great age, is as relevant as it ever was." -  Steve Voce

Chapter Four

“For much of the first half of 1940 Basie worked around New York and Boston. He was at the Apollo Theatre on at least three occasions and the Golden Gate Ballroom, both venues in New York City, and at Boston's Southland Ballroom, from which latter location an excellent broadcast transcription dating from February 20 has been released on a number of labels. By now the powerful trumpet of Al Killian had replaced Shad Collins and the distinctive Vic Dickenson had joined the trombones, taking the place of Benny Morton who left to join pianist Joe Sullivan's band.

In May Milton Ebbins took over as manager from Jack Kearney and Tab Smith was in and out of the band as a fifth saxophonist. The band was still being booked through MCA but Willard Alexander's move to the William Morris agency was having an effect on Count's business. It was not that the band had no work, it was simply that it was not getting the air time which Alexander had considered so important. There have been a few indications that, away from the piano keyboard, Basie's acumen and sense of timing left a lot to be desired. Apart from the unfortunate terms of the Decca contract Basie entered into, the sharp nose-dive of his fortunes with MCA once Alexander left was most noticeable. Both Count and his manager. Milt Ebbins, formally accused MCA of serious charges and the November 15, 1940 issue of Down Beat carried the news that Basie felt the agency was guilty of:

a.   Failure to book the band into spots with radio wires.
b.   General handling of the band: for example it was recently booked for the Paramount Theatre (LA) for two weeks. 'It was the only date we played out there, and it cost us two thousand dollars to send the band there. It doesn't make sense.'
c.   Long jumps on tour: 500 miles a night 'not unusual. We've jumped from New York to Chicago in one night'.
d.   The band has been a big grosser everywhere it's played (including a recent Southern tour) but 'MCA got some nineteen thousand dollars in commission last year. Basie got seven thousand himself and the band got five thousand. Does that make sense?

Basie threatened to break up his band, presumably in order to sever his relationship with MCA. Count did a number of one night stands with
Benny Goodman (and played on some of Benny's sextet recording dates) while the rest of the Basie men 'loafed around New York'. Manager Milt Ebbins said he was taking the mismanagement case to James Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians. 'We haven't had a location job with air time for a year. Some weeks we work every night, jumping 500 miles a night. Other weeks we lay off No one seems interested in Basie at MCA'.

By the end of the year an uneasy truce was proposed with MCA taking less commission from the band's bookings. But Basie suffered another setback a couple of weeks before Christmas. Columbia had set up a recording session for Friday, 13th December, 1940 in order to record four titles (It's the same old South, Stampede in G minor, Who am I? and Rockin' the blues); on the day of the session Basie's star soloist, Lester Young, failed to show up. Rumour has it that he objected to making records on Friday The Thirteenth but those close to the event deny it. In any case Basie was forced, at short notice, to bring in Paul Bascombe on loan from the Erskine Hawkins band, and to allocate the tenor solos on the date to Buddy Tate. It was the parting of the ways, at least temporarily, for Lester and Basie and while the precise reasons for Young's departure may never be known, it is worth recording that Lester's wife, Mary, wrote a letter to Down Beat magazine stating the Lester left Basie of his own accord and was not fired.

Another Down Beat report of interest occurs in the January 15, 1941 issue referring to the months of wrangling between Basie and MCA. Count bought his release from the agency for ten thousand dollars and joined William Morris. 'Willard Alexander, Morris band department executive, will personally guide Basie and the band just as he has been doing for the past four years, even though he and Basie were with rival booking offices. Also in the picture is Milton Keith Ebbins, youthful Basie road manager and former band leader, who now becomes personal manager of the Basie outfit. Alexander and Ebbins together will accept or reject all bookings offered. Basie's band hasn't been working much lately. On January 3rd he started a theatre tour, opening at the Apollo in Harlem - the first job to be booked by Morris'. Following the departure of Lester Young, Count used a number of temporary substitutes in his reed section then, at the end of February, 1941, Don Byas took over on a permanent basis.

With Willard Alexander now officially back at the helm the bands fortunes improved. Most of its work was still in ballrooms and theatres where it was expected to provide music not only for dancers but also as the backing for all manner of variety acts and vocalists. What happened in the recording studios was not always necessarily a true reflection of the working band schedule. Jimmy Rushing and Helen Humes were a great success as singers with the band but Helen found the strain of touring too great and left around the time Don Byas came into the band. 'I used to pretend I was asleep on the Basie bus' Helen told Stanley Dance, 'so the boys wouldn't think I was hearing their rough talk. I'd sew buttons on, and cook for them too. I used to carry pots and a little hot plate around, and I'd fix up some food backstage or in places where it was difficult to get anything to eat when we were down South. Playing cards was the best way of passing time on those long trips, but sometimes when I won money from them I found I had to lend it back! I wasn't interested in drinking and keeping late hours, so that part didn't hurt me. But my kidneys couldn't stand the punishment of those long rides. I was too timid to ask the driver to stop when I should have. Then, too, I got tired of singing the same songs year after year.’

Miss Humes's eloquent statement tells us more about the reverse side of the show-biz coin than a wealth of conjecture. Life on the road with a touring band has never been good but for girl singers the pressures were greater.

Basie brought in Pearl White, a former singer and dancer at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, as a temporary replacement for Helen and later in the year, Lynne Sherman, one-time vocalist with the Sonny Burke band and now married to Basie's manager Milt Ebbins, sang with the band at an engagement at Boston's Ritz-Carlton. (Lynne also recorded a couple of sides with the band at the end of 1941.) But Jimmy Rushing was still the major attraction in the vocal department, singing the blues and generally giving the band its deeply committed Kansas City sound. Ballads on records were handled by Earl Warren, who was also leading the sax team. The Okeh releases of 78rpm discs usually had an Earl Warren vocal on one side and a more extrovert instrumental number on the other. British EMI, which then had a contract with American Columbia, parent company of Okeh, released Basie records in Britain during World War Two on its Parlophone label and invariably cross-backed the instrumentals, omitting most records with a vocal. One Basie performance with a singer which was issued both in the US and Britain was the two-sided King Joe, a somewhat unexpected pairing of the Count's orchestra and the vibrant voice of Paul Robeson.

Some of the arrangements for the vocals brought in unexpected names; Hugo Winterhalter, for example, scored some of the Earl Warren features. Basie was also using compositions and arrangements from unusual sources for his instrumentals too; Stampede in G minor was written by Clinton P. Brewer, a convicted murderer then serving a 19 year jail sentence while Beau Brummel was by the diminutive Margie Gibson. It is likely, however, that many of the titles which the band recorded for Okeh/Columbia were seldom played in public for the band was still working predominantly hotel ballrooms and theatres where the programme of music was certainly less experimental.

Years later the same pattern could be observed when comparing the band's recorded output with any listing of tunes played in public. Metronome magazine's Bill Coss spent some time travelling with the band at the end of 1956 and his observations are probably typical of almost any period in the orchestra's existence: 'It's interesting to look through the band's arrangements. There are about 180 scores in the library and, at most, only sixty of these are played. Out of that number, there are perhaps twenty or thirty which are played over and over;-the others are mostly dance arrangements, ballads by Edgar Sampson, etc. Of that outside figure of thirty, there are only two or three which have any real musical worth; those the musicians really like to play, but they generally have to badger the Count into playing them. Basie doesn't like to play new arrangements. Like most of jazz, like most jazz musicians, the arrangements written and played are of familiar blues and standard tunes. Aside from the fact of sheer boredom and over-familiar material, many of the musicians have an artist's interest in new material; but to no avail. Yet they accept it with fortitude, knowing that that is very much the way it is, turning with a wry smile when I would ask them about any new arrangements being in the book and answering "Yep, there's a new arrangement of Moten swing"'

Basie, like Duke Ellington, may have felt that he was working for two audiences, those who paid at the door to hear the band 'live' and those who wanted a more permanent reminder of the band on record. During the nineteen-forties the band was recording excellent scores by men such as Jimmy Mundy (Fiesta in blue, Something new, Feather merchant etc.), Eddie Durham, Buster Harding, Buck Clayton and, occasionally, Skip Martin, Tadd Dameron and Tab Smith. Most of the writers seemed to write with the established sound of the band in mind. (Perhaps they knew that such scores had a better chance of finding their way into the book!) Basie was very much the leader, rejecting anything which he did not feel was right. Buck Clayton told Stanley Dance '(Count) was nice to work for, but he always knew what he wanted from the band and the arrangers. At the beginning, it used to take us so long to get through the arrangements. We'd have to help guys who didn't do so much reading, but who were great soloists and were accustomed to the head arrangements. The only reason I played all those things with a mute with Basie was because he asked me to, and as he was the leader his wishes were like commands. When I came out of the army I was my own judge and I played like I wanted to. The funny thing about Basie was that he'd ask me to record with a mute, but when we got on one-nighters he'd have me play the same thing open'.

Clayton stayed with Basie until November, 1943 when he was called up by the US Army. The Count's band lost a number of men to the armed forces but there is evidence that the US authorities called more whites than Negroes, proportionately speaking, and some of the white bands of the day suffered greater losses of key personnel than either Basie or Duke Ellington.

When the V Disc programme of recordings was launched, Ellington and his men made it clear that they were not prepared to take part, as a protest against the way coloured troops were treated. (The Ellington material which does exist on V Disc is generally from public concerts.) Basie, on the other hand, took part in a number of these sessions, a fact which enables us to hear the development of the band during an extended ban on commercial recordings which commenced on August 1,1942 and, in the case of Basie's recording company, did not end until December, 1944. During this period a number of important personnel changes took place. Don Byas left and Lester Young took his place, having presumably patched up his previous difference with Basie.

Buddy Tate remembers that Byas left after an incident one night when Ben Webster sat in with the Count. 'I never heard anyone sound like that in my life, and all the cats flipped over Ben. Poor Don went across the street and got stoned!' Lester came into the band in December, 1943 and stayed until the following September when the army almost literally took him off the bandstand. Lester had been ignoring his call-up papers, using the excuse that, as a member of a touring band, the papers had not reached him. 'When we opened in Los Angeles that year,’ recalls Tate, 'there was a sharp young cat there who kept looking at Prez and Jo Jones. That wasn't unusual because they were stars. He sat there drinking whiskey all night, but when we got though he came over and said "You, Lester Young, and you, Jo Jones, I have to serve you with these papers. Be down at the Induction Centre tomorrow morning!" '. Their places were taken immediately by drummer Buddy Rich (who succeeded in playing with Tommy Dorsey in the early part of each evening then with Basie at ten o'clock) and Artie Shaw, who played Lester's tenor parts on clarinet. This was, of course, only a temporary arrangement until Shadow Wilson and Lucky Thompson, on drums and tenor respectively, joined on a more permanent basis. 'When Lucky arrived, he continued the Byas approach' maintains Buddy Tale. 'Lester had naturally been featured more than me, and Lucky was in his chair. Lucky quit when he decided he wanted to stay on the Coast'. Basie's visits to Los Angeles had given him the opportunity of working in films and as early as April, 1943 Down Beat was reporting that 'the Basie band can currently be seen in three films, "Hit Parade of 1943" (Republic), "Reveille With Beverley" (Columbia) and "Stage Door Canteen" (United Artists)'.

The following August the band was working on three film assignments at Universal, the Donald O'Connor comedy musical 'Man Of The Family' (also known as 'Top Man'), the Olsen and Johnson sequel to 'Hellzapoppin' titled 'Crazy House' (and sometimes 'Funzapoopin') and a Will Cowan short.

But perhaps the most significant event was that on November 5, 1943 Count Basie opened at the Lincoln Hotel in New York for an eight week engagement. On the face of it this may seem fairly innocuous but it was the breaking down of a number of barriers. It was Count's first booking into a New York hotel and the first time the Lincoln had ever played host to a coloured band. No doubt Willard Alexander was the power behind the move and the Lincoln booking was an immediate success. In fact the band returned again later and a number of excellent broadcast transcriptions exist from the Lincoln's 'Blue Room' which indicate that Basie did not have to make any concessions to the hotel guests; numbers such as Harvard blues, Kansas City stride, Dance of the gremlins and Rock-a-bye-Basie abound.”

