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Plastic Pipes Leach Chemicals Into Drinking Water

By Karla Lant – Environmental Monitor American concerns about drinking water are reaching critical mass. In March 2017, Gallup found that water pollution worries among Americans were at the highest they’d been since 2001, with 63 percent indicating they worry “a great deal” about pollution of drinking water, 57 percent worrying at that same level about the pollution of the waterways, and low-income and non-white Americans feeling more concerned about water pollution than their more economically advantaged, white counterparts. In May, another study was conducted by Nestle Waters, “Perspectives on American Waters.” These findings were even more dramatic: two out of three Americans—a supermajority—think their community is vulnerable to a water crisis; a majority of the public, 59 percent, believes the US needs a significant water infrastructure overhaul to avoid future water crises; clean drinking water is more important than clean air to 87 percent of Americans (and 94 percent of experts); and the public and scientists working in water resources agree that climate change will have more of an impact on access to clean drinking water in the future. The American Water Works Association found in 2012 that it would take an infrastructure investment of at least $1 trillion…

By Karla Lant – Environmental Monitor American concerns about drinking water are reaching critical mass. In March 2017, Gallup found that water pollution worries among Americans were at the highest they’d been since 2001, with 63 percent indicating they worry “a great deal” about pollution of drinking water, 57 percent worrying at that same level about the pollution of the waterways, and low-income and non-white Americans feeling more concerned about water pollution than their more economically advantaged, white counterparts. In May, another study was conducted by Nestle Waters, “Perspectives on American Waters.” These findings were even more dramatic: two out of three Americans—a supermajority—think their community is vulnerable to a water crisis; a majority of the public, 59 percent, believes the US needs a significant water infrastructure overhaul to avoid future water crises; clean drinking water is more important than clean air to 87 percent of Americans (and 94 percent of experts); and the public and scientists working in water resources agree that climate change will have more of an impact on access to clean drinking water in the future. The American Water Works Association found in 2012 that it would take an infrastructure investment of at least $1 trillion…

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Demócrata Doug Jones Gana Elecciones Para El Senado En Alabama

Alabama – En Alabama, los acontecimientos dieron un inesperado giro y el demócrata Doug Jones derrotó al republicano Roy Moore en las polémicas elecciones especiales para ocupar el escaño del Senado que había dejado vacante el fiscal general, Jeff Sessions. Con el 100% de los votos escrutados, Jones superó a Moore por casi 21.000 votos, un margen de 1,5 puntos porcentuales. El martes por la noche, Jones ofreció a sus partidarios un discurso de victoria. El senador electo Doug Jones expresó: “En conclusión, toda esta campaña ha girado en torno a la dignidad y el respeto. Esta campaña ha sido sobre el estado de derecho. Esta campaña se ha centrado en la cortesía y la decencia, y en garantizar que todos en este estado, sin importar el código postal que tengan, reciban un trato justo en la vida”. La victoria de Jones marca que por primera vez en 25 años un demócrata gana elecciones para el Senado de Estados Unidos en Alabama. Las elecciones especiales del martes fueron muy polémicas; Doug Jones competía con Roy Moore, quien está acusado de pedofilia y cuenta con varios antecedentes de racismo, sexismo, homofobia e islamofobia. Roy Moore hasta ahora se ha negado a…

Alabama – En Alabama, los acontecimientos dieron un inesperado giro y el demócrata Doug Jones derrotó al republicano Roy Moore en las polémicas elecciones especiales para ocupar el escaño del Senado que había dejado vacante el fiscal general, Jeff Sessions. Con el 100% de los votos escrutados, Jones superó a Moore por casi 21.000 votos, un margen de 1,5 puntos porcentuales. El martes por la noche, Jones ofreció a sus partidarios un discurso de victoria. El senador electo Doug Jones expresó: “En conclusión, toda esta campaña ha girado en torno a la dignidad y el respeto. Esta campaña ha sido sobre el estado de derecho. Esta campaña se ha centrado en la cortesía y la decencia, y en garantizar que todos en este estado, sin importar el código postal que tengan, reciban un trato justo en la vida”. La victoria de Jones marca que por primera vez en 25 años un demócrata gana elecciones para el Senado de Estados Unidos en Alabama. Las elecciones especiales del martes fueron muy polémicas; Doug Jones competía con Roy Moore, quien está acusado de pedofilia y cuenta con varios antecedentes de racismo, sexismo, homofobia e islamofobia. Roy Moore hasta ahora se ha negado a…

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Nueva York Afirma Que Explosión:

