Day: January 2, 2018

Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Malika Haqq BREAKS DOWN as she says goodbyes live on air –

The 34-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has jetted over from America to take part in the series, but her fears got the better of her as she struggled to remain in control during an interview with presenter Emma Willis. 

Celebrity Big Brother continues tomorrow at 9pm on Channel 5. 

“Oh my god she’s crying already,” she declared, as she led Malika over the stage.

“Please,” Malika begged, before adding: “I’m not gonna cry.”

Malika’s fellow housemates so far include former MP Ann Widdecombe, Made in Chelsea star Ashley James, transgender news reader India Willoughby and journalist Rachel Johnson.

After admitting her worries about the “aggressiveness” of the cameras, Emma assured Malika: “It’s a very positive series so don’t worry it’s not going to be aggressive.”

North Portland automotive ‘masters’ now in Woodland – The Reflector

“We told him just bring it in the back and we would get it running,” Giroski said, adding that if its mechanical they could likely fix it.

In spring of last year those driving state Route 503 by Woodland may have been able to see what appeared to be a brand-new automotive repair center as Master Transmission and Automotive officially opened its doors April 1. 

“I tell people if I won’t put it in my mother’s car, a relative’s car or mine, I won’t put it in yours,” Giroski said.

To say that this was a new foray into business would be wrong — the relatively new addition to the region’s industry was helmed by a family with more than five decades in the business.

As to why their work seems to last, Giroski said it came down to not settling for less when it comes to parts.

So far the brothers have had some success in Woodland, though the pace is definitely slower than back across the river. The Giroskis have been able to account for the change by planning ahead — whereas in the past it would be quick to get needed parts, the brothers are thinking a few days in advance.

Will California outmaneuver a new federal cap on tax deductions? – The Mercury News

The Senate’s plan, which is likely to evolve in the coming months, now centers around the charitable-donation alternative. Political observers say such a move by high-tax states could prompt Congress to change the rules for charitable donations. But they predict the end-run will encounter little resistance in Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO — California Democrats are toying with a brash scheme to skirt a new federal cap on state and local tax deductions: Instead of paying taxes to the Golden State, Californians would be allowed to donate the money to the state’s coffers — and deduct the entire sum from their federal taxes.

The hastily drafted proposal — to be unveiled as soon as Wednesday, when lawmakers return from a months-long recess — strikes back at one of the least popular elements of the GOP’s tax overhaul, one that that hit California and other high-tax, high-cost states the hardest. It also promises to establish a new front in California’s famous anti-Trump resistance efforts, which last year took on immigration enforcement and environmental regulatory rollbacks.

The sweeping changes to the federal tax code — which also doubled the standard deduction and dramatically lowered the tax rates for corporations — have created great consternation in California, where until this year, taxpayers could deduct an unlimited amount of state and local taxes from their federal tax bills.

But Congress did not rewrite the rules that permit taxpayers to deduct charitable donations from their federal tax bills, opening the door for a possible end-run by the high-tax states of California, New York and New Jersey. Red states such as South Carolina and Florida already offer generous tax credits to those who funnel money into state funds for private school vouchers, for instance, while blue states like California use tax credits to promote environmental conservation and college scholarship donations, said Kirk Stark, professor of tax law and policy at UCLA School of Law, who is advising Democrats in California on the proposal.

“I think for lawmakers in Sacramento, this is a twofer,” said Bill Whalen, a longtime GOP strategist now at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. “It directs more money to Sacramento, and secondly, it complicates Donald Trump’s life in that every dollar that somebody donates to Sacramento, that’s potentially one less dollar going to the federal government. This messes up the equation behind the tax cut.”

The average state and local tax deduction for Californians who itemize was $22,000, according to the state Department of Finance. The new federal law caps that deduction at $10,000, less than half of that amount.

People who donate to these state funds often receive a double-benefit: federal deductions on top of state tax credits, Stark said.

Baltimore urges homeless indoors during extreme cold – Baltimore Sun

“Sometimes no matter how cold it gets, I have known people who paradoxically felt safer on the street,” Lindamood said. “The process of relationship building takes time — sometimes days or months or years. That process does not move in a pattern aligned with the weather.”

Bone-chilling cold weather has prompted the city to intensify efforts to get all homeless people indoors overnight and into shelter beds, the Pugh administration said Tuesday.

One person has died of hypothermia this winter in Baltimore. Last winter, 11 people died.

Shelters generally provide accommodations from 6 p.m. until 11 a.m. Each person is provided dinner, breakfast and access to shower and laundry services.

For help, call 410-433-5175.

Kevin Lindamood, president of Health Care for the Homeless, said advocates, shelter staff and outreach workers go to strive to provide trustworthy services to Baltimore’s homeless population.

“Don’t think we’re just a bunch of bums, getting all high,” he said. “You try this. It is not easy. I have a little thermometer in there. It’s funny to wake up in the morning and see you’re sleeping in a freezer at 2 below.”

The man — who said he has an associate’s degree in engineering from a community college and now works cooking and handing out fliers for a pizza shop — said he sparingly uses a propane-powered heater and nestles in between two sleeping bags in a fetal position to sleep overnight, preferring his tent to dealing with what he sees as rules on top of rules for staying in public shelters. He said he became homeless from a combination of drug use and a lot of other issues that “snowballed.”

