Poll: Religious people believe climate change is a real threat, not a controversy
People of all faiths, including white evangelicals, are convinced climate change is real and a threat, according to a new poll, but whether they believe it’s caused by humans depends on the denomination.Further, climate change doesn’t seem to be controversial among Roman Catholics, despite the contention of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who is Catholic, that the issue was too “controversial” for her to comment on during a recent Senate hearing.A majority of Catholics not only believe that climate change is happening, but that it is caused by humans and they are worried by it, a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As Illinois reports 69 COVID-19-related deaths, the highest daily toll since June, state issues plan for vaccine distribution
CHICAGO — Illinois on Wednesday recorded its highest daily coronavirus-related death toll since June as state officials released an early version of its plan for how a vaccine will be distributed once one is approved and available.The plan “is designed to provide an equitable distribution across the state with priority access going to our most vulnerable populations, front-line health care workers and first responders who directly interact with and treat COVID patients, as well as staff and residents in long-term care facilities,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during his daily coronavirus news brief...
Justice Department offers to assist in training Minneapolis police
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Justice has offered to partner with the Minneapolis Police Department as part of a new nationwide program to provide training to police forces across the country, reduce excessive force and build community safety.Justice officials from Washington, D.C., announced the Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Response Center at a news conference Tuesday morning, responding to months of civil unrest that began with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May.Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, appearing at the news confe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bankrupt Mallinckrodt may still be expected to help shoulder nuclear cleanup costs
ST. LOUIS — Two sets of nuclear waste complaints against Mallinckrodt have been thrown into question in a two-week span, while the company restructures in bankruptcy court.Facing a wave of lawsuits and a $1.6 billion settlement stemming from its role in the national opioid crisis, the company with deep St. Louis roots filed for protection from creditors on Monday.While industry analysts have focused on Mallinckrodt’s future as a drugmaker, the company also faces potential liabilities for work a predecessor company, St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, performed decades ago, when it pro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tarana Burke's next move with #MeToo is a digital call to action: 'There is no movement if people are not actively engaged in it'
It’s been three years since #MeToo went viral and those two words changed how we talk about sexual violence.Tarana Burke, the civil rights activist and founder of the global #MeToo movement, is continuing her decadeslong global fight for survivor justice during COVID-19 and amid ongoing social injustices. Her latest project is the digital platform me too. act too., a campaign that gives survivors, advocates and allies tools to work toward a world free of sexual violence. The crowd-sourced entity enables anyone, anywhere to get active in the fight to end sexual violence.The me too. act too. web...
Racial justice push creates momentum to protect black-owned land
In May, three sisters in Chicago got a surprise phone call: They owned 35 acres in Mississippi with a stand of mature timber worth more than $40,000.“They’d never been to Louisville, Miss., so they had no idea they owned property,” recalled Frank Taylor, leader of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative in Mississippi, who called the sisters.Every year, the cooperative retrieves the county’s delinquent tax rolls and uses public records, local knowledge and a couple hundred phone calls to alert people who risk losing their land.The effort seeks to stem the loss of property among rural landowne...
Some Georgia hospitals keep pandemic information to themselves
ATLANTA — In March, as Georgia roiled with skepticism about the true danger of COVID-19, a stark example of the disease’s stealthy power appeared. A 42-year-old mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital was found dead in her home, with her young child nearby. The county coroner reported that the otherwise healthy woman had tested positive.For some, it made the pandemic’s reality sink in. “I had mammograms done at that hospital,” one Twitter user wrote. Others called for more masks and resources.But as the story began to go viral, Piedmont Healthcare made an announcement. The cause of de...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: Trump's profound weakness on national security: Why this former administration official is voting for Joe Biden
There are as many words for green in the Irish language as reasons President Donald Trump does not deserve a second term. Foremost to me, as an appointee of his administration, are his weak security policies.Trump voters are patriots who oppose our adversaries and support our military. They might ask whether they made a good-faith mistake four years ago. To take one example, look at our failed, schizophrenic North Korea policy.Trump first threatened Pyongyang with the “fire and fury” of nuclear war. Then, he nearly began a Second Korean War accidentally, with a tweet, a war Trump admits could ...
New York Daily News
Lions' Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won't 'stick to football'
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball bein...
Detroit Free Press
Pompeo makes history with visit to Suriname and Guyana
While the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc known as CARICOM remains divided on the issue of Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit two of its member states this week as the Trump administration seeks to turn up the pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.“It’s not just that Venezuela produces refugees, they are producing security problems for all of these countries by harboring terrorists, harboring narcotraffickers,” a senior State Department official said Wednesday. “We’re trying to interdict drugs and we’ve put a lot of our assets into that and working closely with...