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McDonald’s introduces redesigned coffee
cups to share COVID vaccine information
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 1:59:16 PM Post Reply
McDonald’s will soon be serving up support for the COVID-19 vaccine along with its coffee. The popular fast-food chain will start in July to serve McCafé cups that feature the “We Can Do This” slogan, which was introduced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase awareness and share information about the vaccinations. The cups will also encourage people to visit vaccine.gov for more information as part of the restaurant’s partnership with the Biden Administration. McDonald’s said the new design will be incorporated on the seal stickers that come on McDelivery orders as well. “Getting vaccinated is easy.
Psaki defends WH comms team after
report it 'frequently' demands
editing power over quotes
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 1:31:23 PM Post Reply
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Monday to a Politico report that the communications team “frequently” requires reporters to send over direct quotes from administration officials for editing and approval before they can be published. “We would welcome any outlet banning the use of anonymous background quotes that attack people personally or speak to internal processes from people who don’t even work in the Administration,” Ms. Psaki said in a prepared statement to Politico.(Snip) Ms. Psaki was responding to complaints by at least five White House reporters who told Politico the Biden administration “frequently” demands that interviews with administration officials be conducted
Reporters have to get quotes approved
by White House before publishing: report
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 11:21:55 AM Post Reply
White House reporters are ​seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday. The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ​quote approval,” Politico reported. ​The information from the interview can be used in a story, but for a reporter to be able to attach a name to the quote, ​the reporter must transcribe the comments and send them to the communications team, the report said.
Pentagon could sack JEDI cloud
project amid Amazon court battle
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 10:19:51 AM Post Reply
Pentagon officials are mulling ending its JEDI cloud-computing project, caught up in litigation from Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Amazon, which was seen as a front-runner to win the $10 billion JEDI project that went to Microsoft in 2019, has argued the contract process reflected undue influence from former President Trump. A US Court of Federal Claims judge last month refused to dismiss Amazon’s claims alleging the Trump administration interfered in the Pentagon’s award. Last year, the US Defense Department completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its contract proposals and determined that Microsoft’s submission still represented the best value for the government.
San Francisco schools are slammed for
fake 're-open' plan that would see
students back in class just ONE day
before end of school year so the district
can get $12million in state money
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 9:58:21 AM Post Reply
San Francisco's high school seniors will return to school for just one day so the city can qualify for $12million in state funds. The deal between the district and teachers union, which has been described as a blatant money grab, will see the class of 2021 not even receive any in-person instruction from teachers but will instead have 'in-person supervision'. Most students will not return to their own schools as only two high school sites are being made available to seniors who will be welcomed back 'for at least one day before the end of the school year'.
Woke North Face honored for being
'extraordinary' oil-and-gas customer
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 9:11:32 AM Post Reply
The North Face may be too woke to make jackets for oil-and-gas workers, but that doesn’t mean its commitment to providing petroleum-based products has gone unnoticed. The Louisiana state legislature approved Thursday a concurrent resolution honoring the outdoor apparel company as an “extraordinary customer,” commending The North Face for maintaining a “symbiotic relationship” with the state’s oil-and-gas industry despite rejecting the jacket order in December.(Snip) Louisiana isn’t the first to single out The North Face for its petroleum-heavy product line with a mock award. In March, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association recognized The North Face as its first “oil
Fatal shooting outside Orlando
U.S. immigration building was
'domestic in nature,' police say
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Posted by Ribicon 5/11/2021 12:38:23 AM Post Reply
A man was killed in a shooting Monday morning outside an Orlando office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the alleged gunman was later arrested after a short car chase ending in Kissimmee, according to the Orlando Police Department. Orlando police spokesperson Lt. Diego Toruno said the man was walking with a woman toward the federal building on Corporate Centre Boulevard near Lee Vista Boulevard shortly before 10 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up and a man opened fire.(Snip) Police identified the victim Monday night as Alberto Dominguez-Ortiz, 52, and named the suspect as 52-year-old Alberto Rivero-Milian.
Suspects accused of shooting
officers appear in court
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Posted by Ribicon 5/10/2021 10:21:57 PM Post Reply
Memphis, Tenn.—Three suspects arrested in connection to the shooting of two law enforcement officers in Memphis appeared in court for the first time Monday. They along with an unnamed 17-year-old suspect are all charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The suspects, 19-year-old Barium Martin, 19-year-old Adairius Armstrong, 18-year-old Julius Armstrong and a 17-year-old, are all charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and the employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony. Memphis police say on Friday an MPD officer and an ATF were investigating a carjacking.
Lutheran Church becomes first major
US Christian faith to elect
a transgender bishop
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Posted by Ribicon 5/10/2021 10:06:31 PM Post Reply
Rev Megan Rohrer was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Sierra Pacific synod on Saturday, becoming the first transgender person to serve as bishop in the denomination or in any of the major Christian faiths in the US. Rohrer, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco and community chaplain coordinator for the San Francisco Police Department, was the first transgender person to be ordained in the ELCA in 2006 and the first to serve as a pastor when called to Grace Lutheran in 2014. Well known for advocating for LGBTQ rights in street activism, preaching and writing, Rohrer, 41, who uses the pronouns
Talladega Superspeedway offering
free laps to those who receive
COVID-19 vaccine on site
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Posted by Ribicon 5/10/2021 9:28:47 PM Post Reply
Talladega, Ala.—Drivers, start your engines. On Saturday, the Talladega Superspeedway will be hosting a free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and testing site from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All participants will be asked to review educational material about COVID-19 vaccine and sign a consent form. Vaccines will be administered by members of the Alabama National Guard, with a public health nurse present. After receiving the vaccine, people will wait 15 minutes to be observed for any rare allergic reactions.(Snip) As a special incentive, the track is offering people age 16 and older who choose to be tested and/or vaccinated the thrill
Republicans fight big-government control
in broadband expansion plan
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Posted by Ribicon 5/10/2021 9:14:00 PM Post Reply
House Democrats want to spend $100 billion to expand broadband internet to poor rural and inner-city communities and make permanent a COVID-19 program that pays $50 a month of the internet bill for low-income families while setting maximum prices that providers can charge in some cases. The pandemic highlighted the importance of being able to afford online access for everyday activities such as going to school or seeing a doctor, President Biden and top Democrats on Capitol Hill say. The issue fits into the Democrats’ priority of reducing racial inequity in the U.S. Studies show that Black and Hispanic families are less likely
Suspected Times Square shooter is career
criminal with a lengthy rap sheet
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Posted by Ribicon 5/10/2021 9:04:35 PM Post Reply
The suspected gunman who allegedly wounded three people in Times Square—including a 4-year-old girl—is a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, sources familiar with the cases told The Post. Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, who remains on the loose, has a criminal record dating to 2007, including two felony robbery arrests and a 2012 bust where cops seized a 12-gauge shotgun, a 22-caliber handgun, and body armor, according to sources.(Snip) Most of the cases were later sealed, and the outcomes were not immediately known. In total, Muhammad was arrested at least nine times—most recently on an assault charge