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Putin calls Obama to discuss
Russia's Vladimir Putin has telephoned President Barack
Obama to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in
Ukraine. BBC News See
Davis, Charlie White win USA's first ice dancing gold medal
Russia -- Meryl Davis and Charlie White stood atop the podium, unable to stop
grinning or sneaking peeks at the scoreboard. continued @USA
Justice Department to expand rights of gay married
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder on
Saturday announced widespread changes within the U.S. Justice Department to
benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them
not to testify against each other in civil ...
Law To Cut Into Labor Force
Report Forecasts More People Will Opt to Work Less as They Seek Coverage
Through Affordable Care Act.
Continued @the wall street journal
Valdez, Alaska, cut off after
avalanche blocks only road in; flood watch in effect
have cautioned residents to prepare to hunker down for at least a week as crews
work to clear a pile of snow hundreds of feet wide from Richardson Highway.The
pile of snow, ice and debris was said to be hundreds of feet long and as much
as 40 feet deep in some places. Town officials stressed that the city has
plenty of fuel, and food and water was being brought in by barge. A flood watch
was issued for the area on Monday [because of the lake forming behind the
avalanche in the valley].
'98% back new constitution'
The BBC's James
Reynolds in Cairo: ''That figure of 98.1% cent is entirely unsurprising
for the yes vote''
A proposed new Egyptian constitution has been backed by
98.1% of people who voted in a referendum, officials say.
House's massive $1.1 trillion spending bill: The Post's
By Associated Press
House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund
federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the threat of more
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Virginia water emergency nears fifth day, with no end in sight
By Joel Achenbach, Sunday, January 12, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Around the swollen Elk River, now flowing with a
chemical that no one can pronounce, myriad streams and rivulets tumbled from
the hillsides this weekend, the result of a drenching downpour.
Target, the Breach Numbers Grow
By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS and
nytimes.com JAN. 10, 2014
Target on Friday
revised the number of customers whose personal information was stolen in a
widespread data breach during the holiday season, now reporting a range of 70
million to 110 million people.
states under wind chill alerts as arctic blast swoops across
CHICAGO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Thirty-four states were under wind
chill alerts Monday as a record-breaking blast of arctic air swooped down on
the United States.
plane makes emergency landing on New York expressway
Candice Aviles Courtesy of Newsy.com In this photo downloaded from the
New York City Police Department?s Twitter account, a light airplane?s fuselage
rests on the roadway after its pilot made an emergency landing on the Major
Deegan Expressway in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday,
closing as NYC area preps for snow, cold
By JIM FITZGERALD
and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press
A pedestrian walks in the snow
on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Up to 5 inches of snow had fallen in
eastern New York early Thursday, but the National Weather Service said some
areas from Buffalo to Albany could get up to 12 inches by the time the storm
subsides on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll
blast in Russian city kills 10 on trolleybus: reports
Russia (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed when an explosion ripped
through a trolleybus in the second deadly blast in the Russian city of
Volgograd in two days, the Interfax news agency reported, citing law
One million US
jobless to lose financial aid
BBC News More than a million
Americans will lose their unemployment benefits after an emergency federal
programme expired on Saturday. Lawmakers failed to agree on an extension of the
scheme before the US Congress began its winter recess.
Is Added To Deadline As Rush Hits Health Portal
A record-setting crush of last-minute shoppers descended on
HealthCare.gov on Monday, creating
long wait times for users and putting new stress on the government's
much-maligned health portal as they raced against a midnight deadline ...
Did the NSA overreach? Lawmakers
spar over data-collection program
Members of Congress are split on
whether to rein in the National Security Agency's surveillance activities after
intelligence leaks revealed the extent of the government's data-collection
Peace Prize winner optimistic
The head of the
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which will be
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday, landed in Oslo on Sunday to begin
three days of traditional prize events. Ahmet Üzümcü said
hes optimistic that OPCW workers will meet the UNs
deadline for ridding Syria of its chemical arsenal.
states take jump as legal marijuana markets open
In a country known
for its drug war and where Bill Clinton once caught hell for admitting to
smoking pot, new ground is being broken: legal marijuana markets in two states.