“Intento De Ataque Terrorista” En la ciudad de Nueva York, la policía identificó al sospechoso de la explosión de una bomba que tuvo lugar en la mañana del lunes, en una estación de metro de Manhattan. El presunto responsable sería un habitante de Brooklyn de 27 años de edad, inmigrante de Bangladesh, llamado Akayed Ullah. La policía declara que Ullah llevaba una bomba casera sujeta al cuerpo con velcro y cierres cuando el dispositivo explotó prematuramente en un corredor subterráneo que conecta las concurridas terminales de la Autoridad Portuaria y Times Square. Ullah resultó herido en la explosión, junto con otras tres personas que padecieron dolores de cabeza y zumbido en los oídos. El alcalde de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, afirmó el lunes que las consecuencias podrían haber sido mucho peores. Bill de Blasio sostuvo: “Y también seamos claros: esto fue un intento de ataque terrorista. Gracias a Dios, el perpetrador no logró sus objetivos. Gracias a Dios, los primeros miembros del personal de emergencias que respondieron a la situación estuvieron allí rápidamente para asegurarse de que las personas estuvieran a salvo”. El lunes, el periódico The New York Times citó a agentes de la ley anónimos que dijeron…

“Intento De Ataque Terrorista” En la ciudad de Nueva York, la policía identificó al sospechoso de la explosión de una bomba que tuvo lugar en la mañana del lunes, en una estación de metro de Manhattan. El presunto responsable sería un habitante de Brooklyn de 27 años de edad, inmigrante de Bangladesh, llamado Akayed Ullah. La policía declara que Ullah llevaba una bomba casera sujeta al cuerpo con velcro y cierres cuando el dispositivo explotó prematuramente en un corredor subterráneo que conecta las concurridas terminales de la Autoridad Portuaria y Times Square. Ullah resultó herido en la explosión, junto con otras tres personas que padecieron dolores de cabeza y zumbido en los oídos. El alcalde de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, afirmó el lunes que las consecuencias podrían haber sido mucho peores. Bill de Blasio sostuvo: “Y también seamos claros: esto fue un intento de ataque terrorista. Gracias a Dios, el perpetrador no logró sus objetivos. Gracias a Dios, los primeros miembros del personal de emergencias que respondieron a la situación estuvieron allí rápidamente para asegurarse de que las personas estuvieran a salvo”. El lunes, el periódico The New York Times citó a agentes de la ley anónimos que dijeron…

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Racine County Slapped With Credit Downgrade

Racine – Reuters reported that Racine County’s decision to provide financial assistance to Foxconn, to build a liquid-crystal display plant, has hurt the county’s credit rating. According to Reuters Moody’s Investor Service dropped the rating Aa2 from Aa1, “citing anticipated growth in the county’s debt burden after it authorized up to $764 million in financial incentives to support the $10 billion plant.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn to build a huge plant in Racine County. The 20 million-square-foot LCD Foxconn plant Walker contends could ultimately employ 13,000 workers at the site. No calls to Racine County executive’s office for  comment on the matter were returned. Racine County expects to sell $79.2 million of taxable bond anticipation notes to finance land purchases for the project. Mount Pleasant, the site of the plant, also plans to sell up to $113 million of bonds for Foxconn. “Based on current borrowing plans, we expect the county’s direct and overlapping debt burdens will remain in line with the current rating. Additional borrowing would present more significant credit challenges,” the credit rating agency said in a report according to Reuters.

Racine – Reuters reported that Racine County’s decision to provide financial assistance to Foxconn, to build a liquid-crystal display plant, has hurt the county’s credit rating. According to Reuters Moody’s Investor Service dropped the rating Aa2 from Aa1, “citing anticipated growth in the county’s debt burden after it authorized up to $764 million in financial incentives to support the $10 billion plant.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn to build a huge plant in Racine County. The 20 million-square-foot LCD Foxconn plant Walker contends could ultimately employ 13,000 workers at the site. No calls to Racine County executive’s office for  comment on the matter were returned. Racine County expects to sell $79.2 million of taxable bond anticipation notes to finance land purchases for the project. Mount Pleasant, the site of the plant, also plans to sell up to $113 million of bonds for Foxconn. “Based on current borrowing plans, we expect the county’s direct and overlapping debt burdens will remain in line with the current rating. Additional borrowing would present more significant credit challenges,” the credit rating agency said in a report according to Reuters.

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Democratic Leaders Urge Zepnick To Resign

Madison – Two women accusing Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, of sexual misconduct have joined with Democratic leaders calling on him to step down. Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairwoman Martha Laning and Democratic leaders in the state Assembly urged Zepnick to resign immediately in light of allegations published last week by the Cap Times, a Madison based newspaper. Two women allege that Zepnick kissed them without their consent at political events in 2011 and 2015. Assembly Republican leaders stopped short of calling for his resignation, but called Zepnick’s behavior “reprehensible” and “unacceptable.” The Cap Times reports that Zepnick initially responded to the allegations by saying he had never been confronted about any such behavior, a few hours later Zepnick issued a statement last week apologizing for his behavior. Zepnick’s statement said he had no recollection of the incidents and apologized for mistakes made during years of “irresponsible drinking.” He said he will not resign. A spokeswoman for Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said Democratic leaders are evaluating “all options” to respond if Zepnick does not step down. Both women who shared their stories with the Cap Times requested anonymity, citing concerns with their current careers.

