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  • FDA plans curbs on e-cigarette sales over concerns about surge in teen vaping

    11/10/2018 11:18:10 AM PST · by Drango · 58 replies
    WashPost ^ | November 8,'18 | Laurie McGinley
    The Food and Drug Administration, alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors, is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products throughout the United States — actions that will probably have a significant impact on an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years with little government oversight. As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials. The agency will also impose such rules...
  • In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low

    11/08/2018 11:17:21 AM PST · by Drango · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Nov 8, '18
    In US, cigarette smoking rate declines to new low Washington (AFP) - Cigarette smoking is losing popularity in the United States, where health officials Thursday announced just 14 percent of the population now smokes, the lowest level ever recorded in the country. Some 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes, according to a 2017 survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 14 percent cigarette-smoker rate is down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The current rate marks a 67 percent decline since 1965, the year the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began collecting annual data on smokers, said...
  • Transgender Boy Tells Mom 'It Shouldn't Be Scary To Be Who You Are (NPR)

    10/26/2018 12:41:06 PM PDT · by Drango · 63 replies
    NPR ^ | October 26, 2018 | NPR
    <p>Kaysen Ford was 12 years old in 2015 when he and his mother, Jennifer Sumner, sat down for a StoryCorps interview in Birmingham, Ala. The youngest of seven children, Kaysen talked to his mother about being transgender.</p> <p>Kaysen Ford had just finished 5th grade in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when he started using he/him pronouns. It was around that time he began to tell friends and family that he was transgender.</p>
  • Finding 'Common Good' Among Evangelicals In The Political Season (NPR)

    10/25/2018 10:30:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/25/18 | SARAH MCCAMMON
    On a recent evening in Houston, under the heavy branches of live oak trees, Doug Pagitt stood before a couple dozen people gathered on blue folding chairs on the Rice University campus. "You've heard it said that to be a true Christian, you must vote like a Republican," he said. "But we are here to be reminded that just ain't so." You have heard it said, 'America First,' but we are here to be reminded to 'seek first the Kingdom of God,' on behalf of all those everywhere in the world. Doug Pagitt Pagitt, 52, describes himself as a progressive...
  • How Accurate Are Online DNA Tests?

    10/16/2018 6:27:59 AM PDT · by Drango · 60 replies
    Scientific America ^ | 10/15/18 | Adam Rutherford
    Blah, blah, blah...DNA stuff...~snip (This is in the conclusion) But to say that you are 20 percent Irish, 4 percent Native American or 12 percent Scandinavian is fun, trivial and has very little scientific meaning.
  • ‘Trump … blinked, Seattle won,’ Durkan says as police get federal funds (trun)

    10/15/2018 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Drango · 26 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 15, 2018 | Daniel Beekman
    The Trump administration, after threatening to withhold funds for Seattle in retaliation for the city’s immigration policies, has agreed to hand over the money, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes. Seattle and nearby jurisdictions have been approved for $657,975 in Justice Assistance Grant funds, the U.S. Department of Justice said in an Oct. 10 letter to the city. Durkan and Holmes are declaring the news a victory for Seattle and its policies, ... ~snip “Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions blinked, Seattle won and public safety prevailed,” Durkan said in a statement over the weekend. The Trump...
  • Trump approves Labor–HHS support for CPB, interconnection, Ready To Learn

    09/28/2018 4:05:23 PM PDT · by Drango · 2 replies
    CURRENT ^ | Sept 28 | Dru Sefton
    President Trump signed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2019 Friday, securing forward funding for CPB and annual support for two other public broadcasting budget items. The legislation gives CPB flat funding of $445 million for FY21. The rebuilding of public broadcasting’s interconnection infrastructure gets $20 million for FY19, the full amount public broadcasters had requested. Ready To Learn, the public TV early-childhood education project, gets $27.7 million of a $30 million request. Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations, said in an announcement that Trump’s signature marks “the culmination of the Appropriations...
  • Lexington-area tourism group beefs up marketing in wake of RED Hen controversy

    09/03/2018 4:21:17 AM PDT · by Drango · 73 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Sept 3 2018 | Alison Graham
    LEXINGTON — Rockbridge Regional Tourism approved a recovery plan to boost its marketing after The Red Hen restaurant controversy brought a slew of negative national media coverage this summer. The regional tourism board, with members from Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, met with the Lexington City Council on Thursday for an update on tourism initiatives and numbers. The board had initially approved the recovery plan soon after news of The Red Hen controversy was spreading across the country. At the end of June, the restaurant’s owner declined to serve presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she visited the...
  • A New Smoking Ban In Public Housing Roils Some Residents

    08/24/2018 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Drango · 52 replies
    Huffington ^ | 08/20/2018 | Wiltz
    ATLANTA — It’s August here, which means things are hot, verging on swampy. And it’s cigarette break time, which means the denizens of the Barge Road Highrise senior housing complex are both hot and cranky. Really cranky...So yeah, they’re mad. Excerpt...See link
  • 'Adjusting Appropriately' To Words That Hurt (NPR-"Sherpa" or "spook,")

