Ibex to open new customer experience delivery center in Pittsburgh, seeks 400 workers – WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH — Washington, D.C.-based ibex, a business process outsourcing firm, announced expansion plans for the Pittsburgh region as it looks to open a new customer experience delivery center in Wilkins Township. It marks the second expansion in the region for the company, which currently maintains offices near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Ibex said it is looking for 400 new workers to fill the various roles it needs at the 33,000-square-feet of space the new center will occupy when it opens on Oct. 1 at 500 Penn Center Blvd. It operates a total of 31 of these centers across the U.S. as well as in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines and Senegal.

“We are excited to open our new site here in the greater Pittsburgh region, strengthening our commitment to the city, while bringing hundreds of diverse career opportunities to the area,” Greg Rajchel, executive vice president, commercial and client operations, ibex, said in a press release. “Since 2004, Pittsburgh has been a critical driver of the growth and success ibex is experiencing as a leader in the BPO industry and the CX partner of choice for digital-first Blue Chip and New Economy clients.”

Read more from our news partners at the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Source: Ibex to open new customer experience delivery center in Pittsburgh, seeks 400 workers – WPXI

President Biden Announces on Live TV That He Intends to Break His Oath of Office | National Review

President Biden knows that the CDC’s eviction moratorium is illegal, having, per Gene Sperling, “not only kicked the tires,” but “double, triple, quadruple checked.” He also knows that the Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal, and that the majority of the legal scholars he has consulted think that the Court is correct.

And yet, because a bunch of progressives have spent the day complaining, Biden announced just now that he intends to violate his oath and reissue the order anyway. “The bulk of the constitutional scholars,” Biden admitted at his press conference just now, “say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.” Then he said that he was prepared to try his luck anyway.

Source: President Biden Announces on Live TV That He Intends to Break His Oath of Office | National Review

Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Public Schools has reached a tentative agreement on a multiyear contract with its teachers union more than a year after their last deal expired.

District solicitor Ira Weiss said Tuesday the school system and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers both signed a tentative agreement Saturday.

Mr. Weiss said that the contract was for multiple years but declined to disclose further details out of “respect for the process.”

In the coming days, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers will present the contract to its membership. Members will then vote by mail to ratify the contract.

If the union approves the contract, the school board will then vote on it.

Mr. Weiss said the district hopes to have the new contract fully approved at or before the school board’s legislative meeting Aug. 25.

“We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement,” said school board President Sylvia Wilson, though she noted that the union and board have yet to vote on the deal.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Psaki dodges questions when asked about claims of ‘abusive’ top aide Anthony Bernal who works for First Lady Jill Biden

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday deflected when asked about a report that alleged abusive behavior by a top aide to first lady Jill Biden.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday deflected when asked about a report that alleged abusive behavior by a top aide to first lady Jill Biden, saying it’s “hard to look into” the allegations because the claims were made anonymously.

Anthony Bernal was accused of a “mean streak” in a Politico report that alleged it’s common knowledge that he makes colleagues cry while controlling access to the first lady.

“You know, it’s hard to look into anonymously sourced reports. I’m not aware of that being the intention,” Psaki told reporters at her daily press briefing.

Bernal has a habit of “berating” people and trashes his “stupid” coworkers behind their backs, according to the report.

President Biden said in January that he would fire aides “on the spot” if he hears they “treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone.” But he hasn’t always lived up to that pledge. For example, Biden initially stood by spokesman TJ Ducklo in February when he made derisive remarks toward a female reporter.

Source: Psaki dodges when asked about claims of ‘abusive’ Jill Biden staffer Anthony Bernal

Man found shot to death in car hours after woman killed in same Pittsburgh neighborhood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A man was found shot to death late Monday night inside a car in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, police said.

An officer made the discovery after a ShotSpotter alert notified police of multiple gunshots fired just after 10:30 p.m. along Monticello Street.

Police said they do not yet have any suspects.

