Day: October 1, 2021

Sotomayor denies NYC teachers’ plea to block vaccine mandate

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to block a New York City requirement mandating that public school teachers and employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Sotomayor, appointed to the court by President Obama in 2009, denied a challenge from New York City teachers who were attempting to halt a mandate instructing them to be vaccinated by the end of the day October 1 or be placed on unpaid leave until September 2022.
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Sotomayor rejected the emergency request without providing an explanation or directing the request to the full court for review.
Sotomayor’s ruling follows a similar move from her colleague on the court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who denied an emergency appeal from students at Indiana University in August and allowed the school to move forward with mandatory vaccinations.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday gave public education employees a Friday deadline to get partially vaccinated following a legal victory that said such a mandate could move forward.
In an interview with Spectrum News 1, the mayor said public school employees have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 to get at least the first vaccine dose.
“If you have not have gotten that first dose Friday, 5 p.m., we will assume you are not coming to work on Monday and you will not be paid starting Monday and we will fill your role with a substitute or an alternative employee,” he said.
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De Blasio said the vaccine requirement goes into effect on Oct. 4. Originally, and all teachers and school employees were supposed to be partially vaccinated by Monday.
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“Vaccinations are our strongest tool in the fight against COVID-19 – this ruling is on the right side of the law and will protect our students and staff,” the city's Department of Education said in a statement.
The mayor said around 87% of Department of Education employees have already received at least one dose, including 90% of teachers and 97% of principals.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report

German parking garage unveils diversity parking spots for LGBTQ and migrants

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An underground German parking garage unveiled “diversity” spaces reserved for migrants and LGBTQ drivers, according to media reports.
Hanauer Parkhaus GmbH built three spots in the structure in Hanau, just outside of Frankfurt, the Daily Mail reported.
Thomas Morlock, chairman of the HPG supervisory board HPG and a city official, said the goal of the parking spaces is to help those who feel a need for “a special need for protection.”
The wall facing the spaces are painted with rainbow colors with Vielfalt Parkplätze”, or diversity spaces.
In recent years, Germany has become a top destination for migrants fleeing persecution and poverty in Africa and other parts of the world.
Morlock said the spaces were built to be a “conspicuously colourful symbol” for “diversity and tolerance,” according to the news outlet. He said they are not necessarily meant to be used by a “separate group of people.”
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Hanau, a melting pot, was the site of a February 2020 shooting spree where nine people – who had ethnic roots – were killed. The gunman, a German man in his 40s, was found dead from a gunshot along with his mother.

School board group asks Biden to use the Patriot Act against parents over opposition to COVID measures, CRT

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A group that represents school boards is asking the Biden administration to review threats and violence against education administrators and schools to determine if they violate the Patriot Act and hate crime laws amid clashes between angry parents and educators over COVID-19 policies and critical race theory being taught in classrooms.
In a Wednesday letter to Biden, the National School Boards Association asked that the federal government examine whether actions can be taken to stop the vitriol and violence using the Gun-Free School Zones Act and the Patriot Act, the controversial statute enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The request comes amid a culture war that has prompted some school officials to resign or not seek re-election.
“Coupled with attacks against school board members and educators for approving policies for masks to protect the health and safety of students and school employees, many public school officials are also facing physical threats because of propaganda purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory within classroom instruction and curricula,” the letter signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia and Chip Slaven, the group's interim executive director and CEO, states.
In addition, the NSBA asked for a review of threats and violence under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, and the Conspiracy Against Rights statute.
VIRGINIA PARENTS TORCH LOUDOUN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OVER CRITICAL RACE THEORY, 'PORNOGRAPHIC' BOOKS IN SCHOOL
VideoIn recent months, school districts across the country have seen angry demonstrations and confrontations between parents and education officials at school board meetings. The letter cited anger over school mask directives and critical race theory, which focuses on how power structures and institutions impact racial minorities.
Many opponents have labeled it racist.
Loudoun County, Virginia has become the epicenter of anger against such policies. A group opposed to the teaching of CRT, Free to Learn Coalition, recently launched a $500,000 ad blitz criticizing the local school board. Loudon County administrators and teachers were reportedly blacklisting and doxing parents who spoke out against controversial critical race theory's use in public school classrooms.

