Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper

Hollywood seems like a glamorous world to outsiders but behind the scenes, the creative engines of America’s entertainment industry function much like other industries, where most of the heavy labor is done by low-paid employees while the fattest paychecks go to executives and investors who often do little more than push pencils or move money.Continue reading “Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper”

Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution

A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book “Peril” from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.Continue reading “Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution”

The European Union, US & 7 countries pledge to reduce methane emissions

The United States and European Union announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26). President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged countries at the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to joinContinue reading “The European Union, US & 7 countries pledge to reduce methane emissions”

FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks

The Food and Drug Administration is again failing to protect consumers from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances). Despite evidence that PFAS from these containers can contaminate the food in them, the FDA is merely reminding food packaging makers against unauthorized use of the substances, instead of banning them. TheContinue reading “FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks”

New Jersey braces for more strong storms Wednesday night

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch in two northern New Jersey counties, warning the public that strong storms could sweep across the region Wednesday evening and into the night. A weakening tropical storm Nicholas will continue to impact the central Gulf Coast with torrential tropical rainfall and potentially life-threatening flash and urbanContinue reading “New Jersey braces for more strong storms Wednesday night”

Taliban raise flag on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

The Taliban raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace Saturday, a spokesman said, as the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The white banner, emblazoned with a Quranic verse, was hoisted by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the prime minister of the Taliban interim government, in a low-keyContinue reading “Taliban raise flag on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks”

$100 million prize to stop climate crisis

Ocean Visions is seeking applications from competitors for its $100 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal who are pursuing ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) pathways. The Ocean Visions Launchpad will provide tailored teams of experts drawn from the Ocean Visions Network to assist selected competitors as they compete to win the $100 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal, funded byContinue reading “$100 million prize to stop climate crisis”

Taliban allow Westerners to fly out

The first international commercial plane has departed from Kabul airport since Western countries finished evacuations from Afghanistan 10 days ago, with a top Qatari official saying the airport is “fully up and running”. The airport is “about 90 per cent ready for operations but its reopening is planned gradually,” said Mutlaq al-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoyContinue reading “Taliban allow Westerners to fly out”

Afghanistan civil war haunts Taliban rulers

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes Afghanistan will “likely” erupt in civil war, warning that those conditions could see a resurgence of terrorist groups operating out of the country. Alongside a large haul of American-made infantry weapons, Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers now possess Humvees, armored personnel carriers, and at leastContinue reading “Afghanistan civil war haunts Taliban rulers”

Senator Elizabeth Warren says Amazon is peddling Covid-19 misinformation

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy regarding the alarming discovery that Amazon is peddling misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments through its search and “Best Seller” algorithms. This is the second time in six months that Senator Warren has identified Amazon practices that mislead consumers about COVID-19Continue reading “Senator Elizabeth Warren says Amazon is peddling Covid-19 misinformation”

Attorney General vows to protect abortion rights as Texas invades right to privacy

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a statement on Monday in response to a new law in Texas that allows civil courts to get between American citizens and their constitutional right to privacy, as defined in the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade. The new so-called Heartbeat Law implements across TexasContinue reading “Attorney General vows to protect abortion rights as Texas invades right to privacy”

GoDaddy bans Texas Right to Life snitch site

GoDaddy will no longer host a site set up by the Texas Right to Life to collect anonymous tips about when the state’s new law banning almost all abortions was being violated. Texas enacted a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help women get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy — andContinue reading “GoDaddy bans Texas Right to Life snitch site”

“QAnon Shaman” pleaded guilty

Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty today to obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony, for his role in the crimes related to the attempted coup d’état at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Chansley was among the most visible of the Trump-loving terrorists who disrupted a joint sessionContinue reading ““QAnon Shaman” pleaded guilty”

Physicists observationally confirm Hawking’s black hole theorem for the first time

There are certain rules that even the most extreme objects in the universe must obey. A central law for black holes predicts that the area of their event horizons — the boundary beyond which nothing can ever escape — should never shrink. This law is Hawking’s area theorem, named after physicist Stephen Hawking, who derivedContinue reading “Physicists observationally confirm Hawking’s black hole theorem for the first time”

Former prosecutor indicted for letter Ahmaud Arbery’s killer off the hook

A grand jury on Thursday indicted a former Georgia prosecutor for her handling of Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting, on allegations she helped shield men now charged with murder in a case that went for months without arrests until a viral video sparked a national outcry. Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson is accused of violating herContinue reading “Former prosecutor indicted for letter Ahmaud Arbery’s killer off the hook”

Elizabeth Police seeking missing teenager

The Elizabeth Police Department is asking for help to locate Kelly Saniya, age 17, who was last seen August 11 getting into a white Ford Mustang convertible with tinted windows and temporary out-of-state license plates.  The missing teenager is 5 ft tall weighing about 123 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair and a light skinContinue reading “Elizabeth Police seeking missing teenager”

California teacher came to class with COVID, took off mask, infected half of her students

The Marin County, Calif., elementary school had been conscientious about following covid-19 protocols. Masks wererequiredindoors, desks were spaced six feet apart, and the students kept socially distant. But the delta variant found an opening anyway. On May 19, one teacher, who was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, began feeling fatigued and had some nasal congestion.Continue reading “California teacher came to class with COVID, took off mask, infected half of her students”

Trump prevented Afghan visa lottery winners now stuck in Kabul from entering the U.S.

by Dara Lind | ProPublica Fakhruddin Akbari is allowing his full name to be published because he is certain he is going to die. Akbari, his wife and his 3-year-old daughter fled their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, two weeks ago. They’ve been hiding with friends in the city, living on bread and water. He shouldContinue reading “Trump prevented Afghan visa lottery winners now stuck in Kabul from entering the U.S.”

Afghanistan exit goes on after suicide attack

Despite a suicide attack near the entrance to Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and injured others, the “noble mission” to evacuate American and eligible Afghans out of the country will continue, said the Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations. At a press briefing this morning, Army Maj. Gen.Continue reading “Afghanistan exit goes on after suicide attack”

Candidates spent $15 billion in 2020 election

Political spending in the 2020 election totaled $14.4 billion, more than doubling the total cost of the record-breaking 2016 presidential election cycle, according to OpenSecrets’ analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. An independent government watchdog, OpenSecrets previously estimated that the 2020 election would cost around $14 billion, an extraordinary spending figure that would still haveContinue reading “Candidates spent $15 billion in 2020 election”