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white separatist town manager expects his firing, won't quit


jackman, maine — a maine town manager who espouses white segregationist views says he has no intention to quit his job even though he expects to be fired.jackman town manager tom kawczynski (kuh-zin-skee) recently made public comments bashing islam and calling for preservation of white european heritage in northern new england. he tells the portland press herald he feels his days are numbered after backlash against his pro-white advocacy.the jackman-moose river chamber of commerce president says businesses in the area "do not condone" kawczynski's views. the press herald said one jackman government official declined comment. the other three haven't returned messages. kawczynski and jackman town officials did not return phone calls from the associated press.many social media users are calli






white house unaware of deputy lawyer's 'threat to quit over comey'


image copyrightreutersimage caption the white house says the decision to sack mr comey was based on a memo by mr rosenstein. the white house says it is unaware whether the deputy attorney general threatened to quit after he was blamed for the fbi chief's sacking.rod rosenstein reportedly was on the verge of resigning after the white house cast him as the prime catalyst to fire james comey, us media reported. he detailed mr comey's "serious mistakes" in a memo to president donald trump, just prior to the firing.the sacking of mr comey has ignited a firestorm of criticism.democrats have called for a special prosecutor to take over the probe of alleged links between the trump election team and moscow, which mr comey was heading.mr rosenstein reportedly made his threat unless the white house c






the latest: catalan leader calls for peaceful protests


barcelona, spain — the latest on the independence demands in spain's northeast region of catalonia(all times local):2:45 p.m.catalonia's separatist leader has called on catalans to peacefully oppose spain's takeover, in a staged appearance that seemed to convey that he refuses to accept his firing, which was ordered by central authorities.carles puigdemont said in a brief statement that appeared to be pre-recorded that "we will continue working to build a free country." spain's la sexta tv channel simultaneously showed live footage of puigdemont having lunch in a bar in central girona, his hometown, occasionally interrupted by residents who asked him to pose for selfies.puigdemont's appearance on public regional tv3 broadcaster showed him speaking from a podium with the official emblem of






trump’s deputy attorney general threatened to quit after white house tried to pi


deputy attorney general rod j. rosenstein threatened to quit after the white house tried to pin donald trump’s decision to fire former fbi director james comey on him, the washington post reports.the white house originally cited rosenstein’s evaluation of comey as the driving force behind trump’s shocking dismissal of the man leading a probe into his own campaign officials. in a memo sent tuesday to attorney general jeff sessions (who had previously “recused” himself from justice department investigations into the 2016 presidential election), rosenstein essentially provided cover for trump to fire comey, writing, “the fbi’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage” thanks to comey’s actions.“i cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation o






3 things to think about before firing an employee


image: istock/avava in my years as a manager, i can't think of anything more distasteful than having to fire an employee. i have had to do this several times during my management career, and every time i had to do it, i was thinking about that "wanna get away" ad.a colleague of mine who also has spent many years in management said the same. he recalled that his worst experience was having to fire a software developer who could not perform the job. it ended with the man getting down on his knees and grabbing my colleagues' legs. with tears streaming down his face, the man begged for his job. i could hardly stand to hear it.more for cxoswhile i have never seen a situation like the one my colleague experienced, i have had my share of firing situations where employees could be anticipated to b






black teen wins essay contest on topic of white privilege


a black teenager who wrote about the “unavoidable” racial issues he faces growing up in an affluent, predominantly white connecticut town has won an essay contest on the topic of white privilege.chet ellis, a 15-year-old sophomore at staples high school in westport, described a discussion on getting into college one day during track practice. he wrote that a white friend said he would have no problem because he’s black.“i was stunned,” he wrote, “and mumbled something instead of firing back, ‘your parents are third-generation princeton and your father runs a hedge fund and yet you think my ride is free?'”the annual essay contest, put on by the town’s diversity council and the westport library, aims to prompt discussion of multicultural issues in the shoreline community that is 93 percent w






