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Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Sex work ally Tiffany Cabán wins election to become Dem nominee for Queens District Attorney

New York City — Tiffany Cabán, the candidate who made sex worker rights a major part of her campaign, has won the election to become the Democratic nominee for District Attorney in Queens.

With 99% of the vote in, Cabán led by 1,100 votes over Melinda Katz.

Sex worker rights, much like marijuana legalization three years prior, is an issue that Democrats can no longer ignore. And it showed in New York on Tuesday night.

“We won the Queens district attorney’s office!” Ms. Caban told supporters Tuesday night. “They said we could not win, but we did it, y’all.”

Ms. Cabán constantly railed against the system. She called it unfair for those who are not as fortunate.

“As a public defender, I saw every single day in court that if you were black, if you were brown, if you were low-income, if you were an immigrant, if you were a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, the system wasn’t on your side,” she said.

The elections were a result of longtime District Attorney Richard Brown’s death. He died in May at 86 years of age.

Breaking: boy struck by lightning in Statesboro

Statesboro — A seven-year-old boy is in the hospital after being struck by cloud to ground lightning.

The strike hit the tree, and then travelled along the ground. The ground current then zapped the boy.

The incident happened on COLLEGE ST.

June is Lightning Safety Awareness Month.

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Kemp to sign unconstitutional HB 481 on Tuesday

Atlanta — After weeks of speculation, we now got word on House Bill 481.

Brian Kemp is expected to sign HB 481 on Tuesday afternoon, sources say.

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The bill is a total ban on all abortions and contraceptives. The ACLU of Georgia and many others, including patients themselves, will file a federal lawsuit the second HB 481 becomes law.

Massive boycotts of Georgia have been triggered because of this soon-to-be law, and it will drive the filming industry to neighboring South Carolina, whose laws are not as stringent.

Georgia ranks in the top two for maternal mortality and in the top ten for infant mortality – and anti-choice laws such as HB 481 are the direct causes of maternal deaths and infant deaths. Anti-choice laws have made Georgia one of the most dangerous states to be in as a woman.

The Facebook suite of apps has been retired and removed from the Windows Store

Menlo Park, Calif. — The Facebook suite of apps – Facebook, Instagram and Messenger – are officially gone from the Windows Store.

On April 2, Facebook users on Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile started receiving a message after every load that the apps would be retired on April 30. Two days later, Microsoft confirmed that the apps would be deleted.

Today is April 30 and sure enough, the three apps no longer appear in the store.

The only way for Windows users to access Facebook, Messenger and Instagram now is from the web.

Less than 1% of all US users are on Windows Mobile.

CBS will air marquee WNBA matchups starting next month

New York City — Next month, there will be a new home for the WNBA.

According to numerous reports, CBS Sports has purchased rights to the WNBA. CBS – which includes affiliates WRDW, WLTX, and WTOC – will air more than 40 games during the season, beginning with the Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky tilt. Read the rest of this entry »

RBC Heritage Second Round Tee Times

Hilton Head Island — Mr. Lowry leads after the opening round of the RBC Heritage at six under par.

Here are the Round 2 Tee Times for Cut Day, which is Friday:

1st Tee

Tee Time

Pairing

7:10 a.m.

Seamus Power, Sam Burns, Matthew Fitzpatrick

7:20 a.m.

Alex Cejka, Harris English, Alex Noren

7:30 a.m.

Peter Malnati, Chesson Hadley, Justin Harding

7:40 a.m.

Andrew Landry, Russell Henley, D.A. Points

7:50 a.m.

Cameron Champ, Chris Stroud, Danny Willett

8:00 a.m.

Patton Kizzire, Russell Knox, Davis Love III

8:10 a.m.

Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim, Cameron Smith

8:20 a.m.

Brian Stuard, Jonathan Byrd, J.T. Poston

8:30 a.m.

Rory Sabbatini, Bud Cauley, Colt Knost

8:40 a.m.

Ryan Palmer, J.J. Spaun, Brandon Harkins

8:50 a.m.

D.J. Trahan, Jason Kokrak, Abraham Ancer

11:50 p.m.

Nick Watney, Beau Hossler, Trey Mullinax

12:00 p.m.

Shane Lowry, Peter Uihlein, Richy Werenski

12:10 p.m.

Charl Schwartzel, Whee Kim, Sam Ryder

12:20 p.m.

Michael Kim, Luke Donald K.J. Choi

12:30 p.m.

Adam Long, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink

12:40 p.m.

Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Tommy Fleetwood

12:50 a.m.

Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth

1:00 p.m.

Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Ernie Els

1:10 p.m.

Martin Laird, Byeong Hun, Tom Hoge

1:20 p.m.

Ryan Moore, Aaron Baddeley, Kevin Streelman

1:30 p.m.

Scott Stallings, Sungjae Im, Ray Franz, Jr.

10th tee

Tee Time

Pairing

7:10 a.m.

Charley Hoffman, Chez Reavie, Matt Wallace

7:20 a.m.

Kevin Streelman, Freddie Jacobson, Scott Langley

7:30 a.m.

Emiliano Grillo, Adam Schenk, Tyler Duncan

7:40 a.m.

Keith Mitchell, Jonas Blixt, Martin Kaymer

7:50 a.m.

Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter, Brian Harman

8:00 a.m.

Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Satoshi Kodaira

8:10 a.m.

Kevin Kisner, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele

8:20 a.m.

Billy Horschel, Patrick Cantlay, Zach Johnson

8:30 a.m.

Vaughn Taylor, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ryan Blaum

8:40 a.m.

