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The JFK Arts Center Dems has worked too hard to avoid paying for the National Orchestra:

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The conductor of the National Symphony orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Jan 31, 2019, Gianandrea Noseda gestures through the Getty Images. Andrew Caballero-Renolds / AFP gestures. The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center told the National Symphony Orchestra leaders that they should not be paid more hours because President Donald Trump had signed a US$ 25 million bailout for the Centre. (Andrew Caballero-Renolds / AFP via Getty Images)

The artists will no longer collect paychecks after April 3, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“Yesterday, after our meeting with Deborah Rutter, the Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadcasted,” the email reads. “This is Mrs. Rutter has brusquely told us today that the last payment will arrive on April 3 for musicians and librarians, but we won’t collect pay again until the Center re-openes. “The email was sent just hours after the $2 trillion Coronavirus Funding, Aid and Economic Protection Act was signed by President Donald Trump.

Democrats put 25 million dollars in the CARES act for taxpayers ‘funds for the Kennedy Center, as they had originally announced before they gained Trump’s endorsement.

According to the Hill, “I’m a fan of that.” “Because I’m too much too tired, I didn’t waste time there. The funds were to be invested to “cover operating expenses needed to guarantee the stability of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performeing Arts and its affiliates, particularly for staff salaries and pensions, loans, contracts, leasing fees or utilities facilities. The funds were to be utilized to ensure that the John F. Kennedy Centers and its affiliates were able to afford to operate for themselves.

The e-mail added that members of the orchestra would proceed as their last April 3 search.

“It’s a shock to all of you as we get it,” read the email.

As the center was to get support from the Government, an unnamed veteran musician said to the Washington Free Beacon that the decision “blinds” musicians.

“We [are] very dishonest to get money and kill us later,” said the singer. “This is very disappointing.”

On 12 March, the Kennedy Center announced it would postpone all public concerts and activities by 31 March. The cancelations were then extended until 10 May.

Earlier this week, Rutter said that through delays, the Washington Post would forget about its $1.2 million in pay.

Rutter said, “I will be the first guy.” The Orchestra members intend to file a complaint with the Center on its recent decision. “My hope is that those circumstances don’t last, but I’ll be the realist.”

“Our collective bargaining deal does not allow for the Center Kennedy to opt to avoid paying us with just one week’s notice.” “While we are all expected to acknowledge that a judge decides that the management has broken the CBA, that it needs time to proceed.”

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DEA warns of ‘alarming increase’ in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl

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FILE – This photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence in a 2019 trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Public Safety Alert issued Monday in Washington, D.C., warns of the “alarming increase” of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. The pills are sometimes deadly, and are being mass-produced by criminal drug networks.

The alert, the first issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in six years, says 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized so far this year, which is more than the last two years combined. The agency warns that the pills have been seized in every U.S. state in “unprecedented quantities.”

DEA testing indicates a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl – which is considered a deadly dose and could fit on the tip of a pencil.

“The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine,” said Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “In fact, DEA lab analyses reveal that two out of every five fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose … Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.”

According to the news release, the counterfeit pills often look like real prescription opioid medications such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and alprazolam (Xanax); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall). Fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors.

Most of the counterfeit pills brought into the United States are produced in Mexico, and China is supplying chemicals for the manufacturing of fentanyl in Mexico, according to the DEA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 93,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States last year. Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid most commonly found in counterfeit pills, is the primary driver of this alarming increase in overdose deaths. Drug poisonings involving methamphetamine, increasingly found to be pressed into counterfeit pills, also continue to rise as illegal pills containing methamphetamine become more widespread.

Drug trafficking is linked to violence. So far in 2021, DEA has seized more than 2,700 firearms in connection with drug trafficking investigations – a 30% increase since 2019.

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Unvaccinated staff at Rensselaer County nursing home no longer working as vaccine mandate goes into effect

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin says employees not vaccinated at Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home are no longer scheduled to work as the state vaccine mandate goes into effect September 27. McLaughlin says 29 out of 434 staff members are not vaccinated or do not have an exemption.

Under the state mandate, employees not vaccinated or declaring a religious or medical exemption will be considered as essentially resigned from their position at care facilities. McLaughlin says he expects at least some of those 29 employees will be vaccinated in the coming hours.

McLaughlin says he hopes the state will allow for a two-week period to allow more employees at care facilities to be vaccinated or declare a religious exemption, if it is decided that such exemptions are allowed.

“This mandate from the previous administration is being implemented as there is no firm plan on how to fill vacancies created by the mandate,” said McLaughlin. “There are already staffing shortages at care facilities across the state, and this will make it worse.”

