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This week in the ongoing Saga of the Scooters - Indy once again bans scooters from sidewalks.

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Illinois / Family of Girl Killed in Cruise Fall Pens Emotional Obituary
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Family of Girl Killed in Cruise Fall Pens Emotional Obituary


The family of an 18-month-old Indiana toddler who died after falling from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last week penned a heartbreaking obituary for the little girl, remembering her as "the smartest and...
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Portman to invest $80 million in Beltline hotel, seeks tax abatement for project

A top Atlanta developer plans to invest roughly $80 million in a boutique hotel project along the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail.

Portman Holdings LLC now is seeking $3.5 million in tax abatements for the hotel from the Development Authority of Fulton County. The project is expected to be heard at the authority’s July 23 meeting.

The development is expected to generate more than $9 million in tax revenue over 10 years, according to the authority.

A new document offers more details about…



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Cleaning the streets: Rubicon Global signs 3-year, $750,000 deal with city of Montgomery, Ala

Rubicon Global, an Atlanta-based technology startup that aims to help cities become more sustainable, has signed a 3-year, $750,000 deal with the city of Montgomery, Ala.

The deal comes after the city agreed to try a six-month pilot program with Rubicon in 2018. Now, the company will equip 60 city vehicles with its proprietary "Smart City" platform.

The technology aims to improve performance, reduce maintenance costs and enhance residential and commercial sanitation service, the company said in…



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2 years of trash in a jam jar: People striving to go 'zero-waste' say it's worth the effort

Living waste-free, or waste-free-ish, isn't as hard as you'd think. We spoke to zero wasters to see how people can get started.

       


   

Living waste-free, or waste-free-ish, isn't as hard as you'd think. We spoke to zero wasters to see how people can get started.



       

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Connecticut / ‘Uncontrollable’ propane leak reported in Westport
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‘Uncontrollable’ propane leak reported in Westport

WESTPORT — An “uncontrollable” propane leak in the area of Minute Man Hill reported Wednesday afternoon was expected to take crews past midnight to remedy.


               

In a prepared statement, Westport Fire Department Chief Robert Yost said the leak, from an underground tank, was reported about 2:20 p.m. in the area of 10 Minute Man Hill.


               

“First arriving fire units were presented with an uncontrollable propane leak,” Yost said. “Hocon gas was called to assist with the mitigation of the leak. The Fire Department responded with 2 Engine, 1 Aerial, and the Shift commander. Crews are expected to be on scene until after midnight.”


               

“During this call a small but severe thunderstorm developed over the Town creating a large number of false alarms secondary to power failures,” Yost said. “The Fire Department resources were maxed and additional personnel were brought in to cover the additional calls.”


               

More storms were expected throughout the night.


               

The chief asked residents to expect additional power outages and road closures.


               

“Always treat any wires on the ground as ‘live wires’ and avoid contact,” Yost said.


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CDOT names contractor that will rebuild collapsed stretch of U.S. 36 in Westminster

A contractor has been chosen to rebuild the recently failed, crumbling section of U.S. 36 in Westminster.

The Colorado Department of Transportation on Wednesday named the contractor that will be tasked with rebuilding the stretch of eastbound U.S. 36 in Westminster that caved in over the weekend.


Bruce Finley, The Denver Post
A large crack along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards on July 14, 2019.

State transportation officials selected Kraemer North America to rebuild the severely damaged stretch between Wadsworth Boulevard and the Church Ranch Boulevard/West 104th Avenue exchange, CDOT said in a news release.


The roadway collapsed as a retaining wall failed over the weekend, CDOT said.


The rebuild will be streamlined through the use of a “competitive contracting method” known as Construction Manager/General Contractor, according to CDOT.


The use of this process will “get the damaged road rebuilt as safely and as efficiently as possible,” officials said. CDOT designers and consultants David Evans and RJ Engineering also are part of the project. When design work is complete, construction costs will be determined and replacement work will begin.


There is currently no price tag or timeline for the project, officials said.


The High Performance Transportation Enterprise, an arm of CDOT that oversees express and toll lanes, among other projects, will investigate and determine what caused the catastrophic failure, including hiring independent experts, while CDOT focuses on rebuilding.


“We are pleased to have selected Kraemer so that we can transition to beginning permanent repairs to U.S. 36 eastbound,” CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said in a statement. “We once again thank the public for their patience during the response phase, and as we shifted towards an interim traffic pattern over the past two days. Safety has been and remains our highest priority, and we remind travelers to drive carefully in this work zone.”


Kraemer, on its website, says the company has been in business since 1911, across four generations: “Kraemer is a full service heavy civil contractor serving three primary markets: transportation, rail, and marine.”


Kraemer’s corporate headquarter is in Wisconsin. The company has a Mountain West Region office in Castle Rock.


