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Contraband, negligence jeopardizes Santa Rita Jail detainees’ heath and safety, grand jury report finds

DUBLIN — Allegations of scandal and negligence have long plagued the Santa Rita Jail, but a new Alameda County civil grand jury report shows the extent to which challenges have persisted at one of the nation’s largest detention centers. The 35-page report said that visitors at Santa Rita Jail could enter the 33-year-old facility without being searched or presenting ID. That a steady stream of contraband, including methamphetamine and fentanyl, threatened detainees’ safety. That lackluster COVID policies culminated in needless outbreaks. And that the former medical director was discovered self-prescribing opioids on the clock, while detainees struggled to acquire health services. The jail has room to house just shy of 3,500 individuals, but was only at 65% capacity in February, the report,

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Missing dog rescued from drainage pipe by crawling trooper after peanut butter treats fail

New York State Trooper Jimmy Rasaphone rescued Lilah the golden retriever from a culvert pipe (Picture: AP)A dog that went missing for days has been rescued from a drainage pipe by a state trooper, after efforts to lure him with peanut butter treats and cheese failed. Golden retriever Lilah disappeared on Friday afternoon near Binghamton, New York. Her owner, Rudy Fuehrer, was walking his two other dogs, both of them Lilah’s offspring, on Sunday morning when he heard a familiar whine. ‘I said, “Oh my God, that’s Lilah!”‘ Fuehrer said. Fuehrer tried to use the human snacks to lure the 13-year-old dog out of the culvert pipe, which was under a rural road, but the dog did not squeeze out. That’s when Fuehrer decided to all 911. State Trooper Jimmy Rasaphone and his partner sh...

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Letters: Limit justices | Lying to Congress | Religious wedge | Court’s agenda | Second Amendment

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Members of Congress must limit justices’ terms I urge members of Congress to pass Rep. Ro Khanna’s Supreme Court Term Limits Act now. There has never been a more urgent need to have these justices restrained by something other than the icy hand of death. Justice Clarence Thomas has indicated that he intends to spend every one of his remaining years on the court ruling out of spite, intending to get even with liberals by inflicting as much pain as possible. We actually need more judges. The number of justices should also be expanded to 13, the same as the number on circuit courts. The number nine is not sacred. I urge my elected officials to seize the opportunity they have with a Democratic majority. I do not

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After testimony of former White House aide, what’s next? |Opinion

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, is reflected in a cellphone as he talks with the media after a hearing.Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press As the member of the U.S. House go on vacation for the July 4 holiday, the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is hoping to conduct some interviews. Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said at Tuesday’s hearing the committee would reconvene in the weeks ahead, but it hoped to speak to more witnesses. Because of the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, he said, attempts to “hide the truth from the American people will fail.” “If you’ve heard this testimony today and suddenly you remember things you couldn’t previously rec

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been linked to meetings in which lawyers debated strategies to overturn former President Donald Trump's election loss. The committee said that it required Cipollone's testimony after obtaining other evidence about which he was “uniquely positioned to testify.” Cipollone, who was Trump’s top White House lawyer, is said to have raised concerns about the former president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat and at one point threatened to resign. The committee said he could have information about several of efforts by Trump allies to subvert the Electoral College, from organizing so-called “alternate electors” in states Biden won to trying to app...

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Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki headed to Triple-A Iowa on rehab assignment

Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Thursday.Getty Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki got in one more sun-soaked Wrigley Field workout Wednesday afternoon, before heading to the airport.  Suzuki (strained left ring finger) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, the Cubs announced.  Cubs manager David Ross didn’t reveal how many games the team expects Suzuki to need with the I-Cubs before returning from the 10-day IL, saying they’ll adjust based on daily feedback. Suzuki has gone through two live batting practice sessions recently but hasn’t hit in a game for over a month. Ross said the swelling in Suzuki’s finger, which was a concern the last time he tried to build up his hitting to return, hasn’t come back.  “We’ve ...

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, former WH counsel

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who previous witnesses have testified was in meetings in which lawyers debated strategies to overturn former President Donald Trump's election loss. The committee said that it required Cipollone's testimony after obtaining other evidence about which he was “uniquely positioned to testify.” The subpoena came one day after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson provided new details about Trump's behavior on Jan. 6, 2021, when thousands of his supporters marched on the U.S. Capitol and broke inside to disrupt the certification of his loss to President Joe Biden. ...read more Source:: Headlines News4jax...

