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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of being under the sway of conservative House Republicans and blasted the White House for saying “different things about what the president would accept or not accept.”
“It’s Christmas Eve and President Trump is plunging the country into chaos,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement as the shutdown dragged through its third day.
“Meanwhile, different people from the same White House are saying different things about what the president would accept or not accept to end his Trump Shutdown, making it impossible to know where they stand at any given moment,” they said.
Trump, who canceled plans to go to his Florida resort on Friday for Christmas because of the shutdown, was scheduled to discuss border security with U.S. homeland security officials on Monday afternoon.
Earlier he said on Twitter that he was “all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.”
Each side has blamed the other for the shutdown, with no sign of renewed negotiations between lawmakers on Capitol Hill or with the White House.
On Sunday, a top Trump aide said the shutdown could continue to Jan. 3, when the new Congress convenes, with Democrats taking majority control in the House.
Funding for about one-quarter of federal government programs – including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Agriculture – expired at midnight on Friday.
Without a deal to break the impasse over Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, the shutdown is likely to stretch into the new year.
Building the wall was one of Trump’s most frequently repeated campaign promises but Democrats are vehemently opposed to it.
Carly Gatzlaff has lived in Shoreview for more than 10 years and loves the community — but has just one beef.
“From the day I moved here, I complained that there weren’t any good restaurants,” she said.
Gatzlaff, a former home ec teacher and fashion designer with no formal experience owning a restaurant, is putting her money where her mouth is and opening a restaurant, Churchill St., in the former C & E Hardware building off of Minnesota 96 and Lexington Avenue, at the end of October.
Gatzlaff isn’t going it alone, though. She’s hired Northland Consulting, which consists of former Bachelor Farmer pros — chef Johnathan Gans and manager Josh Hoyt. The vision is an employee-friendly, environment-friendly eatery with “real, good food.”
The team has hired chef Aaron Marthaler, who grew up in Eau Claire, Wis., before going to culinary school in San Francisco. His résumé includes working under award-winning chef Dan Hunter in Australia and stints at The French Laundry and other restaurants in Napa Valley.
The eventual goal is for Churchill St. to be the first B-Corporation restaurant in Minnesota. The definition of a B-Corporation is a “business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment,” according to the group’s website. Gatzlaff said a business has to operate for 12 months before it can gain the certification, but she’s planning to include sustainability, a healthy work environment — which means health care for those who work more than 25 hours a week and humane hours — from the outset.
To that end, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, but will close by 9 p.m. each night to offer earlier bedtimes and more family time for employees.
As for the menu, Gatzlaff said she’s been describing it as “food you’d get at Alma, but in a more casual environment.” Alma is James Beard-award-winning chef Alex Roberts’ restaurant in Minneapolis. Churchill St. will employ a counter-service model, but there will be a full bar with “amazing cocktails, beer and wine.” There will be a to-go counter for quick pickups, a full coffee program and even a little market where the restaurant can sell not only its goods but also high-end charcuterie and other products that are hard to find in the Shoreview area.
There will be about 100 seats inside the restaurant and an additional 40 outside, in a covered area that was once used as a lumber yard.
“In general, I’m trying to build a great place for the community,” Gatzlaff said. “It’s going to be very community-focused but also a great place for employees to work.”
Churchill St: 4606 Churchill St., Shoreview; churchillst.com
TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Capital Region Vegan Network will host its first-ever vegan food festival—VEG OUT—happening Sunday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., surrounding Monument Square in downtown Troy,
The event is outdoors, free to attend, and open to the public. This is the second VEG OUT event, but the first area vegan festival to be hosted since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
ST. LOUIS– St. Louis will get another great view of the International Space Station (ISS) tonight since there will be clear skies and great weather.
The ISS will fly overhead at 7:58 p.m. It will not be as high as last night. It will fly by Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon.
You can get ‘Heads Up Alerts’ when the space station is flying over St. Louis. You can sign up on Spot the Station.
That website will also allow you to watch the ISS pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. You can also find live ISS tracking.
There is even a guide to help you learn how to spot the station.
Just like builders have seen here in Colorado, age-55-plus buyers are rushing back into the market this fall at Del Webb’s active-adult communities further west—wanting to make changes to their style of living as the pandemic plays out. That’s doubly true in Del Webb’s hometown of Las Vegas, where buyers find single-family ranch lifestyles that are not only private and highly amenitized, but just 30 minutes from world-class entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip.
