OAKLAND, Calif. — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland´s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama´s sweeping health care overhaul. Understanding the law is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English
On film, Batman’s rippling muscles and state-of-the-art weaponry strike fear into the hearts of Gotham City’s most terrifying villains. But in Bradford, a new incarnation of the caped crusader has been fighting crime despite a slightly less impressive physique. The mystery vigilante dragged a wanted man by the scruff of the neck into a city centre police station where he handed him over to officers and told them: “I’ve caught this one for you.” Dressed in a grey superhero outfit that was more joke shop than Hollywood, the “bizarre” incident was captured on CCTV last week. His paunch
America, those automatic spending cuts are upon us — and it’s all downhill from here. Or is it? Morning Joe wasn’t buying President Obama‘s “doomsday” scenarios during Monday morning’s discussion about the sequester. In the grand scheme of things, Joe Scarborough contended, the cuts are just a “penny on a dollar.” “Nothing’s happened,” Mike Barnicle chimed in, much to Mika Brzezinski‘s chagrin. She instead noted that his may not have affected Barnicle and Scarborough, but it is affecting people nonetheless. In the end, Scarborough noted, that Obama later admitted that the whole situation wasn’t quite so apocalyptic,
JERUSALEM- Israel is on a locust alert as swarms of the destructive bugs descend on neighboring Egypt ahead of the Passover holiday. Israel´s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline Monday and is asking Israelis to be vigilant in reporting locust sightings to prevent an outbreak. (Snip) Swarms of locusts have descended on Egypt, raising fears they could spread to Israel. The locust alert comes ahead of the Passover festival, which recounts the biblical story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. According to the Bible, a plague of locusts was one of 10 plagues
Four live mortar bombs were intercepted by police in Northern Ireland minutes before being launched, a senior detective has said. A van had its roof cut back to allow the mortars to be fired. Police believe the target was a Londonderry police station. Three men have been arrested in the operation linked to dissident republicans. [Snip] About 100 families had to leave their homes at Letterkenny Road in the overnight alert. Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said there could have been "mass murder if they had hit the intended target.
In 1960, Nixon beat Kennedy in California following up on Eisenhower’s decisive wins over Adlai Stevenson. (Snip) Texas, with the second largest number of electoral votes, a state which leaned Democrat around the same time that California learned Republican, has become the ace in the hole. And if the Democrats can turn Texas blue, then it may be a long time until we see a Republican in the White House.
Late last year, a few days before Christmas, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford embarked on a delicate political mission. He went to see his ex-wife, Jenny. It was only four years ago, in early 2009, that the couple were approaching their twentieth wedding anniversary and Sanford, a popular two-term Republican governor, was laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign. That was when, one afternoon in the governor’s mansion, Jenny went searching through some of her husband’s work papers and discovered a printed e-mail exchange between Mark and Maria Belén Chapur, the Argentine former television journalist
A small group of police and fire departments around the country are using new high-tech drones for emergency response situations stoking fears about misuse of the unmanned aircraft.[Snip] The operators of the emergency service drones say rapidly evolving drone technology is already reshaping disaster response, crime scene reconstruction, crisis management and tactical operations at home. But critics of U.S. domestic drone use worry about privacy and safety. Several dozen local police departments, federal agencies and universities have special FAA permits to fly drones in U.S. airspace. ‘Like a lot of law enforcement agencies, our first thoughts were
WASHINGTON — A White House official says President Barack Obama on Monday will appoint a new energy secretary and new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Obama is nominating MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and EPA veteran Gina McCarthy to run the environmental agency. She currently serves as EPA´s assistant administrator for air and radiation. Obama will announce the nominations during a White House ceremony Monday morning. Both posts require Senate confirmation. The official requested anonymity in order to confirm the nominations ahead of the president´s formal announcement.
Multiple attacks against security forces in Kenya on Monday killed at least 12 people as Kenyans waited in long lines to cast ballots five years after more than 1,000 people died in election-related violence. A group of 200 secessionists armed with guns, machetes and bows and arrows set a trap for police in the pre-dawn hours, killing five officers, Inspector General David Kimaiyo said. One attacker also died. The group - the Mombasa Republican Council - had threatened election day attacks. A second attack by MRC secessionists in nearby Kilifi killed one police officer and five attackers, Kimaiyo said.
Conservatives should welcome the decline of academia as we know it. I, for one, will celebrate its death by engaging in the same activity that characterized my four years at what some call its pinnacle– drinking a lot of Coors Light. There is still nostalgia among conservatives, especially older ones who have forgotten what college is really like, for the idea of higher education as a rigorous venue for intellectual growth, an environment of exciting and vibrant ideas shared by wise, caring educators dedicated to the pursuit of truth. Today, it is nothing of the sort.