To be continued ….




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No news is good news. 60% of wildlife has been wiped off the planet since 1970. Mexican police kill a man in the migrant caravan on the border with Guatemala. Ever since Trump openly declared himself a nationalist last week, there has been an escalation of far-right violence. We interview an anarchist who works at the Tree of Life synagogue where an anti-Semite massacred 11 people on Saturday, as well as two people in the Outlive Them network about the upcoming International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. We also draw connections between the election of Bolsonaro in Brazil and anarchist resistance to Trump and democracy itself in the United States. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:12}
    • Tree of Life massacre {5:10}
    • Bolsonaro, democracy, elections {24:00}
    • Resistance roundup {33:50}
    • Repression roundup {37:50}
    • Next Week’s News {43:15}
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  • The latest episode of Sub.Media’s webseries Trouble deals with the J20 protests and ensuing legal battle. If anyone out there can help translate the subtitles to Brazilian Portuguese, we know that comrades there would appreciate it! E-mail us at podcast[at]crimethinc[dot]com.

  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • November 2: A call for counter protests against Steve Bannon and David Frum in Toronto. Meet at 5pm outside Ray Thomson Hall located at 60 Simcoe St.
    • November 6: an anti-ICE march in Portland, Oregon at 6pm. Meet at City Hall and check out @OccupyICEPDX on twitter for more information.
    • November 8–11: International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, including this action in New York City on November 10.
    • November 10: A call for counter demos against PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim and anti-refugee demonstration, also in Toronto. Meet at 12pm in Mel Lastman Square.
    • November 16–18: School of the Americas Watch is hosting a border encuentro directly on the US/Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora.
    • November 17: A Stand Against Proud Boys action in Philadelpha, to counter Proud Boys who are planning to attend a rally called We the People. Meet at Washington Square Park at 6th and Walnut Streets.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • More about the unpermitted crowd that forced Trump’s motorcade to turn around in Pittsburgh.

  • The Claws of Empire, the Rise of Fascism: Brazilian Anarchist Statement on Bolsonaro

  • Another anarchist perspective on the upcoming midterm elections.

  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief are still looking for accomplices in their autonomous relief work in North Carolina, as well as supplies. They need:
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is on tour until late November! This week’s dates:
    • October 31: Olympia, WA. 3:00 pm PDT @ Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505
    • November 1: Seattle, WA. 7:00 pm PDT @ Pipsqueak Gallery, 173 16th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
    • November 6: Fort Collins, CO. 7:00 pm MST @ Poudre Valley Public Library, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • November 7: Fort Collins, CO. 4:00 pm MST @ Cafe Foco, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • A complete list of tour dates and locations can be found here.
  • Duluth, Minnesota: Anti-fascist and anti-white supremacy People’s General Assemblies will be taking place weekly, Tuesdays at 6 PM in People’s Power Plaza

  • Political Prisoner Malik Washington has announced a hunger strike, not only against his conditions, but also against police brutality on streets and inside prison walls, against prison slavery, and against patriarchy and imperialism. If you’d like to send him written messages of support, you can write him at:

    Keith H. Washington #1487958

    McConnell Unit

    3100 South Emily Drive

    Beeville, TX 78103

  • Write a letter to anarchist prisoner Eric King at:

    Eric King

    # 27090045

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  • Rashid Johnson, a revolutionary prisoner who is a founding member, and Minister of Defense, of the Prison Chapter of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, is asking for your help! As de facto retribution for his relentless activism and exposure of the prison system, Rashid is being held in awful repressive conditions. Especially importantly, he takes medication for his blood pressure and the prison is withholding his medicine. Supporters can call Warden Beth Cabell, any day other than Friday, at (804) 834–2678. The focus should be on his medical emergency, as Rashid needs to have his blood pressure checked in order for any adjustments to be made to his medications.

  • A trans woman of color and water protector was arrested on bogus charges in Louisiana on last week. She has since been released, but you can still donate to the ongoing fight at Gofundme.com/NoBBP.

  • In the Philippines, Food Not Bombs volunteer Marco is still in prison awaiting trial on drug charges. His supporters vehemently maintain that he had drugs planted on him and that he is being framed. You can donate to his legal fund here.

  • Friends of Tim Brown Jr are raising legal funds on his behalf for charges he incurred while in jail after being arrested in Charlottesville. The new charges are for allegedly beating up James Fields, the neo-Nazi who murdered Heather Heyer. If you have a few bucks, here’s the link to his gofundme.

  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for Ed Poindexter, who celebrates a birthday next week:

    Ed Poindexter

    #27767

    Nebraska State Penitentiary

    Post Office Box 2500

    Lincoln, Nebraska 68542

    {Birthday: November 1}


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          And Then There Were Three: Why Is Massachusetts Still Refusing to Seek NPDES Delegation?      Cache   Translate Page      

As readers of this space know, I have been mystified by the opposition in Massachusetts to obtaining delegation of the NPDES Program.  In my temperate way, I have called it an embarrassment.

I have just learned that Idaho was recently delegated authority to operate the NPDES program.  Now, only Massachusetts, New Mexico, and New Hampshire remain undelegated.

The Boston Globe said that the current arrangement has worked. … More


          Los eventos más recientes respecto a las elecciones de mitad de periodo presidencial en Estados Unidos      Cache   Translate Page      
Los eventos más recientes respecto a las elecciones de mitad de periodo presidencial en Estados Unidos (todas son horas locales):

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Los demócratas han arrebatado por lo menos 23 escaños de la Cámara de Representantes a los republicanos, lo que los encamina a alcanzar los 218 que requieren para ser mayoría.

Los demócratas desbancaron a por lo menos 17 republicanos al ganar distritos moderados suburbanos de diversas partes del país, desde los suburbios de Washington, Nueva York y Filadelfia hasta las afueras de Miami, Chicago y Denver. Los resultados de la Costa Oeste aún no se anuncian.

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Elecciones de EEUU romperán récord por número de mujeres en Cámara de Representantes.


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Nancy Pelosi dijo a legisladores y simpatizantes demócratas que las elecciones son sobre el futuro, y agradeció “a todos ustedes por brindar un mejor futuro para todos los niños de Estados Unidos”.

Pelosi habló mientras los demócratas se encaminaban a obtener la mayoría en la Cámara de Representantes.

La líder demócrata dijo que las elecciones del martes eran más que sobre republicanos y demócratas. Eran sobre restaurar la Constitución y crear un contrapeso al gobierno de Trump.

Agregó que la elección era también sobre detener lo que describió como los ataques republicanos contra programas como la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible. Dijo que los demócratas encontrarán coincidencias cuando puedan y que defenderán sus puntos de vista cuando sea necesario.

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El presidente Donald Trump describió los resultados de las elecciones de mitad de periodo como un “éxito inmenso” debido a que los republicanos mantuvieron el control del Senado, aunque los demócratas obtuvieron algunas victorias importantes en la Cámara de Representantes.

El martes por la noche, Trump tuiteó: “Un éxito inmenso esta noche. ¡Gracias a todos!”.

El mandatario pasó la tarde observando los resultados en la Casa Blanca acompañado por su familia y amigos. Los días previos a las elecciones asistió a mítines de campaña, en un intento de impulsar a los republicanos que se postularon para el Senado.

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Vicegobernador demócrata Gavin Newsom es elegido gobernador de California; vence al republicano John Cox.
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El republicano Ron DeSantis será el próximo gobernador de Florida, luego de vencer el martes al demócrata Andrew Gillum.

El exlegislador de 40 años y oficial de la Marina recibió el apoyo del presidente Donald Trump, quien visitó el estado en dos ocasiones en los últimos seis días de campaña para ayudar a impulsar la participación de los votantes republicanos.

Gillum esperaba convertirse en el primer gobernador de raza negra de Florida. Reconoció su derrota la noche del lunes.

DeSantis no era considerado el favorito, hasta que Trump se involucró en las primarias republicanas y ayudó a DeSantis a conseguir la victoria sobre el comisionado de Agricultura Adam Putnam, quien era más conocido y estaba mejor financiado.

DeSantis perdió impulso tras su nominación, en particular después de decir que los votantes no deberían “hacer monadas” eligiendo a Gillum.

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La demócrata Laura Kelly gana gubernatura de Kansas, que estaba en poder de los republicanos.

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El senador republicano Ted Cruz venció al demócrata Beto O’Rourke para obtener su reelección en una contienda de Texas que atrajo mucha atención y que al principio parecía cosa cantada, pero que necesitó una visita del presidente Donald Trump para ayudar a impulsar al republicano.

Trump y Cruz fueron acérrimos rivales en 2016, pero el presidente visitó Houston hace unas semanas para apuntalar la victoria del senador.

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La representante demócrata Michelle Lujan Grisham es electa gobernadora de Nuevo México.

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El representante demócrata Tim Waltz es electo gobernador de Minnesota y vence al republicano Jeff Johnson.

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Los demócratas están recuperando terreno en su lucha por el control de la Cámara de Representantes después de obtener escaños vitales en Florida, Pensilvania y Minnesota.

Los triunfos les dan a los demócratas una porción de los escaños que necesitarán para obtener control de la cámara baja. Han ganado dos escaños en Florida, desbancando a republicanos, y han ganado otros tres en Pensilvania, en donde un reordenamiento de los distritos ordenado por la corte dejó un terreno más favorable para los demócratas. También desbancaron a un republicano en Minnesota.

Los demócratas necesitan una ganancia neta de 23 escaños para controlar la Cámara de Representantes.

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La demócrata Debbie Mucarsel-Powell venció al representante republicano Carlos Curbelo en la contienda por un escaño de Florida en la cámara baja federal.

Mucarsel-Powell es una inmigrante ecuatoriana que ha trabajado para varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro en el condado Miami-Dade. Sus propuestas incluyen prevención de la violencia y protección del medio ambiente, pero su principal enfoque es el sistema de salud y la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible, la cual Curbelo prometió revocar.

Mucarsel-Powell retrató a Curbelo como un político que habla como moderado pero tiende a votar como conservador.

Curbelo es líder de la Bancada Climática y votó a favor de un impuesto sobre las emisiones de dióxido de carbono, un factor en el calentamiento global.

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La demócrata Ayanna Pressley completó su lucha para convertirse en la primera negra de Massachusetts en ser elegida para ocupar un escaño en la cámara baja.

Pressley también es la primera afroamericana en ocupar un cargo en el Consejo Municipal de Boston. Transitó sin oposición en las elecciones legislativas del martes para el Congreso, dos meses después de desbancar al representante republicano Michael Capuano, quien lleva 10 periodos en el cargo, en unas primarias que causaron una gran sorpresa política a nivel nacional.

Si un republicano en la contienda en el distrito mayoritariamente demócrata, su victoria en las primarias le había asegurado un escaño en la Cámara de Representantes, con tan solo una posibilidad remota de una campaña por escrito para detenerla.

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Los republicanos retuvieron las gubernaturas de Texas y Wyoming.

El gobernador de Texas Greg Abbott obtuvo un segundo periodo al vencer a la demócrata Lupe Valdez en una contienda en donde el resultado rara vez estuvo en duda.

En Wyoming, el tesorero estatal, el republicano Mark Gordon, ganó la elección de gobernador al derrotar a la demócrata Mary Throne. Gordon será sucesor del gobernador republicano Matt Mead, quien se mantuvo en el cargo desde 2011 y ya no es elegible a la reelección.

Los republicanos también controlan las cámaras legislativas en Texas y Wyoming, aunque los demócratas han intentado reducir la ventaja republicana en Texas.

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Guam ha elegido por primera vez a una mujer como gobernadora.

