After uproar, hotelier in Florida cancels fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley
ORLANDO, Fla. — Loews Hotels on Saturday canceled a planned fundraiser at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, who spearheaded the objections to President-elect Biden’s win in Congress on Jan. 6. Hawley, R-Mo., was also shown in a photo raising his fist in solidarity with pro-Trump protesters on Capitol Hill prior to the violent assault on the Capitol building. “We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” Loews said in a statement on Twitter. “In light of those events and for the safety of our gues...
Free, affordable health clinics play crucial role in coronavirus pandemic
DETROIT – When Ebony Bascomb's husband was diagnosed with colon cancer in September, she had to take a three-month leave of absence and cut back on her hours at the fast food restaurant where she is an assistant manager, to care for her husband and their five children. “It felt like I was about to lose my husband,” said Bascomb, who is 36 and lives in Dearborn Heights. He’s doing better now, she said, but Bascomb still worries about maintaining a virus-free environment for him and her family. Throughout, Bascomb said, family members have stepped up to help. So has their local health care clini...
Detroit Free Press
Isolated by the pandemic, they created a cookbook that connected families, friends, and communities
PHILADELPHIA — It took a nightmare to make Ellen Zinn's longtime dream of publishing a cookbook a reality. But "Pots & Pandemic" is not only a collection of recipes, it's also a memento of a strange and scary year in which making and sharing comfort food has become a new kind of essential work. Subtitled "Cooking in Quarantine," the book includes 125 recipes from 75 contributors. Most were submitted by South Jersey home cooks, although out-of-state friends and relatives, as well as local restaurants and food stores, also participated. The book offers concise, straightforward instructions for p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
DeVos tells Education Department employees to resist certain changes
WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday urged Education Department employees to continue to resist any policies that they believe could hurt students with a new administration preparing to take over. "Many of you know well that most everything in this town, when it comes to education, is focused on schools — not students," DeVos told agency employees in a virtual meeting Tuesday. "So, let me leave you with this last plea: Resist. Be the resistance against a familiar force that will distract you from doing what’s right for students." The remarks, first reported Tuesday nigh...
Detroit Free Press
Trump is likely to return to Florida and remain the most powerful Republican in the US
MIAMI — As President Donald Trump’s last-ditch efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election fail, his actions and words are increasingly pointing to one likelihood: When his presidency ends, Trump will return to South Florida and remain a force in Republican politics. “If I lost, I would say, ‘I lost.’ And I’d go to Florida,” Trump told a crowd of thousands Saturday in Georgia during a political rally on behalf of two Republican U.S. Senate candidates. “And I’d take it easy, and I’d go around and I’d say, ‘I did a good job.’ ” Though Trump continues to assail the validity of the presid...
NYC pub owner slams car into sheriff deputy while trying to escape arrest over virus rules
NEW YORK — A Staten Island pub owner slammed his Jeep into a sheriff’s deputy in a desperate effort to evade arrest early Sunday for continuing to serve patrons in defiance of coronavirus restrictions, authorities said. Daniel Presti, owner of Mac’s Pub, hopped in his turquoise Jeep and hit the gas, sending the deputy flying onto the hood just after midnight when officers tried to arrest him outside his bar, officials said. The sheriff’s deputy, identified by sources as Sgt. Kenneth Matos, suffered two fractured tibias. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital. “He just doesn’t care a...
New York Daily News
Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer steps away from Wisconsin protest-shooting criminal case
KENOSHA, Wis. — An attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse indicated Thursday that he’d pull back from the teen’s criminal defense, hours after prosecutors in Wisconsin sought to block him from participating and alleged in a court filing that his involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.” Los Angeles civil lawyer John M. Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the teen fatally shot two men and wounded a third during summer protests in Kenosha. He also has been an en...
St. Louis County detectives shaken by death of 5-year-old blind boy raise money for funeral
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Jamarion Delancy was blind, developmentally disabled and needed braces to walk. Last week, the 5-year-old boy was beaten to death while his mother was away giving birth to her third child.Detectives were so shaken by the crime that they’ve taken the unusual step to raise money for his funeral.The St. Louis County Police Association has organized a fundraiser for the family of Jamarion Delancy. The mother’s boyfriend is charged in the death and jailed in lieu of a quarter-million dollar bond.Jamarion had special needs, was blind and had limited mobility requiring him to ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fundraisers shift from ballrooms to Zoom as nonprofits struggle to keep donations flowing during pandemic
CHICAGO — For 18 years, PAWS Chicago has held its annual Fur Ball fundraiser at posh venues, where donors and their pets gather in formal wear to laugh, bark and fete the nonprofit animal shelter.This year, the dogs can dress down.PAWS is transforming its Fur Ball, scheduled for Nov. 13, into a virtual affair, with catered meal delivery, an online auction and small remote gatherings — black tie optional. It is a pivot many Chicago nonprofits are making amid the pandemic, as they seek to secure a crucial source of revenue.Donors paid at least $400 a plate to attend last year’s Fur Ball at the D...
Kimberly Guilfoyle's sex talk with Trump Jr. made donors uncomfortable, report says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The autopsies have begun on Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, and a lengthy report by Politico this weekend spotlighted Kimberly Guilfoyle’s role as a fund-raiser, which insiders told the publication was lacking in both discipline and professionalism.The former Fox News host and one-time first lady of San Francisco is Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and a senior campaign adviser, who was tasked with being one of the president’s top fundraisers. Under Guilfoyle’s leadership, Trump’s finance team “couldn’t compete with Biden’s small-dollar fundraising machine,” Politico reported...
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