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Brazil's Temer puts judiciary pay raises on hold: Estado

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Brazil's interim President Michel Temer and congressional allies will postpone planned pay raises for judiciary employees that could cost taxpayers 68 billion reais ($21 billion) by the end of 2018, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said on Saturday. Estado, citing people who met on Friday with Temer and some cabinet ministers in São Paulo, said the decision stemmed from the need to show commitment to tighter spending policies ahead of the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff, which could happen as early as this week. One ally told Estado that Temer could not be seen "giving away pay hikes to the head justice of the Federal Supreme Court just as he presides over the impeachment trial." All state employees in the judiciary, including judges, court officials and prosecutors, were earmaked for pay hikes.

Audis on top early in GT Asia Series Shanghai showdown

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It has been billed as an epic round of the GT Asia Series, and with good reason. Already 2016 has proven to be the most competitive season on record, the addition of some impressive new entries has only bolstered that reputation, and after official practice at Shanghai International Circuit, there’s next to nothing separating the top teams heading into qualifying. In fact all seven ...

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Neid goes out with gold as Germany defeats Sweden 2-1

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Dzsenifer Marozsan scored early in the second half Friday and Germany went on to give coach Silvia Neid a 2-1 victory over Sweden in her final match for the nation's first Olympic gold in women's soccer

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Philippine government agrees new truce with Maoist-led rebels

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed a new ceasefire with Maoist-led guerrillas, who declared a truce several hours before, ahead of fresh peace talks in Norway next week, a senior administration official said on Saturday. Duterte lifted the unilateral truce with the communist New People's Army late last month as rebels did not respond to a deadline to reciprocate the government's truce. "The enabling environment brought about by this 'silencing of guns' will hopefully go a long way in bringing about an expeditious and early resolution to our differences and aspirations that have long divided us as a people," Jesus Dureza, presidential peace adviser, said in a statement.

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2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: 12-team PPR mock

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Can you win in PPR leagues by ignoring receivers in the early part of your draft? Jamey Eisenberg looks at this strategy in our latest 12-team PPR mock draft review.

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Rio Summer Games Go Down As The Queerest Olympics Ever

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This article by Jim Buzinski .

As the the Games wind down this weekend, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics will go down as the gayest in history, though there is still a lot of work to be done.

There are a gay, lesbian and bisexual Olympians in Rio (there are no openly transgender athletes), which is more than double the number in London in 2012. There are 39 openly lesbian or bi female Olympians and 11 men, both records.

Despite the high numbers compared to past Games, there are still far fewer open LGB athletes than one would assume given the total number of athletes competing. There are 11,5340 Olympians in Rio, so 53 out athletes is less than one-half of 1%. If 5% of the Olympians were gay, that would be 577 athletes, while 2% would be 230.

Given these figures, it’s obvious that many more times the number of LGB athletes are closeted or not out enough to want to go public. In fact, we had to remove two athletes from our list of out Olympians after they complained that they were not "publicly" out. To us, publicly out means having given a media interview or being out on social media. While these two athletes are gay, each claim that they never declared it publicly, so we removed them. It points up the difficult nature and degrees of "outness."

The 50 totally out athletes are trailblazers and inspire other athletes by being able to compete at an elite level while being open and true to themselves. I hope that even more come out in the aftermath of Rio and we triple this number by the time Tokyo rolls around in 2020.

The LGB highlights:




  • Brazil’s first gold medal was won by Rafela Silva in judo, and talked about her girlfriend to the media for the first time.


  • British race walker Tom Bosworth finished 6th in the 20K final, setting a personal best and a British record. Days later, on the beach (he said yes).


  • Italian marathon swimmer Rachele Bruni won a silver medal and .


  • NBC on the married life of Brazilian beach volleyball player Larissa and her wife Lili, the kind of stories we always see about straight couples.


  • Brazilian rugby sevens player Isadora Cerullo on the field after a game by her girlfriend, a volunteer at the stadium.


  • Nike aired a during the Games featuring trans duathlete Chris Mosier.


  • The University of Phoenix featuring Gail Marquis, a former Olympian, including scenes with her wife.


  • Swimmer Amini Fonua , wearing "gay and lesbian" on his swimsuit in practices leading up to Rio.


  • Silver medal-winning gymnast Danell Leyva that included him wearing a "Make America Gay Again" T-shirt.


  • The Netherlands, with , beat out Britain with seven, as the most out team.


