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Washington frozen yogurt shop calls police on black man who was literally doing his job

On November 7, 31-year-old Byron Ragland was sitting in Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt shop in Kirkland, Washington, when the police arrived and told him to leave. Ragland, who is a special advocate and visitation supervisor, was in the establishment so he coul
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Washington frozen yogurt shop calls police on black man who was literally doing his job

On November 7, 31-year-old Byron Ragland was sitting in Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt shop in Kirkland, Washington, when the police arrived and told him to leave. Ragland, who is a special advocate and visitation supervisor, was in the establishment so he could supervise a family visit. Out of curiosity, what’s his background? Nine years in U.S. Air Force.  This veteran’s alleged crime? Basically, doing his job. Within about half an hour of his clients ordering frozen yogurt, Ragland says the police interrupted him observing the family.  “They asked me to leave,” Ragland said. “They asked for my ID. They told me the manager had been watching me and wanted me to move along.” Ramon Cruz, the store owner, says he was informed by his employees that Ragland hadn’t purchased anything. They felt he looked “suspicious.” (For context, Cruz was not in the store himself.) “They’re kind of scared because he looks suspicious,” Cruz told the dispatcher in the 911 call, which is now available to listen to online. “All he does is look at his phone, look at them, look at his phone, look at them.” Which, given that Ragland’s employment involves him supervising these visits, sounds like he was just doing his literal job.

This week in the war on workers: Marriott workers still on strike in Boston, San Francisco, Hawaii

Marriott workers have settled their strikes and are back on the job in Detroit and San Jose, but the strike continues in Boston, San Francisco, and Hawaii, seven weeks after it started. That means workers are walking picket lines in San Francisco's smoky a
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This week in the war on workers: Marriott workers still on strike in Boston, San Francisco, Hawaii

Marriott workers have settled their strikes and are back on the job in Detroit and San Jose, but the strike continues in Boston, San Francisco, and Hawaii, seven weeks after it started. That means workers are walking picket lines in San Francisco's smoky air and in Boston as it starts to get cold. But workers are committed: x“I’m going to be on strike for as long as it takes. We work for the largest and richest hotel company in the world…we’re going to stand together, and together we’re going to win.” - Courtney Leonard from @UNITEHERE26 on the #MarriottStrike #1job pic.twitter.com/vt46ksNbLB— UNITE HERE #1Job (@unitehere) November 16, 2018

Spotlight on green news & views: Humanitarian disaster brews in Chico; headed for a 5°C world

This is the 580th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the November 10 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
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Spotlight on green news & views: Humanitarian disaster brews in Chico; headed for a 5°C world

This is the 580th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the November 10 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Haricot Blue writes—The Speech That Saved The Planet: “One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists. The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities. This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren. Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe. But there may still be time. My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs. We must act boldly. We must act selflessly. But above all, we must act now.” FishOutofWater writes—Top Firefighters Rip Trump for his Reckless, Insulting & Demeaning Response to Fires: “Twenty five people have been killed by the most destructive wildfires in California history. Firefighters, law enforcement and search and rescue teams are continuing to search for the missing and assess the destruction, while firefighters are valiantly attempting to contain the fires. A new episode of hot, bone-dry winds, intensifying this morning, will make firefighting across California extremely dangerous today.  Extremely critical fire weather conditions are forecast for the next 3 days in southern California. The threat of new fires will be very high from southern California to northern Baja California for the next 5 days. Firefighters from California, Arizona and western states are mobilizing to reinforce the exhausted firefighters who were first to respond to these deadly fires. [...] That was why it was so shockingly inappropriate when Donald Trump threatened to cut support for fighting California’s fires. Our firefighters and law enforcement officers have risked their lives to protect us while their own properties were at risk of destruction.” Another lost contact lens OceanDiver writes—Dawn Chorus: “...And the bays are full of ducks, and geese, and swans...!” “Imagine that feeling of awe that washes over you when there are vast numbers of something of the natural world wherever you look. The quote above is a version of one you may remember at the end of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: Space Odyssey, Bowman’s reaction to the ineffable mystery of the universe, ‘Oh god...It’s full of stars!’ I’ve apparently conflated that with the mindblown reactions of the characters in Isaac Asimov’s stunning short story ‘Nightfall,’ wherein a planet with multiple suns always in daylight for once experiences the darkness of an eclipse, revealing stars stars and more stars thickly scattered across a night sky in the crowded galactic center: The sky is full of stars! I have morphed these sentiments into a similar expression to evoke the awesome feeling of looking up and all around while scuba diving, seeing gazillions of fish swimming every which way: ‘The sky is full of fish!’ Well, that sense of glorious awe is what I’m feeling these days —  no exaggeration —  now the winter water birds are returning to my local bays and wetlands… And the bays are full of ducks and geese and swans!”

