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Judge Lifts U.S. Ban on Mexicans Entering Country to Sell

This story was co-published with ARD German TV.

A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered immigration officials to allow Mexican citizens with visas to sell their blood plasma in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan granted a preliminary injunction overturning a policy announced last year by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials that barred Mexican visitors from participating in what had become a multibillion-dollar business along the border.

Judge Chutkan ruled that CBP officials had “failed to consider” the extent to which blood plasma companies were relying on Mexican donors and that they had failed to adequately justify the policy.

In issuing the preliminary injunction, the judge found that the companies had shown they had a “likelihood of success” to overturn the ban if the case went to trial. She noted that the costs of opening collection centers in other regions to make up the shortfall — $2.5 million to $4 million per center — would be “substantial.’’

A spokesperson for CBP declined to say whether the

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ProPublica Opens Up Five New Opportunities With Our Local

Applications are now open for five spots in ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network. We’re seeking to work with local journalists in Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans who are interested in investigating wrongdoing and abuses of power in their communities.

Our new partners will begin work on Jan. 2, 2023, and will continue for one year. Journalists from local and regional publications covering those three locations are eligible to apply.

ProPublica will pay each full-time reporter’s salary (up to $75,000), plus an allowance for benefits. Local reporters will work from and report to their home newsrooms while receiving extensive support and guidance for their work from ProPublica, including collaboration with a senior editor and access to ProPublica’s expertise with data, research, engagement, video and design. The work will be published or broadcast by your newsroom and simultaneously by ProPublica.

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Here are more details for those interested in applying.

ProPublica launched the Local Reporting Network at the beginning of 2018

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industrial bag filters VA

Purpose of Industrial Bag Filters

The purpose of industrial bag filters VA depends on the industry and the material being filtered. If the filter is designed for cleaning purposes, it removes impurities from the air and water. In some applications, the filter’s purpose is known as the Clarification or Disinfection process. Listed below are some reasons why this filter is used in different industries. They also reduce the risks of fire. However, if you use the filter to purify a hazardous substance, you should consult a qualified expert.

Disinfection

During the cleaning of a dust collection system, it is essential to disinfect industrial bag filters. The bags are usually made of different materials and applications. The name “filter” may not mean that it has the same purpose as a “bag filter,” but it is a good indication of what it is. Fig. 4.14 illustrates the differences between a sewn and a seamless bag filter. The main difference between a sewn and a seamless bag filter is in the materials used for the filter.

Dust collection occurs inside the filter bag media. Dirty air flows into one end of the filter tube. The dirty side is inside, while the clean side is outside. During cleaning, … Read More

One National Heritage Academies Educator Offers Advice

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the summer turns toward back-to-school time, one National Heritage Academies (NHA) educator and leader offers advice on creating a summer learning program that works for your family situation.

Dean of Special Education and Intervention at NHA’s Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy, Megan Dziedzic coordinates a summer learning program for students. She has advice for parents who need guidance in keeping their children engaged in basic math and reading skills over the summer months.

“Families need to make summer learning work for them. It should not be overwhelming,” Dziedzic said. “Set a schedule, make it a part of the routine. Maybe it’s right after breakfast. Read for 20 minutes, so it’s anticipated and consistent. Be sure to set attainable goals, so that everyone feels successful. Most importantly, make it fun.”

Other suggestions from Dziedzic are:

  • Practice math fast facts, fluency is needed at all levels. Have your student practice quick facts while driving, or waiting in line.
  • Pair reading and writing. After your student is done reading, have them write about their favorite part. Writing is an important skill in every grade.
  • Play board or card games as a family. Many games
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Pennsylvania company owned by Warren Buffett discriminated

A Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett’s company discriminated against potential Black and Latino homebuyers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, the Department of Justice said Wednesday, in what is being called the second-largest redlining settlement in history.Trident Mortgage Co., a division of Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices of America, deliberately avoided writing mortgages in minority-majority neighborhoods in West Philadelphia like Malcolm X Park; Camden, New Jersey; and in Wilmington, Delaware, the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in their settlement with Trident.As part of the agreement with the government, Trident will have to set aside $20 million to make loans in underserved neighborhoods.“Trident’s unlawful redlining activity denied communities of color equal access to residential mortgages, stripped them of the opportunity to build wealth, and devalued properties in their neighborhoods,” said Kristen Clarke, an assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a prepared statement.Sen. Vincent Hughes, a Philadelphia Democrat, grew up a few blocks from the West Philadelphia park where a news conference on the settlement was held Wednesday. Hughes said portions of his life have been framed by the discriminatory lending practices that prevent Black and brown communities from building wealth.Hughes’ … Read More

Jared Kushner accused four-star General John Kelly of

Donald Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly once shoved Ivanka Trump out of the way as he left a fraught Oval Office meeting, Jared Kushner claims.

Writing in his upcoming memoir Breaking History, Kushner paints Kelly as a ‘Jekyll-and-Hyde’-style bully who once assaulted the first daughter while storming past her.   