Los votantes eligieron el martes a la demócrata Lourdes Leon Guerrero, quien venció al gobernador republicano, el teniente Ray Tenorio.

Leon Guerrero dijo que su victoria como la primera gobernadora es histórica para la isla y para esa parte del mundo. Describió su logro como aleccionador y un honor.

Señaló que sus habilidades como enfermera, empresaria exitosa y senadora estatal mejorarán las vidas de los habitantes de Guam, un territorio estadounidense ubicado en el oeste del océano Pacífico. Su primera orden del día será trabajar con el Departamento de Hacienda de la isla para estabilizar las finanzas y afinar la burocracia.

Guam votó de forma contundente por la candidata demócrata Hillary Clinton en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016, con más del 70% de los votos. Dado su estatus de territorio, el voto de Guam no contó en el recuento oficial de sufragios.

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La senadora Elizabeth Warren de Massachusetts, una posible contendiente para la presidencia de Estados Unidos en 2020, está entre un grupo de cinco legisladores demócratas que obtuvieron fácilmente su reelección para el Senado.

Los senadores Chris Murphy de Connecticut, Ben Cardin de Maryland, Tom Carper de Delaware y Sheldon Whitehouse de Rhode Island también ganaron. Todos eran favoritos en sus contiendas.

Warren ha generado mucha especulación sobre si se postulará para la Casa Blanca en 2020. Recientemente dijo que echaría un “vistazo” a una candidatura presidencial luego de su contienda para la cámara alta.

Murphy obtuvo un segundo mandato luego de recaudar fondos de campaña que eran 100 veces más grandes que los de su oponente.

En tanto, Carper consiguió su cuarto mandato. No ha perdido una elección durante las cuatro décadas que ha estado en la política estadounidense.

En cuanto a Cardin y Whitehouse, ambos ganaron su tercer mandato.
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El gobernador de Nueva York Andrew Cuomo venció al republicano Marc Molinaro el martes para ser electo a su tercer periodo de cuatro años. Ningún republicano ha ganado la gubernatura de la entidad desde 2002.

En Pensilvania, el gobernador Tom Wolf obtuvo un segundo periodo al derrotar al aspirante republicano Scott Wagner.
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Greg Pence, el hermano mayor del vicepresidente Mike Pence, ganó un escaño en la Cámara de Representantes que su hermano ocupó alguna vez.

Pence, de 61 años, dueño de dos tiendas de antigüedades, venció a la demócrata Jeannine Lee Lake.

Greg Pence es uno de los tres hermanos de Mike Pence. Es veterano de la Infantería de Marina y dirigió una cadena de tiendas de autoservicio que hoy día está en bancarrota.

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La representante republicana Barbara Comstock de Virginia fue la primera legisladora de la cámara baja en perder su escaño, luego de que los votantes de su distrito del norte de Virginia expresaron su desagrado por el presidente Donald Trump.

La senadora estatal demócrata Jennifer Wexton obtuvo fácilmente la victoria en el distrito adinerado ubicado a las afueras de Washington D.C., en el que Hillary Clinton ganó por 10 puntos porcentuales en 2016.

Comstock se esforzó por enfatizar su independencia de Trump, pero Wexton, una exfiscal, retrato a la representante que llevaba dos mandatos en el cargo como una aliada de Trump que estaba fuera de contacto con el distrito diverso y bien educado.

Comstock venció con facilidad al candidato demócrata en 2016 cuando su distrito apoyó a Clinton.

La atención a nivel nacional sobre la contienda ayudó a Comstock y a Wexton a recaudar más de 5 millones de dólares en total, mientras que otros grupos externos gastaron más de 10 millones de dólares.

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Las casillas en la costa este cerraron, pero los resultados en algunas de las contiendas más importantes siguen siendo demasiado apretados para declarar un ganador.

Las casillas de seis estados cerraron a las 7 de la noche, hora del este, incluyendo Georgia, Indiana y Kentucky, donde se libran reñidas batallas electorales.

Las casillas en otros estados clave como Florida, Pensilvania y Nueva Jersey cerraron una hora después.

Por lo menos dos de las elecciones menos destacadas, con implicaciones presidenciales, se decidieron después del primer gran cierre de casillas en el este.

El senador por Vermont Bernie Sanders ganó fácilmente su tercer periodo y sopesa una nueva postulación a la presidencia por el Partido Demócrata. Y la senadora por Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, otra posible aspirante de 2020, también ganó su contienda.

El electorado consideró como prioritarias la agenda migratoria y de salud al momento de votar, de acuerdo a una extensa encuesta realizada por The Associated Press.
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El republicano Charlie Baker obtuvo otro mandato como gobernador en el bastión tradicionalmente demócrata de Massachusetts.

Baker venció al demócrata Jay Gonzalez después de una campaña en la que resaltó la solidez de la economía y su papel en estabilizar el presupuesto estatal sin aumentos generalizados de impuestos. Baker es un republicano moderado que ha criticado frecuentemente al presidente Donald Trump.

La legislatura de Massachusetts está dominada por los demócratas. Pero la elección de Baker a un segundo mandato de cuatro años significa que los republicanos tendrán voz cuando se redistribuyan los distritos electorales después del censo del 2020.

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El demócrata Tim Kaine venció el martes a un acérrimo partidario del presidente Donald Trump al conseguir la reelección para el Senado federal por Virginia.
Kaine venció al candidato republicano Corey Stewart.

La victoria estaba prevista, ya que Kaine tenía la preferencia en la mayoría de las encuestas y una considerable ventaja en fondos de campaña.

Kaine es un exgobernador que fue electo para el Senado por primera vez en 2012. Fue compañero de fórmula de Hillary Clinton en 2016.

Stewart es un conservador conocido por su abierto apoyo a los objetos relacionados con los confederados y por su visión intransigente en materia migratoria. Tuvo problemas para recolectar fondos de campaña y fue ignorado por los grupos republicanos nacionales.

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19:00

El senador federal Bernie Sanders obtuvo el martes una cómoda victoria para su tercer periodo en el Senado, al superar con facilidad a otros ocho aspirantes.
Sanders, el candidato independiente que, desde hace tiempo, ha sido uno de los políticos más populares del estado, pasó poco tiempo haciendo campaña para los comicios legislativos.

Sanders ha enfrentado a pocos rivales de consideración desde que fue elegido por primera ocasión para el único escaño del estado en la Cámara de Representantes en 1990. Pasó al Senado en 2006.

El candidato republicano Lawrence Zupan, un empresario de bienes raíces de Manchester con experiencia en comercio internacional, hizo campaña en contra de lo que creía eran grandes programas gubernamentales y de bienestar social. Sin embargo, su candidatura nunca pudo despegar y su campaña generó poca atención.

En lugar de concentrarse en su reelección, Sanders viajó por todo el país para expresar su apoyo a candidatos demócratas y una serie de temas políticos.
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 CardioMech taps medtech veteran Nehm for CEO Swedish mitral valve repair company CardioMech said today that it named medical device industry veteran Richard Nehm as president & CEO effective immediately. Nehm’s resume includes stints at Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX), Abbott (NYSE:ABT) acquisition Tendyne and ATS Medical (acquired by Medtronic (NYSE:MDT)). CardioMech also named Spinal Stabilization Technologies president & CEO Mark Novotny as chairman. “There are more than 400,000 patients around the world that suffer from a leaky mitral valve due to prolapse or flail that are at a high-risk for a cardiac surgery. We are pleased to welcome Rick and Mark to help us accelerate the development of our catheter-based technology that is designed to treat these patients with ...

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Daniel Magraw (Center for International Environmental Law) & Sergio Puig (Univ. of Arizona - Law) have posted Greening Investor-State Dispute Settlements (Boston College Law Review, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Climate change poses serious threats to human society. Climate change is already affecting our environment and thus, many aspects of human and economic activity. Among the challenges ahead, governments will need to more actively adopt regulatory policies given the international obligations in this area, such as the Paris Agreement, as well as promote green private investment as a means toward unlocking sustainable growth. How can international investment law be adapted and modernized to respond to these challenges? In this Essay, we summarize a comprehensive set of innovations that could be included in International Investment Agreements to address international obligations regarding climate change. Our discussion, based on a Green Treaty Model, first stresses the role of balanced obligations for investors and host countries, and then focuses on dispute settlement. We conclude by explaining how the current process of reform under the auspices of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law can be used for a more ambitious transformation of international investment; a transformation in which investment treaties can act as catalysts for green foreign direct investment necessary to reverse the momentum for climate change already built into the atmosphere.

          La grande désillusion aux DSA      Cache   Translate Page      

Un petit billet rapide, comme cela, le jour où nos Voisins du Sud vont voter aux élections de mi-mandat. Un billet pour noter que les USA n’ont jamais été aussi divisés. Politiquement, socialement, économiquement et bien entendu technologiquement… Le président a beau utiliser Twitter comme arme de désinformation massive, les grands des nouvelles technologies ne suivent pas politiquement et peinent à tenir leurs plates-formes en bon ordre. Les GAFAM, Twitter et l’écosystème des start-ups sont campés dans les grands États et grandes villes (Californie et Côte Est dont New York et Boston ou même Austin au Texas), des États et villes à large pourcentage démocrates. La majorité de leurs dirigeants sont aussi de la même mouvance mais par leurs excès d’appétit fiscal et d’impuissance en gestion des contenus, ils polarisent de plus en plus leurs utilisateurs et leur société. De «Don’t be evil» ils le sont pour plusieurs devenus. La technologie comme la politique divisent encore plus les  USA, creusent des fossés idéologiques mais aussi creusent le fossé des classes sociales et exacerbent les extrémismes et le racisme. De plus, les élections se sont technologiquement transformées depuis 2008. Les deux camps s’affrontent actuellement à coup désinformation, fake news, et fermetures […]

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          Long Lines Test Voter Patience Across the Nation      Cache   Translate Page      

Voters reported waits of an hour and longer on Election Day in areas ranging from the Gulf coasts of Texas and Florida to parts of Missouri and South Carolina, up to Chicago, rural central Pennsylvania and New York City. Polling places opening late, voting machine outages, understaffing and sheer volume caused some voters to abandon the lengthy lines before casting their ballots.

In the Houston area, voters waited over half an hour for polls to open as staff struggled to get voting machinery online. Voters who were late for their jobs left polling places in Brooklyn as high turnout and downed ballot scanners led to waits of up to two hours.

While it is hard to know if the problems exceed usual Election Day hiccups, the issues in states that allow early voting, like Florida and Texas, are unexpected, said Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida.

Behind the scenes, officials were addressing potential gaps in computer security. By noon Tuesday, several states reported to U.S. election-security officials that hackers tried to scan their computer systems for software vulnerabilities. Days before, a county clerk’s office said its email account was compromised and its messages forwarded to a private Gmail address, according to person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Although early voting in some states had outpaced 2014 — and experts anticipated problems if that trend continued into Election Day — the number of voters turning out at polling places on Tuesday caught many election administrators flatfooted.

The problem was particularly acute in the Houston area. At Lone Star College-Cypress Center, outside Houston, polls opened 45 minutes late because of what one voter attributed to understaffing and bewilderment among poll workers about how to operate voting machinery.

“There were people standing in line for an hour only to find out they were at the wrong polling place,” said Brianna Smith, a 31-year-old tax specialist and mother of three. “It was very discouraging for people to see a line wrapped around the corner when they have to go to work.”

The Houston Chronicle reported a similar late opening at a polling place at Notre Dame Catholic Church.

Hector de Leon, the spokesperson for the Harris County Clerk’s Office in Texas, said the county had resolved the morning’s issues. Delayed openings at some precincts, he added, are common. “Clerks are running late — they get there at 6:45 instead of 6 o’clock,” he said. “Clerks forget how to connect the equipment properly,” though he noted the county has technicians on call to help poll workers befuddled by voting machines.

Elsewhere, downed voting machines led to long delays after voting was underway.