And the prices for those are a sight for sore eyes for Denver areas buyers, who are now seeing new-built ranches in the $600s and $700s.
That includes a Getaway 2-bedroom-plus-study ranch, ready for move-in now for $444,133, in Del Webb North Ranch—in North Las Vegas 20 minutes from the Fremont and Golden Nugget in Vegas’s downtown casino hub. North Ranch has gated security, leading to an attractively laid-out neighborhood where a clubhouse with resort pool and courts is set to open before year-end.
Right now, you could contract on a Canyon Series ranch from as low as $360,900—a real price that includes a lot premium. Del Webb’s Anisa Patton notes that North Ranch is close to Nellis AFB and to a VA hospital (just a mile east), and draws lots of retired military among its buyers.
Del Webb’s other community is 30 minutes east of the Strip, bordering scenic terrain in Lake Meade National Recreation Area. Del Webb is wrapping up a lavish clubhouse for its residents in Lake Las Vegas, with three collections of ranches from $460,000, lot included.
The community has its own 320-acre lake devoted to water sports and events, two world-class golf courses, and village-like shopping and dining, including a grocery, within five minutes.
Visit now and you’ll see the clubhouse set to open, where Del Webb’s April Daley, Lifestyle Coordinator at Lake Las Vegas, has residents involved in choosing what clubs to join. You can also see a few homes that could have you out of Denver before the snow falls, including a Tifton Walk ranch, 1,920 sq. feet plus a 3-car garage, at $635,000—with upgraded flooring, cabinets, and kitchen granite with a “waterfall edge.”
Del Webb Lake Las Vegas has smaller ranches nearing finish in the $470s and offers ranch designs up to 2,735 sq. feet that can be personalized with structural options and 3-car garages. Most all of them feature a contemporary architecture that Patton says resonates with a new generation of age-55-plus buyers.
Both areas have plenty of appeal for Coloradans wanting to move, facing sticker shock now in their local market. “These are best of both worlds,” Patton adds; “close to the dining, shows, shopping, and other entertainment on the Strip, but far enough to enjoy a private, single-family lifestyle.
Meanwhile, both areas have a good choice of homes and sites but are seeing lots of buyers now, anxious to put Covid behind.
“These are popular areas that won’t last long, and prices will go up.” Del Webb has its own in-house lender (they’re based here, in Broomfield) with special incentives that’ll cover some of your closing costs. When you book your Vegas trip, visit DelWebb.com to set up a special tour of either community.
The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.
By MIKE CORDER
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A drawing newly attributed to Vincent van Gogh that has never been displayed publicly before is going on show at the Amsterdam museum that bears the Dutch master’s name.
The “new” Van Gogh, “Study for ‘Worn Out,’” from November 1882, is part of a Dutch private collection and was known to only a handful of people, including a few from the Van Gogh Museum.
The owner, who is remaining anonymous, asked the museum to determine if the unsigned drawing is by Van Gogh.
From the style, to the materials used — a thick carpenter’s pencil and coarse watercolor paper — it conforms to Van Gogh’s Hague drawings, Senior Researcher Teio Meedendorp said Thursday.
There are even traces of damage on the back linking it to the way Van Gogh used wads of starch to attach sheets of paper to drawing boards.
“It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh,” the museum’s director Emilie Gordenker said in a statement. “We’re proud to be able to share this early drawing and its story with our visitors.”
It comes from a time in the artist’s career when he was working to improve his skills as a painter of people and portraits by drawing them. Over and over again.
The museum already owns the almost identical drawing, “Worn Out.”
“It was quite clear that they are related,” Meedendorp said.
The study has been loaned to the museum and goes on show from Friday through Jan. 2.
It shows an elderly, balding man sitting, hunched forwards, on a wooden chair, his balding head in his hands. Even the model’s pants appear to conform to the English title — a patch is clearly visible on the right leg.
It is a far cry from the vibrant oil paintings of vases of sunflowers and French landscapes that eventually turned the tormented Van Gogh — after his death in 1890 — into one of the world’s most famous artists, whose works have garnered astronomical prices at auction.
Instead, it illustrates how as a young artist in practicing his craft in The Hague in 1882, Van Gogh had to confront an uncomfortable truth.
“He discovered that he lacked the ability to paint people. So he was already drawing them but he liked to paint,” Meedendorp said. “So in order to be able to paint people as well he went back to the drawing board.”
Van Gogh, who was famously reliant on his brother Theo’s generosity throughout his life, gave the drawings an English title in a bid to build a bit of name recognition and possibly even land a job at an illustrated magazine.
