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Graduate of private Marin school sues over alleged sexual abuse by soccer coach

A graduate of the Branson School in Ross has filed a negligence lawsuit against the school over alleged sexual misconduct by a coach in the 1970s. Daphne Greene, a 59-year-old Marin resident, alleges the private school failed to protect her from harm by Rothwell Taylor, a soccer coach at the school from 1972 to 1979. “Branson holds itself out as a pillar of the community and as a safe place for children,” the 72-page complaint says. “But the truth is, Branson has a long sordid history of enabling child predators, and, at every turn, seeking to protect itself rather than the children in its care.” Greene filed the lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court. Head of school Chris Mazzola, who sent a letter Thursday about the suit to the school community, declined to comment on the negligence alle

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Stranahan’s Original Single Malt Colorado Whiskey Is Back

Following Stranahan's continued success with coveted bottles like Snowflake and Mountain Angel 10 Year in 2020, the pioneering purveyor of American single malts is permanently bringing back the whiskey that started it all.  The Denver-based distillery is rotating Original back into its core lineup in honor of the expression that launched Stranahan's 15 years ago. Featuring a blend of four-, five-, six- and seven-year aged whiskies, the younger barrels provide a malt-forward character, while the older barrels add spice and oak to create a complex flavor profile.  Stranahan's Original will be available nationwide at liquor stores that carry the brand, but two distillery-exclusive spirits have also been announced at the 15-year milestone. Kicking off the aptly named Distillery Exclusives ser...

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Mental health evaluation of California mother was requested before 3 children were stabbed to death, records show

A woman taken into custody after her three young children were stabbed to death at a Reseda apartment was in a custody dispute with the father, who requested her mental health be evaluated, court records show. The three children were discovered by their grandmother on Saturday morning, Los Angeles police said, and the mother, 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo, was apprehended hours later in Tulare County. Court records from March identify the children as Joanna, 3, Terry, 2, and Sierra, nearly 6 months old. The father, Erik Denton lives in Porterville, Calif., near where Carrillo was taken into custody on Saturday. On March 1, Denton filed for custody of the children and, later that week, filed for a temporary emergency visitation order with the Tulare County courts. This incident has rattled

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Police clash with protesters in Minneapolis suburb after officer fatally shoots man during traffic stop

Looters ransacked businesses and protesters clashed with police Sunday night in Brooklyn Center after an officer shot and killed a man in the Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop. The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue, where officers pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation and attempted to take the driver into custody, according to a news release issued by Brooklyn Center police. Relatives near the scene identified the motorist who was killed as 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who is Black. Demonstrators who gathered outside the city’s police station after dark to protest the shooting were met by officers in riot gear, who began firing tear gas and less-lethal projectiles at the crowd after giving a dispersal order shortly before 10 p.m. More

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1 killed in Dan Ryan crash at 83rd Street

A person died in a crash April 11, 2021, on Interstate 94. | Sun-Times file photoMultiple vehicles were involved in the crash, state police said. A person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash Sunday on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 83rd Street. The crash happened about 3:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94, according to Illinois State Police. Multiple vehicles were involved, and at least one person died, state police said. Further information was not immediately released. They were identified as Briana Fizer, 19, the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Illinois State Police are investigating. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Casa Bonita files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A popular Colorado landmark has filed for bankruptcy amid the crippling COVID-19 crises. Casa Bonita has filed for Chapter 11 protection. Summit Family Restaurants, the company that owns the Lakewood restaurant, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Arizona April 6, according to court documents obtained by Denver7. The documents did not specify the exact amount of debt the company owes. However, the filing states that the company’s noncontingent liquated debts are below $7.5 million. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing offers a business time to reorganize their debts, not necessarily close for good. Casa Bonita has been closed during the pandemic, but recently announced that they would be reopening soon. No additional details were provided. CASA BONITA: The definitive guide to C...

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The hottest number in conservation is rooted more in politics than science

Amanda Northrop/VoxThe goal to protect 30 percent of the Earth is more arbitrary than you might think. Right now, in the conservation movement, a lot of people are fixated on a single number: 30. The US and more than 50 other countries have pledged to conserve 30 percent of their land and water by 2030 as a means to help thwart the biodiversity crisis. Biodiversity tends to increase with the area of land or water conserved, yet just 16 percent of global land is in protected areas today (in the US, it’s closer to 12 percent), according to the World Database on Protected Areas. Intact ecosystems also play a major role in mitigating climate change. As conservationists have recognized the importance of protecting rich ecosystems before they’re bulldozed, drained, deforested, or abandoned, “30

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Elon Musk asked Cathie Wood about the Buffett indicator flashing red. The Ark Invest chief is taking a closer look

Summary List Placement Elon Musk asked Cathie Wood about the Buffett indicator's record level. The Ark Invest chief said it was relatively low and justified by new technologies. Critics said that stocks are far more expensive now than in the late 1800s. See more stories on Insider's business page. Elon Musk recently asked Cathie Wood for her view on Warren Buffett's favorite indicator, which has surged to a record 200% and may be signaling a stock-market crash is around the corner. The star stock-picker initially dismissed the gauge as outdated, but told the Tesla boss on Sunday that her team will analyze it over the coming days. "@ARKInvest will research this metric pre-WWII to assess its validity," Wood tweeted. The Ark Invest chief disclosed the plan after suggesting the Buffett in...

