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Butcher Refuses to Remove the Sign of’ Not Halal’

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An Australian butcher refused to register that his meat is’ not halal certified’— and conservatives are angry.

The Valley Butchers in Adelaide, South Australia, fell in warm water after the proprietor put up a sign that was initially read’ not halal certified’ on the store front, complaining to the Australian Advertising Standards Authority.

The majority of the Ad Standards Community Panel decided that the sign was “offensive” and “delinquent” to the faithful and Muslim people, adding that there was no certification such as “non-Halal.”

However, Valley Butchers argues that the sign was only a factual response to a frequently asked question about their meat: “The sign only states that we are not halal approved,” the shopping owner tells SBS News Australia.

“It’s not intended in a malicious manner. We often wonder whether we’re halal approved, so I’ll just say we’re not, and this saves a lot of wasteful time. “But the complainants did not agree.

One was cited in the findings of the Ad Standards, stating that the sign “perpetuates a culture of vilification of religious minorities, which harms them…. It makes mockery of a particular group of persons based on religious faith. “The board agreed, stating the sign helped” incite hatred or disdain “against Muslims.

“With the sentence’ not Halal certified’ together with Australian animal imagery it was suggested that Islamic nutritional procedures are not Australian,” he said.

Then the butchers answered.

Valley Butchers, in a Facebook post on Sunday, thanked the people for “support and support” and made a commitment to keeping the sign on display, which they later changed to “not a certified halal.”

“So long as we own the store the sign will never come down,” they said, with the assistance of hundreds of individuals.

The store altered the sign to read “not halo certified” and has no intention of changing it.

The publicity watchdog, however, discovered the fresh sign that it was not included.

Legal intervention to implement the change has now endangered the store.

The store is also facing prosecution for the use of an emu and kangaroo from Australia.

Rajesh is a freelancer with a background in e-commerce marketing. Having spent her career in startups, He specializes in strategizing and executing marketing campaigns.

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Case against stepmother charged with murder of Gannon Stauch can proceed, judge rules

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The murder case against Letecia Stauch in the death of her 11-year-old stepson will move forward, an El Paso County District Court judge ruled Thursday.

District Judge Gregory Werner found sufficient probable cause after listening to testimony during a preliminary hearing earlier this month for Stauch, 38, who is accused of killing Gannon Stauch in January 2020, while the two were home alone.

The boy disappeared Jan. 27, 2020, and his stepmother was charged with first-degree murder on March 2, 2020. Gannon’s body was found under a bridge in Florida on March 17, 2020. He had been shot and stabbed, then put into a suitcase and thrown off an overpass near Pensacola.

During Letecia Stauch’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors presented evidence that Letecia Stauch killed Gannon in his bedroom, then initially dumped his body near Colorado 105 and South Perry Park Road before renting a van and driving with her teenage daughter from Colorado to Pensacola.

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Scott Peterson to be re-sentenced for murder of his pregnant wife

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KRON) – Scott Peterson must be re-sentenced for the murder of his pregnant wife, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Peterson’s death sentence was overturned in 2020. Since then, he’s been living on death row without a sentence of any kind.

He will be re-sentenced in November to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Peterson was sentenced to death in 2005 for murdering his wife Laci, and unborn son, Conner. The California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence last year, and the Stanislaus County District Attorney said she will never re-seek the death penalty.

His defense attorneys have been fighting against re-sentencing Peterson because he may get an entirely new murder trial. They want to focus instead on getting Peterson’s entire conviction overturned, so that one day, he could walk out of San Quentin State Prison as a free man.

Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo was very stern Wednesday and said enough is enough – Peterson can’t be an inmate without a sentence anymore.

Massullo said he will be re-sentenced in November, regardless of all the other retrial legal battles underway.

“This case has become more complicated. Sentencing Mr. Peterson should not be delayed,” the judge said.

So far, Peterson has only appeared in court via a Zoom video feed from San Quentin. On Wednesday the judge said Peterson must appear in-person in the courtroom for his sentencing hearing.

Laci Peterson was murdered on Christmas Eve 2002 in Modesto.

