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Ledbetter’s crusade resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009. That law changed the Civil Rights Act so that workers could sue for fair compensation up to 180 days after receiving a discriminatory paycheck from their employers — rather than when the salary decision was made.
“There is a huge need for communities to come together and prepare now so they can better respond to threats such as earthquakes and extreme weather in the future,” said Emi Webb, Neighbour Lab’s creative director. “By co-creating these unique structures with residents, we hope to make emergency preparedness more tangible, more playful.”
He said that while the marijuana bill is currently in the hands of the legislature, he has been in contact with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Marie Raimondo, whose legislature is debating similar issues. “I’m saying let’s do something like this on a regional basis,” Lamont said. “Let’s regulate it on a thoughtful basis. Let’s make sure that we’re not going to advertise it. The bill is going to come out of the legislature. I want to make sure it’s something that parents will have confidence that this is the right thing to do.”
I’m all for encouraging youngsters to aim high and dream big. But take it from someone who studies work for a living: those aspirations should be bigger than work. Asking kids what they want to be leads them to claim a career identity they might never want to earn. Instead, invite them to think about what kind of person they want to be — and about all the different things they might want to do.
And in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at a startup called eGenesis, scientists like Qin, the company’s director of genome engineering, are gene editing pig cells in preparation. Their goal – shared by a handful of other biotech companies in the US and Europe working on genetic engineering – is to create pigs whose organs can be safely transplanted into people.
But workers handling them said that, to their amazement, they saw documents dated from 1904 and into the 1940s — long before Capital One existed — headed into the shredder. By midmorning, workers said, they were told to divert pre-1930 records from the stream bound for the truck.
The fate of the historical materials is “to be determined,” Mr. Soheili said.
Puerto Rico’s Green New Deal (jdargis)
If the bill passes, Puerto Rico would be joining other cities and states in America in transitioning to 100% renewable energy. Over 100 cities in America have already committed to switching fully to renewable energy in the future, including Chicago, which has a population of 2.7 million. Hawaii and California also set targets to achieve 100% renewable energy.
Presidents have the power under a federal law to remove certain lands from development but cannot revoke those removals, Gleason said.
“The wording of President Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawals indicates that he intended them to extend indefinitely, and therefore be revocable only by an act of Congress,” said Gleason, who was nominated to the bench by Obama.
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