Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses oral arguments due to stomach bug

first_imgYinYang/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench for oral arguments Wednesday due to a stomach bug, according to the court.The court’s oldest justice, 86, is recovering at home, a spokesperson said.“But she will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts or recordings of the oral arguments,” Chief Justice John Roberts said from the bench at the open of the day’s court session.Notably, Ginsburg is missing the justices’ Wednesday conference to discuss and decide cases argued Tuesday — which were those challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created in 2012 to provide temporary legal status and work permits to immigrants.At issue in the DACA case is whether the Trump administration followed federal law requiring agencies to base policy changes on sound reasoning that is explained to the public. Lower courts ruled that the decision to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of law.During Tuesday’s oral arguments, the court’s conservative members — including the newest members of the court, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — seemed inclined to overturn the lower court decision. Overturning the decision would allow the Trump administration to carry on with canceling DACA.Ginsburg and her fellow liberal colleagues, however, pushed back. Ginsburg herself argued with the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security’s assumption that DACA is unconstitutional, as outlined in two memos by two now-former homeland security secretaries.“Her whole memo is infected by the idea that this is, one, illegal. It leaves substantial doubt about its illegality,” she said, referring to the memo by Kirstjen Nielsen. “If we take that out, then — the independent ground that you’re asserting, then she would be saying, we stand up and say this is the policy of our administration. We don’t like DACA and we’re taking responsibility for that, instead of trying to put the blame on the law.”Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco replied that he “very much disagree[d]” with that assessment.Justice Stephen Breyer, meanwhile, suggested a possible middle ground by crafting an opinion that buys time for policymakers to address DACA recipients’ status.This is Ginsburg’s second absence from a public court session in the past year. Last December she took leave after undergoing cancer surgery, which was the first time in her 26 years on the bench she missed an argument. She was also treated for a localized malignant tumor on her pancreas in August before the court convened for the new term.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Steelers and Browns End Zone Brawl Features Helmet Shot

first_imgA rare win by the Browns over the Steelers was marred by a late fight.A melee took place in the closing seconds started by Steeler QB Mason Rudolph and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.The Steelers QB attempted to rip Garrett’s helmet off when the pair were on the ground wrestling late in the fourth quarter.Garrett eventually ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and swung it at him, hitting Rudolph in the head. Maurkice Pouncey punched and kicked Garrett shortly after and the two were ejected, along with Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.Garrett will likely be suspended.Rudolph says he is “good” and was not injured by the helmet-to-the-head hit.Cleveland beat visiting Pittsburgh 21-7 on Thursday Night Football to improve to 4-and-6 the Steelers fall to 5-5.last_img

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WATCH LIVE: Impeachment Hearing Shifts to House Judiciary Committee

first_imgThe possible impeachment of President Trump moves to the House Judiciary Committee today.The Democratic-led panel will hold its first public hearing on impeachment. Four legal scholars are set to testify about whether Trump’s actions meet the Constitution’s impeachment standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son for a questionable position he was given on an energy board under investigation for corruption in Ukraine. Democrats also accuse Trump of obstructing congressional investigations.Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and has labeled the impeachment investigation a hoax and a witch hunt.The Judiciary Committee will be responsible for drawing up articles of impeachment.last_img read more

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Police-involved shooting sends one to the hospital

first_imgA man has been rushed to the hospital after he was shot by a Hallandale Beach Police officer Monday.The incident occurred around 7:00 am near the area of Northeast 10th Street and 12th Avenue in Hallandale Beach.Authorities say they were called to the area after someone reported a dead body. When the responding officer arrived at the scene, they did not find a body, however, they did encounter a man armed with a gun.In fear of their life, the officer shot the suspect who has since been transported to an area hospital.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently investigating the incident.last_img

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Florida boy brought 2 guns, 4 knives to middle school

first_imgA 13-year-old student was arrested Tuesday after he brought two guns and four knives to Jenkins Middle School in Palatka.Sheriff Deputies responded to a call from the middle school after the school’s resource officer and administrators received a tip about the weapons.Police say the they discovered the weapons in his backpack, and they don’t know why he was carrying them.The teen faces multiple felony charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds, the Florida Times-Union reported.During a news conference Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach said that weapons get on school campuses far too often.  He said it’s the second time this year that a middle school student has brought weapons to school.last_img