Family members of Peterson’s wife, Laci, will also likely be in the courtroom to make victim impact statements. It will be the first time they will come face-to-face with Peterson in over a decade.

Laci was 27 years old when she disappeared around Christmas in 2002. She was eight months pregnant.

Peterson was first sentenced in 2005, after investigators said he dumped the bodies into the San Francisco Bay. He has maintained his innocence the whole time, even after the bodies of Laci and their unborn baby surfaced.

Peterson’s defense attorneys have been trying to get his murder conviction overturned because one of the jurors in the original trial is accused of misconduct.

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager blasted Peterson for going on a “witch hunt” against the juror.

According to Deputy District Attorney John Goold, the judge on Wednesday also issued a tentative ruling that it would deny the defense’s request to take depositions of Juror No 7, her ex-boyfriend and her mother, but would allow subpoenas to be issued requiring their attendance at a future evidentiary hearing.

The next court date is Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. to set a precise date for re-sentencing Peterson.

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GOP to Dems: You’ll have to raise the debt limit alone

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WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Everyone in Washington agrees that raising the debt limit is necessary to prevent dire consequences to the US economy. Still, Congress is unable to come to an agreement to ensure the government can pay its debt.

On Tuesday, Democrats in the House approved a combined bill that would avoid a government shutdown and raise the debt limit. Republicans agree with both of those goals, but GOP senators said they won’t support the bill.

As the economy recovers from the impact of the pandemic, Democrats like Virginia’s Mark Warner say if the government doesn’t raise the debt ceiling and pay its loans, the cost will be huge.

“Nothing would be more irresponsible at this moment than messing with the full faith and credit of the United States,” Warner said. “If interest rates go up due to a default by only 1%, that adds an additional $200 billion a year on interest costs.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said not raising the debt limit is like playing with fire.

“It could stop payments to Social Security recipients, it could stop payments to veterans. It could raise interest rates, making a mortgage, a car loan more expensive,” Schumer said.

GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky agrees. The consequences of defaulting on US loans would be dire.

“I want to repeat once again, American must never default,” McConnell said. “We never have and we never will.”

Utah’s Mitt Romney explained why Senate Republicans refuse to help raise the debt ceiling.

“If they’re goint to spend all the money on their own,” Romney said of Democrats, “then they’re going to pay for it on their own.”

The GOP opposes plans by the Democrats to spend trillions in coming years on measures like universal pre-school, community college, childcare subsidies and green energy.

Democrats say raising the debt limit is necessary to pay for the spending the US already did to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Some economists say defaulting on the government’s debt for an extended period could send the US economy into recession and cause the unemployment rate to spike. But the GOP said Democrats are going to have to raise the debt limit alone by including it in the reconciliation package.

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U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns over migrant expulsions

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The Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting “inhumane” large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Daniel Foote was appointed to the position only in July, following the assassination of Haiti’s president. Even before the migrant expulsions from the small Texas border town of Del Rio, the career diplomat was known to be deeply frustrated with what he considered a lack of urgency in Washington and a glacial pace on efforts to improve conditions in Haiti.

Foote wrote Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he was stepping down immediately “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.”

“I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” he wrote. “Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.”

Two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the resignation on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

One official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Foote had consistently sought greater oversight of Haiti policy and that the administration did not believe his requests were appropriate.

Foote’s sudden departure leaves a void in U.S. policy toward Haiti and adds another prominent, critical voice to the administration’s response to Haitians camped on the Texas border. The administration’s U.S. ambassador, Michele Sison, another career diplomat, is expected to depart soon after being nominated to serve as the State Department’s assistant secretary of international organization affairs.

The camp has shrunk considerably since surpassing more than 14,000 people on Saturday – many of them expelled and many released in the U.S. with notices to report to immigration authorities.

The White House is facing sharp bipartisan condemnation. Democrats and many pro-immigration groups say efforts to expel thousands of Haitians without a chance to seek asylum violates American principles and their anger has been fueled by images that went viral this week of Border Patrol agents on horseback using aggressive tactics against the migrants.

The expulsion flights to Haiti began Sunday and there were 10 by the end of Tuesday, according to Haitian officials. U.S. officials say they are ramping up to seven flights a day, which would mark one of the swiftest, large-scale expulsions from the U.S. in decades.

