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Store Manager Killed In L.A. Trader Joe’s Hostage Crisis

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A feud between a man and his grandmother over his girlfriend staying at the grandmother’s home exploded into violence that ultimately led to him taking dozens of people hostage inside a Los Angeles supermarket, a relative said Sunday.

Investigators believe Gene Evin Atkins, 28, shot his grandmother several times and wounded his girlfriend at their South Los Angeles home on Saturday afternoon before he led police on a chase, while exchanging gunfire with officers, crashed into a pole outside the Trader Joe’s in the city’s Silver Lake section and ran inside.

Atkins was booked Sunday on suspicion of murder after an employee was killed as he ran into the supermarket, police said.

His cousin, Charlene Egland, told The Associated Press that he had been arguing with his grandmother — who had raised him since he was 7 years old — “on and off for about two or three weeks” over his girlfriend staying at elder woman’s home.

“She didn’t want the girl over there anymore,” Egland said.

On Saturday, Atkins’ grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Madison, 76, was walking back into the home and told her grandson “he needs to turn some of them TVs off” when he shot her, she said.

Egland said she heard about six gunshots before another cousin came running from the porch and shouted to Egland, “I think Gene shot my mama!”

Egland said she ran to call 911 and waited for an ambulance to arrive. At the same time, police said Atkins stole his grandmother’s car and forced his girlfriend into the vehicle.

Officers tracked the car using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, police said. During the chase, he fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car.

More gunfire ensued before Atkins crashed into a pole outside the supermarket. The man exchanged gunfire with police again and that’s when a 27-year-old Trader Joe’s employee, Melyda Corado, was shot and killed, Police Chief Michel Moore said. Officers escorted the girlfriend from the vehicle.

Customers and employees frantically dove for cover and barricaded themselves inside storerooms and bathrooms as bullets fired by police shattered the store’s glass doors.

As he heard gunfire, Sean Gerace, who was working in the back of the supermarket, grabbed several of his co-workers and the group made their way into an upstairs storage area. He grabbed a folding ladder and tossed it out a window, helping his colleagues escape to safety, he told KNBC-TV.

“I grabbed an emergency ladder, barricaded the hallway, grabbed a weapon, put the ladder out the window and just tried to get the attention of the SWAT officer,” Gerace told the television station.

About three hours later, Atkins agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. He was being held on $ 2 million bail Sunday and it wasn’t clear if he had an attorney to comment on the allegations.

His grandmother was taken to a hospital in critical condition and police said she had been shot seven times, but Egland, who visited Madison at the hospital on Sunday, said she had only been shot three times, had undergone surgery and her condition was improving.

Atkins, who has two daughters, bounced between several jobs, including working as a security guard, but had been repeatedly fired, Egland said. His license to work as a security guard expired in November 2017, according to state records. It was not clear whether the particular license he possessed would have allowed him to legally carry a firearm.

His grandmother had also tried to help him find employment and “was just trying to make him do better,” Egland said.

Atkins never grew violent toward his grandmother before, Egland said, but she started to grow concerned about him over the last several weeks because he seemed upset and distant.

“He didn’t seem right to me,” Egland said. “I’m just devastated.”

On Sunday, grieving family members, co-workers and customers remembered Corado, the Trader Joe’s worker, as lively, hardworking and always smiling. A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and notes grew on the sidewalk outside of the store on Sunday.

“I’m sad to say she didn’t make it. My baby sister. My world,” her brother, Albert Corado said on Twitter.

Trader Joe’s said the store — known by customers as a neighborhood hangout with great customer service — would remain closed for the foreseeable future to give their employees time to process and grieve.

“Yesterday marks the saddest day in Trader Joe’s history as we mourn the loss of one our own,” company spokeswoman Kenya Friend-Daniel said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her family, and our Crew Members and customers who experienced this terrifying and unimaginable ordeal.”

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Lena Dunham, Joshua Jackson & Sia Among Stars Protesting Migrant Crisis in Texas: ‘Together We Rise’

While attending a protest in Tornillo, Texas — a city along the U.S.-Mexico border — a group of celebrities came together to voice their outrage over the thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border illegally.

“We came to Tornillo, Texas, to show our solidarity with the families who have been separated, the children who are alone and the parents who are grieving and the undocumented Americans who are losing more than I can fathom,” Lena Dunham wrote alongside a group shot of many famous faces, including Amber Heard, Bella Thorne, Mira Sorvino and Sia.

In the group photo, many of the celebrities are carrying signs protesting the crisis. “This is about humanity,” read one of the signs, while another proclaimed “no one is illegal.”

“Thank you, Tornillo, for showing us a warm border welcome and reminding us that together we rise,” Dunham added.

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Sharing his own photo from the protest, actor Joshua Jackson wrote, “This was 10:00 am in Tornillo, Texas. We were standing outside the detention facility where hundreds of children are being held in tents. It was already near 100 F out there.”

“These are not summer camps. These are not acceptable conditions for children. This is a humanitarian crisis of our own making,” he continued, adding the hashtags “ #stopseparatingfamilies#endfamilydetention.”

