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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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Official's DNA linked to Las Vegas reporter's stabbing, police say

A government official was arrested on the charge of open murder in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, police said Thursday.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, 45, who German had spent months reporting on, was taken into custody Wednesday, police said. German, 69, was found dead Saturday morning, the county coroner’s office said, and his cause of death was multiple sharp-force injuries.

Telles was a person of interest early in the investigation as authorities considered work-related grievances or conflicts, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. Dori Koren said at a news conference Thursday. He did not disclose a specific motive.

Upon a search of Telles’s home, police recovered a pair of shoes and a straw hat that matched those worn in a previously released photo of the suspect, police said Thursday. Both items were cut, likely in an attempt to destroy evidence, Koren said. He added that Telles’s DNA was a positive match for DNA recovered from the crime scene.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/09/08/las-vegas-journalist-murder-charge/?itid=hp-top-table-main-t-6

I kind of thought from an article yesterday that the cops had their guy. He didn't do much to cover his tracks.

Longtime CNN anchor Bernard Shaw dead at 82

Bernard Shaw, CNN’s chief anchor for two decades and a pioneering Black broadcaster best remembered for calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 as missiles flew around him in Baghdad, has died. He was 82.

He died of pneumonia on Wednesday at a hospital in Washington, according to Tom Johnson, CNN's former chief executive.

Shaw was at CNN for 20 years and was known for remaining cool under pressure. That was a hallmark of his Baghdad coverage when the U.S. led its invasion of Iraq in 1991 to liberate Kuwait, with CNN airing stunning footage of airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire in the capital city.

“In all of the years of preparing to being anchor, one of the things I strove for was to be able to control my emotions in the midst of hell breaking out,” Shaw said in a 2014 interview with NPR. “And I personally feel that I passed my stringent test for that in Baghdad.”

Shaw was a former U.S. Marine who worked as a reporter at CBS and ABC News before taking on the chief anchor role at CNN when the network began in 1980.

He moderated a presidential debate in 1988 and covered protests in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989. But his striking on-the scene work in Baghdad, with correspondents Peter Arnett and John Holliman, was instrumental in putting CNN on the map.

At that time, it was the only cable news network and broadcast outlets at ABC, CBS and NBC dominated television news.

“Bernard Shaw exemplified excellence in his life,” Johnson said. “He will be remembered as a fierce advocate of responsible journalism.”

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/nation-world/bernard-shaw-cnn-first-chief-anchor-dies/507-0f3003d2-31da-4f2a-9f70-cd9d8d6e7bed

"Pieces of Her"

Just finished that last night on Hulu and WOW. Anyone else watch it?

Angels with large 'wings' shield students from harm at Utah pride march

Supporters of LGBTQ+ students rallying in Utah were given protection from protesters hurling insults and misinformation over the weekend by allies dressed as angels, who raised huge fabric “wings” to shield queer marchers.

Members of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) queer community were confronted at a pride event last Saturday by anti-gay students and outside protesters, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, but they found they had an unusual and effective security barrier.

The event was held at a public park in Provo, as clubs for LGBTQ+ people attending Brigham Young are not permitted to gather on campus. The conservative university also forbids “any same-sex romantic partnerships or displays of affection among LGBTQ students”, the Tribune noted.

“My older sister, she’s gay and she used to go to BYU, and she had a really hard time here – she got kicked out,” said Sabrina Wong, a student who was among the angels. “During that time, I didn’t even know she was going through this. She hadn’t even come out to our family.

“She also didn’t have a lot of resources, and that breaks my heart so much,” Wong said.

Protesters’ presence at the event came as many US Republican-led states take steps to limit LGBTQ rights, especially in public educational institutions.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/07/angels-with-large-wings-shield-students-from-harm-at-utah-pride-march

Angels with large 'wings' shield students from harm at Utah pride march

Supporters of LGBTQ+ students rallying in Utah were given protection from protesters hurling insults and misinformation over the weekend by allies dressed as angels, who raised huge fabric “wings” to shield queer marchers.

Members of Brigham Young University’s (BYU) queer community were confronted at a pride event last Saturday by anti-gay students and outside protesters, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, but they found they had an unusual and effective security barrier.

The event was held at a public park in Provo, as clubs for LGBTQ+ people attending Brigham Young are not permitted to gather on campus. The conservative university also forbids “any same-sex romantic partnerships or displays of affection among LGBTQ students”, the Tribune noted.

“My older sister, she’s gay and she used to go to BYU, and she had a really hard time here – she got kicked out,” said Sabrina Wong, a student who was among the angels. “During that time, I didn’t even know she was going through this. She hadn’t even come out to our family.

“She also didn’t have a lot of resources, and that breaks my heart so much,” Wong said.

Protesters’ presence at the event came as many US Republican-led states take steps to limit LGBTQ rights, especially in public educational institutions.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/07/angels-with-large-wings-shield-students-from-harm-at-utah-pride-march

Las Vegas police search a local official's home after a journalist's stabbing death

Police in Las Vegas visited the home of a county official Wednesday as they continue to investigate the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, the newspaper said.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department only confirmed in a statement to NPR that it was executing search warrants related to the weekend homicide on the 7200 block of Bronze Circle.

