Ask Amy: Will differing political views tank this long-term BFF relationship?
It has become apparent that we are opposites regarding many of our political and societal views. I don’t think she has many friends and was very grateful to talk to me. At this point, I don’t know what to do. Unrequited feelings can teach you something: You’ve felt this way once, and you can feel this way again. You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Ask Amy: Friend overhears disturbing conversation on a misdialed call
Dear Amy: My friend “Laura” has seemed distant to me, lately. When I remarked on Laura’s distance to me to another friend from the group, she said, “I know why Laura is behaving this way. Laura told our friend that she heard my husband and me making fun of her son. And do you actually want your friend to confront you about your behavior in front of your entire friend group? You can email Amy Dickinson at email@example.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
Laura Zervic selected as executive director of Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
KALAMAZOO, MI — The board of directors of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre has selected Laura Zervic as the organization’s new executive director. “I am thrilled and honored to be entrusted to lead the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre into its centennial,” Zervic said in the statement. Alongside the news of Zervic’s hire, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre released a statement about its commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion, and its “Theatre for All” initiative. The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Board of Directors is comprised of nine members. Former Civic Theatre Executive Director Stephen Carver left the organization in October 2020, at which time Ben Zylman began as interim executive director.mlive.com
Sarah Everard killing and London police handling of demonstrations against violence targeting women sparks growing backlash
London - Protests against gender-based violence continued Monday in London, as hundreds marched from outside Parliament around the city shouting "Sisters united will never be defeated" and "Justice for Sarah." "We don't just want overpolicing and more police officers who abuse their powers towards women, we want actual action," said Jennifer, 25. "We want money spent on women's services, we want there to be a cultural change that protects women and fights against misogyny and violence." The man accused of killing Everard is a police officer who had been reported for indecent exposure just days before Everard's death. That didn't stop hundreds of people, mainly women, from showing up at a park near where Everard was last seen in south London.cbsnews.com
Readout of Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall from the Funeral of FBI Special Ag
Acting United States Attorney General Monty Wilkinson, FBI Director Christopher Wray and President Joe Biden’s Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall led a United States Government delegation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida today that attended the funeral service for fallen FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger. Special Agent Schwartzenberger was killed in the line of duty along with FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin on Tuesday, while executing a search warrant investigating violent crimes against children in Sunrise, Florida. Four other FBI Special Agents were wounded during the incident. "During her 15 years as an FBI Special Agent, Laura Schwartzenberger was selfless, tireless, brave and committed to protecting some of society's most vulnerable: its children," said Acting Attorney General Wilkinson. “FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger was an American hero who dedicated her life to keeping our country, our citizens and especially our children safe,” said Dr Sherwood-Randall Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.justice.gov
Florida: Slain FBI agent remembered for protecting children
Agents Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, and Daniel Alfin, 36, were gunned down Tuesday while serving a search warrant at the Broward County home of a child pornography suspect. The service for Schwartzenberger was held at the Miami Dolphins' football stadium. It's a job with high stress, high emotional toll and high burnout,” Wray said of the agent, who was originally from Pueblo, Colorado. She'd talk to anybody and everybody about protecting children from predators online.”Federal government officials who attended the service with Wray were Acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and President Joe Biden's Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “During her 15 years as an FBI Special Agent, Laura Schwartzenberger was selfless, tireless, brave and committed to protecting some of society’s most vulnerable: its children,” Wilkinson said in statement.
Laura Cox reenters Michigan GOP chair race, accuses Ron Weiser of ‘secret’ payments
LANSING, MI - Laura Cox is back on the ballot in the race for Michigan Republican Party chair, entering the fray days before Saturday’s election. The current party chair went in swinging at Ron Weiser, a two-time former party chair who was previously considered the presumptive incoming co-chair alongside 11th District GOP Chair Meshawn Maddock. Cox accused Weiser in a Jan. 15 email of paying former Secretary of State candidate Stanley Grot $200,000 to step down from his 2018 campaign. “There is clear evidence that a secret deal was made between Ron Weiser and Stan Grot,” she wrote. The contract in question was drafted by counsel, and I relied on that counsel,” Weiser wrote.mlive.com
As the virus resurges, mental health woes batter France
Lockdowns that France has used to fight the coronavirus have come at considerable cost to mental health. Behind her, the psychiatric emergency ward's heavy double doors — openable only with a staff member's key — thud shut. She is unnerved that she is starting to obsess about knives, fearful that her mental health might be collapsing. But the costs to mental health have been considerable. The pandemic has also had other mental health repercussions that are less evident but no less devastating.
Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim
Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta, the 27th named storm of a very busy Atlantic hurricane season, was a hurricane when it began raking across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. It emerged in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm but was expected to regain hurricane strength before landfall south of New Orleans on Wednesday evening. Officials in two Mexican states hit by Zeta reported power outages and damage caused by downed trees, but no deaths. The extraordinarily busy hurricane season has focused attention on the role of climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.
Deaths, worries about assistance mount after Hurricane Laura
Rakisha Murray cries in relief as she arrives to see her mother's home undamaged, after she returned from evacuation with her mother and other family in Lake Charles, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Federal and state officials are on the ground to help residents with home repairs and hotel stays. Nineteen deaths in Texas and Louisiana have been attributed to the storm; half were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators. More than 67,000 people in Louisiana have registered for assistance from FEMA so far, according to Edwards' office. In Lake Charles, many people were staying outside town.