Madison – Two women accusing Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, of sexual misconduct have joined with Democratic leaders calling on him to step down. Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairwoman Martha Laning and Democratic leaders in the state Assembly urged Zepnick to resign immediately in light of allegations published last week by the Cap Times, a Madison based newspaper. Two women allege that Zepnick kissed them without their consent at political events in 2011 and 2015. Assembly Republican leaders stopped short of calling for his resignation, but called Zepnick’s behavior “reprehensible” and “unacceptable.” The Cap Times reports that Zepnick initially responded to the allegations by saying he had never been confronted about any such behavior, a few hours later Zepnick issued a statement last week apologizing for his behavior. Zepnick’s statement said he had no recollection of the incidents and apologized for mistakes made during years of “irresponsible drinking.” He said he will not resign. A spokeswoman for Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said Democratic leaders are evaluating “all options” to respond if Zepnick does not step down. Both women who shared their stories with the Cap Times requested anonymity, citing concerns with their current careers.

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The Wisconsin State Fair Wins 38 Awards

WEST ALLIS – Wisconsin State Fair officials are honored to announce they received 38 awards in various divisions and categories at the 2017 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention. Wisconsin State Fair is judged in Division 5, which includes all fairs, expositions and rodeos with annual attendance of more than one million (based on 2016 attendance). The four different award classifications include Agricultural Awards, Competitive Exhibits Awards, Innovation in Sponsorship and Hall of Honor Communications Awards. Within the Agricultural Awards categories, the fair received a total of six awards, including a first place designation in Agriculture Program Area Beautification. The Agriculture Awards strive to recognize fairs that provide outstanding agricultural education to the fair-going public. In the Competitive Exhibits Awards, Wisconsin State Fair received a total of 19 awards this year, including Supreme Champion and Best of Division, as well as nine first place awards in various categories. The Competitive Exhibits Awards Program recognizes excellence in displays and programs, and enhances the IAFE resource library with ideas and information for other fairs to utilize. The fair was also recognized for its exemplary efforts in sponsorship, sweeping this class by winning first place in all three categories – Sponsorship…

WEST ALLIS – Wisconsin State Fair officials are honored to announce they received 38 awards in various divisions and categories at the 2017 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention. Wisconsin State Fair is judged in Division 5, which includes all fairs, expositions and rodeos with annual attendance of more than one million (based on 2016 attendance). The four different award classifications include Agricultural Awards, Competitive Exhibits Awards, Innovation in Sponsorship and Hall of Honor Communications Awards. Within the Agricultural Awards categories, the fair received a total of six awards, including a first place designation in Agriculture Program Area Beautification. The Agriculture Awards strive to recognize fairs that provide outstanding agricultural education to the fair-going public. In the Competitive Exhibits Awards, Wisconsin State Fair received a total of 19 awards this year, including Supreme Champion and Best of Division, as well as nine first place awards in various categories. The Competitive Exhibits Awards Program recognizes excellence in displays and programs, and enhances the IAFE resource library with ideas and information for other fairs to utilize. The fair was also recognized for its exemplary efforts in sponsorship, sweeping this class by winning first place in all three categories – Sponsorship…

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Common Council Approves Lead Resolution

MILWAUKEE – The Lead Transparency resolution relating to Health Department recommendations for avoiding lead exposure was adopted unanimously by the Common Council. Alderpersons Tony Zielinski, Jim Bohl and Chantia Lewis co-sponsored the resolution after extensive research and collaboration with local organizations about the importance and accuracy of community lead education. The resolution requires enhanced communications between the Milwaukee Health Department and the local community about the health risks of lead in water, especially for high-risk populations. “As the lead author of the Lead Transparency Resolution, I am proud to announce that the Common Council unanimously approved this progressive legislation yesterday,” said Alderman Zielinski. “After months of organizing with federal, state and local agencies, we have gained agreement on the need to inform the public that women of childbearing age and children younger than 6—including infants—should only drink and prepare foods with water from known lead-free sources.” “The use of an ANSI/NSF 53 Standard filter should always be recommended for buildings with lead laterals. I am most proud that we have included women of childbearing age and infants in the ‘at risk’ group and encourage them to be tested for lead exposure.” Robert Miranda, spokesperson for Milwaukee’s Freshwater for Life Action…

