Europe’s Gonna Party Like It’s 1979

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:47
Sometimes you just can’t let markets rip.
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Washington Post’s Business Struggles as Frustrations Mount

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:23
With digital subscriptions and digital advertising revenue stagnating, the company is on pace to lose money this year.
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Unvaccinated NBA players, staff must test weekly for COVID

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:20

Unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season.
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FDA chief says long-awaited opioid review still in the works

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:11

The head of the Food and Drug Administration says a government review of prescription opioid medications, including their risks and contribution to the U.S. overdose epidemic, is still underway.
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Alec Baldwin sued by Marine’s family; he gave them money before learning of Jan. 6 activities

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:04

The sisters and widow of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan are again suing Alec Baldwin for $25 million, alleging the actor exposed them to social media hatred after learning one of the women was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 of last year.

Their original suit was dismissed in May by a federal judge in Wyoming who said her court had no jurisdiction over Baldwin, who lives in New York.

The new defamation suit was filed Friday in a New York federal court by Roice McCollum and Cheyenne McCollum, who live in Wyoming, and Jiennah McCollum, who lives in the San Diego area.

The claim arises from an online confrontation between Baldwin and Roice McCollum. It erupted Jan. 3, 2022, when the young woman posted a photo on Instagram referring to her presence the previous year at the Washington, D.C., protest that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol.

Baldwin saw the post and recognized her name. He had given $5,000 to the family’s GoFundMe campaign after Roice’s brother — Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20 — was killed in a bombing on Aug. 26, 2021, at the Kabul airport.

In a private message to Roice McCollum after seeing the protest picture, Baldwin told her: “When I sent the $ for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter.”

He then reposted her photo on his own Instagram account, telling his followers that he had given money to the family and then later learned she was an “insurrectionist.”

“Within 20 minutes of Baldwin’s post,” the lawsuit says, “Roice began to get hostile, aggressive, hateful messages from Baldwin’s followers.” Cheyenne and Jiennah McCollum reported receiving similar messages, though they had not been at the Jan. 6 event.

Rylee McCollum, right, at a Christmas celebration in 2019, Jackson, Wyo. (Regi Stone via AP)Rylee McCollum, right, at a Christmas celebration in 2019, Jackson, Wyo. (Regi Stone via AP) 

The suit says Roice McCollum protested peacefully and legally and, after being interviewed by FBI agents, was not accused of any crime.

When the original suit was dismissed, the judge implied the McCollums might have a hard time winning the case because Baldwin’s statements were opinions, and as such could not be found defamatory. That legal argument was the basis of the recent rejection of “MAGA Teen” Nick Sandmann’s suit against several news outlets that reported on his highly publicized encounter with an indigenous activist on the National Mall.

The McCollum women are requesting a jury trial and are seeking at least $10 million in compensatory damages, $15 million in punitive damages and court costs.

Three weeks after Riley McCollum’s death, his widow, Jiennah, gave birth to their daughter. The suit says she “is in the process” of moving from California to North Carolina.

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There’s​ ​Something About​ ​Jonathan​ ​Majors

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:01
Inside​ ​the​ ​captivating​ ​mind​ ​of​ ​a new Hollywood star.
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Don’t fall for student loan forgiveness scams by following these tips

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 09:00

While the details for how to apply for a student loan debt relief are not yet available under President Joe Biden's plan, here's how to avoid a scam.
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A new take on pizza — flipped and topped with cherry tomatoes and eggplant

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:55

There’s nothing better than a delicious recipe that produces no dirty dishes and requires almost no active prep time. By making vegetables confit (which means cooking them low and slow in oil) on a sheet pan and then laying rolled-out pizza dough directly on top for baking, all you’re left with is a piece of parchment to toss in the trash. Well, that and a beautiful, crispy pizza topped with the most concentrated, succulent cherry tomatoes, eggplant and garlic, with a smattering of pine nuts and goat cheese.

As with all vegetable-centric recipes using few other ingredients, quality matters. Look for locally grown cherry tomatoes with lots of flavor, such as a mixture of Sun Gold and red cherry. Feel free to use other types of cheese (burrata, ricotta, etc.), but I find nothing beats fresh chevre.

Flip-Pizza with Confit of Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant and Garlic INGREDIENTS

1 pound cherry tomatoes

1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise and then in ¼-inch half-moon slices

10 cloves garlic, peeled

4 sprigs rosemary, divided use

¼ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 pound fresh pizza dough (homemade or store bought)

¼ cup pine nuts

½ cup crumbled goat cheese

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 250 degrees with the rack in the center of the oven.

