Pence blasts Biden, Democrats but is heckled as ‘traitor’ at Orlando evangelical event
ORLANDO, Fla. — A slate of more than a dozen prominent conservatives lambasted Democrats as pushing America toward socialism, blasted “The Squad,” and called on evangelical voters to deliver Republicans back into majorities in Congress in 2022. They found a mostly friendly audience at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, a meeting of evangelicals and conservative activists, in hopes of beginning momentum toward electoral wins next year. But the rifts in the Republican Party following the tumultuous Trump era couldn’t entirely be papered over, with former Vice President ...
DeSantis signs bill requiring ‘moment of silence’ in Florida schoolsTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida K-12 public schools must hold a moment of silence at the start of each day starting next school year, after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Monday requiring the practice. The bill drew criticism from liberal groups that it amounts to government-required prayer, but Republicans and some Democratic supporters during the hearings on the bill insisted it was not requiring prayers but merely a moment of reflection and silence. DeSantis, though, explicitly couched the new law as a way to bring Go...
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Fight rages over anti-racism teaching in US schools
Leesburg (United States) (AFP) - "Are you ready to take back our schools?" activist Patti Menders shouted at a rally opposing anti-racism teaching in the United States that critics like her say trains white children to see themselves as "oppressors." "Yes!" answered in unison the hundreds of demonstrators gathered this weekend near Washington to fight against "critical race theory," the latest battleground of America's ongoing culture wars. The term defines a strand of thought that appeared in American law schools in the late 1970s and which looks at racism as a system, enabled by laws and ins...
Person to Person: How to put a positive spin on your language
Do you realize your negative speech might be damaging your marriage? Or could your employees be reacting to your negative remarks by failing to do their best? Any way you slice it, the fact is this: Positive language has a positive impact on every area of your life. It ignites hope and cooperation in other people. It’s one of your best tools, and it costs nothing. “When I need to explain something in a more positive way to my husband, I practice first,” says a marriage counselor we’ll call Andrea. “You can sound phony, if you aren’t delivering your speech in a prepared way.” Andrea says it hel...
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Mike Jensen: Basketball star Jalen Duren has options, including maybe skipping his senior year of high school
PHILADELPHIA — This was 20 years ago, at the fabled ABCD Camp. Sonny Vaccaro, the basketball visionary who seemed capable of seeing around a whole lot of corners, had just told a camp coach to make that big sophomore on his team the point guard since somehow nobody was passing the kid the ball. “This kid has a chance to be an icon,” Vaccaro had told me right after that, and since the teenager in question was LeBron James, the words had plausibility even at the time. That same conversation, Vaccaro talked about how nobody should be surprised if LeBron tested the NBA rules at the time and declar...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Holiday names replaced with ‘Day Off’ on New Jersey school calendars
Happy... day off? A New Jersey school district has replaced the names of holidays with the words “Day Off” on its school calendars. The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to dump the names of the days being celebrated, much to the surprise of the 125 people in attendance at a Thursday meeting. Cries of “What just happened?” and “What did you just do?” erupted from a crowd described as confused and unhappy by local outlet Tap Into Randolph. The school board’s decision was an evolution of a debate over the Columbus Day holiday, which many consider offensive to Native Americans. State ...
New York Daily News
Vaccine hesitancy in smaller Caribbean islands benefits larger neighbours with high COVID-19 rates
Glass bottle with Sars-Covid-19 vaccine label attached. Photo by Cindy Shebley on Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Going hand in hand with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic was the vaccine development required to combat it. In the Caribbean, there has been a lot of discussion around vaccine equity, with many regional territories signing up for the COVAX facility, whose mandate is to ensure that every country in the world—regardless of its means—has equitable access to vaccines. In the Americas, the procurement agent for vaccines distributed by COVAX is the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Revolving...
Illinois Republicans sue in federal court to overturn Democratic-drawn legislative maps
CHICAGO — Illinois’ Republican legislative leaders filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn redistricting maps drawn by Democrats, contending the party’s reliance on population estimates is “arbitrary” and “discriminatory” and violates the U.S. Constitution. House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Senate GOP leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods are seeking a three-judge panel that would either appoint a special master to direct new maps or order Democrats to put in place a process that would give Republicans a 50-50 chance at drawing new district boundaries. Th...
Philly's Asian community is on edge after separate attacks against a store owner and a teen
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's Asian community has been on edge over the past few weeks after two recent attacks — one that left a Chinese American takeout owner dead, and the other in which a high school student was randomly punched while out walking with his grandmother. In May, Wei Lin, 28, the takeout owner, went to help a delivery driver who didn't speak English after the driver got into a minor car accident. As they were waiting for police to arrive, the female driver of the other vehicle called relatives to the scene, and authorities say a man punched Lin in the head. Lin, a father of tw...
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Val Demings launches 2022 campaign for Senate against Marco Rubio
ORLANDO, Fla. – Saying she’s ready for a “tough fight,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando officially launched her campaign Wednesday to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio next year. “I know how to get through tough times, and I think we would all agree that we’re in some really tough, unusual times right now,” Demings told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday. “But I’m not afraid of a tough fight. “We are dealing with some critical issues,” she added. “And we need bold, courageous leaders to deal with those issues. And the bottom line is, too many times Marco Rubio did not show up. A...