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    VIRUS CRIPPLES NEWSPAPERS

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country. Tribune Publishing said a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers, the Chicago Tribune reported. The print edition of the Chicago Tribune was published Saturday without paid death notices and classified ads, while in other markets a similarly slimmed-down version of the Saturday newspaper will be delivered on Sunday, the company said. “This issue has affected the timeliness and in some cases the completeness of our printed newspapers. Our websites and mobile applications however, have not been impacted,” Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said in a statement. Tribune Publishing also reported the attack to the FBI on Friday, the Chicago Tribune said. The virus that hit Los Angeles prevented it from printing and delivering Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other papers to some subscribers. The Los Angeles Times, which runs the facility, said the computer virus infected systems that are associated with the printing process. Spokeswoman Hillary Manning said the paper has been working to fix the issues but added that Sunday deliveries may be affected as well. Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong bought both the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this year for $500 million.
  2. California will put a muzzle on the retail sales of dogs, cats and rabbits beginning Tuesday, the byproduct of a new law designed to curtail puppy mills and expand pet protections. The legislation, Assembly Bill 485, says stores can sell the animals only if they come from local rescue groups, shelters and animal control agencies. “Given the number of very adoptable, very lovable, very cute, very noble dogs and cats that we have in shelters all across the state,” state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman said weeks before Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in October 2017, according to the Sacramento Bee. “Let’s focus on finding homes for those animals and not on encouraging the horrible trade of dogs and cats that come out of puppy mills.” Other provisions of the law require pet stores to maintain records of where the animals come from. Pet stores will face a $500 fine for each violation. The bill does not cover private sales by dog, cat and rabbit breeders. Prior to Brown's approval, more than 30 California cities had already adopted restrictions on selling commercially bred animals, according to the paper. Another law that takes effect Jan. 1 lets judges in divorce proceedings decide who gets custody of the pets.
  3. Organizers of a Women’s March rally slated for Northern California next month have canceled the event, saying they were concerned that participants would have been “overwhelmingly white." In a news release, organizers for the march in Eureka – about 270 miles north of San Francisco – said Friday the "decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march.” “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” the news release continued. According to Census Bureau data from July, Humboldt County, where Eureka is the county seat, is 74 percent non-Hispanic white “I was appalled to be honest,” Amy Sawyer Long told the Washington Times. “I understand wanting a diverse group. However, we live in a predominantly white area … not to mention how is it beneficial to cancel? No matter the race people still want their voices heard.” The rally, which had been planned for Jan. 19, would have commemorated the third anniversary of the original Women’s March, which was held Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump took office. The group said it is exploring shifting the rally to March to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Women’s March movement has been marred by complaints from some black and Latina women, who've raised concerns that their input is often disregarded or overlooked, the New York Times reported.The cancellation of the march in California follows a previous one in Chicago. Women's March organizers in that city cited high costs and limited volunteer hours as reasons for nixing the annual rally, the Chicago Tribune reported. “There’s no march, there’s no rally,” said Sara Kurensky, Women’s March Chicago board member. “We’re going to provide ways for people to organize and take action in their local communities.” Meanwhile, the Women’s March national leadership has faced accusations of anti-Semitism because of ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.In a speech in February, Farrakhan praised a Women's March co-President Tamika Mallory and declared “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” Leaders of Women’s March Inc. have come under scrutiny for not condemning Farrakhan’s rhetoric fast enough. The Nation of Islam is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Earlier this month, a Washington state chapter of the Women's March disbanded in protestbecause of the national group's links to anti-Semitism. Marches and rallies are still planned for Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C., and dozens of other cities nationwide and internationally.
