Top LA city leader quits over racist remarks

BBC World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 18:00
The ex-council president was taped making offensive comments about a colleague's son and other minorities.
Categories: World News

Researchers reported a staggering decline in wildlife. Here’s how to understand it

Seattle Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:49

It’s clear that wildlife is suffering mightily on our planet, but scientists don’t know exactly how much. A comprehensive figure is exceedingly hard to determine.
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WA GOP briefly hired white nationalist podcaster

Seattle Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:33

A WA GOP spokesperson says the party fired a far-right, Nazi-sympathizing podcaster, briefly hired as a field organizer, after finding out about his views.
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Oregon labor union gives added $1M to Dem governor candidate

Seattle Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:27

Oregon’s largest labor union is contributing an additional $1 million to Democratic candidate Tina Kotek as the race appears to be one of the closest in years.
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Elizabeth Holmes’ sentencing set for next month as prosecution witness fires back

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:27

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, expected to receive a multi-year prison term for felony fraud, has had her sentencing date set for Nov. 18.

Meanwhile, a key prosecution witness at her trial, who showed up at her home in August, has responded to Holmes’ attempt to use that visit as grounds for a new trial, and attacked her for purportedly demanding extensive information from him in advance of what is intended to be a limited hearing next week about his attendance at her home.

After a jury convicted Holmes in January on four counts of defrauding investors out of more than $144 million, Holmes’ sentencing has been delayed twice. She was originally to be sentenced Sept. 26, then the date was pushed to Oct. 17. On Wednesday, Judge Edward Davila in U.S. District Court in San Jose set the new date, with the hearing to start at 10 a.m. in the courtroom where her four-month trial took place.

Holmes, 38, founded the blood-testing startup in 2003.  The company closed in 2018 after a 2015 newspaper exposé led to federal investigations. Holmes in 2018 was banned for 10 years from serving as an officer or director of a public company and agreed to pay a $500,000 fine in a deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The jury acquitted her on charges of defrauding patients.

Legal experts say Holmes, who has a 15-month-old son, is headed for prison, but that Davila may factor the interests of the child into her sentencing.

The disgraced founder has a hearing Oct. 17 on her motion for a new trial based on a visit to her home in August by a key prosecution witness, former Theranos lab director Dr. Adam Rosendorff, whom her defense team has characterized as regretful over his testimony against her. A sworn declaration by Rosendorff filed subsequently in court by prosecutors said he stood by his testimony. Davila emphasized that the hearing, with Rosendorff appearing in court, would be “limited” and he warned a Holmes lawyer it would not be a “fishing expedition.”

On Wednesday, lawyers for Rosendorff said in a court filing that Holmes’ legal team had sent him a subpoena in advance of the hearing. “(Holmes) has sought to transform that limited inquiry into a free-for-all in which Dr. Rosendorff would be required to search through more than a year’s worth of sensitive emails, text messages, and other communications with family, friends, and others so that (Holmes) can try, yet again, to make him look like a liar,” said the filing, which asked Davila to quash the subpoena.

In the filing, Rosendorff’s lawyers also explained why he visited Holmes’ residence. On that day, he went by Theranos’ former headquarters in Palo Alto and the Walgreens drug store in Palo Alto where the startup conducted its first commercial launch, according to the filing.

“The Theranos building had been torn down and a residential development complex built in its place. The Walgreens was gone too, replaced by a rug store,” the filing said. “Dr. Rosendorff wanted to move on too. He suddenly felt that a conversation with (Holmes) was the missing piece. He wanted to be able to forgive her for the pain and suffering her actions have caused in his life. He wanted to be able to express his condolences that her child may grow up without a mother if (she) receives a lengthy prison sentence.”

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Rosendorff became “caught up in the moment,” and, “feeling like he had nothing to lose,” he drove to Holmes’ residence “on a well-known private estate in Woodside” and talked to Holmes’ partner Billy Evans, according to the filing. Rosendorff does not recall saying, as Evans said in a memo filed in court, that he felt guilty or that prosecutors in Holmes’ trial “made things sound worse than they were,” the filing claimed. And those alleged statements “do not accurately describe” how he felt the day of his visit or in the present, the filing claimed.