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this state mandate on July 28. The mandate allows for state employees to get regular testing instead of getting vaccinated. However, health care workers do not have a choice. They need to get vaccinated or have an exemption.

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Vermont monitors spread of disease that often kills deer

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is monitoring the spread of a deadly viral disease in deer in a neighboring state and investigating possible cases in Vermont.

New York has documented cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in several counties in the Hudson Valley, including some that border Vermont, the department said Thursday. The disease is spread to deer by biting midges, sometimes called no-see-ums. It does not spread from deer to deer and humans cannot get infected from deer or bites of midges, the department said.

“Vermont Fish and Wildlife is on heightened alert in the Castleton area where several dead deer have recently been reported,” the department said in a release. “Unfortunately, biologists have not been able to examine any of these deer before the samples decomposed.”

Outbreaks can temporarily lower the size of a local deer population but do not have a significant impact regionally on the number of deer, officials said. The disease regularly occurs in southern states and outbreaks happen sporadically in the Northeast where deer have no immunity to this virus. There is no treatment or way to prevent the disease. Midges die in the first hard frost, ending the outbreak.

Vermonters who see sick or dead deer should report them to the Fish and Wildlife department through the local game warden.

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A Starbucks coffee cup sits on a table as the company reported supply shortages at some coffee shops on June 11, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(WCMH) — Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee to customers Wednesday to celebrate National Coffee Day and its 50th anniversary.

“Starbucks is marking the milestone anniversary with their customers to share how grateful they are for being part of their community and daily life,” the company said in a press release.

To receive the free cup of Pike Place Roast brewed coffee, either hot or iced, customers must bring their own clean reusable cup inside a participating café.

Pike Place Roast, named after the original Starbucks store’s location in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, is Starbucks’s signature medium roast coffee.

“Pike Place Roast represents Starbucks decades of coffee roasting experience, knowledge and passion,” said Starbucks, whose first store opened in 1971.

Reusable cups can be up to 20 oz. (venti sized), limited to one per customer, in-store only, with no order ahead, drive-thru orders or modifiers.

To find a Starbucks location, go to Starbucks.com/store-locator or the Starbucks Reserve store locator online.

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Supply chain problems may hit Christmas decorations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) — Christmas may still be three months away, but some business owners say they are already running into issues stocking their shelves.

“We’re definitely seeing supply chain issues,” says Lisa Bennett, owner of Black Sheep Gifts in Indiana. “We’re just not getting our inventory in, certainly not in a timely manner.” Right now, Black Sheep Gifts is loaded with various Halloween gifts and décor, but behind the scenes, the Christmas hustle has already started.

“If there’s things that you want for the holidays, that you know that are on people’s holiday list, you need to get it while you can,” says Bennet. “Because if we run out, I don’t know when or if we’ll be able to get more in.”

Bennett says the pandemic has brought on a series of supply chain issues. She says that rising shipping costs and labor shortages have been a problem for months, so she placed her Christmas inventory orders months in advance hoping they would arrive in time. “Our November-December sales typically make up about 35%-40% of our annual sales, so it’s a big deal for us to make sure that we can capture those big holiday sales,” explained Bennett.

At Sullivan Hardware & Garden, Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands are just some of the items running low due to pandemic-related supply chain issues. “The skyrocketing price of a (shipping) container is shocking, just shocking,” says owner Pat Sullivan.

Sullivan says he is paying more than three times the typical cost for artificial Christmas trees this year due to rising shipping costs. He says that, generally, the retailer fronts most of the extra costs, but some of that cost will lead to higher prices. “People might have their heart set on a 10-foot tree and might have to take a 9-foot, you know, because all of them might not make it. We’re just not sure yet,” says Sullivan.

Other items, Sullivan says, will not be worth the higher cost and simply will not get stocked at all. “If what’s on the container—you just have to look at it—if it pushed the price too high, you just don’t bring it in,” he says.

Both Sullivan and Bennett agree that it’s an issue that’s only gotten worse as the pandemic drags on, so shopping early is your best bet. “Typically, people come shopping, and we’ll hear around Halloween, ‘Oh, I’ll have to come back at the holidays,’ but if you come back at the holidays, there’s just no guarantee that you’re going to find anything,” says Bennett.

