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US sanctions powerful Cuban general and former son-in-law of Raúl CastroThe United States on Wednesday sanctioned Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, the former son-in-law of Cuban leader Raúl Castro who manages most of the Cuban economy as head of the powerful conglomerate of military companies GAESA.The Treasury Department included López-Calleja on the list of specially designated nationals and blocked persons. The listing freezes all of his assets in the U.S. or under the control of U.S. persons. Individuals and companies under U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from dealing with him.G...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Rage is out of control in America
Police officers shouldn’t be attacked or killed just because they’ve chosen the dangerous job to protect and serve their fellow citizens. Nor should Black and brown people be injured or killed by cops because of the color of their skin.But as those types of tragedies continue to occur in America, they feed a national sense of fear and rage.Most recently, the horrific shooting of two Compton, California, sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their marked SUV ratcheted up that rage. The shooting, captured on video, showed a lone gunman run up to the window and shoot the officers multiple times.A cro...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on
WASHINGTON — When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it will become one of the smallest U.S. cities to embrace a policy once seen as far-fetched or radical.“Basic-income” programs — designed to dole out direct cash payments to large swaths of people, no strings attached — were, until earlier this year, largely the realm of Washington, D.C., policy wonks and West Coast futurists.But amid the pandemic and a global recession, both basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum, surfacing everyw...
10 storytelling albums to listen to after Taylor Swift's 'Folklore'
Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” has enjoyed three weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart with no end in sight as of press time. Released on July 24, the Pennsylvania singer’s eighth album was composed in lockdown after part of her latest tour was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.A departure from Swift’s better-known songs about her exes, the 16 tracks of “Folklore” tell stories that sprang from her imagination. If the album has inspired you to seek more artists who rely on narrative in their songs, here are 10 albums that are heavy on the storytelling.Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — ‘Murder Ballads’ (1...
Former UW standouts Myles Gaskin, Azeem Victor back Pac-12 Unity Movement: 'Change has to take place. It has to.'
Myles Gaskin and Azeem Victor both saw it on social media. The former UW football teammates separately stumbled onto an Instagram post from current Husky outside linebacker Joe Tryon on Sunday. They saw a photo with the traditional Pac-12 Conference crest, and each member institution surrounding it in a circle. And they saw a three-word hashtag, in bold across the bottom:#WEAREUNITEDTryon — along with UW wide receiver Ty Jones and 10 others from nine total programs — comprise the Pac-12 Unity Movement, which claims to represent “hundreds of Pac-12 football players throughout our conference.” O...
The Seattle Times