Rosendorff’s visit also prompted Holmes’ co-accused, former Theranos chief operating officer Sunny Balwani, to seek a new trial. Balwani was found guilty in July on 12 counts of defrauding patients and investors, after a trial that featured testimony against him by Rosendorff. In a motion last week, Balwani claimed Rosendorff’s purported statements to Evans “conflict with Dr. Rosendorf’s testimony at Mr. Balwani’s trial.” On Tuesday, Davila denied Balwani’s motion for a new trial, saying, “none of Dr. Rosendorff’s statements to Mr. Evans pertained to Mr. Balwani’s trial.”


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Los Gatos district pays $3.5 million to woman over sexual abuse by ex-coach

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:21

LOS GATOS — A school district will pay nearly $3.5 million to a woman who claimed that Los Gatos High School officials ignored and in some instances challenged reports that she was being sexually exploited by a former track coach starting in the late-1990s.

The plaintiff, referred to as Jane Doe in court filings, sued the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District last year, after she participated in the investigation of Chioke “Chee” Robinson, who is currently being prosecuted for more than a dozen felony charges alleging that he serially sexually abused five female student athletes at multiple South Bay schools, including Los Gatos High, between 1998 and 2011.

At the time of Doe’s lawsuit, Robinson was contesting the accusations in criminal court. His former boss, renowned track coach Willie Harmatz, disputed the lawsuit’s assertions that he ignored athletes’ accounts of the sexual misconduct for which Robinson is now facing trial.

But a district statement, in the wake of the $3.485 million settlement with Doe, appears to lay to rest any dispute that her abuse occurred.

“A settlement agreement has been reached with the victim of sexual abuse committed more than 20 years ago by former Los Gatos High School coach Chioke Robinson,” the statement reads. “Hopefully, this mutually acceptable settlement agreement will help bring closure for everyone involved in this unfortunate situation.”

Robinson and Harmatz were dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit in May in the lead-up to the district settlement, which first took shape in August. Doe sued the district under Assembly Bill 218, which extended the state’s statute of limitations for litigation against schools and youth organizations for mishandling and covering up sexual misconduct. The law, which took effect in 2020, expires at the end of this year.

Doe claimed in the suit that Robinson began “grooming” her in 1999, when she joined the Los Gatos High girls track team as a 14-year-old freshman. Within a year, the suit alleged, Robinson was kissing her and making sexual contact. She added that Robinson eventually forced her into oral sex and intercourse with him in the high school’s track and field shed.

In a statement Tuesday, Doe continued to criticize administrators for not firing Robinson in 1999, when Los Gatos police investigated him after her mother found a discarded pregnancy test and sexually explicit letters written by Robinson to the girl.

“Even after other students told the school they had seen Robinson kissing me and engaging in sexual acts with me, the school allowed him to continue coaching,” Doe said. “They cared more about the track team winning than protecting students.”

Doe said her Olympic dreams were ruined by the experience, which made her quit the team as a junior.

“I had a lot of friends but Robinson took control of my life by alienating me from my family and friends,” Doe said in her statement. “It happened very quickly – everyone you know becomes a stranger because you’re no longer a part of them and they’re no longer a part of you. So then it was just him.”

Doe’s attorney, Lauren Cerri, stressed that administrators and coaches had opportunities to stop Doe’s abuse early on, and said the amount of the settlement should send a strong message to school districts.

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“Students said they saw it with their own eyes, but he still continued for years. It was so easily preventable,” Cerri said. “And it’s still happening despite these verdicts and settlements.”

In its statement, the district said “it works closely with students and staff to ensure that safety policies and procedures are in place to educate and prevent such actions from occurring in the future.”

The district is facing at least one other lawsuit related to sexual abuse involving Robinson: Heather Hennessy also sued the district last year with a similar account of being groomed and exploited by Robinson, both at Archbishop Mitty High School and Los Gatos High, after the two changed schools at the same time. Hennessy’s allegations, which overlap in time with Doe’s, include the claim that she brought up her concerns about Robinson at Los Gatos, but was told to train on the other side of the track from him.

Robinson’s trial is set to start in November, according to court records. He was arrested in 2019 after a San Jose Police Department investigation, which included Doe as a primary witness. In the two decades prior, Robinson worked at Piedmont Hills High School and Mitty in San Jose, at Los Gatos High, and most recently at San Francisco State University.

