The Taj Longino Taj Longino show provides you with current news that affects you each and everyday. Taj Longino show also provides you with celebrity interviews, ranging from David Banner to Martin Lawrence. Since 2008 we have consistently provided education through entertainment and we will continue to do so.en-uscomcontact@tajlongino.comhttp://www.tajlongino.comtajlonginotajlonginotajlongino115968ca-app-pub-5614911574263464/9421626631ca-app-pub-5614911574263464/3568931435 Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend by tajlongino0, 10 Oct 2017 14:26 GMTT La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop, an old-school legend sampled by Public Enemy and Nas. But after a brutal attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he'd ever been a rapper at all. Full story here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>86128T LA Rock, hip hopblogs/10-2017/86128-t-la-rock-hip-hop-111-s.jpgVirgina Authorites Issue a Warrant for Deandre Harris, the Man Brutally Beaten at Charlottesville by tajlongino0, 10 Oct 2017 14:21 GMTThe most striking image from the Charlottesville riots featured a young man named <strong>Deandre Harris</strong>. His head was tilted to the left; water was being squirted on his bloodied face. Harris had just <a href="" target="_blank">been beaten by</a> a group of neo-Nazis at the "Unite the Right" rally. Now, more than two months after that incident, Charlottesville authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest. Harris is wanted for unlawful wounding in connection with the events that occurred at a Charlottesville parking garage on August 12th.source: okayplayer 86127deandre harris, charlottesvilleblogs/10-2017/86127-deandre-harris-charlo-s.jpgDoughboy Roc Of Doughboyz Cashout Reportedly Shot & Killed In Detroit by tajlongino0, 10 Oct 2017 14:10 GMTRoc of the Detroit rap crew Doughboyz Cashout was murdered Monday afternoon in his hometown. According to various reports online, including <a href="" target="_blank">CBS Detroit</a>, Doughboy Roc, a member of the Detroit rap crew <a href="" target="_blank">Doughboyz Cashout</a>, was shot and killed Monday afternoon on the west side of his hometown. He was 29 year young.Roc was reportedly shot to death around 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon while sitting inside a white Hyundai at Stoepel Street and Westfield Avenue, near I-96 and Livernois Avenue.&nbsp;He was reportedly shot in the right ear and right shoulder, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police haven't officially confirmed the victim's identity just yet, but WWJ News radio 950's Charlie Langton has learned that the man is indeed Doughboy Roc.Family, friends, and neighbors all gathered together around the scene on Monday afternoon, expressing their sadness and shock about the news. "Everybody was so surprised," one local resident told WWJ Newsradio 950. "They couldn't believe that someone they knew from the neighborhood, who also is famous and young, had been found dead in his car."Unfortunately, investigators don't have any information about a suspect at this time, but they're reportedly still looking into it obviously."I can't believe I'm talking about it, because it has destroyed us," <a href="" target="_blank">said Tarence Goudy</a>, Roc's uncle. "It literally is destroying us. He can't be replaced." "He loved Detroit," Goudy said. "He loved the people. He loved even being around young fans, and not just the fans, but people. That's just who he was. He always talked about family," Goudy added. "Each album he had, family was in it. He loved his son, and he always said, 'I do it for me son.'"Roc had just released his latest mixtape Roc Vs Balboa&nbsp;back on September 15. It featured fellow Doughboyz Cashout members Payroll Giovanni, Big Quis, HBK and Doughboy Dre as well as Band Gang Paid Will.Many fans have already taken to social media to express their condolences to the family of Roc's during this difficult time. Check out some of those tweets &amp; posts (below).R.I.P. Doughboy Roc.source: hotnewhiphop 86126doughboy roc, shot and killedblogs/10-2017/86126-doughboy-roc-shot-kil-s.jpgTrump has a new plan to try to undercut Obamacare by tajlongino0, 10 Oct 2017 14:04 GMTPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted he that he would&nbsp;"use the power of the pen" to make unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act. <a href="" target="_blank"> According to&nbsp;The Wall Street Journal's</a>Louise Radnofsky,&nbsp;Stephanie Armour,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Anna Wilde Mathews, Trump is expected to sign an order allowing the use of association health plans and short-term insurance plans. The order is expected to include broad language instructing various departments to look at ways to reduce insurance costs. Association health plans <a href="" target="_blank"> allow people in the individual or small group markets to pool together</a>&nbsp;to purchase insurance at a more favorable rate. According the the report, these plans will also not be subject to certain Obamacare regulations, helping make them even cheaper for people participating. In addition, the order is expected to instruct the Labor Department to look into allowing the sale of these insurance plans across state lines. Trump has long espoused the idea of selling insurance across state lines, but there are <a href="" target="_blank"> doubts about how effective it&nbsp;would&nbsp;be</a>&nbsp;in actually bringing down costs. Short-term insurance plans are cheap but