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Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation -
Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation
This is WINE you have to be careful when you go out to dinner. Joe Lentini went out for dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last week. The Star-Ledger reports that Lentini, who said he's no wine expert, asked a waitress for a wine recommendation. "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'" It turns out that the wine was a bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, which cost $3,750. Lentini and his two fellow diners were able to get the restaurant to agree to a discounted price of $2,200, which is obviously still an incredible amount of money. The Ledger reached out to the Borgata for the resort's side of the story. "As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident,"...
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014 -
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. The following is an excerpt from USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi's blog covering the event and details two of his personal highlights of the conference. Living, Breathing History While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I'm not sure any aspect of this year's conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC President Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the green building movement - Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson. They came up on stage and stood, tableau style, stretching shoulder to shoulder across the stage. You can only imagine how I felt as each spoke very briefly about not just where we were as a movement 20 years ago, but where we are today, and most importantly,...
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees -
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees
The Weather Channel laid off 40 more employees this week in another round of cuts, just a month after dozens of staffers at the network were given pink slips. “After a careful analysis of our business, we made the difficult decision today to eliminate roles across all functions and levels,” TWC told The Huffington Post in a statement. “The television business is shifting and in order for us to compete in the future, we need to reallocate and better focus our resources on what we know our audiences want. The changes we are making today are necessary, difficult and the responsible way for us to move forward.” Staffers cut from the Atlanta-based network on Wednesday included senior producers, show producers and weather producers, TVNewser reports. In an internal memo obtained by FTVLive which details the layoffs, TWC President David Clark wrote that "one of the people we will say goodbye to is Scot Safon, our chief marketing officer." Safon, formerly the chief marketing officer at CNN...
Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese? -
Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese?
Tasting Table | Jillian King Childhood lunch staple. Best friend to tomato soup. Rainy-day indulgence. An affection that started way back with those simple orange slices melted between white bread has morphed into an all-out obsession for our team. So we decided to examine the humble sandwich a little closer. Which cheeses melt just right? Should you use white bread or sourdough? Fry it in butter, oil or something else altogether? Is bacon sacrilegious? Herewith, our answers to all those very important questions and more. The Only 12 Bottles Your Bar Needs this Fall First things first: the cheese. What you need is a semi-firm variety, which will melt into those dreamy ribbons as you pull the sandwich apart. Our favorites are taleggio, fontina, cheddar and Gruyère--or any combination therein. Avoid soft cheeses: They're difficult to layer and don't melt well. Though it may seem like an obvious choice, skip mozzarella; it has unfortunate rubbery tendencies when heated. And though we...
Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future -
Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future
At the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, or DOLL for short, the streetlights are anything but ordinary. From brightening when cars and people pass to turning on and off with an iPad, these lights promise to help city officials save electricity and cut carbon emissions in the future. Check out the video above to tour the lab's urban facility yourself. The "living lab" is really just an industrial park outside Copenhagen that has been fitted with different smart lighting systems from 18 different companies. 9 kilometers of roads and bike paths serve as a testing ground and a place for cities to see the technology in action. In the future, the lights could perform other "smart" functions, like managing parking or transmitting information about traffic, weather or air quality. Denmark's ambitious climate goals, including eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2050, will require improving energy efficiency by a significant amount as well as switching to renewable sources. Kim Brostrom, chief...
5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like -
5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like
You don't have to be a scientist to conclude that breaking up sucks. But it may comfort you to know that your urge to go into post-breakup hibernation while listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat is actually a scientifically reasonable reaction to having your heart broken. In fact, according to the science, heartbreak is a whole lot like: 1. A minor burn. The same part of your brain lights up when you think about a lover who rejected you as when you suffer a minor burn wound, according to a 2013 study from the University of Michigan. The scientists behind the study explain that the emotional pain of rejection can have a direct physical effect on the body. Basically, your post-breakup aches and pains are so not all in your head. 2. Drug withdrawal. "Intense romantic love seems to function much like an addiction," according to Arthur Aron, Ph.D., a professor at Stony Brook University. Aron found that broken-hearted people have similar brain activity to drug addicts going through chemical...
CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage -
CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage
You might not have liked CNN's Malaysia Airlines plane coverage this year, but the network just brought home an award for it. CNN received the award for best "Live Television Journalism" for its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards in London Wednesday night. The network was praised for its aggressive reporting on the downing of MH17 over Ukraine, often being first to the scene of disaster and conducting powerful interviews on Russia's role in the investigation. But CNN attracted a herd of media critics in March for its coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which the network obsessively followed round-the-clock. News anchors, comedians, journalists and other media personalities bashed the network for its exhausting, frequently over-the-top coverage of the plane while offering very little new information at times. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple called it "a no-news news story" and BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw...
Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63 -
Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63
(Adds details of service, quotes from guardian, veterans group) Nov 6 (Reuters) - Former Illinois congressman Lane Evans, who had battled Parkinson's disease for years, died late on Wednesday in East Moline, Illinois, his guardian said. He was 63. Evans, a Democrat who represented the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2007. Mike Malmstrom, who was on Evans staff and later served as his legal guardian, said Evans died at Hope Creek Care Center where he had been living for nearly two years. "The disease itself had come to the point that it took its toll," Malmstrom said in a telephone interview. Evans was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. He was a lawyer in private practice. "Lane Evans was a true champion for veterans. He was a tireless advocate for our community and a strong leader for us in Washington," Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of the Iraq and...
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking -
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking
LONDON (AP) — A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story. Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges. Johnson said he was taught how to hack into voicemails by a supervisor and had used the technique in 2001 while investigating a possible affair between a soap opera actress and a gangster. He told the court he didn't know the hacking was illegal when he did it. District Judge Quentin Purdy praised Johnson for confessing his crime. Britain's long-running phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and numerous arrests.
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog -
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog
From dividing up belongings to moving out of a shared apartment, breakups can be tough. But what do you do when you have a furry friend to further complicate matters? For Scott Ladauti, the decision was easy. When it came to choosing between salvaging his relationship and keeping his dog, he didn’t hesitate. "When [my girlfriend] gave the ultimatum, it really wasn’t a question," he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. "I lived in my car for, like, four days with my dog before my parents would let us come back to their house. But I would have been homeless with her forever." As Laudati explained, his relationship had been on the rocks for a while. "I sort of got the dog, I guess, to try to save the relationship," he said. "I mean, I’d always wanted a dog, and we were living in a terrible area, so I thought getting a dog was probably the best idea. I mean, we would have fallen apart anyway. This definitely accelerated it." Laudati said he saw the warning signs of a breakup long before... - pb:
Ebola Surging In Sierra Leone Amid Lack Of Treatment Centers: UN -
Ebola Surging In Sierra Leone Amid Lack Of Treatment Centers: UN
DAKAR, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone as the country suffers from a lack of treatment centers, while lack of food and basic goods is forcing some people to leave quarantine areas, the United Nations said. The U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) said in its weekly report that a total of 1,062 people had died in Sierra Leone from the virus, with the outbreak particularly virulent in the western areas around the coastal capital Freetown. Sierra Leone is emerging as the focal point for concern in the worst Ebola outbreak on record. The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that 4,818 people had died in the epidemic and said the number of cases was still rising in Sierra Leone, though it was stabilizing in neighboring Guinea and slowing in Liberia. Sierra Leone has 288 beds spread across four Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs) treating 196 confirmed cases of the disease as of Nov. 2, UNMEER said. However, the U.N. mission said it...
It's A Planet! High-Desert Telescope Captures Stunning Image Of Planets Being Born Around Young Star -
It's A Planet! High-Desert Telescope Captures Stunning Image Of Planets Being Born Around Young Star
Astronomers say they've captured the most detailed image yet of planet formation around a young, sun-like star -- and it's pretty spectacular. Story continues below. HL Tau and its protoplanetary disk, as seen by the ALMA telescope in Chile. This best image of planet formation reveals multiple rings and gaps that herald the presence of emerging planets as they sweep their orbits clear of dust and gas. "This is truly one of the most remarkable images ever seen at these wavelengths," Dr. Crystal Brogan, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a written statement. "The level of detail is so exquisite that it's even more impressive than many optical images." Scientists believe the image--captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile--will expand our understanding of how planets form throughout the universe, and how our own solar system came to be. The image features the star HL Tau,...
The Future Of Drive-Thru Is On Your Phone -
The Future Of Drive-Thru Is On Your Phone
There was a time when nothing symbolized Americans’ yearn for instant gratification as well as the drive-thru -- where we could order, pay for and eat a meal without ever having to leave the car. Then along came the iPhone and a universe of apps that promised the ultimate convenience: burgers at the push of a button. Thanks to tech, you now have the luxury of never having to place a fast-food order with a human again. As more young Americans move to cities -- and leave their cars behind -- mobile apps are increasingly looking like the 21st century's answer to the drive-thru. “The mobile payment will become the urban version of the drive-thru,” said Maeve Webster, a senior director at DataSsential, a food market research firm. “The big thing that’s going to drive that is the population shift into urban areas.” Over the past several months, the number of restaurants offering diners the ability to order and pay for their food through their phones has expanded rapidly. Taco Bell launched...
Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United -
Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United
NEW YORK -- It would be nice to think that, after years of ever-deeper anger, division and paralysis, the U.S. government would unite -- out of exhaustion, if nothing else. It would be nice to think that a humbled President Barack Obama and his emboldened Republican foes would join hands to deal with our obvious public problems: Immigration policy, debt, foreign policy, education, infrastructure. It would be nice, but it would be wrong. The prospect for the next two years is one of limited substantive progress, but intense political positioning for, yes, the next election. If the U.S. were a parliamentary democracy, the government would have fallen as a result of Tuesday’s election. But in America, with its Newtonian clockwork of dispersed authority, the political losers and the winners are supposed to work jointly and earnestly on a governing agenda. They rarely do that. Honoring tradition, the president and the new leader of the opposition, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, pledged...
Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative. -
Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.
It is time to shine a light on the strategies used by Democrats, and on the Democratic infrastructure that uses those strategies. Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize. Those strategists form an infrastructure that all Democrats have come to depend on; not just the candidates, but also the elected officials, Democrats in government, and citizens who either do, or might, find progressive policies morally and practically right. The strategic infrastructure includes PR firms, pollsters, consultants, researchers, trainers, communication specialists, speechwriters, and their funders. It is an important and powerful infrastructure and we all depend on it. I believe it is vital to separate this infrastructure from the...
Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published -
Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published
NEW YORK (AP) — In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his wartime radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's favorite authors, John Steinbeck. The piece was titled "With Your Wings," an inspirational story about a black pilot that Steinbeck wrote for Welles' program, and it seemed to disappear almost as soon as it was aired. There are no records of "With Your Wings" appearing in book or magazine form. Even some Steinbeck experts, including scholar Susan Shillinglaw and antiquarian James Dourgarian, know little about it. "It doesn't ring a bell at all," said Dourgarian, who specializes in selling first editions of Steinbeck's work. "And that's saying something if I haven't heard of it. It's also surprising because you would think that anything Steinbeck was involved with would be printed some place." But 70 years after Welles' introduction in the midst of World War II, "With Your Wings" is getting a second release. Andrew F. Gulli, managing editor...
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus -
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus
MYIN HLUT, Myanmar (AP) — The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out to sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. "Myanmar authorities are not only making life so intolerable for Rohingya that they have to flee, but they're also complicit in the process — they're taking payments and profiting off their exodus," said Matthew...
Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police -
Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the most turbulent of three protest sites that have snarled swaths of the city. Police said they attempted to arrest a man who was shining his cellphone light into officers' eyes, and demonstrators responded by surging at police lines. The two sides ended up in a tense standoff, with several protesters taunting police. At about 2:30 a.m., protesters charged again at police lines and flooded into a street. Officers responded with pepper spray and pushed the crowd back into their camp. Police said they arrested three people in the confrontations, which left at least one protester bleeding from the head. Several demonstrators arrived in Mong Kok wearing masks with the grinning...
'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty' -
'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty'
My name is Dr. Mohamad Majed Bari My friends and patients called me Dr. Majed I was a doctor not a terrorist I saved lives while terrorists take lives away I was killed when my car was targeted with a heat-seeking missile by a Syrian fighter jet I bled to death No emergency crew was able to reach me on time The International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN are not allowed by the government in my hometown behind rebel lines They stay away safe in the capital They have to abide by the system's bureaucracy The system does not protect me or my patients There were no news reports of my death. The reporters are all in Kobani I was riding in an ambulance in Aleppo trying to save another life Another three civilians were killed with me They joined another 200,000 Syrians killed in my homeland I was working with a humanitarian organization called Saving Lives! I was killed while saving lives "How Ironic," you may say but Syria is the land of ironies these days Many of my colleagues left...
Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols -
Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any point since the Roaring '20s when victorious legislators and governors take office next year. That could result in lower taxes and perhaps fewer dollars flowing to social safety net programs. A day after a big election, newly emboldened Republican state leaders already were making plans Wednesday to pursue deeper tax cuts, relax business regulations, expand private school vouchers and impose new limits on public welfare programs. In some states, such as Kansas, Republicans will be able to do as they want, because they control both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. In others, such as neighboring Missouri, the Republicans' legislative supermajorities will be so large that they can essentially disregard the objections of a Democratic governor. Elsewhere, like in New York, the Republican takeover of one legislative chamber simply means a stronger say in a state still...
Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016 -
Here's The Democratic Route Back To Senate Control In 2016
WASHINGTON -- When a congressional caucus shrinks, it tends to solidify the politics of the remaining members, as conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans are always the first to get swept away in a wave. As the Democratic caucus numbers in the Senate have gradually shrunk, from a high-water mark of 60 in 2009 to 46 this January, the rump has gotten more progressive. It hasn't just been by subtraction. The arrival of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last cycle has given the growing liberal bloc a power base to rally on, muscle that was flexed most prominently in the high-profile rejection of Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve before he'd even been nominated. In 2016, as Democrats work to retake the Senate, they have a chance to do it while simultaneously expanding the ranks of their progressive members, given the tilt of the playing field. In Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Iowa, Democrats have the potential to elect progressive senators in...
