Day: November 3, 2020

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Defunding law enforcement won’t pay off, enriching how officers communicate with citizens will

We don’t yet have a vaccine for COVID-19, but there is an antidote for mistrust and misunderstandings in the justice system. What if we could improve the quality of communications between police officers and others in positions of authority — and those over whom they exercise it? 

Progress requires a communications paradigm that is courteous and reinforces trust, thereby achieving the desired result through motivation rather than force. Evidence suggests this will translate into positive outcomes, whether it is greater cooperation with police or reduced criminal activity. 

Communications between those in authority and those they speak with occur both in the context of initial and serial encounters. When police come upon suspects or a probation officer first meets the person they will be supervising, it is usually a conversation between two strangers. This is the focus of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book “Talking to Strangers.” 

The book was inspired by

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Company Investigated by the Portnoy Law Firm

Investors can contact the law firm at no cost to learn more about recovering their losses

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Portnoy Law Firm advises Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (“Alibaba” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BABA) investors that the firm has initiated an investigation into possible securities fraud, and may file a class action on behalf of investors.

Investors are encouraged to contact attorney Lesley F. Portnoy, by phone 310-692-8883 or email: [email protected], to discuss their legal rights, or click here to join the case via www.portnoylaw.com. The Portnoy Law Firm can provide a complimentary case evaluation and discuss investors’ options for pursuing claims to recover their losses.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors concerning Ant Group. Ant Group, the Hangzhou-based company, a 2010 offshoot of e-commerce giant Alibaba, dominates China’s payments market

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Virginians head to the polls after weeks of early voting, with congressional seats hanging in the balance

RICHMOND —Virginians headed to the polls Tuesday for an Election Day unlike any other, with steady turnout despite the threat of a deadly pandemic and even though a record number of voters have cast their ballots early.



a group of people standing in front of a store: Voters check in to get their ballots at the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department in Philomont, Va., on Tuesday.


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Voters check in to get their ballots at the Philomont Volunteer Fire Department in Philomont, Va., on Tuesday.

The presidential contest at the top of the ticket has sparked what could be a historic total turnout for Virginia, but the ballot also contains choices for one U.S. Senate seat and all 11 of the state’s U.S. House seats. Three of the congressional districts are particularly competitive, with Democrats hoping to hold on to two they picked up in 2018 and possibly gain one more.

Voters are also deciding on two proposed constitutional amendments — one to create a bipartisan redistricting commission, the other to exempt disabled veterans

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Brexit: UK government fails to reply to EU legal threat over deal

Downing Street snubs Brussels as it REFUSES to reply to the EU’s threat of legal action over Boris Johnson’s plans to override the Brexit divorce deal

  • Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up parts of Withdrawal Agreement sparked EU fury
  • Brussels launched legal action at start of October after PM refused to back down
  • The bloc had given the UK one month to respond to its ‘letter of formal notice’ 
  • But Downing Street confirmed that it did not bother to send a response to letter 

Downing Street has snubbed a legal threat from the European Union over Boris Johnson’s plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal. 

Brussels started legal proceedings against the UK at the start of October and gave Mr Johnson one month to formally respond. 

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2020 Massachusetts election live results: Sen. Ed Markey faces Republican attorney Kevin O’Connor

Sen. Ed Markey, a 40-year member of Congress, faces Republican attorney and political newcomer Kevin O’Connor in the general election Tuesday.

The 74-year-old Democrat, who used a successful primary against Rep. Joe Kennedy III to channel a generational progressive movement, says he’ll continue fighting for a strong response to climate change, for improved health care and financial relief for Massachusetts families amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and for racial justice after a year of nationwide protest.

O’Connor, 58, argues he’s a firm, purposeful litigator and small business owner with a track record of bipartisanship and common sense solutions. O’Connor, who bested Shiva Ayyadurai in a GOP primary, argues that Markey gravitated “too the hard left in order to protect himself” from Kennedy. He describes the senator as a career politician with extreme positions on COVID-19 relief, health care, immigration and the Supreme Court.