Neil Brown, the president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, tweeted: “Single scanner breaks down at precinct” in St. Petersburg, Florida, with “some abandoning vote cause they need to work.” (The problem had been resolved by midday, and election officials hadn’t received reports of wait times prompting voters not to cast a ballot, said Dustin Chase, a spokesperson for the Pinellas County, Florida, supervisor of elections.) A Pennsylvanian named Jennifer Culbertson reported seeing fellow voters leave long lines before filling out their ballots at Spring Garden Township municipal building in York, Pennsylvania.

Farther north, voters in Brooklyn reported that, at one point Tuesday morning, all the machines that scan ballots at PS 22 were down. “They’re literally having people fill out the ballot and stuff them in locked ‘emergency’ ballot boxes that half the people in line don’t trust,” Rachael Berkey, who estimated that the wait was over two hours, wrote in an email.

Humidity may be the culprit in places like Brooklyn. “The scanner that’s being reported as jamming wants to operate in the range of 10 to 15 percent humidity, and we’re hearing about problems in New York, Boston and North Carolina, where humidity is really high today,” said Charles Stewart, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elsewhere in Brooklyn, sheer volume generated long waits. Unlike many states, New York does not offer discretionary early voting.

In a balmy school gym at PS 11, the morning line topped 200, spilling out the schoolhouse doors and onto the sidewalk. The wait was an hour and a half.

The line was “probably longer than when Obama was on the ballot,” Emily Chen said.

Election officials for New York City were not immediately available for comment.

Some voters at the school described seeing people leave the polling place because of what longtime residents described as historic turnout.

“This is the longest line in generations,” Catherine Saunders, a 68-year-old Brooklynite, said. “I’ve been voting here for 27 years.”

Voters saw similarly historic turnout numbers elsewhere in the Northeast. Theresa Marshall, of Wells, Maine, had “never seen it so busy at the polls, even for presidential elections.”

In James Island, just outside Charleston, South Carolina, where the wait reached an hour and a half on an unseasonably warm Tuesday morning, Jennifer Dukes, a 34-year-old photographer, was among a number of locals who sought to persuade their fellow voters to stick out long lines by passing out snacks and water. She saw others playing games on their cellphones to pass the time.

According to Stewart, the best recourse for voters who ran into long lines Tuesday morning is to head back to the polls during the early afternoon. Nationwide statistics show the shortest waits during those hours on Election Day, before a post-work bump later in the afternoon.


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Because the Bill of Rights, aside from the 3rd Amendment, was totally meant to only apply inside one's home. SCotUS really needs to get off its collective ass and stop allowing the 2nd to be treated like a constitutional orphan.
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Whitey Bulger is gone from Boston, but Bench McCarthy is here to take his place.

Bench McCarthy is a thug's thug, a hitman, an underworld jack-of-all-trades running his own mob out of Winter Hill in Somerville while simultaneously handling "wet work" for Sally Curto, a half-demented, totally obscene mob boss.

After years of gangland peace, Bench and Sally suddenly find themselves clay pigeons for unknown hit crews coming at them from every direction. The motives are as murky as the hitmen themselves, but all roads seem to lead back to the State House, where corrupt pols are battling over a bill to legalize billions of dollars' worth of new casinos.

In order to stay alive as he puts an end to the uprising, the wisecracking Bench must set aside his objections and enlist the help of Jack Reilly, a dodgy ex-cop turned private investigator. The hunter has become the hunted.


          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins, Becoming Youngest Woman Ever Elected To US Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District on Tuesday, becoming theyoungest woman ever elected to Congress.

The 29-year-old political newcomer made headlines nationwide in June when she unexpectedly defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary.

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez easily prevailed in the heavily Democratic district against Republican opponent Anthony Pappas, a St. John’s University professor.

“This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions … are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her victory speech Tuesday night. 

“Words cannot express my gratitude to every organizer, every small-dollar donor, every working parent and Dreamer who helped make this movement happen,” she added. “And that’s exactly what this is, not a campaign or an Election Day but a movement … for social, economic and racial justice.”

The millennial Latina, born to a Puerto Rican mom and Bronxite dad, famously worked as a bartender just months before winning her primary and had never previously held political office. She garnered former President Barack Obama’s endorsement for the general election.

“Our district is overwhelmingly people of color, it’s working class, it’s very immigrant ― and it hasn’t had the representation we’ve needed,” Ocasio-Cortez told HuffPost in June. Her district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, is one of the most diverse in the country. 

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez is part of a wave of progressive Democrats promising to push the party establishment further left. She refused any corporate PAC money in her campaign and ran on a boldly progressive platform that included Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Since her primary win, Ocasio-Cortez has been attacked by right-leaning media pundits, including a Daily Caller editor who called her “populist lines,” such as calling for a living wage, “truly terrifying.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, at 29, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is also part of a historic number of women ― and a dramatic increase in women of color specifically ― who won nominations in the 2018 midterms. Her upset win in June served as a rallying cry for other progressive candidates facing tough battles in later primaries.

Ocasio-Cortez is one of several women who made history Tuesday night, including Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, now the first Muslim women elected to Congress, and Ayanna Pressley in Massachusetts, now the first black woman elected to Congress in her state.

“Alexandria, Ilhan, Ayanna. I love these names!” Tlaib said at a September summit celebrating women of color in politics. “Yes, you’re going to have to learn how to say our names.”

This story has been updated with quotes from Ocasio-Cortez’s victory speech.


          Fifty Years Ago This Week in West Rome - 11/11/1968 to 11/17/1968      Cache   Translate Page      
Romans awoke to surprise snow flurries on Monday morning, November 11th, and continued off and on through the day and into the early evening. Minor accumulations of up to 1/2"  were reported in some parts of Floyd County, and there were no cancellations or travel advisories--but there were a few minor traffic accidents caused by the light snow on wet pavement, and one Roman slipped and fell while attempting to gather enough snow to make snow cream.

Roger Weaver was once again tapped as the Rome News-Tribune's Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the East Rome game. The paper referred to this as "Weaver's finest hour...  There's no doubt that he was the sparkplug that enabled West Rome to end its season on a  winning note." He carried the football 34 times during the game and gained 291 net yards, the best single-game performance by any area back during the season.

Kippy Scarborough and Janice Crider represented West Rome in the Rome Junior Miss Pageant, held on Saturday night at the Rome City Auditorium--and Scarborough was the winner, assuming the title of Floyd County June Miss. Scarborough, a senior at West Rome, was a majorette for four years, a solo twirler for two years, and a member of senior band, Student Council, Tri-Hi-Y, and Drama Club. She was also convention chairman for the Georgia Association of Student Councils.

If you grew up in West Rome, you became very familiar with the "fragrance" of Georgia Kraft (now Inland Container). Their rotten-egg smell of the paper mill frequently wafted across the area when the winds were right, and pretty much no air filtration could keep it out of West Rome homes and businesses. Georgia Kraft insisted that their four recovery units, designed to minimize emissions from the plant, actually reduced the smoke and stink by at least 80%--and to demonstrate how effective it was, the facility turned off just one of the four recovery units on Thursday, November 14th, for about an hour. The immediate result? The light white smoke emitted from the stacks was replaced with a dark, heavy smoke, and the smell increased dramatically. Apparently "See? We could be even worse" was the closest thing to clean air that West Romans could hope for...

After almost a decade of planning and construction, the final segment of the East Rome Interchange was completed. This link extended from Maple Road to Walker Mountain Road, a distance of 2.9 miles, and it cost almost $1.2 million to construct. The interchange, greatly improved traffic flow from Rome to Cedartown--and to the soon-to-be-constructed Floyd Junior College.

With the bond issue a done deal, the Georgia Board of Regents gave official approval to the contract for the construction of a junior college in the Rome area. Plans called for the school to be finished by the fall of 1969.

Harvest Festival Days took place from Thursday through Saturday, offering an array of shopping bargains from stores across Rome and Floyd County, with a particular emphasis on Christmas season shopping. Every retail store on Broad Street announced special sales to commemorate the event, reminding readers that even with large discount department stores coming to Rome (read "Big K"), Broad Street still offered the best selection and great bargains.

Piggly Wiggly  had chuck roast for 39¢ a pound, Maxwell House coffee for 50¢ a pound, and Coca-Cola for 33¢ a 6-bottle carton (plus deposit). Kroger had Cudahy Bar-S bacon for 49¢ a pound, bread for 18¢ a loaf, and oranges for 8¢ each. A&P had sirloin steak for 99¢ a pound, Ann Page salad dressing for 49¢ a quart,  and large eggs for 49¢ a dozen. Big Apple had ground beef for 49¢ a pound, Duke mayonnaise for 49¢ a quart, and a five-pound bag of Dixie Crystals sugar for 39¢. Couch's had chicken livers for 49¢ a pound, Bama jellies for a quarter a jar (and you could use the jar as a drinking glass when you finished up the jelly!), and bananas for a dime a pound.

The cinematic week began with The Paper Lion (starring Alan Alda) at the DeSoto Theatre, The Fox (starring Sandy Dennis) at the First Avenue and Young Runaways (starring Brooke Bundy) at the West Rome Drive-In. The midweek switchout brought The Boston Strangler (starring Tony Curtis) to the DeSoto Theatre, Helga (an adults-only film starring unknown Ruth Gasseman) to the First Avenue, and Five Card Stud (starring Dean Martin) to the West Rome Drive-In.

The Beatles' "Hey Jude" held the number slot for the ninth week in a row, while Diana Ross & the Supremes' "Love Child climbed to #2 this week in 1968. Other top ten hits included "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin (#3); "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf (#4); "Abraham, Martin, & John" by Dion (#5); "White Room" by Cream (#6); "Hold Me Tight" by Johnny Nash (#7); "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor (#8); "Little Green Apples" by OC Smith (#9); and "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell (#10).

On Sunday, November 17th, NBC broke away from the Oakland Raiders-New York Jets football game at 7pm, with less than a minute to play in the game, to begin their much-advertised TV movie adaptation of Heidi. Unfortunately for NBC, the Raiders managed to score two touchdowns in that final minute and thus won the game--and none of the TV viewers got to see it. The game became known as "The Heidi Bowl," and as a result, non-sports viewers have had to put up with their TV shows being pushed back by slow-play sporting events ever since...




          Weird Traveling Space Boulder Could Be Alien Ship, Say Harvard Scientists      Cache   Translate Page      

A massive flattened boulder-like object traveling through space with “peculiar acceleration” could be an alien craft, according to a new study.

It “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” states a paper by two Harvard scientists to be published Nov. 12 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Scientists have been confounded by the interstellar object first spotted tumbling past the sun a year ago via telescopes on Maui. It was dubbed ’Oumuamua, which means “scout” in Hawaiian.

Because of its unusual cigar shape and speed, some quickly speculated that it originated from an alien civilization. It was scanned for radio waves, but none were detected. Other scientists deemed it a comet, despite the lack of a traditional tail.

Now professor Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard’s astronomy department, and post-doctoral fellow Shmuel Bialy have again raised the possibility that it’s an alien ship — or possibly a piece of one.

A certain “discrepancy” in the object’s movement “is readily solved if ’Oumuamua does not follow a random trajectory but is rather a targeted probe,” they write. Such a probe may have been intentionally sent for a “reconnaissance mission into the inner region of the solar system,” Loeb said in an email to Universe Today.

It’s possible the object is propelled through space through some naturally occurring phenomenon. Or it could be an extraterrestrial spacecraft that relies on an “artificial” light sail that relies on solar radiation pressure to generate propulsion, according to Loeb. 

“There is data on the orbit of this object for which there is no other explanation. So we wrote this paper suggesting this explanation,” Loeb told the Boston Globe. “The approach I take to the subject is purely scientific and evidence-based.”

Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center, called the paper “intriguing” in an email to the Globe.