white house doubles down on firing comey after revelations fbi sought expanded r


president and aides defend firing of fbi director        






the latest: wray says he never discussed comey's firing


washington — the latest on the senate hearing on christopher wray's nomination as fbi director (all times local):10:35 p.m.fbi director nominee christopher wray says he has never discussed former director james comey's firing with the white house.wray says he also never discussed comey or his abrupt dismissal with the justice department or the fbi.his comment came under questioning from sen. dianne feinstein.wray says the issue only came up once, when deputy attorney general rod rosenstein told him he had appointed robert mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into trump campaign ties to russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. that happened after comey's firing.wray says "that made for a better landscape for me to consider taking on this position."___10:30 a.m.






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black teen wins essay contest on topic of white privilege


a black teenager who wrote about the "unavoidable" racial issues he faces growing up in an affluent, predominantly white connecticut town has won an essay contest on the topic of white privilege.the winner, chet ellis, is a 15-year-old sophomore at staples high school in westport.he wrote about being followed around by a manager inside a store, and he described a discussion one day during track practice on getting into college when a white friend told him he would have no problem because he's black.the annual essay contest, put on by the town's diversity council and the westport library, aims to prompt discussion of multicultural issues in the shoreline community that is 93 percent white.chet was awarded the $1,000 top prize at a ceremony monday night.






former watergate prosecutor: comey's firing is as bad as the saturday night mass


as one of three assistant special prosecutors who tried watergate's obstruction of justice case, i know obstruction when i see it.and president donald trump's firing of fbi director james comey — days after comey asked for more money and resources for the bureau's investigation into collusion between the trump campaign and the russian government — is obstruction on the magnitude of watergate. it is comparable to the smoking gun tape that revealed the first step in the watergate cover-up — an attempt by president richard nixon and his top aides to use the cia to stop the fbi investigation before it uncovered the link between the break-in at the democratic national committee headquarters and the white house and nixon's campaign. they had planned to use false claims that the fbi investigation






trump: i'm not considering firing special counsel mueller


president donald trump said sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel robert mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing russia probe that has shadowed the white house for much of his initial year in office.trump returned to the white house from camp david and was asked if he would consider triggering the process to dismiss mueller, who is investigating whether the president's republican campaign coordinated with russian officials during last year's election.the president answered: "no, i'm not."but he did add to the growing conservative criticism of mueller's move to gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by trump officials before the start of his administration, yielding attacks from transition lawyers and renewing chatter






officer quits to avoid firing after shooting of unarmed teen


new york — a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager has quit the new york police department to avoid being fired following a disciplinary trial.richard haste was brought on departmental charges for demonstrating "poor judgment" by not taking obvious steps to defuse a fatal standoff with ramarley graham.administrative judge rosemarie maldonado said friday he should be fired. the department says haste quit sunday.the police commissioner had the final say on whether to fire him, but had not yet given a decision.haste initially faced a criminal manslaughter charge, but the case was dismissed because of a procedural error. a new grand jury declined to indict, and federal prosecutors also declined to bring charges.haste's lawyer stuart london says his client should not h






police: virginia town manager shoots himself after standoff


christiansburg, va. — authorities say the manager of a small town in southwestern virginia shot himself after an hourslong standoff.news outlets report that police went to an apartment in christiansburg early tuesday after getting a 911 call.christiansburg police officers and montgomery county sheriff's office deputies tried to contact the person inside the apartment and evacuated neighbors. nearly four hours later, virginia state police say officers and deputies heard a gunshot inside the home. town manager steve biggs was found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.police say biggs was taken to a hospital with injuries that may be life-threatening.a 2015 u.s. census estimate shows the town has a population of nearly 22,000. biggs has held his position there






eagle town manager john schneiger placed on "indefinite leave"


