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  • Dishwasher awarded $21.5M for being forced to work on Sundays

    01/17/2019 4:10:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chris Perez
    A hotel dishwasher was awarded $21.5 million this week after she managed to convince a Miami jury that her employer had violated her religious rights — by making her work on Sundays. “I love God,” said Marie Jean Pierre, speaking to NBC 6with her lawyer Marc Brumer. “No work on Sunday because Sunday I honor God.” Pierre, 60, got fired three years ago from her job at the Conrad Miami hotel — which was managed by Hilton at the time — after missing multiple shifts on Sunday to attend church service. She later sued, claiming the hotel had violated the Civil...
  • NJ $15 per hour deal reached

    01/17/2019 1:48:04 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 19 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 1/17/2019 | NJ
    New Jersey’s Democratic governor and lawmakers have reached a highly anticipated agreement to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024. Under the deal, many workers will move gradually to a $15 minimum wage over five years. Some classes of workers, including those employed by small businesses with five or fewer employees, will have to wait longer. The deal had been held up by a disagreement over which workers should receive $15 an hour and when. Gov. Phil Murphy has called for $15 for all, while legislative leaders said there must be exceptions made...
  • Pa state police arrest 41 in nearly $1 million kickback scheme

    01/17/2019 10:55:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 17, 2019
    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police have arrested 41 people accused of stealing nearly $1 million from a Delaware County nonprofit through an overtime rigging and kickback scheme. Police said Wednesday four supervisors with the Elwyn Organization are facing felony theft charges. The supervisors have been identified as 40-year-old Tyloneous Wilson, 34-year-old Karriemah Williams, 36-year-old Lakiea Gay, and 28-year-old Terrance Chatman. Police say the supervisors would edit employees' time sheets to show overtime but not require them to work. The employees would then split the extra pay with supervisors in return.
  • Deposit Fees

    01/17/2019 9:20:06 AM PST · by rey · 28 replies
    17 Jan 2019
    How can the state of California collect deposit fees on plastic bottles of .05 cents per bottle and .10 cents per quart of oil and never pay out on it? If anyone else collected a deposit that was never paid they would find themselves in a world of trouble.
  • Are people paying for FOX NATION?

    01/17/2019 8:04:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 1/17/19 | me
    I've seen several links to took me to the new subscription page where FOX personalities preach to the choir. I am not inclined to pay for more clutter on my computer and since I live in a rural area the drain on my data plan is also a non starter. I'm wondering if people are signing up for this stuff in significant numbers.
  • Democrat Senator Claims Justice Department is 'Moving to Indict' President Trump

    01/17/2019 7:19:38 AM PST · by McQ444 · 12 replies
    NN ^ | 2019-01-16 21:00 | Daniel Newton
    A Democratic senator on the Judiciary Committee says he believes the federal government is 'moving toward indictment and charges' against President Donald Trump. But not surprisingly, the supposed agents are nowhere near a point where they can lodge a specific accusation at the President.
  • Michigan State president steps down after comments about Larry Nassar victims

    01/17/2019 6:21:19 AM PST · by McQ444 · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2019-01-17 21:00 | Katelyn Caralle
    Michigan State University's interim president John Engler is stepping down after he said some victims of the school's sex abuse scandal were "enjoying" their "moment in the spotlight." Engler, who is Michigan's former governor, was brought in to help the university recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. But MSU's Board of Trustees was set to meet Thursday to fire him following his comments about some of the women who were sexually abused by Nassar, who was the school's sports doctor.
  • Today’s Cryptogram

    01/17/2019 5:53:43 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 18 replies
    Today’s Cryptogram URQ BKUTIU TI VXURTVH STURXMU URQ HTNU, YMU URQ HTNU TI VXURTVH STURXMU SXKF. QDTPQ OXPB You can find this little fun word game, to combat early dementia and senility in us baby boomers, in several daily publications, unfortunately they are copyrighted so we can't use them here. So, we're just going to make up our own. The way it works is a letter stands for another letter. For example: AXYDLBAAXR is LONGFELLOW (does not apply to today's cryptogram) Beware, the game is very addictive. If this is your first time, don't be intimidated. Send me a private...
  • The World’s Most Popular Coffee Species Are Going Extinct, Study Says

    01/17/2019 5:32:47 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 35 replies ^ | 1/16/2019 | Stephanie Valera
    Coffee lovers, here’s one more reason to savor that morning cup o’ joe. Research shows 60 percent of coffee species found in the wild could soon go extinct. In a new study published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday, researchers at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens say factors putting the future of coffee at risk include climate change, deforestation, droughts, and plant diseases. According to the study, a collaboration between scientists from the UK and Ethiopia, out of 124 types of wild coffee, 75 are at risk of extinction. About 35 of the 124 species grow in areas with no...
  • Wall Report: Border Rancher Finds Prayer Rugs!

