Somerville Board of Well being Votes In opposition to COVID Vaccine Passport-Fashion System – CBS Boston

SOMERVILLE (CBS) — The city of Somerville will not adopt a COVID vaccine passport-style system used in Boston and other communities.

On Thursday evening, the city’s health department rejected the proposal by a score of two to one.

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In a statement, Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyn said that while she disagreed with the committee’s decision, she respected the considerations that went into it.

“The key takeaway from last night’s hearing is that the board and the city agree that vaccination is critical to getting this virus under control.

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The question for us is which tools we use to drive this goal forward. Of course, we had hoped that the Board would support the proposed requirement, but I respect their decision and their thoughtful consideration, so today we move on to the next effort. My focus remains fully on applying all the strategies at our disposal to deal with the pandemic.

Since day one in office, I’ve had staff doubling down to increase access to testing, masks, vaccines, information, and financial and health support. This decision will not slow us down, it will only give additional impetus to our efforts to fight the virus on all fronts.”

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Bostons vaccination order started last Saturday. Anyone entering a Boston restaurant, bar or venue must show at least one first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

College students Give Duncanville Excessive College Soccer Crew A ‘D’ville-Fashion’ Ship Off – CBS Dallas / Fort Price

DUNCANVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The winter break has officially started, but before the students left Duncanville High School today, they lined the halls to give the soccer team a “D’ville-esque” dismissal for the UIL 6A State Championship.

DHS students say goodbye to their soccer team before the national championship on Saturday. (Photo credit: Duncanville High School)

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This afternoon, the football team marched through the school halls behind cheerleaders, the drill team and the band’s drumline before heading out onto the field for the final practice session before the big game.

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For the third time in four years, the DHS soccer team is returning to the UIL 6A State Championship game with the aim of bringing home the state’s top title.

Kick-off is Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Panthers will face North Shore High School in a rematch after meeting them in the 2018 and 2019 Championship Games.

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Profitable, Cash Saving Summit County Psychological Well being Program Grabs Consideration Of Colorado Leaders – CBS Denver

DILLON, Colorado (CBS4) – A program in Summit County aimed at responding to those in the midst of mental crisis has caught the attention of state leaders. Earlier this month, Governor Jared Polis traveled to Dillon to speak with community leaders about what makes the Summit County model so successful.

Governor Jared Polis and other heads of state meet with community leaders in Summit County. (Credit: CBS)

“First and foremost, we’re building it up from the community, not the law enforcement down, which is really important,” said Jaime FitzSimons, Summit County sheriff.

The SMART program, or System-wide Mental Assessment Response, was launched in Summit County just last year, and FitzSimons said it was an idea put forward by the community and tailored to the needs of the Summit County community. That is what makes it unique, but also what makes it work.

“There’s a lot of community support with this team. The other thing is that it’s a plainclothes answer, which means they don’t show up in uniform. They show up as a team and they show up in plain clothes, an unmarked car, and they go to all the cities here in the Summit County jurisdictions, so it’s a nationwide response, ”he said.

The response always includes a deputy paired with a clinician. This is the co-response part of the program, but it goes beyond that initial contact.

“You have a third component in your team, the case manager, so I always describe it as a deputy and clinician in times of crisis. You have the focus in the moment of crisis and stabilization – and stabilize this person in the community. At the back end is the case manager who comes now and provides the all-round service for further stabilization, ”said FitzSimons.

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Over the past 10 months, the joint response has saved hundreds of people from landing in the emergency room, saved the emergency room from overflowing, and saved the county money. FitzSimons and his team estimate that for every person they can help avoid a trip to the emergency room, the county will save about $ 15,000.

“This year it was just over $ 2 million for the first 10 months of this year. It’s a huge number, but more importantly, how many people we’ve stabilized rather than sending people to higher levels of care or destroying our emergency room. We have stabilized an incredible number of people, what we say ‘on the spot’, be it at home, wherever that place is, but not going to a higher level of care, that has crushed the community. “

FitzSimons believes any ward can accept the program and make it successful, but what works in Summit County will likely be different for Denver. In Summit County, the start-up cost of the program is around $ 425,000, and while it was a successful program, funding has been one of the biggest hurdles.

Biking Groups Elevate Cash For Group Foster Throughout 24-Hour Spin Relay – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A 24-hour film crew raises money for Team Foster, a charity that honors the service and sacrifice of Captain Erick Foster, an Oil City alum and Duquesne who died fighting in Iraq.

The group raises money to provide service dogs for injured and disabled veterans free of charge.

“PTSD and brain injuries are typical wounds of warfare after 9/11. We literally have hundreds of thousands of men and women suffering from these challenges. As a result, we lose over 20 veterans and service staff to suicide every day, and we know these dogs literally save lives, ”said Nick Liermann, Executive Director of Team Foster.