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor's race

The Miami Herald reports a heartbreaker. But this won’t be the last time we hear from him. Count on it: Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, for the second time, conceded the race for Florida governor to Republican Ron DeSantis on Saturday, three days afte
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Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor's race

The Miami Herald reports a heartbreaker. But this won’t be the last time we hear from him. Count on it: Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, for the second time, conceded the race for Florida governor to Republican Ron DeSantis on Saturday, three days after a statewide machine recount indicated DeSantis retained his winning lead and as contentious recounts in two other statewide races draw to a close. “We said we would fight until the last vote is counted,” said Gillum with his wife R. Jai on Facebook Live Saturday afternoon. “Now that we are rounding that process out, R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratualte Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida.” Gillum had conceded on Election Night to DeSantis when it appeared the Republican former congressman had won by a narrow, if insurmountable, margin. But after that margin further narrowed in the days after the midterms to within a half of a percentage point, and a statewide machine recount was triggered, Gillum held a brief press conference last weekend in which he withdrew his concession and called for counties to “count every vote.” x Facebook Content

Trump loves to brag about 'my military.' Just don't ask him to get his hair wet for them.

Donald Trump looooves to talk about “my military” and “my generals,” like the authoritarian leader he longs to be. And he likes military pageantry, at least when it’s convenient and the cheers are for him. But he doesn’t care enough to risk gettin
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Trump loves to brag about 'my military.' Just don't ask him to get his hair wet for them.

Donald Trump looooves to talk about “my military” and “my generals,” like the authoritarian leader he longs to be. And he likes military pageantry, at least when it’s convenient and the cheers are for him. But he doesn’t care enough to risk getting his hair wet to honor the dead of World War I in France or go to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, and many observers say he just plain doesn’t get it: that as commander in chief, he’s responsible for people’s lives, and that even in the post-George W. Bush Republican Party there are lines it’s not a good idea to cross in politicizing the military. “There was the belief that over time, he would better understand, but I don’t know that that’s the case,” said Col. David Lapan, a retired Marine who served in the Trump administration in 2017 as a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. “I don’t think that he understands the proper use and role of the military and what we can, and can’t, do.” Of course, Trump may be corroding the relationship between the president and the military in a way that works for him: “If a president routinely and cynically leverages our nation’s armed forces for short-term political advantage, the professional ethos” of the officers corps will be degraded, said Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired three-star Army general and a former commander of American forces in Afghanistan. “This, in turn, would threaten one of the foundational principles of our republic — that our military must remain outside of politics.” That’s a principle that Trump would like to threaten. In the military, which will win out? Discomfort with Trump’s cynicism and lack of interest and flagrantly political use of troops, or pleasure at the new toys he’s getting them? If it’s the latter, the United States of America is in serious trouble.

GOP’s top law enforcement leadership picks are knee-deep in their own criminal/civil legal battles

Indiana’s Republican attorney general, Curtis Hill, has been elected vice chair of the national Republican Attorneys General Association. This comes about three weeks after the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it would not be pursuing 
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GOP’s top law enforcement leadership picks are knee-deep in their own criminal/civil legal battles

Indiana’s Republican attorney general, Curtis Hill, has been elected vice chair of the national Republican Attorneys General Association. This comes about three weeks after the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it would not be pursuing criminal charges against Hill. Special Prosecutor Dan Sigler told a press conference on October 23 that, after an investigation, which you can read the results of here, he thought that he did not have enough evidence to pursue charges against Hill based on reports from numerous women who said he was drunk and sexually inappropriate with them at an after-work party. The Star reported Reardon said that at the party, Hill “put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put them under her clothes, and grabbed her buttocks.” She repeatedly told him to “back off,” but he came up to her later and again reached under her clothing, touching her against her will. DaSilva, McLemore, and Lozano also encountered a reportedly drunken Hill that night, and all had similar tales of unwanted advances and inappropriate physical contact. He was also heard at the bar telling women they needed to “show a little skin” or “show more leg” if they wanted to get free drinks or faster service.

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Twitter confirms third-party involvement in crypto hackings

Micro-blogging site Twitter has confirmed that a third party software provider is responsible for the series of cryptocurrency-related hackings on its platform.
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Twitter confirms third-party involvement in crypto hackings

Micro-blogging site Twitter has confirmed that a third party software provider is responsible for the series of cryptocurrency-related hackings on its platform.

Black Friday 2018 deals: Surface Pro 6 for $800 and other PC, Chromebook, tablet sales - CNET

Costco's killer Surface Pro bundle -- the newest model, a Surface Pen and Type Cover for $800 -- starts Nov. 16.
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Black Friday 2018 deals: Surface Pro 6 for $800 and other PC, Chromebook, tablet sales - CNET

Costco's killer Surface Pro bundle -- the newest model, a Surface Pen and Type Cover for $800 -- starts Nov. 16.