cover little. The Affordable Care Act&nbsp;prevents people from buying these plans for more than 90 days, but the new order could allow people to purchase&nbsp;them&nbsp;for up to a year. Both&nbsp;executive&nbsp;orders appear to be targeted at allowing healthier, younger people to&nbsp;obtain&nbsp;lower-cost options&nbsp;than what is&nbsp;currently available in the Obamacare exchanges. But experts say the order&nbsp;could leave behind older and sicker people currently are getting&nbsp;insurance&nbsp;through the Obamacare markets. "Loosely regulated association plans could charge lower premiums to healthy people, effectively leaving ACA marketplaces as high-risk pools," tweeted Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy think tank. <a href="" target="_blank">Levitt continued</a>: "With this executive order healthy people could pay less for insurance, but middle-income people with pre-existing conditions pay more." That means healthier&nbsp;people would rely on the cheaper, deregulated plans allowed under the new rules. Since sicker people would need more generous plans, they would likely remain in the more regulated Obamacare exchanges. As the percentage of sick people in the exchanges increases, it would be&nbsp;more costly for insurers in that market.&nbsp;And as costs increase, so too would the prices insurers charge in the exchanges. With the collapse of the Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump <a href="" target="_blank"> signaled over the last few weeks</a> that he would consider executive actions to reshape the insurance market as well as potential bipartisan deals. The president held a call with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last week, tweeted about the call and a possible healthcare deal on Saturday morning, and then reiterated the possibility of a deal to reporters as he departed the White House for an event in North Carolina on Sunday. source: businessinsider86125donald trump, healthcareblogs/10-2017/86125-donald-trump-healthca-s.jpgSanta Rosa fires destroy 1,500 homes and buildings, force evacuations in wine country by tajlongino0, 9 Oct 2017 17:02 GMT<strong>NAPA COUNTY, Calif.</strong> &#45;&#45; More than a dozen wind-whipped wildfires continue to rage across Wine Country, burning buildings, forcing hundreds of evacuations and injuring several people, <a href="" target="_blank">reports CBS San Francisco.</a>On Monday, Gov. Brown issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties due to the effects of the wildfires. &nbsp; &nbsp;California's fire chief says at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings have been destroyed in wildfires that have ripped through the state's wine country.He says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott say an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated.The Atlas Peak fire was the largest, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa.Meanwhile, a fire near Calistoga had burned several buildings, sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns and prompted mandatory evacuations along several roads.&nbsp;Early Monday morning, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said fires had also erupted in Santa Rosa, Windsor and Sebastopol.The fires had stretched Sonoma and Napa counties firefighting resources to the breaking point. A call for mutual aid was issued to other Bay Area fire departments.The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the Bay Area early Sunday, predicting gusty winds and dry conditions. Gusts were predicted to be in the 30 mph range in the area of the fires.The rapidly moving Atlas Peak fire was visible throughout Napa Valley, heavy smoke was draping over the region. Cal Fire said the blaze broke out at 9:50 p.m.Authorities said the flames moved quickly toward the Silverado Trail - an area dotted with homes and wineries. Officials said the Silverado Country Club - site of this week's PGA Tour tournament - was evacuated.Flames were also burning near the Domaine Carneros winery.Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean said there was no containment of Atlas Peak fire at 12:30 a.m. Monday, with winds blowing at 28 mph and the humidity at just 12."Very, very volatile fire conditions," McLean said.The Napa Valley Register was reporting that authorities were going house to house just north of Silverado Resort urging residents to leave. The paper said there were reports of at least three structures burning on Atlas Peak.Napa officials said two evacuation centers had been opened - at the Crosswalk Community Church on First Street and at the Napa County Fairgrounds. In Calistoga, an evacuation center was opened at the Calistoga Fairgrounds.A large plume of smoke from the fire drifted as far south of San Francisco and the East Bay, where residents were reporting the strong smell of smoke in the air.The massive fire rekindled memories for longtime Napa Valley residents of the 1981 Atlas Peak wildfire. In that blaze, 23,000 acres were burned, $36 million was done in damage, 65 structures were destroyed and 11 people were injured.86076gov brown, california, santa rosablogs/10-2017/86076-gov-brown-california--s.jpgDid You Know Uber's New CBO is An African Woman? A Fierce One at That! (Watch) by tajlongino0, 9 Oct 2017 16:56 GMT*Wow! <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Uber</strong></a> is trying to shift their groove in a major way. Why come [sic] no big deal has been made about the fact that they've placed a gorgeous African woman from Ghana in the role of Chief Brand