The victim was identified as Eric Thomas, 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monday’s night’s deadly shooting was the second in less than 24 hours in Homewood. Early Monday morning, a woman was found shot on Blackadore Avenue and later died at a hospital.

>>STORY: Woman dies after being found shot on road in Pittsburgh neighborhood

Community members said these acts of violence are heartbreaking.

“I just wish you all would just stop, just stop please. That’s the only thing I’m saying. Just stop killing each other,” Ella Easley, of Homewood, said.

Source: Man found shot to death in car hours after woman killed in same Pittsburgh neighborhood – WPXI

The Biden Administration Issues A New Eviction Moratorium After A Federal Ban Lapsed : NPR

After intense pressure from progressives, the CDC has announced a more limited eviction moratorium days after an earlier freeze on evictions expired.

Days after a national eviction moratorium expired, the Biden administration on Tuesday issued a new, more limited freeze that remains in effect through Oct. 3.

Like the previous order, the two-month moratorium issued Tuesday comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new ban on evictions covers parts of the United States that are experiencing what the CDC calls “substantial” and “high” spread of the coronavirus.

As of Tuesday afternoon, that’s the vast majority of U.S. counties.

The order, which cites the rise of the delta variant, says: “Without this Order, evictions in these [higher transmission] areas would likely exacerbate the increase in cases.”

“Where we are right now with such high disease rates, we felt a new, tailored order [was needed] to make sure that … working Americans who were at risk of eviction could be stably housed during this really tenuous, challenging period of time,” the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told NPR’s All Things Considered.

Source: The Biden Administration Issues A New Eviction Moratorium After A Federal Ban Lapsed : NPR

Maxine Waters, in one despicable tweet, shows all that’s evil with the left – Washington Times

Cheryl K. Chumley

Rep. Maxine Waters took to Twitter to rage against the failure of her folks on the left to properly push forward the money needed to keep the free market from freely evicting those who won’t pay to stay, and in so doing, unwittingly, revealed all that’s evil about the Democrats.

They can’t — won’t — acknowledge properly placed, constitutionally stamped limits on the power of government.

“I don’t buy that the CDC can’t extend the eviction moratorium — something it has already done in the past! Who is going to stop them? Who is going to penalize them? There is no official ruling,” Waters tweeted, “saying that they cannot extend this moratorium. C’mon CDC — have a heart! Just do it!”

Source: Maxine Waters, in one despicable tweet, shows all that’s evil with the left – Washington Times

Pentagon police officer killed in attack outside Department of Defense headquarters | Fox News

 

Pentagon police officer was killed in a “shooting event” attack outside the Defense Department headquarters Tuesday morning, a defense official confirmed to Fox News.

The building went into lockdown on Tuesday morning after a shooting occurred near a platform by the facility’s Pentagon Metro station. According to the police, all of the entrances to the Pentagon have now been secured.

The Arlington Fire Department had confirmed to Fox News that there were multiple people down at the site of the shooting, but wouldn’t comment on their conditions as the scene was still active at the time.

Source: Pentagon police officer killed in attack outside Department of Defense headquarters | Fox News

Probe finds Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated federal and state law

By Bernadette Hogan and Bruce Golding

State Attorney General Letitia James Tuesday will release her report on the probe into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Post has learned.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state laws by sexually harassing multiple women — including current and former state employees — through actions that included touching their “intimate body parts” without consent, officials said Tuesday.

Cuomo also allegedly retaliated against some of the victims and created a “toxic” and hostile work environment in the Executive Chamber, officials said.

The blockbuster announcements came during a news conference at which state Attorney General Letitia James said an independent probe she commissioned had found that Cuomo engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments.”

James called it “a sad day for New York” and said it was up to Cuomo to decide whether to resign, as has been demanded by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Investigators gathered evidence from 11 women, nine of whom are or were state employees, said former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim, one of two outside lawyers hired to conduct the probe.