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Frozen potstickers recalled after plastic found in them

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Frozen potstickers recalled after plastic found in them

4.2-lb. plastic bags containing “Ling Ling POTSTICKERS CHICKEN & VEGETABLE” with lot code 1911203 and a “BEST BUY” date of 22 OCT 2022 on the label recalled on Sept. 25, 2021 (Courtesy: USDA)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A California-based food manufacturer issued a recall for over 33,000 pounds of frozen potstickers.

Customers reported finding clear, flexible and hard plastic in the “Ling Ling Potstickers Chicken & Vegetable” produced by Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc.

The impacted 4.2-pound bags have a “best by” date of Oct. 22, 2022, on the label and a lot code of 1911203.

“The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P20069” printed on the back of the package. These items were shipped to distribution centers in California and Washington and from there sent to retailer locations,” according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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No one has reported any adverse reactions, the USDA said Friday. However, anyone who may have purchased the Ling Ling potstickers should throw the product away or return it to the place it was bought.

The potstickers are sold at grocery stores such as Target, Price Chopper, and Shoprite.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

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The number of COVID cases reported in Capital Region school districts

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- The New York States COVID-19 Report Card that shows the number of cases in every public school district statewide, as well as private and charter schools and BOCES programs was available Monday. It was the first time the public could see how each district is affected since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Locally, cases reported since September 1, were generally low in all the districts NEWS10 looked at on Monday afternoon. Larger districts Albany (52), Gloversville (44), Schenectady (39), and Ballston Spa (34) have the highest number of cases among students and teachers, while the districts of Johnsburg, North Greenbush, Salem, and Sharon Spings reported no cases.

The Capital Region has the fourth-lowest number of cases (1,390) out of all regions in New York, as of September 27. New York City has the highest (6,234), and Mohawk Valley the lowest (804).

Below are tables for each county with individual school district information. For case information in private or charter schools, a BOCES program, or district not listed below, check the states’s COVID-19 Report Card.

Albany County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Albany City School District 47 5
Berne-Knox Westerlo Central School District 5 2
Bethlehem Central School District 4 1
Cohoes City School District 17 4
Green Island Union Free School District 2 0
Guilderland Central School District 16 2
Menands Union Free School District 2 0
North Colonie School District 26 4
Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District 11 1
South Colonie Central School District 18 1
Voorheesville Central School District 7 0
Watervliet City School District 14 2

Columbia County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Chatham Central School District  2 0
Germantown Central School District  4 0
Hudson City School District  7 1
Ichabod Crane Central School District  28 2
New Lebanon Central School District  2 0
Taconic Hills Central School District 10 6

Fulton County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Broadalbin Perth School District 8 2
Gloversville School District 37 7
Johnstown School District 16 4
Mayfield School District 8 3
Northville School District 1 1
Wheelerville Union Free School District 1 0

Greene County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Cairo Durham Central School District  5 2
Catskill Central School District  2 4
Coxsackie-Athens School District 4 2
Greenville Central School District 9 0
Hunter-Tannersville Central School District 1 0
Windham Ashland Jewett Central School District 0 0

Montgomery County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Greater Amsterdam Central School District 18 3
Canajoharie Central School District 22 5
Fonda Fultonville Central School District 10 1
Fort Plain Central School District 11 0
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District 4 0

Rensselaer County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Averill Park School District 12 1
Berlin School District 5 0
Brittonkill (Brunswick) Central School District 8 0
East Greenbush School District 14 2
Hoosic Valley School District 13 3
Hoosick Falls School District 9 2
Lansingburgh School District 10 6
North Greenbush School District 0 0
Rensselaer City School District 6 4
Schodack School District 2 0
Troy City School District  24 2
Wynantskill School District 1 0

Saratoga County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Ballston Spa Central School District 31 3
Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake Central School District 9 0
Corinth Central School District 4 0
Edinburg Common School 2 1
Galway Central School District 4 9
Hadley-Luzerne Central School District 4 0
Mechanicville City School District  7 1
Saratoga Springs City School District 26 2
Schuylerville Central School District 1 0
Shenendehowa Central School District 20 3
South Glens Falls Central School District 29 2
Stillwater Central School District 12 0
Waterford-Halfmoon Central School District 7 1

Schenectady County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Duanesburg School District 2 0
Mohonasen School District 10 0
Niskayuna School District 9 0
Schalmont School District 22 0
Schenectady City School District 33 6
Scotia-Glenville School District 8 1

Schoharie County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District 9 1
Jefferson Central School District 7 3
Sharon Springs Central School District 0 0

Warren County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Glens Falls Central School District 16 1
Johnsburg Central School District 0 0
Lake George School District 10 1
North Warren Central School District 5 0
Queensbury Union Free School District 20 6
Warrensburg Central School District 3 0

Washington County

School District Students Teachers/staff
Argyle Central School District 0 1
Cambridge Central School District 2 0
Fort Ann Central School District 6 0
Granville Central School District 19 0
Greenwich Central School District 9 1
Hartford Central School District 2 0
Hudson Falls Central School District 28 3
Salem Central School District 0 0
Whitehall Central School District 12 2

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Ex-Vermonter arrested in Alaska, charged with threat to kill local relatives

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(NEXSTAR) – A DiGiorno customer’s complaint about finding the wrong pies in a box labeled as pepperoni pizza has led to the recall of roughly 27,872 pounds of pizza.

