Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:31
Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold by NYPD officer when Garner's wife collapsed by his side on the stage of the National Action Network in Harlem on Saturday morning.
"They will try to scandalize the decease," Sharpton said of the NYPD and what he anticipated they would say. "The issue is not about an unarmed man selling cigarettes . . . It's about a man who was subjected to a chokehold and is no longer with us."
At that point, Esaw Garner collapsed and had to be held up by Sharpton and Rev. Herbert Daughtry, another prominent activist. After she was led from the stage and to a backroom, Sharpton continued his speech. "You can never predict how someone will react to grief," he said.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:32
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has announced that the Appropriations Committee has included $5 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the Earthquake Early Warning System, the first time Congress has ever provided funding specifically for the system. Earlier this year, Schiff led a group of 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon in organizing a request that the committee fund an early earthquake warning system. A limited system developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and University of Washington, in conjunction with the United State Geological Survey (USGS), has already been deployed and has proven that the early warning technology is sound.
This $5 million in funding will allow those developing the statewide system to begin purchasing and installing additional sensors, hire new staff members, and come closer to deploying comprehensive early earthquake warning coverage throughout earthquake prone regions of the West Coast. The Schiff language included in the Appropriations bill reads: ". . . the Committee provides $5,000,000 from within the funds provided for Earthquake Hazards to transition the earthquake early warning demonstration project into an operational capability on the West Coast."
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