Team Foster hopes to raise $ 50,000 by the end of the 24-hour journey.

The group intends to double this amount next year.

Gritty Celebrates third Birthday In Model With Motorbike Trip By Philadelphia – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – CBS3 wishes a happy birthday to one of Philadelphia’s favorite mascots! Chopper 3 was live via Gritty, the Flyers mascot, who is celebrating its third birthday on Friday with a motorcycle tour through the city.

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– Gritty (@GrittyNHL) September 24, 2021

It’s a tour of the Wells Fargo Center via some of Philly’s most iconic locations, including the Art Museum, City Hall, and Logan Square.

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You may remember the first reception for Gritty wasn’t that warm, but it quickly grew into Philly fans.

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Happy birthday, Gritty!

Hearth Departments In Beaver And Lawrence County Increase Cash For Chief Recognized With Pancreatic Most cancers – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

NEW BEAVER, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – Fire departments in Beaver and Lawrence counties came together on Sunday to help their own.

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Kevin Peters served for more than 20 years as chief of the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department, which was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Unfortunately, it has since spread to his liver.

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The communities held a fundraiser to help Peters manage the expenses as he continues his battle with cancer.

Florida Choose Weighs Resolution To Reinstate Federal Unemployment Cash Suspended By Gov. DeSantis In June – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – A Leon County district judge rushed into a lawsuit on Wednesday over whether Governor Ron DeSantis’s government violated state law by withdrawing unemployment benefits from tens of thousands of unemployed Floridians in June Federal deleted.

Judge Layne Smith heard testimony from plaintiffs who said the decision to end the $ 300 a week in federal benefits resulted in them having difficulty paying housing and other expenses. As part of the COVID-19 aid, the federal government provided the money in addition to the state’s maximum unemployment benefits of $ 275 per week.

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The lawsuit alleges that payments should have continued through September 6, as approved by Congress, and that the unemployed should receive retroactive payments through June 26. The money comes from a federal funding law commonly known as the CARES law.

Plaintiffs attorneys say the DeSantis government has violated a state law directing the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to work with the US Department of Labor and take action “by adopting appropriate rules, administrative methods, and standards that are necessary for the state ”. all advantages according to the federal regulations on re-employment (unemployment) assistance. “

“The governor and the DEO (the Department of Economic Opportunity) have no discretion as to whether or not to accept the money,” said Marie Mattox, plaintiff’s attorney.

However, Daniel Nordby, an attorney for the DeSantis administration, denies the state needs to provide the additional services.

“Florida law quite simply does not require participation in the CARES Act programs that were passed by Congress,” Nordby said. “Neither federal nor Florida law requires participation.”

Smith, who is contemplating plaintiffs’ motion for an injunction, said repeatedly that he would not address the political issues surrounding the suspension of federal payments. He said he needed to focus on the details of state and federal laws.

“The bottom line is it’s a legal construction case,” said Smith.

Plaintiffs, who testified on Wednesday, described economic troubles during the pandemic, made worse by the state cutting $ 300 a week in federal payments.

For example, Harriett Rubin, a 68-year-old Broward County resident who has been unemployed since the pandemic began, said she put a tax lien on her home because she couldn’t pay property taxes.

“To worry about your apartment or whether your air conditioning is on and working, and can I bring some food into the house. That little bit of money helps, ”said Rubin.

Will Currie, chief financial officer of the Department of Economic Opportunity, testified that in the spring of 2020, the state began providing the additional federal benefits – known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC benefits – to provide assistance as the pandemic was major economic Caused problems and an increase in unemployment.

But the state decided to stop the services that summer as vacancies remained unfilled. Many companies have argued in recent months that they cannot find enough workers.

“The idea was to add the weekly benefit that was believed to be

Incentivizing people not to return to work, ”Currie said.

But Mattox said the people who need the extra money aren’t “free riders” who don’t want to be hired.

“DeSantis decided to cut those benefits because he said it was keeping people from going back to work,” Mattox said. “Research just doesn’t confirm that.”

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Caldor Fireplace Evacuees Operating Out Of Cash With No Place To Keep – CBS Sacramento

SHINGLE SPRINGS (CBS13) – More than a week since the Caldor Fire broke out through El Dorado County, thousands of residents have been homeless and evacuation sites are full.

Now more than 200 evacuees are at the KOA in Shingle Springs, camping and paying more than $ 100 a night for accommodation. Some say they run out of money while trying to keep their families in one place.

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“We’re just trying to survive and make the best of it,” said a man named Paul.

The evacuees from Caldor Fire say they are nervous.

“I’m stressed, I’m afraid for my family, I’m afraid for my family’s home,” said Cat Hall from Kyburz.

Some have been KOA at Shingle Springs Campground for more than a week. Having no place to go, they spend money every day to have safe shelter.