In this Aug. 12, 2021 file photo, protesters against a COVID-19 mandate gesture as they are escorted out of the Clark County School Board meeting at the Clark County Government Center, in Las Vegas. The nation's school boards are asking President Joe Biden for federal assistance to investigate and stop a growing number of threats made against their members, on Thursday, Sept. 30.
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On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said responsibility for protecting school boards falls largely to local law enforcement but “we’re continuing to explore if more can be done from across the administration.”
“Obviously these threats to school board members is horrible. They’re doing their jobs,” she said during a press briefing.
At a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Thursday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona decried the hostility against school board members and praised their “unwavering support” to reopen schools safely. He said the lack of civility in some meetings is disappointing and, in some places, it has been “very dangerous.”
Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia who is running to lead the state again, drew ire this week when he gave his thoughts on how much parents should be involved in making school decisions.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” he said during a debate against Republican Glenn Youngkin in Alexandria.
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Kristi Noem severs ties with controversial education consultant amid concerns about social studies standards

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Gov. Kristi Noem is hitting the reset button on South Dakota's proposed social studies curriculum, discarding her administration's previous standards and changing up who crafts the new ones.
Friday's announcement comes a week after she said the revision process would be delayed for up to a year. Noem's office told Fox News that it had severed ties with consultant Beth Ratway and the C3 framework – both controversial influences that raised concerns about left-wing content later surfacing in schools.
“I have asked the Department of Education to restart the process from the beginning,” Noem, a Republican, said in a press release Friday. “I want to ensure we propose standards that accurately reflect the values of South Dakota.”
“Our kids deserve to learn both America’s and South Dakota’s true and honest history, taught in a balanced context that doesn’t pit our children against each other on the basis of race, sex, or background. More work needs to be done to get this right, and we are committed to seeing that process through.”
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Noem had encountered backlash from both sides, with Native Americans upset about removals that were favored by conservatives.
Her latest move followed a warning by Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about Ratway's influence on the Department of Education as well as what he called the “action-civics-based C3 Framework.”
Kurtz also pointed to Ratway's video presentation on social justice, which has since been removed from YouTube. Obtained by Fox News via Kurtz, the PowerPoint employs plenty of language reminiscent of controversial equity trainings seen throughout the U.S.
For example, under “Connecting Social Justice and Social Studies,” Ratway's slide reads: “We define social justice education as the pedagogical practice of guiding students toward critically discussing, examining, and actively exploring the reasons behind social inequalities and how unjust institutional practices maintain and reproduce power and privilege that have a direct impact on students' lives.”
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She also cites Paulo Freire, a well-known advocate of “critical pedagogy” who has been criticized by anti-CRT advocates like James Lindsay. The ties to left-wing ideas don't end with her presentation. In 2020, Ratway co-chaired an Advancing Social Justice conference, which featured a speech from the controversial “1619 Project” founder Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Friday's release pledged to “create a new workgroup of stakeholders to develop standards. This group will propose new social studies standards, and everyone who has expressed concerns will be a part of the process, including Native Americans. The new proposed standards will be reviewed and adjusted based on input from the public, the DOE, and, ultimately, approved by the Board of Education Standards.”
“The DOE will also hire a new facilitator to oversee the workgroup process. The DOE will work with the Board of Education Standards to approve a new timeline to ensure the standards are adopted after sufficient time for the workgroup’s action and public input into the process.”
Ratway's employer, The American Institutes of Research, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment but previously provided a lengthy response defending its work.
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Jayapal says progressives will reduce $3.5T spending demand

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Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal acknowledged that the total price tag of the controversial spending bill currently being debated on Capitol Hill will have to be lowered in order to push it through Congress.
“We’re going to have to come down in our number,” Jayapal said Friday after leaving a meeting on Capitol Hill that included the House Democratic caucus and President Biden. “We're going to get to work and see what we can do.”
Lawmakers who spoke after the meeting say Biden made it clear that the reconciliation bill and the infrastructure bill were linked together. But he told members they needed to come down from $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion for the spending bill Democrats want to run under reconciliation, which allows passage by a majority vote.
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Jayapal said that Democrats will attempt to vote on the surface transportation bill on Friday night but will not vote on the infrastructure bill today.
Jayapal added that Biden, who left Capitol Hill after the meeting, gave “no timetable” on when the bill would be voted on.
Before departing the Capitol, Biden said that it “doesn’t matter if it’s in six minutes – six days – six weeks…we will get it done”
Fox News is told Democrats believe the purpose of the meeting was to bring down the temperature and the internal squabbling between both sides of the caucus.
The president told Democrats that they didn’t have the votes to pass the infrastructure bill yet. He said he had to work with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two moderates opposed to the $3.5 trillion spending bill price tag, but it would take time to get an agreement.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had previously assured the public that a vote on a separate $1 trillion infrastructure package would happen by the end of the week.
Many progressive members walked away saying they feel “great” that the president sided with them, agreeing that votes on the two bills must be linked. Moderate members were feeling a little defeated that the president did not try to rally support for a vote on infrastructure today.
Pelosi had said a vote on the infrastructure bill would come Friday. “We're not trillions apart,” she said at 12:01 a.m Friday morning. “There'll be a vote today.”
Pelosi said the bill would pass, vowing Sunday to never bring “a bill to the floor that doesn't have the votes.” But her initial attempt to get the bill to the floor for a vote was thwarted Thursday after progressives warned her that “a majority of our members will only vote for the infrastructure bill after the President’s visionary Build Back Better Act passes.”
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Progressives followed through on their longstanding threats that they will hold up the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without a simultaneous vote on the sweeping $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
Biden did not ask Democrats to vote on Friday.
The feud now threatens two of Biden’s top legislative priorities as the divide within the Democratic Party deepens and the progressives’ power increases.
Fox News’ Emma Colton, Chad Pergram, Hillary Vaughn, and Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report