To make the confit, line the bottom of an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper. Place the cherry tomatoes, eggplant slices, garlic cloves and three of the rosemary sprigs on top of the parchment, saving one sprig for later. Pour the olive oil over the vegetables and herbs and season generously with salt and pepper, tossing to coat.

Spread the veggies out and place the sheet pan in the oven. Bake for 2 to 2½ hours or until the tomatoes are wrinkled and the eggplant and garlic are very soft. Remove from the oven and use a spatula to ensure nothing is sticking to the parchment. Discard the rosemary sprigs, which will be very crisped at this point. Mince the leaves of the fourth rosemary sprig set aside earlier and scatter over the confit in the sheet pan.

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Raise the temperature of the oven to 475 degrees.

If using store-bought refrigerated pizza dough, ensure it has rested on the counter for about an hour to come to room temperature, so it’s ready to work with. On a lightly floured work surface, roll and stretch the pizza dough into a rectangle the size of the sheet pan. Loosely roll up the rectangular dough onto the rolling pin (like a paper towel roll) and transfer it to the sheet pan, lining up the bottom part of the dough with the bottom of the sheet pan before unrolling the dough across the top. Press the edges of the dough down along the inside edges of the sheet pan to secure it in place. Pierce the dough in a few places with a fork before placing the sheet pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the pizza dough is lightly golden on top and feels slightly crisp.

Remove the sheet pan from the oven and flip the pizza onto a flat surface, such as a wooden cutting board, pizza peel or upside-down sheet pan. Carefully peel off the parchment paper, loosening any stuck pieces of confit veggies. With the pizza now right-side-up, sprinkle with pine nuts and slide the pizza directly onto the wire rack of the oven. Bake for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the top of the dough is golden brown and crispy. Top with crumbled chevre before serving.

This twist on pizza technique starts with a confit of cherry tomatoes, eggplant and garlic slow-cooked in a sheet pan, then topped with pizza dough and flipped. (Courtesy Laura McLively)This twist on pizza technique starts with a confit of cherry tomatoes, eggplant and garlic slow-cooked in a sheet pan, then topped with pizza dough, baked and flipped. (Courtesy Laura McLively) 

Registered dietitian and food writer Laura McLively is the author of “The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook.”  Follow her at @myberkeleybowl and www.lauramclively.com.

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Another Oakland team is in search of a new stadium, this one for soccer

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:30

OAKLAND — The Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul soccer squads can now be added to the list of professional sports teams here that are looking for a new home.

The Oakland Roots Soccer Club, which owns the two teams, will announce later Tuesday that they have outgrown their current home at Laney College and have begun efforts to secure a new location to build a modular soccer stadium, instead of renting the junior college football field.

“We are looking for a permanent home,” club president Lindsay Barenz told the Bay Area News Group. “We need to find it really soon. Our fan base and community have grown so much that we struggle to fit inside Laney on game day. We also have the Oakland Soul now, and there’s not room for both of those teams.”

The Roots are in the fourth season as a men’s soccer team and are currently competing in the United Soccer League’s second division. They joined the USL in 2021 after competing in the National Independent Soccer Association in its first two seasons. The Roots announced in May the formation of the Soul, a women’s team that will play in the 2023 USL W League.

The club also oversees Project 510, the club’s development program for local talent.

“I really cannot stress enough that this is not a situation where we are unhappy with Laney College or feel like they’ve treated us poorly. It’ s not that at all,” Barenz said. “We’ve grown to a point, where it really just doesn’t work anymore for a lot of reasons, primarily that we would be disrupting the sports programs and students. But honestly, we’ve loved Laney College.”

The Roots front office is positioning the growing sports franchise as a club committed to Oakland, as the Golden State Warriors and Raiders have exited the city for newer digs in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and the A’s keep Vegas as an option while trying to get a ballpark built at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square. Matches at Laney College average 4,300 fans a night, with a maximum capacity of 5,500. Multiple matches have sold out, said Roots spokesman Tommy Hodul.

Long-term, the soccer club is trying to find a site already zoned for a sports facility that can hold up to 10,000 fans. Club officials have not disclosed possible locations within Oakland but say that, at a minimum, they are looking for a 15-acre lot. The Roots stadium will be privately-financed, Barenz said.

