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Ex-Wrestlers Say Congressman Knew of Alleged Abuse By Team Doctor at Ohio State

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Two former wrestlers at Ohio State University say a congressman isn’t being truthful when he says he wasn’t aware of allegations that a team doctor was abusing athletes.

Mike DiSabato and Dunyasha (duhn-YAH’-shuh) Yetts both wrestled at the university in the 1990s. They say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has expressed interest in running for House speaker, knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers.

The wrestlers’ allegations were first reported Tuesday by NBC.

Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss. Strauss died in 2005.

Jordan’s spokesman says in a statement the congressman never saw or heard about any abuse or had any abuse reported when he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

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Electronic music producer Bonobo is migrating to Brooklyn this weekend.

The DJ and musician Simon Green is set to wrap up the tour behind his latest record “Migration” on Sunday — with a special performance at The Brooklyn Mirage that features 3-D projection mapping.

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Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen Wants A Survivors’ Bill of Rights in Every State

Amanda Nguyen felt “powerless, invisible and betrayed” when, after a four-hour forensic sexual assault examination for evidence extraction following her rape in 2013, law enforcement officials proceeded to attempt to destroy her rape kit before the statute of limitations had expired. The 25-year-old activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee wrote the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act in response, which was added to the federal criminal code by President Obama and approved by unanimous vote in Congress in 2016.

The Survivors’ Bill of Rights specifically and explicitly states that survivors have the right for their rape kit to be preserved for the length of the case’s statute of limitations, the right to be notified if an evidence kit is set for destruction and the right to be notified of the results of their rape kit. On Tuesday, the Federal Judiciary Committee SD-226 met to discuss its implementation with Nguyen and actor Terry Crews.

“I never thought that I’d be made to suffer a greater injustice than what I went through on the day that I was raped,” Nguyen shares on her foundation’s website. “Growing up, I’d believed in those familiar American promises: that our rights were sacred, that everyone was equal in the eyes of the law, and that the legal system existed to right wrongs and restore justice. It was only after my ordeal that I discovered firsthand the ways in which rape survivors are continually re-victimized and betrayed by our country’s failure to make good on these promises.”

After speaking with other survivors, Nguyen discovered that she wasn’t alone—and she was extremely frustrated with the double standard in place for sexual assault survivors. “It isn’t fair that survivors have different rights,” she told Ms. Other felony crimes, such as murder cases, have their evidence boxes maintained indefinitely; convicted rapists also have the right to preserve the evidence kit for the duration of their time serving out a sentence. Nguyen heard from women in various states that their rape kits, too, had been destroyed prematurely; in other states, reports show that rape kits are left untested by the hundreds.

After writing the Survivors’ Bill of Rights, Nguyen launched the non-profit RISE with the goal of enacting similar Acts in each state.(Nguyen has created an action plan for activists hoping to push state lawmakers to do just that.) Because most sexual assault cases are handled by state law enforcement, the federal bill of rights is more of a guideline and an attempt to raise awareness on the issues affecting survivors.

“The problem is that the Act applies only in federal sexual assault cases, and not in state cases where the vast majority of sexual assaults occur—that is, unless the individual state has passed the Act,” Adrienne Lawrence, a California attorney and victim advocate, told Ms. “Just 14 states have passed the Act so far, which means a number of sexual assault victims across the nation do not and will not have guaranteed rights. Failing to ensure survivors have adequate rights undermines the notion that our justice system is as committed to ending the crime of sexual assault as it is to ending other forms of crime. The Act is necessary because, in a number of states, victims are not informed about what will happen with their rape kits and the kits get destroyed, which basically destroys evidence of a crime and limits the victim’s ability to get justice.”

Luckily, the bipartisan Survivors’ Bill of Rights has faced little opposition when proposed in various legislative bodies; according to Nguyen, one of the largest hurdles to passing the legislation in the states has been ignorance. “People don’t understand how broken the system is for survivors,” Nguyen told the committee. During Tuesday’s committee meeting, she and Crews met with state legislators to impress the importance of proposing these Acts state-by-state. “Justice should not depend on geography,” Nguyen told lawmakers. “Bring these [laws] back to your communities.”

Cori Bratby-Rudd is an eclectic writer from the Bay Area. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and is a current MFA in Creative Writing at Cal Arts. Cori enjoys incorporating themes of emotional healing and social justice into her works. She is currently living in the Los Angeles area and has been published in UCLA’s FEM Newsmagazine, UCLA’s Westwind Journal of the Arts, Cornell’s Rainy Day Magazine, and she recently won the Editorial Choice Award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal.

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120 Larry Nassar Survivors Urge Michigan State University to Fire Interim President John Engler

(LANSING, Mich.) — A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school.

The women and girls issued their joint statement three days before the board of trustees’ next meeting and after a week in which demands for Engler’s resignation reached a fever pitch.

Engler, a former governor who took over on an interim basis in February after the previous president resigned amid fallout from the Nassar scandal, has resisted pressure to step down. Media outlets last week reported that he sent emails to another university official in April criticizing lawyers for Nassar’s sexual assault victims and suggesting the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a “kickback” from her attorney.

Among those who signed the letter are Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman, and Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who has been one of the most vocal critics of Engler.

In their lengthy written statement, the 120 “sister survivors” said they stand together against “character attacks” and that Engler “has only reinforced the culture of abuse at MSU.” Current and future victims of sexual abuse “should know they can raise their voice without being characterized as pawns too foolish to know they are manipulated,” they said.

“There is no debate: President Engler has failed miserably,” they said in the letter. “Nothing at MSU — none of the mindsets that allowed Larry Nassar to abuse children for decades — have changed. Therefore, it is our position that MSU cannot move forward and become an institution of integrity and safety until John Engler is no longer president.”

Two of the university’s publicly-elected trustees, Democrats Brian Mossalam and Dianne Byrum, have called for the resignation of Engler, who served as the state’s Republican governor from 1991 through 2002. A portion of the statement is directed at the six other trustees, four Republicans and two Democrats, asking them to “stand for what is right.”

“Unfortunately, and with great regret, John Engler’s tenure as interim president has continued the bleeding rather than stem it,” Brian Mosallam said in a statement released Friday morning.

Trustees hired Engler after the former president, Lou Anna Simon, suddenly resigned in January in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Nassar himself was fired from Michigan State in 2016, two years after he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

Under Engler’s tenure, Michigan State has agreed to a $ 500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by Nassar, a former campus sports doctor who also worked with the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. Nassar now is in prison. Of that, $ 75 million will cover future claims.