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Preview: ‘Wild Hearts’ is a ‘Princess Mononoke’ take on the monster hunting genre

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:20

When I heard that Electronic Arts was publishing a new hunting game, I immediately thought camo, Bowie knife and hunting rifle. I expected something akin to “Deer Hunter.” What the company showed and what I played was completely different.

The reason for that is “Wild Hearts” is developed by Koei Tecmo’s Omega Force. The Japanese team is known more for “Dynasty Warriors” and efforts in that mold. It’s not exactly “Big Buck Hunter” from the arcades. In fact, the new project is different from anything that EA and Koei Tecmo has done before.

It’s a fresh take on a genre that Capcom’s “Monster Hunter” has carved out and dominated. Other developers such as Phoenix Labs’ “Dauntless” and Shift’s “God Eater” series have tried their hand to capture the magic of taking down giant creatures, and they’ve added their own tweaks to the formula. The issue is that they didn’t go far enough to establish their own identity.

That’s what “Wild Hearts” is different. The game takes place in the land of Azuma, which is heavily influenced by Japan. The area is fantastical with four realms that are based on the four seasons. There’s a secluded summer island, a war-torn autumn stage and a winter realm with a castle split in two. Lastly, there’s a blooming spring area.

Ragetail in Wild HeartsRagetail in “Wild Hearts” is a giant rat with a budding fruit at the end of its tail. (Electronic Arts) 
These four zones are enormous open worlds that are full of creatures called Kemono. They come in all shapes in sizes but they’re based on creatures from the natural world. The small ones such as frogs and deer are easy to handle, but the larger monstrosities such as the Ragetail, Sapscourge and Kingtusk are another story.

They’re enormous, and in the case of the Kingtusk, players can climb on the side of it. They’re the targets that players must hunt down and they’re comparable to a Rathalos or Rajang in “Monster Hunter” albeit the monster design has a distinct flair that matches the tone and theme of the world. It’s almost like a riff on “Princess Mononoke.”

These monsters are enormous versions of animals, but they’re infused with nature. In the case of the Ragetail, it’s an enormous rat with giant berry at the end of its tail. The Sapscourge is an almost unrecognizeable tanuki, or raccoon, which is covered in orange tree sap and has ferns covering its face. Lastly, the Kingtusk is a boar that seems to command plant growth at will. When it becomes enraged, its face glows with fire.

Kingtusk in Wild HeartsThe Kingtusk in “Wild Hearts” is a giant boar that can control nature and has flames coming out of it when it’s enraged. (Electronic Arts) 
They all exist in an open world that’s full of valleys, caves, hills and streams. The terrain is diverse and sprawling with nooks and crannies to explore. Getting around and battling them would be difficult but that’s where Karakuri comes in.

Early on, the protagonist stumbles upon a special box and that endows the hero with the ability to summon these wood tools out of thin air. They’re fueled by a resource called Karakuri thread that can be mined from rocks or harvested from plants. Players can build Karakuri structures until the threads run out, but since they’re harvested fairly easily and they’re everywhere, players don’t have to worry about scarcity.

Karakuri structures start off simple. Players start off with boxes and they can clamber up them to reach higher ledges on cliffs. When facing monsters, players can stack them up to three boxes high almost like building structures in “Fortnite” and use them for cover, but the smart move is to climb the top in order to catapult up for a powerful diving attack.

When facing the Kingtusk, players can build multiple boxes and form a bulwark. This protects hunters from the charging boar. It even repels it so hard that it falls on its back, opening it up for attacks.

Karakuri devices in Wild HeartsKarakuri structures in “Wild Hearts” can be built for battle or traversing terrain. The Flying Vine is especially useful as it lets players create zip lines for use over the world. (Electronic Arts) 
Although they’re helpful in battle, Katakuri also has uses outside of that. Players can build Karakuri Flying Vine, a ballista of sorts that shoots a harpoon to create zip lines to faraway areas. This helps players traverse the terrain quickly. They can also set up camps in different parts of the world that allow them to rest and adjust their starting point if they die during a hunt. What’s notable is that all these objects are permanent unless a creature destroys them.

The one element that determines how much players can build in a specific area is a dragon pool. They appear to limit how many objects a player can build in an area but it can likely be expanded.

From the three hours I played, this gameplay mechanic makes “Wild Hearts” stand out from the action role-playing game crowd. It adds a different strategic element to hunts as there’s a different flow to confrontations. Karakuri structures can create openings for attacks or they can be used for evasion. The one issue is that building them while under duress can be stressful. Sometimes boxes don’t stack the right way to build a bulwark, or in a panicked fight, one can build the wrong structure and end up getting hit.