Mandela death: World mourns South Africa's first black president
CNN Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africans mourned
Friday the death of the man who led the fight to end the system of apartheid
here and then went on to lead the country itself. continued @ cnn.com
Crash Raises Questions on Alert System
MATT FLEGENHEIMER, FORD FESSENDEN and HENRY FOUNTAIN
commuter train that derailed in the Bronx on Sunday, killing four people, had
an alert system in place in the locomotive pushing the rail cars, but not in
the cab where the train operator was positioned. continued @ nytimes.com
dead, 63 injured after NYC-bound Metro-North passenger train derails in Bronx
New York - A Metro-North train whipped around a sharp turn in the Bronx
on Sunday morning just before a deadly derailment that killed four, injured
dozens and tossed passengers around like rag dolls.@ NYDailyNews.com
Helicopter Crashes Into Crowded Glasgow Pub
Eight people were killed when a police helicopter that apparently lost
power crashed through the roof of a crowded pub in Glasgow, injuring at least
30 people, police officials said Saturday
Praeger declines invitation to meet with President Obama
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican who has generally
supported the law, was invited but chose not to attend. For more click link
Health costs cut by limiting
Many top-rated hospitals are not included in plans on health
insurance exchanges, resulting in what some critics argue is a two-tier system
of health care.
Oops! Boeing cargo jet lands at
wrong Wichita airport
Help, I've landed and I can't take off. A Boeing
Dreamlifter landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas -- one with a runway
apparently too short for the mammoth cargo plane to take off from again.
cargo jet story @ cnn.com
People With Disabilities Storm
House Building, Demand Boehner Leave Obamacare Alone
At least 200
people with disabilities set up camp outside a House office building on Monday
and occupied the halls inside, demanding that House Speaker John Boehner
(R-Ohio) stop trying to delay or defund Obamacare. Specifically, they argued
that without the health care law in effect, they would lose the Community First
Option, a program that provides matching federal funds to states to help people
with disabilities use home-based care instead of institutionalized care or
Full Adapt protest story @Huffinmgtonpost.com
Insurance Exchanges Will Open to
Scrutiny, Curiosity, Confusion
Tuesday is a big day for the White House.
That's when new health insurance
exchanges open in every state, where people can buy the insurance the
Affordable Care Act requires next year. They will also see if they qualify for
new subsidies to help them afford it.
European Union backs 'strong,' but
not immediate, response to Syrian attack
PARIS - The European Union
called Saturday for a clear and strong international response to
what it said was strong evidence that Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's government was responsible for a massive chemical weapons attack two
weeks ago ...
Britain to Press U.N. Members to
Authorize Action in Syria
As debate intensified over a possible Western
military strike in Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would
propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday accusing the
authorities in Damascus of responsibility for a chemical weapons attack and
authorizing all necessary measures including force to protect
Syria strike seems inevitable as
U.N. warns against unilateral military action, hunt for evidence
Speaking Wednesday at The Hague, U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon sought to calm the situation, calling for the international community
to give his inspection team in Syria time to "do its job." Read the
Story @ cbsnews.com
Massive Rim fire continues to
reshape lives and topography
The blaze, now 134,000 acres, pushes into
Yosemite National Park. Each day, what it does depends on the wind.
Fire story with video and interactive features @ LaTimes.com
US to extend some embassy
closures over security concernsContinued
The US says it will keep a number of
embassies in north Africa and the Middle East closed until Saturday, due to a
possible militant threat.
Twenty-one US embassies and consulates closed on
Al Qaeda-linked threat to
U.S. shutting some posts on Sunday The State Department
action includes diplomatic facilities in Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya,
Iraq and Kuwait, according to the agency and Twitter postings.
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Earmark Millions For Disability Housing Assistance
officials are putting $120 million on the table to help thousands of people
with disabilities access rental assistance.
tied to disability among older Americans: study
(Reuters Health) -
Regardless of how much time older Americans spend being active, those who sit
for more hours each day are more likely to be disabled.....
reveals he has lung disease
The 82-year-old wrote on Twitter that
despite stopping smoking 30 years ago he had developed chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD).