One alleged victim is a state trooper who served on Cuomo’s security detail, Kim said.

The trooper told the investigators that while she was holding a door open for Cuomo, he passed by and ran his open hand against her stomach, Clark said.

“She told us she felt completely violated,” Clark said.

Source: Probe finds Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, violated…

Two Johnstown juveniles arrested in burglary-turned-chase | News | tribdem.com

Two Johnstown-area juveniles face charges stemming from an attempted burglary-turned-chase Sunday in Lorain Borough.

According to Stonycreek Township police Officer Tom Owens, the teenagers were two of five who forced entry into the Lorain residence Sunday morning – and the group is believed to be behind a string of vehicle thefts in the West Hills, Ferndale and Johnstown in recent weeks.

Police were called to the 300 block of Lunen Street at 10:40 a.m.

Owens said the five individuals forced their way into the residence through a door, which caused a loud enough noise that it alerted the homeowner.

He armed himself and encountered the teens in his basement, “hollering at them to get out,” and then pursuing them when they left the basement and headed into his yard.

While in the yard, the occupant fired his weapon, but no one was struck, Owens said.

“All five subjects fled in a white vehicle,” said Owens, which police later learned was a Chevy sedan.

Stonycreek, Johnstown, West Hills and other neighboring departments joined in the pursuit.

Owens said a West Hills officer spotted the vehicle on Bedford Street and followed it into Moxham.

Near Cypress Avenue, the fleeing juveniles brought their car to a stop and bailed, each of them taking off in the neighborhood.

The West Hills officer caught one of them and a Johnstown police officer caught another a short time later, Owens said.

Police were working Monday to identify and locate the other three suspects, one of whom was the driver of the car.

The Chevrolet was seized by police, and plans were in motion to search it for evidence, Owens added.

A stolen firearm was recovered from one of the teens, he said.

Both will face a list of counts through the Cambria County Juvenile Court system, Owens said.

The youths’ names weren’t released because they are younger than 18.

But the charges will include burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, unlawful firearm possession, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding police, he said.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation can call Stonycreek Township police at 814-266-3112.

Source: Two Johnstown juveniles arrested in burglary-turned-chase | News | tribdem.com

Boeing set for rerun of Starliner space capsule test – BBC News

The American Boeing company is about to run another demonstration mission of its new astronaut capsule.

The CST-100 Starliner is set to launch from Florida to showcase how it can ferry crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

It will be the second test flight, and conducted with no people aboard.

The previous demonstration, in 2019, encountered software problems that very nearly resulted in the loss of the capsule.

Two years of redesign and upgrades give Boeing another chance to showcase its astronaut vehicle.

Three found dead in South Side home | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Police are investigating an incident where three people were found dead Saturday evening inside a home on the South Side.

Jason G. Heintzelman, 34, Micah Danielle White, 30 and Davon Tae Lipscome 25, all of Pittsburgh, were found deceased in a residence in the 100 block of South 18th Street around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to reports from the medical examiner’s office.

There is currently no cause of death listed.

The police do not suspect any foul play, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Public Safety spokesperson Maurice Matthews.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit and Group Violence Intervention are the investigating agencies, according to the medical examiner’s report.

Source: Three found dead in South Side home | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.

The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.

Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.

The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.

Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.

Meghan McCain on hypothetical Kamala Harris run to replace Biden: ‘Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground’ | Fox News

During a discussion on Harris’ unpopularity in polls, McCain argued it was evident she “needed more media training” because of the tactical errors she had made since taking office, and that if she was up against DeSantis in the 2024 general election, he would “put her in the ground.”

“I think she stumbled when she was running for president. She dropped out before Iowa. She was a very early dropout. She wasn’t resonating with voters way before President Biden was elected,” McCain said in response to co-host Whoopi Goldberg asking if she thought Harris “stumbled coming out of the gate.”