Black Friday 2018 streamer deals start Sunday: Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast discounts - CNET

It's never been cheaper to get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, ESPN, DirecTV Now and more to your TV. Here are the best discounts (so far) on our favorite streamers.
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Black Friday 2018 streamer deals start Sunday: Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast discounts - CNET

It's never been cheaper to get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, ESPN, DirecTV Now and more to your TV. Here are the best discounts (so far) on our favorite streamers.

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Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be th
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Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Andes is […]

Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. H
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Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get […]

How cities can fix tourism hell

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve decided to
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How cities can fix tourism hell

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve decided to spare you from any more Amazon HQ2 talk and instead focus […]

WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of fea
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WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of features including augmented reality selfie masks, animated GIFs, or personalized avatars like Bitmoji. A good enough version of Stories conveniently baked […]

Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digita
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Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. He is currently chairing the Quantum Computing Working Group for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and is […]

China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines
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China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines” in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new CEO. At a company event on Saturday, Chen Lin, an […]

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Disney details new 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' attractions

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - «Star Wars» fans will soon be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon and face off against Kylo Ren in battle. Disney on Saturday announced some details of the new «Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge» lands, opening in 2019.
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Disney details new 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' attractions

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - «Star Wars» fans will soon be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon and face off against Kylo Ren in battle. Disney on Saturday announced some details of the new «Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge» lands, opening in 2019. It also announced that composer John Williams, creator of ...

Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A museum in Nevada says it is about to send a diamond-shaped sculpture into space that will be visible to the naked eye at night. The Nevada Museum of Art's $1.5 million project will launch Monday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base
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Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A museum in Nevada says it is about to send a diamond-shaped sculpture into space that will be visible to the naked eye at night. The Nevada Museum of Art's $1.5 million project will launch Monday from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Reno Gazette Journal ...

8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change

Climate change is very real, but you don’t have to venture far to learn about it: many sci-fi books pinpoint this dangerous environmental issue and its negative consequences. Even though a UN-backed report […] The post 8 Sci-Fi Books That Highligh
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8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change

Climate change is very real, but you don’t have to venture far to learn about it: many sci-fi books pinpoint this dangerous environmental issue and its negative consequences. Even though a UN-backed report […] The post 8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change appeared first on Geek.com.

Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic

For many, the idea that Alexa-enabled devices could be spying on them is a very real fear. It’s certainly not far-fetched by any means – with all the holes in privacy in social […] The post Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenienc
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Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic

For many, the idea that Alexa-enabled devices could be spying on them is a very real fear. It’s certainly not far-fetched by any means – with all the holes in privacy in social […] The post Retro ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic appeared first on Geek.com.

Wyoming museum's video series focuses on firearms' history

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum's collection. The first two videos in the «Firearms Friday» series were posted this week on the museum's YouTube channel . Mu
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Wyoming museum's video series focuses on firearms' history

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming State Museum is launching a video series to teach people about firearms from the museum's collection. The first two videos in the «Firearms Friday» series were posted this week on the museum's YouTube channel . Museum volunteer Evan Green explains the history and other ...

Outdoor climbing structures among children's museum plans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Custom-designed outdoor climbing structures are among plans for improvements at the Children's Museum in downtown Lincoln. A science center also was included in the plans shared with the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission earlier this w
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Outdoor climbing structures among children's museum plans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Custom-designed outdoor climbing structures are among plans for improvements at the Children's Museum in downtown Lincoln. A science center also was included in the plans shared with the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission earlier this week. The museum sits in the shadow of the Capitol, near Centennial ...

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Christopher Bell: «I wasn’t good enough» to win at Homestead

Bell found himself in a must-win situation in last weekend's event at ISM Raceway. Despite that, he did exactly what he needed to do and captured the checkered flag, securing his place in the Championship 4. His position was a similar one at Homestead-Miami
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Christopher Bell: «I wasn’t good enough» to win at Homestead

Bell found himself in a must-win situation in last weekend's event at ISM Raceway. Despite that, he did exactly what he needed to do and captured the checkered flag, securing his place in the Championship 4. His position was a similar one at Homestead-Miami Speedway with four drivers deadlocked in the standings, all going for the win. He started Saturday's race from the outside of the front ... Keep reading

First Hyundai TCR car lands in Australia

The TCR-spec i30 N is the first of two Hyundais that are expected to run in the brand new TCR Australia series next season, with HMO Customer Racing having set itself up as a de facto dealer team. The i30 is the fourth new TCR car to land in Australia, joinin
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First Hyundai TCR car lands in Australia

The TCR-spec i30 N is the first of two Hyundais that are expected to run in the brand new TCR Australia series next season, with HMO Customer Racing having set itself up as a de facto dealer team. The i30 is the fourth new TCR car to land in Australia, joining product from Audi, Volkswagen, and Honda that is already in the country. “It is fantastic to see the arrival of our fourth ... Keep reading

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