  • We go to diving legend Greg Louganis together with Brazilian diver Ian Matos, both of whom are gay:


The LGB lowlights




  • Soccer fans in games involving openly gay female players.


  • A writer for the Daily Beast to connect with athletes on Grindr, then wrote a boastful article about sex and the Olympics, including specific details that could have outed them. The article was so bad, called it unacceptable and the writer left Rio.


  • An NBC announcer of a gay female volleyball player her "husband."


  • NBC, which never misses a chance to show and identify family members in the stands, for gay diver Tom Daley. The man is Dustin Lance Black, Daley’s fiance and a well-known screenwriter.


  • Of the 11 openly gay men, , a disappointing development.


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Khalid Jabara: Victim of Hate and Negligence

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One week ago, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stanley Vernon Majors murdered his next door neighbor, 37 year old Khalid Jabara. He shot Khalid dead on the front porch of the Jabara home. It was a horrific crime, but it could have been prevented. As I have reflected on the developments leading up to this murder, I have been both saddened and outraged, because while there is no doubt that Majors pulled the trigger, there are others who share varying degrees of culpability for this violent act.
Majors was a sick hate-filled man who for the past four years created a nightmare for the Jabara family. Police records show that he had frequently taunted, stalked, and threatened members of the Jabara family, calling them "dirty Arabs," "filthy Lebanese", "Aye-rabs", and "Mooslems". He sent threatening emails and verbally threatened them with violence.
On two separate occasions, Khalid and his mother, Haifa, secured restraining orders prohibiting Majors from having any contact with them. In May of 2015, from police records, we learn that Majors had shouted at Haifa "F*** you, I want to kill you". On September 12, 2015, an intoxicated Majors, struck Mrs. Jabara with his car while she was jogging and left her broken and bloodied body in the road as he fled the scene. He was later arrested and charged with assault and battery, hit and run, driving while intoxicated, and a violation of the court's restraining order.
The state requested that Majors be held without bail, but the judge set bail at $60,000. At the end of May 2016, Majors posted bail and was released, once again taking up residence next door to the Jabara family.
Last Friday, Majors appeared at the window of the Jabara home waving a gun and making threats. The police were called. They arrived, knocked on Majors' door and when he did not answer, they reported to Khalid that there was nothing more they could do. Eight minutes after the police left, Khalid went out of his home to retrieve his mail only to find Majors there. He shot Khalid four times leaving him to die.
Every account of this story I have read leaves me with a range of competing emotions. I am grief-stricken by the murder of a young man whose only fault was to be an Arab living next door to a person sick with hatred. I am pained both by the Jabara family's loss and thoughts of the incredible nightmare of fear they have been forced to endure these past few years. I am furious at the failure of the criminal justice system, at all levels, for allowing this nightmare to continue and for the negligence that enabled it to come to this tragic end.
Majors was a violent felon. In 2012, while living in California, he was convicted of criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon. The behavior he displayed toward the Jabara family, after he moved to Tulsa, was a clear violation of his parole. That the police department didn't act, early on, to deal with this obviously deranged and violent criminal is baffling and inexcusable. That such a low bail was set for a person with such a record and pattern of behavior is inexcusable. And the fact that he was able to buy a gun and that the police would respond to the report of his brandishing a weapon in a threatening manner with the cavalier dismissal that "there was nothing that could be done" is absolutely maddening.