MILWAUKEE – The Lead Transparency resolution relating to Health Department recommendations for avoiding lead exposure was adopted unanimously by the Common Council. Alderpersons Tony Zielinski, Jim Bohl and Chantia Lewis co-sponsored the resolution after extensive research and collaboration with local organizations about the importance and accuracy of community lead education. The resolution requires enhanced communications between the Milwaukee Health Department and the local community about the health risks of lead in water, especially for high-risk populations. “As the lead author of the Lead Transparency Resolution, I am proud to announce that the Common Council unanimously approved this progressive legislation yesterday,” said Alderman Zielinski. “After months of organizing with federal, state and local agencies, we have gained agreement on the need to inform the public that women of childbearing age and children younger than 6—including infants—should only drink and prepare foods with water from known lead-free sources.” “The use of an ANSI/NSF 53 Standard filter should always be recommended for buildings with lead laterals. I am most proud that we have included women of childbearing age and infants in the ‘at risk’ group and encourage them to be tested for lead exposure.” Robert Miranda, spokesperson for Milwaukee’s Freshwater for Life Action…

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Free Jobs Skills Training For Southeastern Wisconsin Residents 

RACINE — In partnership with the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Gateway Technical College is offering short-term training programs to equip Southeast Wisconsin residents with the skills and credentials to secure in-demand jobs as Telecom/Cabeling Installer IV. Boot camp training will take place of Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center at 2320 Renaissance Blvd., in Sturtevant beginning Monday, January 29, 2018 and ending Friday, April 20, 2018. Classes run Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. The costs will be paid for by a grant from SC Johnson a Family Company. Southeast Wisconsin residents are also being offered an opportunity to obtain the skills and credentials to secure in-demand jobs as CNC Machine Operator XXVIII. Boot camp training will take place of Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center at 2320 Renaissance Blvd in Sturtevant beginning Monday, January 8, 2018 and ending Friday, April 13, 2018. Classes run Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. The boot camp costs for this training will be paid for by a grant from SC Johnson a Family Company. The programs provide Racine, Kenosha and Walworth County residents the skills needed to secure entry level, in-demand positions. Boot camp classes are block scheduled to represent…

RACINE — In partnership with the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Gateway Technical College is offering short-term training programs to equip Southeast Wisconsin residents with the skills and credentials to secure in-demand jobs as Telecom/Cabeling Installer IV. Boot camp training will take place of Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center at 2320 Renaissance Blvd., in Sturtevant beginning Monday, January 29, 2018 and ending Friday, April 20, 2018. Classes run Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. The costs will be paid for by a grant from SC Johnson a Family Company. Southeast Wisconsin residents are also being offered an opportunity to obtain the skills and credentials to secure in-demand jobs as CNC Machine Operator XXVIII. Boot camp training will take place of Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center at 2320 Renaissance Blvd in Sturtevant beginning Monday, January 8, 2018 and ending Friday, April 13, 2018. Classes run Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. The boot camp costs for this training will be paid for by a grant from SC Johnson a Family Company. The programs provide Racine, Kenosha and Walworth County residents the skills needed to secure entry level, in-demand positions. Boot camp classes are block scheduled to represent…

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Info Sessions And Open House Dates Announced

KENOSHA –  Kenosha Unified School District’s high, choice and charter schools will be hosting informational sessions for parents tonight, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at Bullen Middle School, 2804 39th Ave., and tomorrow, Nov. 28, at Lance Middle School, 4515 80th St., at 7 p.m. Open houses will begin on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A comprehensive list of dates, locations and times is below. The open houses are designed to inform current and potential families about the district’s unique programs and opportunities available their child(ren) in grades 4K-12. For more information, please visit kusd.edu/schools or call the Office of School Leadership at 359-6008. Thursday, Jan. 4 eSchool 1808 41st Place 4:30 p.m. Grades 4K-12 Indian Trail High School and Academy 6800 60th St. 6:10, 6:50 or 7:30 p.m. Incoming freshmen Saturday, Jan. 6 Harborside Academy 913 57th St. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Incoming sixth-graders and freshmen Monday, Jan. 8 Harborside Academy 913 57th St. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Incoming sixth-graders and freshmen Reuther Central High School 913 57th St. 6-7 p.m. Incoming freshmen Tuesday, Jan. 9 LakeView Technology Academy 9449 88th Ave. 6-8 p.m. Grades 9-12 Wednesday, Jan. 10 Bradford High School 3700 Washington Rd. 6:30 p.m. Grades 9-12 Brompton School 8518 22nd Ave 5-6:30…

KENOSHA –  Kenosha Unified School District’s high, choice and charter schools will be hosting informational sessions for parents tonight, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at Bullen Middle School, 2804 39th Ave., and tomorrow, Nov. 28, at Lance Middle School, 4515 80th St., at 7 p.m. Open houses will begin on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A comprehensive list of dates, locations and times is below. The open houses are designed to inform current and potential families about the district’s unique programs and opportunities available their child(ren) in grades 4K-12. For more information, please visit kusd.edu/schools or call the Office of School Leadership at 359-6008. Thursday, Jan. 4 eSchool 1808 41st Place 4:30 p.m. Grades 4K-12 Indian Trail High School and Academy 6800 60th St. 6:10, 6:50 or 7:30 p.m. Incoming freshmen Saturday, Jan. 6 Harborside Academy 913 57th St. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Incoming sixth-graders and freshmen Monday, Jan. 8 Harborside Academy 913 57th St. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Incoming sixth-graders and freshmen Reuther Central High School 913 57th St. 6-7 p.m. Incoming freshmen Tuesday, Jan. 9 LakeView Technology Academy 9449 88th Ave. 6-8 p.m. Grades 9-12 Wednesday, Jan. 10 Bradford High School 3700 Washington Rd. 6:30 p.m. Grades 9-12 Brompton School 8518 22nd Ave 5-6:30…