He recalled: ‘One day he had just marched out of a contentious meeting in the Oval Office. Ivanka was walking down the main hallway in the West Wing when she passed him. Unaware of his heated state of mind, she said, ‘Hello, chief.’ 

He continued: ‘Kelly shoved her out of the way and stormed by. She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t make a big deal about the altercation, but in his rage Kelly had shown his true character.’

Kushner, who served as one of ex-President Donald Trump’s closest advisors, said that the incident occurred following a volatile meeting in the Oval Office, according to the Washington Post.

The date when the incident took place has not been shared, and no further details were given on the meeting that is said to have inflamed Kelly. 

Following the alleged shove, Kelly offered Ivanka a ‘meek apology’ that was accepted. 

John Kelly, pictured

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The Surprising Fight Over Google’s Downtown West Development

An equine-assisted psychotherapist, a renowned organic farmer, and a Rockefeller are among 34 people named in a bizarre real estate case that could delay Google’s long-awaited Silicon Valley expansion.

The suit centers around the disputed ownership of four small patches of roadway in San Jose, where Google wants to build a futuristic campus for tens of thousands of workers. But the origin of the legal battle stretches back to just before the Civil War.

In February 1861, three men bought 300 acres of farmland adjoining San Jose. Frederick Billings was a lawyer who went on to lead the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Archibald Peachy had come to California as a prospector during the Gold Rush, before becoming a developer and politician.

The most famous of the three, Henry Morris Naglee, was known as the “father of Californian brandy” for planting vineyards in the area and later served as a union general during the Civil War.

The men called their purchase Rancho de los Coches (“Ranch of the Carriages”) and eventually platted and subdivided it. But when they sold off some roadside lots, they took the unusual step of ending the parcels at the curbside. The roadways between the lots still

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Why does the Rosetta Stone have 3 kinds of writing?

The famous Rosetta Stone is a black granite slab inscribed with three ancient texts — two Egyptian and one Greek. It ultimately helped researchers decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, whose meaning had eluded historians for centuries. But why did ancient scribes include three different kinds of writing, or scripts, on this iconic stone in the first place?

The reason the stone has a trio of scripts ultimately stems from the legacy of one of Alexander the Great‘s generals. The Greek text on the stone is linked with Egypt’s Ptolemaic dynasty, founded by Ptolemy I Soter, a Greek-speaking Macedonian general of Alexander’s. Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 B.C., and Ptolomy I Soter seized control of the country nine years later following Alexander’s death. (Cleopatra, who died in 30 B.C., was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic line.)

The stone isn’t associated with Ptolemy I Soter, but with his descendant Ptolemy V Epiphanes, whose priests had the inscribed message composed in three different scripts that each played important social roles during the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Related: How do we decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and other ancient languages?

A French military expedition that was part of Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt unearthed the

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Confessions of a Baseball Analytics Writer

© Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Leiter will always have a special place in my heart. The Rangers’ top pitching prospect was the subject of the very first article I wrote for FanGraphs, which talked about, among other things, the unbelievable carry on his fastball and how it could lead him to big-league success. But we haven’t checked in on Leiter in a while, and well, his Double-A numbers have been ghastly: a 6.24 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched has somewhat muted the hype surrounding the righty. Though it doesn’t really change our outlook on Leiter, it’s still unsettling to see.

Part of that has been his inability to throw strikes, as Leiter is issuing well over five walks per nine innings. But more importantly, Leiter has lost a significant amount of his signature fastball ride in pro ball. Statcast data was available for this year’s Futures Game, during which Leiter’s dozen or so fastballs averaged 16.1 inches of vertical break – a far cry from the 19.9 inches I calculated in that debut article using TrackMan data. It could be a small sample quirk, and yet, the general industry consensus is that Leiter’s fastball is no longer transcendent. That’s

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Martin Shkreli’s Crypto Startup Under Investigation by Two

Image by Getty Images / Drew Angerer

Many of the world’s most rascally rascals will sometimes make the smallest attempts to stay out of trouble, but not Martin Shkreli.

The notorious “pharma bro,” who rose to prominence for jacking the price of a life-saving medication sky high, has officially gotten himself embroiled in two new investigations — just months after getting out of prison.

Shkreli’s new troubles stem from a new medical crypto business he’s opened up called Druglike, which as the Daily Beast reported Tuesday is already drawing the attention of authorities.

It seems like only yesterday Shkreli was announcing the launch of Druglike, despite being banned from the medical industry forever, but then that’s probably because it was Monday, one day prior to the attorneys general hopping on Shkreli’s case.

This, of course, was only after Shkreli joked about smuggling in Kit Kats into his prison cell.

“We started Druglike because in our experience, traditional drug discovery software is too difficult and expensive to use,” Shkreli said in Monday’s press release announcing the new venture. “Underserved and underfunded communities, such as those focused on rare diseases or in developing markets, will also benefit from access to these

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