The building part can also be more chaotic when up to three players are battling the same Kemono online. The difficulty of the creature scales up with more players entering the fray.

Frost wolf in Wild HeartsUp to three players can take on Kemono in “Wild Hearts” and the ability to create Karakuri can create a bit of chaos during the fray. (Electronic Arts) 
Players do have more manueverability in a fight. They can jump away or head to higher ground. They can also run and slide or roll away from an attack. Players will have to read a Kemono’s attack pattern to figure out the right course of action and what Karakuri to build.

“Wild Hearts” includes a lock on, but “Monster Hunter” vets will find that doing without it is better. Kemono’s have weak spots. With the Ragetail, it’s the tail that can be cut off. With the Sapscourge, players can smash its face and knock the ferns blocking the tanuki’s face. On the Kingtusk, players should aim for the open sores on its body or its tusks. Similar to “Monster Hunter,” hitting these points will knock off the parts and players can carve them up for resources.

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Those resources in turn are used to create better gear and weapons. Speaking of that, players will find eight weapon types. I tried out the Karakuri Katana, a large sword called the Nodachi and a giant Maul. They’re all distinct with the katana having quick attacks that powers up so that the sword turns into a whiplike blade played with its stronger strikes. The large Nodachi sword is slower but deals more damage, and when combined with a slide or jump, players have surprising though unwieldy mobility. Lastly, the Maul also deals big damage but again it’s on the slow side with a wild whirlwind, hammerthrowish attack similar to one seen in “Monster Hunter.”

There’s an umbrella weapon called the Bladed Wagasa, but I didn’t try out, but it does seem promising. Lastly, a Bow is available but it’s not really my style of combat. Wielding these weapons feels a bit more combo-heavy and more like something out of “Dynasty Warriors.” It doesn’t have the granularity of “Monster Hunter” combat. There’s more of an uncontrolled momentum to the strikes like the character is going through a combo animation rather than each button feeling like a swing.

It’s not bad. “Wild Hearts” combat feels different, or one could say it’s distinct. The game like the rest of the project has a unique identity that makes it one of the most promising titles scheduled to come out next year. Players can see for themselves when “Wild Hearts” releaseds Feb. 16, 2023, on PC, Xbox Series X and Series S and PlayStation 5.

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Biden Administration to Expel Thousands of Venezuelan Migrants to Mexico

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:15
The United States also announced a narrow humanitarian parole program that would allow some Venezuelans a legal path into the country.
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The 2022 Living Planet Index Is Out. Here’s How to Understand It.

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:14
The latest update to an important assessment found that populations had declined by an average of 69 percent since 1970. But that might not mean what you think.
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Opinion: China had a system. Then along came Xi

CNN World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:12
Every decade or so, China's political system is wrenched by change. Some of these events are headline-grabbing -- the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 or the brutal crushing of the Falun Gong spiritual movement in 1999.
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Ethiopia's civil war: Inside Tigray's capital Mekelle

BBC World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:11
As the war in Ethiopia's Tigray region intensifies, the BBC gets an exclusive report from its main city.
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Prison inmate accused of orchestrating $11M fraud using cell cellphone

The Register - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:10
Judge rejects defense effort to toss warrantless device search on privacy grounds

A man already behind bars in the US has been charged with orchestrating an $11 million scam from his cell using a hidden … cellphone.…

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San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 17:00
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Just like other similar services, you have a decent discount as a first time customer – about 10%, but it may change. You get money back for referrals as well, so if you are happy with it, you can recommend the service to your colleagues. We believe it is a pretty good idea to reduce your expenses.

Services are not very well detailed, and we find this a bit confusing. Sure, when you complete the form for a quote, you can choose between dozens of different types of papers. Prices will also change accordingly.

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From a moral point of view, professors obviously want you to do such papers yourself. But whether you also have to work, you have a family, you forgot about it, or you simply find it too difficult, ordering essays online is legal. Of course, professors will reject your work if they know where you got it from.

Why should I use a cheap essay service instead of AI writing tool?

Artificial intelligence has become extremely useful lately. There are various programs and applications for writing essays from scratch. You only need to provide a few details about what you want. But… There is always a but. AI is artificial intelligence and not a human brain.