KAMALA HARRIS TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM, SINGAPORE NEXT MONTH AMID CHINA TENSIONS, US BORDER CRISIS

McCain criticized the media’s tone in how outlets covered Harris’ leadership on the border crisis, specifically calling out the discrepancy in how they approached children being placed in “cages” while in border facilities under former President Trump versus the current administration.

Source: Meghan McCain on hypothetical Kamala Harris run to replace Biden: ‘Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground’ | Fox News

Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide – CNNPolitics

(CNN)A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

“Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29,” department spokesperson Kristen Metzger told CNN in a statement.
Hashida joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2003 and responded to the Capitol on January 6, Metzger said.
“We are grieving as a Department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” Metzger said.
This is the third known suicide of an officer who responded to the Capitol during the attack, and it is the second known suicide by a DC officer specifically.
Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of the force, and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year Capitol Police veteran, also responded to the insurrection and later died by suicide. A recent Senate report into the security failures of the day lists both Smith and Liebengood among those who “ultimately lost their lives” following the attack.
Another Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the attack, Washington DC’s chief medical examiner determined in April.
The Justice Department has charged more than 550 people in connection with the insurrection, according to CNN’s latest tally, and the attack is at the center of a high-profile House select committee investigation.
During a hearing before the panel last month, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn delivered an emotional plea to officers who defended the Capitol to seek out professional help if they need it.
“I want to take this moment and speak to my fellow officers about the emotions they are continuing to experience from the events of January 6. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling,” Dunn said.
“What we all went through that day was traumatic, and if you are hurting, please take advantage of the counseling services that are available to us.”

Source: Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide – CNNPolitics

Pittsburgh U-Haul employee dies after customer dispute ends in shooting

A Pittsburgh U-Haul employee is dead after a customer shot him during a dispute last week.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office reports Jacob Jaillet, 21, of Pittsburgh, died at a hospital Sunday around 11:46 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint, Jaillet was showing a truck to a man police identify as the shooting suspect — Braijon Burton, 21, of Pittsburgh at the U-Haul located on the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard.”

Burton stated that at that moment he said to himself, ‘I’m taking this truck’ and Burton said that he shot the guy,” according to the paperwork. Police say Burton shot the victim in the neck and was initially reported to be in critical condition.

Burton then stole a U-Haul vehicle and fled the scene, according to police. Burton was then pursued by police on Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge where he was then taken into custody.

An employee at the U-Haul center spoke with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Kylie Walker and said the victim is a co-worker and explained what led up to the shooting.”

The dude wanted the truck for too long. We couldn’t give it to him. He was mad about it so he shot my co-worker and ran off with the truck,” the employee said.

Burton is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Source: Pittsburgh U-Haul employee dies after customer dispute ends in shooting

Pittsburgh police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Police said the girl is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 100 pounds, with freckles, blue eyes and long, red hair with blonde tips.

She is known to frequent the Lincoln Place, Swissvale, and Lawrenceville areas, police said.

Anyone who has information on the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call Special Victims Unit detectives at 412-323-7141. Anonymous calls will be accepted.

 


Source: Pittsburgh police looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

Colusa County sheriff’s deputies and Sacramento River Fire Division personnel discovered the bodies after they responded to a report around 1:15 p.m. that a helicopter had gone down near a highway in the small town of Colusa, about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento, the sheriff’s said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter was a Robinson R66. Robinson Helicopter Co. described the R66 as a five-seat turbine helicopter powered by a Rolls-Royce turboshaft engine.

No further details were immediately available.

 

Source: Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One person was killed and a large fire broke out following a fuel tanker crash on Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the driver of a large fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle, causing it to fall off of the ramp from I-595 westbound to the Turnpike southbound.

There has been no word from officials on whether any other vehicles were involved.

Authorities have also not provided any information on the identity of the person who died.

