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Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:56 PM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 7:18 PM
Delta Air Lines has cancelled more than 900 flights due to the storm to hit the Northeast, including its two hubs in New York.
Atlanta-based Delta said snow and high winds are expected to disrupt operations. The airline has a hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport.
The airline cancelled 130 flights Monday evening as it re-positions planes and crews out of the storm’s path to allow it to quickly start up operations once the storm has passed.
Delta is cancelling another 800 flights Tuesday in the New York area and Washington D.C., Boston and at other airports in the Northeast.
It expects to resume some of its flights Tuesday night, and that its flight schedule should mostly return to normal Wednesday, depending on facilities and mass transit in New York.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said it is also preparing for the storm and its effect on passengers.
“We remain in close communication with our airline partners as they prepare for the storm and its impact on airports through the northeast,” said Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Andrew Gobeil. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation.”
If necessary, the airport will ask concessionaires to extend their hours to assist passengers who remain at Hartsfield-Jackson, and will prepare hospitality kits, he said.
The airport urged passengers to check with their airlines on their flight status and make alternate plans if necessary.
Delta, the largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, is waiving certain change fees for passengers with flights booked for Tuesday or Wednesday in parts of the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Eastern Canada who want to change their schedules to avoid cancellations and disruptions.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM
— Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.
Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:07 PM
Unable to bridge the partisan divide on immigration, federal spending levels and more, Republicans and Democrats in the Congress were on the verge of letting funding for the government lapse at midnight on Friday night, as members of both parties eagerly pointed the finger of blame at each other for the spending impasse, which could trigger the first federal shutdown in over four years.
“That would be a mistake,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “Government shutdowns do not make sense.”
That Republican argument carried the day in the House, as lawmakers voted mainly along party lines Thursday evening in favor of a four week temporary funding plan – but once the bill reached the Senate floor, leaders quickly sent Senators home for the night, unable to agree on how best to proceed.
“They’re prepared to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared of Democrats, as McConnell said there was no reason to rush on solving problems with DACA and Dreamers, as GOP leaders struggled to get a majority of Senators to vote for the House-passed bill.
Meanwhile, Democrats complained that immigration talks have been slow walked by Republicans and the White House, and that it was time to force a solution on immigration, overall budget limits and more.
“We should be united in trying to come to a solution, not just kick the can down the road,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
If Congress is unable to reach a spending agreement by midnight, then many government functions would start to wind down over the weekend.
In the House, Republicans said now was the time for more negotiations, not a spending impasse which would close many government operations.
“We’ve kept the government open,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). “The right thing for the Senate to do would be to vote yes, and continue to negotiate.”
“I now just implore the Senate, do your job,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).
As Senators gathered on the floor late Thursday, a number of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” were seated in the galleries, watching the debate below.
“Look at the people who have gathered here late this night, who are following every word that we are debating,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
“Why are they here if there’s no urgency?” added Durbin, who is a leading negotiator for Democrats on DACA and immigration issues.
But while Durbin and other Democrats called for action on a bipartisan agreement on Senators from both parties related to DACA, their plan had still not been put into legislative language.
GOP Senators pointed out that lack of a bill in making the case that no deal was likely over the weekend on immigration, and again saying that the deadline was not until March.
“This institution regrettably needs to be forced into action,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who broke ranks with his party’s leadership to vote against a stopgap budget, demanding immediate action on DACA.
“We don’t have to wait until March, it would be cruel to wait until March,” Curbelo told reporters after the House had voted.
As for President Donald Trump, the White House schedule issued for Friday still had him going to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, where a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of Mr. Trump’s inauguration was reportedly scheduled for Saturday.
Also on Mr. Trump’s Friday schedule was an address to thousands rallying for the March for Life, and a meeting with his national security team in the White House Situation Room.
But Democrats only saw one thing – Air Force One leaving town.
“Trump going to Mar-a-Lago while government shutdown looms is most irresponsible, self absorbed, dereliction of duty ever by a President,” tweeted Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).
But even as both sides traded barbs, there was a lot of frustration among Republicans over the budget process, which has become stuck in neutral on a regular basis.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that we are sitting here today, having not funded the government permanently for the balance of this year,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
If the federal government does shut down this weekend, it would be the first spending impasse since 2013, when Republicans
blocked action on funding bills for 16 days, protesting the implementation of the Obama health law.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM
BOSTON — Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday.
Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.
Archie says this better explains how her son died.
“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”
Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.
“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said.
The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.
Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense.
“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said.
He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.
“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said.
Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.
Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM
UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.
But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.
The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.
Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.