In today’s Buzz we learn about Russia’s expansive state run doping program used during the 2014 Winter Olympics, a portion of the Affordable Care Act is struck down by a federal judge , and why Bernie Sanders gets social media right.
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Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Olympic Gold Dozens of Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program, meticulously planned for years to ensure dominance at the Games, according to the director of the country’s antidoping laboratory at the time. The director, Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the laboratory that handled testing for thousands of Olympians, said he developed a three-drug cocktail of banned substances that he mixed with liquor and provided to dozens of Russian athletes, helping to facilitate one of the most elaborate — and successful — doping ploys in sports history.
Judge strikes down Obama health law insurance subsidy in victory for House GOP A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers. In a 38-page decision, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District put her ruling on hold pending the administration’s certain appeal. Her decision sided with the U.S. House of Representatives, which brought the lawsuit challenging more than $175 billion of spending after a party-line vote by House Republicans in July 2014.
Sanders Campaign Wields Social Media to Great Advantage Even before presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders saddled up to the podium in front of more than 16,000 people Monday, May 9, the charge of the Sacramento crowd was already reverberating support into cyberspace through social media channels. The argument has been well made that other presidential candidates, like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have basked in more than their fair share of the limelight when it comes to the mainstream media outlets — nonetheless, support for Sanders remains.
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City Project Costs Balloon After Austin Voter Approval The cost of the Waller Creek tunnel project through Downtown Austin tops $160 million. That’s a far cry from the $25 million price tag sold to Austin voters in 1998. Contractors threatened to stop construction on the Waller Creek Tunnel unless …
Georgia State University partners with LGBT Institute Georgia State University and the LGBT Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights formed a new partnership to bring the experiences of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Southerners to light.
Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing — They Miss Unions U.S. manufacturing jobs, I argued a few weeks ago, are never coming back. But that doesn’t stop politicians from talking about them. Donald Trump scored his knockout blow in Indiana in part by railing against the decision by Carrier, a local air-conditioning manufacturer, to shift production to Mexico.
Unvaccinated kids lead to 57% spike in Michigan chickenpox cases There have been 239 chickenpox cases through April, up roughly 57 percent from the same point in 2015.
Choose a college that will expand your worldview It has been a year since I graduated from high school, and as I wrap up my first year in college, I have come to realize just how important that the college selection process is for high schoolers.
Meet New York City’s First Regional Planning Director “New York City is getting its first regional planning director,” reports Dana Rubinstein. The new leader of the city’s regional planning office is Carolyn Grossman Meagher.
The Best Cities For Jobs 2016 While speculation is mounting that they’re overheating, the tech boom is still creating jobs at a rapid pace in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, placing them atop our annual assessment of The Best Cities For Jobs for the third year in a row.
The Birth of the Bronx’s Universal Hip Hop Museum The old, shuttered Bronx Borough Courthouse was once something like the Goree Island of New York City: A point of no return for many black and Latino youth who, throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, were detained in its chambers before being sent off to feed the beast of mass incarceration.
Bernie Sanders Supporters Propose ‘Mobilizing Voters’ to Beat Donald Trump Former campaign workers and volunteers envision building an independent organization aimed at defeating Donald Trump before focusing on other goals.
Obama Administration To Offer Schools Guidance On Transgender Bathrooms The administration says it’s posting the notice because “many parents, schools and districts have raised questions about this area of civil rights law.”
Local Government Confidential
Luncheon Cheers for Charlotte Mayor and City Council Supporters of Equality Yesterday, the Charlotte, North Carolina, LGBT and allied community gathered to celebrate Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the seven members of the Charlotte City Council who voted in favor of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. They were honored at the ninth annual Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund luncheon with a standing ovation for their strong support of Charlotte’s LGBT community.
Petersburg City Council to spend more time investigating mayor’s complaints against council member The Petersburg City Council decided during a special meeting Thursday to further investigate allegations made by Mayor W. Howard Myers about one of its members.
City Council To Vote On Controversial Westwood Bike Lanes For The Third Time This Friday will mark the third time, the Los Angeles City Council will vote on whether or not to approve proposed bike lanes on Westwood Boulevard and South Central Avenue this Friday. Despite continual support from the city’s planning department—not to forget hundreds of public commenters—the lanes on the two roads have been repeatedly tied up thanks to the dexterous work of a few people who really don’t want them.