“We stood against our abuser. We stood against an abusive culture. Now we are asking you to stand against it too and lead MSU forward into real change,” the letter said in its conclusion.

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A Chinese State Bank Offered Dinner With Trump for $150,000. The Trump Campaign Was Not Amused

China’s second-largest state-owned bank offered wealthy clients the opportunity to have dinner with the American president for $ 150,000 a ticket, spurring a complaint from Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A branch of China Construction Bank Corp. invited high-net-worth clients willing to pay the ticket price to a May 31 dinner in Dallas, according to an invitation seen by Bloomberg News and confirmed with bank staff. Chinese participants would have the opportunity to communicate with U.S. “tycoons,” take photos with Trump and get his autograph, according to the invitation.

While Trump was expected to host a $ 50,000-a-head fund-raising dinner with the Republican National Committee in Dallas that night, it’s illegal for U.S. political campaigns to accept donations from foreign nationals or from corporations. That means only the Chinese bank’s customers with U.S. passports would be eligible to attend.

Officials with Trump’s campaign and the RNC said they had no knowledge of the Chinese bank’s advertisement before Bloomberg News asked about it. The campaign alerted U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office about the solicitation, said a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing a potential law enforcement matter.

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China Construction Bank’s Shenzhen branch said organizers in China promoted the event to the branch and then some employees marketed it, adding that the outlet itself wasn’t involved. The bank will strengthen internal management and marketing oversight, it said in an emailed statement.

The bank earlier forwarded a statement from VVISA, a Shanghai-based travel agency, which said it assisted with other groups that initiated the offers to participate in the event.

The invitations were circulating in China even as Trump met with President Xi Jinping’s top economic envoy to discuss a resolution to the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. Some version of the solicitations included references to signs of progress in negotiations and ZTE Corp., the sanctioned Chinese telecommunications equipment maker promised a personal reprieve by Trump earlier this week.

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As Sino-U.S. trade frictions have eased recently, Chinese businessmen including representatives from ZTE were invited to Dallas to attend President Trump’s dinner, and thus discuss cooperation and development with U.S. political and business elites,” the invitation said. The Shenzhen branch later reissued the invitation Thursday to remove references to trade friction and ZTE.

Notably, the tickets advertised by the Chinese flier were three times more expensive than those selling to U.S. donors for Trump’s Dallas event. The fund-raiser was previously reported by the Dallas Morning News, which obtained U.S. invitations to the event.

“We do not accept foreign donations of any kind,” a Trump campaign official said in a statement, declining to be identified by name. “Since it has been brought to our attention, we have notified the appropriate authority about this unauthorized flier.”

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Construction Bank’s solicitation was confirmed by two people at the bank who said the dinner was a treat for private banking clients of the Shenzhen branch, and that they’ve already received some queries from private and state businessmen. The deadline for the registration is May 25 and applicants must hold U.S. visas and go through a background screening process to show they don’t have U.S. criminal records.

The Shenzhen branch acquired the tickets from VVISA, according to a person familiar with the matter. Both the bank and the travel agency earn commissions from the sales, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing internal bank business.

VVISA said the invitations were initiated by a U.S. foundation and a Chinese entrepreneurs group and assisted by VVISA, with no relation to Construction Bank. The event is still proceeding and VVISA is cooperating with many institutions, it said in the statement, adding that participants are paying on their own.

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Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlement

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State University agreed to pay $ 500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University has agreed to pay $ 500 million to more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, the university announced Wednesday.
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Patton Oswalt Opens Up About Late Wife Michelle McNamara’s Role in the Golden State Killer’s Arrest

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Comedian Patton Oswalt spent much of his day on Wednesday celebrating the news that authorities have apparently arrested the Golden State Killer. He ended it with an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers that could not have been timed better.

Before she passed away in early 2016, Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara had been working on a book about the notorious rapist and murderer—whom she dubbed the Golden State Killer—with the aim of discovering his true identity and helping the police track him down. Earlier this year, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was finally published and has already shot back to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list.

“I have been awake since 3 a.m.,” Oswalt confessed at the top of the segment. “So I don’t know how this segment’s going to go.” He explained that he started receiving texts and alerts early Wednesday morning with the big news. “They arrested him today,” he said. “He is in jail.”

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Michelle McNamara wrote a letter to the Golden State Killer, and it’s chilling in light of today’s arrest

Michelle McNamara wrote a letter to the Golden State Killer, and it’s chilling in light of today’s arrest


Michelle McNamara wrote a letter to the Golden State Killer, and it’s chilling in light of today’s arrest

It has been more than 30 years since the serial killer known as the Golden State Killer murdered his last victim. And today, April 25th, after decades of searching, Sacramento police have arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo in connection to the case. Since the arrest was announced, true crime writer Michelle McNamara’s posthumously published book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, is being credited with restoring interest in the case. And fans are pointing to a particularly haunting letter addressed to the killer at the end of her book.

The serial killer is believed to be responsible for the rape of more than 45 women and the deaths of 12 people from 1976 to 1986. Until DeAngelo’s apprehension it was unclear if the Golden State Killer — also called the Original Night Stalker and the East Area Rapist — was still alive, although the FBI estimated that if he was, he would be between 60 and 75 years old. But McNamara was convinced that the criminal was still out there, as is evident in the letter to the Golden State Killer.

McNamara’s admonishment of the serial killer was published on January 10th in the New Yorker, a little more than one month before her widower, comedian Patton Oswalt, would publish I’ll Be Gone in the DarkIn the letter, McNamara painstakingly imagined the Golden State Killer’s arrest, writing about him opening his door to, presumably, face the police.

“Take one of your hyper, gulping breaths. Clench your teeth. Inch timidly toward the insistent bell,” she wrote in the letter. “This is how it ends for you. ‘You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark,’ you threatened a victim once. Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.”

In a press conference today at 12 p.m. PDT, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones relayed the details of DeAngelo’s arrest, saying that, just like in McNamara’s letter, the suspect had been arrested without a struggle after he stepped outside of his home.

McNamara’s fans pointed out the seemingly prophetic nature of the letter.

We are simultaneously in awe of McNamara’s incredible reporting and heartbroken that she isn’t here to see her work pay off. But even so, it’s clear that her book has had a huge impact on the case. We just hope that, after evading prison for decades, the Golden State Killer will be brought to justice.