  4. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis church is sending a message about the nation’s current immigration crisis. Christ Church Cathedral put up the display at their lawn on Monument Circle overnight. It shows statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a cage. “On our lawn tonight we placed The Holy Family…in #ICE detention,” the church wrote on its Twitter page. The display has a sign saying #EveryFamilyIsHoly and its Spanish equivalent, #CadaFamiliaEsSagrada. 2,017 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy It was unclear how long the display would remain in place, but church officials suggested it could remain up as long as families continue to be detained. The church has taken a strong position against the separation of families at the U.S. border. On Sunday, the church tweeted, “We pray for those families separated at the border. May God protect them and watch over them.” “We heard a lot of the Bible quoted, people trying to say what scripture justifies and doesn’t justify,” said Stephen Carlsen, dean of Christ Church Cathedral. “Our tradition, our sacred traditions, are crystal clear. People who come to us for safety, for refuge are just like everyone in our families.” Carlsen said the church was very concerned about what has been going on in the U.S., especially as it relates to immigrants seeking a better life. “Our job as faithful people is to welcome people with mercy. Our religious images are supposed to remind us where God’s heart is . God’s heart is compassion. With people who are in need, and our heart should be there, too.” Over the weekend, hundreds gathered near the Indiana Statehouse as part of a nationwide protest against family separation. President Donald Trump, amid an international outcry about the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, issued an executive order intended to stop the separation of families.
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    HOOTIE IS BACK!

    CLARKSTON, MI - Hootie and the Blowfish are reuniting for a tour in 2019 and they are bringing Barenaked Ladies with them. The 44-city "Group Therapy Tour" kicks off on May 30 in Virginia Beach with a stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday, August 16. Tickets ($25 - $149.50) go on sale on Friday, December 7. While Darius Rucker and his Blowfish bandmates never really broke up, it has been years since they've gone on tour. Rucker has performed solo numerous times in Michigan in the last few years. Barenaked Ladies have also made Michigan a stop on their recent tours. The tour will celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Cracked Rear View," the hit debut album from Hootie and the Blowfish. The group is also planning to release new music. FULL TOUR: Thursday, May 30 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheatre Friday, May 31: Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park Saturday, June 1: Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre Thursday, June 6: Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Friday, June 7: Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Amphitheatre Saturday, June 8: West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre Thursday, June 13: Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre Friday, June 14: Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, June 15: Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion Wednesday, June 19: Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion Friday, June 21: San Diego, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre Saturday, June 22: Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena Sunday, June 23: Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre Tuesday, June 25: Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl Friday, June 28: Sacramento, Toyota Pavilion Saturday, June 29: Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre Thursday, July 11: Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Friday, July 12: St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Saturday, July 13: Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre Saturday, July 20: Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center Sunday, July 21: Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion Friday, July 26: Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center Saturday, July 27: Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live Sunday, July 28: Camden, PA, BB&T Pavilion Friday, August 2: Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Saturday, August 3: Boston, MA, Xfinity Center Sunday, August 4: Saratoga Springs, NY, SPAC Thursday, August 8: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion Friday, August 9: Rochester, NY, CMAC Saturday, August 10: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Friday, August 16: Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre Saturday, August 17: Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Sunday, August 18: Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair Thursday, August 22: St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair Friday, August 23: East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre Saturday, August 24: Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Thursday, August 29: Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage Friday, August 30: Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium Saturday, August: 31 Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theater Thursday, September 5: Charlotte, NC, PNC Pavilion Friday, September 6: Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Saturday, September 7: Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena Friday, September 13: Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
  6. Brenda Snipes, the Broward County elections supervisor accused of bungling the recent midterm vote count, will receive an annual pension of $71,000 for her time in elected office. Snipes, who resigned from her post earlier this month after Broward’s delayed vote count led to allegations of misconduct and corruption, will also continue to receive an annual $58,560 pension from her previous career as a public school teacher, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Broward failed to submit a final vote count for days after polls closed and continued to error once a recount was ordered, losing 2,040 ballots and ultimately missing the state’s machine recount deadline by two minutes due to professed unfamiliarity with the Secretary of State website. Broward elections officials also opened 205 provisional ballots before their validity was confirmed by a canvassing board and a Florida judge found that Snipes violated public records law by refusing to update the public as the votes were counted. Florida governor Rick Scott, the Republican Senate candidate, accused Snipes and her colleagues of intentionally trying to modify the vote count to ensure Democratic victory, attributing nefarious motives to the numerous examples of incompetence. COMMENTS Snipes earned an annual salary of $178,865 in her former post. She’s been reelected four times since she was appointed by former governor Jeb Bush in 2003, despite twice having been found guilty of violating Florida election law prior to the most recent election. “It really raises the question, on top of everything else, why she’s being excessively compensated for doing a poor job. That’s the added insult to injury,” Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, told the Sun-Sentinel. “While she’s entitled to it, a lot of Floridians are resentful of it.”
