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Reptile zoo and City of London, Ont., reach settlement in legal dispute
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Reptile zoo and City of London, Ont., reach settlement in legal dispute

The City of London, Ont., and Reptilia, a local reptile zoo, have reached a settlement in their dispute over the zoo's right to display animals. Details are still under wraps.

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Millions of transit fares underpaid in 2023: Winnipeg union
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Millions of transit fares underpaid in 2023: Winnipeg union

ATU 1505 said there were about 4.4 million instances of transit fare evasion last year. It doesn't know what the financial loss is yet, but said in 2022, millions went unpaid.

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Court offers look into final moments before arrest in COVID-19 abduction trial

RCMP officers Spencer Hornoi and Toril Romailler arrested Jackson in Vernon, B.C., on Feb. 24, 2022.

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $23 million from province
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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $23 million from province

The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.The universi ...
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The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government.

The university says in a statement that the funding will add new seats in existing programs in the faculties of applied science, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and science at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

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CBC North

Coroner's inquest looks at surveillance video on night of woman's death at Whitehorse emergency shelter

The death of Josephine Hager was the focus of the coroner's inquest on Thursday. The inquest is looking into the deaths of four Indigenous women at the Whitehorse emergency shelter in 2022 and 2023. ...
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The death of Josephine Hager was the focus of the coroner's inquest on Thursday. The inquest is looking into the deaths of four Indigenous women at the Whitehorse emergency shelter in 2022 and 2023.

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Kingstonist

LaSalle Causeway not expected to open by start of marine season

On Friday, Apr. 12, 2024, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) provided an update on the LaSalle Causeway closure, confirming that the bridge will not be operational by the start of the marin ...
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CityNews Winnipeg

Sensory toys becoming more popular among Canadians

Many say sensory toys are becoming more popular, not only among children but also adults. “We saw it with the fidget spinners. When those things started entering schools I was thrilled becaus ...
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Many say sensory toys are becoming more popular, not only among children but also adults.

“We saw it with the fidget spinners. When those things started entering schools I was thrilled because it means, oh my gosh, it’s normalized, it finally happened, yes! All of us can stim and be happy,” said Olivia Dawes.

“I think everyone stims and it’s really important that we normalize that, you know?”

Dawes, a “toad” at Toad Hall Toys in Winnipeg who was diagnosed with autism later in life, says sensory toys help her stim — make repetitive movements or vocalizations. She does this because this is how she regulates her body and releases pent-up energy.

“I am one of those sensory seekers that loves weight when I’m overwhelmed,” she said.

Olivia Dawes says she’s elated sensory toys are becoming normalized among children and adults. (Photo Credit: Nick Johnston, CityNews)

Sensory toys have a wide range including objects people touch, smell or even chew. Dawes says she’s glad more toys are coming out and price barriers are falling to make them more accessible to people, and wishes she had the same experience while she was growing up.

“I had meltdowns a lot because there was nowhere for this energy to go,” Dawes explained.

Now, she’s an expert at the Winnipeg toy and hobby store, helping others discover what toys can help stimulate senses and regulate the body. Dawes says she also has input as to which toys are considered for the store.

“It’s really awesome to be listened to,” she said.

3D printing of toys, models on the rise

One of the reasons sensory toys have become more accessible to the general public is the rise of 3D printing.

“There’s literally millions of these machines out there,” said Kerry Stevenson, a 3D printing expert and the founder of Fabbaloo, a 3D printing blog.

“That’s enough to create a market where people who know how to model and create content for printing, they can create unusual things and sell them for a very large audience now.”

Stevenson says making toys and models is huge in the industry. There’s even groups that make toys that stimulate different senses.

“There is a niche within the 3D modelling area where people create what’s called ‘tactile models’. These are models that are specifically designed for visually impaired people,” he explained.

Kerry Stevenson, founder of the blog Fabbaloo and a 3D printing expert, holds an early version printer at his home studio. (Photo Credit: Joanne Roberts, CityNews)

Stevenson spent around two hours with CityNews at his home office Friday, printing a 3D model of the planet Mars with exaggerated features so it’s easier for people to feel.

