Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue’s preschool

(CNN)Officials have substantiated multiple accusations of child sexual abuse by a preschool teacher at a prominent synagogue in Washington, DC, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the DC superintendent of education to the synagogue in June. But the congregation and its early childhood education center have been thrown into turmoil since allegations of child sexual abuse arose last August. The cease-and-desist letter is believed to be the first public finding of an investigation into the alleged abuse at the school by DC authorities. The school allegedly allowed the accused abuser to lead groups of children to a wooded area outside the center and the bathroom, and dismissed other staff members’ verbal complaints about the alleged maltreator “disappearing with children …

ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Georgia Over 6-Week Abortion Ban

It was the latest lawsuit in a campaign to push back on recent abortion bans introduced across the U.S. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood The Georgia bill bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, purportedly once a fetal “heartbeat” is detectable by doctors, with the exceptions for rape and incest and if the patient is at risk of death or severe harm. It will begin to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. People who perform abortions could face up to 10 years in prison. The ban is “in particular an attack on low-income Georgians, Georgians of color, and rural Georgians, who are least able to access medical care and least able to overcome the cruelties of this law,” the groups argue …

US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries

US represents 4% of the worlds population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft. The figures emerge as the world faces an escalating waste crisis driven largely by plastics continue to accept its waste, the report authors say. The US represents just 4% of the worlds population, but it produces 12% of global municipal solid waste. In comparison, China and India make up more than 36% of the worlds population and generate 27% of that waste. While Americans recycle just 35% of their municipal …

Sheryl Sandberg Donates $1 Million To Planned Parenthood’s Advocacy Efforts

Sheryl Sandberg is making a $1 million personal donation to the political arm of abortion restrictions signed into law by Republican governors, including in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri. “I think this is a very urgent moment where the rights and the choices and the basic health of the most vulnerable women — the women who have been marginalized, often women of color — are at stake,” she told HuffPost in an interview. “And so all of us have to do our part to fight these draconian laws.”  Sandberg previously Trump’s reinstatement and expansion of what’s known as the “global gag rule,” which bans federal funding for international health organizations that speak about abortion as a family planning option.  Unlike in …

Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Exactly What She Eats – Are You Surprised?! – Perez Hilton

Kourtney Kardashian has revealed exactly what she eats — and her diet may surprise you!! The 40-year-old reality TV star has taken up the keto diet for the second time, according to a post she just published on her lifestyle website Poosh. The reality TV star has arguably never looked this good, which is quite the achievement considering she’s got three children and just recently turned the big 4-0! But according to her blog post on Poosh, the credit for all of this goes to her strict and repetitive keto diet, where she allows herself to get enough nutrients without pushing her body too hard and caring for her general health all the while. In the blog post, she wrote about …

The U.S. Is Headed To Fascism, Says Ocasio-Cortez After Tour Of Detention Facilities At Southern Border

“Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question,” the congresswoman told Yahoo News hours after she toured the detention facilities run by Customs and Border Protection. “If you actually take the time to study, and to look at the steps, and to see how government transforms under authoritarian regimes, and look at the political decisions and patterns of this president, the answer is yes.” Getty Images Ocasio-Cortez described a chaotic situation during Monday’s congressional tour, including one site visit where “s*** hit the fan” over what she described as “disrespectful” conduct by CBP staff, such as one officer who tried to take a selfie with the congresswoman, even as the lawmakers were not allowed to have cameras. Ocasio-Cortez …

Orcas In Captivity Are More Likely To Die At An Early Age From Chronic Stress

Nearly a decade ago, SeaWorld made headlines around the globe after its star 6-ton, 6.7-meter (22-foot) killer whale Tilikum intentionally killed his trainer after a routine day at the park, an abnormal behavior researchers now say is more than likely due to the fact that the captive animal had spent the last 27 years of his life living in a concrete tank. By compiling and analyzing a wide array of current scientific data on the welfare of captive orcas into one comprehensive study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, a team of marine mammal scientists, physicians, and a veterinarian conclude that keeping orcas in artificial captive environments significantly increases their risk of illness and early death from chronic stress. …

A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Brain disorders impact more than 25 percent of Americans, and such disorders are projected to cost more than one trillion dollars annually by 2050. In response, the federal government launched the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Nanotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative in 2013 to uncover how the human brain works as an electrical machine. This group of researchers has been tasked with answering the following question: What if mental illness could be treated with electrical engineering? While the human brain contains nearly 100 billion cells that create and process electricity, human brain augmentation has largely been limited to drugs that target brain chemicals. By discovering how the brain computes, we hope scientists will be able to develop new treatments and bend the projected …

Alaska University System May Never Recover From Governors Budget Cuts, Leaders Warn