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Committee Approves Zielinski/Bohl/Lewis Lead Resolution

Milwaukee – After months of pointing out that Milwaukee residents don’t understand the danger they face from lead service lines, Alderman Tony Zielinski of Bay View was finally able to get a resolution passed this week designed to help residents living in older homes with lead pipes to avoid exposure to lead in water through intense information campaign. Tens of thousands of the households get their drinking water delivered through old pipes made of lead. It can damage the brain and nervous systems, especially of young children. “They don’t go far enough to let the public know that water filtration devices are the better option than running cold water,” Zielinksi said at a July 2017 meeting of the city’s public safety & health committee. Since last May, Alderman Zielinski has been trying to convince the Common Council to support a resolution that would require the health department to modify its messaging to emphasize the use of certified water filters. Zielinski’s resolution was held over by the Public Safety and Health Committee four times because there was no consensus reached between officials of the health department and community leaders demanding policy changes regarding lead awareness. To help the resolution move forward…

Milwaukee – After months of pointing out that Milwaukee residents don’t understand the danger they face from lead service lines, Alderman Tony Zielinski of Bay View was finally able to get a resolution passed this week designed to help residents living in older homes with lead pipes to avoid exposure to lead in water through intense information campaign. Tens of thousands of the households get their drinking water delivered through old pipes made of lead. It can damage the brain and nervous systems, especially of young children. “They don’t go far enough to let the public know that water filtration devices are the better option than running cold water,” Zielinksi said at a July 2017 meeting of the city’s public safety & health committee. Since last May, Alderman Zielinski has been trying to convince the Common Council to support a resolution that would require the health department to modify its messaging to emphasize the use of certified water filters. Zielinski’s resolution was held over by the Public Safety and Health Committee four times because there was no consensus reached between officials of the health department and community leaders demanding policy changes regarding lead awareness. To help the resolution move forward…

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Muere Charles Manson

LOS ÁNGELES. Charles Manson, el líder de un culto hippie que se convirtió en el hipnótico rostro del mal en todo Estados Unidos luego de orquestar los sangrientos asesinatos de la actriz Sharon Tate y otras seis personas en Los Ángeles durante el verano de 1969, falleció el domingo tras casi medio siglo en prisión. Tenía 83 años. Manson, cuyo nombre sigue siendo sinónimo de una violencia y locura indescriptible, murió a las 8:13 horas p.m. por causas naturales en el hospital del condado de Kern, según un comunicado del Departamento de Prisiones de California. Por el momento no estuvo claro qué ocurrirá con los restos mortales de Manson, señaló Vicky Waters, portavoz del departamento. Las autoridades dijeron en su día que Manson no tenía familiares conocidos y, de acuerdo con la ley estatal, si en el plazo de 10 días no se presenta ningún pariente o representante legal será el departamento el que decidirá si es sepultado o incinerado. Se desconoce si Manson pidió algún tipo de funeral y que ocurrirá con sus propiedades, entre las que habría obras de arte y al menos dos guitarras. La ley de California dice que el Departamento de Prisiones debe guardar sus…

LOS ÁNGELES. Charles Manson, el líder de un culto hippie que se convirtió en el hipnótico rostro del mal en todo Estados Unidos luego de orquestar los sangrientos asesinatos de la actriz Sharon Tate y otras seis personas en Los Ángeles durante el verano de 1969, falleció el domingo tras casi medio siglo en prisión. Tenía 83 años. Manson, cuyo nombre sigue siendo sinónimo de una violencia y locura indescriptible, murió a las 8:13 horas p.m. por causas naturales en el hospital del condado de Kern, según un comunicado del Departamento de Prisiones de California. Por el momento no estuvo claro qué ocurrirá con los restos mortales de Manson, señaló Vicky Waters, portavoz del departamento. Las autoridades dijeron en su día que Manson no tenía familiares conocidos y, de acuerdo con la ley estatal, si en el plazo de 10 días no se presenta ningún pariente o representante legal será el departamento el que decidirá si es sepultado o incinerado. Se desconoce si Manson pidió algún tipo de funeral y que ocurrirá con sus propiedades, entre las que habría obras de arte y al menos dos guitarras. La ley de California dice que el Departamento de Prisiones debe guardar sus…