“By exaggerating the surfaces, then people can understand that, yeah, there’s a valley there. There’s a mountain over here and there’s three volcanoes in a row, and that sort of thing.”

Sensory toys for everyone, says Dawes

Dawes says even if you don’t officially ‘stim’, having toys that stimulate your senses is still a great way to de-stress and keep calm.

“A lot of people, I feel, maybe are a little bit hesitant to label it stimming because perhaps they still attribute it to autism or attention deficit disorder,” said Dawes. “I don’t think it’s something to be ashamed of. I think if you find something that makes you sparkle, go for it!”

Kerry Stevenson says tactile toys have a niche in the 3D printing industry. (Photo Credit: Joanne Roberts, CityNews)

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First attempt to catch orphaned orca calf in B.C. lagoon is unsuccessful
Village Report

First attempt to catch orphaned orca calf in B.C. lagoon is unsuccessful

ZEBALLOS, B.C. — An orphaned killer whale stranded in a remote Vancouver Island lagoon is proving difficult for rescuers to catch.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Swept away

Amina Haswell wouldn’t have given a broom a second glance in the past. Like many, she never paid much attention to the household item often tucked away in the corner […]

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Manitoba tax change to help most people despite raising more money, premier says
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Manitoba tax change to help most people despite raising more money, premier says

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew continued to promote a property tax change Friday that has been criticized by the Opposition as a tax grab on the middle class.  Kinew held a press conference ...
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WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew continued to promote a property tax change Friday that has been criticized by the Opposition as a tax grab on the middle class.  Kinew held a press conference in suburban Winnipeg to highlight the tax change, which was announced in last week’s provincial budget. Roughly 83 per cent of …

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Mikautadze double boosts Metz in relegation fight

PARIS (AP) — Georges Mikautadze’s first-half double gave Metz a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Lens on Friday and secured three vital points for the home club in its bid to […]

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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book

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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book

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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book
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Veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter Canadian rugby record book

Canada women's rugby coach Kevin Rouet has named his roster for the Pacific Four Series with veteran forward Tyson Beukeboom poised to enter the Canadian record book. The 33-year-old lock from Uxbridg ...
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Barry Odom signs 5-year contract to remain as UNLV’s coach

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV signed second-year football coach Barry Odom to a five-year contract on Friday after he led the Rebels to one of the most successful seasons in […]

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Winnipeg Free Press

Donovan Clingan is leaving UConn for the NBA after two seasons, two national titles

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Donovan Clingan is leaving UConn after two seasons and entering the NBA draft, the 7-foot-2 center announced Friday, four days after he helped lead the Huskies […]

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Dogs, not bear, killed B.C. woman, coroner's report finds

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Russian authorities announced mass evacuation for flood-hit city near Kazakhstan border

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in the Russian city of Orenburg, near the border with Kazakhstan, on Friday announced a mass evacuation from there after water levels in the Ural River […]

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CityNews Halifax

Russian authorities announced mass evacuation for flood-hit city near Kazakhstan border

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in the Russian city of Orenburg, near the border with Kazakhstan, on Friday announced a mass evacuation from there after water levels in the Ural River rose further, threat ...
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MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in the Russian city of Orenburg, near the border with Kazakhstan, on Friday announced a mass evacuation from there after water levels in the Ural River rose further, threatening the area with more flooding.

The Orenburg mayor, Sergei Salmin, called on the residents in a statement on the messaging app Telegram in the morning to “urgently evacuate” as sirens rang out in the city.

“This is not a drill,” Salmin wrote. “The flood situation in Orenburg is extremely dangerous. Over the past 10 hours, the water level in the Ural (River) has risen by 40 centimeters and is now at 11.43 (meters). These values are dangerous.”

Images from the city showed entire districts submerged in water.

The deluge hit the region, located some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) southeast of the capital, Moscow, on the border with Kazakhstan, after a dam on the Ural River burst last week in the city of Orsk under the pressure of surging waters. The authorities have designated the situation in the region as an emergency of federal importance.