Imploring her fans to donate to Voto Latino, a civic organization that helped facilitate the peaceful protest, Sia also announced that she would be matching all donations up to $ 100,000.

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Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood also participated in a separate event, the Break Bread Not Families rally, which was held in McAllen, Texas, in front of a detention center.

Since May, Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” has resulted in 2,342 children being removed from their parents who crossed the Southern border and face prosecution for illegal entry.

Amid a massive backlash, Trump signed an executive order reversing the position on Wednesday.

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. government had reunited 522 migrant children who were separated from adults, saying in a statement outlining the reunification process that the government “knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families.” 

While waiting for the parents to complete their deportation hearings, children will continue to be held in custody. The families will then either be reunited before getting deported, or after the parent is released from detention and applies to be the child’s sponsor.

While Trump’s executive order said the government would maintain a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry into the country, a senior U.S. official told The Washington Post on Thursday that Border Patrol agents have been told to stop referring parents with children for prosecution.


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The images are heart-wrenching: toddlers in tears, a chorus of children’s voices wailing for their mothers and fathers, boys sitting forlornly in cages. In April, the Trump administration put into effect a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that is escalating into a human rights crisis at the United States’ southern border. With the new policy, the administration is prosecuting as many people crossing the border as possible. Many of these migrants cross the border with children. As The Washington Post explains, when the adults are prosecuted, they are taken into Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. The children are separated from the adults, their parents, in most cases, and are placed in internment centers or “tender age” shelters since children cannot be detained by DHS. According to The Washington Post: 

Adding it all up, this means the Trump administration is operating a system in which immigrant families that are apprehended at the border get split up, because children go into a process in which they eventually get placed with sponsors in the country while their parents are prosecuted and potentially deported.

Human Rights Council, Spiritual Leaders Call For Policy’s End 

Journalists have traveled to the detention centers where these children are being held. The images and reporting have sparked outrage around the world. “The Department of Homeland Security facilities do not meet the basic standards for the care of children in residential settings,” the American Academy of Pediatrics stated in a released document. The head of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council called separating these migrant families “unconscionable,’” and called for the end of the practice (shortly after, the Trump administration announced that it was withdrawing the U.S. out of the Human Rights Council accusing the organization if being “a cesspool of political bias.”)

Historically, there has been a covert effort to drive a wedge between African Americans and immigrants. Alan Jenkins, executive director of The Opportunity Agenda wrote in an essay, “The mainstream media have fixated on potential points of black/immigrant tension, looking for a conflict storyline. And that storyline has been amply fed by conservative anti-immigrant groups intent on driving a wedge between the two communities.”

And yet, the harrowing images of migrant children held captive in tent cities and cages; sleeping under blankets made of aluminum foil, have black leaders speaking out. When Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted biblical passages as justification for the zero-tolerance policy, African American religious leaders pushed back. CBS News reports that leaders at The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church said, “The Bible does not justify discrimination masked as racism, sexism, economic inequality, oppression or the abuse of children.”

Rev. Al Sharpton accused the Trump administration of enacting this policy because these are children of color. “There is a different policy here, and that is playing hardball with the future of these young people,” he said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Sharpton and other activists plan on visiting the immigrant children at the border.

Black Congressional Members Have Their Say 

Perhaps some of the sharpest criticism has come from Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cummings called the new immigration policy “the key moral and ethical issue of the day.”

“We sent letter after letter, letter after letter, asking these [House] committees to investigate the Trump administration’s policy which is now resulting in child internment camps, that’s what I said, child internment camps,” he said during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday. He went onto to say that no matter one’s views on immigration, “We should all be able to agree, that we will not keep kids in child internment camps indefinitely and hidden away from public view. What country is that?



Rep. Maxine Waters thanked members of Jeff Sessions’ church when they sent him a letter with over 600 signatures condemning the zero-tolerance policy and accusing the administration of child abuse.

“Kick him out in the name of the Lord!” urged Rep. Waters on Twitter.


Michelle Obama tweeted support for Laura Bush’s public disapproval of the policy.


Kamala Harris also weighed in.


Celebrities and Influencers Express Outrage 

In addition to political and spiritual leaders, black influencers and celebrities have also criticized the policy. John Legend, who has been vocal about his disdain for President Trump, sent this tweet after Paul Ryan posted a picture of his family on Father’s Day:


Actor Jesse Williams posted on Instagram.

FUCKING DISGUSTING, VIOLENT, SLOPPY & MALICIOUS: THE AMERICAN WAY. KEEP CALLING YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS! 202-224-3121, Since early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations. Decades after the nation's child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents. The United Nations, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers and religious groups have sharply criticized the policy, calling it inhumane. Alicia Lieberman, who runs the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco, said decades of study show early separations can cause permanent emotional damage. "Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels," she said. "Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities." via #AP

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Kids are victims of opioid crisis too

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Over the past decade, the number of kids admitted to hospital for opioid overdoses has almost doubled, new research shows.