He urged his 808,000 followers to "quit now".
Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost
After being pounded by budget cuts last year, special
education is set to see some relief under a deal approved by Congress.
Medicaid Waiver Rules Set To Take EffectBy Michelle Diament
In a long-awaited move, federal officials are clarifying what counts
as home and community-based services for people with disabilities.
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cases on the rise in Idaho
Emergency room doctors have seen an
increase in the number of flu cases in recent days.
the legacy of my father, Christopher Reeve Los Angeles
By Matthew Reeve - These conversations only furthered his
resolve that all people with disabilities should be able to lead healthy and
productive lives, no matter where they live.
City Agrees on Access to Taxis for Disabled
BENJAMIN WEISER and MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Ending years of
acrimony, New York City has agreed to settle a major class-action lawsuit and
adopt regulations requiring that half of the citys more than 13,000
yellow cabs be accessible to people with disabilities within six years, a
person involved in the negotiations said on Thursday night. continued @
Hate Crimes Surge Nearly twice as many hate crimes targeting people
with disabilities were reported last year, the FBI says, even as the total
number of hate crimes nationwide fell.
Shift, Most States Increase Mental Health Spending
After years of
spending cuts, a new report finds that mental health budgets increased in 37
states this year.
Too fat to fly: Stranded
Frenchman's ordeal ending
He's been turned down by planes, trains and
even a cruise ship in his quest to return home and his family says it's
because he has been deemed too fat to travel.
Nationwide, Families Feel Pinch Of Special Education Cuts
class sizes, decreased services and placement changes are among the effects
parents say budget cuts are having on students in special education.
Ed cuts story@ disabilityscoop.com
What The Shutdown Means For
As the first U.S. government shutdown in more than
17 years takes hold, some programs benefiting people with disabilities will
continue with business as usual while others grind to a halt.
Feds Reverse Course On Disability
Provision Of Affordable Care Act
Federal officials have reversed course
on a new provision of the Affordable Care Act that would have largely barred
guardians from serving as paid caregivers for adult children with developmental
Death of Linda Gonzales
With great sadness we must announce the
death of a great
independent living leader, a mentor to many, and a good friend. This last
weekend, Linda passed away after a brief illness. She is survived by her
TCA: Michael J. Fox on Living with
Disability and Public Expectations
There was no doubt that
questions about managing Parkinsons disease would be the focus of
NBCs TCA panel for The Michael J. Fox Show.
the subject is a big thread in the show itself, in which Fox plays a local New
York news anchor for NBC who returns to work after a five-year break following
his diagnosis with Parkinsons.
Continued @ variety.com
White House Taps New Disability Liaison
Starting this week,
there is a new adviser at the White House focusing specifically on disability
issues. Claudia Gordon will serve as a liaison
between the Obama administration and the disability community as associate
Celebrates the Life and Legacy of
Michael Winter, a
long-time disability advocate and employee of the U.S. Department of
Transportation passed away suddenly the evening of July 11.
In an interview
with Independence Today done
in 2007, Winter a fixture in disability advocacy since the
1960s described himself as a father, son, civil rights
activist, former president of the National Council on Independent Living
(NCIL), director of an agency in the federal bureaucracy.... and a Chicago
Read the NCD
article / obituary
Vets furious at slow
disability benefits process
Lyde E. Ramsey fought the enemy as a young
soldier in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Now, at age 90, hes
fighting the U.S. government.
Flying With Disability: Best Travel Tips
Wheelchair accessible holidays and cheap international air travel have
made flying with disability a viable option for disabled people. Competition
between air carriers has contributed improving the quality of services
available to airline passengers.
National Council on Disability (NCD) Welcomes Rebecca
Cokley as Executive Director.
Cokley was appointed to the position by
NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen on the recommendation of the ...Continued
in wallstreetjournal@ WSJ.com
Moody's Lifts Outlook for Biogen on FDA Approval for
Multiple Sclerosis Pill (BIIB)
Biogen's rating reflects
its niche position in the biopharmaceutical market, its success with three
blockbuster product franchises--Avonex, Rituxan and Tysabri--and its expertise
in MS, Moody's noted.