“Observational anomalies like we see with Oumuamua, combined with careful reasoning, is exactly the method through which we make new discoveries in astrophysics — including, perhaps, truly incredible ones like intelligent life beyond the Earth,” he wrote.  

But SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak said in an email to NBC that “one should not blindly accept this clever hypothesis when there is also a mundane explanation for ’Oumuamua — namely that it’s a comet or asteroid from afar.”

’Oumuamua is the first interstellar object ever observed in the solar system. Now it’s hurtling away and may never be seen again. 


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          Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK — After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects.

New York's Long Island City as well as Crystal City in northern Virginia have emerged as the front runners, according to sources familiar with the talks with Amazon.

Selecting those areas would bring more jobs to places that already have plenty. Jed Kolko, the chief economist at job site Indeed, said that choosing New York and the D.C. area would "be a much less radical move than many imagined" and another example of "rich places getting richer."

The company had originally promised to bring 50,000 new high-paying jobs to one location, which founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said would be "a full equal" to its Seattle home base. Amazon may now split those jobs equally between two locations, The Wall Street Journal reported, with each getting 25,000.

That would beg the question of whether the new locations would be headquarters at all. Kolko said a headquarters is "where the decision makers are," but it's unclear where Amazon's executives — such as Bezos — would spend much of their time. If Amazon decides to split the 50,000 workers in two places, each of those offices would be smaller than Seattle's, which has more than 40,000 employees.

Virginia officials and some state lawmakers were recently briefed by the head of the state's economic development office that Amazon was considering splitting up its second headquarters, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Officials in Virginia believe there's a strong likelihood Amazon will pick Crystal City as one of its sites, but the company has not said anything definitive, according to the person, who was not authorized to speak on the record.

"They're a real secretive company," the person said.

One of the other areas the online retail giant is considering is Long Island City, according to a source familiar with the talks. Across the East River from midtown Manhattan, Long Island City is a longtime industrial and transportation hub that has become a fast-growing neighborhood of riverfront high-rises and redeveloped warehouses, with an enduring industrial foothold and burgeoning arts and tech scenes.

Amazon has been tight-lipped about the process and declined to comment on the latest news. There's been intense competition to win over the company, with some throwing around billions of dollars in tax incentives. Amazon kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September 2017, initially receiving 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo met two weeks ago with Amazon officials in his New York City offices, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity. Cuomo offered to travel to Amazon's Seattle hometown to continue talks, the source said.

On Tuesday, Cuomo told reporters that Amazon is looking at Long Island City, but didn't say if it was a finalist. He said winning over Amazon would give an economic boost to the entire state, and joked that he was willing to change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" to lure the company.

An estimated 135,000 or more people live in Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside and Woodside, and the median household makes about $63,500 a year, a bit higher than the citywide median, according to New York University's Furman Center housing and urban policy think tank. About 40 percent of people over 25 in the Long Island City area have a bachelor's or higher degree, slightly above the citywide rate, the Furman Center's data shows.

The New York Times reported Monday that Amazon is finalizing deals to locate to Long Island City and the Crystal City section of Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the possible plan to split the headquarters between two cities, said Dallas is also still a contender. Both newspapers cited unnamed people familiar with the decision-making process.

A spokesman for the Dallas Regional Chamber declined to comment.

Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's requirements for a new locale: Both are near metropolitan areas with more than a million people, have nearby international airports, direct access to mass transit and have room for the company to expand.

Other locations that were on Amazon's list of 20 either declined to comment or said they haven't heard from the online retailer.

Jay Ash, the economic development chief in Massachusetts, said Tuesday that he's had "no recent contact" with Amazon about a headquarters in Boston, but his office is still talking with the company about other opportunities. Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled plans for an office expansion in Boston's Seaport District, promising 2,000 new technology jobs by 2021 in fields including machine learning and robotics.

Amazon has said it could spend more than $5 billion on the new headquarters over the next 17 years, about matching the size of its current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings and 23 restaurants.

The company already employs more than 600,000 worldwide. That's expected to increase as it builds more warehouses across the country to keep up with online orders. Amazon recently announced that it would pay all its workers at least $15 an hour, but the employees at its second headquarters will be paid a lot more — an average of more than $100,000 a year.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in New York that the final decision will come down to intuition.

"You immerse yourself in that data, but then you make that decision with your heart," he said.

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Klepper reported from Albany, New York, and Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia. AP Technology Writer Matt O'Brien in Providence, Rhode Island, and Terry Wallace in Dallas and Jennifer Peltz in New York also contributed to this report.

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FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Online leader Amazon Inc. has refused comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported late Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, that the company would locate the new facilities in Queens in New York City and in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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Boston MedFlight celebrated the opening of a new $17 million headquarters yesterday, bringing its operations and administration together under one roof.

The 54,000-square-foot facility opened at Hanscom Field in Bedford.

“We outgrew our old facility probably 10 years ago,” said Rich Kenin, chief operations officer for transport. The organization was operating out of the military side of the Hanscom Air Force Base but opted to move over to the civilian side.

This new facility will provide room for their helicopters, airplane and ground transportation, as well as administrative offices and a fitness area for employees.

“We designed our new facility to provide for safe and efficient operations for our staff,” said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “Our staff care for the most critically ill and injured patients in our region — this new facility will support the excellent care they provide every day. This state-of-the-art facility includes a medical simulation training lab for our medical crew, communications center where all calls for service are facilitated, and training center for our community education.”

MedFlight is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1987, designed to transport critical care and trauma patients to Boston hospitals. It serves all of the Northeastern region, from Washington, D.C., to Maine, with a focus on eastern Massachusetts. Last year, it serviced more than 4,300 patients.

In addition to the Bedford headquarters, Boston MedFlight has facilities in Lawrence, Plymouth and Mansfield.

Kenin said the new headquarters is more efficient to launch from, better meets the needs for training and operations and is more enjoyable for employees.

“Time is important with our patient transports,” Kenin said, “and this facility just enhances that.”

 

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NOVEMBER 5, 2018: Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes and Dr. Alasdair Conn, chairman emeritus of Boston MedFlight’s Board of Trustees, stand in front of one of three recently purchased Airbus H145 helicopters inside the nonprofit organization’s new hangar at Hanscom Field in Bedford on Nov. 5, 2018. Boston MedFlight serves a consortium of seven Boston-area medical centers and transports more than 4,500 critically ill and injured patients each year. Courtesy of Medflight

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Citing a trending appetite for home delivery and increased competition for a bigger slice of the fast-food pie, the parent company of Dedham-based Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, citing debt of more than $50 million in court documents.

PGHC Holdings Inc.’s voluntary petition was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware one day after its unceremonious shuttering of 92 restaurants and as precursor to Chief Financial Officer Corey Wendland's announcement that an agreement in principle had been reached to sell Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo to Wynnchurch Capital of Chicago.

Wynnchurch is a middle-market private equity investment firm with $2.2 billion of committed capital under management. It specializes in restructurings.

PGHC’s court papers claim less than $50,000 in assets.

The company’s creditors include the Jimmy Fund for pediatric cancer care and research, which PGHC estimates it owes approximately $85,000 donated by customers through special meal promotions. Absent the court’s authority to honor that debt, PGHC said it could face “disastrous public relations and consumer relations consequences.”

PGHC said it had been toying with a “smaller, more efficient restaurant concept,” but lacked the funding to fully explore the idea.

The proposed sale of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo's requires court approval; however, PGHC said it will solicit competing offers “to maximize the ultimate value of the sale, for both the company and its stakeholders.”

Sunday’s closings of 47 Papa Gino's restaurants and 45 D’Angelo locations put 1,100 people out of work, according to court documents, leaving 3,000 still employed at 100 remaining pizzerias and 78 sandwich shops across New England.

PGHC is seeking the court’s blessing to honor $1.6 million worth of gift cards that have been purchased, but not redeemed.

“These were hard decisions,” Wendland said, “but decisions we believe were absolutely necessary to allow Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches to continue serving New England now and for years to come.”

Among those waiting on payments from PGHC are the Hartford Life Insurance Co. and Brookside Mezzanine Fund II, which holds notes PGHC said matured June 1 and are now close to $40 million in arrears.

PGHC estimates that by the end of the month it will owe the state $1 million in meal and use taxes.

Papa Gino’s was founded in East Boston in 1961.

D’Angelo’s, formerly Ma Riva’s Sub Shop, has been in operation since 1967.

Yesterday’s bankruptcy filing will enable PGHC to maintain normal business operations while improving liquidity as it pursues the sale.

 

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          Quincy Lowe’s among ‘underperforming’ stores cut      Cache   Translate Page      

Home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. is closing 51 “underperforming” stores in the U.S. and Canada, including the Lowe’s on Thomas E. Burgin Parkway in Quincy.

The company said it would shutter 20 stores in the U.S. by Feb. 1.

Another 31 stores are being shut down in Canada, Lowe’s said.

Only one other Lowe’s in New England, located in Orange, Conn., made the hit list.

North Carolina-based Lowe’s said the majority of stores impacted are located within 10 miles of another Lowe’s, and that most employees “will be extended opportunities to transition to a similar role” at a nearby store.

“While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on bulding a stronger business,” Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin R. Ellison said in a statement. “We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe’s stores.”

Some U.S. stores will close immediately, though Lowe’s did not immediately announce those locations.

To facilitate an orderly wind-down, the company said it intends to conduct store-closing sales for most of the impacted locations.

The expected financial impact of the closure plan of $0.28 to $0.34 per diluted share was not figured into the business outlook for fiscal 2018, which the company provided on Aug. 22 when it released its second quarter earnings.

The announcement follows Dedham-based Papa Gino’s surprise weekend closing of dozens of restaurants throughout New England.

 

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          Papa Gino's selling company, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection      Cache   Translate Page      

The parent company of Dedham-based Papa Gino's Pizzeria and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches announced this morning it has reached an agreement in principle to sell its fast-food chains to a portfolio company and today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The announcement comes after PGHC Holdings, Inc., stunned employees and customers alike yesterday by abruptly shuttering 95 restaurants without a public explanation.

PGHC said while it regrets the closings they were a necessary step toward addressing the company's debt structure.

PGHC hopes to move "certain team members" from closed restaurants to those which continue to operate throughout New England: 100 Papa Gino's pizzerias and 78 D'Angelo sandwich shops.

The proposed sale to Wynnchurch Capital would require court approval; however, PGHC Holdings, Inc., said in a statement it will solicit competing offers "to maximize the ultimate value of the sale, for both the company and its stakeholders."

Wynnchurch Capital is a middle-market private equity investment firm headquartered in Chicago with $2.2 billion of committed capital under management. Its specialties include restructurings.

Corey Wendland, PGHC's chief financial officer, said, "These were hard decisions, but decisions we believe were absolutely necessary to allow Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches to continue serving New England now and for years to come."

Wendland stressed that PGHC "will continue its long tradition of hosting birthday parties, team celebrations and other neighborhood events."

Papa Gino's was founded in East Boston in 1961. It is the official pizza of the New England Patriots.

D'Angelo's, formerly Ma Riva's Sub Shop, has been in operation since 1967.

Today's bankruptcy filing will enable PGHC to maintain normal business operations, while improving liquidity as it pursues the sale.

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WASHINGTON — With the economy strong, wages rising and unemployment at a near-five-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains on track to keep raising interest rates — just not this week.

After the Fed's latest policy meeting, it's expected to signal a healthy outlook for the economy but to hold off on any further credit tightening, most likely until December. A rate hike in December would mark the fourth this year.

Further rate increases are expected in 2019, though just how many is a subject of speculation. On the eve of Congress' midterm elections, the U.S. economy remains vigorous even in its 10th year of expansion — the second-longest such stretch on record.

In deciding how fast or slowly to keep raising rates, the Fed will be monitoring the pace of growth, the job market's strength and gauges of inflation for clues to how the economy may evolve in the coming months. The brisk pace of economic growth — a 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, after a 4.2 percent rate in the previous quarter — has raised the risk that inflation could begin accelerating.