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The Richest People of All Time From Every State [Infographic]

Every state in the union has produced some of the most wildly successful people on the planet—living and dead. A new infographic from How Much, a cost information website, maps the richest people of all time from every state.

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Mapping the Richest People of All Time from Every State

The U.S. is home to more billionaires than any other country in the world, but you might be surprised to learn that there are 7 states that haven’t produced a single billionaire. In fact, ranking the richest people of all time from every state reveals extremely wide differences in wealth.

How do you figure out the net worth of the richest individual of all time? We found our data thanks to Forbes, which did much of the number crunching for us. A lot of the richest people ever have long since died, meaning we had to adjust numbers for inflation to fairly compare it to today. We then color-coded each state to represent the range of its most successful citizen, and we added a picture of the millionaire or billionaire in question.

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Top 10 States with the Wealthiest People of all Time

1. New York: John D. Rockefeller, $ 257.25B

2. Oklahoma: Sam Walton, $ 171.55B

3. New Mexico: Jeff Bezos, $ 116.57B

4. Pennsylvania: Richard Mellon Scaife, $ 104.73B

5. Washington: Bill Gates, $ 90.54B

6. Nebraska: Warren Buffett, $ 90.44B

7. Massachusetts: Marshall Field, $ 76.26B

8. Michigan: Henry Ford, $ 68.33B

9. Illinois: Larry Ellison, $ 56.76B

10. Maryland: Sergey Brin, $ 53.32B

Our map reveals several interesting trends about the richest person from every state. First off, almost every person on the map is a man, although there are a few exceptions. Anita Zucker is the wealthiest of the 3 women with a personal fortune of $ 3.83B. At the very upper end of the spectrum, only four people cross the $ 100B mark, with nobody coming anywhere close to John D. Rockefeller at the very top ($ 257.25B). That’s the kind of money that lets you establish permanent multi-generational foundations long into the future.

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Every state has a food that they are known for. We all know that Californians love their fish tacos, New Yorkers gotta get their chicken wings, and that Pennsylvanians simply can’t survive in an area without a Philly cheesesteak within three miles. While everyone may know these classics and staples of American cuisine, not everyone knows about the equally, if not more delicious delicacies from the middle of the country.

We decided to try them out, and here are the five most delectable dishes in the flyover states worth landing for.

Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich – Indiana

Sure, you’ve probably had a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich before, but you’ve probably never had one like the Hoosiers make it. Just like many other jewels hidden in the rest of the state, this sandwich appears normal and bland, but is a burst of flavor on the inside.

This is because this pounded flat pork tenderloin is marinated in buttermilk spiced with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. After marinating it, you take the cutlet and put it in flour, then an egg, then pan fry that puppy. The most important detail which separates this pork tenderloin sandwich from the rest however is the fact that the tenderloin itself has to be at least three times the size of the burger buns you’re putting it in.

Southern fried catfish – Arkansas

This southern staple is definitely done right and the best in Arkansas, home of the Arkansas River and where the confluence of immigrants from around the world each added their own touch to the mix.

The way to make this amazing, delectable, and juicy dish is to first sprinkle the catfish with both salt and black pepper before putting it in the flour. However, make sure to add some Hungarian paprika to that flour mix, otherwise you won’t be making true southern fried catfish. Pan fry both sides of the fish with the heat turned all the way up for 3 minutes on each side. Then that fish is ready to eat.

Kentucky hot browns – Kentucky

Coming from the bluegrass commonwealth of Kentucky (keep in mind, it’s a COMMONWEALTH not a state), the Kentucky hot brown is an open faced sandwich consisting of a slice of toasted white bread, roasted turkey, special Kentucky style Mornay sauce, and of course, bacon. There’s even a slice of tomato for y’all health conscious folks.

After roasting the turkey (or using leftovers which are just as good), toast the bread and cook the bacon. But the most important part of this state food is the mornay sauce, made by first mixing butter and flour in a pot on medium heat, whisking in milk on high heat, then adding in pecorino, cheddar, and nutmeg. Mmm Mmm delicious.

Buckeyes – Ohio

This state food of Ohio is just one of a plethora of things called buckeye in this buckeye state. A buckeye is a type of tree which has super hard, large, rock like seeds. Everything in Ohio – from the people to the sports teams to the state itself – are called buckeyes.

But to make this state food you can be anywhere. All you do is first make peanut butter balls from peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and melted butter, then freezing them. Afterwards, melt chocolate and shortening. Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, leaving a small brown circle, and now you have a buckeye.

Funeral potatoes – Utah

Despite the sad name and the history of serving this dish at Mormon funerals, these potatoes are actually out of this world. Made with onions and garlic, what really makes this dish special is the crunchy cornflakes and tons upon tons of melted cheese on the top.

This casserole is made with both baked potatoes as well as hash browns, and includes everything from chopped onions and garlic, creamy melted cheese, unsweetened cornflakes, and tons of butter. This will soon become a family favorite.

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In 1979, 14 years after fleeing Texas as a teenager, journalist Lawrence Wright found himself on assignment in the Lone Star State in a little town called Gruene, his stomach full of a three-inch rare steak.

George Strait was opening for a swing band at legendary music venue Gruene Hall, when Wright—who lived in Atlanta at the time—finally felt the push to move back to his home state.

“Dancers were two-stepping; the boys had longnecks in the rear pockets of their jeans and the girls wore aerodynamic skirts,” Wright chronicles in his new book about his Lone Star home land, God Save Texas.

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Nassar Victim: Michigan State Leader Offered Secret Payoff

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sexual assault victim of former sports doctor Larry Nassar confronted Michigan State University officials on Friday, alleging the school’s interim leader offered a payoff to settle her lawsuit and pressured her to do so without her attorney present.

Kaylee Lorincz spoke during a contentious board of trustees meeting, where interim President John Engler expressed regret over the university’s response to another woman’s federal lawsuit over the schools handling of rape allegations involving basketball players. Lorincz, who has said Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her when she sought treatment for back pain, said Engler and his attorney offered her $ 250,000 when the teen and her mother were at the school a few weeks ago to sign up to speak at Friday’s meeting.

According to Lorincz, Engler said to her, “Right now if I wrote you a check for $ 250,000 would you take it?”

Lorincz said Engler also claimed another Nassar victim had given him an amount she would consider to settle with the university. Lorincz said she felt “bullied” by the encounter.

Engler didn’t immediately respond to her comments. His spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, said she was in the room during the conversation and does not remember Engler offering a dollar figure.