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‘Mounting concerns’ around Sir Captain Tom charity prompts formal inquiry

The Charity Commission has escalated its investigation to a formal inquiry (Picture: Getty/Reuters)The foundation set up in the name of Captain Tom will face a formal inquiry by the watchdog after ‘concerns mounted’ over whether it followed the rules. Officials at the Charity Commission have been probing its management and independence from the late fundraiser’s family since March 2021. Sir Captain Tom Moore became a national figure when he raised £38 million for the NHS during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.  But the charity set up in his honour has had a question mark hanging over its management, its relationship with a company linked to his daughter and how it is governed since shortly after the veteran died last

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Your daily horoscope for Thursday, June 30, 2022

Who’s stepping on your toes? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)As we take another step towards the weekend, perhaps many of us would be wise to watch out for someone stepping on our toes. For Geminis, someone may be looking to take charge of a situation, whereas Cancerians must avoid letting others hold them back from the success they crave. Elsewhere, for Capricorns, family should be a priority, while paying it forward could pay off now for anyone who is Aries. Ahead, you’ll find all the star signs’ horoscopes for June 29, 2022. Read on for your forecast. Aries March 21 to April 20 With the Sun and Venus still linking to Jupiter, you’ll find a way to rise above any challenges and even to enjoy them. Your confidence may be boosted by a warm compliment and reassurance from fam

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Eva Mendes Begged Ryan Gosling to Give Her His ‘Barbie’ Underwear After Viral Ken First Look

Ryan Gosling fans on Twitter weren’t the only ones sent swooning over his first look as Ken in the upcoming “Barbie.” Eva Mendes, who shares two daughters with the star, said that even she couldn’t contain her excitement at seeing Gosling transform into Ken. “I saw the photo and the 14-year-old in me was like, ‘Ahhh,'” Mendes said on The Talk. “It’s a funny photo, and he’s trying to be funny, so it worked on all levels.” Gosling debuted his beach-blonde hairstyle and tanned abs in an acid-washed denim “suit” showing off his custom Ken underwear in lieu of Calvin Klein. The perfectly early 2000s look effectively broke the internet, with glimpses of co-star and executive producer Margot Robbie rocking hot pink pantsuits as the titular Barbie. Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran

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LA Animal Services ending appointment requirement on Tuesdays, Thursdays

Appointments will no longer be needed to visit Los Angeles animal shelters on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning July 5, officials said today. The shelter system has required the appointments on weekdays as a way to reduce crowding during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing criticism from some community members and animal rights advocates who complained that the rules made it harder for the public to adopt pets and relieve the shelters of overcrowding. “In an effort to better serve our community and encourage more opportunities for the pets in our shelters to be adopted, we are pleased to operate without appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, joining Saturday and Sunday that welcome walk-in visitors,” said Annette Ramirez, interim general manager for LA Animal Services. “This decision is mad...

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Bay Area wins millions in state funding to address family homelessness

The Bay Area won more than $5 million in grants to help house homeless families — the latest funds allotted from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $12 billion package to address the statewide crisis. The California Interagency Council on Homelessness recently doled out a total of $17 million to 10 cities and counties around the state. Oakland, Livermore and Santa Clara County were among the recipients. “No child should have to spend their formative years experiencing homelessness,” Newsom said in a news release. “With these grants, communities throughout the state will have the resources to innovate and find solutions to family homelessness so that all of California’s children can go to bed each night with a roof over their head.” Santa Clara County won about $2.5 million to serve 318 unhoused pregnant

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SF Giants end June on losing note despite LaMonte Wade Jr.’s return

SAN FRANCISCO — LaMonte Wade Jr.’s return to the lineup Wednesday set the Giants up to close the month of June on a high note, but instead it ended in a loss for the seventh time in their past 10 games. Even with Wade back at the top of their lineup, the Giants weren’t able to muster enough offense in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers, splitting this two-game interleague series and ending the month of June at 14-14. Of their 14 losses this month, Wednesday’s was the seventh that came by just one run. Evan Longoria gave the Giants his third homer in five games — his eighth of the season, raising his OPS to .847, second on the team only to Joc Pederson — with a solo shot in the first inning, but the Giants managed only one more run the rest of the way while leaving the bases loaded twice. The most da

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U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol data: San Antonio incident marks deadly trend

AP The death toll continues to rise after a trailer filled with dozens of migrants was discovered in San Antonio Monday, with 53 now deceased and over 12 hospitalized. It’s believed to be the deadliest smuggling event to occur along the U.S.-Mexico border. The grim discovery, made by an employee of a local business who heard a cry for help, is the latest example of what has become an increasingly deadly journey across the southern border. “Tragically, it’s certainly not unique,” said Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization and advocacy for World Relief’s refugee resettlement agency. Related At least 50 migrants found dead in San Antonio May was a rec

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Safer bike lanes, with concrete curbs, coming to Chicago streets

Plastic bollards like these that protect dozens miles of Chicago bike lanes will be replaced with concrete curbs under an accelerated timeline announced by the city on Wednesday.Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Chicago will add 25 miles of concrete-protected bike lanes by Dec. 31 — and convert all bike lanes protected by plastic posts to concrete separation by the end of 2023 — to protect cyclists shaken by the tragic accident that killed 3-year-old Lily Grace. The project that Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls the “biggest expansion and upgrade of low-stress bike routes” in Chicago history will be bankrolled by her five-year, $3.7 billion capital plan.  It starts this week with installing concrete barriers on Chicago’s first protected bike lane: on Kinzie Street, between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Str

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