To get the stadium built in Oakland, the club will first have to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with the city of Oakland, a process similar to what the A’s have done on a larger scale at the Howard Terminal site. Team officials said they hope to enter such an agreement before the end of the year, and are planning to also identify a temporary site to use until a permanent facility is built.

“We are talking to everyone,” she said. “We’re talking our fans. We’re talking to our community advisory board. We’re talking to local elected officials. We’re talking to everyone. We haven’t talked to everyone yet. But we have kickstarted the process.”

The Roots will have played 17 games at Laney College from March to November by the time their 2021-22 home season is completed Oct. 1. Among the issues created by playing there, officials said, is that Laney College does not meet U.S. Soccer Federation requirements for width.

A USSF field much be at least 70 yards wide. Laney College’s football field is only 62 yards wide — the usual size for American football. Crews must lay out an additional eight yards of turf, a process that takes at least eight to 10 hours, Hodul said.

That forces the team to rent out Laney’s football stadium for nearly 48 hours whenever there is a home game.

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“We have to roll out a field to play,” Barenz said. “That’s a lot of time, and that’s a lot of money. So that’s a complication, and the second is just the scheduling. Laney is a functioning junior college with student needs that take priority, as it should be.”

Barenz said the club anticipates staying in any interim location for “at least five years.” Once there, she said the club can begin looking for its permanent home.

“This is a big first step, stating that we need a new place,” she said.

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Walters: California’s ban on gas-powered cars won’t be easy

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:30

California made it official last week — the state will ban sales of gasoline-powered new cars after 2035.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued the executive order leading to the Air Resources Board’s adoption of the ban, issued his characteristic boast about California being out front.

“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Newsom said. “California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we must take if we’re serious about leaving this planet better off for future generations.”

Declaring that the sale of gas-powered cars will end 13 years hence is the easy part. Actually transforming a huge component of Californians’ daily lives, and a big chunk of the state’s economy, will be immensely difficult.

Take, for example, driving range. The new regulations want zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) sold in California to be capable of traveling up to 150 miles without recharging. That might be sufficient for daily commuting within a compact region. But what about longer trips?

Let’s say someone living in San Francisco wanted to drive to Lake Tahoe for skiing? A 150-mile range would not even cover a one-way trip.

The solution might be lots of recharging stations along interregional highways, but whereas a fillup of gasoline might take 10 minutes, recharging electric cars now takes much longer. Is California willing to build the hundreds of thousands of recharging stations a complete conversion to battery-powered cars would require? Could Californians drive their mandated ZEVs into other states without running out of juice?

Even overnight charging would be a challenge. Those who keep their vehicles in home garages might make it work, but how about apartment dwellers? Even if landlords provided chargers in their designated parking places, an apartment usually has just one space while most apartments have multiple car-owning tenants. That’s why the streets around housing complexes are packed with parked cars.

How would the decree affect low-income Californians who typically purchase used cars? Today, battery-powered cars are relatively expensive. The cheapest new ones run close to $30,000, although federal and state subsidies bring down their net costs. Will those subsidies continue?

California has about 29 million cars and light trucks on the road now and roughly two million new vehicles are sold each year. ZEVS now account for about 16% of those sales, the most of any state. Even if 100% of sales are ZEVs, it would take at least 15 years for a complete conversion and while it occurs, we would still need service and refueling facilities for gas-powered vehicles.

Speaking of which, what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of Californians who are now employed in providing those services?

Finally, recharging millions of ZEVs would impose a major new demand on California’s electric grid — not to mention the impact of phasing out home appliances that now use gas in favor of electric devices.

California is already struggling to meet the current power demand as it also phases out gas-fired generators in favor of wind and solar facilities. Will we have enough juice for recharging ZEVs, particularly during the night, when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind may not be blowing?

Both the reliability of a wind- and sun-powered grid and the availability and price of battery-powered cars also will depend on having enough lithium to build enough batteries to make everything work as envisioned. Given the nation’s dependence on lithium from other countries and the fragility of global supply chains, that’s not a small risk.

Dan Walters is a CalMatters columnist.

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Chicago Bulls player Nikola Vucevic buys 6-bedroom Lincoln Park home for $4.75M

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:19

Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic in June paid $4.75 million for a six-bedroom, 5,245-square-foot house in Lincoln Park.

Vucevic, 31, came to the Bulls in a trade with the Orlando Magic in early 2021.

