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Changes Made To Workplace Smoking Ban Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senate Bill 63, the Smokefree Workplace bill, advanced out of the House Rules Committee last night, with a few adjustments. The House Rules Committee advanced a rewrite of the smoke-free workplace bill that would allow communities to opt out via local elections and excludes e-cigarettes and marijuana from the definition of smoking. The original bill had widespread support, but House Rules Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux refused to schedule it for a vote on the House floor. She said the state should not force municipalities into a program they may not want. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is the sponsor of the bill that was introduced in 2016 that ultimately failed after clearing the Senate. If the bill passes the House, the Senate must decide whether to accept the new changes.last_img read more

Harry Potter Wizards Unite rakes in 300000 Galleons er dollars in 24

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 1:00 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Potter seems to be generating pots of lucre. Niantic Witches and wizards donned their robes and started casting spells Thursday when the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game launched in the US and UK. And a Friday report by SensorTower says Wizards Unite raced to the No. 1 free app download spot in Apple’s US App Store in about 15 hours — not quite as fast as Harry’s Firebolt broom, but not bad for an app. In the first 24 hours, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game’s been downloaded at least 400,000 times and total player spending across the App Store and Google Play is about $300,000, SensorTower said.It’s not Niantic’s first game to claim that top spot in the App Store. Pokemon Go also sat at No. 1 and generated approximately $2 million in player spending after its launch. The Harry Potter game opened for signups in November and a beta launched in Australia and New Zealand in May. Wizards Unite is a joint effort of WB Games and Niantic under the Portkey Games label.Here’s how you get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on your iPhone or your Android phone. Why Harry Potter: Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Gaming Pokemon Go Lego’s giant Hogwarts brings Harry Potter’s school to… How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one CNET Apps Today Tags Harry Potterlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday January 30

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uTonight’s episode of AFRO First Edition will be pre-empted by Morgan State University Men’s Basketball. Tune in for a new episode of AFRO First Edition, Tuesday, January 31.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Commentary Extremist Laws Make it Harder to End Pregnancies

first_imgBy Jesse Jackson Sr., Guest Columnist of the Wave NewspaperAlabama — led by utterly clueless male legislators — just passed the most restrictive ban on abortion in the country, with Georgia and Missouri piling on close behind.Other states dominated by right-wing Republican politicians are jockeying to join in. Their aim is to get the courts, newly packed with right-wing judges appointed by President Donald Trump, to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark precedent that established a woman’s right to choose in the early months of pregnancy.The new laws generally deem abortion murder after six or eight weeks, no exceptions. This is often before women are even aware that they are pregnant.Rev. Jesse Jackson (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Some of the laws would imprison doctors; others lock up mothers. That is what the anti-abortion movement has demanded. It has been spurred on by cynical politicians like Trump, who devoted part of his State of the Union address to a blood-curdling description of infanticide that came completely from his own ugly imagination.Now anti-abortion activists are on the verge of getting what they want — the ability to prosecute doctors and/or pregnant women for murder if they choose to abort a fetus early in their pregnancies.Even if the life of the mother is at risk, doctors would be loath to risk imprisonment by taking the necessary step to save her.Suddenly, right-wing politicians and moral hypocrites are expressing dismay at their victory. Trump, who not many years ago was entirely pro-choice, tweeted that he didn’t support the Alabama laws, that he believed in exceptions for rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.Apparently murder isn’t always murder for the president — or for televangelist Pat Robertson, or for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who said the law “goes further than I believe,” because he would allow “exceptions” as a matter of “personal belief.”But as E.J. Dionne notes in the Washington Post, if personal beliefs can carve out exceptions to murder, why would Trump’s or McCarthy’s exceptions weigh more than the considered choices of the women struggling with whether to take a fetus to term?Cynical male politicians weighing how to placate the anti-abortion conservatives without alienating the vast majority aren’t making a more moral, more reasoned decision than the woman involved. Lost in this posturing — mostly by male politicians — is the basic reality.Passing laws that outlaw abortions won’t end abortions. They will simply make them less safe, putting more lives at risk.And the posturing totally ignores the deep injustices surrounding reproductive rights, as whatever the law is, rich women will retain the right of choice — even if it requires going to a hospital in another country — while the lives of poor women, already locked out of any federal support for the counseling and choices they need, will be at ever greater risk.Of course, many of these same politicians pushing these laws supposedly to protect life inside the womb do little to save the lives of those outside the womb, voting to roll back Medicaid, cut aid for women and infant children, slash food stamps and eliminate welfare for impoverished mothers with young children.Trump revealed his brazen cynicism, tweeting out his exceptions to the Alabama law while pleading with the anti-abortion movement to “stick together and win for life in 2020.” His concern is re-election not making a moral decision on how best to deal with this agonizing concern.This is an ugly debate. The extremist laws passed in Alabama and elsewhere won’t stand, but the result inevitably will be to make it more difficult and perilous for poor women to make the agonizing decision about a pregnancy.The posturing will lead to the punishment of poor women for childbearing, putting more women and more fetuses at risk, and leave more infants born into a life without the basic support — health care, food, shelter — needed to have a chance for a healthy life. I share the concern for life that animates the most sincere opponents of abortion. I also agree that reproductive justice is essential to women.Family planning isn’t a sin; it is a vital necessity for ensuring that the next generation of infants is brought into the world with the love and the care they need. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled essentially that it is the pregnant woman who is best charged with making the decision about pregnancy until the fetus is viable.I would trust the women agonizing over that choice far more than politicians like Trump or McCarthy, who cynically weigh how to placate their base without alienating the rest of us.The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is president and founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition.This article originally appeared in the Wave Newspapers.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

Stolen van had false registration plates from another stolen van

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA stolen van has been stopped on the M6 Toll road this morning disguised with false registrations plates – which matched those belonging to another stolen van. The less-than-cunningly disguised vehicle was stopped by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) earlier today (Tuesday July 9). Both people in the van have now been arrested. A CMPG spokesman said:  “Van stopped on M6 Toll – turns out that it’s stolen. “To avoid detection the occupants had cunningly put false registration plates on the van. “The only downside? The registration they chose to use belongs to another stolen van. Two off to custody.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more