Over 11,700 houses remained flooded in the region on Friday, a decrease from nearly 12,000 reported the day before, as water levels backed down in Orsk, state news agency Tass reported. Some 10,700 people have already been evacuated from flooded areas, according to Tass.

The Ural River, runs about 2,428 kilometers (1,509 miles) from the southern section of the Ural Mountains, through Russia and Kazakhstan, before flowing into the north end of the Caspian Sea.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Judge in sports betting case orders ex-interpreter for Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the former longtime interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment. Ippei Mizuhara exploited his [ ...
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Judge in sports betting case orders ex-interpreter for Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the former longtime interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment. Ippei Mizuhara exploited his pers ...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the former longtime interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani to get gambling addiction treatment.

Ippei Mizuhara exploited his personal and professional relationship with Ohtani to plunder the two-way player’s bank account for years, prosecutors said, at times impersonating Ohtani to bankers so he could pilfer huge sums of money to cover his bets and debts.

Mizuhara turned himself in Friday ahead of his initial court appearance. He is charged with one count of bank fraud and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Ohtani was involved in or aware of Mizuhara’s gambling, and authorities said Ohtani is cooperating with investigators.

Mizuhara was not asked to enter a plea during Friday’s brief court appearance in downtown Los Angeles. A criminal complaint, filed Thursday, detailed the alleged scheme through evidence that included text messages, financial records and recordings of phone calls.

While Mizuhara’s winning bets totaled over $142 million, which he deposited in his own bank account and not Ohtani’s, his losing bets were around $183 million — a net loss of nearly $41 million.

In a message to his illegal bookmaker on March 20, the day the Los Angeles Times and ESPN broke the news of the federal investigation, Mizuhara wrote: “Technically I did steal from him. it’s all over for me.”

Major League Baseball opened its own investigation after the controversy surfaced, and the Dodgers immediately fired Mizuhara.

Stefanie Dazio, The Associated Press

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Saskatchewan DLC online education classes now open for registration
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Saskatchewan DLC online education classes now open for registration

Online registration is open for the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre. Online summer school registration will be open in May.

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Moncton student struck by truck near school in city's north end

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Former US ambassador sentenced to 15 years in prison for serving as secret agent for Cuba

MIAMI (AP) — A former career U.S. diplomat was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he worked for decades as a secret agent for communist Cuba, […]

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Former US ambassador sentenced to 15 years in prison for serving as secret agent for Cuba

MIAMI (AP) — A former career U.S. diplomat was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he worked for decades as a secret agent for communist Cuba, a plea agreement that leaves ...
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MIAMI (AP) — A former career U.S. diplomat was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he worked for decades as a secret agent for communist Cuba, a plea agreement that leaves many unanswered questions about a betrayal that stunned the U.S. foreign service.

Manuel Rocha, 73, will also pay a $500,000 fine and cooperate with authorities after pleading guilty to conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed more than a dozen other counts, including wire fraud and making false statements.

“I plead guilty,” Rocha, dressed in a beige jail uniform, told U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom, adding he understood the gravity of his actions.

The sentencing capped an exceptionally swift criminal case and averted a trial that would have shed new light on what, exactly, Rocha did to help Cuba even as he worked for two decades for the U.S. State Department.

Prosecutors said those details remain classified and would not even tell Bloom when the government determined Rocha was spying for Cuba.

Federal authorities have been conducting a confidential damage assessment that could take years to complete. The State Department said Friday it would continue working with the intelligence community “to fully assess the foreign policy and national security implications of these charges.”

Rocha’s sentence came less than six months after his shocking arrest at his Miami home on allegations he engaged in “clandestine activity” on Cuba’s behalf since at least 1981, the year he joined the U.S. foreign service.

The case underscored the sophistication of Cuba’s intelligence services, which have managed other damaging penetrations into high levels of U.S. government. Rocha’s double-crossing went undetected for years, prosecutors said, as the Ivy League-educated diplomat secretly met with Cuban operatives and provided false information to U.S. officials about his contacts.