Foote served previously in Haiti as deputy chief of mission and is a former ambassador to Zambia. In new role, he worked with the U.S. ambassador to support Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

For weeks, he had been quietly pushing in Washington a plan to boost U.S. security assistance to Haiti to pave the way for presidential elections. But Haiti watchers said he became increasingly disappointed with the pace of decision-making in the administration.

“When someone who is tasked with Haiti policy at the highest level resigns because ‘recommendations are ignored and dismissed’ it’s not only troubling, but shows you this administration does not tolerate anyone who won’t go along with their distorted view of the facts,” said Damian Merlo, a Republican strategist who has worked for years on Haiti policy and is now a registered lobbyist for the country’s government. “Dan Foote is a world class diplomat who refuses to be told what do. I wish more foreign service officers had his courage to stand up and call out their bosses”

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Goodman reported from Miami, Lee from New York on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly meetings.

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A wedding dish worthy of weeknight

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By Zainab Shah, The New York Times

At a wedding function in Lahore, Pakistan, shimmering fabrics, bright colors, maximalist jewelry and glittering makeup form a dazzling display of aesthetic maximalism. Old grudges are set aside or permanently forgotten in favor of love and blessings. Everyone knows newlyweds will need both, and so everyone is invited — and fed.

The food served is a point of pride for the hosts. This is perhaps why chicken steam roast is almost always included as a main dish. So ubiquitous is its presence that it has come to be known as shadiyon wala steam roast — shadiyon wala means “of the weddings” in Urdu — and it may just be the best thing about a Lahori wedding after the bride.

The night before the function, or while elaborate tents are being assembled and chandeliers hung, chickens are quartered, scored and marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices (red chile, turmeric and cumin, with some variations). Large chicken pieces are slowly cooked in a heavy daig, a pomegranate-shaped metal pot the size of a large cauldron.

A night of marinating and then a couple of hours of slow steaming in the daig steeps the chicken with hefty, warm flavors from the spices and citrusy freshness from coriander, another seed common in desi cooking. A weight is placed on the lid of the daig so nothing is lost, not even a little bit of steam. The result: tender, succulent, delicately but thoroughly spiced meat that falls off the bone, making it easy to eat.

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Denver man delivers donated RVs, bringing hope to wildfire victims left with nothing

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QUINCY, Calif. — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome complete with carpet and drapes. At his side, his 9-year-old daughter, Luna, quizzes a family who has just donated the recreational vehicle, appropriately called Residency. In the distance, above hills dotted with sagebrush, smoke billows from the second-largest wildfire in California history.

Father and daughter drive west an hour where they deliver the 35-foot (11-meter) RV to its new owner — a volunteer firefighter who lost his home in August when the Dixie Fire leveled most of historic downtown Greenville, a tiny Northern California mountain town dating to the gold rush era.

The vehicle is the 95th that Faircloth has delivered to wildfire victims. Run entirely on volunteer efforts and donated RVs, the nonprofit EmergencyRV.org fills a gap for victims who often wait months for emergency housing, Faircloth said.

“We’re grassroots; we can move a lot faster than that. It’s people helping people. … We can get there almost immediately,” he said.

And Faircloth has a long list of people who need help. Thousands of wildfires have burned in California and the U.S. West this year as a historic drought makes the flames harder to fight.

His mission began Thanksgiving week in 2018. Recently divorced and home in Denver with Luna, then 6, Faircloth watched news coverage of a man fleeing in an RV as the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century — the Camp Fire — burned his California home. Despite losing his house, the man was grateful to have the RV to call home for Thanksgiving. That struck Faircloth.

He had never been in an motorhome before, but he turned to Luna and asked, “Why don’t we get an RV and drive it out there and give it to a family that lost their home? What do you think about that?”

Her reply: “Aw, Dad, God and Santa Claus are gonna be proud of us.”

“That kinda sealed the deal,” Faircloth said.

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Kimberly Price wipes tears from her eyes while receiving a donated motorhome from EmergencyRV.org founder Woody Faircloth, center, on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Quincy, Calif.

