The House chaplain has staged an emergency prayer-intervention in Congress to cast out the “spirits of darkness” he blames for the turmoil that seized the chamber during the vote to condemn the president’s tweets for ‘racism.’ Read Full Article at
The House chaplain has staged an emergency prayer-intervention in Congress to cast out the “spirits of darkness” he blames for the turmoil that seized the chamber during the vote to condemn the president’s tweets for ‘racism.’ Read Full Article at
Facebook has amassed a list of swear words believed to be the world’s largest, after trawling billions of posts for hate speech left it with a compendium of profanities in almost every language.The social media network – with more than 2.3 billion
'Facebook has amassed a list of swear words believed to be the world’s largest, after trawling billions of posts for hate speech left it with a compendium of profanities in almost every language.The social media network – with more than 2.3 billion users – has long struggled to moderate the torrent of new content it publishes every day. It now deploys a combination of artificial intelligence and 15,000 human reviewers to block anything “that describes or negatively targets people with slurs”.In doing so, however, it has generated an immense list of foul language which its human “reviewers” can refer to in order to enforce what Facebook calls its “community standards”.The list’s existence was confirmed to The Telegraph by a Facebook source, who added that it would never be made public “to avoid people gaming the system by misspelling the word in a way that it is still recognizable…”\t\tEarlier this year, Mike Schroepfer, the Facebook chief technology officer, told a conference that the network was engaged in “an intensely adversarial game” when it came to moderating content. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Memes, images and slang have presented challenges to its attempts to regulate posts, and led to tortuous definitions about what does and does not constitute “hate speech.” Currently it is defined as a “direct attack on people based on ‘protected characteristics’ – race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability.”The site bans reference or comparison to “insects and animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior”. But it accepts that the concept of offensive material is slippery – for example, in the way some slurs are adopted by their subjects and “used self-referentially or in an empowering way”. It is not just words. The site has developed a large-scale machine learning system named Rosetta to scan text embedded in pictures posted by users. This works by deploying sophisticated analysis of the picture alongside its text, to detect whether the “meaning” conveyed by the two in combination is offensive or not. Rosetta is currently thought to be evaluating more than 1 billion images each day. But Facebook concedes that scanning text in videos present significant challenges. In the first quarter of 2019, the site said it took action on 4 million pieces of content, up from 2.5 million in the same period of 2018. Of those, it intervened before users reported any offence in 65 per cent of cases, up from 38 per cent in the similar period in 2018. “Violating material” that is not found before users spot it is passed to 15,000 or so moderators – native language speakers who, the source said, “collectively speak almost every language widely used”, and work in more than 20 locations, including America and Ireland, Germany, the Philippines and Spain.'
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Police Board has fired four police officers for covering up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in 2016 accused Sgt. Stephen Franko and
'CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Police Board has fired four police officers for covering up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in 2016 accused Sgt. Stephen Franko and officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes of either giving or approving knowingly false statements in an effort to have the shooting of the 17-year-old McDonald by Jason Van Dyke deemed justified. None of the four were charged criminally, however they were stripped of police powers and assigned to desk duty as their case proceeded. A Cook County judge acquitted three other officers in January of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and official misconduct charges in the case. Van Dyke was convicted of murder in October. He’s serving a more than six-year prison term.'
As Sen. Dianne Feinstein chastises Chevron Corp. for an 800,000-gallon oil spill near Bakersfield, California officials confirm more leaking.
'As Sen. Dianne Feinstein chastises Chevron Corp. for an 800,000-gallon oil spill near Bakersfield, California officials confirm more leaking.'
The attack happened near Riegelman Boardwalk East and Brighton 6th Street in Coney Island back on July 9.
'NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for the man who allegedly killed a stranger with a single punch for no reason. Investigators say a shirtless man punched 52-year-old Dimitry Goldfarb in the face so hard, the blow killed him. The attack happened near Riegelman Boardwalk East and Brighton 6th Street in Coney Island back on July 9. Shirtless suspect seen after deadly attack on Brooklyn man. (Credit: NYPD) Goldfarb was rushed to Lutheran Hospital and then was later transferred to Bellevue Hospital, but doctors at both hospitals couldn’t save the sucker-punch victim. The suspect seen in surveillance video is described as a white man in his 30s, about 6-feet tall and was last seen wearing gray shorts and black sneakers. He was seen walking with a woman fleeing northbound on Brighton 6th Street at the time of the attack. Anyone with any information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.'
Trying to protect a slim one-run advantage with a pair of runners on base, Athletics manager Bob Melvin turned to his bullpen with one out in the seventh inning, summoning reliever Yusmeiro Petit. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, in turn, pulled back
'Trying to protect a slim one-run advantage with a pair of runners on base, Athletics manager Bob Melvin turned to his bullpen with one out in the seventh inning, summoning reliever Yusmeiro Petit. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, in turn, pulled back Jake Cave from the on-deck circle and sent Eddie Rosario up to the plate to pinch hit. Advantage, Twins. Rosario, as he has shown throughout his career, has a flair for the dramatic. And he sure provided the drama on Thursday night, smacking a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw all night to give the Twins the lead back in their 6-3 win over the Athletics in the series opener at Target Field. As soon as he hit it, Rosario stopped for a second to watch it fly out of the park before throwing his bat down and looking toward a fired-up Twins dugout. The Target Field crowd, which hadn’t had much reason to get loud earlier in the game, arose. Rosario was called out for a curtain call and serenaded once more as he jogged out to left field for the top of the eighth inning. The home run, along with a two-inning Taylor Rogers save, insurance home runs in the eighth from Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron, and a quality start from Kyle Gibson, helped the Twins stave off their fourth straight loss. The Twins (55-42), who once had a much more comfortable lead in their division at 11½ games in early June, were in danger of seeing that number slip all the way down to three on Thursday. Rosario ensured that didn’t happen. He also ensured that Gibson, who pitched very well in his seven-inning outing, walked away a winner. Gibson gave up just three runs in his start, one coming in the fourth on a Khris Davis RBI double. Marwin Gonzalez, in left field, helped prevent more damage later that inning, racing back toward the wall and timing his leap perfectly to save another run. The only other runs Gibson gave up came in the sixth inning on a Jurickson Profar home run, giving the Athletics (59-36) a lead that stood until Rosario walked to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTwins designate pitcher Matt Magill for assignment\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTwins implode in late innings of embarrassing 14-4 loss to Mets\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tWATCH: With one plate appearance, Twins rookie Luis Arraez proves future is bright\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTwins fall in series opener to Mets despite rally in 9th inning\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tTwins get C.J. Cron, Eddie Rosario back from injured list, lose Byron Buxton'
Organizers of the annual New York City triathlon said Thursday that the race scheduled for this weekend is canceled because of the near-100 degree temps expected in the city on race day. The triathlon — which would have featured nearly 4,000
'Organizers of the annual New York City triathlon said Thursday that the race scheduled for this weekend is canceled because of the near-100 degree temps expected in the city on race day. The triathlon — which would have featured nearly 4,000 athletes — was slated for Sunday in the city, when the mercury is expected..'
A true, all-new Chevrolet Corvette is a rare occurrence. Throughout the brand's history, Corvettes typically have gone many years between dramatic overhauls, punctuated by a mid-cycle update that..
'Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. A true, all-new Chevrolet Corvette is a rare occurrence. Throughout the brand's history , Corvettes typically have gone many years between dramatic overhauls, punctuated by a mid-cycle update that freshens the exterior and interior while continuing to use the core mechanical bones. The unveiling of the 2020 Corvette Stingray marks a bold, new chapter, with the iconic sports car moving from a front-engine design for the first time in its long, storied history. That is: The first time in production. Experimental race cars and concept cars wearing the Corvette moniker have tried placing the engine behind the driver many times, dating back to the 1960s. Now, Chevrolet has done it, shifting its traditional sports car into the realm of exotic supercars. “The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout,” GM President Mark Reuss explained in a statement. This means a completely fresh look, with a design more akin to a Ford GT or even a Ferrari than anything in Chevrolet’s production history. A large V8 engine has been placed behind the driver. And there is no more manual transmission. My, how things have changed. Production for the eighth-generation Corvette (aka C8) will begin at the Bowling Green, Ky., factory in late 2019. Here’s what we know so far: Outside This is a radical new look for Corvette, and historic design cues are quite limited. The Stingray badge and Corvette logo are evolutionary. The windshield, roof, and door glass shapes look familiar. But that’s about it. Instead, we have a car with clear mid-engine proportions. The short, sloped hood looks more Acura NSX than traditional ‘Vette. There is deep sculpting on the doors. Perhaps that’s a reminder of the coves on late 1950s and early 1960s Corvettes, but that’s a stretch. Now, that sculpting is functional, pushing air to the rear engine compartment and brakes where it’s needed to help cool things down. The cabin is positioned forward and it looks to be tight, with much of the car’s visual weight taken by the large rear section where the eight-cylinder engine resides. The high, crisp edge to the rear fenders is evocative of the current car. Ultimately, these proportions clearly signal a dramatic change in the car. The dimensions have also changed a bit, with the C8 stretching 5.4 inches longer than the outgoing C7 and 2.2 inches wider. It weighs about 70 lbs. more, as well. Where the glass back hatch on past Corvettes revealed the large cargo space, the rear hatch on the new car showcases the engine. Again, there are four exhaust outlets, but they are no longer grouped in the center, under the license plate, as they are on the current car. 2020 Corvette C8 2019 Corvette C7 Length 182.3 176.9 Width 76.1 73.9 Height 48.6 48.8 Wheelbase 107.2 106.7 Weight 3,366 3,298 Inside The interior is intimate, with a large center console separating the driver and passenger. As in the current car, this creates a narrow space for each, evocative of a fighter plane cockpit. On the current car, the thick tunnel houses the driveshaft that connects the powertrain to the rear wheels. Now a tunnel serves as the car’s backbone, creating a stiff foundation. That increased rigidity is meant to help with the suspension tuning. This also enables the car to use narrower door sills than some rival supercars, making it easier to get in and out—a challenging feat with the current car. There are three seat options, ranging from leather-trimmed buckets with two-way lumbar adjustments up to track-focused, body-hugging seats with carbon-fiber trim. The C8 will have memory functions for both driver and passenger seat to save preferred settings. The steering wheel has a flat bottom—a squared-off design that is often used in race cars. A heated steering wheel will be offered. The instrument panel is a 12-inch customizable screen. The car has six driver-adjustable modes: Weather, Tour, Sport, Track, MyMode (customizable), and Z Mode (further customizable, with a name that draws from famed past performance packages). Center stage is Chevrolet’s next-generation infotainment system with a higher-resolution display. Among its tricks is natural voice recognition with the ability to learn. Two Bose audio systems will be offered. A Performance Data Recorder can capture track performance and film highlights. Further, it can be used like a dash cam that records video whenever the car is running, and there is a mode to record what’s going on when the car is in Valet mode, just in case. The Corvette has been known since its 1997 C5 version for its unusually large cargo storage for a sports car. But now, due to its design change, the C8 does not have one large compartment. Instead, there is storage up front and in the rear. Chevrolet claims that the C8 holds 12.6 cubic feet of cargo combined, and that it can transport two sets of golf clubs—that’s long been a distinguishing Corvette feature. What Drives It With this redesign, it would be natural to expect Chevrolet would replace the tried-and-true V8 with a turbocharged