eagle — town manager john schneiger was placed on “indefinite paid administrative leave” tuesday by the eagle town board. john schneigertown board members declined to elaborate about the purpose for the action, which was announced at the conclusion of a one hour executive session. schneiger was present for part of the closed door session, but left the room roughly one half hour before the board reconvened in open session.schneiger has served as eagle town manager since may of 2016 and this is his second paid administrative action in the past month.on april 30, he began a two-week suspension from the job, with pay, while the town board selected an independent, outside consultant to conduct his one-year performance review. the review included interviews with staff and board members. the revi






eagle town manager john schneiger placed on "indefinite leave"


eagle — town manager john schneiger was placed on “indefinite paid administrative leave” tuesday by the eagle town board.john schneigertown board members declined to elaborate about the purpose for the action, which was announced at the conclusion of a one hour executive session. schneiger was present for part of the closed-door session, but left the room roughly one half hour before the board reconvened in open session.schneiger has served as eagle town manager since may of 2016 and this is his second paid administrative action in the past month.on april 30, he began a two-week suspension from the job, with pay, while the town board selected an independent, outside consultant to conduct his one-year performance review. the review included interviews with staff and board members. the revie






trump gives priebus until july 4 to clean up white house, report says


cbs news confirms president trump has set a july 4 deadline for chief of staff reince priebus to get the white house in order, according to a source familiar with the situation. failure to do so could result in a white house shakeup including priebus' firing. according to politico, which on sunday night first reported the existence of the trump deadline, after his first foreign trip, mr. trump was angry over the white house dysfunction and chastised priebus in front of former campaign manager corey lewandowski and deputy campaign manager david bossie. playvideocbsnwhite house ethics questions former trump campaign manager corey lewandowski says he isn't a lobbyist, but is reportedly offering access to the president. politico chief inve... mr. trump had considered bringing in lewandowski an






former mariner manager lloyd mcclendon says he has no ill feelings in his first


monday marked the first game at safeco field for lloyd mcclendon since he was fired as manager of the mariners following the 2015 season.if lloyd mcclendon has any bitterness about his firing as the manager of the mariners following the 2015 season he isn’t letting on.monday marked the first game back at safeco field for mcclendon — now the hitting coach for the detroit tigers — since he was let go by seattle after the team named jerry dipoto as general manager and cleaned house following a 76-86 record in 2015.that came after mcclendon led seattle on a fast finish in his initial season in 2014 in which the mariners were still in the hunt for a playoff spot on the final day of the season, eventually finishing 87-75asked if being back gave him any renewed thoughts on his dismissal mcclendon






impeachment proceedings to begin against zimbabwe's president mugabe


emmerson mnangagwa, whose firing as vice president was the catalyst for the army’s takeover, called on mugabe to quit.        






contradicting trump, deputy ag rosenstein says his memo not meant to 'justify' c


it's rosenstein's most public rebuttal of the narrative the white house has pushed about comey's firing.        






town manager who shot himself after harassment claim dies


christiansburg, va. — a spokeswoman says a virginia town manager who shot himself in the head after a standoff with police has died.christiansburg spokeswoman melissa powell says 53-year-old steve biggs died early wednesday. biggs had served as town manager for the small southwestern virginia community since july.authorities said police found biggs inside an apartment tuesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.the shooting came a month after a 23-year-old christiansburg woman went to court accusing biggs of harassment. biggs denied the woman's claims in interviews with the roanoke times last week and on monday.state police also investigated, but prosecutors found no probable cause to charge biggs with stalking or any other crime.christiansburg mayor mike barber said he and the






catalonia leader carles puigdemont calls for opposition to spanish takeover


barcelona, spain -- catalonia's separatist leader has called on catalans to peacefully oppose spain's takeover, in a staged appearance that seemed to convey that he refuses to accept his firing, which was ordered by central authorities. carles puigdemont said in a brief statement that appeared to be pre-recorded that "we will continue working to build a free country." spain's la sexta tv channel simultaneously showed live footage of puigdemont having lunch in a bar in central girona, his hometown, occasionally interrupted by residents who asked him to pose for selfies. puigdemont's appearance on public regional tv3 broadcaster showed him speaking from a podium with the official emblem of the catalan regional government. behind him there were the catalan and european union flags, but not th






