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A 12-year-old Black swimmer was nearly disqualified from a Wisconsin swim meet for wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' swimsuit

(CNN) A 12-year-old Black swimmer was nearly disqualified from a meet in Superior, Wisconsin, for wearing a Black Lives Matter swimsuit.

"An independent volunteer official inappropriately barred a student athlete from taking part in the meet, due to their 'Black Lives Matter' swimsuit, stating that it 'went against USA Swimming's policy of no political language,'" according to the Duluth Area Family YMCA, which sponsored the event Sunday at Superior High School.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/09/us/wisco ... index.html
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Mets to hold Old Timers’ Day in 2022

The Mets announced today that they will host Old Timers’ Day at Citi Field during the 2022 season. Old Timers’ Day, which the Mets last held in 1994, will return on Saturday, August 27 when the team takes on the Rockies. The pre-game festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Mets’ Chairman, CEO, and Owner Steve Cohen spoke about the news in a press release:

https://www.amazinavenue.com/2022/2/8/2 ... oyd-murphy
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Snoop Dogg Acquires Death Row Records

Rapper-entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, who rose to fame during the 1990s on Death Row Records, has acquired the label’s brand from MNRK Music Group, which is controlled by private equity funds managed by the investment firm Blackstone, the firm announced on Wednesday.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, however, a source close to the situation tells Variety that Snoop’s acquisition of the Death Row brand is the first part of a transaction that is expected to see him also acquiring some of the label’s music rights — his own and unspecified other artists. The source says the deal is expected to conclude in the coming weeks.

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/sno ... 3NQ1HTKi0Q
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Federal judge blocks counties from charging Texas officials with crimes for encouraging mail-in voting

(CNN) A federal judge has temporarily blocked several Texas counties from pursuing criminal charges against public officials who encourage voters to use mail ballots in next month's primary election.

The preliminary injunction marks a victory for officials in Harris County, home to Houston, who argued that the controversial provision in a new Texas election law barred them from helping voters.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/11/politics ... index.html
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Tyreke Evans reinstated by NBA after almost three-year ban

(CNN) The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced on Monday that they have granted Tyreke Evans' request to be reinstated as a player after being banned for nearly three years.

Evans was "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA on May 17, 2019, for "testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program," the NBA said in its statement.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/15/sport/ty ... index.html
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California dog reunited with family after missing for 12 years

A dog in California was reunited with her owner after going missing 12 years ago, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a stray dog that had been dropped off on a rural property just outside Stockton, California, on Feb. 10.

https://www.aol.com/lifestyle/californi ... 01960.html
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"Magical": NFL player took girl whose dad died to father-daughter dance

Each year, 11-year-old Audrey Soape attended the daddy-daughter dance at her local church in Pflugerville, Texas, with her father — it's the highlight of her year.

But in March of last year, Audrey lost her father in a tragic accident. Just five weeks later, her grandfather, who would have been her stand-in date to the dance, also passed away.

https://www.aol.com/sports/magical-nfl- ... 38809.html
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Biden to reveal his Supreme Court nominee on Friday

(CNN) President Joe Biden will announce his Supreme Court nominee on Friday, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, who currently sits on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is considered the front-runner.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/24/politics ... -decision/
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Sidney Powell must comply with nonmonetary sanctions, court rules

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that Sidney Powell and other attorneys who unsuccessfully sued to block President Biden's 2020 electoral win in Michigan must comply with nonmonetary sanctions imposed by a federal judge.

The ruling rebuffed a request from the group of six pro-Trump lawyers who had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to pause enforcement of a Detroit-based federal judge's sanctions determination ahead of a Friday deadline.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sidney-powel ... 49341.html
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Biden to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to be first Black woman to sit on Supreme Court

(CNN) President Joe Biden has selected Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source who has been notified about the decision, setting in motion a historic confirmation process for the first Black woman to sit on the highest court in the nation.

Jackson, 51, currently sits on DC's federal appellate court and had been considered the front-runner for the vacancy since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/25/poli ... index.html
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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces official run for re-election
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer officially announced her bid for re-election Monday via Twitter.

Whitmer tweeted from her verified personal account, “I’m Gretchen Whitmer — a proud mom, lifelong Michigander, and hardworking governor. I'm running for re-election in a swing state where special interests are pouring millions to unseat me. There's so much at stake in this race, but I'm ready to fight back.”
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New York is about to let noncitizens vote. It could reshape local politics forever.

NEW YORK — It was 1986 and New York’s public school system was run by a patchwork of elected local school boards, all of them hotbeds for fiery debates about how kids were learning — or weren’t.

Like most school board elections in America, turnout was low, producing opportunities for small voting blocs to shape the outcome. One group of concerned parents saw the opening: immigrants.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/0 ... g-00012970
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ap215 wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 8:22 am New York is about to let noncitizens vote. It could reshape local politics forever.

NEW YORK — It was 1986 and New York’s public school system was run by a patchwork of elected local school boards, all of them hotbeds for fiery debates about how kids were learning — or weren’t.