Gone at 56
Peter Zarba had a short life that
he filled with so many experiences and achievements. He is described as kind,
smart, giving, funny, dynamic and loving and everyone who met him walked away
feeling they were his friend. Full Zarba
story @ ablenews.com
Agency must accommodate disability
is the one protected category of illegal discrimination that any of us can join
on any day and without notice. When someone becomes disabled, disability
discrimination can occur in two ways.
Device Offers Partial Vision for the Blind
device allows people with a certain type of blindness to detect crosswalks on
the street, the presence of people or cars, and sometimes even large numbers or
Story in New York Times by Pam Belluck
Deaf Wellesley College graduate wins round-the-world trip
with couch-surfing video
You might not think of a couch as your ticket
to travel around the world but Wellesley College class of 2012 alum
Jenny Lu went couchsurfing through Europe and won herself a round-the-world
trip in the process.
story - with the winning video
San Diego halts all actions against marijuana
At the order of newly elected Mayor Bob Filner, the city is
dropping all legal efforts aimed at forcing marijuana dispensaries out of
Social Security to fast-track some disability
In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a
debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a
program that fast-tracks disability claims by people who get serious illnesses
such as cancer, early-onset Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease -- claims that
could take months or years to approve in the past.
Blind woman shows skill on tv series
Christine Ha loves to cook. She loves to write, better yet,
blog as well. In fact, she has managed to combine both of these talents into a
career. Do you recognize her name? You may have seen her on season 3 of the TV
series MasterChef. And, oh yes..
Colin Farrell Opens Up About Sons
Though hes weathered his share of ups and downs in
Hollywood and in life, nothing prepared Colin Farrell for bringing up his
eldest son, James, who suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder.
Teen with cerebral palsy crowned homecoming king
senior with a big smile is wearing an even bigger smile after this
weekends Homecoming at St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port
Army Officer Doesn't Let Blindness Stop Him
Smiley the Army's first blind active-duty officer lives the true
meaning of perseverance.
The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid
when my decade-old analog hearing aid started making popping sounds, I knew I
had to replace it. But because hearing aids are so costly and generally
arent covered by insurance, I had put it off. I soon learned that in the
last 10 years, purchasing a hearing aid had become even more difficult and
confusing than buying a new car and almost as expensive.
Ann Romney shares her MS story with supporters in
Ann Romney opened up about her struggles with multiple sclerosis
while speaking Saturday with patrons at a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale,
October is National Disability Employment
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national
campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and
celebrates the many contributions of workers with disabilities.
Why disability history should be on the school
Teaching children how disabled people were treated in the
past could reduce discrimination
Disability Rights leaders reach out to Elizabeth Warren
regarding 'No On 2'
State and national disability rights/social justice
advocates are asking Massachusetts United States Senate candidate Elizabeth
Warren to meet about Ballot Question 2 and discuss their reasons for strongly
opposing this measure to legalize assisted suicide.
National disability leader to lecture Oct. 4 at Pitt
Jonathan Young, chairman of the National Council on Disability, is this
year's lecturer for the Oct. 4 Thornburgh Family Lecture Series on Disability
Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh.
more:Full Information @ post-gazette.com
UN treaty review starts in New York
advocates and experts on disability, as well as Government delegates, have
gathered at UN Headquarters for the start of the Fifth Session of the
Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD), which will have a special focus on women and
Disabled Calif. Boy Not Allowed to Board AirplaneA California family that was not allowed to board a
cross-country flight says they believe they were discriminated against because
their son has Down syndrome.
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September's legacy: Taking on Harvard in a
For many, back-to-school is a season of anticipation,
nostalgia, and shopping. For me, it evokes memories of an unsung historical
event: the integration of Harvard.
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Leaps Empower Amputees
By John M. Williams
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By Deborah Kendrick
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Memo from a man with a brain
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President Barack Obama signs an executive order to increase
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20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilites Act on the South Lawn of the
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Iran and Russia Exchange Acerbic Barbs on
-- Russia and Iran publicly traded barbs on Wednesday, showing
strains in their longstanding alliance because of Moscows support for a
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