American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote Until FBI Investigates | HuffPost

The American Bar Association late Thursday called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation can be completed into several claims of sexual misconduct.

“We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by HuffPost. “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5bada932e4b09d41eba011c7

Michelle Obama’s Book Tour Tickets Cost More Than a Beyonce Concert — Front Row Seats Are $3K

Michelle Obama’s fans were very excited about the announcement of her 12-city tour across the US to promote her newest book release, Becoming. Although some have been raising their eyebrows for her Beyonce-level ticket prices, the tickets are still selling like hotcakes.

According to The Washington Post, tickets to the former first lady’s book tour ranged from $29.50 for nosebleed seats up to $3,000 for front-row seats and a package which reportedly includes a “pre-show photo opportunity,” meet-and-greet reception with Obama, a signed book and other perks, including an “exclusive VIP gift item.”

Since the ticket presale started, the cheaper tickets have quickly been sold out. Now, fans who haven’t scored a ticket yet are left deciding if they should shell out $3,000 to meet Obama and hear her talk about her book in person.

Some of Obama’s followers aren’t that happy with the ticket prices. “I love Michelle Obama, I do,” a fan wrote on Twitter. “She is everything. But I am sorely disappointed in how expensive these book tour tickets are.”

“Michelle Obama is out here selling Beyoncé priced tickets and I was not prepared,” another wrote.

Meanwhile, there are others who seem just fine with the prices. “You don’t see it every day, but she’s not a typical author,” said Deborah Speer, an editor for concert-industry trade magazine Pollstar. “Michelle Obama is kind of a rock star herself.”

“I don’t want to hear a single word about Michelle Obama’s ticket prices,” one fan tweeted. “She worked for this country for FREE for eight years. Get that money, Mrs. Obama.”

Moreover, some of the ticket sales are going to charity as Obama and Live Nation said they will be donating 10 percent of the sales to “local charities, schools, and community groups” and giving away free tickets to fans from those organizations.

As expected, the tour has been getting so much attention and she apparently already sold out full arenas. Live Nation, the entertainment company producing the tour, added two more stops — one in Washington and another in Brooklyn that will wrap up the tour — due to the high demands of her supportive fans.

Her book, Becoming, is can be pre-ordered on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2DHk9bt

Lakers Media Day

The Los Angeles Lakers will be one of the most intriguing NBA teams in the 2018-19 season, and that intrigue was on full display as the organization held its media day on Monday.

As expected, all eyes were on their superstar offseason acquisition, LeBron James, and the young guns he’s joining in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. #SPMGMedia

Google Doodle aims to help button up your voter registration

Election day is quickly approaching, and Google is reminding voters to make sure they can vote.

Register here https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+register+to+vote+%23RegisterToVote

The midterm elections in November are fast approaching, and Google wants to help you make sure you’re ready to participate.

As of Tuesday, election day is exactly six weeks away, so Google thought the time was right to use a Doodle adorned with campaign-like buttons to remind US voters to make sure they’re actually registered to pull the levers on Nov. 6.

The Doodle links to the Google search term “how to register to vote #RegisterToVote,” surfacing voter registration sites such as USA.gov and official resources at your state level. The sites include information on how and where to register, helping you determine whether you’re eligible to vote, and updating your registration information to ensure there are no holes in the process — until you actually punch them, that is.

The Doodle comes out amid a pivotal election, as Democrats appear to be in position to retake control of the House of Representatives. A CBS News poll released Sunday determined that Democrats would win 224 seats — or six more than 218 seats needed for a majority — if the elections were held Tuesday.

If you’re a fan of Google Doodles, keep an eye on them as the election draws closer. During 2016’s race for the White House, Google published a series of cute Doodles to remind voters to get out to their polling place. The Doodles included links to information about local measures and candidates on your specific ballot, where you can vote, and even how to vote in English and Spanish.

#SPMGMedia

The Positive Results Corporation presents ‘Hope’

Community, please join Kandee Lewis & Share with your network “Hope”, the second event in Repair’s 2018-2019 storytelling series, this Thursday, September 27th from 6:30-8:30pm, in the Young Research Library Conference Room at UCLA!

The Positive Results Corporation is humbled and honored to support Repair and all the speakers as a co-sponsor for “Hope”, and for the “Transformation” storytelling series. To learn more about the series, visit us at http://repairconnect.org/events

Hope to see you there!

#PRC #KandeeLewis #hope #storytelling #transformation #repair #healing #socialchange #AfricanAmerican #LosAngeles #UCLA #women #spmgmedia

California fire coverage: Eleven dead and hundreds of thousands of acres scorched across the state

In early July, firefighters were battling two large blazes in Northern California and forecasters were warning of record heat and gusty winds that could stir up more trouble. Then the Holiday fire hit Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. In the middle of the month, the Ferguson fire west of Yosemite National Park doubled in size in one night, forcing crews to scramble to set up defenses. Then came the Cranston fire south of Idyllwild and the deadly Carr fire in Redding. By the end of July, wildfires across the state had killed eight people and scorched 200,000 acres.

As August began, the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco exploded to 290,000 acres, making it the largest fire on record in California. Prolonged drought and extreme heat have made California ripe for dangerous fire conditions in recent months and years. Of the five largest wildfires in state history, four have occurred since 2012.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-fires-blog-htmlstory.html

A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn’t been lost for good — while fearing the next big one

The rain falling into Bianca Cruz Pichardo’s home in Puerto Rico’s capital forms a small stream from her living room to the kitchen, past a cabinet elevated by cinder blocks.

The living room is dark, save for some light coming from the kitchen and a bedroom. The 25-year-old cannot bring herself to install light bulbs in the ceiling’s sockets because she fears being electrocuted.

For a year, her landlord in San Juan has told her he will repair damage caused when Hurricane Maria ripped through the island last September, she said, but still nothing. The worst of the rain is kept out by a blue tarp that serves as a

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-puerto-rico-recovery-20180920-htmlstory.html#

After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence’s Still-Rising Floodwaters

In Horry County, S.C., two women being taken for mental health care died on Tuesday night when the sheriff’s office van they were being transported in met floodwaters. The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn’t get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van. The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave.

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/19/649633917/after-the-rains-casualties-mount-amid-florences-still-rising-floodwaters

Ford Classmate Cristina King: Kavanaugh Incident Happened

A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford said her allegations were known by many people at their high school, and that he should “own up to it.”

“I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her, I signed this letter [supporting ford],” Cristina Kingsaid in a now-deleted tweet. “The incident was spoken about for days afterwords in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize.”

In a Facebook post, which she also removed, King further elaborated on what she claims to have known about Kavanaugh’s alleged attempts to drunkenly sexually assault Ford at a party in 1982.

“I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen,” she wrote. “Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”

https://www.mediaite.com/online/ford-classmate-claims-kavanaugh-incident-happened-then-deletes-facebook-post/

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