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While you can, indeed, try out AI programs and see how they work, we believe a human brain will be able to do a significantly better job. There are small particularities that no robot can do by itself, hence the necessity of a person. Also, unless you get an expensive tool, anyone will be able to tell the difference.

How much should I pay someone to write an essay?

Choosing the best website to buy essays depends on more factors, and the actual price is one of them. You do not want to spend a fortune, but at the same time, a super cheap service costing below the market is likely to provide a cheap result too. After all, you get what you pay for.

The above mentioned websites charge about $10 per page for a college essay, with slight differences between them. It is an average market price, and more importantly, you get good quality standards. But then, the price is not the only thing that matters.

Check out samples and reviews as well, only to ensure your project is in good hands. We also recommend hiring a service as soon as you get the assignment. The shorter the deadline is, the more it will cost you.

Can teachers tell if you paid someone to write your paper?

Teachers are not dumb, and they know more and more students would rather research the best website to buy college papers than the actual paper. Sometimes, they can tell the difference. Other times, they cannot. They have years or decades of experience, so they are aware of what most students can do.

If your grades have always been average, and you suddenly come up with an essay that looks like it was written by a Nobel Prize winner, something is definitely fishy. Some teachers may choose to go the extra mile and test you out by asking specific questions about the essay.

Therefore, we recommend going through the paper before submitting it. You need to know what it is about and what kind of details it includes, only to prevent such issues. No one can prove anything if you know everything in the paper.




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China-Taiwan: Can a tech billionaire create a civilian fighting force?

BBC World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:56
Robert Tsao, 75, has pledged a billion Taiwan dollars to train citizens to resist a Chinese invasion.
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Sandy Hook Families Win $1 Billion From Alex Jones

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:56
The Sandy Hook families leveraged personal stories, social media analysis and the Infowars fabulist’s lack of contrition to secure a major verdict.
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West vows to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:54

By Adam Schreck and Hanna Arhirova | Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine — Unbowed Western powers pledged to supply Ukraine with more potent air defense systems following a furious barrage of retaliatory Russian missile strikes, including one that temporarily knocked Europe’s biggest nuclear plant off the invaded country’s electrical grid Wednesday.

The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant suffered a “blackout” when a missile damaged a distant electrical substation, Ukraine’s state nuclear operator said. The power loss increased the risk of a radiation emergency because the plant needs electricity to prevent its reactors from overheating.

Energoatom said the external power source was repaired after about eight hours and that the plant’s emergency diesel generators — which rely on uncertain fuel deliveries in the war zone — provided backup in the meantime, but a similarly hazardous interruption could happen at any time.

“Russia has seized the plant and is not taking any steps to deescalate. On the contrary, it is shelling important infrastructure daily,” the company’s press service told The Associated Press.
Hundreds of cities and towns across Ukraine lost electricity after Russia launched a wide-ranging missile assault Monday in retaliation for a truck bomb explosion that damaged a bridge linking Russia with the Crimean Peninsula, which it annexed in 2014.

With repairs to the grid still in progress, Ukraine’s prime minister asked people to reduce evening energy consumption by 25% and prepare for winter by keeping essentials such as warm clothes, candles, flashlights and batteries ready.

As the barrage that killed dozens of Ukrainians this week continued, Ukraine’s Western allies met at NATO headquarters in Brussels to calibrate their response.

U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Ukraine wants its Western partners to provide it with a complete air defense system to contend with Russian warplanes and missiles. Milley spoke to reporters after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, about 50 nations that meet regularly to assess Kyiv’s needs and drum up equipment.

“What Ukraine is asking for, and what we think can be provided, is an integrated air missile defense system. So that doesn’t control all the airspace over Ukraine, but they’re designed to control priority targets that Ukraine needs to protect,” Milley told reporters.

Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, said the meeting was “historic” because decisions to close the sky for Ukraine were being made there. Ukraine has put a priority on bucking up its air defenses, but NATO member nations have worried how to do that without triggering a wider war in Europe.

Zelenskyy’s office said Moscow’s retaliatory strikes killed at least 14 people and wounded 34 over the last day in the Zaporizhzhia region and the Donetsk region to the east. At least 19 died in Monday’s opening onslaught, including five in Kyiv.