The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, provide evidence that children as well as adults are falling victim to America’s opioid epidemic. While teenagers may be taking these drugs on purpose, young children are likely ingesting their parents’ prescription and non-prescription opioids by mistake, the study authors said.

Researchers analyzed opioid-related admissions at 31 children’s hospitals between 2004 and 2015. They found that the number of admissions jumped from almost 800 between 2004 and 2007, to more than 1,500 children between 2012 and 2015.

Almost half of the children ended up in intensive care, which means their condition was considered very severe. While teens accounted for about 60 percent of cases, children ages 1 through 5 made up one third of hospital admissions for opioid overdose, the study found.

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About 20 percent of the kids under age 6 ingested methadone, which is a drug used to help people quit other opioids, and also as a painkiller.

Opioid overdose can lead to problems breathing and even death. Thankfully, less than 3 percent of the children in the study died from an overdose, but many required life-saving treatment such as a ventilator or drugs to prevent shock.

Speaking to CNN, lead author Dr. Jason Kane advised parents to take preventative action to keep opioids out of children’s hands.

A report last year by the group Safe Kids Worldwide found many parents don’t follow safe-storage rules for medicine. Here’s a refresher on ways to protect your kids from accidental medication poisoning:

• Always store medicine out of sight and out of your child’s reach.

• Keep medicine in its original child-resistant packaging.

• Practice storing medicine safely as soon as your first child is born.

• Put the Poison Help number – 1-800-222-1222 – into your phone and post it in a visible place at home.

• Instead of keeping your medicine handy, use reminder tools like cell phone alarms or medication schedules.

Do you keep opioids or other types of medications in your home? What do you do to keep them out of reach of your child?

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Cheryl and Liam Payne are still battling for approval to turn their £5m family home into a ‘mega-mansion’ despite crisis talks over their relationship

CHERLY and Liam Payne are reportedly still battling for approval to turn their £5million family home into a “mega-mansion” – despite crisis talks over their relationship.

The couple, who are preparing to split, have submitted numerous planning applications to extend the house they share with baby Bear in Working, Surrey.

Liam Payne and Cheryl face crisis talks as their two-year relationship is on the verge of collapse
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Liam Payne and Cheryl face crisis talks as their two-year relationship is on the verge of collapse[/caption]

The couple live in this £5million house in Surrey – and are still planning to double it in size
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And despite the former One Direction star seeking legal advice over a split, the pair are said to be determined to carry on with major renovations to double the size of the property, according to MailOnline.

Liam, who is worth an estimated £54million, purchased the house for £5.1 million back in 2015 and submitted plans for a garage area, which would have been home to his collection of expensive supercars.

The extension would also include an entrance to the house, an indoor pool and a new guest house – increasing the building’s volume from 93.37m3 to 199m3 – or a whopping 133 percent.

According to the newspaper, Woking Borough Council refused permission in October, ruling: ‘The proposed single storey side and front extensions represent a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original dwelling and consequently constitutes inappropriate development within the Green Belt.”

Liam Payne's marriage advances have been consistently rebuffed by Cheryl
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Liam Payne raised the prospect of marrying Cheryl after the birth of their son Bear but her rejection has fuelled crisis speculation
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Liam Payne raised the prospect of marrying Cheryl after the birth of their son Bear but her rejection has fuelled crisis speculation[/caption]

The pair are said to be appealing that decision, with a public notice listed on the council website as recent as February 9.

Last year, we revealed that the couple were granted permission to make some major renovations to their six bedroom country pad.

Despite Cheryl being pregnant at the time they forewent building a nursery and instead converted three garages into a giant snooker room as well as building a big underground gym and swimming pool.

The planning appeal comes as pals say 24-year-old Liam began re-evaluating their romance as his solo career began taking off.

Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl
Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl
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Sources close to Liam Payne revealed that his burgeoning solo career has increased tensions between the couple
Sources close to Liam Payne revealed that his burgeoning solo career has increased tensions between the couple
Liam Payne holds his newborn son Bear the day of his birth - March 22 2017
Liam Payne holds his newborn son Bear the day of his birth – March 22 2017

He also realised their relationship was doomed when Cheryl kept dismissing his talk of marriage.

A source said: “Liam is smitten with his little boy and wants things to work between him and Cheryl, so thought talk of marriage was a positive step.

“But she just doesn’t seem to be thinking in the same sort of way and has made it clear that’s not on the cards at the moment, which he saw as a real snub.

“The reality is his solo career has been very demanding on his time and Cheryl has spent a lot of time alone as a new mum.

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“That’s put pressure on her and the relationship and they’ve drifted apart.

“Nobody is sure if they’ll be able to pull things back from the brink.”

Yesterday Liam appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show but made just one reference to Cheryl — while debating which football team Bear will support.

Meanwhile, pals have claimed that Cheryl had tried to get Liam to stop talking about Bear or her in interviews, and that his failure to stop had put strain on their relationship.