  7. PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The pain at the pump continues. The Florida Panhandle still has some of the highest gas prices in the state. According to AAA, on Monday the average gas price in Florida was $2.33. The Bay County average is $2.72, about 40 cents more than the average. A AAA spokesperson tells News 13 the price is steadily declining about a penny a day and should be down in time for the holidays. "I'm hoping they'll go down just because of the hurricane, everybody is having all kinds of problems. It's a disaster here in Panama City, if they would just go down it would help a lot of people," said Panama City resident Cassandra Alhale. AAA said there's a variety of factors for the high prices, like transportation costs, older inventories, and electrical issues at the port that impacted one of the gasoline terminals.
  8. MARIANNA, Fla - We've heard several stories involving homeowners insurance since hurricane Michael. In Jackson County, several residents said their insurance companies have been more than helpful. However, that's not the case for business owners. "This Wednesday will be eight weeks and our insurance company is still dragging their feet," said Jimmy Parris, Miller-Miller General Manager. Miller-Miller Chevrolet, Buick, GMC dealership in Marianna sustained significant damage from hurricane Michael. But, so far haven't seen much help from their insurance company. "They have not come up with any type of reasonable type offer at all and we're just waiting on them with business insurance," said Parris. While Miller-Miller has found ways to keep all employees at work, things are getting harder. "I understand they have a job to do but I'm sure there's a lot of other businesses in the area that are in the same boat that we are," Parris said. Parris also said the longer these businesses are out, the worse it will be for the county. "When you do away with the businesses, and people have to go somewhere else to shop you really tremendously affect the local economy with not taking in tax dollars and this type of thing so it really affects all of us," said Parris."
  9. Bay Medical Sacred Heart announced layoffs following Hurricane Michael with a smaller facility opening after the first of the year. In an email to employees, Chief Executive Officer C. Scott Campbell said starting January the hospital is opening at one fourth of it's previous size and staffing levels have to be changed to support a smaller range of services. The hospital has provided emergency services only since the hurricane. The first opening phase will include 75 inpatient beds, down from the 323 beds prior to the storm. "I'm sure the Hurricane had something to do with this but this thing has been out there for a while," said Senator George Gainer. Sen. Gainer weighed in on the news saying employees are victims to circumstance. "I don't know who got laid off and who didn't but I know most anybody they would have picked would have been someone any other medical organization would have loved to have had," said Sen. Gainer. The news also comes as Ardent Health Services sells its stake in Bay Medical to joint co-owner Ascension Sacred Heart Health System, just one of the ownership change ups in recent years. Back in 2012 the, then, Bay County commissioner George gainer fought against the deal to turn the hospital private when they signed on with Sacred Heart. "I think there was some missteps when we put it together and hopefully we can correct them moving forward, I think Scared Heart is a fine organization and a great bunch of people," said Sen. Gainer. Campbell said the ones who are laid off will be paid through February 4th. The number of lay off's is unclear. Both Ardent Health Services and Ascension Sacred Heart Health System said they are committed to hiring as many affected employees as possible for openings at their other hospitals.