Our feckless leaders may be incapable of passing a budget, but, boy, can they pass the buck. The White House spent last week in full campaign hysteria, blitzing online followers with the message that heartless Republicans are prepared to transform America into “Les Misérables” in order to protect “millionaires and billionaires, oil companies, vacation homes, and private jet owners.” Republicans retort that the budget-cutting Doomsday device called sequester was actually invented by the White House. In fact, the conceptual paternity of sequester was bipartisan. Both sides agreed that Congress should set in
The mystery of the Hindenburg disaster has finally been solved 76 years after the in-flight exposition occurred. The cause of the May 6, 1937, incident that killed 35 of the 100 passengers and crew members on board was static electricity, says a team of experts who have been looking into the real trigger. They say that after the ship flew into a thunderstorm a build up of hydrogen led to the explosion. The iconic airship had reportedly become charged with static as a result of the electrical storm and broken wire or a sticking gas valve leaked the hydrogen into
The Queen is spending a second day in hospital being treated for a stomach illness, but has insisted the rest of the Royal family should carry on with their official duties instead of visiting her. Her Majesty, who will be 87 next month, does not want to "inconvenience" staff at the King Edward VII Hospital in London by having to make arrangements for royal visitors, insisting her hospital stay should be "as low key as possible", sources said. The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a function at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London this evening in his capacity
During his Friday podcast, comedian Adam Carolla skewered California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for not having a clear answer about why poverty strikes African-Americans and Hispanics in such high numbers. Newsom was a guest on Carolla’s show to promote his book “Citizenville,” which he co-authored with Lisa Dickey. But the Democratic politician invited an attack when he made said both African-American and Hispanics struggle with being prepared for financial hardship. “Think about it — half of African-Americans in the state of California, roughly half of Latino families have no access to a checking account or an ATM
CAIRO – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised Sunday to give Egypt $190 million to help the government pay its bills, but said more money would require that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi move quickly to resolve the country´s differences with the International Monetary Fund, reform its security services and take steps to provide equal rights for women and religious minorities. Kerry´s statement, which came at the end of "very candid and constructive"
Since the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare last June, the White House and its allies in the media have diligently promoted the myth that the decision was an unqualified victory for the supporters of “reform.” In reality, the Supremes dealt the Obama administration an important defeat on one of the two primary issues decided (snip) The Supreme Court ruled, by a 7-2 majority, that Obamacare’s Medicaid mandate was unconstitutional. (snip) To the disgust of Obamacare’s opponents, however, eight GOP governors have nonetheless decided to comply with the law’s Medicaid provision.
Tuesday it will have been a half-century since the premature death of Patsy Cline deprived the world of one of the finest and most charismatic musical stylists of the 20th century (or of any other century, come to that). Patsy’s many fans, which include me, have every reason to wonder what might have been had she been given a few more decades to perform and record. And every reason to mourn what is surely a considerable loss. But damn I’m glad we had her while we did. What she left behind is a treasure.
The White House’s media management team will be in the public spotlight this week following a series of days in which it leveraged the media to distribute what turned out to be misleading or false information. President Barack Obama told reporters that Capitol Hill workers were facing pay cuts as a result of the looming budget sequester. Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited the same cause when he incorrectly claimed that a school district was already laying off teachers. And White House spokesman Jay Carney understated by a factor of 10 the number of illegal immigrants administration officials released
CAPE TOWN, South Africa—In geology, old is gold. According to the local mining lore here, senior geologists tend to do their work the old-fashioned way. They avoid radar technology, preferring instead to examine termite and ant mounds; they study vegetation and carry divining rods. They´re famous in the often cutthroat industry for their efficiency—also for wearing neckties in the blistering heat. "I only hire old geologists," says Norman Slater, managing director of Slater Coal, a South African coal company. People such as Kevin Petzer, a 65-year-old Zimbabwean who still roams South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia from his base
WASHINGTON — Detroit, near death after years of being crushed by the weight of its own industrial decline, political malfeasance and insurmountable debt, needs a savior. Michigan’s governor will soon appoint an emergency financial manager for the city, giving him or her ?18 months to execute a plan to pull the Motor City out of its financial sinkhole. And Mitt Romney has every reason to volunteer for that job. Romney, appearing this weekend on Fox News in his first set of interviews since losing his presidential bid last fall, said the toughest part
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges related to the misuse of federal documents. He will likely spend 20 years in prison for these offenses. He may face further charges, and we hope the military prosecutes him on as many of them as possible. Manning dumped thousands of pages of classified and confidential information into the hands of a foreign entity with an obvious animus against the United States. As employees of a newspaper, we appreciate the help of people inside the government who provide nonpublic information.
Last week, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA), led by former Democratic representative Lee Hamilton and former Republican senator Warren Rudman, released a letter signed by 36 other formerly important people insisting that the United States must take action on climate change for national-security reasons. The letter begins: The effect of climate change in the world’s most vulnerable regions present[s] a serious threat to American national security interests. As a matter of risk management, the United States must work with international partners, public and private, to address this impending crisis. . . .
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is taking a lot of guff, rightly so, I think, from conservatives over excluding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and groups like GOProud from its gathering. When the newest conservative hero, Dr. Ben Carson, tells you you’ve screwed up, maybe it is time to rethink the strategy of systematically shrinking the tent. (Snip)The right is not divided into moderates and conservatives, as a smart pollster told me, but between those who can count and those who cannot. If conservatives do not attract larger numbers in the fastest-growing parts of the electorate,
Sixty-three months ago Barack Obama officially declared his candidacy for President. Only now are some among the so-called media and ruling elites in America slowly awakening from their self-induced infatuation and beginning to understand who he is. It has become difficult to ignore the overt intimidation, demagoguery and deliberate falsehoods spewed forth by Obama relative to sequestration -- a miniscule cut in the growth of federal spending. However, any cursory examination of his past reveals that these tactics are second nature to the man who currently occupies the Oval Office.
Mayor Bloomberg was booed yesterday as he walked in the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in the hurricane-ravaged Rockaways. The jeers grew so loud toward the end of the Queens parade that mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to break away from the mayor to march separately. A spokesman for Quinn later said she always intended to walk separately from the mayor.