Liam Payne, pictured with Cheryl, as she's heavily pregnant with baby Bear
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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a postpartum identity crisis

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It’s taken me a long long time to realize I should have gone to a counselor after my first baby was born.

I didn’t exhibit any of the classic signs of postpartum depression — the ones they warn you about. I didn’t want to hurt anyone, including myself. Sure, there were a few bouts of uncontrollable crying here and there, but I chalked it up to hormones and a lack of sleep and…I was fine.

But there was a lot going on in my head and no one to talk it out with. I was the first of my friends to have a baby, and I opted to stay home. So all of my friends were still working all day. I didn’t have any mom friends yet. I didn’t know where to go during the day with my baby. It was all I could do to shower.

It was also the first time since I was 12 years old that I wasn’t earning my own income. I’ve always had a job. I had a full-time job lined up before I graduated college. It was exciting and often fast-paced and going from that to staying home with a newborn was a HUGE shift.

I started freaking out because now my husband was the sole provider for all three of us and I worried about what would happen if he decided to leave or died. My head played an endless loop of things I should probably do to make him happy so he’d be sure to stick around. Let me be clear — he never once gave any indication he was leaving. He would have been mortified to know that I was thinking all this. And I didn’t dare say any of it out loud in case he thought I was being unreasonable…and decided to leave me. It was an endless cycle in my head and it was exhausting. It was also not at all like the independent woman I’d been until then.

How could I dare be unhappy with someone this cute around?

Even if I’d had other mom friends, I probably wouldn’t have talked about any of this with them. I’d just had a beautiful baby. I was #blessed. I knew there were other parents who would love to be able to stay home with their children and couldn’t…so who was I to complain about being bored or unsure of what I was doing? Obviously, I was being ridiculous.

I also didn’t know if therapy was covered by our insurance. Now that we were down to one income, there’s no way we were paying out of pocket. The thought of trying to navigate our health insurance to see if they covered therapy for someone who didn’t really need it was daunting.

Things got much better after that first year. I made friends who had young children. As he grew, my son and I filled our days more and more, getting out and exploring together, running errands, communicating with each other, and getting more involved in the community. By the time his sister came along, a lot of those early worries were gone (replaced by other worries, of course, because that’s what we parents do.)

I keep thinking about what I would have done differently. It would have been nice to have some mom friends lined up ahead of time (can you do that? Mom-date before your baby is born?) I would have talked honestly with my husband about this weird power shift that occurred when he became the sole provider.

I did eventually take over our budget, which helped me feel like I had some control. And I would have looked into counseling. I still have no idea if it’s covered by our insurance, but I would have checked. We wouldn’t have hesitated to get our son any help he needed. I wouldn’t have hesitated to get my husband or any of our other children that help. It’s taken me years to realize it would have been okay to get help for me if I needed it, too.

How was your first year as a parent?

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Trump Tells China He Believes in a Solution to the North Korea Nuclear Crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that he believes, like Xi, that a solution can be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, a day after warning Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons.

Speaking alongside Xi in the Chinese capital, Trump also said it was disappointing that his predecessors had let the bilateral trade balance get out of kilter.

“But we will make it fair and it will be tremendous for both of us,” Trump said, expressing respect for Xi.

Trump is pressing China to tighten the screws further on North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons. At least modest progress is hoped for, although there are no immediate signs of a major breakthrough, a U.S. official said earlier on Thursday.

Referring to Xi, Trump said: “I do believe there’s a solution to that, as do you.”

In a show of the importance China puts on Trump’s first official visit, Thursday’s welcoming ceremony outside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People overlooking Tiananmen Square was broadcast live on state television–unprecedented treatment for a visiting leader.

Xi said he had a deep exchange of views with Trump and reached consensus on numerous issues of mutual concern.

“For China, cooperation is the only real choice, only win-win can lead to an even better future,” he said.

Xi said China and the United States strengthened high-level dialogue on all fronts over the past year and increased coordination on major international issues, such as the Korean peninsula and Afghanistan.

“Relations between China and the United States are now on a new historical starting point,” Xi said

Trump and Xi hit it off at their first meeting in April at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and continued their “bromance” on Wednesday with an afternoon of sightseeing together with their wives, followed by dinner. However, deep divisions persist over trade and North Korea.

And while Xi is riding high after consolidating power at a twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress last month, Trump comes to China saddled with low public approval ratings and dogged by investigations into Russian links to his election campaign.

‘HORRIBLE’ TRADE SURPLUS

Trump has ratcheted up his criticism of China’s massive trade surplus with the United States – calling it “embarrassing” and “horrible” last week – and has accused Beijing of unfair trade practices, fueling worries of increased tension between the world’s two largest trading countries.

For its part, China says U.S. restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States and on high-tech exports need to be addressed.

More than $ 250 billion in commercial deals between U.S. and Chinese firms were signed during the visit, China’s commerce minister said. Several corporate CEOs are in Beijing as part of a delegation led by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Some in the U.S. business community have expressed worry that contract wins could come at the expense of resolving long-standing complaints over market access restrictions in China.