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Trump said Anthony Fauci is ‘full of crap’ in an expletive-laden speech to Republican donors

Summary List PlacementFormer President Donald Trump used a 50-minute speech this weekend to attack a range of public figures including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he accused of being "full of crap,"the Washington Post reported. Trump gave the rambling speech at his Mar-A-Lago resort on Saturday evening at an event for wealthy GOP donors, where he attacked Dr. Fauci, who helped co-ordinate the White House's coronavirus response and frequently drew President Trump's ire while he was in office. "Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?" Trump said of Fauci, according to the Post, which cited an attendee at the event. Trump also mocked Fauci's baseball skills, the Post and Politico reported, making a jibe at the ceremonial first pitch he threw last year at a game between the Washingt...

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The Sony SRS-RA5000 Is A Booming Luxury Speaker With Live Music Sound

Birds are chirping, the dandelions are in bloom and your friends are whining about how much the vaccine shot hurt their precious arms. It is with perfect timing, then, that Sony has just unveiled the SRS-RA5000, an ultra-powerful wireless speaker built for a world where people are once again free to drink and dance and go home with strangers without hazarding anything more noxious than a hangover or a venereal disease. Outfitted with a total of six 1.8-inch speakers arranged to deliver 360-degree audio, and a subwoofer to boot, the SRS-RA5000 combines the smart features and sleek design of a portable Bluetooth boombox with the razor-sharp sound quality and sonic range of a higher-end traditional stereo system.  And at just 10 pounds the SRS-RA5000 travels easily and is compact enough fit

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Tucker Carlson is repeatedly using his platform to downplay white supremacy and violence, critics say

Summary List PlacementIn the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot, America's conservative movement faced a reckoning.  Rep. Liz Cheney, a leading voice on the GOP's moderate wing, called on Republicans to "make clear that we aren't the party of white supremacy." She pushed her party to reject the ideology espoused by some of the Donald Trump supporters who had attacked the seat of US democracy.  Yet on Fox News' top-rated show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the host went on to take a very different approach. Carlson has sought to downplay the threat from white nationalism, while also, say critics, continuing to push white nationalist narratives about migration and liberal elites.  In comments on his show last week Carlson appeared to endorse the white nationalist Great Replacement conspiracy ...

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Jerome Powell says Fed is doing lots of work on a digital dollar as policymakers warily eye China’s digital yuan

Summary List PlacementFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has said the US central bank is working hard on researching a potential digital dollar, as nervousness grows in some quarters about China's rapid development of its own digital currency. Powell told CBS's "60 minutes" in an interview aired Sunday the Fed is running a number of technological experiments looking at how exactly a digital dollar might work. "There are many subtle and difficult policy choices and design choices that you have to make. We're doing all that work." But Powell said no final decision has been made, adding that it would be an important step that required the involvement of the public and Congress. US officials are increasing their scrutiny of China's development of a digital yuan, Bloomberg reported Sund...

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1 arrested in Back of the Yards burglary

A person was arrested April 12, 2021 for burglarizing a store in Back of the Yards. | Sun-Times file photoA group broke the front window to a retail sporting store Monday in the 4600 block of South Halsted Street, police said. A person was taken into custody after a group burglarized a store early Monday in Back of the Yards on the South Side. About 2:20 a.m., a group broke the front window to a retail sporting store in the 4600 block of South Halsted Street and took merchandise from inside, Chicago police said. The group left with the merchandise and fled the scene in multiple vehicles, police said. A male was arrested near the incident, police said. Area One detectives are investigating. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Vans & Noah Throw It Back to the ‘80s with Skate-Inspired Sneakers

Two coasts are uniting for a throwback pair of sneakers that might just make you wish you could break out your skateboard and play hooky again. Legendary sneaker purveyors Vans and groundbreaking NYC fashion label NOAH are teaming up on a revamped pair of kicks from the Vault by Vans collection, and they’re here just in time to give your spring footwear rotation quite the leg up. The sneakers, made exclusively for Vans, harken back to the brand’s California roots by updating the OG Style 24 LX in two bold color combos. Oh, and that throwback inspiration we mentioned earlier? Both colorways are straight out of the late ‘80s in a tribute to Venice and the city’s stature in the skate world. Or rather, the stature of the city’s curbs in the skate world. The Noah x Vans OG Style 24 LX featur...

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