Vucevic’s new house was built in 2015 and enjoys amenities from a nearby high-rise including an adjoining 1.25-acre private park. The four-story house has five bathrooms, an entry foyer with four closets, a four-stop elevator, custom built-ins, millwork, a mud room, an attached garage, a butler’s pantry, an eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry and commercial-grade appliances, and a primary bedroom suite with a bathroom that has heated floors and a steam shower.

The house also has a roof deck.

The house had been listed in April for $4.9 million.

Vucevic purchased the house through a Florida limited liability company. Florida-based money manager and talent agent Jaafar Choufani, who represented Vucevic, did not respond to a request for comment. Chicago real estate Nancy Tassone, who represented Vucevic as well, also declined to comment.

Listing agent Jeffrey Lowe declined to confirm the buyer’s identity but said one of the house’s draws is the amenities from the nearby high-rise.

“Very few homes have that level of amenities and are single-family,” he told Elite Street.

The house had a $74,826 property tax bill in the 2020 tax year.

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Bay Area man en route to Southern California college reported missing

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:15

Vacaville resident Tyler Kincaid, who recently graduated from Solano Community College, has been missing since Wednesday and his loved ones are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Kincaid, 25, reportedly was last seen Wednesday as he was traveling in a silver 2020 Subaru Impreza Hatchback to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the school he recently transferred to. He hasn’t been heard from or seen since he left.

A flyer was posted to the Solano Community College Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page  Friday, which indicated that Kincaid’s family is trying to create a timeline to narrow down potential locations. The department wrote that automatic license plate readers were being used to track down Kincaid’s car.

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Vacaville Police Sgt. Adam Senf said there were no new updates as of Monday, but the PD was coordinating with other agencies such as California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Cal Poly Pomona University Police.

Kincaid is a white 6-foot-1-inch male, 160 pounds with light brown hair. A photo can be seen on the flyer.

All tips are appreciated.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vacaville Police Department at 449-5200 or Randa Headrick, the family friend helping to find Tyler, at 718-3144.

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How ‘the Most Vicious, Horrible Animal Alive’ Became a YouTube Star

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 08:00
Joseph Carter, a.k.a. the Mink Man, trains feisty carnivores to patrol canals and urban river banks for a growing online audience.
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One college student killed, two others injured in column collapse on Oregon campus

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:54
By Amanda Watts | CNN

A brick column at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon collapsed Monday, killing one student and injuring two others while they were laying in hammocks, according to Portland Fire and Rescue.

Lewis & Clark officials in a statement called the incident a “tragic accident.” According to the private college’s academic calendar, Monday was the first day of undergraduate classes for the fall semester.

“We are working to contact the students’ families and will report more information as it becomes available,” the statement said. “We are deeply saddened by the shocking loss of a member of our community.”

Fire and rescue crews were called to campus around 8:15 p.m. in response to “reports of multiple people injured” after the column fell, the agency said in a statement. When they arrived, they found a 19-year-old man dead and two 18-year-old women injured — one with an injury to her arm and the other with an injury to her abdomen. Both women were taken to a hospital, fire officials said.

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According to students who spoke to police, “there were six people in three hammocks when the masonry column fell inward toward students,” Portland Fire & Rescue’s statement said.

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Kimberly Guilfoyle claims ‘lazy’ grads with ‘basket weaving’ degrees will get student loans forgiven

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:51

Trump loyalist Kimberly Guilfoyle offered a curious complaint about President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student loans by saying it was “communist” and that it would benefit “lazy” students who received supposedly useless degrees in fields such as “basket weaving.”

“Enough of this nonsense! I mean, paying off loans for people that don’t want to — they wanna have some bizarre basket-weaving degree,” Guilfoyle said on Newsmax Monday, HuffPost reported.

Guilfoyle, the ex-wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom who became a Fox News personality and is the fiancée of Donald Trump Jr., also called the plan “unfair” and “un-American,” Insider also reported.

“And they want all of us, people watching across this country, hard-working men and women, to subsidize their laziness and their inability to even try to contribute to society,”  said the San Francisco-born Guilfoyle, who got her undergraduate degree at UC Davis and her law degree at University of San Francisco.

Guilfoyle: Paying off loans for people they want to have some bizarre basket weaving degree and they want all of us to subsidize their laziness and their inability to even try to contribute to society pic.twitter.com/DXOuaTTsmQ

— Acyn (@Acyn) August 29, 2022

With her comments, Guilfoyle has joined a chorus of conservative politicians and pundits criticizing the Biden administration for forgiving student loans.