Markey’s Green New Deal, which he co-authored with

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Levin-Papantonio law firm flying banner telling Skanska to ‘fix your mess’

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The Florida Department of Transportation is assessing and inspecting damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge due to Hurricane Sally. This overview of the bridge highlights the individual components FDOT inspectors are investigating.

Pensacola News Journal

It’s been more than six weeks since barges owned by construction firm Skanska USA smashed into the Pensacola Bay Bridge and put it out of commission for an estimated six months.

Since the incident, commuters have been going dozens of miles out of their way to get to and from Gulf Breeze, businesses at the foot of the bridge have watched their customer bases disappear, and both Skanska and state leaders have been silent about what, if anything, will be done to compensate the tens of thousands of people affected by the bridge outage.

So, the Levin-Papantonio law firm is delivering a very public message to the company: “Skanska: fix your mess.”

Demanding answers:

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Candace Owens Says She Is ‘On the Side of Mob Rule’ Not ‘Law and Order’

Conservative firebrand Candace Owens was a guest of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson yesterday when she had a slip of the tongue when trying to rile up voters to go vote for President Trump. In her exchange with Carlson, she stated, “You are either on the side of mob rule or you are on the side of law and order,” she said, adding, “and I am on the side of mob rule. Tomorrow, I will be casting my ballot for Donald J. Trump.”

The brief exchange occurred on Monday. The controversial commentator also warned Carlson that he, too, would be attacked for his views.

“They’re gonna come for you, too. And they’re gonna move past businesses, they’re gonna move into the suburbs, they’re gonna move into homes. Tucker you know this. You’ve had ANTIFA show up on your doorstep. There is no way to stop that, so you think about that

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With more than 12.7M ballots cast, California appears headed to record turnout

Election Day arrived Tuesday in California with a huge number of votes already cast.

The coronavirus pandemic transformed Election Day into election month for many places in California after the state mailed ballots to all active registered voters for the first time, encouraging them to vote early and skip in-person polling places to avoid spreading the virus.

That gave more than 22 million people 29 days to vote, changing the behavior of voters and campaigns alike. Nearly 12.8 million people voted before Tuesday, signaling what could be a record turnout.

Most people who waited until Tuesday had far fewer polling places to use and had to wear masks to cast ballots from socially distant voting booths. Local officials in the state’s largest counties used sports arenas as polling places to accommodate crowds.

In Los Angeles, however, voters were breezing into a voting center at Dodger Stadium. More than half of

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H. Jesse Arnelle, Pathbreaker in Corporate Law, Dies at 86

At New Rochelle High School, where he was on the football, basketball and track teams, Mr. Arnelle stood out as “the guy, a quiet force of nature who was widely admired,” George Hirsch, a former classmate who is the chairman of New York Road Runners, the organization that runs the New York City Marathon, said in a phone interview.

Yet, Mr. Arnelle told The New Yorker, he was not as self-possessed as he seemed. As a sophomore, he recalled, he had come unprepared to a Spanish class and stumbled when asked questions by his teacher. After he left the classroom, feeling humiliated, his teacher, who needed crutches to walk, grabbed him and pushed him against the wall.

By his account, she told him that he had humiliated himself by not preparing adequately and said: “You have the ability to master any subject in the same way you have mastered

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Mexico attorney general sought arrest of ex-minister, …

(New throughout, adds comment from attorney general’s office)

MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Mexico’s attorney general sought an arrest warrant for former Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in a case involving scandal-plagued Brazil construction firm Odebrecht, but was blocked by a judge, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday.

Videgaray and other high-ranking politicians under Lopez Obrador’s predecessor were accused of corruption in the deposition, leaked in August, of a former chief executive officer of Mexican national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos.

The deposition, whose authenticity is not in dispute, alleges they used bribes from Odebrecht to finance political campaigns and influence lawmakers to support a reform of Mexico’s jealously guarded energy sector.

“I have been informed that a request of this nature was made to the judiciary, but the request was rejected,” Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conference. “My understanding is that the judge sent the request

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