Officer with the company nearly four months ago? That's like forever ago where news like this is concerned. The ride-share company brought&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Bozoma Saint John</strong></a> on board this past June. Perhaps everyone was still distracted by Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, who resigned in disgrace on June 21st after months of complaints about his controversial leadership ethics. But Saint John's hiring alone kicks two big complaints about Uber executive staffing practices into another gear. One, she's a woman (and we've heard the sexism accusations made public by female Uber ex-employees), and two, she's far from Caucasian.Uber is not&nbsp;Saint John's first time at bat with a huge company. She has been in executive roles at Pepsi, Apple Music and iTunes, and Ashley Stewart just to name a few. And I think you'll agree after seeing the video below, where she was interviewed by Gayle King only one month after signing on with the ride-share company that managed to change the entire infrastructure of the transportation industry, she doesn't fit the mold of your typical, boring, puppet of an executive. Instead, in such an important role as&nbsp;branding&nbsp;honcho, she seems outspoken, fearless and quite unapologetically... Fierce. Heck, she once taught a college course on Tupac Shakur, led executives at&nbsp;Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on a sing-along to Rappers Delight&nbsp;and even scored a major move with Queen Bey. And get this, in an interview with Glamour magazine Saint John said... Uber will never be the same after I leave." Is it any wonder she's known as "Badazz Boz" online? Oh, but I am SO getting ahead of myself.source: eurweb.com86073bozoma saint john, travis kalanickblogs/10-2017/86073-bozoma-saint-john-tra-s.jpgUtah Police Officer Not Charged In Death Of Black Man On A Bike by tajlongino0, 9 Oct 2017 16:45 GMTA Utah police officer will not be charged for the death of a Black man he shot and killed. They stopped 50-year-old Patrick Harmen for riding his bicycle across&nbsp;six lanes of traffic. An altercation ensued and ended up in his death. Read the full story below. <a href="" target="_blank">The New York Daily</a> reports: The Salt Lake City District Attorney's office released the bodycam footage in a fatal police-involved shooting it has since said was justified. A Salt Lake City police officer, identified as Officer Kris Smith, pulled over 50-year-old Patrick Harmon after watching him ride his bicycle across all six lanes and the median of State Street the night of Aug. 13, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Harmon's bike was missing its required red tail light, according to documents from the DA's office. When asked for identification, Harmon gave the officer a name that was not in the database, prompting him to call for backup. Officer Clinton Fox responded with another officer. Footage from all three cops released by officials Wednesday shows Smith again ask Harmon to spell his name. According to the district attorney's report, Harmon gave "a couple of different names." After Smith was able to identify Harmon, he learned he had active felony warrants for aggravated assault, according to prosecutors. Harmon appeared "emotional and distraught" and told officers he had been trying to take care of it, Fox testified. The officers told him he was going to be arrested, but Harmon "bolted and ran." As the trio of cops pursued him, Harmon "turned quickly" to face them, according to the Tribune. Smith drew his Taser while Fox and the other officer drew their firearms. All three reported that Harmon threatened to cut them and that they saw him reaching for his pocket. Investigators did find a knife on the ground at the scene, according to the newspaper. In the footage, Fox can be heard shouting, "I'll f-ing shoot you!" before he fires off three rounds just as the other officer discharges his stun gun. Harmon was handcuffed and transported to the a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Prosecutors in Salt Lake City said the shooting was justified because the officers feared for their lives. Harmon's niece Alisha Shaw pushed back against such claims. "They just murdered him flat out," she told the Guardian. "They are lying. There is no way they were threatened by anything. He was only trying to get away." Authorities declined to comment on the case, but Chief Mike Brown told the news outlet they "trust the process and support the decision from district attorney Sam Gill. "I believe our officers have the training and judgment and ability to make split-second decisions in dynamic situations." It's rare for police officers to be charged and even more rare for them to be convicted in such cases as the law allows the use of lethal force if they perceive a threat. "He was just being profiled," Shaw added. "Why do we have to fight so hard for justice? All we want is to be treated equal as a black person instead of being profiled and looked at as if we were a threat."source:blackamericaweb.com86072kris smith, patrick harmonFlooding as storm Nate pummels Louisiana and Mississippi by tajlongino0, 8 Oct 2017 10:18 GMTStorm Nate has brought strong winds, torrential rain and some flooding to the US Gulf Coast.It made landfall as a category one hurricane near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, late on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 85mph (137km/h).After making landfall a second time in Biloxi, Mississippi, it was downgraded to a tropical storm.But weather officials warn the threat of dangerous storm surges remain.Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras. The tropical storm then strengthened to a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale as it headed swiftly towards the US.Although not as strong as last month's Maria and Irma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida had issued warnings and evacuation orders ahead of its arrival.Chett Harrison, the manager of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, said he had kept a restaurant and bar open for his 300 guests and "they have been OK so far".But he told local TV he hoped none of his guests tried to leave "because everything is flooded around us".Mayor of nearby Gulfport, Billy Hewes, told the BBC the storm surge did not appear to be as high as feared and he thought the damage there would "be minimal".But the head of emergency management in Mississippi warned of worsening conditions as Nate moved further inland.In southern Alabama, the local power company said some 5,000 people were without power. Residents there had been urged to take precautions ahead of Nate's arrival. A mandatory curfew was lifted in New Orleans as the threat to the city - devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 - was downgraded.However, New Orleans residents were urged to stay in shelters by the mayor <a href="" target="_blank">who said</a> "there is still a serious threat for areas outside of levee protection". <a href="" target="_blank">Harvey v Katrina: Lessons learned?</a><a href="" target="_blank">How to stay safe in a hurricane</a><a href="" target="_blank">Do 'Pray for...' messages make disaster relief harder?</a>Nate was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center at 09:00 GMT.But its advisory warned of a life-threatening storm surge flooding and said <a href="" target="_blank">alerts remained in effect</a> from Pointe a la Hache to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida.Five ports along the Gulf Coast were also closed to shipping as a precaution ahead of Nate's arrival. Most oil and gas platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico also evacuated their staff.Evacuation orders were put in place for some low-lying areas.US President Donald Trump on Saturday issued an emergency declaration for Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing the state to seek federal help with preparation and possible relief efforts. Full story: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>86015hurricane nate, louisiana, missiissippiblogs/10-2017/86015-hurricane-nate-louisi-s.jpgNelly says he's innocent by tajlongino0, 8 Oct 2017 10:16 GMTNelly has broken his silence on the rape claim against him, saying he's completely innocent and is a victim of targeting ... but he will not take the stage Saturday night. The rapper says he's beyond shocked at the "false allegation" and is confident he'll be exonerated once the facts are in. He claims he's been targeted by the accuser, but apologized to his loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting himself in a bad situation. He also vows to take legal action against the "defaming claim" and reaffirms he's not been charged with a crime yet. However, sources close to Nelly tell TMZ ... he will NOT be performing at Saturday night's show in Washington with Florida Georgia Line.source: tmz86014nelly, rapeblogs/10-2017/86014-nelly-rape-1323210-s.jpgTrump defends throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans by tajlongino0, 8 Oct 2017 10:02 GMTPresident Trump defended tossing paper towels into a crowd at a church in Puerto Rico last week.Trump said in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) Saturday that media coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria was unfair, using the incident&nbsp;during which he tossed the paper towels as an the interview here <a href="" target="_blank"></a>86013donald trump, puerto rico, hurricane mariablogs/10-2017/86013-donald-trump-puerto--s.jpgBobby Brown loses case to stop 'Bobbi Kristina' movie on TV One by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:30 GMTA New York federal judge rejected <strong>Bobby Brown'</strong>s efforts to stop a film about his late daughter <strong>Bobbi Kristina</strong> set to air on TV One Sunday at 7 p.m. J?udge <strong>Analisa Torres</strong> said Brown's concerns that the "Bobbi Kristina" film defames him is "speculative" because he has neither seen the film nor read the script,<a href="" target="_blank"> according to the New York Daily News</a>. Bobbi Kristina's estate also joined the case. "We are pleased with the court's ruling and look forward to sharing this poignant look at the life of Bobbi Kristina Brown," TV One said in a statement. Brown said he believes the movie casts him in a bad light, showing him to be an abusive father. But the judge noted that in Brown's 2016 autobiography, he admitted hitting the late <strong>Whitney Houston</strong> once in the face. In an interview today, former head of TV One <strong>Brad Siegel</strong> - who left in July but helped shepherd the film - said he believes the TV movie treats Brown fairly. The $2 million defamation case against TV One will still move forward with a conference meeting set for November 13. &nbsp; source: ajc85926bobby brown, bobbi kristinablogs/10-2017/85926-bobby-brown-bobbi-kri-s.jpgJust three percent of adults own half of America's guns by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:27 GMTJust 3&nbsp;percent of American adults