In its most recent forecast, the Fed projected that it would raise rates three additional times in 2019. Some economists, though, foresee only two hikes. Others expect economic growth to remain solid and the job market strong and that the Fed will decide that four rate increases will be justified next year to guard against high inflation. At 3.7 percent, the unemployment rate is already at its lowest level since 1969.

"The Fed is going to have to continue raising rates next year because the unemployment rate is going to keep falling to close to 3 percent, well beyond full employment," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "There is nothing but green lights for more rate hikes straight ahead."

On Friday, the government reported that the economy added a sizable 250,000 jobs in October and that average pay rose 3.1 percent over the previous 12 months — the sharpest year-over-year gain in nearly a decade. That's welcome news for workers. But it's a trend that may raise concern that accelerating wages will help fuel undesirably high inflation.

Chairman Jerome Powell has stressed that the Fed is determined to follow a middle-of-the-road approach: Keep gradually nudging up rates to control inflation but avoid tightening too aggressively and perhaps triggering a recession.

"They are walking a tightrope," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton.

The Fed has raised rates three times this year, lifting its benchmark rate to a range — 2 percent to 2.25 percent — that is still low by historical standards. Most economists think the statement the Fed will issue Thursday after its policy meeting ends will hint of another imminent increase, likely in December.

The Fed's policymakers have stressed, and most economists agree, that these small quarter-point increases amount to a gradual pace of credit tightening. But President Donald Trump has sharply disagreed, and since the stock market started tumbling last month, he has attacked the Fed's rate hikes as well as Powell's leadership. Trump's public criticism has aroused concern that he is intruding on the central bank's long-respected political independence and its need to operate free of outside pressure.

At the same time, the nervousness among stock investors reflects the reality that the Fed's steady march toward higher rates is removing a key factor that has underpinned the bull market in stocks: The richer returns that investors could achieve in stocks than in bonds or savings accounts.

Fed critics had charged that the central bank was creating a bubble in stocks that would eventually pop with disastrous results. Trump, who has often invoked high stock prices as evidence that his economic policies are succeeding, has made clear his disagreement. He has called the Fed, with its string of rate increases, "my biggest threat."

Powell, who was Trump's hand-picked choice to lead the Fed, has avoided responding directly. The chairman has instead expressed determination to pursue the Fed's mandate of maximizing employment and stabilizing prices without regard to political considerations.

To that end, Swonk, like Zandi, suggests that the Fed will raise rates four times next year because she thinks the economy will slow only slightly. Other analysts foresee a more significant slowdown as the tariffs Trump has imposed on many imports begins to depress growth.

"The economic outlook will not be strengthening next year; it will be weakening, not only in the U.S. but also globally," said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics.

Sohn said he thinks the Fed may decide to tighten credit only once or twice in 2019.

David Jones, the author of books about the Fed, said he thinks that after December, the central bank will raise rates twice more in 2019 and then stop. Jones said he bases that forecast on his belief that the Fed won't want to lift rates above what it sees as the "neutral" level. This is the point at which the Fed's key rate is thought to neither stimulate the economy nor restrain it.

The median assessment of Fed officials has pegged the neutral rate at 3 percent. One more rate increase this year and two more in 2019 would leave the Fed's benchmark rate at a range of 2.75 percent to 3 percent.

"I think Powell is determined to get to neutral and then see how the economy performs," Jones said.

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FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell looks over papers as the Federal Reserve Board holds a meeting at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. With the economy strong, wages rising and unemployment at a near-five-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains on track to keep raising interest rates, just not this week. After the Fed’s latest policy meeting, it’s expected to signal a healthy outlook for the economy but to hold off on any further credit tightening, most likely until December. A rate hike in December would mark the fourth this year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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          Home improvement giant Lowe's slates sites for closure; Quincy on list      Cache   Translate Page      

Lowe's on Thomas Burgin Parkway in Quincy is one of 20 underperforming stores the home improvement chain announced this morning it will close by Feb. 1 across the United States.

Another 31 stores are being shuttered in Canada, Lowe's said.

Only one other Lowe's in New England, located in Orange, Conn., made the hit list.

North Carolina-based Lowe's said the majority of stores impacted are located within 10 miles of another Lowe's, and that most employees "will be extended opportunities to transition to a similar role" at a nearby store.

"While decisions that impact our associates are never easy, the store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on bulding a stronger business," Lowe's president and CEO Marvin R. Ellison said in a statement. "We believe our people are the foundation of our business and essential to our future growth, and we are making every effort to transition impacted associates to nearby Lowe's stores."

Some U.S. stores will close immediately, though Lowe's did not immediately announce the locations.

The announcement follows Dedham-based Papa Gino's surprise weekend closing of dozens of restaurants throughout New England.

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          Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for holidays      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK — Amazon is following Target and temporarily dropping the minimum amount shoppers need to spend to qualify for free shipping.

Typically, Amazon shoppers need to spend $25 to qualify for free shipping or pay $119 a year for a Prime membership. Amazon's offer, which started Monday, applies to hundreds of millions of items and on orders that arrive in time for Christmas. Shoppers who aren't Prime members will get slower shipping, though, which can take five to eight days.

Retailers are competing hard for holiday shoppers, who increasingly expect fast shipping that's free. Target dropped its minimum purchase amount last week, offering free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items until Dec. 22. Walmart, which offers free two-day shipping on orders over $35, told reporters after the Target announcement that it has no plans to change its shipping policy.

Amazon also said Monday that it has expanded the number of items and locations where Prime members can get free same-day delivery.

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SINGAPORE — Global stock markets were mixed on Monday as investors watched developments in the U.S-China trade war and the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent to 7,125 while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.2 percent to 5,112. Germany's DAX rose 0.2 percent to 11,540. Wall Street was positioned for a mixed open, with Dow futures down 0.3 percent and S&P 500 futures up 0.2 percent.

ASIA'S DAY: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.6 percent at 21,898.99 and South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.9 percent to 2,076.92. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slipped 2.1 percent to 25,934.39. The Shanghai Composite index shed 0.4 percent to 2,665.43. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia fell 0.5 percent to 5,818.10. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand but rose in the Philippines.

U.S.-CHINA TRADE: Chinese President Xi Jinping Xi promised Monday to reduce costs for importers and raise consumer spending power at a high-profile trade fair in Shanghai. But Xi did not address an escalating dispute over Beijing's technology policy. Global markets had risen Friday after Chinese officials and President Donald Trump said a phone conversation between the two leaders had gone well. But fears resurfaced that the bullish talk might have been aimed at scoring political points just ahead of U.S. midterm elections.

ANALYST'S TAKE: "Investors are far too wary of an empty promise, but ultimately, they will need to decide how much of President Trump's olive branch to China was a ploy to boost equity markets ahead of the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday and how much of it is a bona fide attempt to reach an agreement," Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

BREXIT DEAL: The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May has dismissed reports the country is close to reaching a divorce agreement with the European Union. In particular, Downing Street said a Sunday Times report, which claimed the two sides had agreed on future customs arrangements at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, was "speculation." Officials have said negotiators are on the brink of a deal, which could be reached this month.

ENERGY: Oil prices fell as the U.S. defended waivers given to eight unidentified nations, which will be able to continue importing Iranian oil after the re-imposition of sanctions. Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 15 cents to $62.99 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 55 cents to $63.14 a barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 7 cents at $72.90 per barrel. The contract shed 6 cents to $72.83 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.27 yen from 113.19 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1369 from $1.1387.

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TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son denounced Monday the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but defended the Japanese technology giant's investment fund, which includes Saudi money, as work that needs to be finished.

Speaking at an earnings news conference, Son called the death an attack on "a precious life but also on journalism and the freedom of speech."

Son is partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and artificial intelligence.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, although details are still unclear.

"It is a reality a horrible act has happened. But we cannot just turn our backs on our work," Son said. He said the investment in his fund came from the Saudi "people."

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to get married. His Turkish fiancee was waiting for him outside. A critic of the Saudi crown prince, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

Son said he met with the prince and other Saudi officials during a recent visit and urged a thorough investigation. He said he prince had expressed concern about the killing.

The Japanese tycoon said nothing has been decided about a planned second phase for the Vision Fund, pending the results of the investigation.

"It is too early to say and we need to approach this cautiously," he said.

SoftBank reported July-September profit of 542.6 billion yen ($4.8 billion), up almost five-fold from the previous year, helped by better results at U.S. wireless Sprint and British IoT company ARM.

Quarterly sales rose 7 percent to 2.38 trillion yen ($21.1 billion).

SoftBank's sprawling empire of technology investments encompasses telecommunications, financial-technology, solar energy, ride-booking services and the Pepper companion robot.

It also has stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and in Uber.

Son had not commented earlier on Khashoggi's death. He started his news conference by addressing the killing, appearing more somber than usual.

But after the first few minutes, he switched the subject to the Japan Series win by the company's professional baseball team, the SoftBank Hawks.

"I want to express my gratitude, especially to the fans," he said.

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          It's Tasty Tuesday!      Cache   Translate Page      

Now that it's November, we are officially in the Holiday Season -  one of the tastiest of the year! Here are a few foodstagrams that are kicking us off on a foodie foot this month. To be featured next week tag all your food Instagram pictures with #BostonHeraldFood.

Clink your Glasses

Raise a glass to this delicious-looking grilled octopus at Clink at the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill, shot by Joelle of @randomly_j. Grilled octopus has been quite popular on menus lately, which only reiterates the point that Boston is the place to visit if you are looking for amazing seafood!

Be a Scholar

If you think you’re wicked smart, head to Scholars on School Street in Downtown Boston. Katie of @katiefromboston must think so because she snapped this shot of the fig and prosciutto flatbread and a make-your-own lunch bowl. Looks like a tasty cure to the sad desk lunch to me!

Find the Keto to Your Heart

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating boring, Marissa of @keto_mouthful shared this shot of some shakshuka from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters to remind us of that. This Mediterranean dish has been around for centuries, and is a popular brunch menu item. Made with a spiced tomato sauce and baked eggs, the dish is a hearty vegetarian option.   


 

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Today is election day! Polls are open 7am-8pm Make your voice heard This is your friendly reminder from Boston Pride that today, November 6th, is election day. We encourage our community to go and vote. Find your polling station online at http://www.wheredoivotema.com. A lot is at stake in this election, including protections for trans individuals [...]
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Democrat Suzanne Bump will return for a third term as state auditor after defeating Republican Helen Brady and two other candidates. Bump says her office has worked hard to root out government waste and inefficiency. She has also been criticized at times, such as in September when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker challenged her office's conclusion that the Registry of Motor Vehicles had issued more than 1,900 drivers' licenses under the names of dead people. Brady is the business manager for the Boston Pops and has worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 30 years. She said during the campaign that the auditor can do much more to identify wasteful spending. Libertarian Daniel Fishman and Edward Stamas of the Green-Rainbow party were also on Tuesday's ballot. ©2018 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.
           Reps. Kennedy, Lynch, Neal Re-Elected Without Opposition      Cache   Translate Page      
There was no electoral drama for Democratic U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy, Stephen Lynch and Richard Neal, who ran unopposed in Massachusetts. All three were handily re-elected Tuesday, along with Ayanna Pressley, who unseated veteran Rep. Michael Capuano in September's primary and becomes the state's first black woman in Congress. Kennedy is returning to Congress for a fourth term representing the 4th District, which covers mostly southern Massachusetts. He was first elected in 2012. It will be Lynch's ninth full term representing the 8th District, which covers eastern Massachusetts and part of Boston. Lynch first was elected in 2001 to serve out the remainder of the late Joe Moakley's term. Neal, the dean of the Massachusetts House delegation, was first elected in 1988 and will be serving his 16th term representing the 1st Congressional District, which covers a large swath of the central and western part of the state. ©2018 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.
          Hack the Challenge      Cache   Translate Page      
When:
Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

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The Harvard Innovation Labs consist of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary ecosystem for the Harvard community to explore innovation and entrepreneurship while building deeper connections. It is an excellent example of the One Harvard vision and a leading catalyst for the Allston Science and Enterprise District. The Innovation Labs fosters unprecedented collaboration among Harvard students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston and Greater Boston communities.

