Author: Yousef Puckett

More than 400,000 Connecticut families are struggling to afford heat and electricity. And one program designed to help them is struggling to meet the demand. Operation Fuel, the country’s oldest fuel fund, is being inundated with requests for heating and energy assistance, according to the organization’s Chief Programs Officer Gannon Long. “The affordability gap between what people can pay for their energy needs, and what they’re being asked to pay is increased 37% in just two years,” Long said. The nonprofit received about 3,500 applications for fuel assistance for the summer/fall application period, which opened at the beginning of August…

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As the war in Israel rages, an ongoing struggle to control the narrative of the conflict is unfolding between Hamas and the Jewish state. This propaganda battle is not novel, as it has long been observed to coexist with the kinetic action between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups, dating back to at least 2014. Drawing from its prior clashes with Israel, Hamas has gained vital insights on how to effectively counter Israel. Despite being at a military disadvantage in nearly every area, Hamas has developed unconventional methods to attack Israel, including a powerful propaganda system to garner global backing…

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BRONZEVILLE — Chicagoans from across the city and beyond came out to the 94th annual Bud Billiken Parade this weekend in Bronzeville. This year the parade, which started at 10 a.m., spanned its traditional two miles, from 39th Street and King Drive to Washington Park at 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive, where there were barbecues, picnics and back-to-school giveaways. An early morning pre-parade breakfast was held at Mandrake Park for people who purchased tickets, while a barbecue luncheon was held at Washington Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This year’s parade theme was “Parading in Peace Block by Block,” with Chicago…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Vice President Harris is trying to push a “fake narrative” about Florida’s Black history school curriculum — which has sparked criticism across the nation, including from the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus. “She hopped on that plane quickly on Friday to come to Florida to spew this hoax,” DeSantis said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News’s Jesse Watters on “Jesse Watters Primetime.” “She’s here to push a fake narrative about what Florida did,” said DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate who has put stomping out “woke” culture at the center of his campaign.…

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The earliest people who lived in North America shared the landscape with huge animals. On any day these hunter-gatherers might encounter a giant, snarling saber-toothed cat ready to pounce, or a group of elephantlike mammoths stripping tree branches. Maybe a herd of giant bison would stampede past. Obviously, you can’t see any of these ice age megafauna now. They’ve all been extinct for about 12,800 years. Mammoths, mastodons, huge bison, horses, camels, very large ground sloths and giant short-faced bears all died out as the huge continental ice sheets disappeared at the end of the ice age. What happened to…

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The market reaction was the latest sign of unease among investors as they examine how banks performed during one of the most tumultuous periods for the industry since the 2008 financial crisis. Banks of all sizes will be scrambling over the coming weeks to show they survived the chaos of the first quarter and are better positioned than rivals to weather any future turmoil. State Street was not the only large bank in focus Monday. The stock of Charles Schwab (SCHW) initially fell 3% after it said it lost $41 billion in deposits in the first three months of 2023.…

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According to officials with Cincinnati Animal CARE, 25 dogs have been “humanely euthanized” due to advanced symptoms of Canine Distemper Virus. They said the illness was detected in two stray dogs that were taken into the shelter at the beginning of April. Since then, Cincinnati Animal CARE has restricted intake and adoptions. Meaghan Colville, the director of lifesaving operations at the shelter, told WXIX it’s “a matter of life and death.” “Since restricting intake, we’ve still seen more than 80 dogs come through in the last week, but that is not sustainable,” she said. “More dogs will get sick if we continue…

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A brown macroalgae native to the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea is increasingly a menace to coastal ecosystems and communities across the Gulf of Mexico, ever since mats of the normally beneficial seaweed (known as sargassum) exploded in numbers in 2011. This is the backdrop for Carbonwave, which recently raised $5 million to put the hulking algae blooms to good use. Researchers say farm and sewage runoff is likely driving the now 5,000-mile-wide “Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.” Climate change may also be playing a role. There’s no need to run screaming from sargassum, despite the tone of some stories covering the Florida-bound blooms. Still, they pose a threat to coral reefs and tourism-dependent livelihoods…

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The re-registration of SIM cards in Tajikistan has been extended for another year, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Ramazon Rakhimzoda said today at a press conference. The re-registration period was supposed to expire today, February 15th. But once again it was extended. However, until what date, the minister did not specify. At the beginning of January 2023, according to the Communications Service, 5.56 million mobile subscribers underwent re-registration of SIM cards. At the same time, another 2 million SIM cards remain outside this field, of which 880,000 are active. As Ilkhom Atoev, deputy chairman of the Communications Service…

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Myanmar’s opposition National Unity Government (NUG) this week officially opened a liaison office in Washington, D.C., in order to initiate formal engagements with the U.S. government and press its claim for recognition as Myanmar’s legitimate government. The opening of the office on Monday was made possible resulting from the passage of the Burma Act, as part of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Burma Act broadened the U.S. government’s authority to impose sanctions against the military government that seized power in February 2021 and extend a range of non-military aid to the various groups resisting the junta. “The…

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