    08/09/2018 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Drango · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 8 '18 | Jeanine Santucci
    In recent weeks, the Ombudsman's Office received complaints from listeners and readers about a handful of specific words used by the newsroom. These listeners and readers argued that the words have racial histories that made them inappropriate. This is an ongoing concern of NPR audience members: words that are in common usage, but that a growing number of people now understand have racial or ethnic roots that make them offensive to some, at least in some situations. What is NPR's obligation here, when language that may seem innocuous to some, or is being used by people in the news, also...
  • Opinion: Calling The Press The Enemy Of The People Is A Menacing Move (NPR)

    08/05/2018 11:11:18 AM PDT · by Drango · 134 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 4 '18 | Scott Simon
    "Enemy of the people" is an incendiary phrase. It's been uttered by some of history's most vicious thugs — Robespierre, Goebbels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao — to vilify their opponents ... who were often murdered. President Trump must know that history by now when he calls the press "the enemy of the people." As he must also know the anti-Semitic and racist history of the America First slogan, by which the president describes many of his policies. But Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, pointedly declined the chance this week to say, as Ivanka Tump did, "I do not feel...
  • For President Trump, Life Is Just Not Fair — And What That Means For The Rest Of Us (NPR)

    08/04/2018 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Drango · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 3,'18 | DOMENICO MONTANARO
    A week after firing FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, President Trump got out of Washington to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He decided to give the graduating cadets some advice. "Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair," Trump said. "You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine." Pretty standard stuff to...
  • San Francisco Squalor: City Streets Strewn With Trash, Needles And Human Feces (NPR)

    08/02/2018 1:56:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 59 replies
    NPR ^ | Aug 1st, '18 | Samantha Raphelson
    San Francisco's streets are so filthy that at least one infectious disease expert has compared the city to some of the dirtiest slums in the world. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city in February, finding giant mounds of trash and food on the majority of streets. At least 100 discarded needles and more than 300 piles of human feces were also found in downtown San Francisco, according to the report. San Francisco's new mayor, London Breed, had proposed adding nearly $13 million to the city's $65 million street cleaning budget over the next two...
  • Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

    07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Drango · 174 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, '18 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff...
  • One in Four Americans Support Total Smoking Ban (Gallup)

    07/23/2018 1:36:10 PM PDT · by Drango · 101 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 23, 2018 | Justin McCarthy
    One in Four Americans Support Total Smoking Ban by Justin McCarthy Story Highlights 25% of U.S. adults support an outright smoking ban Support remains much higher for a ban on smoking in public places (59%) Public smoking ban popular among all groups WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One in four U.S. adults say that smoking should be made totally illegal in the U.S. --
  • 72-Yr Old Veteran Curb-Stomped by "Eight African-American men" As He's Walking Home in Berkeley

    07/21/2018 1:53:54 PM PDT · by Drango · 54 replies
    KTVU ^ | Jul 21, 2018
  • Journalist Sees 'Almost No Daylight' Between Fox News And White House Agendas (NPR)

    07/16/2018 1:44:32 PM PDT · by Drango · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | July 12 '18 | TRERRY is GROSS
    TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. President Trump's connections to his favorite TV network, Fox News, got even stronger last week with his appointment of Bill Shine to serve as deputy chief of staff for communications. When Roger Ailes was president of Fox News, Shine served as his vice president and was considered Ailes' enforcer. When Ailes was ousted after several women at Fox alleged he'd sexually harassed them, Shine became co-president of Fox. But then he was forced out for having helped enable a climate of sexual harassment in the Ailes era. Shine was named...

    06/29/2018 8:05:25 AM PDT · by Drango · 103 replies
    RVA ^ | June 28 '18 | JOHN DONEGAN
    It’s only been five days since the Red Hen’s owner Stephanie Wilkinson refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family in quiet Lexington, Virginia. What followed next was five days of raucous outroar of epic, nay, biblical proportions. Not wanting to miss the action, RVA Magazine arrived in Lexington on Wednesday morning to dig the vibe. Tempers were running hot and expectations were looking grim–a certain sting was in the air. The protests the day before saw one arrest and a hot mess of chicken shit (yes, actual chicken feces) splashed across the restaurant doors....
  • Children's Cries Brought Down Walls Of Indifference (NPR)

    06/23/2018 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Drango · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | June 23, 2018 | Scott Simon
    The cries of children pierce our hearts. Scientists say they're meant to. They move us to love and protect children. This response is healthy; it's human; and it keeps humanity going. As Dr. Marc Bornstein at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development told The Scientist, "the infant cry and the caregiver response, have developed together to ensure the survival of the species." Public figures, including the pope, bishops, senators of both parties, and every living spouse of a president spoke out against the Trump administration policy that separated more than 2,300 children crossing the...
  • Smoking rate in U.S. hits all-time low, CDC says

    06/20/2018 10:27:43 AM PDT · by Drango · 43 replies
    CBS ^ | June 19 '18
    <p>About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show.</p> <p>There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.</p>