“This shows that we have a strong, vibrant bilateral economic relationship, and yet we still need to focus on leveling the playing field because U.S. companies continue to be disadvantaged doing business in China,” said William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Trump railed against China’s trade practices during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and threatened to take action once in office. But he has since held back on any major trade penalties, making clear he was doing so to give Beijing time to make progress reining in North Korea.

‘IN SYNC’

A U.S. official said both sides are “in sync” about wanting to minimize friction during the visit and recreate the positive tone of the Mar-a-Lago summit.

Trump was not expected to put much emphasis in his talks with Xi on thorny issues like the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, although the two presidents’ aides may deal with those matters privately, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

China has repeatedly pushed back at suggestions it should be doing more to rein in North Korea, which does about 90 percent of its trade with China, saying it is fully enforcing U.N. sanctions and that everyone has a responsibility to lower tensions and get talks back on track.

Trump used some of his toughest language yet against North Korea in a wide-ranging address in Seoul on Wednesday that lodged specific accusations of chilling human rights abuses, although he offered no evidence to support the accusations.

He also called on countries around the world to isolate Pyongyang by denying it “any form of support, supply or acceptance”.

Chinese state media praised the tone of the initial get-together on Thursday, part of what China has promised will be a “state visit plus” for Trump.

“Trump seems to be pragmatic on his Beijing policy, and has no interest in ideological diplomacy.He hasn’t used the issue of human rights to make trouble for China so far, and this means theSino-US relationship can focus on substantive matters,” influential tabloid the Global Times said in an editorial.


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Trump Takes Action on the Opioid Crisis, But Many Worry It Won’t Be Enough

Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and the nation's health care community are cheering President Trump's move Thursday to officially designate the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, even as many of them openly wonder if he has gone far enough.

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When The Washington Post and 60 Minutes revealed “collusion” between Congress and big pharma in undermining efforts to combat America’s opioid epidemic, the fallout was quick to arrive.

A key element of the Sunday night story was the role of congressman Tom Marino, the lead sponsor of a bill that made it more difficult for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to freeze shipments of opioids such as Vicodin and oxycodone. That all happened under the presidency of Barack Obama, but it so happens that Marino is currently Donald Trump’s pick to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

After the expos? hit, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin joined other Democrats in urging Trump to withdraw Marino’s nomination. “No state in the nation has been harder hit than mine. I have seen this epidemic destroy families and communities throughout West Virginia,” he wrote in an open letter.

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“The legislation that Congressman Marino pushed has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce our nation’s laws and ensure that these wholesalers and other industry actors alert authorities to these suspicious orders instead of simply profiting from them,” the Democrat senator, who has some rapport with Trump, wrote.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer also asked Trump to withdraw Marino’s nomination, saying: “Confirming Rep. Marino as our nation’s drug czar is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house.”

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So what does Trump think? The president said Monday that he would declare the opioid epidemic as a national emergency next week. However, he declined to express confidence in Marino as his drug czar pick.

Trump said Marino was “a great guy,” but said he will “make a change” if he decides Marino had hindered the fight against opioid addiction.

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Meanwhile, Democrat senator Claire McCaskill also said Monday that she would launch an attempt to repeal Marino’s Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, as it has “significantly affected the government’s ability to crack down on opioid distributors that are failing to meet their obligations and endangering our communities.” It’s not clear how much congressional support her repeal bill would get, though.


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Pakistani Peacebuilder Bushra Hyder is Fighting Off Calls for Jihad as the Rohingya Crisis Heightens

As news and images of the Burmese military’s attacks on the minority Muslim Rohingya community spread around the world, Bushra Qadeem Hyder was among the first to see the impact on the students around her.

Protesters in Cape Town, South Africa calling for the protection of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. (Wikimedia)

A founding member of the global Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), Hyder—a school principal and peace education pioneer—warned the network that the Rohingya crisis was causing radicalization and mobilizing jihad across the region. Before there was any response from the international community, she found herself at the center of the crisis.

“A group of my students came to me, saying that some of their friends were intending to go for Jihad in Burma,” says Hyder. “It was shocking for me to hear from my students that the imams at the local mosque had raised the call for jihad, telling them that it is their duty to fight for the Rohingya Muslims who are being tortured by the Burmese government.” Hyder, with the help of her students who have been studying under her peace education curricula for years, hurriedly arranged a meeting with the parents of the boys who wanted to go fight. They were similarly shocked to hear about their children’s intentions.

“This is usually the case; the religious teachers have too much influence over the boys who hide things from their parents,” Hyder explains. “By the time the parents realize, the damage is already done. They send their children to learn about their religion, not to become jihadists. The realization is always painful for them.” In this case, the parents asked Hyder to speak to their boys.

