How GM plans to bring white-collar employees back into workforce
DETROIT — A “small number” of white collar workers are back on the job in their offices at General Motors Technical Center in Warren.The employees started trickling back last week, around the same time GM brought back some 12,000 hourly workers to many of its North American factories.GM had shuttered its plants in North America in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Right before doing that, it had told salaried workers to work remotely if their job allowed them to do so.“A small number of employees have returned to work at the Tech Center campus, following the safety guidelines we have co...
Detroit Free Press
St. Cloud diocese to file for bankruptcy, pay $22.5 million to abuse survivors
MINNEAPOLIS — The Diocese of St. Cloud will pay $22.5 million to sexual abuse survivors and declare bankruptcy under the terms of a settlement agreement announced Tuesday.The agreement, subject to a bankruptcy court filing expected in the next few weeks, addresses allegations made against 41 priests by some 70 survivors dating back to the 1950s.Many of the clerics are now dead. But at least one, the Rev. Antonio Marfori, was in active ministry at the Church of St. Andrew in Elk River when a survivor stepped forward in 2015 to make accusations about past abuse that took place at St. Cloud Cathe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up
MINNEAPOLIS — The coronavirus began to spread through U.S. slaughterhouses this spring just when workers, already performing some of the most dangerous jobs anywhere, were being asked to take more risks by going faster.Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines. And the agency late last year approved an inspection system that would let pork plants abolish line-speed limits — now set at 1,106 hogs an hour — altogether.With production ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
RNC 2020: North Carolina says Republicans need a pandemic plan with 'several scenarios'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prompted by President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte unless “full attendance” was allowed, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen requested a written COVID-19 safety plan from the CEO of the Republican National Convention Monday.In a letter obtained by The Charlotte Observer, Cohen wrote to CEO Marcia Kelly that “we look forward to continuing to work with you and your team to ensure a safe RNC,” and there must be “several scenarios planned that can be deployed depending on the public health situation.”Go...
The Charlotte Observer
Flash flooding hits South Florida
MIAMI — Many parts of South Florida experienced flash flooding Monday afternoon due to heavy downpours that dumped more than 4 inches of rain in under an hour in some areas.The torrential showers began over the weekend, didn’t relent Monday and are expected to last through Tuesday.The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Miami, Miami Beach and North Miami that were expected to continue into early Monday evening. Parts of the Keys also saw flooding.The weather rendered many streets impassible.Federal forecasters also issued special marine warnings for the Atlantic Ocean and ...
Do detainee transfers increase COVID-19 cases? Judge orders ICE to disclose data
MIAMI — A Miami federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration officials to disclose whether the government’s practice of transferring detainees from one facility to another has contributed to a worrying spike in coronavirus cases inside three South Florida detention centers.U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke’s order comes after the Miami Herald reported that COVID-19 cases at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broward County skyrocketed last week after dozens of detainees were transferred there from Miami-Dade.ICE “shall discuss how ICE utilizes transfers and whether ...
Mike Bianchi: Jimmie Johnson honors Patrick Deans, an Orlando soldier killed by Taliban suicide bomber
ORLANDO, Fla. — A few weeks before he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, Corporal Patrick Deans, a 2006 graduate of Orlando’s Timber Creek High School, wrote this on his Facebook page:“A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.”Thankfully, Jimmie Johnson as a driver and NASCAR as a sport remember.They always do.They always have.Every one of NASCAR’s pre-race cere...
A battle over billions in stolen Venezuelan funds is heating up in Miami federal court
MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court.On one side is Venezuela’s opposition party, struggling to recover vast sums of money stolen by senior officials in the Nicolás Maduro regime through bribery and financial schemes in its state-run oil company.On the other side is the U.S. government, which — as long as Maduro remains in power — refuses to turn over any assets seized from the dozens of de...
Judge tosses One America News Network's defamation suit against Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow has dunked on One America News Network yet again — this time in a courtroom.A judge ruled on Friday that the host of the MSNBC program “The Rachel Maddow Show” did not malign the ultraconservative political network when she called it “Russian propaganda” and dismissed OAN’s $10 million defamation lawsuit, reported Variety.One America News Network’s parent company, Herring Networks, argued that Maddow besmirched the company during a 2019 episode of her show while discussing a Daily Beast article that reported one OAN contributor also worked for the Russian-based news site Sputnik....
New York Daily News
Devin Nunes' lawyer is warned about 'forum shopping' as judge moves CNN lawsuit to NY
WASHINGTON — A Virginia judge on Friday moved Rep. Devin Nunes’ lawsuit against CNN to New York and wrote that there was no “logical connection” for the California congressman to sue the media company in Virginia.The lawsuit is one of seven defamation cases Nunes and attorney Steven Biss filed since 2019 against news organizations, Twitter, his critics and the investigative research firm that created the so-called Steele dossier. Nunes, R-Calif., had filed all but two of the lawsuits in Virginia courts.Judge Robert E. Payne, of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, grant...
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