The Harvard i-lab is the central component of the Harvard Innovation Labs. It is an educational collaborative for all current Harvard students from any Harvard school to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. It provides open co-working space, a vibrant community of peer and mentor support, experiential programming, and a 12-week Venture Incubation Program, helping student teams take their ideas further, faster.

 

The Launch Lab is a critical extension of the growing Harvard Innovation Labs. It provides eligible Harvard alumni leading high-potential early-stage startups with a curated community including collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to i-lab advisors and mentors. It fosters continued connection between alumni, current students, and the Harvard community as a whole.

 

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a curated community, providing eligible Harvard alumni, faculty and students leading high-potential early-stage life sciences startups with a fully equipped wet lab, collaborative co-working space, business building programming, and access to the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.

 

 



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We’ve designed a hands-on, roll up your sleeves, turbocharged workshop to help you develop your strongest application. For each sectionof the application, our i-lab advisors will give you an introduction and then help you get right down to workshopping your application responses.

We'll cover:

  • Anatomy of a failed PIC app
  • Good & bad examples of applications 
  • The Challenge tripod approach
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We'll also help you set out a plan for how to operate as a team over the next 30, 60 & 90 days as you set out to further transform your idea into a venture. 

 



          Events: Hacktoberfest 2018, 2018 China Open Source Conference, Qt World Summit 2018 Boston      Cache   Translate Page      
  • Observations on Hacktoberfest 2018

    This term I'm teaching two sections of our Topics in Open Source Development course. The course aims to take upper-semester CS students into open source projects, and get them working on real-world software.

    My usual approach is to put the entire class on the same large open source project. I like this method, because it means that students can help mentor each other, and we can form a shadow-community off to the side of the main project. Typically I've used Mozilla as a place to do this work.

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    Finally, a theme I saw again and again was students beginning to find their place within the larger, global, open source community. Many students had their blogs quoted or featured on social media, and were surprised that other people around the world had seen them and their work.

  • COSCon Bridges East & West, Open Source Powers Now & Future

    The OSI was honored to participate in the 2018 China Open Source Conference (COSCon'18) hosted by OSI Affiliate Member KAIYUANSHE in Shenzhen, China. Over 1,600 people attended the exciting two-day event, with almost another 10,000 watching via live-stream online. The conference boasted sixty-two speakers from twelve countries, with 11 keynotes (including OSI Board alum Tony Wasserman), 67 breakout sessions, 5 lightning talks (led by university students), 3 hands-on camps, and 2 specialty forums on Open Source Education and Open Source Hardware.

    COSCon'18 also served as an opportunity to make several announcements, including the publication of "The 2018 China Open Source Annual Report", the launch of "KCoin Open Source Contribution Incentivization Platform", and the unveiling of KAIYUANSHE's "Open Hackathon Cloud Platform".

    Since it's foundation in October of 2014, KAIYUANSHE has continously helped open source projects and communities thrive in China, while also contributing back to the world by, "bringing in and reaching out". COSCon'18 is one more way KAIYUANSHE serves to: raise awareness of, and gain expereince with, global open source projects; build and incentivise domestic markets for open source adoption; study and improve open source governance across industry sectors; promote and serve the needs of local develoeprs, and; identify and incubate top-notch local open source projects.

  • Qt World Summit 2018 Boston

    This year’s North American stop on the Qt World Summit world tour was in Boston, held during the Red Sox’s World Series win. Most of us were glad to be flying home before celebration parades closed the streets! The Qt community has reason to celebrate too, as there’s an unprecedented level of adoption and support for our favorite UX framework. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you missed the best Qt conference on this continent. We had a whole host of KDABians onsite, running training sessions and delivering great talks alongside all the other excellent content. For those of you who missed it, don’t worry – there’s another opportunity coming up! The next stop on Qt’s European tour will be with Qt World Summit Berlin December 5-6. Be sure to sign up for one of the training sessions now before they’re sold out.

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          La demócrata Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez se convierte en la congresista más joven de la historia de EEUU      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagen de archivo de Alexandria Ocaso-Cortez.

Ya lo advertimos: la demócrata Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez venía pisando fuerte y esta vez las encuestas sí han acertado. Esta millenial de 29 años pasará a la historia como la congresista más joven de Estados Unidos al lograr su escaño por el 14º distrito de Nueva York.

Ocasio ha arrasado con un porcentaje de apoyos superior al 76% frente al candidato republicano en este distrito, que incluye el Bronx y Queens, Anthony Pappas.

La demócrata, que admitió experimentar una sensación "surrealista" al ver su nombre en un papeleta a la Cámara de Representantes, mostró esta mañana su agradecimiento a los votantes en su deseo de convertirse en la mujer más joven en la historia de Estados Unidos en conseguir un escaño en la Asamblea Legislativa.

"Es algo muy especial, es un momento muy emocionante para mí y para mi mamá. Yo he nacido en este barrio y votar y tener mi nombre en este papel es algo increíble, no hay palabras", declaró en español la candidata demócrata, de origen puertorriqueño.

Yo he nacido en este barrio y votar y tener mi nombre en este papel es algo increíble, no hay palabras

Proveniente de una familia de clase media, su padre era arquitecto y su madre una ama de casa puertorriqueña. Pero las cosas se complicaron con la muerte de su padre de un cáncer en 2008, en plena crisis subprime y cuando Alexandria estudiaba en la universidad.

La familia quedó al borde de la quiebra, su madre comenzó a limpiar casas, y la propia Alexandria trabajó largas jornadas como mesera para ayudar.

Logró estudiar economía y relaciones internacionales en la Universidad de Boston, donde trabajó también con el fallecido senador Ted Kennedy. Y luego fue organizadora del candidato presidencial de izquierda Bernie Sanders en las elecciones de 2016.

Su candidatura comenzó desde abajo: con una bolsa de supermercado al hombro, la joven distribuyó folletos puerta por puerta durante meses.

Ocasio-Cortez aún está pagando su deuda universitaria y cuando ganó las primarias no tenía seguro médico.

Como Sanders, rechazó donaciones de empresas y el 67% de sus fondos de campaña -que totalizan casi un millón de dólares- provienen de contribuciones inferiores a 200 dólares, según la ONG Open Secrets.


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          Hempfest Boston Massachusetts - are You Able To Smoke Marijuana During Hempfest      Cache   Translate Page      
New drilling methods have increased the supply by 58%. Original ayurveda protocol includes sesame oil, and Doctor. Industrial breeds possess a THC content of.05% and 1%. Throughout the desert we must be encouraged to develop hemp on hills where it is n
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BOSTON – When you enter an independent or assisted living home, you sometimes feel like you are entering a different realm, where time is slowed down or halted, and the past and present simultaneously exist. Somehow Bostonian filmmaker Shevaun Mizrahi captured this almost mystical feeling in her 82-minute documentary “Distant Constellations,” which is playing in […]

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James « Whitey » Bulger, ex-chef d’un gang de Boston, a été assassiné dans la cellule de sa prison de Virginie-Occidentale. Epilogue d’une vie de violences et de cavale pour cet octogénaire, qui a inspiré le cinéma.
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Mass Live: Restrictive firearms rules in Boston and Brookline are constitutional and do not infringe on the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said in a decision. The implementation of the Massachusetts firearms licensing statute in Boston and neighboring Brookline “passes muster under the Second Amendment,” […]
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MA-Brookline, Bay Cove Academy is a small, therapeutic day school located in Brookline, MA serving adolescents, ages 12-21, from the Greater Boston area. Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education and nationally recognized by the US Department of Labor for its Career Development Program, the school provides a highly structured learning environment for students whose educational and social needs excee
          Liver Biopsy Market Research Report Global Forecast 2018-25 Estimated with Top Key Players like: Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Hologic      Cache   Translate Page      
Liver Biopsy Market Research Report Global Forecast 2018-25 Estimated with Top Key Players like: Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Hologic UpMarketResearch published an exclusive report on “Liver Biopsy market” delivering key insights and providing a competitive advantage to clients through a detailed report. The report contains 91 pages which highly exhibits on current market analysis scenario, upcoming as well as

          Supplier Quality Engineer - Medical Device - Greater Boston      Cache   Translate Page      
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MA-Tewksbury, Our client's Quality & Assurance division is expanding and they're in need of a Quality Manager with direct experience in Plastics as well as Chemical/Bio-medical/Mechanical background. Competitive compensation, team environment, and great benefits for the right candidate. Client Details Our latest client is an analytical instrumentation products provider with operations in two separate divisions
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MA-Boston, Corporate Traveler offers a unique combination of expert advice, local personal service and global negotiating strength to maximize savings for business travel. Established in 1993, Corporate Traveler, initially called Flight Centre Corporate, was the founding corporate brand of Flight Centre Limited. Corporate Traveler was created to focus solely on the needs of small to medium enterprises (SME).
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MA-Boston, Retail Sales – Photographer – New England Aquarium WE MAKE PEOPLE SMILE Do you have a Positive, Can-Do Attitude and an Outstanding set of Customer Service Skills? At Magic Memories, we’re a company that delights and amazes guests on the simple but universal concept of making people smile, and has driven that concept into its product, service, and innovation philosophy. Picture yourself working at
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MA-Boston, Seek a Certified Scrum Master for a contract to hire position in Boston, Massachusetts. JOB SUMMARY Responsible for managing multiple products and ensures the Scrum team(s) adheres to Agile/Scrum best practices, standards, and guidelines. Acts as a facilitator, helping the team maximize performance and increase efficiencies by removing impediments, minimizing distractions, escalating issues, and m
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Defensive programming is often touted as a better coding style, but it hides bugs. Remember, the errors we're talking about should never happen, and by safely handling them, you make it harder to write bug-free code.

… you don't want to hide bugs by programming defensively …

… No matter where you employ the defensive style, ask youself, “Am I hiding bugs in this code by using defensive programming?” If you might be, add some assertions to alert you to those bugs.

Writing Solid Code

Writing Solid Code is the rare book that forced me to change how I go about programming. I feel I'm in the minority, but after reading that book, I hate defensive programming. Don't get me wrong—at the input/output boundary, you need to be absolutely paranoid about checking data, but among functions? Not so paranoid.

And now class, story time …

Project: Cleese” was installed onto the QA system the other day, and by chance today, I noticed a core file produced by said program. This was odd, since both I and T (the QA engineer assigned to our team) had tested the program without incident.

I was able to isolate the crash to freeaddrinfo(), a function used to release memory used by getaddrinfo() when converting a domain name like “boston.conman.org” to an IP address. A summary of the code in question:

struct addrinfo  hints;
struct addrinfo *results;
const char      *hostname;
const char      *port;
int              rc;

memset(&hints,0,sizeof(hints));

results  = NULL;
hostname = ... ;
port     = ... ;

// code code ;

rc = getaddrinfo(hostname,port,&hints,&results);

// code code

for ( ; results != NULL ; results = results->ai_next)
{
  if (results->ai_protocol == protocol)
  {
    // code code
  }
}

freeaddrinfo(results);

It's a rookie mistake but hey, it happens. The issue is that results is linked list of results, which is traversed. By the time freeaddrinfo() is called, results is now NULL. Under Linux and Mac OS-X, it seems that freeaddrinfo() checks if it's given a NULL pointer and … just does nothing if it is. It doesn't crash, but it does leak memory (it's not much in this case, since this function is only called once upon startup, but a leak is still a leak). Linux and Mac OS-X use defensive programming, probably something along the lines of:

void freeaddrinfo(struct addrinfo *info)
{
  if (info == NULL)
    return;
  // code code code 
}

which hid a bug. Solaris (which we have to use for reasons) is not so forgiving and immedately crashed.