But a recent Associated Press investigation found red flags overlooked along the way, including a warning that one longtime CIA operative received nearly two decades ago that Rocha was working as a double agent. Separate intelligence revealed the CIA had been aware as early as 1987 that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had a “super mole” burrowed deep inside the U.S. government, and some officials suspected it could have been Rocha, the AP reported.

Rocha’s prestigious career included stints as ambassador to Bolivia and top posts in Argentina, Mexico, the White House and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

In 1973, the year he graduated from Yale, Rocha traveled to Chile, where prosecutors say he became a “great friend” of Cuba’s intelligence agency, the General Directorate of Intelligence, or DGI.

Rocha’s post-government career included time as a special adviser to the commander of the U.S. Southern Command and, more recently, as a tough-talking Donald Trump supporter and Cuba hardliner, a persona that friends and prosecutors said Rocha adopted to hide his true allegiances.

Among the unanswered questions is what prompted the FBI to open its investigation into Rocha so many years after he retired from the foreign service.

Rocha incriminated himself in a series of secretly recorded conversations with an undercover agent posing as a Cuban intelligence operative. The agent initially reached out to Rocha on WhatsApp, calling himself “Miguel” and saying he had a message “from your friends in Havana.”

Rocha praised Castro as “Comandante” in the conversations, branded the U.S. the “enemy” and boasted about his service for more than 40 years as a Cuban mole in the heart of U.S. foreign policy circles, prosecutors said in court records.

“What we have done … it’s enormous … more than a Grand Slam,” Rocha was quoted as saying.

Even before Friday’s sentencing, the plea agreement drew criticism in Miami’s Cuban exile community, with some legal observers worrying Rocha would be treated too leniently.

“Any sentence that allows him to see the light of day again would not be justice,” said Carlos Trujillo, a Miami attorney who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States during the Trump administration. “He’s a spy for a foreign adversary who put American lives at risk.”

“As a Cuban I cannot forgive him,” added Isel Rodriguez, a 55-year-old Cuban-American woman who stood outside the federal courthouse Friday with a group of demonstrators waving American flags. “I feel completely betrayed.”

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Mustian reported from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Gisela Salomon And Jim Mustian, The Associated Press

37 minutes ago

Winnipeg Free Press

Allen Iverson immortalized with sculpture alongside 76ers greats Julius Erving and Wilt Chamberlain

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Yes, there is something quite wry about the fact Allen Iverson was immortalized in his crossover pose at — of all sites — the Philadelphia 76ers’ […]

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CityNews Halifax

Allen Iverson immortalized with sculpture alongside 76ers greats Julius Erving and Wilt Chamberlain

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Yes, there is something quite wry about the fact Allen Iverson was immortalized in his crossover pose at — of all sites — the Philadelphia 76ers’ practice facility. Practic ...
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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Yes, there is something quite wry about the fact Allen Iverson was immortalized in his crossover pose at — of all sites — the Philadelphia 76ers’ practice facility.

Practice. Not where the Sixers play their games. Practice.

Almost 22 years after AI ranted about “practice” 22 times in an often-spoofed news conference — see, Ted Lasso — even Iverson got a kick out the location of the sculpture unveiled Friday on the team’s Legends Walk, joining the likes of Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley and Maurice Cheeks. The Hall of Famer who made “ talking about practice ” a permanent part of the pop-culture lexicon is now a permanent part of the Sixers’ home.

“I could sit out a practice,” Iverson said after the ceremony. “Play me in the games.”

Few played better in the games for the Sixers than Iverson, who won four scoring titles, an NBA MVP award, and led the franchise to their last trip to the NBA finals in 2001.

His numbers stamped him as one of the NBA’s greats.

His legacy stretched beyond the court, the undersized guard with the supersized heart making the hip-hop element cool in the NBA with his braids, his tattoos, his throwback jerseys — heck, the NBA even instituted a dress code in large part to wipe out Iverson’s influence. His dogged style of play has been emulated to this day by everyone from Russell Westbrook to Ja Morant to even Philly’s own All-Star, Tyrese Maxey.

Never, ever, though, duplicated.