Added to all of this, is my outrage over the fact that Majors' display of virulent anti-Arab animus was apparently dismissed, or viewed as incidental, by the authorities. Until this day, they refer to the murder as resulting from a "neighborhood dispute". Think, for a moment, how this situation would have played out if Majors had been an Arab or an African American and the Jabara family had been white. The early displays of hate would have been dealt with quite differently and/or Majors would have been sent back to California for parole violations. The protective order would have been enforced. The drunken driver who had threatened to kill his neighbor and then almost did in a hit and run assault would be in prison without bail. After he was reported to have been waving a gun, the police would have broken down his door to search for it and protection would have been provided to the much tormented family. And, oh yes, Donald Trump would be exploiting this case, ranting about our lax immigration system or our coddling of Arab or black criminals.
But the victims were from a Lebanese Arab immigrant family--and so this situation was left to fester.
Khalid's sister, Victoria, in a powerful and poignant Facebook post, summed up the family's feelings about this maddeningly avoidable tragedy.
"My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years. Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our protests, he was released from jail with no conditions...
"The suspect had a history of bigotry against our family... [But his] bigotry was not isolated to us. He made xenophobic comments about many in our community - "filthy Mexicans" and the "n" word were all part of his hateful approach...
"This [case] is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.
"Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was a kind and loving brother, uncle, and son. Khalid's heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends, and people he didn't even know...All of that has been taken from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community."
Nothing will bring back Khalid, and nothing can ease the pain of loss endured by the Jabara family. Majors must pay for his crime. But that is not enough. There must be accountability in Tulsa for the negligence of the authorities. And we must work together as a nation to demand zero tolerance for those who feed the hate that emboldens sick minds to commit murder.
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Hurricane Katrina Survivors Relive Familiar Nightmare In Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. — When cataclysmic flooding in New Orleans swallowed her home and stole her belongings, Hurricane Katrina survivor Linda Chase left the city she once loved and began life anew here. For more than a decade, she kept her painful memories buried. That pain, however, resurfaced last week when deadly, historic flooding began to engulf parishes throughout southern Louisiana.
It was then, the 60-year-old said, that she found herself experiencing a dark, watery déjà vu.
Her painful reliving of the tragic events began to unfold early last Friday, when she looked outside her home and saw water fast approaching her front door.
"By the time I made it to my bedroom, the water was coming in," Chase told The Huffington Post. "I started getting big towels, but it was no use. Before I knew it, the water was up to the electric sockets. I called 911, and nobody was answering."
Chase managed to get in touch with the mayor, who assured her help was coming. While she waited, she sat on her bed and tried to stay calm as rising waters lifted her bed off the floor.
"I could see my walls were separating, and the floor planks were coming up," Chase said. "I could feel them hitting my legs, and I saw my clothes floating in the water. I was getting hysterical [because] it reminded me of seeing the bodies floating in the water around us in New Orleans. ... I was thinking the house was coming down.
In the 30 minutes it took the rescue party to arrive, the water had risen to Chase’s chest. Rescuers took her to a Baton Rouge shelter, where a cot, one among countless others assigned to other displaced citizens, is now her temporary home.
"I broke down crying on Wednesday," she said. "That’s when it hit me ... I’ve lost everything again. I had one picture of my mommy and daddy who are deceased. That was all I had of them - their photo in a frame, and it’s gone ... I had to work hard for everything [after Katrina]. I had to work hard to start all over again, and now it’s all gone again."