Nestle USA Inc. is recalling the frozen DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pies because they may actually contain a different type of pizza – DiGiorno’s “three meat” frozen pizza –  which is made with a textured soy protein that is a known allergen, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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New York moves forward with $15 minimum wage despite labor shortage

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — New York State is continuing with its plan to implement its $15 minimum wage. The New York State Department of Labor announced on Monday that the state’s minimum wage phase-in will continue. The next steps are set to take effect on December 31, 2021.

According to the DOL, this next phase will require the minimum wage to be increased to $15 per hour on Long Island and Westchester, matching the minimum wage already set in New York City. All other areas will be required to raise the minimum wage to $13.20 per hour based on economic factors and indices.

Below is the general minimum wage scheduled for New York State.

12/31/16 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 12/31/21
NYC- 11 or more employees $11.00 $13.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
NYC- 10 or fewer employees $10.50 $12.00 $13.50 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
Long Island and Westchester $10.00 $11.00 $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
Remainder of New York State $9.70 $10.40 $11.10 $11.80 $12.50 $13.20

This announcement follows a required report by the Division of the Budget, which found evidence of pressure for wages to rise in the midst of the ongoing labor shortage.

“Companies, particularly those that employ low-wage workers, are already raising wages and in some cases offering incentives to hire amid a labor shortage that is showing no sign of abating, and it makes sense to raise the wage floor now and continue supporting New York’s families while providing a predictable path forward for businesses,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said in a press release. “With today’s action, we are continuing the work of building back with equity and justice.”

Findings from the Division of the Budget’s Minimum Wage Report included that the low-wage sector was the most impacted by the pandemic. The report stated that 57.2% of the private sector losses were in retail trade, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality. Additionally, results from the Survey of Consumer Expectations suggested that the pandemic has caused some workers to reassess the value of their labor.

The DOL stated that future increases in the remainder of New York State will be based on an indexed schedule. This will be set by the Director of the Division of the Budget in consultation with the Department of Labor following an annual review of the impact.

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month centers breaking mental health stigma

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(WFFF) — September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the Department of Mental Health and Vermont’s advocacy groups want you to know how to make a difference. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Vermonters ages 15 to 34.

Even so, Laurie Emerson, executive director of NAMI Vermont, says conversations about mental health have grown more open and accessible. “We’ve been more open about it, and we’ve realized we all have mental health, and we all need support,” she says.

Emerson says those discussions can take many forms, whether it’s a conversation with a friend, visiting a community mental health center, or calling the Suicide Prevention Hotline during a crisis. Emerson added that next year, there will be a new lifeline, which can be reached by dialing 988.

NAMI Vermont is also pushing for mobile crisis teams in Vermont. “Let’s be able to meet people where they’re at to give them the support that they need,” Emerson said. “What we really want to do is keep people out of the emergency room to ensure they’re getting the help that they need when they need it.”

Alex Raeburn, the Vermont Department of Mental Health’s data and outreach coordinator, says there’s been a particular focus on helping employees create work environments free of mental health stigma. “There’s a lot of opportunities to just really check in, be mindful of where everyone is, and how their mental health is being affected,” Raeburn said. “Not just by these extreme circumstances we’ve all been dealing with for the last year and a half, but also just to make this a norm.”

Emerson also highlighted the importance of support groups. She first got involved with NAMI Vermont by going to meetings with a family member. Although it might not be a preferred method for some, there can be strength in numbers.

“I was able to connect with other families who were going through the same experiences I was going through, and we were able to talk to each other very openly and honestly,” Emerson said. “Sometimes talking with people other than family is really helpful, because they understand what you’re going through.”

On October 9, NAMI Vermont will host its annual NAMIWalks event. The fundraiser will be an in-person event and a virtual experience. Participants will meet on the lawn of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington for a walk and a BBQ.

If you or someone you know is thinking about or planning to take their own life, there is help available:

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