↮Copenhagen, Denmark — Dozens of activists, including Greta Thunberg of neighboring Sweden, blocked the entrance to Norway's energy ministry in Oslo Monday to protest a wind farm they say hinders the rights of the Sami Indigenous people to raise reindeer in Arctic Norway. The activists, mainly teenagers, lay outside the ministry entrance holding Sami flags and a poster reading "Land Back."◊RL895-332K-RC⇟Torres said the defendants not only cheated their donors but contributed to a "chilling effect on civic participation" by tarnishing the reputation of political fundraising.⇩1808J0500332KXT◆Sen. Raphael Warnock took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, decrying the afternoon's events. He said it adds yet another tragedy to America's long list of mass shootings while politicians fail to act.◆1808J2000121JFT♂On Friday, violence again broke out at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Chaos erupted at one of the entrances to the esplanade before dawn prayers on Friday as Israeli police wielding batons descended on crowds of Palestinian worshippers, who chanted slogans praising Hamas as they tried to squeeze into the site. An hour later, according to videos, people leaving the prayers staged a vast protest on the limestone courtyard, with Palestinians raising their fists and shouting in support of Hamas rocket fire, and Israeli police forced their way into the compound.➢
◈That would have led to a very different message to the President. There is a big difference between saying, on the one hand, "Mr. President, we think he has these weapons, and we have high confidence in that view" and on the other hand, "Mr. President, we think he has these weapons, but what you really need to know is that we only have low confidence in that."☽1206Y0162P20CFR⊞"If [Target is] going to wade in on this, and they're going to put support out there for the LGBTQ+ population, I think once they enter that fray they have a responsibility to stand by that community," he said. "As soon as you back down like this, you send a message that intimidation works, and that makes it much scarier than if you had never started to begin with."⇆
◦"A friend of mine and her family invested two million pounds (about $65,000), she is not talking to anyone now," she said. "I can't believe we were that stupid! They did brainwash us."▒24S220C❧Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has introduced new legislation calling for $14 trillion in reparations for Black Americans, in an effort to see the federal government atone for the practice of chattel slavery and hundreds of years of racist policies that followed.✎SFAF501G C0G▶This is a novel that refuses to obey the rules of any one genre, and that, complicated as it might be for some, is one of the best things about it. At times, this reads like a coming-of-age story, but then Brashears shatters that with sexual abuse, lots of drinking, an abortion and its aftermath, and Magnolia's numerous sexual encounters with men she meets through an app. Similarly, the narrative seems rooted in reality, but then the ghost of Mama Brown — moving around in her rotting body — begins to appear, losing fingers one at a time, crawling from under the bed, and even stuffed into a drawer as a prank. As the supernatural weaves in and out of the story, Magnolia and Mama Brown's past take center stage and readers get to see what haunts each of them. Sure, the format is unique and thus not easy to process, but that just points to how Brashers isn't afraid to write to the beat of her own drum.➤GA1206A1R5BXABP31G⊞Our priority is to get our staff from the intense fighting areas and restore access to health facilities. We are ready and prepared; we have stocks [of medical supplies] and manpower but very little access. We are on standby for whenever a humanitarian corridor opens.▲
☞For instance, California passed a 2022 bill targeting racial bias evident in death row convictions, an acknowledgment of the United States' history showing harsher conviction penalties for people of color. This is especially evident in drug offenses, as the Department of Justice reported nearly 80% of federal prisoners for drug charges were Black, Hispanic, or Latino between 1998 and 2012.◙CP373-CTLDM303N-WN✦But Griner said she's also just relishing the feeling of having a basketball back in her hand.●
1825J0630562JCT⇦JACKSON, Miss. — Companies run by a former professional wrestler received "sham contracts" in Mississippi and misspent millions of dollars of welfare money that was supposed to help some of the neediest people in the U.S., according to a new federal indictment.↿GRM1555C2A7R5CA01D❤Supportive lawmakers and citizens alike had tears in their eyes and roared their applause as Polis signed each bill. Colorado has a history of notorious mass shootings, reaching back to the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.⇤
❤Treaty negotiations initially were anticipated to conclude Friday, but stretched through the night and deep into Saturday. Rebecca Hubbard, the director of the High Seas Alliance, called it a "two week long rollercoaster ride of negotiations and super-hero efforts in the last 48 hours."✏
1812J2000274KDR✿Three people were treated and released, another three were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and another three were in critical condition on Monday afternoon. Five of the patients were treated for gunshot wounds.↘2220Y2500272JFR♀As a once metalhead myself (my subgenres of choice: thrash, glam, and power metal), I found a great deal to enjoy in John Wray's sixth novel, Gone to the Wolves, which masterfully portrays the heavy metal scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s through the eyes of Floridian teenagers. But don't let the topic scare you off; like any good novel about a subculture (or several), Wray's newest does not require prior knowledge of or interest in metal in order to enjoy it.⇪
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