“My interpretation of the discussion was not that he was saying, ‘I’m offering you $ 250,000,’” she said. “It was a discussion about the civil litigation and how it was going on.”

Amanda Thomashow, 28, left, and Alex Neil-Sevier, 29, wear silence gags while listening to the Michigan State University board meeting.

Lorincz addressed Engler in a room brimming with protesters, parents and sexual assault victims of Nassar, now serving decades in prison for molesting women and girls and for possessing child pornography. Lorincz was among roughly 250 women who gave statements earlier this year during Nassar’s sentencing hearings in two Michigan courtrooms.

In a separate case, a woman filed a lawsuit Monday saying the university’s counselors discouraged her from filing a police report after three Michigan State basketball players allegedly raped her in 2015. She accuses the school of violating Title IX protocol and claims staff made it clear that “she faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention” should she report her rape.

The university’s immediate response to reporters asking about the lawsuit was to decline comment. But on Wednesday it issued a lengthy statement that detailed staff interaction with the woman.

The university faced criticism over that response from people who say it violated privacy laws.

Engler acknowledged Friday that the school “provided an unnecessary amount of detail” about the case, saying some people saw the response as “violating privacy expectations.”

Valerie von Frank, right, of Okemos, Mich., holds a portrait of her daughter Grace French, a sexual abuse survivor.

Engler became interim president after Lou Anna Simon resigned in January hours after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for crimes involving Michigan State athletes. Students remain anxious over the future course of the university, which has yet to choose a permanent replacement for Simon.

In Friday’s board meeting, Engler attempted to steer focus toward celebrating milestones of the university’s graduating seniors but was frequently usurped by boos and jeers from a crowd clad in teal shirts with the phrase, “I stand with the sister survivors #MeTooMSU.” Some Nassar victims wrapped their mouths with black bands that had the phrase “Silenced” scrawled over them.

Parents of victims were left in the lobby downstairs because their posters of their children’s faces were considered “signs” and thus barred from the meeting room. Protesters who were able to attend instead held up cellphones with childhood pictures of victims.

During the meeting, Engler proposed a 2.97 percent tuition increase, the third lowest in 20 years. Earlier he had teased the possibility of heavy tuition increases should the school’s lawsuits over the Nassar controversy continue to snowball financially.

During public testimony, Engler and his board were castigated for how he handled the public fallout over the past few months and repeatedly told to resign.

“You sponsored my assault,” dancer Morgan McCaul, a Nassar victim, said. “Your time is up. Resign.”

As McCaul’s testimony concluded, the crowd joined her in chanting, “Shame on you,” at the board.

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The federal government wants foreign visitors to supply their social media history before they can enter the country, according to Reuters.

On Friday, the State Department filed a proposal that would make it mandatory for immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to submit “all social media identities” that they’ve used in the past five years.

The proposal would need to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget and would be used to identify those seeking entry into the U.S.

The proposal falls in line with President Donald Trump’s plan to vet immigrants prior to entering the country in order to curb terrorism.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the proposal saying it would have a negative effect on freedom of speech.

“People will now have to wonder if what they say online will be misconstrued or misunderstood by a government official,” Hina Shamsi, director ACLU’s National Security Project, told Reuters in a statement.

“We’re also concerned about how the Trump administration defines the vague and over-broad term ‘terrorist activities’ because it is inherently political and can be used to discriminate against immigrants who have done nothing wrong,” he continued.

The public can weigh in with comments with OMB before they approve or deny the request, Reuter reports.

Applicants would also have to submit past telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history.

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On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill banning youth “conversion therapy,” according to HuffPost. The new law stops licensed healthcare practitioners from performing the therapy on individuals under the age of 18.

Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Many members of the LGBTQ community find the method to be grossly abusive and many who have forms of the therapy say it is harmful and lacks scientific backing.

In a statement Washington state Sen. Marko Liias upheld the idea of inclusion and acceptance. “Banning conversion therapy sends a loud and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth: there is nothing wrong with you,” the openly gay lawmaker who sponsored the bill said.

He continued “As a community, we love and support every person and we celebrate the diversity that makes us stronger. I am proud that Washington is standing up for our queer youth and I look forward to the day that these monstrous practices are illegal in every state.”

In earlier years conversion therapy consisted of such techniques as castration and electroconvulsive shock therapy. Today the treatments are less physically damaging and include mainly cognitive and psychoanalytic methods. But the methods are still regarded as harmful to minors as there is little to no scientific that someone’s sexual or gender identity can be altered. Many studies also show increased rates of suicide among LGBT youth who are forced to undergo conversion therapy by their parents or guardians.

According to The Human Rights Campaign, Washington joins the ranks of ten states and Washington D.C. to protect minors from conversion therapy.

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In the wake of the FCC’s net neutrality repeal late last year, the hottest thing to do as a Democratic state legislator has been to introduce state-level net neutrality bills. Depending on which state you look at, the bills either ban anti-net-neutrality practices outright (unlikely to stand up to legal challenge), or simply prevent the state government from giving any contracts to companies that engage in anti-net-neutrality behavior.

In either case, the outcome of many of these bills being passed would be terrible for the telecoms companies. Not only would it hamper their efforts to charge consumers more or selectively favor services, it would also mean a horrible patchwork of regulations nationwide, and the only people that excites are lawyers.

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Dalmatia’s fjaka state of mind

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Many of us are from the big cities, where the pace of life is so frenetic and chaotic that it’s difficult to imagine a day where you don’t have a million and one things to do. There is so much stress and anxiety that can be caused by living in the city, and this is something that many people from small towns don’t have to deal with.

So, sometimes it’s good to detox and escape to a much more relaxed and calm way of life. Taking a vacation is a good way of doing this, but, if you’re visiting a city, you may well have the same problem again. Well, take a journey with us now, to the stunning maritime hinterland of southern Croatian, where life is serene and peaceful, and discover a concept the locals call fjaka.

What is fjaka?

To try to define fjaka sounds strange because it’s such a transcendental kind of idea. Basically, the local definition of fjaka is the state of mind a human being reaches where they want nothing. Now, this might seem a difficult thing to get your head around when we live in a world that is constantly changing and producing new things all the time. But we take fjaka to mean, basically, the concept of contentment. Of being perfectly happy and satisfied with your life, so much so that there is nothing else you feel you want.

