HARTFORD — The third-ranking majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives told state Democrats on Sunday night that the current Congress has accomplished some of the most important legislation in seven decades, thanks to Connecticut's congressional delegation. But in a 32-minute cheerleading speech before 600 people in the Connecticut Convention Center, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina stressed the importance of next month's election at a time when democracy is being threatened and Republicans have plans to defund major social-spending programs including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. "You go through the production of this Congress and you go back and look at every previous Congress, you will go back to 1965 before you see a Congress that has been productive as this Congress," Clyburn said. "You look at Franklin Roosevelt, well, you say he gave us the New Deal. Yep. Harry Truman gave us the Fair Deal. Yep. Lyndon Johnson gave us the Great … [Read more...] about U.S. House leader praises CT delegation, stresses importance of next month’s election
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LYMAN, Ukraine - The Ukrainian soldiers waved, hooted and raised their fists in triumph as they drove out of the strategic eastern city of Lyman on Monday, riding M113 armored personnel vehicles provided by Western countries. They passed eight corpses of enemy Russian soldiers who died trying to run from a Ukrainian counteroffensive that swept through the area and is still going, putting the lie to President Vladimir Putin's annexation claims. The bodies were bloated, and some had open mouths, as if still wearing an expression of shock. At the moment the Ukrainian troops were driving by, the dead Russians were being unceremoniously placed into black bags. Sitting atop a tank several yards away, Leonid, a soldier with Ukraine's National Guard, pondered Russia's plans to send more than 300,000 more men to Ukraine. "They're going to need a bigger grave," Leonid said. Just two days after Ukrainian troops claimed victory in Lyman, a city of 22,000 that the Russians had used as a … [Read more...] about Refuting annexation, Ukrainian forces push on from Lyman toward Luhansk
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 In comic books, Galactus is known as the devourer of worlds. When it comes to action figures, Galactus is now the destroyer of wallets. Hasbro decided that its newest figure depicting the giant planet eater from Marvel's Fantastic Four wouldn't be the typical six-inch toy that retails in the $20 to $30 range and decorates work desks and bookshelves. This Galactus, with a design based on the art of famed Marvel writer-artist John Byrne, would be a towering 32-inch-tall monstrosity of plastic articulation. The figure, scheduled for release some time this fall, is the biggest toy Hasbro has ever built for its Marvel line, which is fitting, given Galactus's gigantic stature. The price for such oversize ambition? $399.99. How do you know whether a fan base will step up to luxury-level action-figure pricing? Hasbro's answer is to crowdfund in advance to gauge interest, as part of the … [Read more...] about Would you buy a $400 Marvel action figure? Thousands of people can’t wait.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, has advocated in Washington for privacy protection for 25 years, warning about threats to online privacy. The Associated Press spoke recently with Chester about growing public concern and official action. Q: The Federal Trade Commission is considering crafting rules to police what it sees as harmful commercial surveillance. In Congress, privacy legislation has moved closer to passage. Do these developments reflect evolving public sentiment? A: There’s a growing public backlash over the use of our personal information by companies such as Google, Amazon, Meta and TikTok. People are aware that nearly every company they deal with collects data from and about them. That lucrative information provides the companies’ immense revenues. Q: What's behind the greater awareness and concern? A: … [Read more...] about Insider Q&A: Privacy advocate sees growing public alarm
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 'Tis the season to be jolly, and I'm not talking about Christmas. It's Fat Bear Week, a pure and wonderful treat for people who need a break from the harsh realities of life. The competition champions the brown bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve as they complete their transformations from scrawny to elephantine for hibernation. With the internet watching via live Bear Cams, the contestants go beast mode on the millions of sockeye salmon that run from Bristol Bay down the Brooks River. Then it's up to voters to interpret the "fattest." "There's no real set criteria that you're supposed to vote on," said Mike Fitz, a resident naturalist with Explore.org who started the competition in 2014. "You could vote on just simply the largest bear, or look at relative fatness or consider the extenuating circumstances of each bear's life like the challenges of raising offspring." For … [Read more...] about What is Fat Bear Week? Everything to know about the big, beefy event.
(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences. Each year, millions of Americans are impacted by mental health conditions. Recognized during the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the 1 in 5 Americans experiencing mental illness each year, dispel common misperceptions, and provide support to all impacted, including people with experience with a mental health condition, care partners, and advocates. Marilyn, who hails from a small town in Colorado, was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter nearly 40 years ago. As her condition worsened, she was also diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder. “I have been to so many primary healthcare providers, neurologists, and psychiatrists for my mental health conditions, and we’ve tried many different medications,” said Marilyn. After taking antipsychotics for six years, Marilyn experienced involuntary movements such as pronounced lip … [Read more...] about Managing Mental Health and Tardive Dyskinesia (TD): One Woman Shares her Story
(BPT) - Addiction is a disease that can be mentally and physically debilitating. If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, you know how dark it can be. Taking the next step and exploring rehab options can bring light into the darkness so you can fight — and ultimately win — the battle against addiction. Millions of people in the United States have a substance use disorder and are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Even though you feel alone in your struggles, it’s important to know many people have walked in your shoes and found hope to overcome addiction. “After finding the right rehab option, it’s time to prepare for the next steps. When a person first enters an addiction rehab center, they may be at risk of experiencing withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal can be an uncomfortable process, and the person may benefit from medical treatments in order to make the process less difficult,” said Debra Lloyd at California Behavioral Health. “This is why many people start … [Read more...] about Overcoming addiction: What to expect when you go through inpatient rehab
Starbucks workers at Houston's first unionized store held an unfair labor practices strike on Saturday to demand the reinstatement of a worker they say was fired in retaliation for leading unionizing efforts. The strike came just a week after the coffee giant's Shepherd and Harold store , located at 2801 S. Shepherd Drive, announced it had voted to form a union. Workers at the store allege that Josh Deleon, a longtime Starbucks employee and leader of the union drive at the Shepherd and Harold store, was fired in retaliation for his organizing efforts just five days before the Sept. 21 vote to unionize. In an email interview, Deleon, who had worked for the company for nearly nine years, wrote that during the month of September, management began pulling certain employees off the floor with vague accusations of time theft, explaining that the situation was being investigated. Union busting is DISGUSTING! @SBWU_Houston PROTESTING against exploitative & unethical union … [Read more...] about Houston Starbucks workers go on temporary strike after union leader was fired
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz told a prosecution psychiatrist he began contemplating a mass murder during middle school, doing extensive research on earlier killers to learn their methods and mistakes to shape his own plans, video played at his penalty trial showed Monday. Cruz told Dr. Charles Scott during a March jailhouse interview that five years before he murdered 17 at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, he read about the 1999 murder of 13 at Colorado's Columbine High School, which sparked the idea of his own mass killing. Cruz told Scott how Columbine, the 2007 murder of 32 at Virginia Tech University and the 2012 killing of 12 at a Colorado movie theater all played a part in his preparation. “I studied mass murderers and how they did it,” Cruz told Scott. “How they planned, … [Read more...] about Florida school shooter contemplated massacre for years