LIVE TRACKING: Hurricane Laura blasts Gulf Coast with wind, rain, wall of water
Watch live satellite tracking and forecasting of Hurricane Laura. Laura pounded the Gulf Coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday, threatening the lives of people who didn’t evacuate. Hours after landfall, Laura was still a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph (175 kph). Louisiana took the brunt of the damage when the Category 4 system barreled over Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. The hurricane’s top wind speed of 150 mph (241 kph) put it among the most powerful systems on record in the U.S.Read more here.
Laura thrashes Louisiana, nearby states face tornado threats
“It is clear that we did not sustain and suffer the absolute, catastrophic damage that we thought was likely," Louisiana Gov. He called Laura the most powerful hurricane to strike Louisiana, meaning it surpassed even Katrina, which was a Category 3 storm when it hit in 2005. The storm toppled trees and damaged structures as far north as central Arkansas. The storm crashed ashore in low-lying Louisiana and clobbered Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people. Bucky Millet, 78, of Lake Arthur, Louisiana, considered evacuating but decided to ride out the storm with family due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Watch live: Tracking Hurricane Laura
Watch live satellite tracking and forecasting of Hurricane Laura. Laura rapidly gained strength Wednesday, raising fears that it could come ashore as a Category 4 hurricane with a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be “unsurvivable” and capable of sinking entire communities. Satellite images show that Laura has become “a formidable hurricane” in recent hours, threatening to smash homes and sink entire communities. A Category 4 hurricane will do catastrophic damage: “Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months,” the weather service says.
Laura strengthens into 'extremely dangerous' Category 4
Victoria Nelson with her children Autum Nelson, 2, Shawn Nelson, 7, and Asia Nelson, 6, line up to board a bus to evacuate Lake Charles, La., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, ahead of Hurricane Laura. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)GALVESTON, Texas – Laura strengthened Wednesday into a menacing Category 4 hurricane, raising fears of a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be "unsurvivable” and capable of sinking entire communities. In Lake Charles, National Guard members drove school buses around neighborhoods, offering to pick up families. By Wednesday afternoon, Laura had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (225 kph) as it churned about 200 miles (320 kilometers) from Lake Charles, Louisiana, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). Forecasters predict winds will reach at least 145 mph winds but may weaken ever so slightly before landfall.
Fierce storm surge feared as Laura bears down on Gulf Coast
A girl wades towards her flooded home the day after the passing of Tropical Storm Laura in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti on it's way to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where forecaster fear it could become a major hurricane. Now forecasters are turning their attention the Gulf Coast, where up to 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water storm surge could inundate the coastline from High Island in Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana, the hurricane center said. Hurricane Rita then struck southwest Louisiana that Sept. 24 as a Category 3 storm. We might have dodged a bullet with Marco, and obviously some people along the Gulf Coast are not going to be as blessed as us.___Martin reported from Marietta, Georgia.
Storm Marco closes in on Louisiana as Laura buffets Cuba
Street vendors wade a flooded street during the passing of Tropical Storm Laura in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Laura battered the Dominican Republic and Haiti and is heading for a possible hit on the Louisiana coast at or close to hurricane force as a hurricane, along with Tropical Storm Marco. Forecasters said it would likely remain just off the Louisiana coast through Tuesday. Despite Marco's weakening, a storm surge warning remained in place from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A storm surge of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) was forecast for parts of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.
As 2 storms menace Gulf Coast, residents brace for deluge
Forecasters raised the ominous possibility that warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico could super-charge Laura into a powerful hurricane. Laura's center was remaining just off Cuba's shore, and was not expected to weaken over land before entering the gulf. That's a recipe for damaging, hurricane-force winds of more than 110 mph (177 kph) as Laura approaches the U.S. coast, forecasters said. Rain bands from both storms could bring a combined total of 2 feet (0.6 meters) of rain to parts of Louisiana and several feet of potentially deadly storm surge, forecasters said. Basically that would be 10-feet plus along the southwest Louisiana coast line in a reasonable worst-case scenario, Schott said.
Metro Detroit weather: Rain possible for the next few days
DETROIT After a long dry spell for most of us, we have multiple chances of rain in the next several days. Rain ReturnsFinally, we have more than one significant chance of rain in the forecast. Wednesday will have more ingredients for stronger storms as a lingering boundary zips northward, spiking humidity and keeping temperatures near 90. Storms are possible Thursday as well, before widespread rain on Friday. Laura is the stronger storm, forecasted to build into a hurricane with 100+ mph winds.
A year after deadly fire, Paradise pauses to remember
In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, photo, Laura and Chris Smith display their Paradise tattoos they had done to show support for their former community during a visit to Paradise, Calif. Taft said she plans to return to Paradise this weekend to visit with friends. While Friday's events will remember that day, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said she wants the community to "celebrate the progress we've made and look to the future and what we can become." In the spring, 220 seniors returned to Paradise High School for a graduation ceremony many thought would have been impossible just six months before. And in August, the Paradise High School football team played its first home game a 42-0 rout that kicked off an undefeated season.