Summer slowdown

The time when you really notice fjaka in Dalmatia is in the slow, lazy summers that seem to go on for an age. Where the pace of life slows right down, and everybody seems to be in some wonderful, trance-like state. This has also led to the local saying “He/She’s got the fjaka!” It might seem an alien concept to us, but how much better would life be if we all took a minute to smell the roses, and calmed down more. Replenishing the body and mind is so important, and lazy summers relaxing in Dalmatia, and letting the fjaka wash over you, is the perfect time to do this.

Health benefits

There are so many health benefits to taking this approach and allowing yourself to be overcome by fjaka. So many people are getting ill these days due to issues like stress and anxiety, and these are compounded by fast-paced city life. Having a much more relaxed and laid-back approach to life in general definitely helps with this, and we can learn so much from it. Perhaps more of us need to adopt the concept of fjaka. Maybe we should even try to introduce it into the cities where possible.

Dalmatia is one of those idyllic places you might expect to see depicted in a painting or pressed onto the front of a postcard. The charming and zen-like paradise of Croatia is a place that must rank among the most peaceful and serene in the world. If you feel like the big cities are detrimental to your health and well-being, this is the sort of place you should look to escape to. By understanding and adopting the concept of fjaka, you will be very well placed to become a much calmer and more relaxed person.

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Up For Re-Election, Baltimore State Attorney Combats School-to-Prison Pipeline

When Marilyn Mosby launched her campaign for Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore in 2014, she pledged to help repeat young criminal offenders by creating a “diversion program” that would help them avoid getting into more serious crimes.

Just a few months after she was sworn in early in 2015, a 25-year old African American man was arrested following a foot pursuit by police officers in the Gilmor Homes area of West Baltimore. A week later, Freddie Gray died from the injuries he sustained in police custody.

Her new program—“Project 17”—announced last Monday, is an expansion of her offices’ already robust youth programming to include chronic school absentees and truant kids. It will focus on the troubled youth in the 21217 zip code – the vicinity where Gray first encountered police officers the day he was detained.

“We want to focus on chronically absent students. We really want to get to those young folks early before they get into the criminal system,” Mosby told Black Enterprise.

The 21217 zip code has a predominantly African American population in their late 20s to early 40s with a large number of single parents. The attendance records at the schools in the area, according to Mosby, are at a 35 year low in the last two years. And since the 2015 riots, there has been an increase in juvenile violence and arrests.

Recently, there have been increased efforts to take on what is often referred to as “the school-to-prison-pipeline“—the correlation between troubled students or those in special education and eventual time spent in the penitentiary system as adults.

Funded by a $ 350,000 ReCAST grant received through the city’s Health Department, Project 17 will service students enrolled at Frederick Douglass and Renaissance Academy high schools and will place and pay 60 students struggling with truancy in a 30-day internship program.

“It’s important for a prosecutor to take a proactive approach and to get young people in the classroom instead of the courtroom,” Mosby said.

Shalik Fulton will oversee the pilot program and will work with attendance monitors at the respective schools. The counselors will, in turn, recommend to the program to students who have missed more than 20 days that calendar year. The student will then be matched with a local business, where he/she will work and be paid part-time on the weekends for 30 days.

Over the past three years, Mosby has extended a hand of justice to a community whose fractured relationship with law enforcement has had far-reaching implications. Her office has created a number of practical and progressive policies aimed at reforming the justice system that has often failed the people it is meant to serve. Subsequently, she has also made enemies not only in Baltimore but around the country for her brazen stance against police brutality and push for criminal justice reforms.

Before Mosby launched the program she visited Frederick Douglas High School—one of the schools in the area with a high absentee rate —to pitch her idea to the students. After her speech, one of the students told Mosby what would come to be the blueprint for the Project 17 program.

“I respect you and the things you’re saying,” the student said. “But I really want you to know that I’m not showing up to school because I have four siblings that I have to care for.”

Mosby thinks there is a direct correlation between students who miss school and those who end up in the criminal system, “it got us thinking about what we needed to do to tap into that.”

But Mosby didn’t start there. Her holistic approach to crime fighting had her conviction rates called into question by The Wall Street Journal in 2016. The report, which counted dismissed cases, said there was just a 53% felony conviction rate as opposed to her predecessor’s which was 67%.

“Not fair,” she tells WSJ. “It is contradictory to our definition of justice. It assumes that defendants are guilty until proven innocent.”

Partnering with the Mayor’s office in the summer of 2015, Mosby launched the Junior State’s Attorney Program that paired children from under-served and high-crime communities with officials at every level of the criminal justice system.

The six-week summer program introduced kids to judges, prosecutors, police, sheriff deputies, forensic experts and elected officials. At the end of the program, the students participated in a mock trial to display the skills they have honed over the course of the six weeks.

Her office also created “Great Expectations”— a program that introduces fourth and fifth graders to the criminal justice profession. “Aim to B’More”—a felony drug initiative for first time, nonviolent, felony drug offenders is another program her office started. Defendants are granted probation before judgment and are placed on three years of supervised probation. Among other eligibility stipulations, the State does not object to the defendant’s expungement request upon successful completion of probation. Last year, 2,500 youth attended her office’s first ever Pop Up series, 25% of whom are from the Western Police District with the most homicide in 2017.

“We are capturing young people who are otherwise going down the wrong part and they’re getting their diploma and they’re being productive and we don’t want them involved in the criminal justice system,” Mosby said. “If we can save one person we will.”

So far, only 30 of the 60 slots available in the Project 17 program have been filled because not enough businesses are participating. Mosby said she is working to create an incentive for local businesses who step up to partner with her office to employ and mentor students in the program.

Mosby is pushing Bill 476 that will allow businesses who participate in her diversion program to claim an income tax credit for the wages paid to students in the program.

“They’re doing it out of goodwill and it will not just take my office and the city hall to get this done,” Mosby said.

Mosby is seeking re-election as Baltimore’s state attorney on June 26, 2018.

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Black Leaders Issue Strong Reactions to Trump’s State of the Union Address

On Tuesday night, President Trump addressed the nation in his first State of the Union address. In his 80-minute speech, he pushed the Republican, “American First” agenda, and touched on subjects including immigration; the low rate of African American unemployment; and his self-described “massive tax cuts” policy.

While political analysts, including those at The Washington Post, observed that the President, on a surface level, tried to make the speech one of bipartisanship and unity; there were moments where Trump veered into right-wing talking points. After honoring a child, Preston Sharp, who was there at the president’s invitation, for his work at decorating fallen soldiers’ graves with flags, the president took a not-at-all thinly veiled swipe at Colin Kaepernick and other #TakeAKnee protesters.