The following day, the boys met with Hyder. Just 15 and 16 years old, they were adamant about their call to duty to save their Muslim brothers. It took hours of discussions, with the boys repeating the same rhetoric: Muslims are being persecuted, the situation is intolerable and it is their duty to fight for Islam. Hyder reasoned with the boys, telling them that “it is an important issue, but there are many other things going on in our country of equal importance.” She went on to ask them whether they had ever helped someone in need in their own country, ever been to a hospital to help the sick, ever contributed to alleviate any pain for fellow Pakistanis. They said no. She then asked: “How come you want to go to a foreign land just to get killed in the name of jihad while there are so many people suffering in your own country?” The boys were confused. On the one hand, their religious teacher was pushing them toward jihad, while Bushra was giving a completely different viewpoint. They left with confusion still apparent in their eyes.

Hyder’s peace-educated students played a pivotal role in the days that followed. They remained close to the want-to-be-fighter boys and had long conversations with them while their parents stopped them from going to the mosque. Eventually, the boys went back to see Hyder. Their second meeting was different. This time they came to truly listen, and Hyder went through the different stages of jihad in Islam, using examples from the Prophet’s life and verses from the Quran, to make the point that “if you go, you will be killed, but if you stay, live and do good work, that would be more beneficial to Islam. That is true jihad.” Hyder and her students succeeded. The boys were saved.

Examples of the immediate and long-term effects of peace education are numerous, but governments are not willing to listen—so the work is left to individuals who care enough. “We discuss everything with these boys,” Hyder says. “At their age, they have many questions and we try to answer them all. We build their capacity for analytical thinking and for reasoning so that they can deal with the situations they are put in. We discussed the Rohingya crisis at length, and this has helped them to hold discussions with other boys and dissuade them from answering the call to fight.”

Hyder is still trying to work with members of parliament to take her peace education curricula nationwide, but it is a challenging endeavor. Within both the government and the religious schools (madrasas), there is fear of the words “peace” and “interfaith dialogues.” The minds are set and they are hard to change–far harder than those of the teenagers.

Echoing the analysis of an ICAN/WASL report on education, identity and rising extremism, Hyder spoke of the dichotomy of politics and education.  “Education should have nothing to do with politics, yet everything has become politicized,”she says, “and religious institutions and movements are using education to further their political agendas.” It is difficult work, but she will not give up.

“In my own generation this level of extreme religious influence did not exist in our schools,” says Hyder. “We lived in harmony with our neighbors regardless of their ethnicity or sect or religion. Today, we need peace education to push back the influences that teach intolerance and advocate violent jihad at every turn.”

And so she continues her efforts to convince the government—because the alternative trajectory is untenable and unfathomable.

This post also appeared on the ICAN blog.

International Civil Society Action Network is a U.S.-based nonprofit whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace, and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition, and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills, and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources.

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Bruno Mars To Donate $1 Million To Help Victims Of The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis has really been flying under the national radar as of late. Not because the problem’s been fixed but because of all the other atrocities that have been engulfing the United States thanks to the reality TV show host turned leader of the free world.

That fact hasn’t been lost on Bruno Mars who during his 24K Magic show in Auburn Hills, MI announced he was donating $ 1 million to aid the victims of the water crisis that’s been plaguing Flint since 2014.

“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,” Mars said in a statement. “Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”

Though the city has made some progress in rectifying the problem in Flint, residents still can’t drink the water without the use of filters due to the high level of lead, copper and bacteria in the water.

So props to Bruno Mars for stepping up and helping those in dire need. Now if only more entertainers would follow suit.

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Both Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

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Even in North Korea crisis, retired general John Kelly is an apolitical force in a White House divided by ideology

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Trump needs to declare national emergency for opioid crisis, commission says

President Donald Trump needs to declare a national state of emergency for the opioid epidemic, said the commission he created to combat the public health crisis.

Such a declaration was the “first and most urgent recommendation” in an interim report that detailed how the nation’s leaders could fight the pandemic that the New York Times says killed an estimated 59,000 people last year, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

With 142 Americans killed by opioids every day, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

Opioids “now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined,” the commission wrote in its report, saying that with nearly 150 Americans dying every day, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

“By declaring state of emergency, the president would put the full weight of his office behind this emergency,” Christie said as he read from the report during a call Monday afternoon to release the report.

The commission also recommended opening up more treatment beds in all 50 states with waiver approvals under Medicaid’s federal Institutes for Mental Diseases exclusion. With the waivers, facilities with more than 16 beds could accept patients seeking inpatient mental health treatment, including substance use disorders, and Medicaid would reimburse providers for the care.

READ MORE: Prescription opioids tripled between 1999 and 2015, CDC says

“This is the single fastest way to increase treatment availability across the nation,” the commission’s draft interim report said.

Fellow commission member and former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy said insurance companies and the Department of Labor need to ensure more access to treatment. They should also provide greater transparency and accountability for individuals with substance use disorder, who often shoulder the burden of “unfair denials” for coverage, Kennedy said.

“If this were any other public health issue, our response as a nation would be dramatically different than it is simply because these diseases are shunned and shamed by society,” Kennedy said.

