Thousands of mail-in ballots have been initially rejected in Florida. But there's still time to fix them
ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands of mail-in ballots sent in by Florida residents have been initially rejected for signature errors and other mistakes, but election experts say there is still plenty of time to make those votes count.The problem is that millions of Floridians are voting by mail for the first time because of concerns about the coronavirus and election security in general.In a state where the margins for victory have been razor-thin for decades, rejected ballots could easily add up and be decisive in the race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.“(With) the histori...
Fabiola Santiago: This Bay of Pigs vet in Miami is all in for Joe Biden, rejects GOP's socialist attacks
Maybe it’s too late.Less than two weeks before Election Day, people already are voting in record numbers.But finally, somebody with credibility and authority — a Bay of Pigs veteran, no less — is addressing the most damaging accusation by the Donald Trump campaign and the Florida GOP against Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.Democrats are socialists. Democrats are Communists.Voting Democrat is a betrayal to the cause of a Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua.Failing to follow the Trump cult? You must be an infiltrado, an agent of the Castros, an ill-born Cuban (cubano mal nacido, a favorite insult of ...
Homeless students face extra obstacles amid COVID-19
DETROIT — Fourth-grader Caron Lee-Clemons and first-grader Javerion Rouse are homeless and school-less.The brothers are staying with their mother and three siblings in a homeless shelter in Westland, Mich., where they occupy a single room with five twin beds and a crib for the youngest child.The closure of the boys’ elementary school, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, coincided with the loss of a place to live earlier this year, when they were staying with a friend and had to leave. They have been in the shelter for two months.Their mother, Valincea Clemons, says she is doing her best to s...
The Detroit News
Diane Bell: San Diego recording artists send anti-racism message
SAN DIEGO — Four high-profile San Diego singers have banded together to record “Bad Wolves,” a music video single condemning racism filmed in Balboa Park.Taking the lead is Pacific Records artist Rebecca Jade, who performed at the Oscars this year with Elton John and with other superstars on the 2020 CBS TV concert, “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.”Jade says that “Bad Wolves,” which was released Oct. 13, was written collaboratively as a “rally cry for the acknowledgement of racial injustice and police brutality,” while calling out bystanders who turn a blind eye to injustice.The v...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Florida’s schools shouldn’t shut down because of COVID-19 infections, Gov. DeSantis saysFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Closing schools for months at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic was a mistake that won’t be repeated, and only students who develop symptoms should be isolated, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.During a visit to a charter school in Jacksonville, the governor said over 60% of the state’s 2.8 million students in pre-K to 12th grade are getting in-person instruction, and it’s an increasingly popular option because infection risks are low.“Going forward, whatever the future ma...
Tribune News Service
Miami Bay of Pigs veteran featured in new anti-Trump ads paid for by Bloomberg PAC
MIAMI — The political action committee of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is launching a new set of anti-Trump ads in Spanish to run in Florida, featuring a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba who was captured and imprisoned there for 18 years.The two ads, which will run in key Florida markets on television and radio through Election Day, spotlight Santiago Morales, a 78-year-old local businessman and member of the Brigade 2506, which endorsed President Donald Trump in 2016, the first time the veteran group has backed a presidential candidate.Last month, the Brigade announced...
In Dire Condition, Nonprofit Human Services Sector Launches Recovery Effort
Human services providers struggle due to covid (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)Nonprofits that provide human services have played an additionally vital role during the coronavirus pandemic in feeding, sheltering, and caring for New Yorkers. But the sector, which was already facing dire financial straits in recent years, has been devastated as fundraising has ground to a halt, city funding has been cut, and state contract payments have been put on hold. The Human Services Council, an organization that represents more than 170 providers in the state, is convening a new task force on Tues...
The Gotham Gazette
These cities are among most vulnerable in US to COVID-19 mental health consequences, report suggests
PHILADELPHIA— Camden, N.J.; Allentown, Pa.; and Reading, Pa., have been identified as cities where COVID-19 vulnerability and poor mental health overlap, according to a new report published this month by Mental Health America and the Surgo Foundation, a health nonprofit focused on data science.Worsening mental health due to COVID-19 has become an area of serious concern to health officials. A recent report by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention found that 40% of Americans surveyed said they struggled with at least one adverse mental health condition during the pandemic. Symptoms...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gov. Pete Wilson statue gone from San Diego's downtown after advocates call for removal
SAN DIEGO — The statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson in downtown San Diego has been removed.The 13-year-old statue, which had been at Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza Park, was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns the statue. Steve Williams, its president, wrote in an email Thursday that no decision has been made about if it will be returned.“All property … whether statues or real property … must be protected,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we have decided to secure and protect the statue in a place of safekeeping.”Recently, local racial justice and gay rights groups have c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti
MIAMI — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process.Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and members of civil society that they could face “consequences” if they stand in the way of the electoral process. The official’s comments was in response to a ...