“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem,” said Trump.

After the speech, several black leaders offered their reactions:

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

Once again, President Trump missed an opportunity to unify the country with his polarizing and divisive speech. From subtle digs at peaceful demonstrators who are speaking out against racial injustice and police shootings, to the failure to recognize the spike in hate crimes across the country to the silence on issues such as voter suppression, the President’s speech was tone deaf to the core concerns of African Americans and other minority communities. While the President referenced concern regarding prison reform, the reality is that under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this administration has reignited the War on Drugs and brought criminal justice reform to a grinding halt. Moreover, his racially-coded language smearing immigrant communities and unreasonable policy proposals for DACA recipients awaiting a path to citizenship stands to set back bipartisan efforts to achieve immigration reform.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04): 

This evening, as I sat in the well of the House of Representatives during President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, I listened to him boast about his administration’s “incredible progress” and “extraordinary success.”

“The state of our union is strong because our people are strong,” said the president.

He’s right. The state of our union is indeed strong, as are the people who call it home. And despite what my Democratic colleagues might think, I do believe President Trump deserves credit as well — just not for the reasons he thinks.

The president’s first year in office has been tumultuous to say the least. Most of his administration’s legislative goals have been mired by self-sabotage; his mental fitness and moral clarity have been questioned by both parties; special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation haunts the White House at every turn; and President Trump’s vulgar anti-immigrant comments have sent shockwaves across the globe. However, these shameful transgressions have done more to unify our country than any policy the Trump administration claims to have championed during its short tenure.

Take, for example, the president’s efforts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: After making clear his intention to scrap protections for approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to our country as children, faith communities across America stood up to take action. Recently, dozens of rabbis and Jewish clergy members staged a sit-in under the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda to protest the president’s efforts. They called for the passage of the DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide a path to citizenship for those with DACA or Temporary Protected Status.

A total of 82 people were arrested and escorted off the premises in handcuffs.

“Welcoming the stranger is an important part of our identity,” said Barbra Weinstein, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, one of the groups that organized the protest. “We are all descendants of immigrants. It’s on all of us to support these DREAMers. They grew up here, this is the only country they’ve ever known, many of them serve in the military, this is their home.”

Even conservatives deep in the heart of Trump country have made the decision to rise above the president’s anti-immigrant agenda. Residents of Volusia, Fla., where President Trump received 54 percent of the vote in 2016, recently elected Michael Chitwood — a progressive reformer with a strong pro-immigrant outlook — to serve as county sheriff. Sheriff Chitwood isn’t your typical red-state law enforcement official: He’s ordered his deputies to reject the racial-profiling tactics supported by the Trump Justice Department and has even lobbied Congress to find a solution to protect our DREAMers.

During tonight’s speech, the president echoed Sheriff Chitwood’s sentiments, taking a break from his usual caustic, anti-immigrant rhetoric to express optimism in finding a bipartisan compromise on DACA. “It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” said the president.

As lovely as that sounds, the validity of such a sentiment quickly degrades against the backdrop of reality. Let’s not forget that just weeks ago, in the vilest of manners, the president turned his back on a proposed bipartisan Senate immigration compromise. “Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?” President Trump asked a group of senators in the Oval Office.

Ignorant viewpoints like that and the president’s corresponding policies have helped spur a surge of opposition at the ballot box, from support for candidates like state Delegate Danica Roem, D-Va., and Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala., to ordinary Americans running for office and taking matters into their own hands. And I’m proud to report that women are at the very tip of the spear.

Women across the country have united in an unprecedented wave of first-time candidates taking to the campaign trail. In the last year, more than 26,000 women have contacted Emily’s List — the largest national resource for women in politics — about getting involved in public service. (I also turned to Emily’s List during my first bid for Congress in 2004, and I continue to work with them today.)

The administration’s intolerance, however, isn’t the only factor that has inspired everyday Americans to take a stand. In fact, many of the country’s most vulnerable joined forces against the president to oppose what is now considered his administration’s only major legislative achievement to speak of —the Republican tax plan.

Last December, as members of Congress debated the plan, those representing America’s disabled converged on the capitol in droves to sound the alarm over the dangerous impact the Republican proposal would have on Medicaid. With a clear understanding that the tax plan would add $ 1.5 trillion to the national debt, disability rights activist knew Republicans would target programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as a means to offset the price tag.

Devastating cuts to these vital programs — $ 1 trillion from Medicaid and $ 500 billion from Medicare — is nothing short of a death sentence for Americans with disabilities. It was with this in mind that activists of all ages from across the political spectrum (some connected to ventilators) literally threw their bodies in front of the president’s agenda. They hoisted themselves out of their wheelchairs onto the floor of the Rayburn House Office Building and pleaded with their elected representatives to reverse course. It was a striking display of heroism that I will not soon forget.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I believe the same could be said for our country.

And in the face of an administration determined to vilify immigrants, ignore women, belittle communities of color, and put the desires of the wealthy before the needs of the vulnerable, courageous acts of defiance have only strengthened our collective resolve. In spite of President Trump and his administration, the state of our union has never been stronger.

 

 

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Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King, a transgender woman, will be sitting in the House chamber for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address with a message for her commander-in-chief—who doesn’t  believe she should wear the uniform that she has for the past 18 years.

“If I had the opportunity to be the president’s staff [non-commissioned officer] for a while as it applies to transgender issues, I would tell him that the most important thing he can do is to get to know his transgender soldiers,” King King told The Daily Beast by phone before boarding a flight to Washington, D.C.

“See Private Miller from rural Pennsylvania, he can fix anything, even with duct tape. See Private Vasquez, she’s been shooting rifles since she was 6-years-old and you can trust her with a rifle. See Martinez, he’s a transgender soldier, whose parents didn’t support him, but he absolutely loves this country and you can count on him no matter what…I would want President Trump to learn about these people.”

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Congressional Black Caucus to Protest Trump’s State of the Union Speech

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are reportedly planning to express their outrage at the president during Donald Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday.

CBC members discussed various options to stage a demonstration during a private meeting held on Capitol Hill on Jan. 19. After the meeting, some members confirmed that the group is considering a walkout, wearing African-themed garb, or not showing up to the speech at all.