“In his mind, he had an idea that he would reach out farther than Holland in the end as an artist,” Meedendorp said.
“I tell it like it is,” Donald Trump told an interviewer in May 2015, and over the next months and years that boast would find a lot of takers. The perception of his forthrightness was a major political asset. In the South Carolina Republican primary held in February 2016, voters who said they prized “telling it like it is” over any other quality in a candidate gave him 78 percent of their votes.
Trump didn’t get this reputation by saying things that had a high rate of correspondence with verified reality. He lies frequently about matters large and small. Trump is nonetheless more honest than most politicians in one sense: There is a kind of routine fakery that they employ and he rarely has. He does not pretend to like or respect his opponents, for example, as most candidates feel obliged to do. His critics deplore this norm-breaking, and they have a point: The norm of pleasantries between political rivals, often insincere ones, helps in its small way to keep the peace and to focus attention on issues.
But his highest-profile Republican critics keep illustrating why Trump’s style can feel like a refreshing break from cant. Take Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, who supposedly “took dead aim at both Trump and his more ardent followers” in a Sept. 9 speech at the Ronald Reagan Library.
“We need to renounce the conspiracy theorists and the truth deniers,” he said. If he had any particular conspiracy theorist in mind, though, he kept it to himself. The name of our most recent Republican president did not pass his lips. Christie did find time to explain that leaders need to tell “the hard truth.”
Two days later, commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks, former President George W. Bush made remarks that have widely been taken as criticisms of Trump and a subset of his followers. His reference to “violent extremists at home” who wish “to defile national symbols” appears to be a reference to the rightist mob that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 — although some people have read the passage to sweep in left-wing rioters as well. When he said that “much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear, and resentment,” nobody thought he was taking a shot at President Joe Biden. But he, too, avoided specificity.
Maybe Christie and Bush hoped that pulling punches would discourage below-the-belt counterpunches. If Bush harbored that hope, he was mistaken. Trump slugged back on Tuesday by accusing Bush of leading “a failed an uninspiring presidency.” Yes, by name.
Or perhaps Christie and Bush just thought they were being decorous. One of the lessons Republican politicians drew from the 2016 primaries was that sinking to Trump’s level to attack him doesn’t work. Bush may well have thought that a solemn observance was not the right occasion to critique a successor. But then why make veiled criticisms either?
Shrinking from naming Trump makes his opponents look weak and shifty. It plays into Trump’s self-depiction as strong and candid. It also suggests that Trump remains so powerful that even ex-presidents whose political careers are long over cannot risk taking him on.
A merely elliptical criticism also lends itself to misunderstanding. Was Bush talking about Black Lives Matter protesters after all? When he called out “nativism,” did he mean to tar everyone who supported Trump’s border-wall idea? Does he really think that the Capitol rioters are morally equivalent to the 9/11 hijackers? (He didn’t explicitly say that, but the suggestion was there.)
Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the House, ran into similar problems when he tried to finesse the Trump question in his own speech at the Reagan Library in May. Unlike Bush and Christie, he spoke the name. He praised Trump for accomplishments in office and for attracting new voters to the Republican Party. When he got to the constructive-criticism portion of his remarks, though, it was a different story.
“We need to be frank,” he said. “Today, too many people on the right are enamored with identity politics in ways that are antithetical to Reagan conservatism.” Which people? Republicans who think of themselves as closer to Trump than to Ryan in politics thought he was smearing them all as racists. He may not have meant that, but he left himself open to that reading.
Trump himself cut through the verbal fog. His response: “Paul Ryan has been a curse to the Republican Party. He has no clue as to what needs to be done for our Country.” You may not find that especially persuasive. But you can’t have any doubt about what he’s trying to say.
ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM) — On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul reaffirmed her commitment to health care worker COVID-19 vaccine mandates after health professionals sued the state.
Federal judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights were violated with a vaccine mandate that disallowed religious exemptions.
“I believe the mandates are smart,” said Gov. Hochul. “They are one of the reasons we having an increase in the number of people getting the vaccine. I have heard from hospitals that they are seeing more of their health care workers who are on the fence, taking their time evaluating, and so we are having the effect we want.”
Hurd and the health professionals cited violations of the Constitution, New York State Human Rights Law, and New York City Human Rights Law, because the state Department of Health regulation requiring workers to get the vaccine provided no exemption for “sincere religious beliefs that compel the refusal of such vaccination.”