A day after Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced the arrival of the first of Germany’s four promised IRIS-T air defense systems, the defense minister of the Netherlands said her country would deliver $14.5 million worth of air defense missiles in light of Russia’s latest attacks.

“These attacks reinforce the government’s belief that they can only be answered with unwavering support for Ukraine and its people,” Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongreher said. “The Netherlands, like our partners, will not be intimidated by Russia.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a television interview Wednesday evening, promised prompt delivery of more cannons and also anti-aircraft systems and missiles.

The U.S. is expected to deliver two advanced NASAMs anti-aircraft systems in the coming weeks.

The nuclear scare and pledges of more Western support came amid a flurry of developments in Russia’s 7 1/2-month-old invasion.

Moscow’s main domestic security agency said it arrested eight people — five Russians and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia — over the blast on the Kerch bridge between Russia and Crimea. A truck loaded with explosives blew up while driving across the bridge Saturday, killing four people and causing sections of road to collapse, Russian officials said.

The span opened four years after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, serving as a symbol of Moscow’s regional dominance as well as a crucial route for military supplies for its troops in Ukraine and for Russians traveling to a popular vacation destination.

The Federal Security Service, known by the Russian-language acronym FSB, alleged the detained suspects acted on orders of Ukraine’s military intelligence to secretly move the explosives into Russia using forged documents.

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Yusov denied the accusation that his country was involved, telling reporters, “The entire activity of the FSB and the Investigative Committee is nonsense.”

Zelenskyy’s office said in a morning update that strikes on central and western parts of Ukraine had ceased but Russian shelling and attacks involving drones, heavy artillery and missiles continued in eight southeast regions.

More than a dozen missiles were fired at the city of Zaporizhzhia and its suburbs, damaging residential buildings. Part of a larger eponymous region that Moscow has illegally annexed, the city remains in Ukrainian hands while Russian forces control the area where the nuclear plant is located.

In Nikopol, a city of 104,000 across the Dnieper River from the plant, three people were gravely wounded, including a 6-year-old girl. Over 30 multistory residential buildings were damaged, as as well as private houses and schools, Ukrainian authorities said.

Rafael Grossi, the head of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, said the loss of external power at the nuclear plant for the second time in five days again exposed “how precarious the situation is,” and he pleaded again for a security zone around the plant.

All six of the Zaporizhzhia reactors were stopped earlier due to the war. But they still require electricity to prevent them and their spent fuel rods from overheating to the point of a meltdown that could release radiation into the atmosphere of Ukraine and potentially other European countries, including Russia.

In the Donetsk region, Russian tanks shelled the city of Avdiivka, damaging residential buildings and a market. Seven people were killed and eight wounded, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Zelenskyy’s office, said via Telegram, posting photos of bodies on the ground by a kiosk with potatoes and bread on the counter.

Before the bombardment of the last three days, Russian forces over the last month had lost ground to a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east and south, drawing criticism from hawkish commentators in Russia.

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Earlier Wednesday, Ukraine’s southern command said its forces recaptured five settlements in the southern Kherson region, on the western fringe of an arc of Russian-controlled territory in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Near the southern city of Mykolaiv, Ukrainian forces shot down nine Iranian Shahed-136 drones and destroyed eight Kalibr cruise missiles, the presidential office said.

Yuras Karmanau in Tallinn, Estonia, and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.

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‘Desperation’: Child care struggle worsens in rural U.S.

Seattle Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:54

Across the United States, from Oregon to New York, demand for child care far exceeds supply.
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Kanye West professed love for Hitler and the Nazis in a 2018 TMZ rant, podcaster says

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:48

Kanye West’s recent antisemitic comments don’t surprise podcaster Van Lathan, who said on his Higher Learning show Tuesday that he heard the rap mogul profess his love for Hitler and the Nazis in comments that were edited out of his notorious 2018 rant on TMZ in which he also declared that slavery was “a choice.”

Lathan is the TMZ staffer who famously called out West for his slavery comment. Lathan shared his experience with West as the rapper and fashion designer has been dominating the news cycle for his offensive, headline-grabbing behavior during Paris Fashion Week. West capped a turbulent week with his antisemitic tweet on Saturday when he threatened to go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE.”