Michael Thompson, Brian Gay, Sam Saunders

8:50 a.m.

Boo Weekley, Scott Brown, C.T. Pan

11:50 a.m.

Chris Kirk, Lucas Glover, Ollie Schniederjans

12:00 p.m.

Anirban Lahiri, Joel Dahmen, Eddie Pepperell

12:10 p.m.

Wyndham Clark, Roger Sloan, Kyoung-Hoon Lee

12:20 p.m.

Andrew Putnam, Rod Pampling, Cody Gribble

12:30 p.m.

Marc Leishman, Brice Garnett, Daniel Berger

12:40 p.m.

Troy Merritt, Austin Cook, Hudson Swafford

12:50 p.m.

Ted Potter, Jr., Jason Dufner, Mackenzie Hughes

1:00 p.m.

Charles Howell III, Ryan Armour, Jim Herman

1:10 p.m.

Branden Grace, Luke List, Kelly Kraft

1:20 p.m.

Bill Haas, Morgan Hoffmann, Harold Varner III

1:30 p.m.

Ben Silverman, Mark Anderson, John Augenstein

RBC Heritage First Round Tee Times

Hilton Head Island — Here are the first round tee times at the RBC Heritage: Read the rest of this entry »

Cardi B. robbing men is a problem and we are not here for your defense of her

As most of you know, we were shocked and then angered when it was revealed that Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B. robbed men.

In a post five years ago (?), she admitted to robbing men who showed up at a club scene she worked at. Read the rest of this entry »

Spartanburg quack wants to punish pregnant people with jail time for having abortions

Spartanburg — The genie is out of the bottle.

Robert Jackson, a quack who runs his own business in Spartanburg, wrote an op-ed for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Sunday calling for a total ban on all abortions and contraceptives and for prosecuting people who possess birth control and people who seek abortions. Read the rest of this entry »

Baby Boomers complain about missing their events as destructive weather tears through South

Edgefield — Baby Boomers are behaving like children again.

On Sunday, several sporting events – the NBA, NASCAR and NCAA women’s basketball among them – saw multiple interruptions due to radio and TV stations “breaking in” to cover tornados. The path of destruction stretched from near Auburn, Ala. to Bishopville. Locally, Edgefield County – which was not under the Tornado Watch – was hit so hard, the schools were on a two hour delay to start the day.

The result?

At least twenty-four people dead in the Auburn Micropolitan Area alone, nearly thirty dead overall.

However, a man named Andrew from the Savannah-Hilton Head Island market was outraged over WSAV interrupting the PGA Tour to cover severe weather that hit the Georgia Lowcountry. He lashed out at the station’s chief meteorologist, Kris Allred, who was merely doing her job of making sure the folks in her television market – which includes the Aiken Area counties of Bulloch, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven – took proper shelter and stayed safe from the storm.

Ms. Allred was kind enough to not respond to him. I am not sure I would be as kind to someone like that. In fact, I know I would have tore Andrew a new one if I was in the position Ms. Allred was in.

Props to Ms. Allred and the meterologists throughout the Aiken Area for keeping us safe.

Tenth Circuit Court issues watershed ruling favoring nudity rights in tossing Fort Collins’s nudity ban in the trash can

Denver, Colo. — The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Constitution in throwing the City of Fort Collins’s ordinance banning public nudity in the trash can on Friday.

The ruling was 2-1, with Judges Gregory Phillips and Mary Beck Briscoe voting to strike down the entire ordinance rather than strike down the part of that bans women from being topless in public.

“Laws grounded in stereotypes about the way women are serve no important governmental interest,” wrote Judge Phillips in a 27-page opinion.

Phillips took a extremely dim view of Fort Collins’s concerns that public nudity posed a danger to children and might distract drivers into crashing. Boulder, located between Fort Collins and Denver, is the only other Colorado municipality that has a public nudity ban on the books. Public nudity is legal in the socially conservative city of Colorado Springs.

“The need to protect children arises, instead, from the city’s fear of topless women parading in front of elementary schools, or swimming topless in the public pool — scenarios that it described to the court,” continued Phillips. “But laws in the neighboring cities of Boulder and Denver, and in many other jurisdictions, allow female toplessness and the city presented no evidence of any harmful fallout.”

Enacted in late 2017 despite the fact that it is blatantly unconstitutional, Fort Collins’ public nudity ban threatens to levy a fine up to $2,650 or a 180-day jail sentence against offenders who “knowingly appear in any public place in a nude state or state of undress such that the genitals or buttocks of either sex or the breast or breasts of a female are exposed.”

The plaintiffs in this case are Brittiany Hoagland and Samantha Six of Free the Nipple-Fort Collins Chapter. They filed a lawsuit almost immediately after Fort Collins passed Ordinance 134 in late 2017.

The case may be headed to the Supreme Court due to the fact that a three judge panel in the Seventh Circuit nearly twelve months ago ruled Chicago’s public nudity ban as constitutional, despite the fact that it mirrored Fort Collins’s ordinance.

“Plaintiffs believe that this is a HUGE victory for women’s rights and is cause for great celebration,” wrote David Lane, the attorney for Free the Nipple, in a press release.

Read the 27-page majority opinion here.

Courthouse News
Denver Post

Bottom Line: Enough with the excuses and whataboutism for black on black crime

In case you have been under a rock, there was a Lifetime docuseries on R. Kelly and his abuse of numerous women and girls.

Also, the predominantly African-American town of Allendale just experienced more gun violence as well, which includes the shooting of a 3-year-old girl and the murder of a 14-year-old boy. Read the rest of this entry »

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