white house expects senate to change healthcare bill, but retain principles


the white house said on friday it expects the senate to retain the “principles” of the healthcare bill approved by the house of representatives on thursday even as it makes some changes.“we expect there to be some changes, but we expect the principles and the main pillars of the healthcare bill as it exists now to remain the same,” white house spokeswoman sarah huckabee sanders told reporters.among those principles, she said, were creating a competitive environment and giving states more flexibility to make decisions about the healthcare system.(reporting by roberta rampton; writing by tim ahmann; editing by chizu nomiyama)






police: virginia town manager shoots himself after standoff


the recently-hired manager of a small town in virginia shot himself in the head tuesday, authorities said, weeks after a woman went to court accusing him of harassment.police arrived at the apartment of christiansburg town manager steve biggs around midnight after getting a 911 call, and went inside after hearing a gunshot about four hours later.biggs, 53, was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries from the apparently self-inflicted gunshot, town officials said.court documents show that a 23-year-old christiansburg woman filed a complaint against biggs last month, claiming he had always been "obsessive" toward her, and had begun harassing her and sending her hateful text messages.a judge issued a three-day emergency protective order against biggs on march 8, but declined to gra






authorities find bodies of 5 more pakistanis


quetta, pakistan — a government spokesman says authorities have found the bodies of five more pakistanis who were apparently planning to cross into iran on their way to europe to seek work as migrant laborers.anwarul haq kakar, the spokesman for the baluchistan government says the bodies were found saturday in turbat district, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of the city of quetta.he says apparently the men were part of a group that included 15 men from the punjab province who were killed earlier this week by a separatist group.the discovery comes a day after the pakistan army said troops had killed a baluch separatist commander involved in the slaying of 15 men from punjab in baluchistan, where separatist groups have waged a low-level insurgency.






acting fbi chief andrew mccabe contradicts white house on james comey firing – t


washington — piece by piece, acting fbi director andrew mccabe undermined recent white house explanations about the firing of fbi director james comey during testimony before a senate committee thursday.since president donald trump’s surprise ouster of comey on tuesday, the white house has justified his decision, in part, by saying that the director had lost the confidence of the rank and file of the fbi as well as the public in general.“that is not accurate,” mccabe said in a response to a senator’s question about the white house assertions. “i can tell you also that director comey enjoyed broad support within the fbi and still does to this day.”the firing of comey left the fate of the fbi’s probe into russia’s election meddling and possible ties to the trump campaign deeply uncertain. th






the time a news anchor quit on live tv


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how not to give up when your head tells you to quit


most people have to work hard in order to live their dreams. however, all we see and celebrate is their success because the hard work is usually not done in public. so, when you are struggling in the shadows, wondering why success is not coming fast enough, it’s easy to want to quit.don’t.the successful people you admire are there because they resisted the temptation to quit.before looking at the tips below on how not to give up, let’s get one thing out of the way:no one is suggesting that you stay in a dead-end career which takes you nowhere. if you’re quitting because there is a better opportunity, then, by all means, go ahead. the quitting that does not help is the one where you leave just because you’re not getting results instantly.every time you want to quit and take the easy way out






authorities find bodies of 5 more pakistanis


quetta, pakistan (ap) — a government spokesman says authorities have found the bodies of five more pakistanis who were apparently planning to cross into iran on their way to europe to seek work as migrant laborers.anwarul haq kakar, the spokesman for the baluchistan government says the bodies were found saturday in turbat district, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of the city of quetta.he says apparently the men were part of a group that included 15 men from the punjab province who were killed earlier this week by a separatist group.the discovery comes a day after the pakistan army said troops had killed a baluch separatist commander involved in the slaying of 15 men from punjab in baluchistan, where separatist groups have waged a low-level insurgency.most read storiesunlimited digit