Under current “well-intentioned” patient privacy laws, the commission said physicians and families alike face great difficulty in coordinating care or even knowing if an individual is struggling with substance use disorders, “restraining physicians’ ability to make informed healthcare decisions,” the report said.

Other recommendations from the commission included:

  • Establish mandatory opioid prescriber education at medical and dental schools across the country to spread awareness about safe prescription practices.
  • Create and fund a federal effort to offer all three forms of approved medication-assisted treatment — methadone, naltrexone and buprenorphine — at each facility licensed to distribute them and to ensure treatment “decisions are based on what is best for the patient” (the report says only roughly one out of every 10 U.S. drug treatment facilities offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder).
  • Craft model legislation to encourage states to make naloxone — an antidote used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses — more readily available.
  • Enhance border control and law enforcement efforts to screen and catch fentanyl entering the United States, including through packages shipped through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Improve prescription drug monitoring programs to better track patients who have been blocked from accessing prescription opioids but clearly still need help.
  • Make sure insurance companies do not offer worse coverage to people for mental health and substance use diagnoses than for physical health issues.

The interim report’s recommendations are not intended to be comprehensive; the commission is scheduled to release its final report in October. Christie said the upcoming report will explore how to use big data to develop a national prevention strategy, ways that federal agencies can make medication-assisted treatment and more non-opioid pain therapies more accessible, how to reduce the nation’s supply of heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, and more.

“We should be tracking those supplies in the same way we track infectious diseases in our country.”

Commissioners voted 4-0 to pass the interim report and pass it onto President Donald Trump’s office for executive approval.

One of those commission members, Bertha Madras, served on the White House Office of Drug Control Policy under the President George W. Bush administration and is now a psychobiologist at Harvard Medical School. In remarks delivered during Monday’s call, Madras said while U.S. prescription opioid use subsides, an unmistakable rise in heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogs and counterfeit pills presents a clear-and-present danger to public health nationwide.

READ MORE: In the war on heroin, Baltimore drug programs face an uncertain future

“We should be tracking those supplies in the same way we track infectious diseases in our country,” Madras said.

Trump signed an executive order to establish the commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in March. Since then, the commission met and received more than 8,000 comments from the public. That was why the commission missed initial deadlines for the report it unveiled Monday, Christie said.

In November, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a historic report called “Facing Addiction in America” that assessed a series of recommendations called “Turn the Tide Rx,” designed to curb the opioid crisis.

“How we respond to this crisis is a moral test for America. Are we a nation willing to take on an epidemic that is causing great human suffering and economic loss? Are we able to live up to that most fundamental obligation we have as human beings: to care for one another?” it read.

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The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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We Have a Marriage Crisis

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Coming of Faith brings the voices of Muslim American women to the world through multidimensional storytelling and empowerment initiatives. This post was originally published on Coming of Faith.

There is a marriage crisis amongst Muslims and I think that is putting it lightly. I am even having trouble trying to put my feelings on this matter into words because I am at a loss of where to start. I am not really sure how this happened, nor do I know how to fix things, but I do know that change has to occur.

Once we hit puberty, we are instructed by the community to not interact with the other gender. The boys you once raced around the masjid with are now covered in cooties, and “Circle, circle, dot, dot” is not a good enough vaccine in Islam. However, it seems to work outside of the mosque, because the Muslim boys you go to school with have no trouble talking to non-Muslim girls. What’s up with that?

In high school, which is already a precarious time, this pattern continued and I found that I was much more comfortable with non-Muslim boys than with the group of boys I once used to play with. Once upon a time, we could spend hours playing board games together at family parties, but now we can’t even manage to get two sentences out to each other without feeling all sorts of awkward.

Enter college, where MSAs can provide an excellent space to forge friendships, make connections, and build a community in your new home. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the greatest experience with my MSA. I was judged for not being a hijabi by one group of people, but also judged for not drinking by another group of people. This was my first introduction to the idea of being “good enough,” and because I couldn’t find comfort with the majority of Muslims on campus, I found my niche amongst my non-Muslim friends who respected and valued all of my characteristics and idiosyncrasies.

After graduation, I moved back home and rejoined the community at my local mosque. At this point, aunties began to ask intrusively when I was getting married. They would make comments to my mother: “Shame, she has such nice features, but her color…she is too dark. Have you looked into bleaching creams?” and, “I don’t think she would be able to find someone from America, you’re better of finding someone from back home. You know if you find a doctor, there is still a chance she can have a good life.”

To me, they would say: “Oh, you’re going to graduate school? Why? What are you going to do with that degree? Don’t you want to get married? You don’t want to be smarter than your husband.” “You can’t be too independent, no man will want to marry you if he feels that he can’t take care of you.” “You shouldn’t be too strong. Lower your voice and walk softly. Be a lady.” “Have you learned to cook? What do you make?”

With every comment and remark, I stifled my desire to rudely retort with a sassy answer. “Of course I can cook, do you think I starved all those years I lived by myself in college?” “When am I getting married? Good question, why don’t you ask Allah. Let me know what He says.”