Earlier this month, Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to provide student debt relief, saying that a post-high school education should be “a ticket to a middle-class life.” He announced his administration would offer $10,000 in student debt relief for borrowers earning $125,000 or less and erase $20,000 in debt for recipients of Pell Grants, which the Department of Education gives to students who require more financial assistance.

The plan potentially provides relief to up to 43 million borrowers and cancels the full remaining balance for roughly 20 million borrowers, the White House said. Contrary to Guilfoyole’s claim, the debt cancellation does not apply to specific degrees, Insider said.

Online critics of Guilfoyle were quick to point out how her claims were baseless, hypocritical or insulting to millions of Americans, according to HuffPost. They noted that those who have taken out student loans have studied to be nurses, teachers, doctors or other disciplines that prepared them to contribute to society. They also said recipients include people who are the first in their families to attend college or whose parents saved and sacrificed to pay part of their college expenses.

Critics also were quick to remind Guilfoyle of the apparently easy money she has made being associated with former President Trump and his family.

While serving as a chief fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, Guilfoyle was secretly paid $180,000 a year by the campaign via the campaign manager’s private company, HuffPost reported in 2020. She also received $60,000 for giving a speech of less than 2½ minutes to introduce Trump Jr. at the Jan. 6, 2021 rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Insider added. 

“I’m not saying it’s a crime,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren said on CNN in June. Lofgren, who serves on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, was talking about the fee Guilfoyle received for her short speech to a crowd off Trump supporters. “But I think it’s a grift.”

Lofgren mentioned the payment as part of the committee’s evidence that Trump and his family members personally benefited from campaign donations raised in the aftermath of the 2020 election, as the president misled supporters with false claims of election fraud, Insider reported.

how does kim guilfoyle contribute to society again i forget https://t.co/ErUK8HKcNA

— russbengtson.eesh (@russbengtson) August 29, 2022

Others decrying Guilfoyle’s comments tweeted out that she just insulted millions of Americans who are anything but lazy.

And now you see why she wasn't part of the winning 2016 Trump Campaign team.
Bc only an utter moron with zero talent for political-communications would go on TV and say those with student loans are "lazy" and refuse to contribute to society. https://t.co/cyPhoXRuIp

— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) August 29, 2022

Keep attacking hardworking Americans who went to college as lazy and unable to contribute to society, Republicans. Now that’s a winning message! https://t.co/bB7eaGrjvb

— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) August 29, 2022

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Tesla must allow workers to wear clothing supporting union

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:50

The National Labor Relations Board said on Monday it was unlawful for Tesla to prohibit employees from wearing shirts bearing union insignia, ruling in a 2017 dispute between the electric car maker and the United Auto Workers union.

NLRB Chair Lauren McFerran said the decision reaffirms “any attempt to restrict the wearing of union clothing or insignia is presumptively unlawful and — consistent with Supreme Court precedent — an employer has a heightened burden to justify attempts to limit this important right.”

In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB said that when companies interfere with employees’ rights to display union insignia the employer “has the burden to establish special circumstances” and the majority “found that Tesla failed to establish special circumstances in this case.”

Tesla and the UAW did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In addition to ruling on the Tesla case, the NLRB also reversed a 2019 decision by the agency involving Walmart Inc, saying the earlier decision “ignored decades of board precedent.”

The previous ruling by the NLRB had said Walmart’s justification for restricting union insignia on the selling floor to enhance the customer shopping experience and prevent theft or vandalism was legitimate. The NLRB in 2019 did, however, acknowledge the potential interference with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The 2019 decision set a precedent for employers across the country to have more control over limiting union apparel.

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The NLRB said some Tesla employees assembling electric vehicles at its Fremont, California, plant wore shirts with union logos during a 2017 UAW union organizing campaign. At that time, the UAW was seeking to represent workers at Tesla’s facility in Fremont, who are not unionized.

Tesla’s “team-wear” policy required employees to wear black shirts imprinted with the Tesla logo or their own black T-shirts without logo. The NLRB found that this implicitly prohibited employees from substituting any shirt with a logo or emblem, including a shirt bearing union insignia.

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The NLRB said that before 2017 Tesla production employees regularly wore shirts that were not black or had logos and emblems unrelated to Tesla. On Monday, it ordered Tesla to rescind its policy prohibiting employees from wearing black union shirts.