  10. At least two dozen Central American migrants-- disillusioned and frustrated with the asylum-seeking process-- breached the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday just before dusk by scaling a 10-foot metal fence, Reuters reported. Other migrants managed to squeeze through the fence on the beach. Video Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mother with three children aged between six and 12, told Reuters that she’s only observing others penetrating the border and “waiting to see what happens.” The woman will decide her family's next action “in a couple of days,” she said. About 90 minutes later, she and her children were seen on the U.S. side of the border, the outlet reported. Some migrants reportedly tried to escape the capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, but most were caught. It remains unclear how many migrants managed to escape the detention. The migrants are part of the caravan that traveled towards the U.S. in an effort to enter the U.S. – some illegally, others legally in the hope of applying for asylum – citing issues such as rampant violence in their home countries. But the plans were curbed by the Trump administration’s decision to send troops to protect the border from illegal entry and impose a new policy that requires every migrant seeking asylum to remain in Mexico where their case will be heard. The rule was struck down last month by a federal judge. Video Thousands of migrants are currently residing in Tijuana, a Mexican border city, that’s increasingly warning about the crisis caused by the sudden influx of the migrants. Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum told Fox News that his city cannot continue providing support for the migrants, saying already-stretched city resources were emptied since the crisis began. “In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos,” he said, referring to recent clashes at the border. “That's not fair. How do you think people from Tijuana feel towards those people who are making problems?” Migrants residing in the camp are also suffering and are exposed to health problems, Tijuana's Health Department said last week. Video The spokesman told Fox News that out of 6,000 migrants currently residing in the city, over a third of them (2,267) are being treated for health-related issues. There are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS and four separate cases of chickenpox, the spokesman said. At least 101 migrants have lice and multiple instances of skin infections, the department’s data shows. There’s also a threat of Hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions, the spokesman said. The thousands of migrants are being sheltered at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry, despite the place being capable of providing for 1,000 people.
  11. There's a famous scene in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" where Clark Griswold is putting up Christmas decorations, he slips on some ice on the roof, and winds up hanging from the gutter. Well . . . the Heerlein family in Austin, Texas decided to recreate that scene for their Christmas decorations this year. So they got a dummy, dressed him up like Chevy Chase in that scene, and positioned him so he was hanging from their gutter. And you can probably see where this is going. Someone was walking by a few days ago and thought the dummy was real . . . so he called 911. He also tried to save the dummy and yelled for help. Fortunately, everything got smoothed over quickly once the cops got there . . . and the Heerleins even gave the guy a gift card. The cops aren't making them take down the decorations . . . but they did put up a sign letting people know it's fake.
  12. I'm not sure if this guy is the most THOUGHTFUL boyfriend in the world . . . or just the most indecisive. A guy named Dennis Brown the Second proposed to his girlfriend Atara Dallas last week in Miami. And he's a designer, so he went all out . . . we're talking rose petals on the floor, he had a giant poster made of a poem he wrote for her, and more. But one detail REALLY stands out: He bought her SIX different rings, so she could pick the one she wanted. The whole thing feels like he set it up to go viral, and it is . . . but maybe not how he wanted. Some people think the six rings are an amazing gesture . . . but other people are criticizing him for it. One woman tweeted, quote, "If a man proposes with six rings, he's indecisive [or] he doesn't know me well. Either way it's a flag." See Pav's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy But Atara apparently liked it a lot. She said YES, and went with the ring with a teardrop-shaped diamond. According to Dennis's LONG list of vendors in his Instagram post about the proposal, he got the rings at Macy's. Let's hope for his sake they don't have a "if you propose with it, you bought it" return policy.
  13. There's a 32-year-old guy in Tacoma, Washington named Kevin Booth, who's homeless. And he recently found himself in a situation where he could have made the right choice, or the selfish choice. About three months ago, he was waiting for a food bank to open when he noticed a brown paper bag sitting on the ground. He looked inside it . . . and saw $17,000 in CASH staring back at him. Supposedly someone left it there as a donation. And he could have walked off with it, because no one else knew about it yet. He says he DID consider it for a second. But instead, he waited for an employee to show up, and handed it to her when she walked in. The food bank reported it to the police, who put a 90-day hold on the money to see if anyone claimed it. We're hearing about it now, because no one did. And the food bank is using the money to renovate and expand the space they're in. As a reward, they gave Kevin some of the money in the form of gift cards. And the police also gave him a commendation for it. He says there are probably a lot of people who would have taken the money. But, quote, "I'm just not that person."
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