engine or even one with a hybrid assist. But this is one place that the C8 remains true to its Corvette core and heritage. Under the rear glass hatch is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 495 horsepower, up 35 from the 2019 model, and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the most power for a base Corvette engine in history. And it is likely just the start, as higher-performance versions are inevitable. The transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. There is no manual transmission. This transmission is set up for quick gear shifts, with an aggressive first gear and tall seventh and eighth gears to help improve fuel economy. The powertrain enables the quickest 0-60-mph time for any base Corvette; Chevrolet claims the sprint can be made in under 3 seconds with the Z51 performance package. The Z51 also brings a sportier suspension setup, enhanced engine cooling, more aggressive axle ratio, and upgraded exhaust. (For comparison, Chevrolet claims the current car races 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds when equipped with the Z51 package.) For the record, we got 4.3 with our 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51. CR’s Take Times change and eventually, so does even the Corvette. This is a complete reimagining of an iconic sports car. Frankly, it was needed. The current Corvette is very impressive. It is a high-tech sports car, with quick reflexes, sure-footed ability to take sharp corners, and prodigious power. Plus, it’s livable, with decent ride comfort for the class, impressive fuel economy, and weekend-ready cargo space. But the 2019 model is truly just an evolution of the 1997 C5. Even by Corvette standards, that is a long time without a proper redo. This ground-up redesign promises to take the Corvette to new performance heights. We hope that the new car remains as livable as the current model, and that the price doesn’t make the car too elite. Our final wish is for improved reliability, something that has been a historical weakness for Corvette for decades. 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CU study suggests women living near oil and gas wells are more likely to have children with heart defects
DENVER — A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hits on a heated debate in Colorado over oil and gas production. The highlights suggest mothers living in areas with the most intense levels of oil and gas well activity
'DENVER — A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hits on a heated debate in Colorado over oil and gas production. The highlights suggest mothers living in areas with the most intense levels of oil and gas well activity were about 40-70% more likely to have children with congenital heart defects. “This may be something people may want to consider in the decisions they are making,” said the study’s senior author Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, of the Colorado School of Public Health. McKenzie says more research needs to be done, but there could be two specific reasons for the defects: hazardous air pollutants emitted from oil and gas sites as well as high levels of noise that can induce high stress in a mother that can also affect her child. A similar study from McKenzie in the past was criticized for being too limited. But she says the new research addresses those concerns and looks at the specific stage of oil and gas development and pregnancy. “[It] looks at the critical time for development of congenital heart defects, which is really during the second month of pregnancy,” said McKenzie. The new study was released in the Journal Environment International on Thursday. The findings support one of the main arguments for restrictions on new oil and gas development in Colorado. Meanwhile, industry representatives are critical of the findings and the researcher behind them. A statement from the Colorado Oil And Gas Association says: “This study is not new. It’s a reexamination of her 2014 report using the same old data from 2005 to 2011 — data that has no relevance to current regulations or to the common practices used by today’s operators. Interestingly, this study says particulate matter from oil and gas operations could lead to these health effects, but that contradicts the conclusions of another McKenzie study published just last month that found particulate matter levels near Colorado oil and gas operations were three times lower than EPA national air standards. Bottom line, the data is old and no air samples were taken. However, air samples that have been taken by Colorado’s health department, for many years now, are conclusive. After thousands of thousands of air samples, many of which have been collected near oil and gas operations, not one exceeds state or federal protective health guidelines. Dr. McKenzie’s studies have been called “misleading” in the past, and this seems to be par for the course.” McKenzie urges anyone with concerns over the new findings to consult their doctor and share concerns with policy makers.'
