14 GRETNA, Va. - There was so much Fredrick Miller didn't know about the handsome house here on Riceville Road. He grew up just a half-mile away and rode past it on his school bus every day. It was hard to miss. The home's Gothic revival gables, six chimneys, diamond-paned windows and sweeping lawn were as distinctive a sight as was to be seen in this rural southern Virginia community. But Miller, 56, an Air Force veteran who now lives in California, didn't give it much thought. He didn't know it had once been a plantation or that 58 people had once been enslaved there. He never considered that its past had anything to do with him. Two years ago, when his sister called to say the estate was for sale, he jumped on it. He'd been looking, pulled home to the place he left at 18. His roots were deep in this part of Pittsylvania County, and he wanted a place where his vast extended family, … [Read more...] about An old Virginia plantation, a new owner and a family legacy unveiled
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6 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures. Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions modeled after laws in Texas and Mississippi that present a direct challenge to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, while some Democratic-led states are working to preserve or expand access. The activity in state legislatures was anticipated after the U.S. Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, signaled it was ready to make seismic changes to the nationwide right to abortion that has stood for nearly half a century. If the court overturns Roe v. Wade entirely, the decision on whether to keep abortion legal would fall to the states. More than 20 states already have laws on the books to ban or dramatically restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is … [Read more...] about With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions
Oliver Belleza was recently at a friend's apartment talking about relationships when he noticed a new feature on one of his dating apps: His Hinge profile now included an option to record a voice response to some of its quirky introductory questions. He hit record. "My most irrational fear are frogs," he said to potential matches (and a bemused friend in the room). Yes, frogs, Belleza said. When he was 4, he was walking home and got "jumped by a bunch of frogs" in the Philippines. He remembers seeing the frogs crawl out of the ground and surrounding him, "just like that one meme of Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic Park.' " A screaming and crying Belleza was guided back home by his aunt while the frogs followed, and the trauma lingers. Belleza kept the recording up on his Hinge profile and then posted it on TikTok, where it quickly racked up more than 28,000 likes. The 24-year-old mechanical engineer was flooded with responses from people who shared his aversion to frogs or wanted to … [Read more...] about Hinge added a new voice recording function. Will it change how we digitally date?
For the last two years, Honda has promoted one its young drivers to its GT500 line-up after a single season of partnering veteran Shinichi Takagi in ARTA’s GT300 squad – in 2019 it was Nirei Fukuzumi, who won that year's title, and the following season it was Toshiki Oyu's turn. ARTA newcomer Ren Sato would have started the 2021 season hoping to make it a hat-trick. But a step up to the GT500 ranks as early as next season was already looking unlikely even before a critical error by the 20-year-old destroyed Honda and Naoki Yamamoto’s title chances in the senior category. The incident involving Sato’s Honda NSX GT3 and Yamamoto’s Team Kunimitsu machine at Fuji’s famous first corner has already been well-documented. Sato himself was not available for comment after the race, but his quote in ARTA’s post-race press release told the story – he was squarely to blame for the misjudgement that handed Toyota the championship. A funeral-like atmosphere pervaded the segment of the … [Read more...] about Honda’s disgraced junior driver handed shot at redemption
Sony Group will likely add new technology partners to its electric vehicle (EV) project to help it forge a mobility business to transform cars from transportation machines to entertainment spaces, a Sony executive told Reuters. An ongoing shift to electric cars, which are easier to build than those with internal combustion engines, is allowing new entrants into vehicle manufacturing. At the same time, autonomous driving and 5G connectivity is expected remold the auto industry by turning cars into mobile platforms for information and entertainment services. "We see the risk of ignoring EVs as greater than the challenge they pose," Izumi Kawanishi, the senior general manager who will manage a new Sony Mobility business, said in an interview. The coming transformation of cars was in some ways similar to how information technology turned phones into smartphones, he added. Announcing the creation of that new mobility unit at the CES technology tech fair in Las Vegas this month, Sony … [Read more...] about Sony Seeks New Partners For Transformative EV Project: Report
5 WASHINGTON - In the eight years she has worked at nursing homes, LaToya Francis, 34, has been yelled at, kicked at and had feces thrown at her for little more than the minimum wage. She endured it because she loved being a certified nursing assistant, she said. But she's not sure she can hold out much longer. As the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus drives record staff shortages at nursing homes nationwide, Francis has increasingly found herself alone on her $19-an-hour overnight shifts at Bridgepoint Healthcare's skilled nursing facility in Southwest Washington, fighting off panic attacks as she tries to feed, clean and rotate more bed-bound residents than she can handle. Some nights, she retreats to a corner of the facility, where she calls her partner and sobs. Other nights, all she can feel is anger. "I've never, ever felt this disrespected," Francis said. Frustration is surging among the low-wage workers who make up … [Read more...] about Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO is confident that all parties, including the federal and state governments and Formula 1, are clear on the entry requirements for both Australia and the Albert Park venue. That should help the event steer clear of any border controversies similar to Djokovic's recent deportation from Australia. The tennis star spent the past few weeks locked in battle with the Australian government after arriving in the country ahead of the Australian Open under the impression he had been granted a medical exemption from the double vaccination requirement. His visa was revoked shortly after he arrived, only for the revocation to be overturned in court a few days later. The government then cancelled his visa a second time which, after a second appeal, saw Djokovic deported. According to Westacott, Formula 1 fully understands the rules for people entering Australia, and the Australian GP will be a 100 percent vaccination event. "We've worked very … [Read more...] about Australian GP won’t have Djokovic-style vaccine drama