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Higher Lead Levels Found In Several Sturgeon Bay Homes

The 20 homes tested all have laterals with lead soldering, and the lead levels were found to be higher than the 15 parts per billion allowed by Environmental Protection Agency. A lateral is a pipe that brings water from the water main to the meter, and in homes built in the 1940s or earlier, laterals are often made from lead. “We are required to test every three years at 20 sites for lead content. The sites are chosen based on the laterals,” said Cliff White, Sturgeon Bay Utilities operations manager. SBU has been working to remove the 1,800 laterals with lead soldering for decades and have only 95 left, White said. The laterals are being placed with copper pipes. “(The homes) are distributed throughout the town,” he said. Homes were tested on Georgia Street, Hudson Avenue, Texas Street, Madison Avenue, east and west Pine streets, and Louisiana Street. White did not give exact numbers on how many homes tested positive for higher than allowed levels of lead. “All homeowners that had their water tested have been individually notified of the results. … The homes that exceeded the action level have moved up on the priority list and will be replaced…

The 20 homes tested all have laterals with lead soldering, and the lead levels were found to be higher than the 15 parts per billion allowed by Environmental Protection Agency. A lateral is a pipe that brings water from the water main to the meter, and in homes built in the 1940s or earlier, laterals are often made from lead. “We are required to test every three years at 20 sites for lead content. The sites are chosen based on the laterals,” said Cliff White, Sturgeon Bay Utilities operations manager. SBU has been working to remove the 1,800 laterals with lead soldering for decades and have only 95 left, White said. The laterals are being placed with copper pipes. “(The homes) are distributed throughout the town,” he said. Homes were tested on Georgia Street, Hudson Avenue, Texas Street, Madison Avenue, east and west Pine streets, and Louisiana Street. White did not give exact numbers on how many homes tested positive for higher than allowed levels of lead. “All homeowners that had their water tested have been individually notified of the results. … The homes that exceeded the action level have moved up on the priority list and will be replaced…

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Medicaid Fraud Millions Made On Urine Test

KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — Abe Freund’s home on Acres Road in Kiryas Joel, New York, doesn’t seem much different, at first glance, from a number of other houses on the street. It has tan siding, like many of the other residences, and a children’s play set out front. Then you notice the nice extension to the side of the house, with the good-looking windows and high trees at the property line. It’s a spacious home, but it’s dwarfed by the mansion where Abe’s son, Isaac, lives on Schunnemunk Road in Kiryas Joel. Kiryas Joel is considered one of the poorest communities in the nation, with one-income households and large numbers of children, per family. The community was created in 1977 by the former grand rebbe of the Satmar Hasidic Orthodox Jewish sect, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum. More than 40 percent of the families rely on the federal government for food stamps. But the U.S. government says Abe Freund is rich, in part, because of an alleged Medicaid scheme he carried out 885 miles away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Court papers filed by federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Wisconsin said Abe Freund made more than $7 million dollars in Medicaid reimbursements,…

KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — Abe Freund’s home on Acres Road in Kiryas Joel, New York, doesn’t seem much different, at first glance, from a number of other houses on the street. It has tan siding, like many of the other residences, and a children’s play set out front. Then you notice the nice extension to the side of the house, with the good-looking windows and high trees at the property line. It’s a spacious home, but it’s dwarfed by the mansion where Abe’s son, Isaac, lives on Schunnemunk Road in Kiryas Joel. Kiryas Joel is considered one of the poorest communities in the nation, with one-income households and large numbers of children, per family. The community was created in 1977 by the former grand rebbe of the Satmar Hasidic Orthodox Jewish sect, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum. More than 40 percent of the families rely on the federal government for food stamps. But the U.S. government says Abe Freund is rich, in part, because of an alleged Medicaid scheme he carried out 885 miles away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Court papers filed by federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Wisconsin said Abe Freund made more than $7 million dollars in Medicaid reimbursements,…

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Trump Merece La Pena De Muerte: Norcorea

Ciudad de México.- Los medios estatales norcoreanos criticaron a Donald Trump por insultar al líder Kim Jong-Un. Tras lo cual, señalaron, conforme a la agencia France Press y el diario The Telegraph, que el presidente de Estados Unidos merece la pena de muerte y lo llamaron cobarde por cancelar una visita a la frontera intercoreana. El peor crimen por el que (Trump) nunca debe ser perdonado es que se haya atrevido (a) herir de forma maligna la dignidad del liderazgo supremo (de Kim Jong Un). Debe saber que no es más que un terrible criminal condenado a muerte por el pueblo coreano”. Una editorial publicada en el periódico Rodong Sinmun centró su ira en la visita de Trump a Corea del Sur la semana pasada, durante la cual calificó como una “dictadura cruel” a Pyongyang en un discurso ante los legisladores en Seúl. Corea del Norte había señalado anteriormente sobre el discurso de Trump en Seúl que sus palabras eran “declaraciones desconsideradas de un viejo lunático”. El artículo también consideró que el magnate es un cobarde por haber suspendido su visita a la zona desmilitarizada entre las dos Coreas, el cual, efectivamente fu cancelado y se puso como razón el…