But the Review-Journal reported that law enforcement officers and police vehicles were spotted outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on Wednesday morning, and that a section around the home was taped off.

Journalists with the newspaper also observed a vehicle in Telles' driveway matching the description of the red GMC Yukon police say the suspect was driving. The vehicle was later towed.

German, who was found dead with stab wounds outside his home on Saturday, had recently written a series of stories about Telles' mismanagement of the public administrator's office, including allegations of a hostile workplace, bullying and favoritism. Employees also said that Telles had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

Telles denied the allegations and targeted German on social media. In one tweet, Telles called one of the stories about his office a "smear piece" and said he thought German was "mad that I haven't crawled into a hole and died."

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/07/1121617699/las-vegas-journalist-stabbed-investigation-jeff-german

This could get interesting

Child Rape Victims Have 'Options' and Other Wild Things the GOP Says About Abortion

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June unleashed a wave of anger at the GOP and lawmakers who’ve been pushing to ban abortion for years.

It also unleashed some of the most unhinged takes on pregnancy, abortion, and how uteruses function that we’ve seen in quite some time.

Despite the fact that conservatives fought for decades for the decision they finally achieved in the Dobbs case, many Republican officials have struggled mightily to rationalize their abortion stances to constituents, some of whom are experiencing an America without Roe v. Wade for the first time.

During that time, state lawmakers have opined that women can control just exactly when men ejaculate and that child rape victims have “options” that aren’t abortion, while gubernatorial candidates and actual members of Congress explicitly compare abortion with genocide.

During a late-August hearing, South Carolina House legislators debated a complete ban on abortion. While lawmakers ultimately included exceptions for rape and incest in their proposed abortion ban, Republican Rep. Doug Gilliam complained about characterizing a child rape victim as being “forced” to carry her rapist’s baby, and suggested that such victims have “options,” such as Plan B.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7v3z9/republican-abortion-comments

Read the whole article. These people are crazier than outhouse rats. You thought Todd Aiken was nuts???????

How a Harmless Teacher Got Branded 'Pedophile' by Extremists

“The worst parts of this are at the beginning.”

That’s what Laney Dicksion mumbled as she angrily flipped through Gender Queer—a graphic memoir about exploring gender identity and sexuality—for a local Oklahoma TV broadcast last month.

But the interview was not about the book the American Library Association ranked as its most challenged (or rebuked) of 2021. It was about one mother’s decision to complain to Norman High School officials about her daughter’s English teacher, Summer Boismier.

Dicksion suggested the teacher should potentially face criminal charges. Her alleged crime? Providing students like Dicksion’s daughter with a QR code leading them to UnBanned—a Brooklyn Public Library program offering teenagers unlimited digital and audio access to banned or challenged books—on the first day of school last month. Boismier did so after updated guidelines and a restrictive new law inspired her to cover her entire classroom library in butcher paper, which she adorned with the phrase “Books the state doesn’t want you to read.”

“The woman has access to children and to minors,” the Oklahoma mom told Fox 25 after reading parts of Gender Queer out loud and describing it, dubiously, as “pornographic material.” “No one should be allowed to disseminate this to children, much less a teacher in our public school systems.”

Boismier resigned just days after dishing out the QR code. In so doing, she styled herself a defiant champion of free thought in Oklahoma, a state that last year enacted a law—HB 1775—targeting so-called critical race theory. The right-wing bete noire is effectively nonexistent in the classes taught to young American kids, even as rage about it has fed a larger cultural panic over education nationwide.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/summer-boismier-exiled-norman-oklahoma-teacher-faces-cloudy-future?ref=home

Oklahoma is NOT OK!

New policy gives moms more postpartum care coverage

Virginia is one of several states making it easier for new moms to keep Medicaid in the year after childbirth in a new policy outlined in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Before the new policy went into effect in the spring, moms on Medicaid would lose access to care within two months after the end of pregnancy.

Doctors say postpartum care is critical for new moms because it’s commonly found to be a time when depression and other health issues can arise.

The extension of coverage includes regular check-ups, behavioral health visits and specialty care, allowing moms to get treated for chronic conditions and avoid preventable complications or death.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports the new option is available to states for the next five years.

https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/virginia-making-it-easier-for-new-moms-to-keep-medicaid-coverage-for-1-year-postpartum/

I'm sure Dumbkin will try to find some way around it.

His mom and sister were killed by domestic violence. Now, he's trying to help others

Marie met her husband, Shaun Varsos when they both worked at a movie theater in Nashville in 2006 or so. A few years later, that movie theater flooded and was turned into a shooting range where the two would go shoot guns together.

That anecdote took on a tragic irony when Marie's brother, Alex Youn, got a phone call the morning of April 12, 2021.

"Shaun had shot Marie and my mother," he says.

Alex lost his mother, Debbie Sisco, 60, and his younger sister, Marie Varsos, 31, the people to whom he was closest - in an instant.

In the month leading up to their tragic deaths, records left by Marie show that she had exhausted every option available to victims of domestic violence to try and prevent what she saw coming.

But the system was not enough to protect her.

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/29/1119325730/his-mom-and-sister-were-killed-now-hes-channeling-grief-to-fight-domestic-violen

Tragic and unforgivable. So is the inaction.
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