LeSean McCoy retires from NFL after stellar career

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LeSean McCoy officially retired from the NFL on Friday.
McCoy signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy celebrates his second touchdown of the game against the New York Jets during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Dec. 18, 2011.
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“Happy to be retired an Eagle,” the veteran running back said in a message posted on Twitter.
McCoy played 12 years in the NFL – mostly with the Eagles. He also played for the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was on the Super Bowl-winning teams for both the Chiefs and the Eagles the last two seasons, finally picking up the elusive rings he was missing his entire career.

Dec 30, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball past Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) during the first quarter at New Era Field.
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McCoy was mostly dominant as a member of the Eagles. The 2013 season was among his best years. He led the league with 1,607 rushing yards and averaged about 100 yards per game. In 2011, he led the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns. In both years, he was named an All-Pro.
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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.
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Andy Reid, who coached McCoy in Philadelphia and Kansas City, praised McCoy’s career on Friday.
“I love the kid. He’s got a big personality and always smiling and was a great player. Not too many people could make somebody miss like he could,” Reid said. “He had this phenomenal career, arguably a Hall of Fame career. It’s good that they’re doing that for him there. It’s good that he chose to go back to Philadelphia because that’s really where it all started for him and his foundation was built.”

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium.
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McCoy finishes his career with 11,102 rushing yards and 73 rushing touchdowns. He also had 518 receptions for 3,898 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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He was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-2010s Team. His rushing yards total is good for 22nd and he’s tied for 28th in rushing touchdowns on the all-time NFL list.

Clay Travis Twitter tussles with Mark Cuban, who still won’t come on ‘Clay and Buck’ for actual debate

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Clay Travis. Mark Cuban. Newly minted multi-millionaire. Billionaire. COVID. Vaccines. Natural immunity. Boosters. Titans of the industry. One night (for now because Mark won’t come on the Clay & Buck radio show). One forum.
Let’s get it on!
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Mavericks fans will need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test if they want to watch Luka Doncic.
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Just when I think Clay’s going to get some rest to be fresh Saturday morning for his hits all across the Fox News family of channels, OutKick’s founder laces up the gloves and unleashes a barrage of tweets against a fellow titan of the industry in the form of Mavs owner Mark Cuban who is preparing for an NBA season that will see Mavs fans required to show proof that they’ve been jabbed with the vax.
Mark’s official rules for attendance are:
• Masks required
• Proof of vaccination; or…

May 28, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; A view of fans sitting in the seats during warmups before the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers in game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center.
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• Negative test within 48 hours of attendance
• Children under 12 will not be permitted to be closer than 15 feet from the court
Clay, who could’ve been snuggled up in his recliner after continuous battle for months on end, decided it was time to enter the Battle Dome. No nights off!

Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban walks by the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game agains the Atlanta Hawks in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
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Let’s do this!
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Bears starting quarterback situation for Week 4 a game-time decision, coach says

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The Chicago Bears have not decided who will be their starting quarterback Sunday.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who said earlier in the week any of the three quarterbacks on the Bears roster could be starting in Week 4, has yet to make a decision on who will be under center. The Bears are set to play the Detroit Lions at home and are looking for their second win of the 2021 season.
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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields walks off the field after the Cleveland Browns defeated the Bears Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.
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Nagy told reporters it will be a game-time decision as to whether Justin Fields or Andy Dalton will start against the Lions, according to The Athletic.
Dalton is questionable to play at all on Sunday as he battles a knee injury. Fields, who was dealing with a hand issue, did not have an injury designation.
Nagy came under fire for the team’s performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3. Fields was sacked nine times, and the Bears’ offense was held to 47 yards and six first downs.
“They're all three under consideration right now in regard to where they're at,” Nagy said Monday, via NFL.com. “We'll just have to see the next couple days where they're all at. We know where Nick (Foles) is at, health-wise, but we just want to keep an eye on Justin and Andy and for us to just stay on that and make sure that we have a plan for any of those.”
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, right, sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.
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In his first career start, Fields completed six of 20 passes for 68 yards. He finished with a net of one passing yard due to the nine sacks that he took — four and a half of which came at the hands of Browns Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett.
Nagy was asked by a reporter about Fields and why he didn’t have much of a chance to make any plays on Sunday.
“There was a combination with these plays that goes into it,” Nagy replied. “Sometimes it could be a breakdown in protection, sometimes it could be the ball's not out on time, sometimes it could be good coverage by the defense. Or sometimes it could be a bad play call. So there's four things that it could be when you go through the game. There was probably a combination of all that yesterday.”

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields slides for a short gain against Cleveland Browns defensive end Joe Jackson (91), linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (28) and cornerback Denzel Ward (21) during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.
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“Again, just to keep it super simple, everything's on the table,” Nagy added. “And I think that's probably the easiest way to put it — the evaluation part, everything.”
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.

WNBA playoff semifinals all even, shifts to Chicago, Phoenix

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The WNBA semifinal playoff series are knotted at a game apiece and both could go the full five games based on the historic and gritty performances thus far.
Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury put on a shooting clinic as they scored the most points in a regulation playoff game in the league's 25-year history in a win over Las Vegas on Thursday night. Eight months after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon Alyssa Thomas provided a spark for the Connecticut Sun in a victory over the Chicago Sky.
Both series are now tied at 1-1 and play will shift to Chicago and Phoenix for the next set of games scheduled to tip off on Sunday.
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“We brought a different mindset to the game, an aggression,” said Taurasi, who had a career playoff-high 37 points in the 117-91 victory. “That’s what these games come down to. In Game 1, they were the aggressors. They played more physical. Today we did that and sustained that for long periods.”
Taurasi barely missed despite dealing with an ankle injury that forced her to sit out the final four regular season games and the playoff opener against New York. She hit 10 of her 13 shots and made a career-high eight 3-pointers.
Her performance came shortly after Thomas had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and provided a defensive lift for the Sun to even their series with Chicago. Thomas' game was even more remarkable as she had returned two weeks earlier from a ruptured Achilles' tendon injury she suffered in January. The 79-68 win over Chicago was only her fourth game back.
“You know, this is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through,” Thomas said of the injury, which she suffered in January while playing overseas. “There’s a lot of hard days. I’m a perfectionist, and I’m just so used to bouncing back from things. Days that weren’t good and I couldn’t get after it or push myself were frustrating.
“You really start from ground zero just to learn how to walk again. It was a slow process, a hard process. But you’ve just got to celebrate the little things.”
For Connecticut to keep the momentum going, the Sun will have to try and once again contain the potent Sky offense. When Chicago has scored less than 80 points this season the team has won just twice. In the opener, a double-overtime thriller, the Sky won 101-95 as Courtney Vandersloot had the second triple-double in WNBA playoff history.
Some other tidbits about the semifinals:
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While the Mercury and Aces had no problems getting flights to Phoenix, the Sky and Sun had a more difficult time. Connecticut coach Curt Miller said during his postgame press conference that his team would be split among three flights out of two different airports to get to Chicago. The Sky had to get up at 3:30 a.m. and split up to three different airports to make it home Friday.
Miller said he had the wacky travel arrangements so that his tall players wouldn't have to be in the middle seats and would be more comfortable on the flights.
“I want you guys to hear this,” he said. “That’s what this league goes through. That’s what these amazing women, the best in the world at what they do, go through.”
TIP-INS:
There won't be at least one sweep in the semifinals for only the second time since the WNBA changed its playoff format in 2016. With the exception of 2018 when both semis went five games, one of the series has been a three-game sweep. … The Mercury's 68 points in the first half of Game 2 was a WNBA playoff record. … WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Kelsey Plum has averaged 25 points in the first two games of the series.
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