Ciudad de México.- Los medios estatales norcoreanos criticaron a Donald Trump por insultar al líder Kim Jong-Un. Tras lo cual, señalaron, conforme a la agencia France Press y el diario The Telegraph, que el presidente de Estados Unidos merece la pena de muerte y lo llamaron cobarde por cancelar una visita a la frontera intercoreana. El peor crimen por el que (Trump) nunca debe ser perdonado es que se haya atrevido (a) herir de forma maligna la dignidad del liderazgo supremo (de Kim Jong Un). Debe saber que no es más que un terrible criminal condenado a muerte por el pueblo coreano”. Una editorial publicada en el periódico Rodong Sinmun centró su ira en la visita de Trump a Corea del Sur la semana pasada, durante la cual calificó como una “dictadura cruel” a Pyongyang en un discurso ante los legisladores en Seúl. Corea del Norte había señalado anteriormente sobre el discurso de Trump en Seúl que sus palabras eran “declaraciones desconsideradas de un viejo lunático”. El artículo también consideró que el magnate es un cobarde por haber suspendido su visita a la zona desmilitarizada entre las dos Coreas, el cual, efectivamente fu cancelado y se puso como razón el…

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Which Song Will Win Record of the Year at Latin Grammys 2017?

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards are just days away, and fans are growing anxious waiting to see who takes home some of the evening’s biggest honors. In the category of record of the year, the Latin Recording Academy has nominated “La Flor De La Canela” (Ruben Blades), “El Surco” (Jorge Drexler), “Quiero Que Vuelvas” (Alejandro Fernández), “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee), “El Ratico” (Juanes featuring Kali Uchis), “Amárrame” (Mon Laferte featuring Juanes), “Felices Los 4” (Maluma), “Vente Pa’ Ca” (Ricky Martin featuring Maluma), “Guerra” (Residente), “Chantaje” (Shakira featuring Maluma). The award is given annually to the performers, producers, audio/mastering engineers for best new songs in Spanish or Portuguese language. Alejandro Sanz has won the most awards in the category with five wins out of nine nominations, including the award received for “La Tortura” featuring Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. Sanz is followed by Calle 13, Juanes and Shakira with two winning songs. With “Despacito” being the summer darling of chart-toppers and Shakira and Maluma’s “Chantaje” emerging a catchy collabo, the decision to pick a winner will be difficult to make.

The 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards are just days away, and fans are growing anxious waiting to see who takes home some of the evening’s biggest honors. In the category of record of the year, the Latin Recording Academy has nominated “La Flor De La Canela” (Ruben Blades), “El Surco” (Jorge Drexler), “Quiero Que Vuelvas” (Alejandro Fernández), “Despacito” (Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee), “El Ratico” (Juanes featuring Kali Uchis), “Amárrame” (Mon Laferte featuring Juanes), “Felices Los 4” (Maluma), “Vente Pa’ Ca” (Ricky Martin featuring Maluma), “Guerra” (Residente), “Chantaje” (Shakira featuring Maluma). The award is given annually to the performers, producers, audio/mastering engineers for best new songs in Spanish or Portuguese language. Alejandro Sanz has won the most awards in the category with five wins out of nine nominations, including the award received for “La Tortura” featuring Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. Sanz is followed by Calle 13, Juanes and Shakira with two winning songs. With “Despacito” being the summer darling of chart-toppers and Shakira and Maluma’s “Chantaje” emerging a catchy collabo, the decision to pick a winner will be difficult to make.

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Group Warns United Health Care Of Violating Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Milwaukee – After raising concerns that United Healthcare (UHC) was not covering addiction treatment for addicts needing Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) treatment, UHC responded by stating that there was confusion earlier this year regarding a change in the way UHC billed for Medicaid behavioral health services, specifically for Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services. UHC states that they’ve worked closely with providers to ensure continued access to care and services is restored. Advocaid however believes that UHC, during the period of “confusion”, has caused harm to our community in order to line their pockets by not paying for needed services. UHC puts the blame on reimbursement codes and billing processes. UHC states that initially they “notified providers that services utilizing specific reimbursement codes would not continue to be reimbursed because they were not covered under Wisconsin’s Medicaid program.” After several letters demanding a meeting with the CEO of UHC, a representative of UHC notified Advocaid that the confusion was cleared up after “DHS clarified that some of these services are covered and reimbursable when utilizing the appropriate billing methodology.” However, this explanation still does not answer Advocaid charge that UHC violated, and we feel is still…