Late last week a crack developed along a section of the eastbound highway’s surface, expanding to a 200-foot stretch. The highway section was partially closed Friday afternoon, with one lane on the shoulder staying open. At about 9 p.m. Friday, the one remaining lane also was shut down as CDOT crews and engineers “used ground-penetrating radar to examine the soil under the road and found a void in the road base between 150 and 200 feet long and about 10 feet wide,” CDOT said.


On Saturday, the large crack developed into a sinkhole as the roadway shifted, heavily damaging a retaining wall.



A bicycle route along eastbound U.S. 36 between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards has been closed because of the damage.


On Tuesday, eastbound traffic was routed into two lanes on the westbound side of the highway with a concrete barrier separating the east and westbound lanes.


“This is a stable interim traffic pattern that will be sustainable until eastbound U.S. 36 is rebuilt,” CDOT said in its news release. “Travel in this area will be slower than usual, so motorists are advised to expect some delays and give themselves extra time when traveling the corridor during peak periods.”


Denver Post reporter Jon Murray contributed to this story.


 





Source: CDOT names contractor that will rebuild collapsed stretch of U.S. 36 in Westminster

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Fort Smith's Sound Room to become 'Majestic' (New concerts have been announced)

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Donald Trump calls on GOP to oppose House resolution condemnation of tweets

President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, “not show weakness” and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. His comments, he insisted, “were NOT Racist.” Trump renewed his rain of insults against the four lawmakers — American citizens all […]


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President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, “not show weakness” and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries. His comments, he insisted, “were NOT Racist.”


Trump renewed his rain of insults against the four lawmakers — American citizens all — as his GOP allies in Congress mostly leapt to his defense. Following his cue, they tried refocusing the battle by accusing the four progressive freshmen and their party of pushing the country toward socialism.


“I will vote against this resolution,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told reporters, calling the measure “all politics.” No. 3 House GOP leader Liz Cheney of Wyoming said the four Democrats “are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people.”


The House resolution would condemn “President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”
The four-page measure traces the country’s history of welcoming immigrants from colonial times and includes an entire page of quotes from Republican President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan said in 1989, during his final days in office, that if the U.S. shut its door to new arrivals, “our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”


Democrats were hoping the resolution would put Republican lawmakers on the spot and would win some GOP votes. Top Republicans were urging their GOP colleagues to stand against the language, and it was unclear if any would defect.


“The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap,” Trump tweeted.


“I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” he wrote.


He also reprised a taunt he initially made on Monday, tweeting, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” The lawmakers strongly oppose Trump’s policies and have voiced support for his impeachment.


His barrage came amid a continued backlash to his weekend tweets that the progressive women “go back” to their “broken and crime-infested” countries. The tweets, widely denounced as racist, were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.


Ocasio-Cortez returned the fire Tuesday, tweeting, “You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head and a racist heart in your chest.”


McCarthy said Monday that Trump was not a racist. But he said he disagreed that the four lawmakers should leave the U.S., telling reporters, “They’re Americans. Nobody believes somebody should leave the country. They have a right to give their opinion.”


The episode served notice that Trump is willing to again rely on incendiary rhetoric on issues of race and immigration to preserve his political base in the leadup to the 2020 election.


At the Capitol, there was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans, but notably not from the party’s congressional leaders.


In response, Trump tweeted anew Tuesday about the four congresswomen: “Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!”


His words, which evoked the trope of telling black people to go back to Africa, may have helped narrow the divides among House Democratic, who have been riven by internal debate over how best to oppose his policies.


At a closed-door meeting Tuesday of House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “We are offended by what he said about our sisters,” according to a congressional aide who attended the meeting and described the remarks on condition of anonymity.
Trump allies said he was also having some success in making the progressive lawmakers the face of their party.


The Republican president questioned whether Democrats should “want to wrap” themselves around this group of four people as he recited a list of the quartet’s most controversial statements.


“Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party,” he wrote Tuesday, adding: “See you in 2020!”


Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 in part by energizing disaffected voters with inflammatory racial rhetoric, made clear he has no intention of backing away from that strategy in 2020.


“The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” he tweeted Monday afternoon. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”


Trump has faced few consequences for such attacks in the past. They typically earn him cycles of wall-to-wall media attention and little blowback from his party. He is wagering that his most steadfast supporters will be energized by the controversy as much, or if not more so, than the opposition.


The president has told aides that he was giving voice to what many of his supporters believe — that they are tired of people, including immigrants, disrespecting their country, according to three Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.


In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll from February 2017, half of Americans said the mixing of culture and values from around the world is an important part of America’s identity as a nation. About a third said the same of a culture established by early European immigrants.


But partisans in that poll were divided over these aspects of America’s identity. About two-thirds of Democrats but only about a third of Republicans thought the mixing of world cultures was important to the country’s identity. By comparison, nearly half of Republicans but just about a quarter of Democrats saw the culture of early European immigrants as important to the nation.


Republished with permission of the Associated Press.


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Boss earning $164K fired disabled workers after min wage hike

Regional arm of nonprofit known for its thrift stores forced to backtrack after firestorm of criticism
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