Amazon’s New Headquarters: Atlanta and Austin Lead Odds to Start 2018 – Fortune

Amazon will make a big splash in 2018 by announcing the location of its second corporate headquarters—a prize expected to bring prestige and as many as 50,000 high paying jobs to the winning city.

Here are some other developments worth noting:

Sites like PaddyPower (which does not accept bets from Americans) may seem frivolous to some, but many economists view them as valuable “prediction markets,” which provide insight into real world outcomes.

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Here is a screenshot of the latest odds, pulled from PaddyPower, an Irish betting site that lets people put their money where their mouth is on everything from sports to world events:

When cities submitted their bids in late October, Fortune turned to a popular betting site to see which of the more than 200 candidates had the early edge. Fast forward to the new year, and the initial favorite—Atlanta—is still at the top of the list, but its chances have declined from 2/1 to 3/1 and it now shares the perch with southern rival, Austin, Tex.

California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

That’s not all that’s on lawmakers’ plates. Within a week of their return, Gov. Jerry Brown will submit his final budget proposal, kicking off six months of negotiating on how California should raise and spend money. Proposals that stalled last year on bail reform, single-payer health care and expanding renewable energy also will be back for debate.

Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, the chamber’s Republican leader, said the chamber should consider ending that practice. Constituents have asked her why they should be responsible for paying for lawmakers’ bad behavior, she said.

Dozens of women have said they do not report misbehavior by lawmakers or legislative staff because they are afraid of losing their jobs or facing other professional repercussions. Several former Mendoza staffers have accused the Senate of firing them because they reported his overtures to a young woman who worked for him, something the Senate and Mendoza deny.

Mendoza, meanwhile, denies allegations against him and says an investigation will clear his name. But Republican Sen. Andy Vidak said he’ll move to expel Mendoza when the Senate reconvenes, setting up a potentially fraught showdown on the Senate floor.

Whether or not taxpayer dollars should be used to pay for such settlements is another open question.

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley reportedly hurts hip in a bar incident –

Steelers confirm that OC Todd Haley was injured in a fall Sunday night after the game. He was not at the office today. Steelers say he will rejoin the team this week

That’s not the strange part. What’s strange is that Haley suffered the hip injury when he was shoved outside a bar near Heinz Field, according to a report from’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, who added that police investigated the incident.

Per @RapSheet, Todd Haley was attacked outside the bar. Police have no information on this part of the situation.

Without more details, it’s not clear how this incident will impact his candidacy. It’s also not clear how his injury will impact the Steelers’ week of preparation. 

Haley went to the playoffs during his time coaching the Chiefs, and he’s done great work with the Steelers. He was knocked in the past for being a hothead, but has managed to deal with Ben Roethlisberger without sideline incident and he’s controlled his emotions and there is no doubt he can coach football. He deserves a closer look, especially in this marketplace.

Haley, the former head coach of the Chiefs, has been the Steelers’ offensive coordinator since 2012. In each of his past four seasons, Pittsburgh has finished in the top-10 in points scored. That’s probably why Haley was expected to draw interest from teams looking to fill their head coach openings this offseason, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora recently wrote:

Pittsburgh PD spokeswoman says Todd Haley’s wife Christine was involved in a “minor scuffle” shortly after midnight Jan. 1. “The scuffle was quickly ended. Todd Haley was not involved nor injured.” Both Haleys were escorted out of the bar. No injuries or charges.

Julián Castro to launch new PAC – Texas Tribune

The PAC has already supported attorney Colin Allred, who worked for Castro at the HUD Department, in his bid for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in the Dallas-based 32nd Congressional District.

“We’re going to go out there and find great young talent,” he said. 

To do this, the PAC will have an arm that is more traditional in focus, boosting the campaigns of candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. The other side will support local, non-federal candidates. 

“The thrust of Opportunity First will be to support people who are running in the 2018 cycle. I’m happy to do it,” he said, when asked if this is laying the groundwork for a presidential run.

It also backed two candidates who won their campaigns for seats in the Virginia General Assembly.

“One of the advantages of not running [this cycle] is getting to spend time supporting people who are running, especially in Texas, but also in other states.”

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Are we still in Florida? Arctic air brings deep chill, frost — and plummeting iguanas – Sun Sentinel

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Wind chill temperatures will reach the 20s and 30s, frost may appear inland and cold-stunned iguanas will drop from the trees, as South Florida this week experiences a wave of Arctic air.

The wind chill — the colder temperature perceived because of wind— could reach 36 degrees Thursday morning in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other coastal Palm Beach County cities and 40 degrees in coastal Broward County. Inland in Palm Beach County, the wind-chill could reach the mid-to-upper 20s.

The only ones who may hate the cold more than the rest of us are the iguanas and Burmese pythons that have multiplied in South Florida over the past 20 years. In 2010, the last prolonged cold snap, South Florida neighborhoods resounded with the thump of cold-dazed iguanas dropping from trees. Meanwhile, in the Everglades, dead pythons were seen floating in the marshes.

The die-off of 2010 happened during a cold snap that lasted nearly two weeks, much longer than the forecast for the current period of cold.

It’s unclear what impact the approaching cold will have on either species, both of which evolved in warm, tropical climates. When temperatures reach about 40 degrees, iguanas become immobile from lack of blood flow, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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