Back in 2018, West allegedly said he “loved Hitler and the Nazis,” Lathan said. The rapper, also known as Ye, participated in a 2018 TMZ interview to discuss his controversial support for President Donald Trump, his reasons for wearing a MAGA hat and his right to be a free thinker.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?” West said in a rant that became increasingly unhinged. “That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

Lathan, who worked for TMZ until 2019 and now hosts the Higher Learning podcast for The Ringer network, said West’s additional remarks to the gossip site foreshadowed his recent antisemitic statements on social media.

To rebuke West’s slavery comment and to highlight his ignorance of history, Lathan said he brought up the Holocaust. In response, West allegedly said he “loved Hitler and the Nazis.”

Because of that declaration, Lathan said it didn’t shock him to hear that West harbors antisemitic views.

“I’ve already heard him say that stuff before,” Lathan said on his podcast. “I mean, I was taken aback because that type of antisemitic talk is disgusting. But … I knew that that was in him because when came to TMZ, he said that stuff and they took it out of the interview.

“If you look at what I said at TMZ, it goes from me saying like, ‘Hey Kanye, there’s real-life, real-world implication to everything that you just said there.’ What I say after that — if I can remember, it’s been a long time — was, ’12 million people actually died because of Nazism and Hitler and all of that stuff,’ and then I move on to talk about what he said about slavery.”

Lathan believes the reason TMZ removed the Hitler and Nazi comments is because “it wouldn’t have made sense unless they kept in Kanye saying he loved Hitler and the Nazis … He said something like, ‘I love Hitler, I love Nazis.’ Something to that effect.”

A Jewish staff member at TMZ challenged West over his Hitler and Nazi comments, Lathan added. “One of the producers at TMZ actually stood up and said, ‘I’m Jewish and that is offensive to me what you just said,’” he recalled.

Lathan’s claim comes after West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were restricted on Sunday because of his antisemitic posts.

In a text conversation with Diddy that West shared on Instagram, he said that Diddy was being turned against him by Jewish people after the mogul criticized the “White Lives Matter” shirt he wore on the catwalk during his Yeezy fashion show.

West’s “death con 3” tweet, an apparent referred to Defcon, the U.S. military’s defense readiness system, was later deleted, but the rapper also said: “The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also[.] You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

West reportedly made more antisemitic comments during an appearance on LeBron James’ YouTube series The Shop earlier this week, resulting in the episode being pulled, reported. 

“Kanye was booked weeks ago and, after talking to Kanye directly the day before we taped, I believed he was capable of a respectful discussion and he was ready to address all his recent comments,” The Shop CEO Maverick Carter said in a statement. “Unfortunately, he used The Shop to reiterate more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes.”

“We have made the decision not to air this episode or any of Kanye’s remarks,” Carter said. “While The Shop embraces thoughtful discourse and differing opinions, we have zero tolerance for hate speech of any kind and will never allow our channels to be used to promote hate.”

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A Revealing Racist Rant in L.A.

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:42
America is getting less white. That doesn’t mean it’s becoming less racist.
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Bay Area real estate agent claims Redfin fired her for reporting sexual harassment

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 16:41

A Bay Area real estate agent claims in a new lawsuit that real estate giant Redfin fired her for reporting that a photographer for the company sexually harassed her.

The company has denied liability.

Rebecca Molano alleges that the photographer made sexual advances and sexual comments to her, and touched her shoulder and breast, when they worked together in March. “Molano felt violated and feared for her safety,” the wrongful-termination lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco County Superior Court against Seattle-based Redfin claims.

Molano reported the “traumatic sexual harassment” to a local manager and the company’s human resources department, and provided statements for an internal investigation, the suit alleges.

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Redfin found that the photographer “engaged in sexually harassing behavior” but “failed to discipline him in any manner,” the suit claims. Company officials told Molano that since the man had already finished the photo job, it was “unlikely” she would have to work with him again, the suit alleges. Molano gave notice to Redfin that she was resigning over the company’s purported failure to “meaningfully respond to her complaints regarding workplace sexual harassment,” and Redfin responded by firing her, the suit alleges.

Redfin denied liability and said it would fight the lawsuit. “Redfin has zero tolerance for sexual assault, harassment and discrimination,” the company said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “We invest heavily to create a safe workplace. Beyond that, we can’t comment on personnel matters, except to confirm that Ms. Molano resigned her position in May.”

Molano, a listing agent, had several open contracts when she was terminated, and received no compensation or referral fees for them, her suit claims. She is seeking compensation and unspecified damages.

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