Iverson was feted with a ceremony that nearly rivaled his Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction. Former Sixers teammates and executives Pat Croce, Billy King, Rasheed Wallace, Eric Snow and Aaron McKie posed with and praised AI. Even retired NFL receiver Terrell Owens shot video of the tribute and snapped photos of the statue. Former coach Larry Brown — who famously clashed through the years with Iverson — was in the house.

“Me and Coach didn’t see eye-to-eye on things,” Iverson said. “But he wanted the same thing that I wanted out of my career and our team goals. Once I bought into that, that’s what turned me into an MVP basketball player. That turned us to a team that were winners, that could go to the finals and compete with the best teams.”

The 165-pound guard averaged 31.1 points in 2001, was the MVP of the All-Star game and propped an entire franchise on his 6-foot frame all the way to the finals.

Guided by Brown, the Sixers needed Game 7 wins in consecutive playoff series for the right to play the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers swept their way through the postseason before Game 1 in Los Angeles.

Iverson had 48 points in 52 minutes of an overtime victory. The Sixers didn’t have enough to go the distance and the Lakers won the next four games.

Iverson is still connected with the franchise as a team ambassador and occasionally pops up at a courtside seat and receives a roaring standing ovation each time he is announced to the crowd. Iverson complained last year that his role with the Sixers was “nowhere near what I think it’s supposed to be” but any unhappiness appeared to be smoothed over. Sixers coach Nick Nurse has invited Iverson to spend more time around the team to offer his voice in a mentorship role.

“They came up to me and said that they would love to talk to me about different things on the basketball court and I just love and respect that they respect me because they know I’ve been through what they’re going through at a high level,” Iverson said. “So I’m trying to have my voice be heard as much as possible. I’m doing a lot of things with the organization and I just think that I’m blessed to have that opportunity, to have that relationship with the organization after I retired.”

So, about that statue. Much like Iverson, the tiny depiction took a beating on social media for not being properly lifelike for a statue. But it wasn’t built for sizes normally found outside sports stadiums, but rather is part of a row of similarly-sized ones that line a private walkway that only players, employees and executives (and the media) can access at the practice facility.

“How do you think I got that good? I had to practice,” Iverson said. “I just thought it was a bad rap on me. One day I’m walking in the streets and people come up to me and say ‘Practice? We’re talking about practice?’ and I be like, ‘Man, out of all the things I accomplished in my career, that’s the only thing you can come up with?’ Crazy.”

Iverson wore a Roman numeral III chain (in honor of his retired No. 3 uniform number ) and other Sixers gear including a hat that read “LEG3ND” as he yanked off the cover of the statue. Iverson’s statue shows him wearing a headband and about to launch the crossover — a seminal move in his career that once bewildered Michael Jordan — with a basketball affixed to his outstretched left hand. Part of the inscription said Iverson’s “toughness made him unstoppable.”

As Iverson surveyed the friends, former teammates and family that included his mother that flocked to New Jersey, he could only choke back tears as he expressed his thanks.

“When you think about the statue,” Iverson said, “that’s a representation to y’all people that helped me. To every one that played a part in my development and in my life. When y’all see that statue, y’all could feel good about the part that y’all did in helping me with my life. This is such an honor, man. It don’t even seem real.”

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Dan Gelston, The Associated Press




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Village Report

More history for Tiger Woods. He makes the Masters cut for a record 24th time in a row.

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Lake St. Martin chief banned from AMC events amid sex-crime charges

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1 dead and 13 injured after semitrailer intentionally crashed into Texas public safety office

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Lazio booed by own fans but Anderson leads from the front in 4-1 win against Salernitana

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Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada?
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Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada?

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Manoah, Jansen to start for Bisons on Saturday; Swanson, Romano to pitch in relief

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Manoah, Jansen to start for Bisons on Saturday; Swanson, Romano to pitch in relief

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Biden tells racial justice meeting, ‘We’ve kept our promises,’ as he looks to energize Black voters

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Biden tells racial justice meeting, ‘We’ve kept our promises,’ as he looks to energize Black voters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden virtually addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference on Friday, telling a sympathetic crowd “we’ve kept our promises” as he ramps up effor ...
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden virtually addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference on Friday, telling a sympathetic crowd “we’ve kept our promises” as he ramps up efforts to energize Black voters who will be vital to his reelection bid this fall.