Within three days, with Luna riding shotgun, Faircloth steered west from Denver in a $2,500 motorhome he found on Craigslist. They celebrated Thanksgiving on the road and delivered the vehicle the next day to a victim of the Camp Fire, which nearly destroyed the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

As social media posts about the trip spread, donors started offering Faircloth their RVs. Some offered to deliver the vehicles themselves, but Faircloth makes many of the drops personally.

He tries to schedule the trips on weekends but often dips into vacation time from his full-time job at telecom company Comcast. Faircloth has traversed thousands of miles over the past three years, often with Luna at his side. Last year, she joined him more often as COVID-19 precautions had her going to school remotely.

While those who are given RVs own them outright, Faircloth estimates 5% to 10% return them once they’re on their feet so they can be donated to other fire victims.

Faircloth and Luna spent three weekends in the last two months making the 20-hour drive from Denver to rural Northern California, where the more than 1,500-square-mile (3,898-square-kilometer) Dixie Fire has destroyed 1,329 homes, businesses and other buildings since mid-July. They have delivered three RVs to firefighters and one to a sheriff’s deputy.

One of them was firefighter George Wolley. He was battling the Dixie Fire on Aug. 4 when the flames, whipped by strong winds and bone-dry vegetation, descended from the hills and leveled most of central Greenville, including Wolley’s house.

“We fought the fire until we couldn’t fight it no more. We couldn’t stop it. We did our best,” he said.

Wolley parks the RV near an air base where he’s still helping load fire retardant into air tankers to battle the blaze.

“Before I got that RV, I felt like I was a burden on everybody that helped me,” Wolley said. “I slept a lot in tents and in my car. It gave me a place to go.”

Faircloth and Luna recently delivered their 95th motorhome to John Hunter. An assistant chief with the Indian Valley Fire Department, Hunter has been fighting blazes for 46 years. The same day Wolley’s house burned, flames destroyed Hunter’s home and Hunter Ace Hardware, the Greenville store his family has operated since 1929. It also gutted a building he owned next door, a former medical clinic where the 69-year-old was born.

Hunter and his girlfriend, Kimberly Price, 57, will call the RV home as they decide whether to rebuild or start over elsewhere.

“It’s been really hard because our town’s gone, and this is all John’s known all his life,” Price said, wiping away tears as she watched a video of the family who donated the motorhome.

Price said they will park in a lot near Greenville Junior/Senior High School, one of the few buildings still standing in the town center. That will allow her to keep visiting ruined homes each day to feed cats that were left behind as owners evacuated.

Although Faircloth said it’s challenging to balance work, family and his nonprofit, he hopes to expand the volunteer effort. He envisions staging RVs in hurricane and fire zones in the future to respond even faster during disasters.

For now, there are more than 100 families on EmergencyRV.org’s waitlist. He plans to drive to California in the next two weeks to make his next delivery.

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Republican senators won’t budge on debt limit increase as Democrats push big spending bill

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Democrats and Republicans are facing off over whether to increase the nation’s debt limit. 

Democrats are moving to pass the increase along with a bill to fund the government. But Republicans say Democrats need to do it all—on their own.

“I’m not voting for something that’s gonna raise the debt ceiling,” Sen. Rick Scott R-Florida said Wednesday. 

Republicans, like Scott, aren’t budging on increasing the debt limit despite the predicted economic fallout. 

“Is it worth the risk of putting so many lives or jobs in jeopardy?” Washington Correspondent Kellie Meyer asked Scott Wednesday. 

“Well, the Democrats can do this on their own, they just don’t want to,” Scott said. 

Republicans said Democrats should use the same process they are trying to use to pass a multi-trillion-dollar spending bill. 

The House passed a bill on Tuesday that both funds the government and raises the debt ceiling. 

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that won’t work in the Senate. 

“Don’t play Russian roulette without economy,” Sen. McConnell R-Kentucky said Wednesday. 

If Republicans won’t increase the debt limit, Democrats will have to decide if they’re going to keep the debt limit increase attached to the government funding bill—risking a potential government shutdown.