However, Gov. Hochul said she intentionally left religious exemptions out of the mandate. “This is my personal opinion because I’m going to be defending this in court,” she said. “I’m not aware of a sanctioned religious exemption from any organized religion. In fact, they’re encouraging the opposite. They’re encouraging their members. Everybody from the Pope on down is encouraging people to get vaccinated.”
Rick Ostrove, an attorney with Leeds Brown Law in New York, said the lawsuit has merit to the extent that there’s not a religious exemption allowance. However, the lawsuit doesn’t have merit beyond that. “The state is required to allow for genuinely held religious exemptions,” he said. “This law does not have that. So, it’s got to allow for that, but then the employer or the state has the right to evaluate the request. You don’t just get a religious exemption because you claim a religious exemption. It has to be a genuinely held religious belief.”
Ostrove thinks employees and health care workers are going to find it difficult to be granted an exemption. “I think people who are relying on a successful lawsuit, as opposed to getting the vaccine, are going to find themselves on the short end of the stick in most cases.”
Gov. Hochul said the patient’s health and safety are most important. “A patient [should] not have to worry when they go in there for health care that they’re going to contract a virus from one of the people who are supposed to protect their health.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State health officials have recorded less than 2,000 new COVID for each of the last five days.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 657,388 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 1,987 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,028 total deaths as of Thursday, Sept. 16, an increase of 7 over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.68%.
Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.
State health officials report 52.9% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.1% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.
The state has administered 72,690 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.
Boone County, the city of Joplin, and St. Louis County are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its population fully vaccinated. Thirteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: St. Charles, Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, and Montgomery counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.
Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.
The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.
At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.
The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.
The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,800; yesterday, it was 1,745. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 2,122.
Approximately 49.2% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 81,742 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,320 cases.
People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.2% of all recorded deaths in the state.
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Missouri has administered 6,828,380 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 15, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.
According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”
The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10.8% positivity rate as of Sept. 13. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.
The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.
As of Sept. 13, Missouri is reporting 1,922 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,996. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 21% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.
On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.
On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.
The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.
Across the state, 507 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 18%.
If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.
As of Sept. 16, the CDC identified 41,593,179 cases of COVID-19 and 666,440 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.60%.
How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).
The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.
Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.
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A popular podcast, My Favorite Murder, takes a deep dive into a Colorado cold-case murder in this week’s episode.
The Sept. 16 show, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark looks at the 1982 murders of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Oberholtzer, 29, near Breckenridge. The current show also looks at the disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach.
After a long, comedic introduction, not related to the crime coverage, the pair get down to covering the cold-case murder and play it spicy while building mystery, reminiscent of old-time radio programs, except with some enthusiastic profanity weaved in. They credit various sources in compiling their detailed storytelling.
In March, authorities, including longtime investigators, announced the arrest of a suspect, Alan Lee Phillips, 70, of Clear Creek County, in the case. Phillips is being held on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping.
This week, a Park County judge ruled that Phillips, following a two-day preliminary hearing, will stand trial in the case, according to the Summit Daily.
Both victims lived and worked in the Breckenridge area and both disappeared while separately hitchhiking. They were both abducted and shot on Jan. 6, 1982, according to investigators. Oberholtzer’s body was found on the summit of Hoosier Pass the day after her disappearance. Schnee’s body was found six months later in a rural area in Park County.
A top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine, according to the podcast’s website. Beside being true crime aficionados, Kilgariff is described as a stand-up comedian and television writer and Hardstark as a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.
BOSTON (AP) — A former executive at a nearly 140-year-old shoe manufacturer in Massachusetts has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for embezzling $30 million from the company and spending it on luxury items and travel for himself and another person, federal prosecutors in Boston said.
Richard Hajjar, 64, the former chief financial officer of Alden Shoe Co., was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $60 million in restitution and penalties.
Hajjar, of Duxbury, embezzled the money from 2011 until he was fired in 2019, by writing checks to himself from company bank accounts and transferring funds from company accounts to his personal accounts and to another person, prosecutors said.
He used some of the money to buy jewelry, including a $158,000 diamond ring, a New York City condominium, and private flights to the Caribbean, according to court documents.
He then failed to report the proceeds of his embezzlement as income on his tax returns.
Hajjar pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud, unlawful monetary transactions and filing a false tax return.
The Middleborough-based Alden Shoe Co., which makes high-end dress shoes and other footwear, was founded in 1884, according to its website.
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