Friday, March 22, 2019

Progressive Briefing for Tuesday, September 25

Disneyland Resort raises minimum wage, a Dallas cop is fired after killing an innocent man, fourth Kavanaugh accuser comes forward, and more.

Image Credit: Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG

The Montgomery Country Police Department on Monday said it has not recevied a request to investigate Brett Kavanaugh.

According to a statement, the department stand “ready to investigate any claim of sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred within our County.”

As the Montgomery Country Sentinel reports in an update to their original piece, authorities spoke about the investigation on background:

“The letter came after additional allegations against him surfaced this weekend, from his time in college and in high school. Government investigators confirmed Monday they’re aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.

While investigators weren’t specific and spoke on background, they said they are looking at allegations made against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school after an anonymous witness voluntarily came forward to speak with them this weekend.”

U.S. is second biggest loser from climate change economically, bombshell study finds

One of the biggest myths about global warming pushed by the President Trump is that climate action benefits other countries much more than us.

But a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change makes clear that, in fact, the reverse is true: There is only one country in the world, India, that benefits more than the United States when carbon pollution is reduced.

The study, “Country-level social cost of carbon,” takes the novel approach of calculating the social cost of carbon (SCC) – “the measure of the economic harm from carbon dioxide emissions” – for each individual country.

Dallas cop fired after killing innocent man

Responsible for entering the wrong apartment and fatally shooting her upstairs neighbor, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was fired Monday after being charged with manslaughter. According to Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, Guyger was terminated after an internal investigation found the officer had engaged in “adverse conduct” during her arrest.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on September 6, Guyger parked on the wrong floor of her apartment complex and mistakenly entered her neighbor’s apartment, which was occupied by 26-year-old Botham Jean. According to Guyger, the off-duty officer erroneously believed Jean had broken into her apartment when she abruptly shot him to death.

Disneyland Resort raises minimum wage to $15 for thousands of more cast members

Disneyland Resort announced its largest wage increase for cast members in the company’s history. The resort, located in Anaheim, California, and hotel cast members from United Here! Local 11 “ratified a five-year term” increasing the minimum wage to $15 effective January 2019.

Cast members from Unite Here! Local 11 will now join 9,700 additional cast members from Master Services Council who established a $15 minimum wage back in July. Three years ahead of California’s minimum increase deadline, the agreement guarantees a minimum wage increase of 40 percent over the next two years of the agreement,” according to a press release.

“The strides we have made to implement $15 an hour minimum wages will have an immediate and lasting impact on the quality of life of our cast members and their families,” Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disneyland Resort, said.

 

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