Milwaukee – After raising concerns that United Healthcare (UHC) was not covering addiction treatment for addicts needing Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) treatment, UHC responded by stating that there was confusion earlier this year regarding a change in the way UHC billed for Medicaid behavioral health services, specifically for Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services. UHC states that they’ve worked closely with providers to ensure continued access to care and services is restored. Advocaid however believes that UHC, during the period of “confusion”, has caused harm to our community in order to line their pockets by not paying for needed services. UHC puts the blame on reimbursement codes and billing processes. UHC states that initially they “notified providers that services utilizing specific reimbursement codes would not continue to be reimbursed because they were not covered under Wisconsin’s Medicaid program.” After several letters demanding a meeting with the CEO of UHC, a representative of UHC notified Advocaid that the confusion was cleared up after “DHS clarified that some of these services are covered and reimbursable when utilizing the appropriate billing methodology.” However, this explanation still does not answer Advocaid charge that UHC violated, and we feel is still…

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Umos Awarded Human Trafficking Grant

Milwaukee – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons, has awarded UMOS a $634,000 grant over a 3-year period. Only 9 awards were granted nation-wide. Funds will be utilized state-wide through the Wisconsin Regional Anti-Trafficking Program (WRAP). “The issue of human trafficking exists not only in Milwaukee, but in many communities around the state,” says, Lupe Martinez, President/CEO, UMOS. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to expand our efforts by working with service providers and law enforcement around the state, as well as with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Justice to help survivors heal and seek justice.” “UMOS has been a steadfast and reliable partner in fighting human trafficking, and a tireless advocate for survivors,” said Attorney General Schimel. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the state’s anti-human trafficking task force is more effective with the support of organizations like UMOS and I look forward to seeing the outcome of the new programs and resources this grant will provide.” UMOS will implement the grant with a strategic focus on key metro areas and “hotspots” located along major interstate highway corridors and agricultural communities in central Wisconsin. Funds…

Milwaukee – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons, has awarded UMOS a $634,000 grant over a 3-year period. Only 9 awards were granted nation-wide. Funds will be utilized state-wide through the Wisconsin Regional Anti-Trafficking Program (WRAP). “The issue of human trafficking exists not only in Milwaukee, but in many communities around the state,” says, Lupe Martinez, President/CEO, UMOS. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to expand our efforts by working with service providers and law enforcement around the state, as well as with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Justice to help survivors heal and seek justice.” “UMOS has been a steadfast and reliable partner in fighting human trafficking, and a tireless advocate for survivors,” said Attorney General Schimel. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the state’s anti-human trafficking task force is more effective with the support of organizations like UMOS and I look forward to seeing the outcome of the new programs and resources this grant will provide.” UMOS will implement the grant with a strategic focus on key metro areas and “hotspots” located along major interstate highway corridors and agricultural communities in central Wisconsin. Funds…

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Milwaukee County Parks Offers Military Veterans Free Greens Fees

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Parks is offering military Veterans and active servicemembers free greens fees at four golf courses and free admission to The Domes, this Saturday, Veterans Day. Participating in the offer are Currie Park Golf Course, 3535 N. Mayfair Road; Grant Park Golf Course, 100 Hawthorne Ave.; Lincoln Park Golf Course, 1000 W. Hampton Ave.; Whitnall Park Golf Course, 6751 S. 92 St.; and The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. “I’m proud of Milwaukee County’s efforts to support our Veterans,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “From the 2013 founding of the Purple Heart Pass for Wisconsin’s Purple Heart recipients to participating for the past two years in the PGA HOPE [Helping Our Patriots Everywhere] six-week summer golf program, Milwaukee County continues to offer small gestures of thanks to those we owe so much.” Parks Director John Dargle, Jr., a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, said, “I am pleased to be in a position to support our Veterans by providing them the opportunity to play golf or visit The Domes for free this Saturday. Giving our military men and women this opportunity is a simple demonstration of gratitude for their service and sacrifice in defending our…

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Parks is offering military Veterans and active servicemembers free greens fees at four golf courses and free admission to The Domes, this Saturday, Veterans Day. Participating in the offer are Currie Park Golf Course, 3535 N. Mayfair Road; Grant Park Golf Course, 100 Hawthorne Ave.; Lincoln Park Golf Course, 1000 W. Hampton Ave.; Whitnall Park Golf Course, 6751 S. 92 St.; and The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. “I’m proud of Milwaukee County’s efforts to support our Veterans,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “From the 2013 founding of the Purple Heart Pass for Wisconsin’s Purple Heart recipients to participating for the past two years in the PGA HOPE [Helping Our Patriots Everywhere] six-week summer golf program, Milwaukee County continues to offer small gestures of thanks to those we owe so much.” Parks Director John Dargle, Jr., a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, said, “I am pleased to be in a position to support our Veterans by providing them the opportunity to play golf or visit The Domes for free this Saturday. Giving our military men and women this opportunity is a simple demonstration of gratitude for their service and sacrifice in defending our…

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