5 free android apps to help you quit smoking


there are a lot of habits out there that are bad for your health, but smoking has to be the nastiest one. besides turning your lungs black, you also get that smoker smell that stays with you until you quit. but i’m not here to lecture you since i’m sure you already know how bad smoking is for you.however, if you think you’ve had enough and want to try to quit smoking, there are various apps you can try. with the following apps you’ll be able to see things such as how much money you’re saving, how many days you’ve gone without smoking, and more.1. quitnow!: quit smokingquitnow!: quit smoking is one of the most popular apps that can help you stop smoking. it starts by asking you how many cigarettes you usually have during the day, how many cigarettes were in a pack, how much you paid for the






spokeswoman: virginia town manager who shot himself in the head after a standoff


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presschristiansburg, va. (ap) — spokeswoman: virginia town manager who shot himself in the head after a standoff with police has died.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






melky cabrera's walk-off double gives white sox 8-7 win over rangers


jose abreu broke into a trot as he headed around the bases at guaranteed rate field on friday night, proving that the white sox first baseman had not, in fact, forgotten how to do so at the ballpark.after belting his first 13 home runs this season on the road, abreu finally launched one at home during the sox's come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the rangers in the first of a three-game set."when he hit it we were talking about getting the baseball because everybody had been talking about how it was his first one at home," sox manager rick renteria said with a smile after the sox rallied with three runs in the ninth to earn their second consecutive victory.while abreu's homer was big, it was cabrera's walk-off double off rangers closer matt bush that sent the sox into an on-field celebration






basque separatist group eta completes disarmament after decadeslong conflict


san sebastián, spain—the basque separatist group eta, whose violent campaign for an independent state killed hundreds of people over decades, has disarmed, an international commission said saturday, reigniting a painful debate in spain about the legacy of one of modern europe’s longest conflicts.a group of mediators said they had received information about the location of eta’s weapons from basque activists and immediately provided...






google search for town turns up lawmaker’s gun-toting wedding photo


concord, n.h. — if you didn’t know better, you might think the new hampshire town of londonderry is best known for gun-toting wedding parties.a google search for the town brings up a wedding photo of resident and republican state rep. al baldasaro with several people, including his bride, posing with guns. the photo has popped up for the past year, prompting the town to send a letter in february to google asking for the photo to be removed.town manager keven smith said tuesday that the photo disappeared briefly in searches but reappeared again this week. rather than a family wedding photo, he would prefer the town get noticed for its apple orchards or status as home to manchester-boston regional airport.






russian foreign minister denies discussing comey firing with trump


speaking at a new conference on saturday in cyprus, russian foreign minister sergey lavrov denied that president donald trump discussed the firing of fbi director james comey during an oval office meeting, cnn is reporting.speaking with russian media outlet tass, lavrov dismissed reports that trump boasted of firing comey, as well as calling the ex-fbi head a “nut job,” and saying the firing eased “pressure” on him.“we did not touch this subject,” lavrov said — referring to the meeting with trump at the white house on may 10, just one day after trump surprisingly fired comey.according to leaks coming the white house, trump also reportedly shared highly classified materials with russian officials which has riled democrats and republicans alike.tass was the russian news agency allowed in to






sony xperia xa (2017) stars in a new video leak


if you recall, not too long ago, a number of renders leaked of successor (to be named) of the sony xperia xa. the easiest way to tell is the positioning of the front-facing era, as well as the usb-c port, and those corners with the funky design at around 01:36.paired with some interesting , the video by techlover hd is about 2 minutes long and shows the purported sony handset which carries the model number 'g3121'.the video shows a prototype of the aforementioned model in various angles, and a few menu screens that show its model number, android version, and its january 5 security patch.with a live video leak like this, it’s only a matter of time before sony officially announces more information about the xperia xa successor. this is expected to happen at mwc in about a month or so from to