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U.S.C. Moves to Fire Former Medical School Dean Over Drug Allegations

He added that the doctor was barred from the campus and any school-related events or activities. “We certainly understand that substance abuse is a tragic and devastating disease,” the statement said. “But we are also bound to our responsibilities as a university to take the necessary actions concerning Dr. Puliafito’s status.” Attempts to reach Dr. Puliafito on Saturday were unsuccessful. A phone number listed in public records with a Pasadena, Calif., residence was disconnected. A faculty page for him on the Keck School of Medicine website had been taken down….

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New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

Coke — which, like the C.D.C., is based in Atlanta — has also had two employees on Georgia Shape’s advisory board, in various years. One was Rhona S. Applebaum, Coke’s chief science and health officer. She left the company in 2016 after The Times reported that she had helped orchestrate a strategy of funding scientists who encouraged the public to focus on exercise and worry less about how calories contribute to obesity. Ben Sheidler, a Coke spokesman, said that someone from the Georgia Department of Public Health had solicited the…

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Candidates for Virginia Governor Employ Trump as a Barometer

Mr. Northam, a low-key Army veteran who twice voted for President George W. Bush before entering politics, is hardly the picture of the so-called liberal “resistance” to the president. But as he attempts to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a fellow Democrat who, by law, cannot seek consecutive terms, Mr. Northam is using strikingly caustic language to galvanize Virginia voters who are appalled by the president, but may be reluctant to vote in an off-year governor’s race. “As we say on the Eastern Shore, he lies like a rug,” Mr. Northam,…

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Chicago Pokemon Go festival goes awry when players can’t log in

A gathering of Pokemon Go aficionados in Chicago’s Grant Park went wrong Saturday when a technical glitch prevented many players from logging into the game. As many as 20,000 players had been expected at the event to mark the one-year anniversary of the augmented reality game’s debut. Players use GPS to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that John Hanke, the CEO of game developer Niantic, was booed when he tried to explain the issue to the crowd. Hanke promised that “the whole Niantic team”…

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Trump tweetstorm comes one day after communications team shake-up

July 22, 2017, 6:31 PM| President Trump tweeted 10 times before 9 a.m., venting about topics including health care, Hillary Clinton and intelligence leaks. The tweetstorm came a day after the White House communications team went through a major overhaul. Errol Barnett reports. Source: CBS News – Politics

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New WH comms director deletes old tweets contradicting Trump

A day after accepting a top White House job, President Trump’s new communications director announced Saturday that he’s deleting old tweets that were critical of his new boss, saying his own views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn’t be a distraction. Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017 “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction….

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Without Visas, Carnival Workers Are Trapped at Home in Mexico

As American politicians and business owners wrangle over the limits on the number of H-2B visas for unskilled, nonagricultural workers, Tlapacoyan (pronounced tla-pa-COY-an), with about 60,000 residents in the town and surrounding area, offers a glimpse of how the impasse has stung in Mexico. Last year, Mexicans received more than 70 percent of the approximately 84,000 H-2B visas issued by the United States to migrant workers worldwide. Photo Martín Peña and his mother, Lucía Pérez, in the kitchen of their home outside Tlapacoyan. Mr. Peña spent two seasons with an…

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Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

“We don’t just want the same law. We want the same constitutional protections,” said Axel Hochrein, a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. Continue reading the main story Activists have spent years lobbying for such a constitutional change, but it is unclear whether conservatives will allow it, said Volker Beck, a Green Party lawmaker and a longtime champion of gay rights. “Today, we celebrate our gay pride,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. A softening in conservative opposition to gay marriage enabled Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage in…

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