This is not the first clash between Tesla and the NLRB.

In 2021, the NLRB said that a 2018 tweet by CEO Elon Musk, in which he threatened that Tesla employees who formed a union would lose their stock options, was illegal and should be deleted.

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California may act as US refuge for transgender youth

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:31

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California would present itself as a haven for transgender youth facing discrimination in other states under a bill that advanced Monday, much as it is positioning itself as a sanctuary for those seeking abortions.

The Assembly approved the measure without debate, 48-16, sending it to the Senate for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn at month’s end.

The legislation is designed to provide legal refuge to parents from other states who risk having their transgender children taken away or being criminally prosecuted if they support their children’s access to gender-affirming procedures and other health care.

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener sought the measure in response to actions in several Republican-dominated states including Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. He said 19 other states have since introduced similar “trans refuge state” bills.

“Trans kids and their parents are being criminalized and used as political punching bags by right-wing zealots,” he said in a statement. “No one should ever have to worry about being separated from their child simply for allowing that child to be who they are.”

Conservative groups argued the bill could shield parents who use it as a pretext.

The bill mimics a new California law that bars the enforcement of civil judgments against doctors who perform abortions on patients from other states. It’s among several measures designed to make California a sanctuary for people seeking or providing abortions.

The transgender bill would similarly reject any out-of-state court judgments removing transgender children from their parents’ custody because they allowed their children to receive gender-affirming healthcare.

It would also bar California health officials from complying with out-of-state subpoenas seeking medical or related information about people who travel to California for gender-affirming care.

The measure would also prohibit arrests or extraditions of people charged with violating another state’s law that criminalizes allowing a person to receive or provide gender-affirming health care.

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Brad Dacus, president of the conservative nonprofit Pacific Justice Institute, said it would allow parents to bring their children to California “under the guise of securing genital surgeries,” a move he equated to “kidnapping children from conservative states.”

It would “make California a safe haven for child abductors and predators” and “condone the taking of children from other states in violation of court orders,” he warned in a fundraising letter to supporters.

The bill would allow judges to take temporary jurisdiction over any child who comes into California for gender-affirming care even if they are brought in by someone other than their parents, objected Greg Burt of the California Family Council.

He said the bill “declares war on parents throughout the country who don’t want their children sterilized because of their gender dysphoria.”

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Pac-12 football preview: Impact newcomers for each team

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:23

The transfer portal whirled like never before, coaching staffs were turned over in dizzying fashion, and when the movement stopped late this spring, Pac-12 rosters had undergone significant remodeling.

All told, more than 50 transfers are expected to be rotation players across the conference.

Eight teams have new defensive coordinators.

Seven will start quarterbacks who weren’t on campus last fall.

Four have new head coaches.

The Hotline believes all the change warranted further inspection — hence our assessment of the top newcomers for each team.

However, this list has a twist: We did not include head coaches or quarterbacks in order to expose readers to players and coordinators with whom they might not be familiar.

They are listed in alphabetical order (by school), not in order of impact.

Arizona: WR Jacob Cowing (previous school: UTEP). The Wildcats have no shortage of candidates given needs across the depth chart and the roster turnover orchestrated by coach Jedd Fisch. Perimeter playmakers are high on the list, and Cowing’s production for the Miners (69 catches last year) makes him the most likely change agent in the aerial game.

Arizona State: CB Ro Torrance (Auburn). Torrance is well traveled, having played at the junior college level before his one and only season in the SEC. The Sun Devils suffered substantial attrition in the secondary, so any help they receive from newcomers on the back line will be impactful. Torrence is expected to start.

Cal: LB Jackson Sirmon (Washington). The Bears have produced several high-level linebackers in recent years but needed to reload for 2022. Sirmon received honorable mention all-conference recognition for the Huskies, and his father, Peter, calls the plays for Cal. Seems like the stars are aligned for an impact year.

Colorado: offensive coordinator Mike Sanford (Minnesota). CU averaged just 18.8 points per game last season, then made a coordinator change. Sanford’s offense in Minneapolis averaged 25.5 points per game. If his new attack equals the production of his old attack (a 36 percent uptick), the Buffaloes will be delighted.

Oregon: offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham (Florida State). New head coach Dan Lanning is a defensive specialist, and that side of the ball is loaded with talent. As a result, Dillingham is effectively the head coach of the unit that carries the most uncertainty. His work with quarterback Bo Nix will shape the conference race.

