Program giving ex-convicts work struggles due to COVID-19 budget cuts

A program that helps people looking for work after prison is now asking the community to help keep it alive.

  • New Yahoo News/YouGov July 4 poll: A staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'
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    New Yahoo News/YouGov July 4 poll: A staggering 62 percent of Americans no longer see America as Ronald Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'

    This Fourth of July, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that no matter how polarized they might be politically, Americans finally seem to agree on something: that everything about America is getting worse. In his 1989 farewell address, President Ronald Reagan famously described the United States as a “shining city on a hill” — a beacon of hope and a model for the rest of the world. According to the Yahoo News/YouGov survey, which was conducted between June 29 and July 1, a majority of Americans (52 percent) believe that Reagan's remark was accurate at the time he said it; only 21 percent disagree.

  • Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says
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    Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says

    The former Democratic senator begins with an allegation that Mr Trump will attempt to retain power through voter suppression. Mr Wirth alleges there is a strategy to suppress voter turnout by purging voters - especially inner-city voters - from registration rolls and to suppress mail-in voting. He also believes physical polling locations will be limited, especially in urban areas, in an effort to create long lines on Election Day and discourage voting.

  • Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets
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    Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets

    Fort Lauderdale police released footage showing officers laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality. The police department in South Florida released the nearly 9 minutes of body-camera footage on Wednesday in response to a Miami Herald story that was accompanied by a 2-minute clip of the footage the Herald obtained through a public records request. The Miami Herald reported that the recording was from a Fort Lauderdale officer's body camera during a protest on May 31, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • Sen. Scott on COVID-19 surge in Florida: We can beat this without the government taking away our rights
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    Sen. Scott on COVID-19 surge in Florida: We can beat this without the government taking away our rights

    Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott says citizens can responsibly combat the virus by being given more information from the government instead of just being told what to do.

  • ‘We’ll be waiting on you.’ Florida sheriff wants to deputize gun owners against protesters
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    ‘We’ll be waiting on you.’ Florida sheriff wants to deputize gun owners against protesters

    A Florida sheriff warned people protesting police brutality that he would call on individual gun owners to defend themselves if peaceful demonstrations got out of hand. In a three-minute Facebook video, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels said Tuesday that “we'll be waiting on” protesters who are “disrupting the quality of life” in their northern Florida county. “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we'll bend our backs for you, you're sadly mistaken,” said Daniels, with about 17 deputies standing behind him.

  • North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un
    The Telegraph

    North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un

    Kim Jong-un has said that North Korea has stopped the coronavirus making inroads in his country and his response to the pandemic has been a "shining success". According to state news agency KCNA, Mr Kim told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party that North Korea had "thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved." He warned against complacency or relaxation in the anti-epidemic effort and urged North Koreans to maintain "maximum alert", KCNA said in a statement.

  • Myanmar leader blames joblessness for deadly mining tragedy
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    Myanmar leader blames joblessness for deadly mining tragedy

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed sadness Friday over a landslide at a jade mining site in the country's north that took at least 172 lives, blaming the tragedy on joblessness. Suu Kyi, speaking on a scheduled Facebook Live broadcast with representatives of the construction industry, bemoaned what she described as the need for people to illegally sift for jade because they lacked other ways of making a living. Those killed in the accident Thursday in Hpakant in Kachin state had settled next to a mining site to sift for bits of jade left over after heavy machinery excavated the ground and left behind huge mounds of discarded earth.

  • The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war
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    The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war

    Drug rehabilitation centers have been frequent targets of attack in Mexico's bloody gang wars. Authorities suspect the assault was part of a ferocious turf battle between two criminal organizations — the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel — that has transformed once-peaceful Guanajuato into one of Mexico's deadliest states. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed Thursday to not “abandon” Guanajuato and suggested that state authorities investigate possible links between local officials and organized crime.

  • The world's largest Confederate monument faces renewed calls for removal
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    The world's largest Confederate monument faces renewed calls for removal

    Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, a nine-story-high bas-relief sculpture carved into a sprawling rock face northeast of Atlanta, is perhaps the South's most audacious monument to its pro-slavery legacy still intact. Despite long-standing demands for the removal of what many consider a shrine to racism, the giant depiction of three Confederate heroes on horseback still towers ominously over the Georgia countryside, protected by state law. The monument - which reopens on Independence Day weekend after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close for weeks - has faced renewed calls for removal since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died during an arrest by a white police officer who pinned his neck to the ground with a knee.

  • The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride
    Popular Mechanics

    The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride

    See what's coming and stay visible with these 11 bicycle lights. From Popular Mechanics

  • Joe Biden’s ‘Woke’ Problem: Could it Cost Him at the Polls?
    The National Interest

    Joe Biden’s ‘Woke’ Problem: Could it Cost Him at the Polls?

    In an ordinary campaign, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would need to worry that he has not done enough to distance himself from the excesses of the Black Lives Matter protests. “The Biden campaign does not care about the critical race theory-intersectional left that has taken over places like the New York Times,” a Democratic strategist told Politico. The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, under the knee of a white police officer has stirred the nation's conscience.

  • Black Lives Matter: Florida police officers laugh and brag on video about shooting rubber bullets at protesters
    The Independent

    Black Lives Matter: Florida police officers laugh and brag on video about shooting rubber bullets at protesters

    Florida police officers responding to a George Floyd protest have been caught on camera laughing and bragging about shooting protesters with rubber bullets. The video shows police forming a line against a group of protesters in Fort Lauderdale on 31 May and eventually tossing tear gas to drive them away. When protesters began throwing the cannisters back at the police, they responded by shooting at demonstrators with rubber bullets.