Alaska’s public Programs will be cut, thousands of students could be lost and hundreds of staff — including tenured professors — are expected to lose their jobs.  told The Washington Post of Republican Gov. 41% of state appropriations for the University of Alaska system.  multibillion-dollar budget deficits since the 2014 oil market collapse. Dunleavy, who was elected last year, promised to address this shortfall without raising taxes or slashing the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, an annual payout to the state’s residents from oil revenue.  more than $440 million from the budget passed by the state legislature. “We can’t continue to be all things for all people,” University system president James Johnsen likened the governor’s veto to a “bomb.” The budget cuts …

Jess Glynne pulls out of TRNSMT on health grounds

Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi will step in as a special guest to fill their slot. Glynne released a statement saying her decision to pull out of TRNSMT “absolutely kills me”. She said she had been diagnosed with a vocal chord haemorrhage and would have to cancel all her shows up to 14 July. Related Topics Music festivals Glasgow Jess Glynne Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Children are being poisoned: California moms lead the way to pesticide ban

Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to treat pest infestations, was banned from residential use in 2000 but is still used in agriculture Elisa Riveras face swelled up, her eyes watered and soon she was struggling to breathe. The 39-year-old first started to feel ill when the smell of pesticides drifted from nearby Fresno county fruit orchards on a recent afternoon: We experience this all the time People get used to it. Rivera and other activists have been it was moving to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that is brain damage in stand against the Trump administration, which has supported continued Toxic America Studies, however, increasingly raised doubts. Pregnant women who lived near farms that sprayed chlorpyrifos had increased risks of having a …

Harris vs. Biden, And 4 Other Takeaways From Day 2 Of The Democratic Debate

For much of America ― the portion that doesn’t eagerly consume political news more than 16 months before a general election ― Thursday night’s two-hour Kamala Harris’ confrontation of former Vice President Twitter and Instagram Wilfredo Lee/ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Vice President Joe Biden may have stood at the center of the debate stage on Thursday night, but it was Sen. Kamala Harris of California who will be the center of attention afterward. But before writing an early political obituary for Biden’s third presidential run, it’s worth remembering that Biden is the Democratic Party hasn’t changed nearly as much as everyone thinks. He’s aiming at an older generation of voters, both black and white, and those voters so far have been …

Here Are The 30 Best Responses To #HowIFightDepression

While there are many people who struggle to understand it, being clinically depressed is much different than being upset or having any sort of emotional response to challenges faced in life. Depression can vary in severity and it can put a strain on every aspect of a person’s life. This disorder makes it harder for a person to perform important tasks at work or school, navigate personal relationships and enjoy activities they take interest in, furthermore, it is known to cause a great deal of suffering. Sadly, depression is far from rare. In fact, it’s of the most common mental disorders. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 300 million people of all ages suffer from this disorder, …

Transgender hate crime rises by 81%

West Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Police saw reporting of transgender hate crimes more than treble over three years. Suffolk Constabulary and Merseyside Police were the only forces which recorded fewer crimes in 2018-19 than in 2016-17. Image caption West Yorkshire Police is currently running a campaign to help prevent hate crime Equal rights charity Stonewall estimated that two in five trans people had experienced a hate crime or incident in the past year. Andi Woolford, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, works in social housing and was abused while she was sitting in her car. “A guy came out of a block of flats, called me a paedophile, threatened to stab me, smashed my car up, held a dog chain up …

21 Truths About Pregnancy Your Doctor Might Not Have Told You

Some of these illustrations highlight the more well-known struggles of being pregnant, such as the wild mood swings that make you cry at the silliest things – but are you prepared for the crazy costs of maternity clothes? Not to mention being prepared for how other people will treat you seeing your growing belly – yes they will ask to touch it. Scroll down below to check out these hilarious pregnancy comics and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 Dr. Jolene Brighten, a naturopathic doctor and author of the book Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, explained that women’s hormones shift during pregnancy. The result, she said, “Sometimes we can see lower dopamine levels, which will cause you to …

The 140-tonne, fire-breathing crane: inside Glastonbury’s hottest attraction

Powered by chip fat, this enormous crane rescued from Bristol docks is about to become the festivals dance hotspot. We have no idea if it will work, say the duo behind it The idea, says Pip Rush, is to take over the sky. Were standing on a 140-tonne crane, 30 metres above the Glastonbury festival site. Rush and his collaborator Bert Cole are sanguine as they take in the view, but Im clutching the railings, summer breeze blowing through the jasmine of my freaking mind. From its birth in 1975 until it was rendered obsolete by bigger kit, this crane lifted loads at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. Rush and Cole bought it for an undisclosed sum, chopped it into two …