The devastating mid-August flooding continues to weave a path of destruction as it makes its way south toward the gulf, overflowing rivers and swallowing up homes.
As of Friday, 13 people have died, and some 30,000 people have been rescued. Rainfall that choked rivers and streams was so heavy leading up to the flood that it could qualify "as a 1-in-1,000-year rainfall event," director of meteorology for Weather Underground.
While the widespread flooding was not caused by a hurricane, it still drenched more than 20 parishes in much the same way that Katrina demolished New Orleans, converting commercial and residential areas alike into great inland lakes.
When Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, the storm surge toppled levees that protected the city, leaving 80 percent of it flooded. Floyd Norman stayed for the storm and was plucked off the roof of his flooded downtown home by a Coast Guard helicopter. He had no inclination to ride out another hurricane, and left New Orleans without looking back.
"I lost everything, [and] I didn’t want to be back in New Orleans," he said. But he found life repeating itself last Saturday, when flood waters engulfed his Baton Rouge home.
"When the water started coming up, I said, ‘Really, again? No, not again. I don’t feel like going through all this over again,’" he said.
The water was waist deep in Norman’s house when, for the second time in his 59 years, he found himself being rescued by emergency responders.
"It was like a flashback," he said. "I had just got everything back - everything I’d lost and wanted replaced - and I just lost everything again."
Another double-victim is Anthony Bazile, a 52-year-old retired merchant seaman who lost his mother to Hurricane Katrina. He survived that storm and fled to Houston, Texas. He remained there until recently, when he returned to Louisiana. When the floodwaters rose again last week, he was forced to flee his Baton Rouge home on foot in waist-deep waters.
"One guy lost his life because he couldn’t swim," said Bazile. "All my stuff washed away. I never thought it was going to be that bad."
With the waters came a sea of memories, Bazile said, of the death and destruction he saw during the five days he spent in New Orleans after Katrina made landfall.
"I saw bodies floating in the streets when I walked from my house to the French Quarter," he said. "One lady’s body was tied to a post so it wouldn’t float away. I still visualize that."
Bazile’s roommate, 55-year-old Jean Pace, is staying with him at a shelter in Baton Rouge. She has had three strokes since 2005 and, like Bazile, lost all of her possessions to Katrina. She said she is overwhelmed by the latest catastrophe.
"This has brought back a lot of bad memories," she said. "Even the smell of the water - it smells just like Katrina."
Doris Simon, 56, is another dual survivor. A mother of four who is still trying to determine the amount of damage to her flooded Baton Rouge home, Simon moved to the area after losing everything she owned to Katrina. Today, she finds herself homeless again, with all the possessions she had accumulated since the 2005 storm destroyed.
"I’m a fighter and a survivor, but this time it’s taking a toll on me," she said. "It’s beginning to be too much for me. ... I’m really to the point where I just don’t want to do this no more. It’s almost like I wish I wasn’t here. It’s not about the furniture or nothing like that. It’s just psychological. I’m at the point where I don’t want to start over again. I worked hard to replace everything after Katrina, and now I have to do it all over again."
Calvin John, a 47-year-old resident of Denham Springs, said he too is a victim of a "double whammy," having spent three days awaiting rescue during Katrina. Now a second-time victim of flooding, he is staying in a Baton Rouge shelter as he awaits FEMA assessments of the damage.
"[This is] Katrina all over again," John said. "Now I got to start at the bottom again. I think I got to get out of Louisiana, but I can’t. It’s home. It makes you think that though."
Like several other flood victims interviewed by HuffPost, John believes that despite the fact that the flood waters are continuing to cause widespread devastation, the people in Baton Rouge are already being forgotten.
"This hasn’t received enough attention," said John, who believes the flooding has been largely overshadowed in the press by the presidential election and Olympic Games. "People outside [the area] don’t know how bad it is. I blame that on media."
in for to the floods, which have left more than 110,000 homes damaged and nearly 100,000 people applying for federal disaster aid. According to , the first analysis of property loss totals more than $20 billion.
While it’s still not clear how much monetary aid people in the area will receive, Jimmy Purvis, chairman of the Board of Directors of Parks and Recreation in Denham Springs, said little thanks is due to FEMA and the Red Cross, which has said it is undertaking the largest relief effort since Hurricane Sandy. Both organizations, Purvis said, were absent when Livingston Parish was in the direst straits.
"For over a week we have taken care of people, and now all of a sudden - a week later - the Red Cross wants to ride in on white horses and save us from ourselves," Purvis said. "My argument is we don’t need their help. And FEMA, they showed up today with boats to rescue people. Where the hell were they a week ago? Last Friday, when the water was coming up, Louisiana people were here. People around here that had boats - those boats became rescue vehicles. ... That’s what we do in south Louisiana."
"I understand rules. I understand security, but they’re saying to throw unopened water away because we don’t know who donated it ― and food, too," Purvis said.
President Barack Obama for not visiting the state or making a statement about the flooding.
On the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s 11-year anniversary, as flood waters in most areas recede and the pungent aroma of raw sewage, mold and mildew takes hold, those who have survived this great tragedy are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
"I love Louisiana," Pace said. "It’s home. God’s going to work it out. Material things we lost, but we’re grateful we got our life and we can tell a story about it."
Bazile added, "We are going to have tragedies as long as the sky turns blue and the moon sets. It’s just the way of the world. It’s about picking yourself up. Life is important. I can get a lot of these things back again, but I can’t buy another life."
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2014 Napa earthquake continued to creep, weeks after main shock

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On August 24, 2014, just south of Napa, California, a fault in Earth suddenly slipped, violently shifting and splitting huge blocks of solid rock, 6 miles below the surface. The underground upheaval generated severe shaking at the surface, lasting 10 to 20 seconds. When the shaking subsided, the magnitude 6.0 earthquake left in its wake crumpled building facades, ruptured water mains, and fractured roadways. Scientists now report that this earthquake continued to creep, weeks after the main shock.

'Born to be bad' or 'born to be benign:' Testing cells for esophageal cancer risk

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Genetically analyzing lesions in the food pipe could provide an early and accurate test for esophageal cancer, according to research. Barrett's Esophagus is a common condition that affects millions of people, although many are undiagnosed. This condition involves normal cells in the esophagus (food pipe) being replaced by an unusual cell type called Barrett's Esophagus, and is thought to be a consequence of chronic reflux (heartburn).

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