Days before the meeting, CBC Chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, mentioned that the caucus might even hold its own State of the Union. “We will…discuss how we want to respond to the president’s State of the Union. We could go, we could go and walk out, we could go and hold up fists … or we could not go, or we could hold our own State of the Union,” Richmond told BuzzFeed News’s “AM to DM.” “So there’s a million options we could do, but I think the most important part is to let people out there know that we’re still here, we’re still fighting, we really don’t care what he thinks about us.”

Various elected officials, including CBC members Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Rep. Frederica Wilson, have already announced they will not attend the president’s annual address.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rep. Pramila Jayapal became the fifth Democrat to announce she would skip Trump’s address due to the president’s “racism” and recent comments in which he reportedly referred to African nations, Haiti, and El Salvador as “s–thole countries” during an Oval Office meeting on immigration policy. “I think it is absolutely unacceptable to see the racism and the hatred coming out the White House in a way in which this president is fueling the flames of divisiveness across our country,” said Jayapal in a video released on Twitter.


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Williams, Carter lead Fresno State past UNLV 69-63 (Jan 23, 2018)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Bryson Williams tossed in 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Terrell Carter II added 18 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the final seconds to help Fresno State hold off UNLV 69-63 on Tuesday night.

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Florida Pro Sponsored By Sunshine State Florida Lager QS Kicks Off Today

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SEBASTIAN INLET, Florida/ USA (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) North America Qualifying Series (QS) season kicks off tomorrow morning at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, for the inaugural Ron Jon Florida Pro presented by Sunshine State Lager Women’s QS6,000 and Men’s QS1,500. Some of the world’s best women competitors will be in attendance with a valuable 6,000 points on offer to start the season. The men’s field encompasses some of North America’s up-and-coming talents looking to get their start on the QS level, but have a few seasoned veterans they must overcome along the way.

A formidable women’s field includes seven current Championship Tour (CT) competitors, along with six former CT surfers looking to find their way back to the Top 17 with a kickstart here at Sebastian Inlet.

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) prepares to enter her third year on the CT and wants to jump into a jersey right away. The Kauaian-native finished No. 2 on the QS rankings last season to back up her No. 10 spot on the CT Jeep Leaderboard. Weston-Webb managed to double-qualify, meaning she finished in the Top 6 of the QS and Top 10 of the CT, with a few impressive performances scattered throughout 2017 and now looks to improve once more.

“I always support events that give back to women’s surfing and provide plenty of opportunities for us,” Weston-Webb said. “I know that the QS has had a bit of difficulty solidifying the high rated events, so to have this event at the beginning of the year is a great opportunity to get valuable points right away. I’ve been training hard in the off season in Brazil for about a month and I definitely feel strong, and excited, coming into this event.”

It’s been a long three years away from the CT for New Zealand’s Paige Hareb (NZL) after spending five years on the elite stage. Hareb’s terrific run last season earned her the No. 9 spot on the QS and, with three surfers double-qualifying, found her way back to the Top 17. The 27-year-old still has a lot of surfing planned in her career and is putting the time in early to get the competitive spark on track.

“It’s nice to have a chance to get off to a good start at the very beginning of the year,” Hareb said. “The 6,000 events and ladies surfing in them are only getting stronger and stronger — it’s so good to see and be a part of.  I’ve never been here and I love traveling so hopefully I can find some cool little spots in the area and hopefully get some fun waves. I can definitely say I have more confidence. I’ve qualified twice now so I know I can do it and compete with the best, but, in saying that, there’s some amazing talent coming through.”

But, these top seeds will have to deal with potential threats such as wildcard, and Florida native, Rachel Presti (USA). Presti had a breakthrough year on the North America Junior Tour with a No. 5 finish after notching her first-ever Finals appearance in Barbados. The 15-year-old continues to grow through the sport of surfing and has her eyes set on some big goals in 2017.

“I think it’s really cool to see my friends from all over the world come to my home town and get the Florida vibe,” Presti said. “It’s very exciting because it’s such a large event and great way to start off the year. An event like this gives me a great chance to see how I stand up against big girls. Also, every heat I surf makes me more comfortable and confident surfing in these bigger events.”

The Florida Pro presented by Sunshine State Lager Men’s QS1,500 draw features some of North America’s finest up-and-comers alongside veteran talent on hand. This marks the first men’s QS at Sebastian Inlet since 2009 and the excitement from competitors is at an all-time high.

Former CT competitor Gabe Kling (USA) grew up just north of Sebastian Inlet in St. Augustine, Florida, and was a major threat the last time Sebastian Inlet hosted a contest. The now 37-year-old still finds himself contest hungry when they are on his home coast and be around fellow Floridian competitors such as Asher Nolan (USA) and Evan Geiselman (USA) — along with up-and-coming local talents Tommy Coleman (USA) and Chase Modelski (USA).

“This is super exciting to see Sebastian get an event back after the experience last time around,” Kling said. “It’s such a unique and beautiful spot that also allows for a lot of crowd to come down and watch. We as surfers just love to have events near us and the opportunity it provides for the upcoming kids is incredible. Any chance they have to do a QS while still in the junior ranks is a great experience and maybe even get on a roll to get into more events after the seeding shuffle. I love still doing these events and competing so the chance to do it down the road is great.”

Chauncey Robinson (USA) is one Floridian ready for more events in his area. Robinson finished off his 2017 QS season with a runner-up in Barbados last November and wants to pick up where he left off for his hometown crowd of Melbourne Beach just down the road.
“It’s amazing to be able to kick off the year at my home break of Sebastian Inlet,” Robinson said. “It’s such a big opportunity that I would love to capitalize on. The wave is super tricky, but it can produce some special moments. I sort of missed out on being able to watch the O’Neil events take place in person. However, growing up surfing Sebastian nearly every day, a majority of the guys I’ve idolized over the years there competed in the events and I’ve heard tons of stories — and watched the highlight packages of each event countless times.”

Event organizers will meet to assess conditions at 7:30 a.m. EDT for a possible 8:00 a.m. EDT start. Tune in LIVE at www.worldsurfleague.com, or by downloading the free WSL App, to watch all the action unfold.

The Ron Jon Florida Pro pres. by Sunshine State Florida Lager Women’s QS6,000 and Florida Pro pres. by Sunshine State Lager Men’s QS1,500 runs January 18 through 24 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

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Michigan State University Won’t Remove President Amid Criticisms Over Larry Nassar Abuse

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees said Friday that it would not remove university President Lou Anna Simon, who has faced calls to resign amid findings of abuse by former university sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar, who was also a longtime physician for USA Gymnastics, has been accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of athletes and was arrested in December 2016 on child pornography charges. The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that several university administrators, including Simon, had known about accusations of sexual misconduct against Nassar before his arrest.

