HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police will pay more than $2 million into a compensation fund and are changing physical fitness standards to settle a lawsuit over how the agency’s trooper-hiring practices ruled out otherwise qualified women. The U.S. Justice Department announced the proposed settlement Tuesday of litigation that was launched seven years ago, leaving a federal judge in Harrisburg to give her final approval. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Zoo: 2 Lions Positive For COVID-19, Others Tested For Virus The police agency also has agreed to make it a priority to hire as many as 65 women who were affected by the prior fitness standards for entry-level trooper positions. The Justice Department lawsuit claimed that nearly all male recruits met initial physical readiness tests, but about 30% of women failed. The state police have just over 4,500 sworn members, and 314 are women, the agency said Tuesday. Communications director Ryan Tarkowski issued a statement … [Read more...] about Pa. State Police To Pay $2 Million Into Compensation Fund And Alter Fitness Standards That Kept Women Out
Facebook’s plans to create an Instagram for kids are fueling new calls to crack down on digital advertising targeting children. Experts say that while YouTube has largely been the main vehicle for influencer marketing aimed at children, with videos from so-called kidfluencers garnering millions of views, plans for a kid-centered Instagram platform are sparking backlash from lawmakers and advocates who view influencer marketing as a deceptive tactic to reach kids. “Influencer culture rules supreme on Instagram,” said Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). ADVERTISEMENT “To indoctrinate children into a platform that is just all about appearance, and what you own, and perfecting yourself based on what digitally altered, influencers are telling you you need to be happy and fulfilled.” The CCFC, along with roughly 99 other advocacy organizations and experts, sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Mark Elliot Zuckerberg … [Read more...] about Instagram sparks new concerns over ‘kidfluencer’ culture
President Biden Joe Biden House panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE has started his administration with a sprint to address climate disruption. On his first day in office, he announced a slew of new measures aimed at reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to impacts like worsening droughts, more extreme rainfall and heat, and rising sea levels. Biden is hosting a Climate Summit on Earth Day, April 22, with 40 world leaders discuss ing, among other things, “opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change.” But despite all the activity, the approach to adaptation or building resilience — defined as helping individuals, companies and government entities cope as effectively as possible with climate impacts that cannot be avoided — … [Read more...] about Climate adaptation: The gaping hole in American environmental policy
A high school basketball coach in North Carolina is dead after he allegedly attempted to steal from a local Sinaloa Cartel drug runner. Police in Alamance County say the coach went with another man to steal money and drugs. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson told reporters, “It was believed that this was during a home invasion for money and drugs,” WCNC NBC reported . Union Academy basketball coach Barney Harris reportedly went to a house on April 8 with another man to carry out the home invasion robbery. During the attempted robbery, a shootout ensued leaving Harris mortally wounded. Sheriff Johnson said the house was a drug-running operation for the Sinaloa Cartel. Harris, and his brother-in-law Steven Alexander Stewart, Jr., killed the drug runner shortly before the shootout began. Harris, who wore a ballistic vest, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene. “I can tell you this right now. When we are dealing with the Mexican drug cartel, somebody’s … [Read more...] about NC High School Coach Killed While Reportedly Robbing Sinaloa Cartel Stash House
President Joe Biden’s deputies have awarded contracts worth up to $1.6 billion dollars to help foreign children and teenagers settle in the United States. The one-year contracts signed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) include a contract worth up to $530 million to Family Endeavors Inc. starting March 17, a contract worth up to $719 million with Deployed Resources Inc. starting March 19, and a contract worth up to $198 million to Rapid Deployment Inc . The contracts were first noted by Axios . A Breitbart search on a government database produced more hits, such as a $13.6 million contract for Southwest Key Programs Inc . Another contract worth up to $103 million went to General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. The Department of Homeland Security is also spending heavily to record and process the younger migrants, as well as the wave of adults who bring young children. Both agencies may spend less than the maximum per contract — but can … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Spending $1.6 Billion to Settle Migrant Youth, Children in U.S.