The Chicago Police Board voted Thursday to fire a sergeant and three other officers over their alleged cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald by CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke. The board voted unanimously to fire Officers Ricardo Viramontes and
Nneka Ogwumike The Los Angeles Sparks’ forward has had quite the week. On Monday, the Stanford alum was named to her sixth NBA All-Star team. She and sister Chiney Ogwumike, her teammate at Stanford and again with the Sparks, have been rumored to
Like most of the housewives reunions, this years’ Real Housewives of New York City one has been one for the books. In Part I and Part II of the special, there have already been a number of explosive fights and during tonight’s episode, People
More than 70 million prescription pain pills made their way into Humboldt County during a seven-year stretch starting last decade, according to a staggering database of opioid transactions published Thursday by the Washington Post. From 2006 to
'More than 70 million prescription pain pills made their way into Humboldt County during a seven-year stretch starting last decade, according to a staggering database of opioid transactions published Thursday by the Washington Post. From 2006 to 2012, there were about 76 distributed oxycodone and hydrocodone pills for every person in Humboldt County each year. It’s a statistic by which the county ranks tied-for-eighth among all 58 counties in California. McKesson Corporation, a major American pharmaceutical company, distributed over 33 million legal pain pills during the time period in the region, while the global company Actavis Pharma manufactured more than 32 million pills prescribed to Humboldt County residents. Green’s Fortuna Pharmacy, a locally owned Main Street storefront, received the highest number of prescription pills at nearly 6 million. The pharmacy based inside Costco Warehouse in Eureka was not far behind, while Cloney’s Prescription Pharmacy, another locally based operation, was fourth at nearly 4 million. The county’s high volume of opioid pills was uniform with other North Coast counties. California’s northernmost region saw far more opioids than the rest of the state. The five distributors that moved the most prescription pain pills in Humboldt County from 2006 to 2012. (The Washington Post) The prevalence of pill addiction in Humboldt County is well-documented. It has among the highest rates of opioid overdoses in the state and only in recent years did the county begin to see fewer opioid prescriptions than people. In 2018, Humboldt County joined dozens of other municipalities around the country in filing a lawsuit against the largest opioid manufacturers and distributors in the country. The city of Eureka followed by suing Big Pharma a month later, citing “patterns of racketeering activity” on the part of large players in the pharmaceutical industry. The Yurok Tribe had filed its own federal lawsuit months earlier. The tribe’s general counsel told the Times-Standard that there wasn’t a tribal member who had not “either directly or indirectly experienced the horrors of opiate addiction.” Green’s Fortuna Pharmacy, located on Main Street in Fortuna, led all pharmacies in number of opioid pill shipments over the seven-year stretch. (The Washington Post) For Cloney’s Pharmacies co-owner Rich Spini, the data is nothing new. “A lot of things were happening during that time frame,” Spini said of the seven-year period reflected in the Post’s data. “People were seeking out local doctors that we worked with to get (opioid prescriptions). That was part of the problem.” The growing crisis may not have been quite as prominent on the national pulse during the late 2000s as it is today, but Spini, a pharmacist for over 30 years, says there were clear signs the problem was growing. In 2010, the pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint twice in one week. Both times, the robber primarily stole OxyContin, the highly addictive narcotic. Since then, Spini said the problem has gotten slightly better. “The law has gotten stricter and rules have gotten stronger,” he said. “It’s on everybody’s radar screen more.” Both Humboldt County and the city of Eureka have sued a number of national opioid manufacturers. Actavia Pharma made the most pills prescribed to county residents from 2006 to 2012. (The Washington Post) Multiple physicians from the Humboldt-Del Norte County Medical Society didn’t provide comment by the publishing deadline, nor did the Open Door Community Health Centers. The Department of Health and Human Services redirected a request for comment to Humboldt Independent Practice Association and Rx Safe Humboldt, a coalition working to fight the opioid epidemic that includes DHHS. Humboldt IPA also did not respond to a request for comment Thursday. Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504. Related Articles \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tCalifornia sues OxyContin maker over opioid epidemic, calls Purdue Pharma ex-prez a ‘Pablo Escobar of new millennium’\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tEureka sues Big Pharma over opioid crisis\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t‘She saved my life’: Patients defend doctor accused of over-prescribing opioids\t\t \t\t\t \t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\tThousands of pills, hundreds of needles found as part of warrant search in Fields Landing'
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario, just off the injured list, belted a three-run pinch-hit homer off Yusmeiro Petit in the seventh inning to give Minnesota the lead in an eventual 6-3 win over the Oakland A’s, ending the Athletics’ six-game winning
Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Disney's 'The Lion King' remake. The remake is kinder to Zazu and gives Scar another reason to be jealous of his brother, Mufasa. Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories . Disney's 'The Lion King'