All eastbound lanes of I-595 in the area of Davie Blvd. were closed, as was the southbound entrance ramp from the Florida Turnpike to I-595, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Source: 1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

NYC laundromat shooting: 10 injured after 2 men open fire, flee on mopeds, video shows | Fox News

Two masked and hooded men walked up to a crowd near a laundromat and barbershop in the New York City borough of Queens and opened fire, wounding 10 people, including three known gang members, before escaping on mopeds, police said Sunday morning.

The shooting unfolded in the Queen’s neighborhood of Corona just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Police said 40 shell casings have so far been recovered from the scene near 99th Street and 37th Avenue.

NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING ON BOURBON STREET LEAVES 5 WOUNDED; VIDEO SHOWS CROWD FLEEING GUNFIRE

“This was a brazen, coordinated attack, for lack of a better word,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said during a news conference. “This is unacceptable, and it has to stop.”

In a separate news conference on Sunday, Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams referred to the incident as a “mass shooting.”

NYPD officials released surveillance video of the two unknown males approaching the group on foot. Both men brandished firearms and began firing at people standing in front of the barbershop. Two other unknown males on mopeds followed behind the shooters and picked them both up before fleeing.

Police said that bystanders were walking along the sidewalk and that a party was in progress at a restaurant a few doors down from the barbershop at the time of the shooting.

Two hooded and masked suspects opened fire on a crowd of people Saturday night.

Source: NYC laundromat shooting: 10 injured after 2 men open fire, flee on mopeds, video shows | Fox News

Deadly fentanyl overdoses mount in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At least a dozen times this year, medical rescue workers in the county responded to four or more deadly overdoses in a single day, the vast majority involving fentanyl.

In the small working-class city of Clairton, at least six people have died this year in overdoses involving the drug — two on the same street, records show.

The rise in deaths has prompted public officials to call for efforts from law enforcement and other government agencies to battle the crisis, including the legalization in Pennsylvania of the distribution of fentanyl strips — a tool that can alert people to the presence of the drug.

Source: Deadly fentanyl overdoses mount in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2 people injured after shooting in Wilkinsburg

Two people were injured after a shooting in Wilkinsburg Saturday night.

First responders responded to reports of a shooting in the 1900 block of McNary Boulevard around 10:16 p.m.

Police said two men were found on scene with injuries indicating they were struck by gunfire.

Both were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: 2 people injured after shooting in Wilkinsburg

6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers held practice at Heinz Field for 2021 Training Camp on Saturday as the concluding even to Steelers Fest. Since the Steelers were back on the field, we were also given the typical media session from head coach Mike Tomlin. Therefore, it’s time to look at the players mentioned by Coach Tomlin during his media time. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

Pat Freiermuth & Alex Highsmith

“56 (Alex Highsmith) is a guy that has big-time urgency in his play; his motor runs hot. We’re just trying to develop that, and Pat… You partner those guys together to create that. That’s the iron-on-iron principle. There’s a rhyme and reason to a lot of the matchups and usually it’s about one man’s strength versus another element of the next man’s game that needs improvement. In the case of those two, we just like the finish of Alex, and so we’re going to pit Pat in those circumstances”


Ben Roethlisberger

During Saturday’s practice, it was reported Ben Roethlisberger made quick work of the two-minute drill as the Steelers weren’t forced to go the entire length of the field. Coach Tomlin was asked if he will make it more difficult on Roethlisberger the next time.

“No, we work on the short field sometimes because usually that puts you in a position where you gotta choose from a large number of plays down in here in the high red.

Najee Harris

As the Steelers are going through training camp, it appears there have been highs and lows when it comes to the running game as they have broken off some nice runs while having several negative ones as well. Coach Tomlin was asked if he was upset about the negative plays or if he was more impressed with what Najee Harris did.

“I don’t know that I was upset at all to be honest with you. It’s just ebbs, and flow associated with play this time of year.”