Addressing several hundred attendees at the annual National Action Network Convention in New York, Biden ticked through a long list of what he said were some of his administration’s key accomplishments for Black Americans. He detailed providing federal public works funding to reconnect city neighborhoods that were divided decades ago when highways were built, and also investing billions in historically Black colleges and universities.

“Together, we’ve kept our promises to make some of the most significant investments in the Black American community ever,” Biden said. He also noted his pardoning thousands of inmates convicted on federal marijuana charges, combating racial discrimination in the real estate market and canceling student debts for millions of Americans.

He called that “transformational change” but said, “We know there’s much more work to do.” He said he still hoped to sign major legislation expanding voting rights and the George Floyd Act, a police reform package named for a Black man whose murder by Minneapolis police in 2020 sparked widespread racial justice protests and calls for federal legislation.

Biden is facing a November rematch with Republican former President Donald Trump, who has tried to step up his own a ppeal to Black voters.

Trump has suggested that his four criminal indictments have boosted his standing with members of the key voting bloc because they see him as a victim of discrimination — comparing his legal jeopardy to the historic legacy of anti-Black prejudice in the U.S. legal system. The former president has also repeatedly compared himself to anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, arguing that federal and state prosecutors have targeted him and his businesses for political reasons.

Although Biden historically enjoys high support and approval from Black Democrats, 45% of Black Americans said they disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president in March, according to polling by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just over half said they approve.

Biden didn’t mention Trump by name in his speech Friday, but referred to opposition by top Republicans to abortion rights and expanded access to the ballot box in stressing, “There are real threats we face.”

“There are more extreme voices out there who simply don’t want to see people of color in the future of our country,” the president said.

Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, said it meant a lot to hear Biden pledge to keep pursuing reforms in his sibling’s name.

“For him to still be adamant on passing that bill, I appreciate it,” he said. “He’s got the Floyd family behind him.”

The act passed the then-Democrat-controlled House in 2021, but stalled in a Senate where Republicans held a majority.

Others in the crowd were equally enthusiastic. About half the audience stood and applauded as the president approached the podium at a White House auditorium that was seen on a livestream.

Biden’s virtual speech capped a week of appearances from administration officials and other prominent local and national leaders. Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the convention in person last year.

Elaine Duval, of New York City, said she found the president to be genuine in his appeals to Black voters and that she doesn’t “think that he has gotten the praise and merit that he deserves.” But she also suggested that Biden missed an opportunity to address the suffering of Palestinians amid Israel’s war with Hamas in the Gaza strip.

“Oppression of any people anywhere is oppression of humanity,” Duval said. “And Black people, the Black race, we have been used to oppression and subjugation. I wish he had mentioned that because they are our kinfolk. He should bring the power of the presidency to bear upon that.”

As he travels the country campaigning for reelection, Biden has frequently faced protesters decrying his administration’s handling of the war in Gaza.

Sharpton, who has regularly convened a small group of civil rights leaders at the White House on issues affecting Black Americans, introduced Biden by recounting his years of engagement with the National Action Network.

“I give that background so people won’t think he’s just doing his viral speech to get votes,” Sharpton said.

He also took a swipe at Trump, saying, “There are those that want our voters, that want to take us for granted and show us some gold sneakers and other foolishness.”

“We want to know about concrete things,” Sharpton said.

Franklin Malone, a member of NAN’s Washington chapter, said he would have liked to hear Biden speak more about addressing incarceration rates in the Black community, beyond marijuana offenders.

“We can press for what we need. But at least he’s on the right track,” Malone said. “Sometimes a half a chicken is better than no chicken at all.”

Malone said Biden didn’t sound like a politician taking the Black vote for granted, as Trump has suggested top Democrats do.

“The president is in a position to empower us to empower him,” Malone said. “He needs our vote. We need him.”

__ Weissert reported from Washington.

Aaron Morrison And Will Weissert, The Associated Press



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