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GOP Sen. Mitt Romney: 'I am sickened' over Trump's conduct revealed in Mueller report Jags' Ramsey responds to Coughlin's criticism

GOP Sen. Mitt Romney: 'I am sickened' over Trump's conduct revealed in Mueller reportRepublican Sen. Mitt Romney said the conduct by President Donald Trump and his campaign outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report left him "sickened" and "appalled"


Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said that the team knows why he hasn't attended voluntary workouts and that he'll be with the team when it's time.
Measles Crisis: Judge Dismisses Parents’ Suit Against NYC Sources: Lakers want 2nd Lue, Williams meetings

Measles Crisis: Judge Dismisses Parents’ Suit Against NYCPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA New York judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought against the city’s Department of Health by five parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.The dismissal shores up an emergency order declaring the city’s measles outbreak a public health emergency. In addition to mandating the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children in zip codes affected by the crisis, it threatened parents with fines of up to $1,000.There have been 329 confirmed cases of the viral illness, mostly among observant Jews in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. “The unvarnished truth is that these diagnoses represent the most significant spike in incidences of measles in the United States in many years and that the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is at its epicenter,” Kings County Supreme Court justice Lawrence Knipel wrote.Knipel debunked the parents’ arguments, concluding that their medical objections to vaccines ran counter to scientific evidence; their religious objections weren’t supported by doctrine, and were only relevant to school admissions; and their moral objections, such as their insistence on informed consent for vaccines, were misplaced.“A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire,” he wrote. “Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion.”Jay Begun, founder of Kindercare Pediatrics in Williamsburg and an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, said the dismissal was a victory for the community.“Now more people will be encouraged to immunize their children, and it will create a safer environment for everyone,” he said. “This proves that the greater good trumps the marginal opinions of a small segment of the population.”But, he added, when it comes to enforcing the order, “the less punitive the better and the more educational the better.”One Hasidic father, who asked that his name not be shared in order to protect his privacy, felt that the dismissal was a step toward safety for his community.“It is still scary to go out with the kids in Williamsburg, but hopefully this will help turn around the situation,” he said.Robert Krakow, the parents’ attorney and a frequent representative of parents who claim their children were injured by vaccines, said he wasn’t particularly surprised by the judge’s decision.Krakow claimed that a new version of the order presented during the hearing said the city could fine parents per day, as opposed to only once, for refusing to vaccinate their children.“Wouldn’t you expect, when the city handed over the order and said the criminal provisions are removed, that they would also highlight any significant changes?” he said. “I didn’t hear them say anything about fines per day. Let’s just say we’re investigating it.”The decision came on the same day that the Health Department announced it had issued summonses to three parents for not vaccinating their children. The department also shut down four yeshivas for not complying with its order that unvaccinated students be forbidden from attending. A daycare that was shut down earlier this week, United Talmudical Academy, reopened today under close supervision by the Health Department.Read more at The Daily Beast.


Ty Lue met with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka for about 90 minutes Friday, a prelude to what the Lakers hope will be more detailed discussions with top candidates Lue and Monty Williams as soon as next week, sources told ESPN.
In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still stands Top-seed Flames join Lightning as 1st-round flops

In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still standsAn arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France's famed Notre-Dame cathedral. Hemmed by the village of Qalb Lozeh (Arabic for Heart of the Almond), the cathedral which goes by the same name is widely hailed as Syria's finest example of Byzantine-era architecture.


The Flames were ousted by the Avs in Game 5 on Friday, marking the first time in NHL history that the No. 1 seeds in each conference have both been eliminated in the opening round.
North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test Sources: Anderson ban is for epithet, not bat flip

North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons testNorth Korea's state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the "root cause" that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea's first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to play down both developments, with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan telling reporters at the Pentagon that while there had been a test, it was "not a ballistic missile." A spokeswoman for the State Department said it was aware of the report about Pompeo and added: "The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation." Despite the summit breakdown, North Korea had maintained a freeze in nuclear and ballistic missile testing in place since 2017,and Trump has repeatedly pointed to that as an important outcome from a year of engagement with Pyongyang.


White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson's one-game suspension following a benches-clearing incident was for his use of the N-word during the on-field confrontation, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Man arrested with petrol tanks entering New York cathedral was philosophy teacher who booked one-way ticket to Rome Hurt, No. 10 in ESPN 100, commits to Duke

Man arrested with petrol tanks entering New York cathedral was philosophy teacher who booked one-way ticket to RomeMarc Lamparello’s story seemed off from the start.It was nearly 8pm on Wednesday when Mr Lamparello, a 37-year-old graduate student and lecturer on philosophy, entered St Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan toting two gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.Hours before, he had purchased a $2,800 (£2,150), one-way plane ticket to Rome, which was set to depart the next day.Mr Lamparello was about 20 feet into the church when ushers approached him and said he could not be inside the building with the cans of gasoline, police said.He explained that he was trying to take a shortcut through the iconic sanctuary to reach his van, which he claimed had run out of gas.Mr Lamparello’s gold minivan, though, turned out not to be out of fuel, police said, and a stroll through St Patrick’s was hardly a shortcut.Denied entry, Mr Lamparello left the sanctuary, sloshing gasoline on the floor as he went, police said. He was stopped outside the church by police officers, who noticed the twin gas cans.The incident came just before Easter and two days after a devastating fire tore through the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.Mr Lamparello, who has addresses in New Jersey and in Brooklyn, was taken into custody on Wednesday night and questioned by detectives, including officers from the Police Department’s intelligence division and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.He was being held on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment, senior police officials said.But on Thursday afternoon, he was transported from the Midtown North Precinct to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said, and it remained unclear when he would appear in court.It was the second church-related arrest this week for Mr Lamparello.On Monday night, he was arrested inside Newark, New Jersey’s Sacred Heart Cathedral after he refused to leave the sanctuary.He told officers the church was a house of God and should be open at all hours before throwing himself on the floor and vowing to stay.“[He] said, ‘If you want me to leave, you’ll have to take me out in handcuffs',” Armando B Fontoura, the Essex County sheriff, said. He described Mr Lamparello as “very respectful”, if obstinate.Mr Lamparello was taken to a police station that evening and charged with resisting arrest, defiant trespassing and interfering with the administration of law.He was evaluated by emergency medical technicians, who found nothing wrong with him, Sheriff Fontoura said.His mother escorted him that night from the precinct to his parents’ home in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, he said.It remains unclear what may have driven Mr Lamparello to go to St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday. Police officials would not say what, if any, motive he disclosed to officers.“There doesn’t appear to be any connection to a terror group,” said John Miller, the Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.Mr Lamparello is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the City University of New York. His mother told New Jersey authorities he had an apartment in New York City.He was a 2004 graduate of Boston College and was listed as teaching courses at Brooklyn College this spring. Police said Mr Lamparello also taught at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.He had written and published a book, Reason and Counterpoint, in 2016. His online biography on Amazon.com suggests an interest in questions of religion and higher powers; it said he was working on a book-length project that would wrestle with the existence of God.At least one of the courses he has taught, Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy, touched on religion.The course included “such topics as the nature and scope of knowledge, meaning and verification, the existence of God, determinism and free will, the mind-body problem, and the nature of moral judgments,” according to an online course description for Brooklyn College.The New York Times


Matthew Hurt, the 10th-ranked player in the ESPN 100, has committed to play for the Duke Blue Devils.


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    The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

    Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

    Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

    Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

    Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

    When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

    Living Wages Are A Global Problem

    The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

    Ukraine: Not What It Seems

    After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

    Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

    After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

    Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

    The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

     

     
     
     
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