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Migrant workers march during a rally to mark May Day in Hong Kong. Thousands of Hong Kong workers from various labour unions staged a rally to demand better rights for workers and improved labour conditions.
Looking back, we realized that I had chosen the exact right moment to take on this challenge. I had no symptoms of illness, but things were clearly heading in the wrong direction. I was on the brink of several illnesses that would likely have forced me to make lifestyle changes (and take medications) in the not-too-distant future.
Defense attorneys are working harder to get defendants released quickly with no bail or low bail, prosecutors typically don’t oppose that, and the city’s judges are releasing them. Philadelphia police are taking more defendants to treatment rather than jail. More petitions for early parole from longer sentences are being granted. More space is now available in the city’s six jails for rehabilitation programs, and less overtime pay is needed for jail guards. There is a strong consensus across the top levels of Philadelphia’s justice system that the reforms, made with the help of a $3.5 million grant and guidance from the MacArthur Foundation, are working.
So, when Arizona teachers saw their peers in West Virginia win a raise by going on strike, they quickly threatened to follow suit. Republican governor Doug Ducey tried to preempt a walkout by offering the teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020, last month. But the teachers shot him down. They wanted a plan that included a dedicated revenue source (to ensure the raises would actually happen); a raise for non-instructional school employees; and the restoration of pre-recession levels of overall education spending — Ducey’s blueprint offered none of those things.
Maile’s arrival was the product of several months of behind-the-scenes negotiation in the hidebound Senate, whose rules until Wednesday barred children from coming onto the Senate floor. A few months after Ms. Duckworth announced she was pregnant, she asked Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the senior Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, to help her engineer a rule change, necessary because senators are required to vote in person.
Shaw has been praised for wrestling the “assault-type weapon” away from the shooter, Travis Reinking, after he entered the Nashville restaurant and began firing his gun. During an opportune moment as the shooter paused, Shaw took action.
“He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter and prompting the gunman to leave,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.
“As we see marijuana sold in retail storefronts today, people who simply had a joint in their pocket a decade ago still have a red mark on their records,” Holmes said in a statement. “It’s long past time we remedy the drug policies of yesteryear, and this is one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color. I’m hopeful the court will choose to clear these charges.”
As the night wore on, the branches drooped as much as 10 centimeters, as if they were taking a load off from a long day. In other words, the tree seemed to relax for a few hours each night, specifically about two hours after sunset until just before sunrise, “after which the tree activates again,” Eetu Puttonen, one of the study authors, writes me in an email. (You can see the nightly movement of the Finnish tree in the animation above.)
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