“Some of these people only have the money in their pockets,” said Paul.

Garrett Larson and his new bride were married the night before they were told to evacuate their Pollock Pines home.

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He never thought that the fire would come this close and that he would have to spend his honeymoon at the KOA.

“It comes to your door and it’s scary, it’s sad and you just have to do your best in the meantime,” Larson said.

Cal Fire said Monday the fire is knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe Basin.

And those who had to flee the fire do not know if their home is there or when they can go home.

“Now the depression sets in, people realize that it takes at least two weeks, some 30 days, and it’s very quiet today,” said Paul.

Families are looking for a way to afford another night together.

“Who knows what will happen when we go home,” said Hall.

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Shingle Springs KOA accepts donation cards that evacuees would use to pay for their stay at the campsite.

Bucks County Companies, Breweries Be a part of Forces To Elevate Cash For Flooding Victims – CBS Philly

BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Local businesses in Bucks County are stepping up efforts to raise funds for this week’s flood victims.

The road to a major flood can be long, with paperwork and lots of waiting. But local companies say they are now working to help.

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“I’ve worked in the area for over 20 years and have never seen so much rain,” said one man.

As with most flash floods, the effects of the rain on Monday can be seen long after the water has retreated.

“It was crazy, absolutely crazy,” said one man.

In Bucks County, residents affected by the flood had to leave their belongings behind, mostly in piles in front of their homes.

While the cleanup is in progress, a group of local businesses are trying to put their money where their heart is.

“It’s pretty much a community break-up – all the local commercial breweries, we also have a distillery, 1675. And everyone just more or less wanted to join in and do what they can for the community,” said Mike Watahovich.

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Watahovich is a taproom manager at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Bristol Township. He organized the fundraising campaign in which part of the sales proceeds are donated to the flood victims.

“We just wanted to do something to give something back to the community that has supported us so much over the past year,” he said.

Watahovich roped Phillip Harris, owner of Second Sin Brewing. You donate $ 1 for every pint sold.

“It’s difficult and I can’t see myself going through it, but we’re going to help in any way we can,” said Harris.

For customers who like cold brews, this fundraiser is a win-win situation.

“This is such a small brewery and most of the breweries that are involved in it are small so I think it’s great that it brings them business and supports the community too,” said customer Erica Lawrence.

The fundraiser lasts all weekend. The proceeds will go to the United Way of Bucks County’s rebuilding efforts.

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Jasmine Payoute reports from CBS3.

New Illinois Regulation Permits Scholar Athletes To Lower Cash-Making Offers – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Governor JB Pritzker signed an important bill Tuesday allowing student athletes in Illinois to receive compensation.

CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe spoke to one of the state officials who urged to make this happen.

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“Being able to implement guidelines on something that is extremely personal to me and that I have had a lot of intimate experience with is a great day for all of us,” said State Rep. Kam Buckner (26th Ward).

Years ago, Buckner couldn’t make money off his own likeness as a University of Illinois football player.

“If you study chemistry, for example, you still have the option of receiving market-based compensation for using your name, your likeness and your image. However, you can’t do that if you’re a scholarship football or tennis or hockey player. “

Now, as an Illinois legislature, he has sponsored a bill that will allow current and future athletes to do just that. With Pritzker’s signature,
student athletes can be paid for their names, pictures, and even votes.

“The most obvious thing people talk about is the star quarterback or star point guard getting a deal with a merchandising company like Nike or Reebok, and those things are allowed. But there is also the possibility, for example the women’s softball player, to put her face on the poster of the local pizzeria, ”said Buckner.

Opponents of the legislation argued that this could lead to a situation where students looking for money deals would be deceived. Buckner says there are rules in place to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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“We gave them the opportunity to get legal advice,” said Buckner. “We gave them the option to hire an agent and we also banned certain types of endorsement. You can’t approve of things like alcohol. like cannabis. like video. like sports betting or casinos and games of chance. “

Buckner says the future will be much better for these athletes.

“It’s going to be a new day for many college athletes and we’re very excited about it.”

While the new law doesn’t boil down to paying college players, it should be a big deal for many student athletes.

“As a retired undergraduate athlete, I understand the meaning and importance of a day like this,” said Derrick Gragg, Northwestern University sports director. “Whenever we can be part of something so historic, it is important to get up.”

“Of course, you know, since I’m five years older – one of the fans’ favorites – I can now stream live, play video games with younger kids, surprise birthdays for younger people, you know, different things – so I’m going to get that opportunity.” take full advantage, ”said Illinois basketball guard Trent Frazier.

The law allowing payment for the use of the name, picture and picture of student athletes goes into effect this Thursday, which means that students can start accepting related offers that are offered to them.

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The NCAA will vote tomorrow on a proposal that will set rules nationwide for states that do not enact new laws.