    01/16/2019 7:53:14 PM PST · by rebuildus · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/16/19 | Patrick Rooney
    Wall Report: Border Rancher Finds Prayer Rugs! A border rancher reported seeing prayer rugs in a building on her property used by illegal aliens! Report of numerous illegal crossings by non-Mexicans or Central Americans... ISIS cells found... Also the latest on the border funding showdown, and GoFundMe campaign "We Build The Wall." Border Rancher: We've Found Prayer Rugs Out Here. It's Unreal! Border Region Exposed Years Ago for ISIS Cells Finally Gets Fence Nancy Pelosi Suggests to Trump that State of the Union Be Delayed President Trump's Favorite Approval Rating Poll Just Gave Him His Lowest Mark...
  • She Had Open-Heart Surgery—and Vows to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

    01/16/2019 7:17:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Menefee’s doctors have a nickname for her: Supergirl. Similar to the comic book hero, the 26-year-old physical therapist has faced obstacles head-on with tenacity. But in her case, her superhuman strength comes in the form of running marathons less than two years after open-heart surgery. Menefee first noticed something wrong in December of 2015, when she took off on a long run during a break in her day at San Diego State University, where she was studying to become a physical therapist. At the time, the former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona was training for a transition...
  • The Hill Pulls Article about Congressional Staffer Rape

    01/16/2019 6:28:46 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/19 | yesthatjallen
    I was going to post an article from The Hill. Headline: "Former congressional staffer claims lawmakers helped cover up rape" When I clicked on the article it came up "ACCESS DENIED". Before I refreshed The Hill homepage I took a screen shot. After I refreshed the homepage, the link to the article was gone. Here are the screen shots:
  • Would-be vandal gets surprised after trying to run-over giant snowman with tree trunk base

    01/16/2019 5:38:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies ^ | January 16, 2019
    According to WXIX, Cody Lutz, his fiance Lucy and soon-to-be sister-in-law decided to build an over-sized snowman in the front yard after a big snowstorm hit the area. “We were playing in the snow, she’s from Mississippi so this is the most snow she’s ever seen in her entire life. I’m from Buffalo so this is no big deal,” Lutz told WXIX. “I love the snow!” But to make the snowman, Lutz decided to use a large tree stump in their yard for the base and covered it with snow. When Lutz came home on Monday, he saw tire tracks...
  • David's Bridal Airs Inclusive New TV Advertisement Featuring Lesbian Couple

    01/16/2019 5:32:32 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies ^ | 01/16/2019 | Blair Donovan
    Deemed "Rewrite the Rules," the company's latest ad campaign, released on January 7, celebrates the diversity of its bridal buyers. The 30-second made-for-TV clip alternates between wedding scenes, starting with the outdoor forest nuptials between an interracial couple. Next, a bride and groom exchange vows at the altar, joined by their young daughter. The clip then flashes to a lesbian newlywed couple dancing among guests at their reception—as one bride's father playfully interrupts to request his own turn. The montage concludes with a bohemian bride and groom, happily running barefoot along a beach. The separate exchanges all individually pay modern...
  • Dog puts fisherman's RV in reverse, backs it into Lake Sam Rayburn

    01/16/2019 3:45:37 PM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies ^ | January 9, 2019 | Raegan Gibson
    A professional fisherman got a big surprise as he tried to launch his boat at Lake Sam Rayburn to practice for a fishing tournament this past weekend. Eric Jackson, of Rock Island, TN, told 12News his two-year-old Dalmatian, Bodi, stepped on the gear shift switch, putting the 38-foot RV in reverse.  Jackson says he was on the back bumper unloading his boat when the RV began backing into the lake. Jackson had been working to launch his boat at the ramps at the Umphrey Family Pavillion of Highway 255. He was planning a practice day before the Fishing League Worldwide 2019...
  • Extremism Part 2

    01/16/2019 3:28:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Media Knegged Media channel ^ | 17/1/19 | Eleutheria5
    Further elaboration on the nature, evils, and workings of extremism in the modern world.

    01/16/2019 3:20:23 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 19 replies
    Self ^ | 1/16/2019 | Dick Bachert

    01/16/2019 2:07:03 PM PST · by WellyP · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 16 Jan, 2019 |
    "The Secret Service was never contacted by Nancy Pelosi’s office or other Democratic congressional leadership regarding their ability to protect the president, members of the administration and Congress during the State of the Union, according to a senior law enforcement official at the Department of Homeland Security..."
  • These 7 House Democrats met with Trump about the shutdown

    01/16/2019 12:08:07 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2019 | Ashley Killough
    Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Thomas Suozzi of New York, Vincente Gonzalez of Texas, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Dean Phillips of Minnesota, Max Rose of New York and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia attended the midday White House meeting in the Situation Room. The lawmakers are not part of Democratic leadership, which has been leading congressional negotiations, and are rank-and-file members mostly hailing from more moderate congressional districts...
  • MSNBC Anchor Suggests Trump Is Blackmailing Graham Over ‘Extreme’ Secret

    01/16/2019 6:33:04 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 54 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/15/2019 | Paul Crookston
    Before Don got elected, Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a racist, xenophobic bigot. Those are Lindsey Graham's words," Jolly said. "I doubt Lindsey Graham could tell you Donald Trump has had a change of heart in the last 24 months, I bet the change of heart has been with Lindsey Graham, not the president." "Or it could be that Donald Trump or somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham," Ruhle replied. "We’re gonna have to leave it there." Jon Cooper, chairman of the Democratic Coalition super PAC, explicitly accused Graham on Saturday of letting himself be blackmailed for "some...