  • India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members
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    India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members

    Eight Indian policemen have been killed, and seven more injured, in an encounter with gang members, reports say. The officers were fired upon during a raid in search of a notorious local gangster in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The gangster, Vikas Dubey, is accused in 60 criminal cases for various offences, including attempted murder.

  • School districts pushed to reopen say there isn't enough money to do it safely
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    School districts pushed to reopen say there isn't enough money to do it safely

    A move like bringing on a second teacher who could teach half her students in another classroom seems highly unlikely, given her school district's budget is facing a $14 million deficit. "They have already tried to cut anywhere humanly possible," said Spies, 46, who worries that because she donated a kidney to her aunt in 2011, she would be at risk for complications if she gets COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. "With the safeguards they are attempting to have in place, I just don't know where they're going to get the money, or even the manpower, to ensure it's all happening."

  • Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters
    National Review

    Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters

    A recent Harvard graduate who threatened to “stab” anyone who told her “all lives matter” has been fired from her job, she announced in a tearful video. Claira Janover, who said in a viral but since-deleted TikTok post that she would “stab” those with “the nerve” to say “all lives matter,” posted several tearful videos explaining that her new employer, Deloitte, had fired her. “I know this is what Trump supporters wanted because standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” Janover explained.

  • Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
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    Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. The protesters, estimated at around 500 racially mixed people, were passing the house on the way to the nearby home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.

  • Suspect Named, New Details Released in Case of Missing Soldier Vanessa Guillen
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    Suspect Named, New Details Released in Case of Missing Soldier Vanessa Guillen

    During a news conference, Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent Damon Phelps named the now-deceased soldier as Spc. Aaron David Robinson, who was assigned to A. Company, 3rd Cavalry Regiment at the time Guillen, a fellow 3rd Cavalry soldier, disappeared April 22. Read Next: Military COVID-19 Cases Spike 41% in June, With Upticks in Hotspot States Before the event, Natalie Khawam, an attorney representing Guillen's family, announced that CID officials told her that Robinson had murdered her in the unit armory on the day of her disappearance.

  • 'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on
    The Guardian

    'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on

    The occupied protest zone near downtown Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or “Chop”, effectively came to a swift end early on Wednesday morning when officers largely cleared the area of people and encampments, despite some protests lingering overnight into Thursday. “We had a space called the conversation cafe where people could come to learn about racism and to talk about it in ways they don't get to do in their daily lives.”

  • Finland's air force drops swastika emblem after century in use
    The Telegraph

    Finland's air force drops swastika emblem after century in use

    Finland's air force has quietly removed the last swastikas from unit emblems after over a century in use. Until recently the country's Air Force Command emblem depicted a pair of wings around a swastika, a symbol which pre-dates its associations with Nazism. The change was first observed by Teivo Teivainen, a politics professor at the University of Helsinki, who argued its negative associations made the swastika's ongoing use politically fraught.

  • Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery
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    Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery

    "We put together 600 lawyers and a group of people throughout the country who are going into every single state to try to figure out whether chicanery is likely to take place," Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said on a video conference with donors to his campaign. Biden's remarks come as the candidate offers dire warnings about efforts by Republicans to cheat in the Nov. 3 election while also criticizing his election opponent, Republican President Donald Trump, for undermining confidence in the vote. A senior political adviser and top lawyer for Trump's campaign, Justin Clark, said Biden is lying and stoking fear while Democrats are trying to "fundamentally change" how elections are conducted, an apparent reference to their support for widespread mail-in voting.

  • The surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings for the 4th of July
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    The surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings for the 4th of July

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams wouldn't give a yes or no answer during an appearance on the "Today" show asked if he would recommend people attend large gatherings over the 4th of July weekend. When host Craig Melvin asked him if he would advise people to attend large gatherings or not, Adams said, "It's not a yes or no. Every single person has to make up their own mind." President Donald Trump is hosting large events in Washington D.C. and at Mount Rushmore for Independence Day over the weekend, and masks will not be required at either event.

  • Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video
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    Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video

    Visitors to a beach last week would have seen a shark-like fish soaring above their heads thanks to one bird's actions. A video shared online showed one huge predatory bird seen with what appeared to be a shark suspended in its claws above crowds at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach. The woman who witnessed the stunt, Kelly Burbage, shared the video online on Friday where she appealed for wildlife experts to name the fish and the bird.

  • Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany
    The National Interest

    Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany

    Key Point: During the Cold War, France had Germany zeroed in with tactical nuclear missiles—in case of a Soviet invasion. Today, France has the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Unlike the American or Russian nuclear triad, which is made up of air- land- and sea-based nuclear weapons, France maintains a nuclear dyad of air- and sea-based nuclear missiles.

  • The Nigerian Email Scammer Who Stole Millions From Premier League Club, NY Law Firm, Banks
    The Daily Beast

    The Nigerian Email Scammer Who Stole Millions From Premier League Club, NY Law Firm, Banks

    He faces criminal charges for being the leader of a transnational network that allegedly conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through email scams and other schemes, some of which targeted a New York law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club. Abbas and a small group of co-conspirators allegedly had a network of “money mules” that they used to carry out the email scams and then launder money through a slew of foreign bank accounts. The group would usually hack into a business' email account and either block or redirect emails, according to the FBI.

  • Lee button found in time capsule under Confederate monument
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    Lee button found in time capsule under Confederate monument

    A button that experts believe was from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's dress coat and a strand of hair from his horse are among the items found inside a time capsule discovered when workers removed the base of a Confederate monument from the grounds of the North Carolina state Capitol. Workers found the time capsule while dismantling a 75-foot (23-meter) Confederate monument that stood on the state Capitol grounds for 125 years, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday. Also, the department recovered Confederate money, song books and flags and a stone believed to be from Gettysburg.