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School Board to Honor Manhas at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolThe North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors will honor former superintendent Raj Manhas at a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony at 6:00 p.m., July 24 at 200 Sleater-Kinney Road NE (next to North Thurston High School). The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony, followed by light refreshments. Please RSVP to [email protected] served as Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools from 2009-2016. His passion for community engagement and systems-wide structures resulted in positive changes in the district, including a historical $175 million bond in 2014. Manhas also helped start the Compassionate Community Initiative in Lacey; recently NTPS students demonstrated their compassion by raising $27,000 for the new Lacey Food Bank.“Raj had a huge passion for community engagement and a vision for the future of North Thurston Public Schools,” said Board President Graeme Sackrison. The School Board voted to dedicate part of the 65,000 sq. ft. building shortly before Manhas retired in 2016. It was purchased with existing capital funds in 2014 for $ 2.2 million.Formerly a local health club, the renovated portion of the “Rajinder S. Manhas Activity Center” includes a new gym and restroom facilities (about 14,000 sq. ft.) as well as a space for furniture and equipment storage during school remodels, including North Thurston High School and Pleasant Glade Elementary.“The Raj Manhas Activity Center is a wonderful, public facility which patrons can utilize for many activities and events. Gym facilities are in high demand in our community and we know the new space will be scheduled quickly. We are committed to promoting healthy activities for our children during and after the school day. Thanks to our strong partnership with Lacey Parks and Recreation, children participate in healthy activities year round by using school district facilities and fields. We are excited to share this new space with the community!” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Clemens. She noted that the space has saved the district significant time and money. “The extra storage space within the facility is saving the district thousands of dollars per month in storage fees and the close proximity to North Thurston High School supports its renovation. Our construction projects are under budget and on schedule for school openings.”The front of the building has yet to be modernized; it currently houses the South Sound Reading Foundation and the district’s Homeless Assistance/McKinney-Vento program. Future permanent use of that portion of the building will be determined in part by the Facility Advisory Committee, which looks at construction needs for the growing district. If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact the District at 360-412- 4416.last_img read more

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Nelson Rep Teams bring home lone medal at BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournaments

first_imgMeanwhile the U14 played well, but finished eighth overall in the tournament after losing 1-0 to Terrace.The Selects lost to Vernon (2-0) and Cowichan Valley (1-0) before drawing against host Chilliwack Attack (1-1).It appeared a goal by Abby Beauchamp 10 minutes into the contest would be enough to secure a win for the Select against the Attack. But the host team scored in the final seconds of the game to pull out the draw.In Richmond, Terrace pulled out a 3-2 win over the U18 Boys Selects to drop the Nelson squad into sixth spot in the standings.The U18 Selects finished with a 1-1-1 record, narrowly missing a medal round game after drawing against division winning Kamloops Blaze 1-1 in the final game of the round robin.Nelson defeated Richmond 2-1 to open the tournament before losing 3-0 to CCB Elite.In the U15 Boy’s Division, Nelson lost 3-2 to RYSA Lightning to finish sixth overall.The Selects tied Terrace (1-1) to open the tournament before dropping a decision to Penticton (3-0). Nelson defeated Prince George (1-0) in the in final round robin game. Nelson Youth Soccer teams returned with one medal as the U17 Selects took bronze at the BC Soccer Girls Provincial B Cup and Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Tournament this past weekend in Chilliwack and Richmond, respectively.The 17 Selects dumped Chilliwack Attack 6-1 to claim the bronze medal.Other results had the Nelson U13 Girls scoring a 3-0 shutout of RGSA Riot to capture fifth spot in the eight-team field. The Select finished pool play with a 1-2 record after a win over Bulkley Valley Rapids (3-1) and losses to North Shore (4-0) and Powell River (2-0).The U15 Selects finished sixth overall after dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Aldergrove Vipers.The Selects lost to Langley (4-2) and to Chilliwack (4-0) before stopping Kootenay rival Storm from Trail/Castlegar 3-0.last_img read more

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Sharks prospects start rookie tournament: What the brass is looking for (and how to watch)

first_imgSAN JOSE — For three games, starting Saturday, the Sharks prospects that are taking part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff Tournament will have the undivided attention of the organization’s scouts, managers and coaches in attendance.So, yes, it’s important for these players — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — to begin to stand out now before the Sharks’ main training camp begins next Friday.“You’re looking for the compete factor in guys,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.“Basically, you …last_img

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Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals

first_imgWeb-connected devices such as thermostats and locks are being snapped up by homeowners who want the convenience of smart-home technology while renters, barred from altering wiring or door locks, watch from the sidelines.Now, NWP Services Corporation, which provides smart metering and billing services to owners of apartment house complexes, is planning to test those and other web-connected devices in rentals in two states to see how attractive they might provide to landlords as well as tenants.According to an article in Fortune, NWP will test web-connected lights, thermostats and locks in California and Florida as the market opens its arms to more smart-home features.“It feels like the market is now ready for this,” NWP CEO Ron Reed told Fortune. “For some properties this is just going to be the ticket for entry but for others there is going to be a clear [return on investment].” Benefits and risksRenters would enjoy the same features that homeowners already can tap into: door locks that can be checked remotely and thermostats and lighting that can be controlled by a smart phone or tablet. As the technology continues to expand, renters may expect to see it in their apartments. Landlords who offer it could get a competitive edge.But apartment owners also stand to gain in other ways, the report said.For example, web-connected thermostats would allow landlords to turn down the heat in individual apartments after residents have moved out. Door locks that can be activated by a smart phone app would eliminate the need to change locks or replace keys when renters move out. Web-connected moisture sensors and smoke alarms are other features that could aid landlords, Reed said.NWP also is exploring the potential downside for landlords.“There’s a lot of tech here, but there are also business problems,” said Reed. “We’re going to need someone at the front desk 24-7 to handle customer support.”Another challenge for the company will be in getting devices to work with NWP’s software and billing systems, Reed said.last_img read more

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