“Republicans are trying a dine and dash of historic proportions,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday.

He slammed Republican’s refusal because a part of the needed increase is a result of the COVID-19 relief bill, which Republicans supported.

“Nothing would be more irresponsible than messing with the full faith and credit of the United States,” Virginia Senator Mark Warner D- Virginia said Tuesday.

Warner said if Congress defaults the consequences would be costly and is hitting back at Republicans.

“Do the right thing and let’s raise the debt ceiling,” Warner said.

A vote on the debt limit and government funding is expected by the end of the week.

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CSU Pueblo student arrested after weapons, ammo found inside truck, apartment

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Pueblo County detectives arrested a student at Colorado State University Pueblo Tuesday after he was discovered to have several guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside his truck and on-campus apartment.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert James Killis, 24, for unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon on a university campus Tuesday after detectives executed a search warrant at his Walking Stick Village apartment Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office said Killis had recently threatened staff and students at the university. He had previous military experienced, and the sheriff’s office said witnesses told investigators he was talking about buying body armor, rifles, shotguns and other guns “and saying that he liked to kill people.”

On Monday, according to the sheriff’s office, detectives started monitoring Killis and could see an ammunition box, bulletproof vest and a case sitting out in the open inside his pickup truck.

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Clifton Park installing new pedestrian signals, crosswalks in Exit 9 area

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Clifton Park is expanding pedestrian access and safety in the area around Exit 9. The town secured $440,00 through a grant from the New York State DOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to complete improvements to multiple crosswalks. 

The improvements include new pedestrian signals with countdown times and push buttons. Crosswalks will also be replaced with high visibility marking and curb ramps. The town says the crosswalks will be accessible for those with disabilities.

The improvements will be completed in the following locations:

  • Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Country Road and Hollandale Lane – There will be 4 new crosswalks added at this location, and the median on the north approach will be extended to provide a pedestrian refuge.
  • Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Sitterly Road – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.
  • Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Moe Road – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.
  • Intersection of Clifton Park Center Road and Vischers Ferry Road – There are four existing crosswalks at this intersection that will be upgraded.
  • Intersection of Clifton Country Road and McDonough Way – There is one existing crosswalk at this intersection that will be upgraded.

The following uncontrolled crossings were selected for funding:

  • Intersection of Clifton Country Road and Wall Street
  • Clifton Country Road Mid-block Crossing
  • Clifton Park Center Road and School Drive

Construction crews will be working through the Fall.  The town urges motorists to use caution near construction zones for the safety of workers, pedestrians and fellow motorists.

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Local real estate update: Is it still a seller’s market?

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BALLSTON LAKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) —The real estate market has been hot since the pandemic began—low inventory and high prices. However, some new trends could mean the market is cooling off.

Since the pandemic began, the Capital Region has had fewer houses on the market.

“We’ve been seeing low inventory,” Lisa Wallock, Associate Broker for RE/MAX Platinum, said. “We’ve been seeing multiple offers. We’ve been seeing escalation clauses. The numbers have been crazy.”

According to RE/MAX’s August 2021 Housing Report, New York State’s month’s supply of inventory is down 23.4% this August compared to August 2020.

Beth Kayser, CPA, said she plans to put her house on Hunter Hill Road in Ballston Lake up for sale in just a few days.

“It’s an emotional decision, the amount of fun times we’ve had here,” Kayser said.

The median sales price continued to climb in August. The average home price was $395,000 in August 2020 compared to $204,000 last August. Meaning, the median sale price went up 29.9 percent.

“It’s been a lot of work to make sure it’s in pristine condition and ready for sale. I want to get the best price for my house,” Kayser said.

Although it’s still a seller’s market, Wallock said she’d seen a shift in the other direction on a local level.

Because the prices are so high, buyers expect perfection. Therefore, when houses don’t come up to snuff after inspection, buyers back out of their contracts. That means more homes are coming back on the market.

Some sellers are having a hard time fixing those issues on their property. Whether it’s before or after inspection, a backlog in construction materials and labor can hold them back.

“I’m very nervous about what will happen,” Kayser said. “What will happen with the market; It’s unsure,” Kayser said.

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