Oregon State: TB Jam Griffin (Georgia Tech). The run-heavy Beavers return two rotation players in the backfield but will need depth. We selected Griffin, who rushed for about 400 career yards in the ACC, but considered freshman Damien Martinez. All in all, Oregon State had very little roster or staff turnover. Our options were few.

Stanford DB Patrick Fields (Oklahoma). Rookie edge rusher David Bailey, a four-star recruit from famed Mater Dei HS, received strong consideration before we settled on Fields. Both play positions of significant need, but Fields is the proven commodity after 43 career starts for the Sooners; he also provides flexibility with the ability to play nickel or safety.

UCLA: DL Gabriel and Grayson Murphy (North Texas). The Hotline allowed a two-for-one selection here with the identical twins, who combined for 35.5 tackles-for-loss and 23.5 sacks at UNT. They are listed as linemen but will man the edge for a defense hit hard by attrition. The Bruins have two chances to find one impact player.

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USC: defensive coordinator Alex Grinch (Oklahoma). We considered receiver Jordan Addison and tailback Travis Dye but settled on Grinch because the Trojans will go as their defense goes — not any particular unit but the entirety of it. And Grinch is responsible for orchestrating the needed upgrade. A playoff berth could hinge on the depth of his impact.

Utah: DE Gabe Reid (Stanford). The Utes must replace the best defensive player in the conference (linebacker Devin Lloyd) and one of the top pass rushers (Mika Tafua). They have options for both, but nothing is more valuable than a high-level edge. And Reid has 30.5 tackles-for-loss in his career. Also considered: linebacker Mohamoud Diabate

Washington: LB Cam Bright (Pittsburgh). Bright is one of the most proven commodities to enter the conference, a multi-year starter who served as team captain last season for the ACC champs. But let’s be honest: While they should be solid on the edge, the Huskies need loads of help in the middle of the defense.

Washington State: offensive coordinator Eric Morris (Incarnate Word). Comparable to Oregon’s situation with a new head coach whose background is on defense and a starting quarterback from the transfer portal. But Morris, a disciple of the Aid Raid, spent two years coaching Cam Ward at Incarnate Word. The transition should be smooth.

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Seattle area to see more heat before Labor Day weekend cooldown

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:08

Before more comfortable temperatures arrive for the long weekend, the Seattle area is in for another round of potentially record-breaking hot weather.
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Ravens reportedly expected to sign RB Kenyan Drake

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:03

Running back Kenyan Drake is visiting the Ravens on Tuesday and expected to sign with the team, pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

Drake, 28, became one of the top free agent running backs available after the Las Vegas Raiders released him a week ago. The Ravens, who must cut their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, could be without projected starter J.K. Dobbins (knee) in Week 1. Gus Edwards, who was placed on reserve/physically unable-to-perform list last week, will miss at least four games.

The Ravens were expected to enter their Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Jets with four running backs on their roster. Given Dobbins’ deliberate rehabilitation and the group’s middling preseason performance, that could change. Dobbins would miss at least four games if he’s placed on injured reserve this week. Veteran Justice Hill (2.0 yards per preseason carry) and sixth-round pick Tyler Badie (2.8 yards per carry), both behind Mike Davis on the depth chart, could also be part of the roster churn.

Drake, a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2016, is returning from his own serious injury. He fractured his right ankle in December, and the surgeon who performed the successful surgery told The Athletic that the injury could be “career altering.” Drake played in the Raiders’ first three preseason games, averaging 2.5 yards per carry on 12 attempts.

“I always tell everybody that all broken ankles aren’t the same, but Kenyan had severe ankle injuries on both sides,” said Dr. Norman Waldrop, referring to a left ankle injury Drake suffered at Alabama. “They weren’t just your run-of-the-mill broken ankles; they were pretty severe. … And some players, especially running backs, who rely on explosiveness, you never know if they’ll be able to get it all back.”

Drake, who joined the Raiders in 2021 on a two-year, $11 million deal, had 63 carries for 254 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns last season while adding 30 catches for 291 yards and a score. With projected starter Josh Jacobs and rookie Zamir White headlining a crowded running back room, Drake was released. His $2.5 million base salary is subject to offsets should he sign with the Ravens, meaning his salary cap hit would likely be small.

Drake played in at least 14 games in his first five NFL seasons. He rushed for a career-high 955 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020.

The NFL Network first reported the Ravens’ intentions to sign Drake.

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