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Amazing human chain formed to rescue drowning family in PCB (Michael Rudmin)
Simmons isn’t the type of person to stand by and watch someone in distress. Back in Alabama, where she’s from, Simmons said she once walked 11 miles after a tornado to help people clean up their mess and get their lives back together. So when she saw Ursrey’s family in trouble, she grabbed the boogie board and started toward them while her husband and a few other men started a human chain to bring the swimmers back to shore.
Connecticut Just Banned Civil Forfeiture Without A Criminal Conviction (cmartenson, Yoxa)
According to data obtained by the Institute for Justice and the Reason Foundation, police and prosecutors generated more than $17.8 million in forfeiture revenue from 2009 to 2016. Nearly two-thirds of those proceeds came from civil forfeiture cases, where the owner did not have to be convicted. Law enforcement predominantly confiscated cash, but also seized dirt bikes, gold chains, and electronics like iPads, TVs and cell phones.
“Reforming our criminal justice system is an issue with bipartisan support, and today’s vote by the state Senate reaffirms that,” Malloy said. “Across the nation, states are recognizing that the current system of bail is unconstitutional.”
Free Us All (sv)
Consequently, it is important to develop strategies that actually reduce the number of people being incarcerated. Defense campaigns are one such strategy. They are an important way that abolitionists can address the needs of incarcerated people without inadvertently strengthening the prison system.
“We heard from employees that due to unpredictable schedules, they had an extremely difficult time making plans to take care of basic needs, for example making doctor’s appointments, planning child care, etcetera,” Taylor said. “We also heard from those that testified that it is difficult to improve your life without a more predictable schedule, for example taking a class or securing an additional job.”
Under the measure proposed in Washington state, both employers and employees pay into the system, and weekly benefits are calculated based on a percentage of the employee’s wages and the state’s weekly average wage — which is currently $1,082 — though the weekly amount paid out would be capped at $1,000 a week. Workers who earn less than the state average would get 90 percent of their income.
Zen in the Art of Making Meat (Eric G.)
In this episode I talk about my personal journey into hunting, from my years as an anti-hunter through my initial interest in the practice, from my early days as a neophyte and my first shot at a deer to my modern days as a neophyte having enjoyed a little success. I talk about the impact of the technology we use to hunt, and particularly the differences between democratic and authoritarian technics. I ponder the future of hunting in the United States, and how the face of hunting might change as hunters age and fewer licenses are sold.
E.P.A.’s stay, in other words, is essentially an order delaying the rule’s effective date, and this court has held that such orders are tantamount to amending or revoking a rule,” Judges David Tatel and Robert Wilkins wrote. The third member of the three-judge panel, Janice Rogers Brown, dissented.
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