own half of the nation's firearms, according to <a href="" target="_blank">the results of a Harvard-Northeastern survey</a> of 4,000 gun owners. The survey's findings support other research showing that as <a href="" target="_blank">overall rates of gun ownership has declined</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">number of firearms in circulation has skyrocketed</a>. The implication is that there are <a href="" target="_blank">more guns in fewer hands than ever before</a>. The top 3&nbsp;percent of American adults own, on average, 17 guns apiece, according to the survey's estimates. The survey is particularly useful to researchers because it asked respondents not just&nbsp;whether they own guns, but&nbsp;how many and what types of guns they own. This makes for one of the clearest pictures yet of American gun ownership, showing the concentration of most guns in the hands of a small fraction of American adults.Read more: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>85925firearms, gun ownersblogs/10-2017/85925-firearms-gun-owners--s.jpgWhite people should be more afraid of other whites than they are of people of color by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:22 GMT<a href="" target="_blank">President Trump</a> would have us believe that white Americans are endangered by immigrant drug dealers and gangsters, and the liberal politicians who abet them with so-called sanctuary cities.At a recent rally in Ohio, Trump used lurid language to claim that gang members "<a href="" target="_blank">slice and dice</a>" beautiful girls like "animals." Last week, his administration <a href="" target="_blank">strengthened</a> its crackdown on sanctuary jurisdictions, announcing a new policy that requires local governments to either cooperate with federal immigration agents or lose funding. It's obvious to anyone who's listening that when Trump talks about this terrifying other he's really talking about non-white people, not just any old foreigner; and indeed, Trump supporters <a href="" target="_blank">in surveys</a> conflate their fears of immigrants and dark-skinned people. Read more: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>85924donald trump, white americansblogs/10-2017/85924-donald-trump-white-am-s.jpgGovernor signs bill making California a sanctuary state by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:16 GMT<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;that he signed legislation to bar state law enforcement officials from enforcing federal immigration law, making the state a sanctuary for immigrants in the country illegally.</div>&nbsp;</div>The measure, passed last month by the overwhelmingly Democratic California legislature, will bar California police and sheriffs from asking about a detainee's immigration status. It will also block those agencies from complying with detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.</div>&nbsp;</div>An estimated 65 percent of all deportations result from cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal ICE and Customs and Border Protection officers. The new law, dubbed the California Values Act, requires schools, health facilities and court houses to establish policies limiting immigration enforcement that may be executed on their premises.</div>&nbsp;</div>Brown had been expected to sign the law after he and its prime sponsor, state Senate President Kevin de Leon (D), hammered out <a href="" target="_blank">an agreemen</a>t to give law enforcement agencies more discretion about when they could notify federal immigration officials about convicted offenders in their custody.&nbsp;</div>&nbsp;</div>"This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place," Brown said in a statement announcing the amendments.&nbsp;</div>&nbsp;</div>Federal immigration officials would still be allowed to interview those in the custody of California law enforcement agencies, but they would not be permitted to maintain permanent office space in state prisons or local jails.</div>&nbsp;</div>Those changes mollified some law enforcement groups, including the California Police Chiefs Association and others that opposed the initial version de Leon introduced.</div>&nbsp;</div>De Leon said the measure was needed, especially as the Trump administration ramps up immigration enforcement measures, which de Leon calls "a mass deportation strategy."</div>&nbsp;</div>But the amendments did not satisfy legislative Republicans, who voted against the measure en masse. The bill passed on party-line votes.</div>&nbsp;</div>The law sets California on another collision course with the Trump administration, which has sought to withhold federal grant funding from states, counties and cities that do not abide by federal immigration detainer requests.</div>&nbsp;</div>California and Connecticut are among the 142 jurisdictions listed by ICE officials in Washington as having refused detainer requests, in a report in February. Current California law requires the state to comply with those requests only if the detainee has been convicted of a felony or another serious crime.</div>&nbsp;</div>Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported last month it had deported 211,000 immigrants in the U.S. illegally through Sept.&nbsp;9, about three weeks before the end of the current fiscal year. The agency <a href="" target="_blank">has increased</a> the number of arrests it has made by 43 percent since Trump took office, including 28,000 people who have not been accused of a crime other than an immigration violation.