Zach Gentry

One player reportedly having quite a nice training camp coming off of injury is third-year tight end Zach Gentry. Coach Tomlin was asked if Gentry has an appetite for one-on-one drills. In his response, Coach Tomlin brought up Pat Freiermuth once again.

“He did. But, boy, we’re gonna put him in more circumstances. The tight end position is a unique one because of the challenges that they face week in and week out in the NFL. Some weeks they’re blocking outside linebackers, some weeks they’re blocking big men four-three ends. And so that’s why some tight ends look like Pat (Freiermuth) and some tight ends look like Zach. Zach is a guy that has a skillset and a body to match up with four-three people, and so he better distinguish himself in those circumstances.”

Melvin Ingram III

By the time to 2021 regular season rolls around, I hope that I don’t continue to call Melvin Ingram the improper “M” first name. Coach Tomlin was asked a similar question to what he’s been asked before in what stands out about Ingram. Of course, the answer was not all that different from when Coach Tomlin has discussed Ingram in the past.

“He knows how to play. He’s a veteran. You feel his veteran presence. You see the thoughtfulness in his skills relative to his position. He looks like a guy who’s done this for a while at this level.”

Source: 6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

Police chief: Many shoplifters need help, not fines or jail | Opinion

By John Zebrowski OPINION

Retailers, malls and supermarkets across New Jersey are seeing dramatic surges in shoplifting over the past 18 months. It’s believed to be fallout from the pandemic-related economic downturn that has caused workplace cutbacks and joblessness.

This is a separate type of crime from highly-publicized organized retail theft rings. More people are resorting to shoplifting as a way to make ends meet. That’s no excuse; just a sad reality. It also ties up valuable law enforcement resources. Significant time and taxpayer money is expended to track down, arrest and prosecute shoplifting offenders.

It’s time for New Jersey to take the lead in the United States, and create a progressive statewide diversion program for people charged with disorderly person-level shoplifting offenses. Working with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, retailers and law enforcement, we can develop alternative procedures to get many shoplifters the help they urgently need.

Most law-abiding people see shoplifting as a penny-ante crime. Yet shoplifting has subtle, expensive repercussions most people never fully realize, affecting the retail price of goods. Nationwide, shoplifting accounts for $14.7 billion annually in stolen merchandise. That raises consumers’ costs as retailers — big and small — raise prices to recoup losses.
Retailers put a great deal of resources into dealing with theft. They install security cameras, affix anti-theft tags to merchandise, and hire guards to protect stores. Signs warn that shoplifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And yet another type of theft in the retail sector receives far less attention, even though it is equally, if not more pervasive in our economy: employers stealing pay they legally owe to their workforce by paying less than minimum wage to  employees.
Stores in New Jersey – from big-box retailers to corner bodegas — typically hand over shoplifting suspects to local police. Processing and prosecuting these arrests — often booked as disorderly persons offenses — is time-consuming and derail officers from focusing on crime prevention. Penalties in New Jersey for stealing less than $200 worth of food or merchandise are fines that range up to $1,000, possibly six months in jail and short stints of community service. For a person who is barely holding on and steals cans of tuna or pairs of socks in winter, such punishment seems excessive. It can add to their desperation and cause them to shoplift again.

Source: Police chief: Many shoplifters need help, not fines or jail | Opinion

Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced two guaranteed income bills on Friday aimed at sending $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans before the end of the decade, according to reports.

Source: Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

Enough ice melted in Greenland on Tuesday to cover Florida in two inches of water, scientists warn | Climate News | Sky News

The impacts of human-caused climate change are especially pronounced in the Arctic, which is warming three times faster than the global average.

While the number of gigatons lost is not as extreme as in 2019, a record melt year, the overall area of the ice sheet that is shedding mass is actually larger, according to Polar Portal, which represents Danish Arctic research institutions studying the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice.

Researchers warned of a “massive melting event in Greenland” in a tweet, adding that it “would be enough to cover Florida with two inches of water”.