In response, Michigan State University student government leaders sent a letter to the board of trustees calling for change in university leadership. “Students can no longer place faith and trust in the current leadership of our administration,” they wrote, according to the Free Press. State lawmakers also called on Simon to resign.

But the board voiced its support for Simon on Friday, while also asking the Michigan attorney general to investigate whether school officials had ignored complaints against Nassar. “We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support,” the board said in a statement, the Free Press reported.

“Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims,” the board said. “We understand the public’s faith has been shaken. The Board has listened and heard the victims.”

While the Michigan State board met on Friday, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman confronted Nassar in court with a powerful statement. She and many of the athletes who testified in court this week accused USA Gymnastics and Michigan State of enabling Nassar’s abuse.

“I continue to appreciate the confidence of the Board and the many people who have reached out to me, and to them, who have the best interested of MSU at heart,” Simon said in a statement Friday, according to the Free Press. “I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow.”

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President Donald Trump, coming off a week of heightened scrutiny over his mental health, sought to put the topic to rest on Saturday by declaring himself extraordinarily intelligent and undeniably right in the head.


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Bob Bryan On the State of the Doubles Specialist, Brotherly Love and More

On this week’s episode, host Jon Wertheim talks with Bob Bryan about the state of the doubles specialist, his relationship with his brother Mike and more.

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MSA Models to Merge With Sister Agency, State Management

MSA Models, which was founded in 1947 to represent fit and showroom models, is merging with its two-year-old sister agency, State Management, effective Jan. 1. The combined agency will be called State Management.
According to Bill Ivers, chief operating officer and partner in MSA and State, “We’re combining the operation, and it’s going to allow us to have more streamlined operation, and take advantage of those support things that you need to do in this business to be competitive and achieve success, such as art department personnel, marketing personnel, social media and scouting. It’s a very big agency now and it will help us to better serve the models.”
Ivers joined MSA in 2009 with the intention to expand the business and open up new opportunities, particularly taking advantage of technology with booking management systems. In 2010, MSA made a push into lifestyle/commercial print and kept expanding, experiencing double-digit revenue growth since 2012. MSA’s scouting, led by Meredith Kalisch, has discovered such models as Londone Meyers — no longer with the agency and represented by The Lions — and Alton Mason, a hot newcomer now represented by State.
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Movie News: 'Avengers,' 'It' Filmmakers to Team on 'Electric State'

The Electric State: Andy Muschietti (It, above) is in negotiations to direct a big-screen adaptation of The Electric State, an illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag that is a "re-imagined low tech apocalyptic mid-90s vision of the American West." Joe and Anthony Russo will produce the project, which will be adapted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The writers previously worked with the producers on two Captain America movies and two Avengers installments. [Deadline]…

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Dr. Don Summers, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi, was watching CNN one night when Gloria Allred, the famed women’s rights attorney, came on.

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House Passes ‘Compromise’ Gun Bill That Would Allow Concealed Carry Across State Lines

Next week is the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children, in what was formerly the sleepy community of Newtown, Connecticut. Since that shooting, gun-control advocates have clamored, begged and even held sit-ins on the floor of the House of Representatives to get a vote on significant legislation that might bring about greater

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Kaiser Permanente Washington Leads State in Medical Group Quality and Efficiency of Care

SEATTLE — Kaiser Permanente Washington has once again been ranked as the top-performing medical group in Washington, according to the 2017 Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) Community Checkup. This marks the 11th consecutive year that Kaiser Permanente Washington (Group Health Cooperative prior to 2017) has ranked the highest among medical groups included in the Community Checkup report.

The Alliance’s 2017 Community Checkup scored Kaiser Permanente’s medical group better than average on 23 of 30 measures on clinical quality and efficiency of care for the commercially insured population — more than any medical group in the state. Kaiser Permanente was ranked as the top-performing medical group for both commercially insured and Medicaid populations.

“Kaiser Permanente once again has demonstrated that our national model of medical excellence provides safe and high quality care to our members,” said Stephen Tarnoff, MD, president and chief medical executive, Washington Permanente Medical Group. “The Washington Health Alliance ratings are a testament to the efforts of our incredible physicians and care teams who deliver coordinated, connected care every day in service to our patients’ total health.”

The Community Checkup is a cornerstone of the Alliance’s work, providing a community-level view on important measures of health care quality. Measures include immunization rates; medication management; health screenings; and care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. The annual report helps consumers know how various medical providers rate.

“Our medical group is second to none, and the care and outcomes they deliver to our members, purchasers and community are what distinguish us as Kaiser Permanente,” said Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington. “We’re extremely proud of the Washington Health Alliance’s recognition of the care we provide. We know that when patients receive top quality care, they can live their lives fully and thrive.”

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry suffered a gruesome ankle injury against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Tests have since revealed that Curry's ankle is "stable and structurally intact," but he will miss at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

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No. 21 Oregon State dispatches Utah State 94-55 (Dec 02, 2017)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) Mikayla Pivec scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Marie Gulich knocked down 8 of 11 shots and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds as No. 21 Oregon State breezed to a 94-55 victory over Utah State on Saturday night at the Maui Jim Maui Classic.

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Egypt Blames Islamic State for Mosque Attack as Death Toll Tops 300

Egyptian officials on Saturday said gunmen in a brutal attack on a North Sinai mosque a day earlier were carrying an Islamic State flag. “They numbered between 25 and 30, carrying the Daesh flag and took up positions in front of the mosque door and its 12 windows with automatic rifles,” Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office said in a statement, using the Arabic term for Islamic State. Gunmen set off a bomb before blocking the mosque’s windows and doors and firing inside as people tried to flee, authorities said. The news came as the death toll climbed to 305 people, including 27 children. Another 128 people were wounded. Egypt’s military said it carried out overnight airstrikes and raids on militants believed to be involved in the attack, the deadliest so far in the country’s modern history.

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state parliament on Wednesday stepped closer to passing a voluntary euthanasia bill, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill.
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State Legislators Weigh Law to Block Sale of ‘Battlefront II’ to Children

Two Hawaiian state representatives are looking into possible state legislation that would ban the sale of Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront II to children, spurred by what the politicians describe as predatory practices and the dangers of encouraging children to gamble. The two lawmakers also said that other states are looking into the game as well.

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