</div> source: thehill </div></div></div></div>85923California, Gov Jerry Brownblogs/10-2017/85923-california-gov-jerry--s.jpgDAVID ALEXANDER BULLOCK "WE NEED TO GEAR UP FOR THE MID TERMS" by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:11 GMTDavid Alexander Bullock talks to voters letting them know to gear up for mid terms! <a href="" target="_blank"></a>85922david alexander bullock, taj longino, donald trump, mid termsblogs/10-2017/85922-david-alexander-bullo-s.jpgFEMA removes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 21:02 GMTAs of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published&nbsp;by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its <a href="" target="_blank">Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria</a>. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics&nbsp;were no longer on the Web page. FEMA spokesman&nbsp;William&nbsp;Booher noted that both measures are still being reported on a website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov.&nbsp;Ricardo Rossell , <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. According to that website, which is in Spanish, 9.2 percent of the island now has power and 54.2 percent of residents have access to drinking water.&nbsp;Booher said that these measures are also&nbsp;shared in news conferences and media calls that happen twice a day, but he didn't elaborate on why they are no longer on the main FEMA page.Read more: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>85920donald trump, puerto rico, hurricane mariablogs/10-2017/85920-donald-trump-puerto--s.jpgLoaded Lux Freestyle by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 20:59 GMT<a href="" target="_blank"></a>85917loaded lux, freestyleblogs/10-2017/85917-loaded-lux-freestyle--s.jpgPAPOOSE FREESTYLES ON FLEX by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 20:56 GMT<a href="" target="_blank"></a>85916papoose, freestyleblogs/10-2017/85916-papoose-freestyle-147-s.jpgNorth Korean Workers May Have Prepared Your Salmon Fillet by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 00:55 GMTNorth Korean workers working in slave-like conditions are preparing seafood found in American restaurants and grocery stores, according to a new <a href="" target="_blank">investigation</a> from the Associated Press.&nbsp; In an attempt to combat sanctions, North Korea has exported thousands of its workers abroad, and some of them have ended up in seafood processing companies that ship to countries around the world, including the US. Americans buying fish for dinner at major big box stores "may inadvertently have subsidized the North Korean government as it builds its nuclear weapons program," the AP reports. "Their purchases may also have supported what the United States calls 'modern day slavery'-even if the jobs are highly coveted by North Koreans." Many of these workers can be found in Chinese factories in places like Hunchun, where AP reporters spotted North Koreans working shifts as long as 12 hours, with only one day off at week: Privacy is forbidden. They cannot leave their compounds without permission. They must take the few steps to the factories in pairs or groups, with North Korean minders ensuring no one strays. They have no access to telephones or email. And they are paid a fraction of their salaries, while the rest-as much as 70 percent-is taken by North Korea's government. Through an analysis of shipping records, the AP identified three seafood processors employing North Koreans that exported to the US, noting that "100 cargo containers of seafood, more than 2,000 tons, were sent to the US and Canada this year from factories where North Koreans were working in China." American distributors imported seafood such as snow crab, salmon fillets, and squid rings.&nbsp;The seafood products also end up in Canada, Germany, and parts of the European Union.&nbsp; American importers who use North Korean products could potentially find themselves facing criminal charges: Importing products made by North Korean workers anywhere in the world is a federal crime, following a new law signed by President Trump in early August. The AP's investigation adds to a growing saga over some of the <a href="" target="_blank">appalling conditions</a> workers face in the seafood industry.&nbsp;You can read their full report&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. source: motherjones.com85862north korea, salmon filletblogs/10-2017/85862-north-korea-salmon-fi-s.jpgIs the Lottery a Regressive Tax Against the Poor and Blacks? by tajlongino0, 5 Oct 2017 00:48 GMTFor millions, the allure is undeniable. The thought that one dollar and a dream could possibly change your life has drawn many to play the state lotteries. In 2015, Americans<a href="" target="_blank"> spent more</a> on the lottery than they did on books, sports tickets, movie tickets, music, and video games combined. Bolstered on the promise that the revenue gathered will be used for the public good, the state lotteries have grown to be a $70 billion a year business. With some states, such as Rhode Island, <a href="" target="_blank">averaging nearly $800 </a>a year per person in lottery spending,&nbsp;lotteries have grown to be a key income generator for the states, with <a href="" target="_blank">personal income tax</a> only beating out lottery revenues as the top government income stream in eleven states, as of 2009.Read full story here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>85861lottery, georgiablogs/10-2017/85861-lottery-georgia-74918-s.jpg