Manet's Portrait Of Parisian Actress Fetches A Record $65 Million At Auction -
Manet's Portrait Of Parisian Actress Fetches A Record $65 Million At Auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet set a new auction record for the artist during the second day of a major fall sale of impressionist and modern art. "Spring" was sold at Christie's Wednesday evening for $65 million, almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million for the French impressionist. "Spring" is considered a Manet masterpiece. It was first presented at the 1882 Paris Salon and depicts actress Jeanne Demarsy in a floral dress and bonnet as an evocation of spring. Manet had intended allegorical works of the four seasons but only completed "Spring" and "Autumn." One of the leading artists of the impressionist movement famous for his portraits and scenes from everyday life, Manet died in 1883 at 51. "Spring" has been in the same American collection for over a century and has been on loan at the National Gallery of Art for the last two decades. The first owner was Manet's friend, the journalist Antonin Proust. It later was in the...
Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy -
Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy
Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich. There has never been a better time for the top 1%. The stock market is soaring, profits are high, interest rates are near zero, and taxes are low. The main countervailing forces -- unions, antitrust authorities, and financial regulators -- have been clobbered. Think of it this way....
Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK) -
Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK)
The following is an excerpt from Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War, a book that details the movies, short clips and instructional videos that the company turned out during wartime. "Stop That Tank!" Stop That Tank! was a very straightforward training film that used live-action footage of soldiers demonstrating the proper use of the Boys antitank rifle, and animated cutaway views of the gun’s interior to display its inner workings for better overall understanding. But before the instruction begins, the film opens with a cartoon sequence pitting hitler and his tanks against some concealed canadian soldiers armed with the weapon. The german tanks are rickety affairs that clank across the battlefields like toys, and when the hidden gunners open fire at close range, the tanks flee the scene. hitler’s tank gets blown to kingdom come, and he ends up in hades, ranting at the feet of Satan about the unfair advantage provided by the Boys...
Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle -
Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record. Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until about 90 million years ago--descended from similar reptiles that lived on land. But there was no fossil showing a transitional creature adapted for life on land as well as in water. "But now we have this fossil showing the transition," Dr. Ryosuke Motani, a professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the international team of scientists who made the discovery, said in a written statement. "There's nothing that prevents it from coming onto land." (Story continues below image.) Fossil remains show the amphibious ichthyosaur found in China. The animal had large flippers and flexible wrists, which enabled it to walk....
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind -
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind
With smartphones as a constant companion, we rarely find ourselves out of touch. With television switched on for five hours per day in the average American household, breaking news follows us around at home. Friends will also send us links to must-see YouTube videos of a skateboarding dog or a sneezing panda. On-board communication systems patch phone calls through, interrupting us even while we’re behind the wheel. I’m not the first to call this avalanche an “information overload,” nor the first to feel bombarded.
Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS -
Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government. At least one strike hit a compound belonging to Ahrar al-Sham in the town of Babsalqa in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to local activist Ahmad Kaddour and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Ahrar al-Sham is a rebel group that follows an extremely conservative interpretation of Islam. One of its founders was a senior al-Qaida operative known as...
If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas -
If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas
In an attempt to soothe the worries of non-Republicans, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow opened her show Wednesday night by listing as many small Democratic victories from the midterm elections as she could think of. Some of those victories include states that voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, rejecting anti-abortion laws and providing paid sick leave. But when Maddow ran out of "silver linings," as she called them, there was only one thing left she could do: Feeling better?
Dansazania Project Turns Dance Studio Into Safe Haven For South African Kids -
Dansazania Project Turns Dance Studio Into Safe Haven For South African Kids
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The children's eyes dart from their reflections in the mirrored wall to the dance instructor as they try to imitate her straight posture from elbow to knee. Some of the budding dancers wear tutus and soft leather shoes while others make do with leggings and frayed sneakers. The Dansazania project brings together children from Johannesburg's leafy suburbs, gritty inner city and once segregated townships to learn ballet, hip-hop and tap, whether or not they can pay, says instructor Cinda Eatock. "All she sees is the creativity and all she takes from the children is the willingness to want to do it," said Patricia Eatock, a social worker and the instructor's mother. The worn wooden floors of the dance studio have become a haven for troubled children and Eatock is alternatively stern and encouraging to the children aged between five and 18. Eatock teaches about 80 students in 10 classes per week. She says many of her students are helped by the discipline and creativity...
Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says -
Chinese State Visit To Tanzania Used To Smuggle Ivory, Report Says
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said Thursday, casting doubt over Beijing's efforts to end the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa. China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country's elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report. It said Chinese-led criminal gangs conspired with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, some of which was loaded in diplomatic bags on Xi's plane during a presidential visit in March 2013. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the report. Spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily briefing that China has "consistently" opposed poaching and has sought to crack down...
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