So on Linux and Mac OS-X, how would one even test for this type of issue? The code doesn't crash. It returns results. Yes, valgrind can easily find it:

[spc]lucy:/tmp>valgrind --leak-check=full --show-reachable=yes `which lua` x.lua
==31304== Memcheck, a memory error detector.
==31304== Copyright (C) 2002-2005, and GNU GPL'd, by Julian Seward et al.
==31304== Using LibVEX rev 1575, a library for dynamic binary translation.
==31304== Copyright (C) 2004-2005, and GNU GPL'd, by OpenWorks LLP.
==31304== Using valgrind-3.1.1, a dynamic binary instrumentation framework.
==31304== Copyright (C) 2000-2005, and GNU GPL'd, by Julian Seward et al.
==31304== For more details, rerun with: -v
==31304== 
==31304== 
==31304== ERROR SUMMARY: 0 errors from 0 contexts (suppressed: 25 from 2)
==31304== malloc/free: in use at exit: 48 bytes in 1 blocks.
==31304== malloc/free: 521 allocs, 520 frees, 43,016 bytes allocated.
==31304== For counts of detected errors, rerun with: -v
==31304== searching for pointers to 1 not-freed blocks.
==31304== checked 117,892 bytes.
==31304== 
==31304== 48 bytes in 1 blocks are definitely lost in loss record 1 of 1
==31304==    at 0x4004405: malloc (vg_replace_malloc.c:149)
==31304==    by 0xC40B5D: gaih_inet (in /lib/tls/libc-2.3.4.so)
==31304==    by 0xC445DC: getaddrinfo (in /lib/tls/libc-2.3.4.so)
==31304==    by 0x400A5FA: ???
==31304==    by 0x804EF69: luaD_precall (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x80589E0: luaV_execute (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804F27C: luaD_call (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804F2BD: luaD_callnoyield (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804D145: f_call (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804E8AB: luaD_rawrunprotected (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804F6EB: luaD_pcall (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304==    by 0x804D1A7: lua_pcallk (in /usr/local/bin/lua)
==31304== 
==31304== LEAK SUMMARY:
==31304==    definitely lost: 48 bytes in 1 blocks.
==31304==      possibly lost: 0 bytes in 0 blocks.
==31304==    still reachable: 0 bytes in 0 blocks.
==31304==         suppressed: 0 bytes in 0 blocks.
[spc]lucy:/tmp>

but given that “Project: Cleese” is written in Lua, a garbage collected language, memory leaks weren't foremost in the mind when testing. Had freeaddrinfo() on Linux (and Mac OS-X) not been so forgiving (or defensive) then this bug would most likely have been found immediately, and not hidden in the codebase for over five years! (I checked the history of the code in question—it had been there a long time—way before “Project: Cleese” was even started)

It is because of bugs like this that I am not a fan of defensive programming. They can hide. They can fester. They can be a nightmare to debug at 3:00 am on a production system sans a debugger.


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The gap between the US and the rest of the world has demonstrably widened under the Trump administration, and this phenomenon has consequences. In the week after his dismissive remarks and display of raw ego — provoking laughter in the General Assembly — talk among government leaders and commentators worldwide has turned to the reality that the US has opted out of constructive leadership.

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A l'occasion de leur 25 ans de carrière, les emo-rockers texans de Mineral sont de retour avec un tout nouveau single nommé "Aurora". C'est leur premier titre en 20 ans et ce dernier sortira le 4 janvier 2019 sous la forme d'un 10', comprenant un second inédit "Your Body Is The World", ainsi qu'un livre. Pour finir, le groupe partira en tournée et sera même en Europe en mai 2019 (mais pas en France...). Le titre s'écoute dans le post complet.

1/9 MIAMI, FL @ THE GROUND AT SPACE
1/10 ORLANDO, FL @ THE SOCIAL
1/11 TAMPA, FL @ THE ORPHEUM
1/12 ATLANTA, GA @ THE MASQUERADE
1/16 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ THEATER OF THE LIVING ARTS
1/17 WASHINGTON, DC @ THE BLACK CAT
1/19 BROOKLYN, NY @ ELSEWHERE
1/20 BOSTON, MA @ BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
1/23 TORONTO, ON @ LEE’S PALACE
1/24 CHICAGO, IL @ LINCOLN HALL
1/26 ST/ PAUL, MN @ TURF CLUB
1/30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
1/31 SANTA ANA, CA @ THE CONSTELLATION ROOM
2/1 SAN DIEGO, CA @ THE CASBAH
2/3 LOS ANGELES, CA @ ECHOPLEX
2/14 AUSTIN, TX @ THE MOHAWK
 
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3/19 IWATA, JP @ FM STAGE
3/20 NAGOYA, JP @ HUCK FINN
3/21 KANAZAWA, JP @ PUDDLE/SOCIAL
3/22 KYOTO, JP @ GROWLY
3/23 OSAKA, JP @ CONPASS
 
5/23 LONDON, UK @ THE DOME
5/24 ANTWERP, BE @ TRIX
5/25 COLOGNE, DE @ ARTHEATER
5/27 HAMBURG, DE @ HAFENKLANG
5/28 BERLIN, DE @ LIDO
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1140 Boylston Street
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Using modern jazz, fusion, progressive metal, and rock, this clinic will focus on striking a balance between in and out playing over grooves and II Vs through the application of many tonal, polytonal, and atonal techniques, including the use of super arpeggios, tetrachords, double pentatonics, double harmonic minor, and diminished and augmented scales, as well as improvisation with the cycle of fifths and the Mother Chord on guitar.

The clinic will be led by Norman Zocher, a professor in Berklee’s Guitar Department. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Zocher has performed or recorded with a broad range of artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Oliver Lake.

He is a guitarist and composer for the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, where he writes, performs, and records works for guitar and jazz orchestra. His recent work for solo violin, Rock Ethic, was featured in Strings Magazine and has been performed around the globe.

Described by the Boston Globe as a “fast-rising star of pedal steel,” Zocher has accomplished many firsts on the instrument, including being the only person to perform John Coltrane’s 26.2 on pedal steel guitar as well as performing the world premiere of Giant Steps on the E9 neck in a duo with bass legend Cecil McBee.

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Last day in NYC!

We had packed up and left our bags at checkout to squeeze in one more diner and one more tour before the end of the trip.

Applejack Diner first...


And one more trip through the southwest corner of Central Park, to visit the pidgeons, mostly












One last architectural marvel near our destination, Alwyn Court

look at those awesome fire breathing salamanders!

no, LOOK! I need you to appreciate their awesomeness


This is French Renaissance style of Francis (as in King Francis I) whose personal symbol was the salamander. See the crowns over their heads?  This has got to be the most embellished building in the city. It's NUTS. And I love it. So much to see. 

Built between 1907 - 1909 it was always designed as an apartment building, but an apartment building for the ultra-rich before the Great Crash kind of rich. 

Twelve floors: only two apartments on each floor, so that the majority of them boasted 14 rooms, 11 of which had windows, and five bathrooms, with elevators, parquet flooring, inidividual wine vaults, its own vaccum cleaning system, and millinery closets (the only way to store your gigantic Edwardian fashion hats, my dear.)

Some included billiard rooms and music conservatories, because we need the full layout of a Clue game here.

The largest apartment, though, put those little peons to shame. It boasted 32 rooms, and 1910 rent of $22k a year, or roughly $585 million a year in 2018.

The fact that you see window AC units should clue you in that this did not last. 

By the Great Depression the building was vacant and subdivided into smaller apartments that a few more people could afford.  


Its nearby neighbor is Carnegie Hall, which was our tour destination.


Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, back when it was simply called the Music Hall. It was almost in the middle of nowhere that year, so far uptown people laughed. 

the original building prior to the towers being erected a few years later

And Carnegie went to the bank, buying up "cheap" parcels, ahead of the curve in real estate where he often resided. Andrew Carnegie, who lived in a one room cottage in Scotland before emigrating, had grown his fortune into untold wealth. And then, with his descendents set for lifetimes, at the age of 66, he started giving the rest away. All told, his charitable contributions are estimated to be 90% of his total wealth. (That 10% could set up your great-great-great grandchildren also says a lot.)

He gave $5,000,000 to the New York Public Library and thanks to his philanthropy opened another 2800 libraries around the country. And he gave the city of New York an incredible music hall.

Tchaikovsky directed a portion of the opening night on May 5, 1891 and he became the first of thousands of musicians to autograph his photo for the Hall. And more than once. The 1892 autographed photo resides in the museum.


The names of those who have performed here are legend. The number of those with live recordings from the Hall are a who's who. It boggles the mind. 

  


This is because the theater has been and continues to be one of the most acoustically perfect stages in the world, so that even after the advent of sound systems, other halls cannot match it. 

Shockingly, it nearly met the wrecking ball in the 1950s. 


Isaac Stern spearheaded the effort to save the Hall when a developer announced plans to erect a red skyscraper in its place. The general thinking was that the Hall was finished because of the imminent opening of Lincoln Center.

Stern had to convince Mayor Wagner that Carnegie Hall would not compete with Lincoln Center, but could instead be saved to serve as a national center for teaching music and the development of young artists. The 1956 Bard Act, which allowed New York City to protect buildings of “special character, or special historical or aesthetic interest or value,” and 1960 amendment by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell—championed by Stern—permitting the City to acquire such buildings by purchase or condemnation provided the legal means for Stern and his committee to spring into action. Read the full story here.

And so, we found ourselves in Carnegie Hall for the 11:30 tour, with tons of additional security milling about. 

We'd been hearing a lot more sirens that morning as we roamed Central Park. One of the security people told us about the live explosive device found at CNN that morning. 



Our tour guide was Jerry, who was clearly pissing one woman off with his very direct New York style at the start, but who clearly knew exactly what he was doing. The main hall was being set up for a recording session that would take place that night. The Union is very strict about not allowing photographs while any teamster is working, so it was going to be a toss up whether we would actually get to photograph the gem of the building on the tour. To say I was anxious about this would be an understatement.


Up and away to the Balcony!

Teamsters still going on the stage, no photos!

Down at the Dress Circle, we were allowed to photograph behind us, but not forward


 

The halls are lined with the photographs, most autographed to Carnegie Hall, but many others to John Totten. Fun story. John started as an usher in 1903 working his way up to house manager in the 20s until 1968. For almost 50 years, he had acquired the autographed photo from each performer to Carnegie Hall. And he had secretly asked they sign a second, autographed to him. And amazing, for 50 years, everyone kept the secret. After his death a few other workers must have been in on it, because the rumor had stuck around. It wasn't until the later 1980s that any real effort to archive and preserve Carnegie memorabilia materialized. (This was the most shocking thing I heard.)

Mr. Francesconi, who himself started as an usher and who unearthed a trove of old programs in an air vent to start the preservation movement in 1986, went on the hunt for the whispered "second set." In the years that the Hall was in danger of being demolished, hundreds of the Carnegie photographs had been removed and never returned. When he tracked down the family of Mr. Totten, 200 of the autographs that had disappeared had been duplicated in the Totten collection. (His total collection of duplicates had approached 1000. I asked this on the tour, but Jerry wasn't sure. So I turned to Google after the fact.) It's 1000, Jerry.



Jerry letting us peek into the center prime seat box, complete with a second door. When you dressed to the nines and everyone would be seeing you in your box, you needed an area with a mirror and a hook for your coat before emerging. These usually are not unlocked, but with today's set up for recording, this one had been propped to keep from locking. 

We were toward the end of the tour, having worked our way down to the floor and as Jerry was talking, the last teamster left the stage and closed the door. It was lunch break. About half of us raised our hands to interrupt him. "Can we take pictures NOW?"

He looked around nonchalantly, like a man who is here everyday and doesn't consider the fact that most of the people he's leading around are going to have exactly one opportunity to take a photo.