It was as though my life was now dependent on my ability to get married. But once again, the community I should have found comfort in was diminishing my worth; they were finding ways to tell me I was not good enough.

I did want to get married though, so I tried to go about finding a partner the “halal” way. I went to matrimonial/speed-dating events. Once, when I stated that I did not like a particular Indian dish, this one guy did not know what to say to me for the next two minutes. Another guy barely listened to a thing I said, and after a minute and half, asked to just sit in silence because he was exhausted from talking. Not everyone was like that though. I did meet some nice guys, but there was just was no chemistry. I couldn’t figure out was missing, but I just was not clicking with anyone. It was as if we were all back in high school again, overcome with bouts of awkwardness. In general, although there were a variety of guys at these events, it became clear that most were looking for a specific type of look…a tall, fair-skinned, non-hijabi who was well educated but wanted to stay at home with the kids. I’m short, dark-skinned and I am determined to use my education to help save lives, while also making time for my children. I don’t care if I marry someone who makes enough money to support the family: I am passionate about what I do, and I am not ready to give that up just yet.

I’ve tried Muslim matrimonial websites, and although I have heard of a few success stories, I just met guys from abroad who barely spoke English and wanted to know if I was an American citizen. When I called one guy out on all of his lies, he told me that I was an ungrateful woman who will never get married. Wait, what?! Just because I asked why he switched careers from medicine to owning a clothing store in Pakistan?

I wish I could tell you that I just have the worst luck possible, but I know of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s with similar stories and experiences. What is going on? We teach children to not interact with the other gender and yet, when they become of marriageable age, we automatically expect them to woo one another and marry quickly. But how can that be possible when men are taught to value superficial things, such as beauty? Even a degree is just for the name of it. This is not acceptable.

I just want a decent guy, with whom I have chemistry and an undeniable connection. I want someone who will be my partner; I want someone who respects me, all of me. And it’s a shame that I find that respect amongst non-Muslim men, while I struggle to find it with Muslim men. Why is it that I am bombarded with messages about not being good enough for Muslim men, yet non-Muslim men value my education, strength, voice, independence, and just about every characteristic that makes me who I am. I want someone who will be my spiritual partner, someone who values Islam the same way I do. But I am not sure where I am supposed to find him and I’m not the only one looking.

We have to change our standards, system, and community. We have to find a way to cut through all of these cultural traditions and values so that we can begin putting an emphasis on the right things that make a marriage strong. Something has to give, because I am tired of hearing that I am not good enough when I know that I am more than good enough. I am worthy of love, of a partner, of a good person, and that’s more than what is on a biodata.

Yasmine Shaikh is a spunky, loud-mouthed individual with an opinion for everything. 2014-12-26-silhouette150x150.jpgShe has a hard time hearing “No” and does not like to let things stop her. That said, she is devoted to her friends and family and is passionate about helping people. She grew up in a small New England town and is keen on experiencing life.
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What is the social condition of youth in modern society? This is the question taken up by this passionate and substantive book. The author argues that youth are at a crisis state. The crisis has been brought about by the general state of social crisis, violence, questions of political legitimacy, educational decline, as well as the decline of compassion as a core principle of culture. The author draws on a variety of trends and scholarly research to examine the problems of growing up in a high risk society and offers pathways to spiritual renewal and cultural renewal, esential for salvaging the next generation. The study takes on the youth crisis as a compelling public issue, exploring various manifestations of the crisis: endangered youth, gang participation, youth addictions, unworkable schools, violence in the home and on the streets, homelessness, and the near genocidal conditions that plague African American and urban youth. Students, educators, and policy makers, as well as anyone interested in the plight of youth and the steps necessary to successfully overcome the crisis will find this book invaluable and memorable.
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Oka Crisis was a land dispute between the Mohawk nation and the town of Oka, Quebec which began on July 11, 1990, and lasted until September 26, 1990. It resulted in one direct death, and was the first of a number of well-publicized violent conflicts between First Nations and the Canadian government in the late 20th century. The crisis developed from a dispute between the town of Oka and the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. The Mohawk nation had been pursuing a land claim that included a burial ground and a sacred grove of pine trees near Kanesatake. This brought them into conflict with the town of Oka, which was developing plans to expand a golf course onto the land.

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In the modern jungle of burgers, couches, and remote controls, obesity is an enormous and growing epidemic. Weight-loss books and diet gurus urge us to "listen to our bodies," but our instincts are designed for the African savannah, not food courts. The sugary and fatty foods that we, as hunter-gatherers, are programmed to forage used to be hard to come by. Now they’re as close as the vending machine down the hall. Radical changes are necessary and, fortunately, are biologically easier than small or gradual changes in diet. Barrett tells us how to reprogram our bodies, break food addictions, and ignore our attraction to "supernormal stimuli"-artificial creations that appeal to our instincts more than the natural objects they mimic. Barrett delves into scientific research-from animal ethology to evolution-to show the disastrous direction in which our instincts have led us, and how, using our intellect, we can get back on course.
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