Like most school board elections in America, turnout was low, producing opportunities for small voting blocs to shape the outcome. One group of concerned parents saw the opening: immigrants.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/0 ... g-00012970
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Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz becomes first Latino to win prestigious prize

One of the country's first syndicated Latino cartoonists has received a top prize for editorial cartooning.

Lalo Alcaraz, a Los Angeles-based political cartoonist, is the first Latino recipient of the prestigious Herblock Prize in recognition of his editorial cartooning and his "passion, dedication and brilliance" in covering civil rights and other issues affecting U.S. Latinos.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/pol ... -rcna18551
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New Mexico's governor just signed a bill to make college tuition-free

SANTA FE, N.M. — For most New Mexico residents, college will now be officially tuition-free.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed on Friday Senate Bill 140, otherwise known as the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act. First introduced in 2019, the plan will waive tuition for any students attending any in-state public school or tribal college, including community colleges.

https://www.ksl.com/article/50363251/ne ... ition-free
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ap215 wrote: Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:16 am Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz becomes first Latino to win prestigious prize

One of the country's first syndicated Latino cartoonists has received a top prize for editorial cartooning.

Lalo Alcaraz, a Los Angeles-based political cartoonist, is the first Latino recipient of the prestigious Herblock Prize in recognition of his editorial cartooning and his "passion, dedication and brilliance" in covering civil rights and other issues affecting U.S. Latinos.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/pol ... -rcna18551
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Venezuela Releases Imprisoned Americans After Talks With U.S.

Venezuela’s authoritarian government on Tuesday released at least two imprisoned Americans, a potential turning point in the Biden administration’s relationship with Russia’s staunchest ally in the Western Hemisphere.

The release followed a rare trip by a high-level U.S. delegation to Venezuela over the weekend to meet with President Nicolás Maduro, part of a broader Biden administration agenda in autocratic countries that may be rethinking their ties with President Vladimir V. Putin in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/08/worl ... lease.html
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Chile's First Same-Sex Couples Tie the Knot After Marriage Equality Law Takes Effect: 'What Joy!'

Chile is ushering in a new era of LGBTQ equality.

Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar were the country's first same-sex couple to wed Thursday after a marriage equality law, a decade in the making, went into effect in the conservative South American nation.

https://people.com/human-interest/chile ... es-effect/
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The Prom Musical Star Sinclair Mitchell Proposes to His Boyfriend Onstage: 'He Said Yes!'

Theatergoers in Providence, Rhode Island, were treated to an extra special "prom-posal" this weekend.

Sinclair Mitchell, who plays Mr. Hawkins in The Prom's North American tour, brought the crowd at Providence Performing Arts Center to their feet after curtain call on Saturday when he pulled his boyfriend of more than 12 years, Joe Kokofsky, onstage to pop the question in front of their friends and family.

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NYC to expand doula, midwife programs in an effort to address maternal health disparities

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is taking a step forward for maternal health by expanding access to doulas and midwives.

On Wednesday Mayor Eric Adams announced the citywide expansion of three key programs to help address disparities in maternal deaths and life-threatening complications from childbirth.

https://abc7ny.com/doula-midwife-matern ... /11675528/
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Howard Stern Effusively Praises Biden, Says GOP Should Now be Referred to as ‘Wacko Party’

Since the day he took office, Joe Biden has been under siege from Conservative media sources. And the attacks seem to be working. The President has regularly run low approval ratings over the last year.

At least one major media source, though, thinks Biden is doing a great job. Howard Stern effusively praised Biden today while also slamming the GOP as the ‘wacko party.’

https://hillreporter.com/howard-stern-e ... rty-127622
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Jury finds police used excessive force against Denver protesters in 2020, awards $14M
Jurors on Friday found police used excessive force against protesters, violating their constitutional rights, during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd two years ago, ordering the city to pay a total of $14 million in damages to a group of 12 who sued.

The jury of two men and six women, largely white and drawn from around Colorado, returned its verdict after about four hours of deliberations. The verdict followed three weeks of testimony and evidence that included police and protester video of incidents.

Lawyers involved believed it was the first trial in a lawsuit challenging officer tactics during the 2020 protests that erupted around the nation over the police killing of Floyd and other Black people.

The protesters who sued were shot at or hit by things from pepper spray to a Kevlar-bag filled with lead shot fired from a shotgun. Zach Packard, who was hit in the head by the shotgun blast and ended up in the intensive care unit, received the largest damage amount — $3 million........
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Snake Island soldiers who told Russian warship to 'go f--- yourself' freed after prisoner exchange

Ukrainian soldiers initially believed to have died after standing up to Russian warships on Snake Island, but were actually taken as prisoners, have been freed from captivity.

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament announced on Twitter that the 19 Ukrainian soldiers, who shouted the legendary phrase "Russian warship go f--- yourself," had been released in exchange for 11 Russian soldiers rescued from a sinking ship near the city of Odessa.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/n ... r-exchange
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