Temperatures in Greenland reached “worrisome” levels on Wednesday, said DG DEFIS, the EU Commission’s directorate-general for defence industry and Space, as Constable Pynt, 70 degrees north, saw highs of 23C.

Source: Enough ice melted in Greenland on Tuesday to cover Florida in two inches of water, scientists warn | Climate News | Sky News

British vegans having a row over COVID vaccine ‘jab’ rules — and the issue could come to America – Raw Story 

Vegans who object on ethical grounds to receiving COVID-19 vaccines in the United Kingdom have raised the issue loudly enough that it has recently garnered coverage from several top media outlets there.

An estimated half a million Britons who do not consume animal products would not have to adhere to so-called “jabs for jobs” rules under employment laws, it has been claimed.

Big firms, including Netflix and Google, have already told many US staff they must be vaccinated before returning to work and Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the rule was “smart policy.”

“While the UK Government has introduced legislation stating care home staff must be jabbed. The Covid vaccine does not contain animal products, but all medications currently go through animal testing. Ethical veganism was ruled to be a protected characteristic at a tribunal last year.

‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally

By ACACIA CORONADO
Beto O’Rourke, former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate, speaks at a rally for voting rights in Texas at the Capitol in Austin, Texas on Saturday, July 31, 2021.  Hundreds of people packed the steps of the Texas Capitol as a protest rally which began Wednesday and ended Saturday with participants marching up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building.  (AP Photo/Acacia Coronado)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions.

Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.

The special session that the exodus by Texas Democrats halted is set to expire next week, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to schedule a new one as soon as the lawmakers return to the state.

“If you don’t like who’s in there, vote them out,” Nelson sang, inviting he crowd to join him in singing lyrics he’d previously written about taking a stand at the ballot box.

“I felt like I needed to be here. It is a history-making event that is so necessary right now,” said Brenda Hanson, 75, of Austin. “I am a descendant of slavery and I am not interested in moving back, I want to see this country go forward. I have lived well over three quarters of a century and I have never seen us go backwards like this before.”

Hanson said she is disabled but otherwise would have participated in the nearly 30-mile walk. Instead, she hoped to make a statement with her presence as she sat chanting in support on a bench under a tree.

The march began Wednesday and ended Saturday when participants walked up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building in a rally sponsored by activist group Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. It was led, in part, by Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate who has not ruled out a run for Texas governor in 2022. Earlier this week, O’Rourke and marchers shut down the frontage road of Interstate 35 during the morning rush hour, funneled between restaurants and cut a path from Republican-controlled statehouse districts to Democratic ones.

Marchers compared what the GOP says are measures meant to protect against fraud and restore confidence in American elections to Jim Crow-style restrictions. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

“I ask you to think about every man and every woman who had the courage in their convictions and did what they needed to do in their own moment of truth in this country’s history,” O’Rourke told the crowd.

Source: ‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally

Emergency crews respond to serious crash in Westmoreland County – WPXI

Fire crews and police responded to a serious car accident in Hempfield on Saturday evening, our news partners at TribLive reported.

Fire crews and police responded to a serious car crash in Hempfield on Saturday evening.

The crash, which occurred on the 400 block of Agnew Road, was reported around 5:45 p.m.

Agnew Road was closed from Route 30 into Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher.

The dispatcher said he did not know what caused the wreck and could not confirm whether anyone had been injured.

Reports from the scene indicated that the vehicle went over an embankment and landed upside down in a creek.

No further information on how many injuries or the extent of injuries were provided by county dispatch or state police at this time.

The City of Jeannette Fire Department posted on Facebook earlier about a traffic alert stating Agnew Road was closed from Mary Street to Route 30 for an extended period of time. Grapeville Volunteer Fire Department also assisted.

Around 8:40 p.m., a truck was towed from the scene and first responders started to clear. Traffic cones were laid out near the crash scene on the side of the road.

Source: Emergency crews respond to serious crash in Westmoreland County – WPXI

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